Mountain Buggy Terrain Review
Preferred Jogger Customized to Your Height
Improved for 2013, Mountain Buggy Terrain is one of the only jogging strollers with an adjustable height handle.
You're a person who runs or jogs and you'd love a jogging stroller, but you don't want to give up the maneuverability that an all-terrain has. You want a transitional product that takes you from workouts to errands. You want the Mountain Buggy Terrain.
Terrain has signature features of a performance jogger such as 16-inch rear tires that pop off for more compact storage. A slowing hand brake on the handle bar is a standard safety feature must-have. The shock-absorbing suspension system smooths out the ride. The front wheel has a 3-way lock: Lock it forward during your run for extra stability, lock it backward for stability over terrain, and let it loose and swivel for maneuvering.
Parents recommend the Mountain Buggy Terrain and give it 5-star reviews for the performance and adjustable height handle. By the time you finish reading this page on the Mountain Buggy Terrain, you will discover all the exciting features that make this one of the best jogging/all-terrain strollers out there. Let's get started, shall we?
Mountain Buggy Terrain Features:
Upgrades since 2013:
Tell me more about the seat
From newborns to children up to age six, the Mountain Buggy 2013 Terrain has a variety of seating options for your child.
Infinite recline positions are one-handed with a double strap system - get that angle just right while your child sleeps. This is a two-handed recline, and while a one-handed lever recline would be more preferable, it's easy enough to do. I like how the upright position sits up straight, but some have complained of the excess fabric that bunches up around the seatback when it is upright. You'll have to stuff it back behind the seat so it doesn't get in the way.
The seat reclines completely flat so that even a newborn baby ride. Doctors recommend that you wait until baby is at least six months old before jogging, though.
A padded five-point safety harness secures your child comfortably to the seat. Easily adjust it up and down without having to re-thread the straps. Just twist and raise or lower it. New for 2013, the harness is designed to be "tail free" so there are no dangling loose ends from the shoulder straps. Keep it tidy and keep the ends out of baby's mouth. I also like the jazzy-looking buckle cover that prevents your toddler from fiddling with the buckle. And your child won't be able to get that buckle undone, either!
How can such a big kid ride in this stroller? The seat is roomy and comfortable at 14 inches and the seat back is 23½ inches. The seat to canopy is tall enough to leave enough space for your child's head, especially since you can now slide it up the frame a bit. Total weight capacity is up to 77 pounds which means older kids can hop on board. One reviewer's son could fit with room to spare at 5½ years old!
In the seating area, your child has two little mesh pockets on either side, good for keeping little toys, snacks or sippy cup. Most higher-end joggers don't offer that option. Baby also has a redesigned padded bumper bar for easy ins and outs and they love it to pull themselves up higher and to hang onto, especially if you're jogging! A footrest provides additional seating support and mud and dirt comes away clean.
More seating options
For newborns: The seat is now easily removable with the zip-off feature (it used to have snaps). Take the main seat off and click a car seat right onto the chassis (via an adapter sold separately) for an all-terrain travel system. See which car seats fit adapters for the Terrain.
Stability with the car seat on the Terrain is designed with maximum safety in mind and is in accordance with market safety standards. This gives you needed reassurance that three-wheelers are stable as a travel system.
A sophisticated way to go with your newborn is to turn your Terrain into a pram with the Snug Carrycot. The Snug Carrycot carries up to 20 pounds. It has a comfy, soft lie-flat mattress and carry handles on the sides for easy transfer. It also clicks right into your Terrain frame, and as you see with the photo on the right, it looks stunning.
Like a parent-facing option? In the photo at right you see a new accessory called Face-to-Face Parent Facing Seat a smaller seat that clips right into your Terrain frame. Enjoy more bonding time with your little one while you're on the go and baby has outgrown the carry cot or car seat, yet isn't quite ready to look out into the big, big world with the main toddler seat.
The Face-to-face seat holds up to 20 pounds and includes legs that transform the stroller seat into a deck chair that you use at home. It comes only in black and has a 5-point safety harness and easy-to-clean soft fabric. Now, do be aware that the canopy you see in the photo does not come with the Face-to-face seat. You will have to buy the canopy separately, but you get six colors to choose from.
What about the fold?
Folding the Mountain Buggy Terrain is a one step process; it used to be three! First lock the brakes. Then walk around to the front and pull up on the two latches on either side of the footrest. The stroller collapses. New for 2013: an automatic frame latch secures the chassis together for storage. This replaces the strap you had to secure yourself, adding another step. Thanks for making it more simple!
Pop off the wheels for more compact space.
Reviews comment that while the fold is easy, the Terrain is still rather bulky, which is the norm for jogging strollers.
And the sun canopy?
I like the sun canopy; it pivots forward to follow the sun. No need to purchase one of those canopy extenders to shade your child adequately! A flip-out mesh visor provides additional protection.
Check your passenger with the large peek-a-boo window on the top. The flap covering it is secured with Velcro, and I'd rather see a magnetic flap. It can be rolled up to stay in place as you keep an eye on your kiddo.
Storage and parents amenities
Your child is well-cared-for in the Terrain, but you're certainly not neglected! One of the convenience features both parents enjoy is the ergonomic height adjustable handle. Whether you're a petite mommy or a daddy over six feet tall, the handle goes as low as 34" up to 46". A 5'2" mom named Kristin had to get used to strollers big size, the handlebar adjusted to a comfortable height for her. Several taller parents over six feet wrote in to say that the adjustable handle was a huge selling point as most joggers don't feature an adjustable height handle.
Then you have the storage basket beneath the seat. It's a very good size and can hold up to 11 pounds of gear. I like the zippered covering that holds all your things inside, that way if you're jogging or going over really bumpy trails, your stuff won't bounce out.
While there isn't a parent organizer, you do get bottle holders, probably for your water. It is attached at an angle, and you can see it in the top picture, so it is not suitable for hot drinks. There have not been any complaints in any reviews about not being able to have a hot drink cup holder, though.
Maneuverability and safety
One of the most frequent raves this stroller receives is how well it maneuvers. The state-of-the-art suspension system means a smoother ride for your child when going over bumpy terrain. Several reviews mention the single handed maneuverability and how easy it is to take over different types of terrain. And the front wheel has 3 positions: Lock the wheel forward when you're ready to go jogging for better control and safety. Lock it backward for more stability going over rough surfaces. Then the full 360° swivel mode provides incredible turn-on-a-dime performance.
Folded w wheels: 42½"L x 24½"W x 15½"H