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Best All-Terrain Strollers for Hiking

best all terrain strollers for hiking

Having an off-road stroller that I could take on hikes definitely made transitioning to life with a new baby easier.  Instead of being stuck in “baby prison,” I was still able to get outdoors and do things like go camping and hiking.

Keep in mind that getting outdoors with a baby still isn’t easy.  There’s a lot to figure out. You’ll definitely need to carry a bunch of crap around with you (literally and figuratively!).  But a hiking stroller can be looked at as a tool which makes it all easier.

Oh, and if anyone tries to say you are crazy for getting outdoors with a young baby or little kid, just casually remind them of all the benefits that come with getting kids outdoors from a young age like lower incidences of asthma, allergies, and even fewer mental disorders like depression.  😀

 

Quick Picks:

*Keep reading for the full review of these all-terrain strollers plus a buying guide for strollers for outdoor use.

 

Best Overall: Thule Urban Glide 2.0

thule urban glide 2.0 all terrain stroller

The Urban Glide 2.0 has all the features you need like a great suspension system, hand and foot brakes, and large wheels with air-filled tires.  It manages all this without being too heavy and can fold down with one hand.

*You can buy the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 at Amazon or at REI (current price $479).

It’s also available at Outdoorplay.com. Use the discount code AV10 to get 10% off the stroller and your entire order plus free shipping.

 

Best for Tough Terrain:  BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

bob revolution flex 3.0 stroller

This stroller is a bit heavier than the Thule, which makes it less ideal for everyday use.  However, the extra weight allows it to handle tough terrain better.  It also has a suspension system that can be adjusted depending on your child’s weight.

 

Best for Small Cars and Apartments: Bumbleride Indie

bumbleride indie all terrain stroller

The Indie is significantly smaller than the other off-road strollers when folded.  While it’s not as hardcore as the others, it is still great for jogging and  hiking on beat-up paths

 

Best for Off-Road Jogging: Baby Jogger Summit X3

Baby Jogger Summit X3 all terrain stroller

The standout feature of this stroller is that it can switch between fixed front wheel and swivel at the handlebar.  It also has hand brakes for helping you control speed on downhills.

 

Best for Style/Everyday Use: Stokke Trailz

Stokke Trailz all terrain stroller

Stokke strollers handle like a dream and look very attractive.  Even though it doesn’t look like an off-road stroller, the Stokke Trailz handles surprisingly well – just be prepared to pay a tidy sum for the complete travel system.

 

Best Convertible Bike Trailer/Stroller: Thule Chariot

This bike trailer quickly converts into a 4-wheel stroller. You can also purchase conversion kits to turn it into a jogger or cross-country skiing trailer. With just one trailer, you’ll be able to do lots of outdoor sports.

 

Top All-Terrain Strollers Compared

Thule Urban Glide 2.0BOB Revolution Flex 3.0Bumbleride IndieBaby Jogger Summit x3Stokke TrailzThule Chariot
Max weight75lbs75lbs55lbs75lbs45lbs75lbs
Stroller weight25.3lbs28.5lbs24lbs28.4lbs30lbs25.8lbs
Hand BrakeYesNoNoYesYesYes
TiresAir-filledAir-filledAir-filledAir-filledAir-filled or classicAir-filled
Front wheel size12"12.5"12"12"10"8" or 12"
Back wheel size1616"12"16"12"20"
Lockable front wheel?YesYesYesYesYesYes
Adjustable handlebar?YesYesYesNoYesYes
Folded Size34.2”x27.2”x13.3”39"x24.5"x16"32"x24.5"x11.5"34.6"x25.7"x15.35"37.6”x19.69”x9.6” 34.2”x31.5”x 15”
One-Handed Fold?YesNoNoYesNoNo
Unique FeaturesTwist hand brake for controlling speed;
Universal car seat adapter
Fully upright position;
Adjustable suspension
Eco-friendly;
Folds down small
Remotely switch front wheel from locked to swivelForward or parent-facing seat positionsBike trailer that converts into stroller, jogger, or for skiing
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Things to Consider before Buying an Off-Road Stroller

Baby Carrier or Off-Road Stroller?

Hiking strollers are awesome at navigating trails and going off-road.  But you need to be realistic.   Even the best off-road strollers aren’t going to be able to handle tough trails.

If you want to do any serious hiking on small pathways or steep inclines, you’ll need a baby carrier.

