The Silver Cross Pacific Autograph is that perfect style statement pushchair that combines style with functionality. It’s the perfect pushchair from birth to 22kg with premium touches and outstanding features to make life on the move easier. But what did our parent testers make of this pushchair?
Parent Tester – Liz Lewis
Amazingly, we were chosen as parent testers for the Silver Cross Pacific Autograph pushchair. What a treat for us and our new addition, six week old Rafferty.
We opted for the ‘ink’ colour version of the pushchair, which is the black design with chrome features. We’re so glad we did; we love the overall sleek look & the practicalities of it too - meaning it won’t mark as much! The pushchair arrived so promptly from Natural Baby Shower and came next day. It was well packaged in one big box, that came with clear instructions on how to put everything together. Assembling it was actually really simple and the pushchair was ready in no time.
As our baby is just a newborn, we obviously have been trying out the pushchair with the bassinet. But of course, it also comes with the seat to be used from six months of age too. One thing we liked about this Silver Cross pushchair is that the extras like the rain cover and cup holder came with the pushchair, at no extra cost. It sounds obvious but actually other makes of pushchairs will often require you to purchase those separately if you want them, so this was a lovely surprise. It’s worth noting as well that the rain cover is great; it’s well made and really practical with a zip so you can easily access your little one. We also made good use of the cup holder too and can say it holds a flask well!
Another real benefit of this Silver Cross is just how light it feels, especially for a pushchair that holds a bassinet, has a large roomy basket (another added bonus that we love!) and with such a sturdy and good quality frame. The pushchair is light enough to push up big hills, with baby inside and a heavy changing bag, without too much gusto needed. And in comparison to our original other competitor pram, it really is a lot lighter and generally easier to manoeuvre.
We also really liked that this pushchair has a really good brake. It’s one that doesn’t require you flipping the brake off with the top of your foot (a way pretty painful if you’re in flip flops!). Instead, this brake has a little green button you press down with the bottom of your foot when you want to get on the move; a lot more practical and quicker too!
There are so many details to this pram that we love. It feels effortlessly stylish, with it’s eye-catching chrome detailing. Plus the gorgeous quilted lining inside the bassinet just adds something extra special to the pram too. Rafferty absolutely loves the lining as well; you can tell he finds it super comfy in there! In fact, whilst we’ve been trying out the pushchair, we've often had him take naps in the pushchair in our lounge because he settles so well in the bassinet.
We live down in Falmouth, Cornwall, by the coast, so we have quite varied terrain around us. From regular pathways around housing estates, in shopping centres, gardens and National Trust properties for example. As well as rougher terrain, in the many country parks, cross country foot paths and on the beaches themselves, sand and pebbled. The town we live in has a bit of everything, so we were able to well and truly put this pushchair to the test!
Having used this pushchair for the last couple of weeks, we would say it is definitely best made for town/city life. It’s smooth and effortless to push around pathways and on smooth to slightly bumpy surfaces (think a walk around the shops or to the local play park and it is just perfect!). I love to walk Rafferty around our estate, down to the sea front and back and for this, the pushchair works really nicely. It is my go-to now for this kind of walk, as it really is incredibly easy to manoeuvre and feels really well made. It feels like it just glides along the path!
We found that on more tricky terrain, such as bumpier countryside walks, on the beach, on pebbles or across sand, the pushchair didn’t fair quite so well. It felt perhaps a bit too light to handle rougher surfaces and the wheels are not built for more adventurous terrain. They’re smooth and slick, they look great and they work wonderfully for a walk into town but they’ve not got the size or grip to handle more challenging ground, compared to our original pram.
So overall, we really do like this pushchair. It is perfectly ideal if you are looking for a lovely pushchair that will see you through from the newborn stage until toddlerhood. It’s stylish, beautifully well made and has some really lovely features to it as well. But we would definitely say it’s for city and town life, for the school run for example and for around the shops, rather than being an all-terrain style pushchair. For us personally, it is our go-to for everyday nipping about and for general use. Silver Cross are such a well established pushchair brand, that have lead the way for so long and it’s quite clear why from this pushchair. It really is so well made and the details are beautiful.
