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Mountain Buggy Terrain Review
Price: $600 List | $499.99 from Amazon - 17% Off
Pros: Hand brake, lots of storage, good for napping
Cons: Tracks poorly when running, heavy
Bottom line: Do not recommend for avid runners
The Mountain Buggy Terrain has all the nice quality parts and construction of the Mountain Buggy brand, but its score for run-ability is disappointing. While this stroller has nice suspension, it isn't adjustable and, its adjustable tracking is difficult to use and not that effective. Some runners might be able to forgive the lack of adjustable suspension, as this feature is missing on many top brands, but few will accept a stroller that struggles to run true and straight without wandering off road. Because of its lower score for run-ability, this stroller failed to earn enough points to be a real contender for avid runners, which resulted in the Terrain being a stroller we do not recommend.
RELATED: Our complete review of jogging strollers
Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Mountain Buggy Terrain is a jogging stroller with two sets of air filled rear wheels, 16 and 12 inches. The Terrain features drum brakes and a hand operated control brake with frame suspension. The front wheel can be locked in a forward or backward position, or left to swivel. This stroller has two fabric seats, 3 parent facing options, waterproof canvas fabric, adjustable handlebar, and retractable leg rest. The stroller has a storage bin with a zipper mesh cover to keep items contained, even if it doesn't keep them clean. The Terrain has a 5-point harness, canopy with mesh sun visor, and a peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure. This stroller is suitable for children ages 0 to 5 and up to 55 pounds.
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight and the Baby Jogger Summit X3 in this metric. The high score for the group is 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide and the BOB Revolution Flex, both of which also won our Editors' Choice awards.
On the up side the Terrain has an adjustable handlebar that testers liked and improved the user's experience when running. In addition, the Terrain has suspension that is good, and passengers were comfortable.
The Terrain is good at tipping and turning with the front wheel in the locked position. Unfortunately, as previously stated, this impacted the tracking and resulted in frequent stops to readjust, as the stroller continued to veer right no matter what we tried. The hand brake on the Terrain works well, but the center placement could get in the way of one-handed pushing and running ergonomics.
Burley Solstice, and the fixed front wheel Thule Glide. The high for this metric is 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide.
The Terrain isn't as bad as some of the cheaper competition, but it struggled to keep up with the strollers in the same price range. This stroller has a lot of flex in the frame and the softer suspension make it less responsive when trying to navigate tight turns or crowded locations. It also requires a little more work to push over grass and gravel than some of the competition. This is sort of a surprise given its nicer tires and wheels.
Ease of Use
Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit. The high score for this metric is a 9 earned by the Burley Solstice.
Extra-large diaper bag and has accessibility from the back and sides. It is one of the nicest storage bins in the Jogging stroller lineup with a mesh zippered cover to keep items contained. The Terrain also has two mesh stow pockets for the passenger, and two water bottle holders for parents that are pretty cool and unique to the Mountain Buggy lineup.
This stroller also comes with a 12 inch wheel pack and a removable belly bar.
The Terrain has softer canvas material than the Burley or the Joovy Zoom
Baby Trend Expedition, and the Thule Urban Glide. The high of 7 is shared by the Baby Jogger Summit X3, Thule Chariot Cougar 2 and the Thule Glide.
For back tipping, the Terrain required only 17.88 pounds on the bar before it fell backwards. The average is 21.7 making the Terrain fairly disappointing in this test as well. The Urban Glide tipped with the least amount of weight at 13 pounds, while the Graco didn't tip until we used 40 pounds. You do need a jogging stroller to be fairly tip-able in order to manage turns while running, but you don't want it to spontaneously tip if someone accidentally places weight on the bar.
Weight and Folded Size
Ease of Setup
The Terrain is relatively easy to set up earning a score of 7 in this metric, which ties with 3 other strollers in the group. However, it isn't as easy as some of the higher scoring products, with the Thule Urban Glide earning a perfect 10. It took us just under 9 minutes to get this stroller unpacked and ready to use. The manual it comes with is good compared to the competition, and it does not require any tools to assemble.
In addition to its lower overall score, disappointing results for run-ability, it is also about $200 more than the competition and the majority of the award winners. With a list price of $600, and an overall score below the average for the group, we don't think this stroller is a good value. Both Editor's Choice winners and the Top Pick for ease of use earned higher scores and sport lower prices making them better values overall.
Other Versions and Accessories
While Mountain Buggy makes a variety of strollers, and is owned by the same parent company as Phil and Teds, the Terrain is their only true jogging stroller despite the three wheel design and rubber tires of most of their lineup.
There are a variety of accessories you can purchase to make your Terrain more versatile, including:
— BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: October 19, 2016
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