Also bear in mind that all-terrain strollers are heavy. Add in the weight of your child and it’s going to be tiring to push on a bumpy path.

On the flip side, it’s also tiring to carry a baby in a carrier.   My second kid had to be born with an emergency C-section, so I definitely wasn’t carrying her in a carrier the first couple months!

Whoops! This trail is definitely not stroller accessible (all-terrain or not).

 

Tips:

Check Trail Suitability before You Go

There are lots of great apps that will let you know whether a path or trail is suitable for strollers.  On AllTrails, for example, you can look for trails that are tagged with “kid friendly” or “handicap accessible.”

Of course, staying on stroller-accessible trails means you (probably) aren’t going to get far into “wild” nature.  There are usually lots of other hikers (read: crowds) on these paths.  This admittedly annoyed me when I first started hiking with my baby.  So, I made sure to avoid weekends and holidays as much as possible when going with the stroller.

 

Bring both a Stroller and Carrier on Hikes.

Keep a soft-frame carrier in the stroller basket. If the terrain gets really rough, put your baby in the carrier.  Then you can plow through the path with your stroller without worrying that it’s too bumpy for your baby.

On hikes where we’ll be returning on the same path, I’ve even ditched the stroller when the path got too tough for the stroller.  I keep a bike lock under the stroller and just lock the stroller to a tree in a discreet spot.

 

Use Trekking Poles with a Carrier.

If you opt for a baby carrier for hiking, you will definitely want trekking poles.  It really helps redistribute the weight evenly so your back doesn’t get strained (plus a zillion other benefits).  Oh, and it will make you less scared of falling over while carrying your fragile baby!

 

An All-Terrain Stroller for Everyday Use?

Good strollers are expensive. If you are only taking occasional hiking or off-road trips, then getting an off-road stroller might not be worth the cost.

Ideally, you would get just one stroller that could be used for every day and for hiking.  But here’s the problem with that:

All-terrain strollers are huge.

More specifically, all-terrain strollers are really wide.  I live in a city and often find that I can’t get into doorways or city buses. Then there are the a-holes who park too far up on the sidewalk, meaning I have to go into the street to pass.

Small stores with narrow aisles? You can forget about it with an all-terrain stroller. (Once I even had a sitcom-worthy incident where my stroller knocked over a giant display in a store!).

Visiting Europe? Good luck getting into tiny hotel elevators.

It’s really annoying to remove everything from the bottom of your stroller plus your sleeping baby (who is then no longer sleeping) just so you can fold up the stroller.  Then try to carry your baby, all the stuff, plus a heavy stroller.  Not fun!

tiny elevator not stroller accessible

An all-terrain stroller definitely isn’t fitting into this hotel elevator in England

 

My family’s solution? We have two strollers.

Our main stroller is the “beast” which we use for hiking as well as everyday tasks and trips to the playground.

Then we also have a much smaller stroller that can be opened/closed with one hand.  This is the stroller we use when we will be going anywhere by bus or are traveling by airplane. It’s also the stroller that we take when going anywhere by car because it’s much easier to get in/out of the trunk of the car.

I know that having to get two separate strollers sucks.  But, realistically, you aren’t going to find one single stroller that meets all of your needs.

Tip: Be cautious when switching to a smaller stroller.  After you get used to an off-road stroller, it’s easy to forget that you can’t just plow over broken sidewalks! My poor kid has gotten a lot of jolts this way. 😮

 

Convertible Bike Trailers/Strollers

convertible bike trailer and all terrain stroller

If you plan on cycling with your children in a bike trailer, then you might want to consider this: get a convertible bike trailer/stroller.  However, there are some things to consider before using a bike trailer as your off-road stroller. Here are the pros/cons.

 

Pros:

You’ll Save Money:

Bike trailers and all-terrain strollers are expensive.  Bike trailers that can also be used as strollers tend to be even pricier, but it’s still cheaper than buying two pieces of gear.

 

Bike Trailer/Strollers Are Covered:

Sure, you can get a rain cover for a stroller, but it is nothing like the spacious bubble of a covered bike trailer.  That makes bike trailers better for snow.

 

Can Be Used for Multiple Sports:

Some bike trailers can be converted for jogging and skiing.  That will make it much easier to get outdoors with your child, regardless of the season!

 

Cons:

Bike Trailers Are Only for Older Children:

Even though some bike trailers come with inserts for infants, they should only be used for children one year and up.

