Review of the Mountain Buggy Terrain

Review of the Mountain Buggy Terrain

For any new mum (and sometimes dad,) finding the right buggy is one of the most important and expensive purchase decisions they’ll make for their baby and I speak from experience as a reformed pramaholic. Get it right and you won’t be making a costly mistake as it should see you though the early buggy pushing years. Doing your homework, checking reviews, asking friends and shopping around is vital. My first pushchair, a new on the market travel system, was chosen purely on pattern and after seeing a friend’s. That was it. No research, it just looked nice and bright.

It lasted 4 months before I realised it wasn’t suitable for my needs and there began a long list of buggy purchases. That was 15 years ago, long before I had a computer let alone internet, the only way I could find ‘the one’ was through magazine reviews and buying and selling second-hand ones until I found one I liked. Not the best way you’ll agree.

I’m not blowing my own trumpet when I consider myself well equipped to share a review of my Mountain Buggy Terrain, I speak from experience! So what was I looking for in a buggy when I chose this particular one? Well my main criteria was a lightweight, sturdy, easy to push 3 wheeler. I was about to embark on a lifestyle change, one which required long walks, gentle runs and power walks as well as trips to the shops. I wanted one which didn’t take up the entire boot space, would last my son through baby and toddler years and had a basket which could be loaded up for picnics on the beach and in the country.

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

I needed to be able to steer it one-handed so I could walk the dog at the same time, a hand break so I wasn’t chasing it down the steep hills was vital and a buggy that didn’t shy away from the pebbles on the beach. I had a vision to take up running only with a toddler in tow, a pushchair which could glide across all terrains, not limiting my routes was paramount. I was about to embark on a 10 month fitness challenge  and needed the right tools to succeed.

So what pushchair delivered all the above? Yep, you guessed it, my Mountain Buggy Terrain. Every box above was ticked. There are little extras too which you don’t realise you’ll need, like the double bottle storage on each side of the handle, one for baby, one for me.

bottle stores

double bottle storage in the handle bars, always within easy reach.

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And the deep shopping basket with mesh zipped cover, stopping everything from bouncing out while you ride over bumpy ground. There are also 2 handy zipped pockets to the front, foot brake side which I’m using to store my mobile phone, a spare hat, nappy, and wipes so I’m never without on impromptu trips.

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

extra deep shopping basket with zip mesh cover

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

zipped pockets for essentials.

There’s also the full storm cover with front access ensuring rain doesn’t stop play and when it’s wet, I can get the toddler out with out wrestling it up over the hood while it stays none place to dry properly. This packs away neatly in it’s only little bag which I keep in the shopping basket. And when I say storm cover this is a great full cover. I’ve been out in some pretty meaty showers and it’s stayed in place, keeping my boy safe and warm.

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

retractable foot rest – extended

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

foot rest pushed back

One of my previous fave buggy’s was one which lay back quite low so my baby/toddler could nap comfortably, I thought this was a one-off feature, however, I was so pleased to see that this one rivalled and succeeded that feature by having an unlimited recline position, going down to flat and with a padded seat. The absolute plus is the extending leg rest. There’s no uncomfortable leg dangling naps. The Toddler even managed to get himself into a side sleep as the seat is quite wide.

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

Easily adjustable four way seatbelt clasp, all sections are independent so no fussing to get it right

Another little feature which I discovered accidentally on a sunny day is the pull out sun visor which hides away under the hood. This along with the peep window means I can check on him as well walk. My previous buggy had a parent facing option which I was reluctant to compromise but Toddler and I can still chat away through the window when the hood is up.

The Mountain Buggy Terrain reviewed, the perfect jogging and off road pushchair. read why we love it so much here

viewing window in the hood

But what makes this a stand out pushchair, perfect for power walking/jogging/country walks are the extra-large off-road wheels which come with it. Any owner of a pushchair with air inflated tyres will tell you how annoying it is to get a puncture but aside from the fact that the offered wheels make it a breeze to push on the beach and country side, having spares is the bees knees. They are quick release so changing them isn’t a faff.

reviewing the Mountain Buggy Terrain the pushchair for all conditions!

So in a nutshell, what are my favourite features of the Mountain Buggy Terrain?

  1. super light and easy to push, it tuns on a sixpence (as quoted by the owner of my local village shop who was equally impressed!)
  2. sensible size shopping basket
  3. sturdy and a smooth, comfortable ride for my toddler.
  4. can be folded /unfolded quickly, once you’ve found out how (it’s under the leg rest!)
  5. free-standing when folded and packs down quite flat with the wheels off and the bumper bar pushed up

So is this ‘the one’, yes, I think it is, it suits our needs perfectly, is a real show stopper and has been gaining admiring comments from several other buggy pushers already.

Putting the Mountain Buggy Terrain to the test in all conditions

************* UPDATED ***************

I have now owned the Mountain Buggy Terrain for over 6 months so I thought I’d update my review. It’s still my favourite buggy of all time. Despite virtually every day use, it has yet to have a puncture and it still remains super light to push. I’ve dragged it over pebble and sand beaches (it’s easier if you go backwards) and it’s been on a couple of urban shopping trips.

My biggest compliment has to go to the shopping bag though, it’s often laden with wellies, dslr camera bags, hats and occasionally shopping!

If you’d like to see all the features in working process please check out my YouTube vlog

Disclaimer

I was sent this buggy for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are entirely my own, I appreciate what an important and expensive decision pushchair buying is, so would only offer a truthful review to help any prospective buyers make up their own minds. 

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13 Comments

  1. 29th September 2015 / 11:38 am

    This sounds absolutely brilliant! It looks so good and sounds like it works so well x

    • 29th September 2015 / 8:27 pm

      It has amazed me just how much of an all rounder it is.

  2. 29th September 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I saw these at a baby show recently and fell in love. They look so sturdy and are perfect for our family dog walks around the local common land. Maybe one day we will be able to get one….sigh!

    Faye @talesandtea

    #TriedTested

    • 29th September 2015 / 8:26 pm

      I’m on on our local countryside and common walking the day with my dag everyday and it’s perfect as it’s so easy to push one handed and glides over all the bumpy ground.

  3. 29th September 2015 / 5:04 pm

    This sounds great. I quite fancy one of these myself – I didn’t realise how much time we spent in the country side before we got our current pram. Unfortunately I may need a double next, but I’ll keep this in mind for the future x
    #triedtested

    • 29th September 2015 / 8:22 pm

      I just wish I’d got it sooner, being a new pushchair I never got to read any reviews so to find one as perfect as this is such a surprise

  4. 29th September 2015 / 8:46 pm

    i love mountain buggies my friend who is a avid runner bought herself one after my recommendation and loads of research and 3 years on its still going strong . I am yet to find the right buggy for me after 2 children and numbers in the double figures now i should really find it soon (problem is i am not a runner otherwise the MB would have ticked so many boxes!) oh well the search continues! #triedtested

    • 1st October 2015 / 10:10 pm

      You don’t need to be a runner for this Mountain Buggy, my mum loves taking my boy out in it as it’s so light and easy to push. It pretty much goes everywhere with us.

  5. 3rd October 2015 / 9:06 pm

    We are big Mountain Buggy fans too – they just handle anything you throw at them! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • 4th October 2015 / 8:35 pm

      They most certainly do, we’ve had it all over the countryside

  6. 5th October 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Practical and gorgeous – what’s not to love! I must admit I made an epic fail with my first pram purchase and stuck with it for years. Why I didn’t sell it early doors I’ll never know.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • 5th October 2015 / 9:10 pm

      It’s a win – win that’s for sure Colette