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Mountain Buggy Terrain Review

10 Dec

Christmas Tree Terrain

It was a dark and stormy night. Yet, the husband insisted that this was the night we must get the quintessential Christmas Tree. I  was hesitant, but then what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the “can do” Mountain Buggy  Terrain! Sharp, yet rugged.

Now if any buggy can tackle that sloshy wet mulch and wood chips that our lot is known for, it would be the 16″ tires on the Terrain.

It’s the 4th in my MB line-up. I have the MBUD, Swift, MBUS, and now the Terrain. I was confident in the ability of any of them to handle those conditions. But the Terrain, with it’s big wheels, suspension, covered basket, and higher seat, would be especially well-suited. I had already been testing it on the Strollerqueen Obstacle Course, and was amazed at how it would glide over a bed of river rocks, one-handed, almost the same as if it were on the sidewalk.

And oh, the rain, it did come down. Coating the canopy, the handlebar, and the handbrake.  Which still worked soaking wet, btw.

This handbrake, combined with the big wheels, makes the Terrain the MB that is best suited for running. And based on this lousy weather, I would say the best for big snow drifts, too. It helps that you can also lock the front swivel wheel outward.

I added the MB red fleece seat pad, and voila! the Christmas feeling. And the pull-out sun visor, also comes in very handy in the rain.

I am happy to say that despite the storm, SP 2.0 picked a tree that was big and beautiful, the best yet!

The next day the weather was much better. One thing I always marveled about was how quickly my other Mountain Buggies would dry. (So easy to clean!) Fortunately, the Terrain followed suit. So now it was perfect to try the Terrain in more moderate conditions. I’ve had MB’s since 2001. As citizens of Strollerland know, I was their first US customer! So I’ve been singing MB’s praises for nearly a decade.

When the Urban came out, I often recommended it as the stroller to get if you only wanted one, that could do it all. I used to take mine to the Farmer’s Market, then to the beach, then to a restaurant, and never skipped a beat. I wanted to see if the Terrain was just as versatile.

The big wheels had earned their keep on the stormy Christmas Tree lot. But how would they handle searching for a pre-teen girls’ Christmas Irish Dancing dress? I mention the details so you can see that this would be no easy feat. It would require a lot of zipping in and out of small stores, and be comfortable enough to keep SP 2.0 reasonably happy.

And I am pleased to report that I was impressed beyond reason. Although the Terrain is certainly not what you would call a small stroller, it’s maneuverability is so fluid that I could navigate all the tightly packed Christmas racks one-handed, and not knock anyone over in the process. Halleluia! I don’t think I have ever pushed a stroller of this size that was so nimble. So I was happy.

The Terrain has a good sized basket for shopping, with a big rear zippered pocket.


The basket has a front pouch, and a net zippered top. There are net pockets on both sides of the canopy, and

dual built in cup holders!

There are even pockets on the inside of the seat.

And like the rest of the Mountain Buggy family, it stands alone folded. So it wasn’t too bad in the back of the car. I think this is another reason I keep accumulating so many. They stand up so flat and neat in my closet, unlike most A/T’s that are bulky and fall over. And how about SP 2.0?  He was happy, too. He loved the napper bar, and  fleece seat pad,  Check out the face of contentment.

The Terrain has a full recline, but we didn’t even need it, because it is so comfy as is.

And DD was happy, because she was able to find the perfect dress, thanks to the awesome performance of the Mt. Buggy Terrain. A true Christmas miracle!

Here’s hoping that you find a Terrain under  your Christmas Tree, or Menorah!

Mountain Buggy Terrain

Weight:                                  30 lbs.

Seat Back:                             20″

Seat to canopy:                 23″

Seat Width:                           14″

Seat Depth:                            8″

Drop to footrest:               9.5″

Seat to ground:                   22″

Length:                                     40″

Width:                                       24.5″

Height:                                    33.5-46″

Folded:                                  42.5″L x 24.5″W x 15.5″H

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12 Aug


Lately, we’ve had a thing for big wheels. We, meaning SP 2.0 and me. We decided to try out our latest toys on the beach. He, with his monster truck, and me, with my monster stroller.

If you are going to the beach, don’t bother with anything smaller than 16″ wheels. And this is what you will find on Baby Jogger’s new Summit XC.

Of course, if you are really hard core, you can go for their 20″ Performance jogger. The front wheel does not swivel, however, and it is harder to fold.

The Summit XC will be sufficient for most people.  The difference in going from 12″ air tires–one of the biggest categories in the market–to 16″, is like going from 8″ to 12″. Yes, the performance really is that much better.

Why 16″ aren’t more popular is a mystery. You can count on one hand the number of companies that offer 16″ rear with a front swivel. As of late, these true hybrids are being offered as the perfect offspring  between those who want the day to day versatility of the 12″ A/T’s, with the high-octane 20″ runners.

To whit, they are being offered with handbrakes.

And in the case of the BJ Summit XC, springy suspension, quick release wheels, and a foot brake as well.

This is a really important safety feature that prevents big air tires from rolling down hills, running away in a breeze, etc. The placement of the brake also allows you to easily attach a Glider board to the rear axle, so another child can ride along.

The Summit XC also has the trademark full canopy that people have come to love in the BJ Mini and Elite.

And a full recline, with a back strap pull.

A nice bonus is that even when you lie the seat flat, you still get plenty of coverage from the canopy.

The new Summit XC also has all those other special touches that makes BJ’s so popular, that they are sold out everywhere.

It has the back netting on the canopy, for air circulation on hot days. You can also get an additional bug net, or raincover.

And there’s side mesh vents, for even more air flow. On the frame, there are universal brackets. They allow you to attach a snack tray, belly bar, car seat adapters, carrycot for a newborn, or jump seat for a sibling. Wow!

The basket is small-ish, but I could fit my large purse in the back net pocket.

But the seat is huge. Look at all the growing room.   And with a 75 pound weight limit, my 9 year old StrollerPrince can still ride. Has to fight little SP 2.0 for the seat, though.

This is how you lock the front wheel, for rougher terrain, or curbs. Just switch it back again if you want the wheel to swivel.

I know some people advise not using a stroller on the beach. But then, look how much fun you will be missing! You can stroll down to the pier and see the Ferris wheel.

Or check out that cool lifeguard truck, and the lifeguard station.

And there are so many birds to stroll along and see.

Of course, if you are ambitious, you can also run after them!

And then, there are those beautiful sunsets. Sigh.

Strolling along the water’s edge with your baby, as you watch the sun sink below the horizon, is close to heaven. A reminder of the majestic beauty in all that matters. You will remember it for a lifetime.

Kodak moment aside, having a seat for a tired baby at the end of a long day at the beach is, well, priceless.

As is not having to fool with the fussy folds that are notorious on joggers. Just one quick step, and you’re in the car. Pull on the strap in the center of the seat (the same as is on the Mini and Elite), and it collapses in half. It even stands up  folded, into a surprisingly compact package.

Weight:                               26.5 lbs.

Seat Back:                          20.5″

Seat to canopy:                24″

Seat Width:                       14″

Seat Depth:                       10″

Drop to footrest:             10.5″

Seat to ground:                23″

Length:                               39″

Width:                                25.5″

Height:                               41″

Folded:                             25″L x 18 “W x 28″H

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