Described by the maker as a “do everything pushchair”, the Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi is a weather beating choice with bags of style.
Cosatto, with its motto “Baby Stuff with personality”, believes in the quality of its baby and toddler goods so much that every item – from buggies to cots – has a 4-year guarantee. That’s a good sign!
The Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi has three modes – pram mode (suitable from birth), car seat mode (suitable from birth), and pushchair mode (suitable from 3 months). To use the Cabi in car seat mode, you need to purchase a car seat that’s sold separately. By doing this, you’ll have the Cabi 3 in 1 Combi travel system.
The Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi package includes the pram body (4.8kg), pushchair seat (2.5kg), chassis (7kg) and shopping basket. Also, a good set of accessories is included in the price: a changing bag (with messy bag and PVC changing mat), cosytoes (with zip-off fleece liner), chest pads and a raincover.
The lightweight aluminium chassis has a simple, clean look. Style wise, I think it has similarities with some other buggies around, like Bugaboo, with the low pram body, two large wheels at the back and two small lockable swivel wheels at the front. Also, the colour combos, such as the black and vibrant yellow ‘Pitch colourway I tried, are striking.
What we love
Assembling the Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi was incredibly easy. Everything clicks into place. To attach the pram body, you slide it onto the chassis clips and there are Velcro straps attached to D-rings, too, which made it all reassuringly stable for me.
In pushchair mode, the Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi is versatile and user friendly. There’s a 5-point harness for safety, a removable bumper bar and you can use the buggy in either rear facing or forward facing mode. The pushchair seat reclines to three positions, one of which is flat and ideal for snoozing on the go. The shopping basket is a very generous size, and the brake is simple to use.
The Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi feels light yet stable. This is great for mums like myself who often have older siblings holding on to cross roads etc.
For me, the best feature by a long shot has been the amazing protection against the wind and cold, as provided by the plush comfort pack that’s included. We tried out the Cabi 3 in 1 Combi during the snowy weather at the start of 2010. Despite the sub-zero temps, our newborn Freya was snug and cosy on the school run. The pram cover, which creates a buffer by wrapping itself around inside the pram hood, protected Freya from the snow being blown by the wind.
I really like the striking look of the Cabi. And despite living in a very family-orientated town, I only spotted one other. That said, the Cabi is quiet new, so this exclusivity may not last forever!
The included accessories mean you don’t need to buy extras, which can really add up, and there’s the bonus of knowing you have all you need. It’s also reassuring to have that 4-year guarantee.
What to watch out for
Whilst relatively easy to push one-handed, it wasn’t easy to tip the Cabi back to get up kerbs. This difficulty might be down to the fixed handle height being a tad high for me (I’m only 5’3”).
When walking quickly, I’d often kick the brake, which is fixed to the bar between the back wheels. Again, taller mums and dads might find this isn’t a problem.
When shopping I usually end up running out of space in the basket and hanging bags on the buggy. While the Cabi 3 in 1 Combi does have a large shopping basket, hanging bags off the handles is tough because of the design of the handles. The clips you use to hang bags on don’t work with the large oval frame. I resorted to tying my shopping bags on, which isn’t really a problem, but I do have to cut them off once home!
Who is the Cabi 3 in 1 Combi best for?
Style loving mums after a weather-beating buggy.
Stylish, comfy and versatile, the Cosatto Cabi 3 in 1 Combi can accommodate your newborn as well as your toddler. The option of a converting from rear to forward facing, or adding a car seat, are bonuses, and the 4-year guarantee gives extra reassurance. However, for short mums and dads, not having a height adjustable handle and the brake’s position could niggle.