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Mountain Buggy Terrain Review

Do not recommend for avid runners
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Price:   $600 List | $591 at Amazon
Pros:  Hand brake, lots of storage, good for napping
Cons:  Tracks poorly when running, heavy
Manufacturer:   Mountain Buggy
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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RANKED
#9 of 17
  • Run-ability - 35% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 7
  • Maneuverability - 20% 7
  • Quality - 10% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Mountain Buggy Terrain earned a below-average rank in this review making it aa average competitor with a higher than average price. This stroller earned impressive results for quality, maneuverability, and ease of use. It is a nice looking stroller with quality parts and is easy enough to push and turn that most parents will be happy using it for everyday adventures. However, it only scored a 5 of 10 for run-ability, which stings when you want a good jogging stroller. The adjustable tracking is challenging to use and doesn't stay true when the stroller hits the ground after being tipped back to turn; this makes it a poor choice for dedicated runners. The Thule Urban Glide 2 costs less and has higher or equal scores in every metric, making it a better choice depending.


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Pros Hand brake, lots of storage, good for nappingTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materials
Cons Tracks poorly when running, heavyHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carry
Bottom Line Do not recommend for avid runnersOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day use
Rating Categories Mountain Buggy... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Run Ability (35%)
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Ease Of Use (25%)
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Maneuverability (20%)
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Quality (10%)
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Specs Mountain Buggy... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 27.8 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Rolling Resistance 106 Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.25"W x 18"H x 38"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/5 yrs
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Mountain Buggy
Protect
Phil & Teds
Alpha
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 32, 35
Chicco
KeyFit
Cybex
Aton
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 37"/49" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories 12" Wheel Pack None None None None
Setup Time 8:52 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 4:26
min:sec
5:21 min:sec 5:30

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1992, the Mountain Buggy brand was born to fill one dad's need to take baby off-road, which required an all-terrain stroller he couldn't find. To enjoy the New Zealand countryside, and fulfill an empty niche in the market, he created the Mountain Buggy all-terrain platform. Mountain Buggy continues to alter and improve their style and designs to develop strollers for newborns to toddlers.

Performance Comparison



With hard to use adjustable tracking  the Terrain continues to veer to the side when running.
With hard to use adjustable tracking, the Terrain continues to veer to the side when running.

Run-ability


The Swift is a below-average for run-ability, which is disappointing for a stroller designed with running in mind.

The swivel front wheel of the Terrain can be locked in place for running or uneven terrain.
The swivel front wheel of the Terrain can be locked in place for running or uneven terrain.

The Terrain has adjustable tracking, but the adjustment isn't effective, and ours needed realignment every time the front wheel hit the ground after being tipped for turning. The tracking is unlike any other we've seen with a side of the wheel adjustment that took extra time. Adjustment happens by loosening the wheel nut connection and then retightening the nut. If the alignment isn't right, you have to start over. After adjusting the tracking, we had trouble getting the Terrain to track straight when running, and no amount of continued effort would help. The play in the locked front wheel limits what the tracking can accomplish, and running with this stroller is a chore as it continued to veer slightly no matter what we tried. The Terrain has a handbrake that works well, but the center placement close to the bar gets in the way of one-handed pushing and impacts running ergonomics.

Ease of Use


The Terrain is easier to use than about half of the competition, but it isn't as straightforward as the top-ranking competition.

The Terrain folds with its wheels on the bottom and ready to roll.
The Terrain folds with its wheels on the bottom and ready to roll.

Fold and Unfold


The Terrain has an easy one-handed fold with two steps. The fold completes with you and the stroller in a standing position, and the carry strap makes it easier to lift. This stroller auto-locks and self-stands, making it easier to manage and store. Unfolding is a two-handed process that is straightforward.

The Terrain has a nice hand brake that works well to decelerate the stroller on the downhill run.
The Terrain has a nice hand brake that works well to decelerate the stroller on the downhill run.

Brakes


The Mountain Buggy has single action parking brakes and a deceleration handbrake. The deceleration brake is useful and easy to use. The parking brakes are easy to set and release and are sandal foot-friendly.

