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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So in a nutshell, what are my favourite features of the Mountain Buggy Terrain?
- 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!)
- sensible size shopping basket
- sturdy and a smooth, comfortable ride for my toddler.
- can be folded /unfolded quickly, once you’ve found out how (it’s under the leg rest!)
- 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.
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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!
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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.