Suitable From Birth
Travel System Compatible (car seat and adaptors available separately)
Air Ventilated Hood
Integral Insect Net
Removable Bumper Bar
Adjustable Leg Rest
Quick Release Wheels
Reversible Seat Unit
RRP: £399 for the stroller. £129 for the tandem seat unit.
STOCKISTS (NATIONAL): Mothercare, Boots, Babies R Us, Kiddicare
What’s In The Box? Oyster Max Single Stroller – Chassis, Seat Unit, Rain Cover & Apron
Tandem Seat Unit – Second Seat Unit, Adaptors, Wheel Guards & Rain Cover)
First Impressions: When I first removed the Babystyle Oyster Max from its packaging, I was blown away by how visually stunning it is.With a high gloss chrome finish and beautiful clean lines, all the little details have been thought about and everything has been finished to a very high standard. It took no more than 5 minutes to put together and I love the fact that it has many combinations, so can be used as a single pushchair or in tandem mode, making it extremely versatile and great value for money. For a tandem, I think it is compact and lightweight without compromising on space or the strength of the chassis.
Seat and Recline: The seats are very spacious and have a soft aesthetically pleasing feel to them. They have a fully adjustable 5 point safety harness and are packed full of features, offering the same level of comfort to both children. The main seat unit is suitable from birth to 15kg and the tandem seat unit is suitable from 6 months to 15kg. The main seat unit includes a padded adjustable calf support and footrest as well as a hidden insect shade that can be pulled out from underneath the seat. Both seat units have multiple recline positions, which are easily achieved in a one handed motion using a lever on the rear of the seats to lower the backrests down. I am really pleased to see this method is present on both seats. Although the lower seat has a smaller hood, less recline positions and means the feet of a toddler will be resting in the basket area, the seat units are practically identical and there is adequate space between the top and bottom seat for the toddler to sit in the lower position comfortably.
Basket: In single mode the basket is very spacious and has an opening at the front to store the raincover – something I’ve never come across on a pushchair before. However, this space becomes obscured by the lower seat unit in tandem mode and access is restricted. If I was to recommend one thing to Babystyle it would be to put a zip on the lower edge of one side of the basket.
Fold: Folding the Babystyle Oyster Max is quick and simple to do using pull-up latches on either side of the handlebar. Although it is a lot easier to fold with both seat units removed, for me personally I find that one of its best features is the fact that you can fold the pushchair with the upper seat still in place. Yes it can be a little fiddly at first but you soon get used to it and it folds everything down to a nice neat and compact size. If the handlebar is in the correct position, the Oyster Max is freestanding once folded. I also love the fact that you can fold the front seat forward, allowing brilliant access to the lower child. This feature in particular has been so useful.
Push: The push and maneuverability of the Oyster Max is fantastic. It’s not the lightest pushchair in the world, but it is exceptionally light to push and the built in suspension provides a lovely smooth ride.It is a breeze going down a flight of stairs or over kerbs and glides along the pavement, handling rough, smooth or cobbled surfaces perfectly.
Hood & Raincover: The hoods on the Oyster Max are of a great size and both feature perfectly placed viewing windows for keeping an eye on the children. The hood on the main seat unit is very sturdy and features a concealed zipped panel in the middle which when undone extends the hood right forwards and down, providing excellent protection from sun, wind or rain. Although not as big as the main hood, the hood on the tandem seat unit does provide the second child with some shade. Both hoods have the ability to slide up the frame to give more headroom or can be removed altogether.
Both seats come with their own individual raincovers and although the upper raincover fits great forward facing, it is a little more tricky parent facing and could do with having longer Velcro straps. The lower raincover also fits well but there are no Velcro straps to secure it in place, which is annoying and because of the shallower hood it is quite close to the face of the lower child.
Overall Verdict: I absolutely love the Oyster Max and think Babystyle have done an exceptional job at making it look beautiful, stylish and modern without compromising on any of the practical aspects or features. It is a dream to push, handles all terrains perfectly and thanks to the built-in suspension, offers your children a smooth and comfortable ride. I love the fact that the wheels are made from a soft rubber material and have a quick release button for easy, compact folding in to small cars. The seat positioning is great, both in terms of weight distribution and space and as tandems go, this is the best I’ve seen so well worthy of a 10/10.