As explained at Ice Bike, the one-year rule is because bike trailers don’t offer the smoothest ride.  Bike trailers are positioned closer to the ground, which  is good for protecting against falls but not for dampening shock.

Further, the wheels of bike trailers are positioned directly under your child.  Regardless of how good the suspension system is, your child will feel bumps.

This isn’t an issue with older children, but the bumpiness can be dangerous for young babies who have soft spots in their skulls and can’t hold themselves upright.

 

Are Harder to Maneuver:

In general, convertible bike trailers/strollers are larger and bulkier than all-terrain strollers.  This makes them harder to maneuver and heavier to push.  This isn’t much of an issue for off-road use, but it makes them annoying for everyday use – especially in tight places.

If you do want to use a bike trailer/stroller for everyday, then get one that can be converted into a four wheel stroller.  The general consensus is that these are much easier to maneuver.  The Thule Chariot, for example, has the option of converting to a 3-wheel or a 4-wheel stroller.

 

Recommended Bike Trailer/Strollers:

Of these, the Thule Chariot is by far the top pick. I’ll get into the details of it in the review section below.

 

All-Terrain Stroller Buying Guide

all terrain stroller on hiking path

If you aren’t sure what the heck to look for in a stroller for off-road use and hiking, here’s what you need to know.

 

All-terrain vs. Jogging Strollers

Regular strollers will have a four-wheel construction.  The benefit of this is that they can be made with a narrower and lighter design.

However, a triangle really is the most stable design.  Thus, any stroller made for jogging or going off-road will have three wheels.   The three wheel design means the strollers are easier to push and less bumpy for the rider.

It can be pretty hard to tell the difference between jogging and all-terrain strollers just by looking at them.  Here are the main differences:

 

Joggers have fixed front wheels:

The non-swiveling wheel means the stroller can remain stable even when at high speeds.  However, it makes it harder to turn a jogging stroller.  When turning corners, you have to lift the stroller off its front wheel.

By contrast, all-terrain strollers have swiveling front wheels.  To confuse things though, some joggers and all-terrain strollers have front wheels which can be fixed or swivel.

 

All-terrain strollers have fatter tires:

The fatter tires make it easier to handle tough terrain without making the ride too bumpy for your baby.  The fatter tires aren’t great for joggers because the extra traction will slow you down.

 

Air-filled tires:

Both joggers and all-terrain tires can have air-filled tires.  However, they are more common on joggers than all-terrain tires.  This has to do with the fact that the air-filled tires may be punctured on off-road terrain.

*Note that a lot of all-terrain strollers can also be used for jogging (and vise versa).  However, don’t assume that you can use the stroller for both.  Consumer Reports specifically states that,

“All-terrain [strollers] are often mistaken for jogging or running strollers, but should not be used for running unless the user’s manual specifically says so.”

 

Features of All-Terrain Strollers to Look for

There are zillions of features to look at when choosing a stroller for off-road and hiking use.  Here are the most important ones you’ll want to keep in mind when comparing.

 

Suspension System:

Unfortunately, the most important feature of off-grid strollers can’t be seen: the suspension system.  This is what is going to absorb the shock and ensure the wheels can maneuver well over obstacles.

I usually don’t care about brand names when shopping for gear.  But, with hiking strollers, this a time where brand reputation matters.  When you get an off-road stroller from a brand like Thule or BOB, you can count on the suspension to be a good quality.

 

Wheel Size:

If the stroller is going to maneuver over tree roots, grass, gravel, and old cobblestone streets, it needs to have big wheels.  The best all-terrain strollers have back wheels that are around 16 inches in diameter, and a front wheel which is around 12 inches.

Yes, these wheels are large- and thus the stroller is going to be large.  But smaller stroller wheels simply don’t handle as well.

 

Weight Capacity:

Most all-terrain strollers can hold children up to 70lbs.  However, there are many that have weight limits of only around 50lbs.

Remember that the weight capacity is for the passenger PLUS anything you’ve got in the basket.  If you are like me and use your stroller to haul a week’s worth of groceries, you can quickly surpass this limit.

 

Size and Weight:

Sorry to break it to you, but you won’t find a lightweight all-terrain stroller.  These strollers have to be made from heavy-duty construction in order to navigate tough terrain.  They also need to be big enough to remain stable.