Parent Tester – Tanya McBride
When it arrived the box was not completely sealed as some of Sellotape had come away at the top and it looks like the glue had dried before the box had been sealed together. Thankfully everything was in the box undamaged. The product was packaged well inside the box, and was easy to put together. Take note that the instructions are hidden inside the product and are not easy to spot when first take it out of the box.
We chose the bronze colour which was actually darker than we expected when choosing. I would definitely just call it brown rather than bronze. The size is ok, although the carrycot part is slightly narrow compared to our previous pram. However there is no issue with our baby inside it as she has plenty of room to stretch out and sleep comfortably while out and about.
The pram is very easy and effortless to push. I would say our only struggle is manoeuvring to get it up curbs as it seem to feel quite heavy to tilt. It takes no time in getting it out of the boot of the car and putting it together, or in putting it down as it is very easy to find latches to attach or de-attach.
The pram is high quality. It doesn’t appear that it would easily break, and we have had no damage with it so far. But I would comment that the front wheels feel a bit flimsy in comparison to the rest of the pram. I feel like all the wheels could be a little more hard wearing. I do love the quality of the fabric and frame though.
Some of the best points about the pram, are that there is a large basket at the bottom that can easy store bags, coats, shopping and we even fit our sons balance bike in!! The height adjustable handlebar is fab. My partner is 6’1” so the adjustable handle has been amazing for him. It actually comes up further than what he requires so it is perfect for anyone taller than him.
It also comes with a cup holder as standard that easy attaches to the pram, which is an added bonus. It is fairly lightweight as a whole, making it easy to get in/out of the car. I love how the different seats are really easy to get on/off. I also like the tummy bar as it unclips and swivels easily enough to get baby in/out quickly.
I really like that on the hood of the carrycot there is a flap at the back with a vent on to allow air to flow through, and that it has like a little visor on the front which can be folded inwards so you can see baby more. On the pushchair hood I like how it has a little window on the top which covers over to keep the light out but enables you to check on baby without disturbing them.
Also on the pushchair seat I like how you can adjust the leg rest so that the child’s legs can be raised when they are laid down. The back is easy to adjust into a laid back/flat/sitting position. I do like that you get a seat liner which can be used on the warm fleece side, which would be good for winter if baby is wearing a warm snowsuit, or flip it over to use the cool cotton side in summer.
I really like how the rain cover fits the carrycot with elastic and you don’t need any fastening to hold it on. I also like how the rain cover zips open in the middle so I can tend to my daughter. There is just enough room to get her in and out without removing the cover- which was great when I got stuck in a downpour getting out of the car!
Things I didn’t like were that the pram feels like it limited suspension which contributes to making it quite difficult to manoeuvre up curbs. This also makes it difficult to soothe our baby as there is no rock/bounce in the chassis. We’ve just had to push the pram back and forth in an attempt to soothe her when she’s upset with little success.
I also think that the wheels could be more hard wearing as they seem quite flimsy, particularly the front ones. I also wouldn’t want to use it off the beaten track for this reason. As much as I do like the seat liner I do wish that a footmuff cover could attach to the seat liner was available as this is would be perfect for the winter months. I feel that buying one separately makes the seat liner alone, a bit obsolete. I also feel like the carrycot could do to be a little higher up. I have a bad back and find this a little low on the occasion that I do have to bend over the pram to tend to my daughter.
Our baby seems to mostly enjoy being in the pram as she does sleep for the majority of time we have her in it while out. She also equally seems comfortable while she is awake too.
This pram has definitely been a great addition for our baby. It makes shopping much easier when I’m on my own and don’t have enough hands for a basket as everything can fit underneath the pram. I’m sure it will work for us perfectly when we are able to go to more places when we need to have more things with us like at the beach, as the basket will be big enough for everything we need. So for that reason, no we couldn’t live without it.