The Silver Cross Surf All Terrain is a high-end buggy that has been designed, as the name suggests, for use in town and country. It took less than 30 minutes to build and most of that was spent unwrapping the packaging. All things considered it was very easy to construct.
You can rest assured this is an aesthetically pleasing buggy. I personally find some higher-end pushchairs look ridiculously over-engineered or look so expensive they may as well have the words “steal me” painted on the frame. I found the Surf All Terrain to be understated.
This particular model has all the features you would expect; locakable front wheels for rougher terrain, height-adjustable handle, a fold away basket for storage, hood (that is UPF 50+ UV resistant) with a window for checking on the little one and so on. It also has a ‘cosy toes’ apron that covers the child’s legs. It is very easy to attach and detach which is a nice touch as I find on some pushchairs they can be very awkward to fit in place. It is also worth mentioning that it can be used from birth.
This model can be converted to a three wheel buggy. It’s very easy to do and it continues to work well on all surfaces should you chose to do this.On the subject of wheels, the larger wheels have a different tread pattern to the standard Silver Cross Surf to help it perform better on rougher ground.
The seat fits into three different positions and you can spin it round so baby is facing you. There are a number of other baby-friendly features, such as a foam wedge that enables the child to lie flat. Our daughter is a bit too old for this so I wasn’t able to try it.
So how does it perform? Its air-spring suspension (don’t ask me how it works!) offers a very smooth ride on tarmac and other hard surfaces. It can also be steered with one hand which is very useful if you find yourself carrying one child while the other is sat in the buggy.
The Silver Cross website states this buggy will fit in the boot of a small car. I put this to the test with a Renault Clio. I didn’t get it right first time, but after a few tries I got the buggy into the boot so it fitted perfectly and was covered by the parcel shelf which is a testament to how small it colapses. The was a tough test as the Clio’s boot is an odd shape.
As regards limitations, I found the cup holder to be in a very odd place. This clips on the outside of the frame so is easy to knock. It also got in the way when putting the buggy in the car so I simply removed it. For me, this wasn’t a big deal.
I have enjoyed using the Surf All Terrain and it has coped very well with both on and off road. If you lead an active lifestyle this may suit your needs very well.
Expect to pay around £625. For more information please see the Silver Cross website.