That goes back to what I said earlier about needing two strollers.  Consider investing in a good all-terrain stroller for outdoor use, but also getting a cheaper lightweight stroller for things like car trips to the supermarket or visiting friends.

 

Air-Filled or Rubber Tires?

All the best all-terrain strollers will have air-filled tires.  Yes, you do have to pump them occasionally.  But they really do maneuver much better than rubber tires, especially when it comes to handling bumps.  Likewise, they are much better on the beach.

*What if you get a flat?

Instead of calling your hike quits and rushing off to the bike repair shop, you can just carry a little container of Slime Tube Sealant.  The stuff is awesome at fixing flats, even when you are in the middle of a long hike!

Tip: Make sure you get good tubes for your stroller wheels. A lot of parents said their stroller wheels were constantly going flat.  Then they got better tubes and the problem was solved.

 

Lockable Front Wheel:

I almost always keep the front wheel unlocked.  It’s simply easier to maneuver around obstacles this way. However, if the terrain is really rough or I need to move fast, then a locked front wheel is better.  It’s more stable for your baby. 

*The Baby Jogger Summit X3 stroller has a really cool feature where you can lock/unlock the front wheel with an integrated brake at the handle. That means you don’t have to bend over each time you want to go from locked to unlocked.

 

5-Point Safety Harness:

Pretty much every off-road stroller is going to have this feature.  On a side note, I think that ALL strollers (off-road or regular) should have 5-point harness.  Maybe your baby isn’t as squirmy as mine, but I know that the harness has kept her from falling out of the stroller on several occasions!

 

Adjustable Handlebar:

When you push a stroller with handlebars at an awkward height, it can put a lot of strain on your wrists.  Now imagine pushing the stroller over uneven terrain while your wrist is in a weird position!

You might get lucky and find a stroller which has the handlebars at the exact right height for you.  But is your partner at the same height?  Probably not.  So, I believe that an adjustable handlebar is a must-have feature in all strollers (not just hiking strollers).

 

Car Seat Compatibility:

Some all-terrain strollers come with adapters that allow you to put an infant car seat over them.  This is useful because you’ll be able to use the stroller from day 1.  Without a car seat adapter, you’ll probably need to wait until your child is 8 weeks to put it in the all-terrain stroller.

The car seat adapter is also nice if you don’t want to wake your sleeping baby (and who wants to wake a baby?) when transferring her from the car seat to the stroller.

Just be warned that an off-road stroller with a car seat on top is going to be even bulkier and heavier.  You definitely don’t want to push the stroller off-road with the car seat on top.  This is only for situations like grocery shopping!

 

Seat Type:

When going over tough terrain, it’s best to have your baby sitting at an incline.  This will help distribute the impact over her entire body instead of focusing it at the head and spine (as would happen when sitting straight up).

However, it’s also nice to be able to adjust the seat back so it goes all the way down (for sleeping) or up (such as when eating).

Some all-terrain strollers have hammock type seats. The idea of these seats is that the hammock configuration prevents the baby from banging against the stroller.  I personally think these aren’t great options though.  You can’t adjust them and there are times when you’ll want your kid sitting upright or lying down.

 

Accessories (especially for a second kid):

The big thing you want to consider is whether you will have a second kid.  If this is the case, then it’s nice to get an all-terrain stroller that can attach a ride-along board.  The ride-along boards don’t exactly handle well on off-road terrain, but they are a great option to have around town.

 

Other Nice Features:

  • Tether/Safety Wrist Strap: If the stroller doesn’t come with a tether, you can use something like this instead. Just attach one side to your wrist and another to the stroller handlebars.
  • Snack tray: These are nice. Though I find that the baby cup holder is always useless.  Your kid will probably just toss the cup out of the stroller.  Instead, I use a piece of paracord and the two-half hitches knot to tie my baby’s sippy cup to the stroller.  The knot slides, so I can easily remove the cup.
  • Cup holder (for parent): Coffeeeee!!!! Though note that your coffee will probably slosh around on uneven terrain. I usually end up using the cup holder for holding trash or random things that come with parenthood.
  • Pockets: You’d be surprised how much a few pockets in your stroller will make your life easier. It’s nice to be able to have things close at hand, and to toss random items in there.

We use one of these (above) instead of a tether for our stroller.  I like that the coil expands long, so we don’t have to worry about pulling the stroller down with us if we fall. 