The storage bin on the Terrain has a maximum allowable weight of 22 pounds  the highest in the group.
The storage bin on the Terrain has a maximum allowable weight of 22 pounds, the highest in the group.

Storage


The Terrain's storage bin is large and holds an impressive 22 lbs. This bin held our Extra-large diaper bag and can is accessible from the back and sides. It has a zippered mesh cover to keep items contained, though it isn't weatherproof like the cover found on the Thule Urban Glide 2. The Terrain also has two mesh stow pockets for the passenger and two water bottle sleeves for parents that are pretty cool.

The Terrain canopy has a mesh pop out visor and small pockets on the sides.
The Terrain canopy has a mesh pop out visor and small pockets on the sides.

Sunshade


The Terrain canopy is nice looking but is only average in size. This canopy sits high on the stroller and has a flip-out visor, which leaves smaller babies relatively exposed. The peek-a-boo window has a magnetic cover and is too far forward on the canopy to see the baby without leaning over. The shade has small zippered pockets on the sides, with one designed for an MP3 player with a hole for threading earbuds.

The Terrain has a 5-point harness that requires a lot of work to use both in closing and opening the buckle.
The Terrain has a 5-point harness that requires a lot of work to use both in closing and opening the buckle.

Harness


The Terrain has a 5-point harness that is difficult to put on, take off, and adjust. It has separate pieces to snap into the buckle one at a time, and when you press the button to unbuckle the harness, you have to pull them all out one at a time.

The recline adjustment on the Terrain requires two hands and isn't as easy as the one handed options.
The recline adjustment on the Terrain requires two hands and isn't as easy as the one handed options.

Seat


The Terrain offers the easiest two-handed recline in the group, though one-handed versions are still easier. The seatback lays almost flat for cozy napping, and it has an adjustable leg rest by way of a metal bar that slides out to prop the leg rest up. It works well for smaller babies, but larger kids may end up bending the bar. The footrest is aluminum and hard plastic; it is likely cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Terrain can be compatible with a variety of infant car seats with the purchase of an infant seat adapter. The adapters work with some models of the following brands: Mountain Buggy, Phil and Teds, Chicco (not the Keyfit 30), Graco Click Connect, Graco Classic Connect, Maxi-Cosi, and Cybex.

Ease of Setup





The Terrain is relatively easy to set up taking us just under 9 minutes to unpack and assemble. The manual is good, and it does not require any tools.

Maneuverability


The Terrain offers adequate maneuverability but struggles to keep up with the strollers in its price range.

The Terrain is fairly easy to push over terrain transitions and uneven surfaces.
The Terrain is fairly easy to push over terrain transitions and uneven surfaces.

This stroller has a lot of flex in the frame, and the softer suspension makes it less responsive when trying to navigate tight turns or crowded locations. It requires a little more work to push over grass and gravel, and off-road trail navigation is only okay as the front wheel has difficulty moving over larger rocks. The Terrain is not the best at negotiating curbs with flex in the handlebar and soft suspension, causing some control issues.

The Terrain handlebar is adjustable with the largest range in the group. It is comfortable to hold thanks to a smooth foam cover and has a nice shape for running. The seat has adequate padding and the rear wheels have soft suspension. We think passengers and pushers will be relatively comfortable using the Terrain over longer distances.

The Terrain is heavier than most of the competition  but it is smaller than most.
The Terrain is heavier than most of the competition, but it is smaller than most.

Weight and Folded Size


The Terrain weighs 27.8 lbs, which is heavier than about half the competition. It measures about 17,000 cubic inches when folded, with the smallest strollers measuring closer to 13,000. These measurements make the Terrain heavy and somewhat large; which could translate to challenging to lift and carry for some parents.

The Terrain scored well for quality.
The Terrain scored well for quality.

Quality


The Terrain design and construction are better than much of the competition. This stroller has soft canvas material that is heavy and feels durable. The storage bin is durable and feels like it will withstand a heavy load without sagging. It has a clean design with nice attention to detail like rolling the edge of the fabric where it attaches on the frame. However, it has a lot of flex at the handlebar and the fold joint. The wheels on the Terrain are heavy-duty plastic with pneumatic tires, with too much play and flex, which likely impacted its run-ability score.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers