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Mountain Buggy Swift Review

Easy to push, does well in tight spaces, but lacks some functionality
The Mountain Buggy Swift
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Price:   $450 List | $396 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to maneuver, easy to access storage, foot friendly hand brake
Cons:  Lack of features, convoluted buckle
Manufacturer:   Mountain Buggy
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2019
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RANKED
#10 of 24
  • Ease Of Use - 35% 4
  • Maneuverability - 30% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 8
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Mountain Buggy Swift is a nice little stroller that scored well in our tests. It is easy to fold and maneuvered in tight spaces with a smaller footprint and folding features that make it a quick mover in crowded spaces. It has rubber wheels and traverses over various terrains with ease. However, the stroller didn't impress in all testing and has some limiting factors like small storage, small canopy, and a design that results in back tipping with very little pressure on the handlebar. We did like this stroller, but there are other strollers in this review that scored higher, cost less, and simply do the job better than the Swift.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1992 New Zealand, a new father couldn't find the perfect stroller for exploring the backwoods. He was motivated to great his own all-terrain option and Mountain Buggy was born. The company makes products for newborns through toddlerhood with gear for mountain adventures as well as city dwellers.

Performance Comparison


This comparison chart shows the overall scores for each stroller we tested for this review. The Mountain Buggy Swift (blue) offered up a better than average overall score.


The sections below provide detailed information on how the Swift performed in each metric's tests.

The Mountain Buggy is easy to set up.
The Mountain Buggy is easy to set up.

Ease of Use


The Swift earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use, which is below average for the group and 4 points lower than the high of 8.

Fold and Unfold


The Swift is very easy to fold and unfold. It operates with one hand, has two steps, is auto-locking, self-standing, and has a carry strap. These features make it easy to fit in a trunk and carry or transport on public transportation. Unfolding is three steps and requires two hands, but is still easy.

The handbrake on the Swift is easy to use and has color indicators to help parents know when it is set.
The handbrake on the Swift is easy to use and has color indicators to help parents know when it is set.

Brakes


The Swift has single action brakes with an easy to set and release handbrake. Being a handbrake means they are foot friendly and won't mar fancy footwear.

While the Swift's bin is on the small side  we were still able to fit our larger diaper bag inside.
While the Swift's bin is on the small side, we were still able to fit our larger diaper bag inside.

Storage


This stroller has a medium size storage bin under the seat with access on all sides. The opening in the back is large, significantly bigger than the basket itself, so we were able to get our extra large diaper bag inside. It hangs out of the back of the basket, but it would do in a pinch. The basket is fairly far under the handlebar, so it is harder to access. The max weight allowance is 11 lbs.

The Mountain Buggy Swift's bottle sleeve is unique in the group and worked well in our tests. Unlike traditional cup holder  which often fail to keep cups or bottles contained  the sleeve worked well with traditional bottles and nothing fell out.
The Mountain Buggy Swift's bottle sleeve is unique in the group and worked well in our tests. Unlike traditional cup holder, which often fail to keep cups or bottles contained, the sleeve worked well with traditional bottles and nothing fell out.

The bottle holder hangs off the side of the frame and looks like a canvas sleeve surrounded by mesh. It worked with our test water bottle, baby bottle, and sippy cup. The design means it is less likely that items will fall out while strolling.

The Swift has a vinyl peek-a-boo window that is on the smaller side  but easy to see through.
The Swift has a vinyl peek-a-boo window that is on the smaller side, but easy to see through.

Sunshade


The sunshade on the Swift is one of the smallest in the group, and it has no SPF or UV protection listed. It has a small, vinyl peek-a-boo window, but it hardly needs one given how small it is.

The Swift's 5 point harness is easy to use and adjust.
The Swift's 5 point harness is easy to use and adjust.

Harness


The Swift has a 5-point harness that is easy to put on and take off. Adjusting the harness is easy and there are multiple shoulder height positions, but only one crotch strap position. The buckle is a 5 part process with stiff pieces to snap together. The release button is also stiff and you have to remove all the parts while you depress the button or they won't disengage.

The Swift has a bumper bar that can move to the side for easy access to the seat.
The Swift has a bumper bar that can move to the side for easy access to the seat.

Seat


The Swift does not have an adjustable leg rest, but it is padded. The footrest is narrow and may prove difficult to use as baby grows older.

The side recline adjustment straps on the Swift  are probably the most primitive in the bunch.
The side recline adjustment straps on the Swift, are probably the most primitive in the bunch.
This stroller has an adjustable recline operated with one hand to recline and two to sit upright. This is a common design with two side straps joined by a single plastic pull. This design is difficult to use compared to the push-button recline on some of the competition.