 

Best All-Terrain Strollers

1. Thule Urban Glide 2.0

Thule is a Swedish company that makes gear for active lifestyles including roof racks, bike trailers and child bike seats, and backpacks.  Their Urban Glide 2.0 off-road stroller is a favorite with outdoorsy parents.  It’s tough enough for hiking trips but still lightweight enough for everyday use.

Specs:

  • 12.5” front wheel
  • 16” back wheels
  • Air-filled tires
  • 25.3lbs
  • 75lbs capacity
  • Hand and foot brake
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lockable front wheel
  • Folded dimensions: 34.2”L x 27.2”W x 13.3”H
  • Interior seat width: 13.5”
  • Sitting height: 21”
  • Buy Here (Amazon), (REI)

*Get 10% off the stroller if you buy it at Outdoorplay.com. Just use the discount code AV10 at checkout! 

 

The Good

One-Handed Folding

The thing that really makes the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 stand out from other off-road strollers is how easily it folds.  You can do it with one hand just by pulling on a blue bar located under the foot rest.

Once the stroller has been folded, you can even fold in the wheels.  This makes the stroller fold down very compact, so it could even be brought in smaller cars.

 

Hand and Foot Brake

The Urban Glide 2.0 also has a hand brake in addition to the foot brake (the original version of the Urban Glide only had a foot brake).

The hand brake is great for going on hilly terrain.  Just twist the brake to slow down the stroller for better speed control going downhill.

 

Universal Car Seat Compatibility

thule urban glide 2.0 with car seat adapter

A lot of all-terrain strollers have adapters for car seats, but only work with specific brands of car seats. This isn’t the case with the Thule Urban Glide 2.0.  It’s adapter is universal for virtually any car seat.

 

Zip Storage Basket

If you want an all-terrain stroller for the beach, the Urban Glide 2.0 is a good option because it’s storage basket has a zip cover.  This will keep stand out of your supplies!

 

The Bad

Folds with Fabric Outwards

thule urban glide 2.0 folded

The one-handed folding is great, but the stroller folds in a way that the fabric is outwards.  If you need to fold it somewhere muddy,  you’ll end up cleaning it before you can put your child back into the stroller.

 

Needs More Extras

It would be nice if there were more pockets or a cup holder on the stroller.  These need to be purchased separately.

Get the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Here


 

2. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

BOB stands for Beast of Burden, and the name suits the type of gear that the company makes.  The suspension systems on their strollers are legendary.  The strollers practically push themselves and can even go over snow.

If you plan on going on any serious trails with your stroller, then this is the stroller for you. Just know that it’s heavy weight and size means it isn’t as ideal for everyday use.

Specs:

  • 12.5” front wheel
  • 16” back wheels
  • Air-filled tires
  • 28.5lbs
  • 75lbs capacity
  • Foot brake
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lockable front wheel
  • Folded dimensions: 39”L x 24.5”W x 16”H
  • Open dimensions: 45”L x 24.5”W x 43”H
  • Interior seat width: 14.5”
  • Max child height: 44”
  • Buy Here

 

The Good

From Birth to Childhood

bob revolution flex 3.0 stroller with car seat

You can buy an adapter bar which allows you to fit the BOB stroller with a car seat, thus making it possible to use this stroller with a newborn.  The seat also reclines nearly flat, so you could use it with an infant from 8 weeks old (babies 0-8 weeks should only use this stroller with a car seat attached). 

Because of how large the stroller is, it can even be used for older toddlers or young children.  The weight capacity is 75lbs, and there is plenty of headroom in the stroller.  There’s also a ride-along board option, so you’d be able to use it with two children too.

 

Highly Adjustable Seat

Most all-terrain strollers keep the seat in a slight recline position, since this position is better at absorbing shock.  However, BOB realized that many of their customers were using the stroller everyday too, so they made it possible to adjust the seat into a fully-upright position.

The upright position option is great if you want to feed your child in the stroller, or just want your older child to have a better view. The near-flat recline is great for napping.

 

Great Ventilation and Canopy

BOB really got the canopy and ventilation on the Revolution stroller near perfect.  The UPF 50 canopy goes way down, so it will block sun from your sleeping child.  There are vents in multiple places so your child won’t overheat in hot weather.

 

Adjustable Suspension

Not only is the suspension incredibly smooth over bumpy terrain, it can even be adjusted. There are shock release knobs with two different positions based on your child’s weight.  Use position 1 for 0-40lbs and position 2 for 41-75lbs.

