Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Review
Fabulous, Functional All-Terrain
Improved for 2013, Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle upgrades several features with outstanding results.
A lighter-weight all terrain stroller at only 24 pounds, the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle is "engineered for the urban active." This awesome three-wheeler seamlessly takes you from city streets to the beach to park trails. I am so impressed with the Urban Jungle!
The phenomenal features on this outdoor warrior include everything to keep you and your child safe and comfortable. 12" tires with rear suspension smooth the bumpy ride for your little one. Shield your child from any angle of the sun with a "follow the sun" canopy with flip-out visor. From birth to 77 pounds, the seat can recline in multiple positions and the tough aluminum frame is travel system or carry cot compatible.
Several upgrades for 2013 take the Urban Jungle up a few notches in quality. It has a redesigned bumper bar, a tail-free harness for your child, zip fabric sling for easy on and off to wash, and an auto frame lock for better stowing after folding.
These are the improvements, and the time you finish reading this page on the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle, you will discover all the exciting features that make this one of the best all-terrain strollers out there. Let's get started, shall we?
Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Features:
Upgrades since 2013:
Plenty of seating options
From newborns to children up to age six, the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle has a variety of seating options for your child.
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.
Stability with the car seat on the Urban Jungle 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 Urban Jungle 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 from the stroller. It also clicks right into your Urban Jungle 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 Urban Jungle 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 four colors to choose from, depending on what is available from the merchants.
Tell me more about the seat
Once your child has outgrown the bassinet, car seat or parent facing seat, it's showtime for the toddler seat. The new zip on fabric is much more convenient to take on and off and you'll install the seat into the frame in no time.
Infinite recline positions are one-handed with a strap - get that angle just right while your child sleeps. I like how the upright position sits up straight.
Laura, from Philadelphia, says that this is where her daughter sleeps most often, so the seat's pretty comfy.
A padded five-point safety harness secures your child comfortably to the seat and now 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.
How can such a big kid ride in this stroller? The seat is quite wide 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.
What about the fold?
Folding the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle 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 stroller 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 Urban Jungle is still rather bulky, which is the norm for all terrain 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. The canopy can adjust up the frame to accommodate taller children.
Storage and parents amenities
Your child is well-cared-for in the Urban Jungle, 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 31" up to 44". A 6'1" mom named Lindsay wrote in to say that this was a deciding factor in her choice and it eliminated most other strollers.
Then you have the storage basket beneath the seat. It's a very good size and complimented in reviews. As you can see in the photo, it has little pockets throughout the basket, both inside and out, to keep little things from getting lost in the bigger area. I've always liked that.
The basket has an 11 pound carrying capacity, and some reviewers have reported that they carry bags of groceries in the basket. A mom wrote in to say that when she wasn't carting around her shopping, the basket very easily held all the baby supplies and family picnic lunches.
While there isn't a parent organizer, you do get a bottle holder, 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 compliments this stroller receives is how well it maneuvers. Rear suspension means a smoother ride for your child when going over bumpy terrain. Lock the front wheel straight for more stability going over the rougher areas. Several reviews mention the single handed maneuverability and how easy the Urban Jungle is to take over different terrain.
Folded w wheels: 41"L x 12"D x 25"W