Bolton-based company, Cosatto, wants to “save the world from boring baby stuff.” “We believe having a baby is a celebration. We are not plain pushchair people,” reads the blurb on its website.
And the Cosatto Supa Stroller is anything but plain. We have the ‘C-Rex’, which features dinosaurs in a camouflage pattern, but it also comes in five other out-there designs, ranging from psychedelic flowers, ‘Poppidelic’, to cute little monsters, ‘Cuddle Monster’.
Launched at the beginning of 2013, the Supa Stroller is Cosatto’s newest lightweight offering. Since 2003, the company has been run by chief executive Andrew Kluge – who, says Cosatto’s website, invented the pram raincover.
Cosatto consistently cleans up at the annual Bolton and Bury Business Awards, winning a Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Gold Award for Best Travel System Under £500 with its Giggle travel system.
The Supa hasn’t won anything yet, but give it time.
On first impressions, and because this stroller is at the quirky end of the market design-wise, I doubted whether it will ever be a top seller.
However the C-Rex is currently out of stock on the Cosatto website, so it must be popular with more parents than I thought.
What’s in the box?
- Pushchair with basket attached
- Plastic drinks holder
Any additional extras?
Is it easy to build?
Yes, it is. Cosatto definitely has its branding thoroughly sorted – the instructions, box and various leaflets that arrive with the stroller are all very impressive.
The instructions are a series of extremely easy-to-follow diagrams. I’ve had to get my head around a lot of instruction manuals over the last six months, and these are by far the clearest. It was up and running in minutes.
So how easy is it to push when out?
Very! The Supa has lockable front swivel wheels, which makes it easy to steer. It’s good to have the option to lock the wheels in place on uneven surfaces. My six-month-old son, Samuel, and I tested the Supa when we were out and about over the course of a couple of weeks.
Sam can’t talk yet, but I’m guessing that if he could choose his own wheels, these would be them. We used the pushchair on pavements, cobbles and grass. We’re used to a very sturdy pushchair, so this was a comparatively bumpy ride.
Saying this, the Supa does have front and rear suspension, which can be felt, and the pushchair does not feel flimsy in any way.
There is also a footbreak with a lever on either side, near the rear wheels. This means you can use either foot to lock the pushchair.
What do you think of the seat unit?
The seat is a good size, with plenty of room to grow into. It has a five-point harness, which seems very secure; however, there is no safety bar on this stroller.
How comfortable does it feel for your baby?
Very comfortable, the pushchair comes with a headhugger, which is ideal for stopping smaller babies’ heads moving around too much. The harness has soft, padded chest pads and thick straps.
Samuel looked very comfy in the stroller, if not a little restricted by the headhugger. I can’t imagine toddlers enjoying having their heads held in place, but the hugger can be easily removed.
The pushchair also has adjustable calf support for toddlers, which must come in handy when a child falls asleep and needs to be in a more relaxing position.
And the footmuff looks extremely cozy, with its reversible zip-off fleece liner. I love the fact that the footmuff has a built-in handmuff – it’s a really nice detail that I’m sure we’ll be grateful for on colder days.
Would you recommend it for use from birth?
The Supa is suitable from birth, as its one-hand recline function has four positions, one of which is a ‘newbie lie-flat option’.
But I personally wouldn’t have wanted to use this when Sam was tiny. We had a proper bassinet-style pram, and liked the fact that Sam was cocooned and high off the ground.
The Cosatto Supa’s seat is close to the ground, which is perfect for toddlers who want to hop in and out by themselves, but not ideal for vulnerable newborns.
Also, there’s no option to have the baby facing you, which was something I appreciated during those early months.
Is it as light as you would expect?
Not really, this is the first ‘lightweight’ stroller I’ve tried, so I had high expectations.
At 8kg it’s not as weightless as I’d hoped, but to be any lighter would perhaps mean compromising the quality of the product.
And there certainly isn’t any compromising. The Supa manages to combine being relatively weightless and still feel like a substantial bit of kit.
The frame is strong and I don’t have any concerns it won’t last the guaranteed four years, but only time will tell, I guess.
What is the multimedia gadget pocket?
The Cosatto Supa comes with a speaker you can plug into your phone, iPod or MP3 player so your child can listen to some tunes on the move. There’s a pocket at the back of the pram, behind your baby’s head, which is designed to hold you phone/player and the speaker.
The stroller’s hood also has a built-in pocket for a tablet devise; this is great as it means there’s a chance for your baby to enjoy films or TV programmes.
The only downside is that the plastic cover makes it difficult to see the screen in certain lights.
How does the Supa fold?
Once you get the hang of it, the fold system is straightforward. It involves using one hand and foot, which is a lot simpler than other pushchairs I’ve tried, it simply folds in on itself, a bit like an umbrella.
To unfold it, you release an autolock lever, and then hold the pushchair by its handles as you lower the seat and front wheels. To lock the stroller in place, you press hard on a pedal on the back until you hear a click. There’s also a secondary locking bar for safety purposes.
How compact is it when folded?
The Supa is neat and slim when folded – it has a freestanding feature, which means that it stands up by itself and doesn’t need to be propped up against anything.
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Although the Supa is compact when standing, it’s surprisingly tall when folded. It only fits into the boot of my VW Golf if it lies slightly horizontally.
This is a little disappointing, as I envisaged being able to push it right to the back of the boot, freeing up the rest of the space for everything else.
What is the basket like?
It’s spacious considering the size of the pushchair; it spans the entire length and width of the base of the pushchair.
Is it value for money?
At £195 I think is very good value for money and this isn’t a basic stroller either – it feels cozy and substantial. It also comes with a four-year guarantee.
We’ve found the Cosatto Supa to be both fun and functional. Everyone seems to have one of a handful of pushchairs – this stroller really stands out from the crowd.
I personally wouldn’t have wanted to use it from birth, but I’m very glad that I’ll have the Supa around in months and years to come.
I predict that when Sam’s able to, this is the stroller he’ll want to jump into when it’s time to go for a walk.