 

Padded Handlebar with 9 Positions

As a very short woman, I love that the handlebar can go in 9 different positions.  Keep the position lower when you want to go faster over smooth terrain.  Put the position up a bit higher when you are on tougher terrain and need to exert more force.

 

Lots of Nice Extras

bob revolution flex 3.0 stroller behind

There are 6 pockets, a huge shopping basket, a magnetic peek-a-boo window, a 5-point harness that doesn’t need to be rethreaded, a wrist strap, water-repellent fabric, safety reflectors… It seems like BOB thought of everything that parents would want.

 

The Bad

2-Step, 2-Hand Folding

To fold the BOB Revolution 3.0 stroller, you have to squeeze two levers located underneath the handle.  This requires two hands.  This step folds the stroller in half, and then you pull up to collapse the stroller. A buckle secures the stroller in place.

This isn’t exactly hard to do, but it is impossible to do if you ever need to fold the stroller while holding your child.

 

Big and Bulky

The size of the BOB Revolution stroller is what allows it to handle so well and fit children as they get older.  However, it might not fit in the trunk of small cars when folded.  It’s also not great for everyday use.  I’d recommend getting a smaller stroller for use around town and leaving this one for trail running and hiking.

 

No Hand Brake

Considering how nicely made the BOB strollers are, it’s odd that they didn’t include a hand brake.

 

Buy the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Here


 

3. Bumbleride Indie

Bumbleride is a fairly new company that specializes in making all-terrain strollers.  Their Indie stroller has all the features you’d expect of a good hiking stroller, like a suspension system in all three wheels and air-filled tires.

What makes the Indie stand out is that it is significantly smaller than the other strollers here when folded.  If you have a small car or apartment, then this is probably the best off-road stroller for you.

Specs:

  • 12” wheels
  • Air-filled tires
  • 24lbs
  • 55lbs capacity
  • Foot brake
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Lockable front wheel
  • Folded: 32″L x 24.5″W x 11.5″H
  • Open: 37”L x 24.5W x 26.5-45.5H inches
  • Seat: 14.5”x9”
  • Backrest: 19”x13”
  • Buy Here

 

The Good:

Lightweight

At just 24lbs, the Bumbleride Indie is much lighter than other all-terrain strollers.  This makes a big difference is you are getting it in/out of your car often.

 

Compact Size

bumbleride indie folded

The Indie stroller folds down to be much smaller than virtually all other off-road strollers.  The dimensions are 32×24.5×11.5 inches folded.   That’s 7 inches shorter than the BOB stroller!  If you have a small car, other off-road strollers simply may not fit in your car trunk, meaning this is the best option for you.

 

Eco friendly

Not only are Bumbleride materials free of harmful chemicals, they are better for the planet.  The stroller fabric is made from recycled materials and with a process that uses less water.

 

Lots of Pockets and Extras

bumbleride indie pockets

The stroller has enough pockets to hold your water bottles, snacks, phone, and more. It is car seat and bassinet compatible. You can also attach a ride-along board to the stroller. The adapter has to be bought separately.  Just note that the adapter isn’t universal.  It only works with Peg Perego, Nuna, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, Chicco & Graco car seats.

 

The Bad:

12” Wheels

The smaller wheels on the Indie are a double-edge sword.  On one side, they mean that the stroller is more compact and folds down small enough to fit in tiny cars.  But the smaller wheels also mean that it won’t handle tough terrain as well.

 

Low Weight Capacity

The weight capacity of the Bumbleride Indie is only 55lbs.  Keep in mind that is the capacity for the passenger plus anything you load into the basket.

 

Canopy

Bumbleride keeps adjusting the canopy but still can’t seem to get it right.  It’s a bit annoying to close and won’t fold completely flat.  When the canopy is open, it also severely restricts headspace.  Your kid will probably grow out of the stroller quickly.   

Buy the Bumbleride Indie Here


 

4. Baby Jogger Summit X3

Back in 1984, Baby Jogger became the first company to invent a stroller specifically for running.   The Summit X3 is still primarily a jogging stroller, but it has all-terrain wheels and a suspension system suitable for going off-road.

Specs:

  • 12” front wheel
  • 16” back wheels
  • Air-filled tires
  • 28.4lbs
  • 75lbs capacity
  • Hand and foot brake
  • Handlebar not adjustable
  • Remote-locking front wheel
  • Folded dimensions: 34.6”H x 25.7″W x 15.35″D
  • Open dimensions: 75”H x 25”W x 40”D
  • Seat height: 21”
  • Buy Here

 

The Good

Hand-operated brakes

Baby Jogger Summit X3 all terrain stroller

In addition to the foot brake, there are hand-operated brakes on the handlebars.  These control the back wheels so you can slow down on hilly terrain.

 

Switch Front Wheel from Lock to Swivel at Handlebar

This is a really cool feature, and (as far as I know) the Summit X3 is the only off-road stroller with it.  There is a lever at the handlebar which connects to the lock on the front wheel.  You can switch from locked/swivel without having to bend down to the wheel.  This is great for people who do a lot of jogging on uneven terrain where you might need to switch back and forth often.

 

One Handed Folding

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is really easy to fold.  You just grab a strap in the crease of the seat and pull.  The stroller immediately collapses and you can use the same strap to carry the folded stroller.

 

Lifetime Warranty on Frame

The warranty on this Baby Jogger stroller is fantastic.  The frame warranty is even for life.  If you plan on having a second child later down the road, you’ll be happy to have a guarantee that this frame will still work.

 

The Bad:

No Adjustable Handlebar

The handle height of the Summit X3 is fixed at 40 inches.  A fixed handlebar does mean it is more rigid and can handle more abuse – but it’s also not ideal for short or tall people.

 

Foot Brake Not Flip-Flop Friendly

It’s pretty difficult to release the foot brake with your foot, especially if you aren’t in proper shoes.

 

Folds with Fabric Outwards

Like with the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 (which is also one-handed folding), the Summit X3 folds with the fabric outwards.  You’ll need to be careful not to get the seat all dirty when putting the stroller down.

 

Doesn’t Store Well Folded

Baby Jogger summit x3 folded

Not only is the Baby Jogger Summit X3 really big and bulky when folded (even bulkier than many other jogging strollers), it won’t stand up. You’ll have to lay it down flat when stored, or prop it next to something to keep it upright.

Buy the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Here


 

5. Stokke Trailz

Stokke makes really attractive strollers.  By attractive, I’m talking about faux leather handlebars, sleek designs, and matching accessories.  These are strollers that look expensive and are expensive.

I personally don’t like the Stokke Trailz stroller for hiking. However, the stroller is really popular so I didn’t want to let my personal opinions limit your options.  Though I do have to say that some of Stokke’s promo photos for the Trailz stroller are amusing.  They show a mom wearing high heels.  Who the hell goes hiking in heels with a newborn?  😀

The price isn’t all about luxury designs though.  It turns out that the engineering on these strollers is damn good. They can easily be pushed with one hand and have suspension systems that absorb shock well.

The Stokke Trailz is the company’s first all-terrain stroller.  It has a 4-wheel construction but the wheels are set in a way that still create a triangle configuration (and thus give stability).

 

Specs:

  • 10” front wheels
  • 12” back wheels
  • Air-filled or classic tires
  • 30lbs
  • 45lbs capacity
  • Foot and hand brake
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lockable front wheels
  • Folded dimensions: 6” x 19.69” x 9.6”
  • Open dimensions: 37.6” x 50” x 24.5”
  • Buy Here

 

The Good:

Multiple Seat Positions

Stokke Trailz all terrain stroller

The seat can be moved so it is forward-facing or parent-facing. I didn’t have this option with my stroller and really wish I did.  It would have been nice to see her instead of just peeking through the window.

 

3-in-1 System

stokke trailz bassinet

The frame (which they call the chassise) of the stroller can fit a bassinet or a car seat. That means you can get a lot of use out of the stroller frame. But do bear in mind that the bassinet and car seat each need to be purchased separately, and they are not cheap!

 

Air-Filled or Regular Tires

The wheels on the Stokke Trailz have air-filled rubber tires that are puncture proof.  You also have an option to get the stroller with classic wheels though, which is nice if you only go off-road occasionally and don’t want to ever worry about punctures.

 

Comfortable Ride

There is padding all over the seat and straps of this all-terrain stroller.  The seat can also be adjusted into different positions and angles. The foot rest is also adjustable. In short, this seems like an incredibly comfortable ride for your child.

