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Giveaways Day 14 – Mountain Buggy Terrain

Mountain Buggy TerrainIt’s no secret the BOB Revolution has totally dominated the sport stroller category for a number of years. So when Mountain Buggy showed off the Terrain at the ABC show last fall, our first question was “Why this and not that?”

As it turns out, the Mountain Buggy Terrain addresses some deficiencies that exist in pretty much every other running stroller on the market. And while I would never hesitate to recommend a BOB, I think Mountain Buggy has done a great job with this stroller.

Most other running strollers are not appropriate for newborns without using a car seat adapter, and they do not have the option of a bassinet. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has a full recline (though it’s still not advisable to go running with a newborn) and since it is fully compatible with all the Urban Jungle accessories, it offers the option for both a carrycot and a car seat adapter.

Other companies that produce running strollers with swiveling front wheels don’t have a hand brake. The Terrain incorporates an active hand brake (in addition to a more traditional foot brake), making it easy to control your speed – a great safety feature.

Other running strollers use a hammock-style seat, which lacks good back support. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has a structured seat with ample padding – a nice touch on a sport stroller, where it’s common for babies to be sitting for long stretches of time.

The Terrain has a precision tracking system in the front wheel to make sure the stroller pushes true, and a shock-absorbing suspension system for a comfortable ride. The front wheel offers 3 modes for swivel and locking. It has an adjustable handlebar and a removable bumper bar (both are advantages over the competition) plus ample cargo space. Best of all, it has the simple design and the high quality materials (aircraft-grade aluminum!) of a Mountain Buggy, so this stroller can rack-up lots of miles on the road and on the trails.

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2 comments

  1. the question i have is how big are the wheels? I run with a Performance Series Baby Jogger and the wheels are 20″ which is soooo crucial (and perhaps makes up for the fact that it lacks some of the things on this Mountain Buggy?)

    I’m very loyal to the Baby Jogger brand as I am a competitive runner on the national level. This Performance Series allows me to run upwards of 50 miles a week (+ speedworkouts) with my two girls.

    HOWEVER, they discontinued this model so we’ve been on the hunt for a SERIOUS new running stroller. If these wheels are large enough, we may have found it!

  2. The wheels are not 20″, sadly. They are 16″ in the rear and 12″ in front. For the amount of running you are doing, those 20″ wheels are really important. The Mountain Buggy has been through a ton of durability testing and it would stand up to the mileage with no problem, but I don’t think it would be as light to push as the Performance series. I don’t think BJ has discontinued that model entirely though – are you sure about that? I’m in awe that you run so much with your kids!

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