The Mountain Buggy Terrain is not just an elite jogging stroller, it’s also a functional, everyday stroller. The Terrain jogging stroller offers the best in stability and control for the most serious runners, but it is also compatible with a car seat or bassinet for everyday use. Harrison and I have been rigorously testing out the Terrain for the past two months and it has become our go to stroller. Here are just some highlights of what makes the Mountain Buggy Terrain an excellent stroller.
What makes this a great running stroller:
The Tires: The Terrain comes with air filled 16″ rear tires and a single 12″ front tire. The front tire on the Terrain can be locked in the forwards or backwards position to offer added stability. In rear (inward facing) position, the stroller creates a smaller footprint and the weight is more centralized, making it smoother on flat surfaces. Locking the front tire in forward position creates a longer footprint and some find it helps create stability on uneven terrain. The front wheel also unlocks, allowing for easy maneuverability for everyday use. The Terrain comes with a tracking device on the front tire for when there is uneven weight distribution, for example if one tire has more pressure than another. The tracker is designed to push the front wheel slightly off center in case the stroller is veering to one side or another.
Maneuverability: The Terrain is lightweight and easy to control single-handedly. When using any jogging stroller with the front wheel locked, you’re required to pop up the front tire in order to change the stroller route. The Terrain requires only 15 lbs of force to lift the front tire off the ground, which is much less than other jogger brands.
Brakes: There is a hand brake to control speed while running and a foot brake when at a complete stop.
Handle Bar: What’s unique to the Terrain is that the handle bar adjusts from 33.8-46.4″ making it comfortable for most heights. Many jogging strollers do not offer an adjustable handle bar. It’s perfectly easy for me to use at 5’4″ as well as my husband at 6′. Even my toddler can push the stroller using the handle bar. The handle is made of a ridged non slip rubber material for added safety when running. It took me a week to get used to it, but now I don’t even notice the material. It also doesn’t rub off the way some other stroller bars tend to.
Canopy: The Mountain Buggy Terrain comes with a large adjustable canopy with flip out sun visor. The whole visor detaches from the stroller, allowing for more rotation and sun protection. The peek a boo window enables you to keep an eye on your kiddo, while the small pockets on the canopy give you added storage. It’s made from water repellant and durable polyester. There are small pockets on the canopy for added storage.
Gear Tray: The seat is far away from the bottom gear tray which makes it easily accessible. It can hold 11lbs of weight and offers a zipper to make sure nothing flies out during runs.
The Fold: I’ve never come across a stroller with a fold like this, but have grown to really like it. The Terrain does not fold in half like many strollers do, but the front tire simply folds under. When folded, the Terrain is long but flat. The length of the fold is 43 inches long and 15 inches deep (per their site, I imagine it has to be 16 inches which is the height of the tires). It takes up the majority of our trunk (pictured). This works for us, but I would encourage you to measure your trunk to ensure a good fit, especially if your car is on the smaller side.
Weight: The Terrain comes in at 29 lbs which makes it on the heavy side for a jogging stroller. I have a B.O.B Revolution SE and an Uppa Baby Vista which are both roughly around 25 lbs and I can tell you that I haven’t noticed a difference when getting the strollers in and out of our trunk. The Terrain is most comparable to the B.O.B Revolution Pro which also comes in at 28.5 lbs.
Seat: The seat comes with a five point harness for safety. It fully reclines for a newborn position (or naps) but can be completely upright for sight seeing.
The Mountain Buggy is a top of the line performance jogger without a doubt. It also offers much more than any other jogger on the market. Here are several features which help transition the Terrain into a multifunctional everyday stroller:
Wheels: You can buy 12 inch rear wheels separately for urban use. The smaller wheels make the stroller a little less bulky. Personally, living in Chicago, I like having the larger tires for our bumpy sidewalks (I also drive an SUV, not your typical urban car).
Car Seat Compatible: You can purchase a car seat adapter separately for the Terrain. Unlike other strollers, I like that you can remove the seat and use only the frame to transport the car seat. It’s compatible with: Peg Perego Primo Viaggio (model 4/35 excluded), Graco Snugride 22 & 35 Classic Connect models, Graco Snugride 35 “Click” Connect models, MaxiCosi Mico & Pebble & Cabrio Fix, Cybex Aton.
Bassinet Compatible: While other joggers may offer car seat adapters, I don’t know any of this caliber that offer bassinet compatibility. One of my favorite features of the Mountain Buggy Terrain is that it is compatible with a rear facing bassinet attachment (sold separately). This is what really separates it from other joggers for me and makes it a true everyday stroller.
First and foremost, the Mountain Buggy Terrain is a serious jogging stroller. Harrison and I use the Terrain for our stroller fitness class three days a week and could not be happier with it. The terrain can go from running along the lake to navigating tight grocery store aisles with ease. The Mountain Buggy Terrain is an excellent option for a jogging stroller.
Stay tuned for a Terrain giveaway coming up later this summer!