 

Stylish

Being “stylish” shouldn’t matter when you are out hiking.  However, for those times when you bring your baby out to a nice dinner (or whatever fancier events you are somehow finding time for 🙂 ) it would be nice to have a stroller which doesn’t look like an all-terrain stroller.

 

Huge Amount of Space Underneath

There is a huge amount of space underneath the Trailz stroller where you can load up groceries or gear for an entire hiking trip.  It can hold up to 23lbs worth of stuff underneath.

 

The Bad:

It’s Massive

The biggest downside about the Stokke Trailz is that it is huge.  Even when folded down, it might not fit into the trunk of many small cars.

 

Annoying to Fold

To fold the Stokke Trailz, you actually have to first remove the seat part.  Only then can you fold down the frame.  This means that you end up with two parts to carry.  Heaven forbid you ever need to fold down the stroller so you can enter a tight space.  In other words, don’t get this stroller if you are going to Europe and will need to get in a tiny elevator shaft!

 

Low Weight Capacity

At just 45lbs capacity, don’t expect to use this stroller with older toddlers or kids. Likewise, you aren’t going to be able to fill up the grocery basket to capacity with a heavy child also in the seat.

 

Very Pricy

Stokke strollers are expensive and the Stokke Trailz is no different.  The cost gets really high once you calculate in the complete system of a bassinet and car seat.  Yes, this is something that you will use every day for years – but you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune for a good stroller.  The other all-terrain strollers reviewed here are a lot cheaper and function just as well (albeit not nearly as stylish as the Stokke Trailz).

Buy the Stokke Trailz Here


 

6. Thule Chariot Bike Trailer/All-Terrain Stroller

 If you want to take your child cycling, jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing, this one trailer can do iti all.  It comes with a conversion kit that allows you to switch between sports, all without being too cumbersome.

Specs:

  • 8” front wheels (12″ with jogging kit)
  • 20” back wheels
  • Air-filled back tires
  • 25.8lbs
  • 75lbs capacity
  • Foot brake; hand brake on Sport model
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lockable front wheels
  • Folded dimensions: ‎34.2” x 31.5” x 15”
  • Door pass through: 25.6”
  • Buy Here

 

The Good:

Multi-Sport

The stroller comes with a conversion kit so it turns into a four-wheel stroller.  You can also buy conversion kits to use the stroller as a jogger or for skiing.  The “Thule VersaWing system” means that you can quickly convert between activities.

 

Easily Converts into a Stroller

I like how the stroller wheels tuck upwards.  This is convenient if you are cycling somewhere but then want to detach the trailer and go for a walk.

 

Quick Fold and Easy Storage

It’s very easy and fast to collapse the Chariot stroller.  You can even detach the wheels quickly so it stores smaller.

 

Storage Space

There’s a mesh area behind the stroller for holding items, as well as a basket that can hold some gear.  Obviously there isn’t a basket underneath the stroller since it is also a bike trailer, but it does have more storage than most other trailer/stroller combos.

 

The Bad:

Confusing Options:

The only real bad things I can say about the Thule Chariot is that its lineup is a bit confusing.  There are currently 4 options in the Chariot line: Sport, Cross, Lite, and Cheetah XT.

Each model of Chariot includes the trailer, rear wheels, stroller conversion,  and cycling attachment.  Here’s the difference between them:

  • Chariot Sport: This is the model with the most features. It has adjustable suspension, reclining seats, padding, removable side panels, and comes with a hand brake and lock kit.
  • Chariot Cross: Has a seat which can recline, padded seats, removable side panels, and adjustable suspension. It differs from the Sport in that it doesn’t come with a hand brake or lock kit (sold separately).
  • Chariot Lite: Does not have adjustable suspension or reclining seats and has less padding
  • Chartiot Cheetah XT: Does not have any suspension, does not have seat padding, and the handlebar only has 2 heights. The rain cover isn’t removable.

Buy the Thule Chariot Here

 

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Image credits:
Elevator” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by tim ellis,
Road Warrior 4: Jogging Stroller” (CC BY 2.0) by ChiefG_G,
IMG_5719” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by ebmarquez,
Hike at Waldron Fen” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Odalaigh

 

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Diane Vukovic is an avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast and couchsurfer. She loves finding ways to explain complex topics to her 9-year old daughter and hunting beetles with her 1-year old. Follow MomGoesCamping on Facebook and Twitter @MomGoesCamping to stay in touch!

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