At over 18 pounds the Swift is too heavy to work well as a car seat frame option.
We had significant trouble aligning the Chicco seat to the adapter frame on the Swift and the canopy needs to be removed along with the stroller seat.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Mountain Buggy is not compatible with any infant car seat as it comes out of the box. It offers adapters (above left) for the Clip 25v2 for the Mountain Buggy Protect, phil&teds Alpha, Maxi Cosi (Mico, Pebble, and Cabrio Fix), Cybex Aton; Clip 29 for the Graco Snugride Click Connect 32 and 35, and Chicco KeyFit 30 (above right).

To use the adapter, the seat must be removed from the frame. The adapter is easy to use, has no assembly, and snaps right on to the frame. The seat clicks in with some pressure but removes easily. We had trouble with the right side of the car seat latch and had to really wiggle and adjust the frame to the seat, then we had to use considerable pressure to finalize the attachment. While the fact that this seat clicks in is preferable to the strap options, it is still sort of a bear and we wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis, even if the Chicco Keyfit 30 is an award-winning car seat.

Ease of Setup


The Mountain Buggy is easy to set up taking under 7 minutes to be ready to use.



The documentation is very good with illustrations that are clear and simple. It has useful color-coded symbols that indicate stop/go and action/finish so you can tell where you are in the process at a glance.

The Swift scored well for maneuverability thanks in large part to the air filled rubber tires and smaller footprint.
The Swift scored well for maneuverability thanks in large part to the air filled rubber tires and smaller footprint.

Maneuverability


Many testers really enjoyed using the Mountain Buggy because it is easy to push and turn scoring an 8 of 10, which is only 1 point lower than the high of 9 earned by the BOB Revolution Flex.

The swivel front wheel on the Mountain Buggy is lockable for easier pushing on rougher terrain.
The swivel front wheel on the Mountain Buggy is lockable for easier pushing on rougher terrain.

For pushing and turning on pavement, the Swift rolls similar to the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. Its smaller size makes it a great performer in tight spaces, and it pushes easily with one hand, turning almost instantly without the need to pre-plan. This stroller has no problems rolling over cords or going through narrow spaces. It is light and the center of gravity is designed so it takes very little force to lift the front end.

The Swift folds easily and self-stands.
The Swift folds easily and self-stands.

Weight and Folded Size


The Swift surprisingly feels lighter than it genuinely is even though it is relatively light at 20.4 lbs. This weight is below the average of 24.7 and well below the heaviest stroller. The lightest strollers in the group are the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini that both weigh 17.5 lbs.

Folding the Swift is easy when you get a little practice with rotating the handle.
Folding the Swift is easy when you get a little practice with rotating the handle.

The Swift measures 8,887 cubic inches. This makes it one of the smaller folded strollers but the lighter strollers are closer to 6,500 cubic inches. The largest in the group is closer to 19,000, so by comparison, it feels small.

The Buggy earned a very nice score of 7 out of 10 for quality.
The Buggy earned a very nice score of 7 out of 10 for quality.

Quality


The Swift did well in our quality tests receiving a 7 of 10, which is once again 1 point below the high for the group of 8.

The handlebar is adjustable and we liked it in general  but the cover seems flimsy and likely to be damaged over time.
The handlebar is adjustable and we liked it in general, but the cover seems flimsy and likely to be damaged over time.

The Buggy seat material is t-shirt soft and not easy to wipe clean, but the liner is easy to remove and machine wash. The sides of the seat and the canopy are a rougher canvas material, and the peek-a-boo window is vinyl with a quiet magnetic closure cover we love. The storage basket is heavy-duty canvas, and the bottle holder feels like the same mesh on the outside and liquid resistant liner on the inside. The extendable sun shade is plastic covered mesh.

The frame feels solid with little flex, but it has a lot of joints and connectors. It has a nice overall look, and even though there are a lot of joints, they appear to be snug. The overall fit and finish of the stroller are a little bit frumpy thanks to the soft materials.

The tires are air-filled rubber tires, that are a little on the small size, but we feel they roll easily with no wobble.

The handlebar on the Buggy is adjustable and comfortable. The handle is still low despite the ability to change it, and at the highest setting, this places you so close to the stroller that we ended up kicking it while walking. The padding is thicker and nicer than the rubber covers on the Baby Joggers, but it feels less durable.

For ride comfort, the Buggy offers a sling style seat, soft fabric, padding, and air-filled tires. It would have been more comfortable if it had adjustable suspension or thicker padding.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team