We Love, You Need: The Best Jogging Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?

For marathon moms and power walkers, these jogging strollers let you bring your baby along for the ride. Find the one that's right for you (12 Photos)

Nancy Johnson Horn on Jul 24, 2012 at 2:26PM

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Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller

Mountain Buggy

a Nancy Johnson Horn on Feb 25, 2011 at 1:05AM

BEST ALL-TERRAIN JOGGER

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Stroller Stats
Weight Range: Up to 77 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 29 lbs.
Dimensions:
     Assembled: 47" L x 29"W x 44" H
     Folded: 15" L x 29" W x 43"H
Type: Jogger (single)
Price: $549
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Expert Review:
Mountain Buggy is known for its all-terrain strollers which can be used for light jogging due to the air tires and fixed-wheel option. But the New Zealand-based company recently added the Terrain, a high-performance jogging stroller, to its roster. It was designed to handle any kind of jogging over every possible surface -- but it did especially well on streets, sidewalks and trails. The push is super-easy, and there's heavy shock suspension, ensuring a smooth ride for your baby. Plus, it has a handbrake and a safety strap for added safety, and an easy-to-adjust child harness. The recline on the seat is perfectly flat, ideal for babies older than 6 months or napping kids. There's also a carrycot for use with a newborn when you aren't jogging. When you want to go for a run, lock the 12-inch tire in the front; the two 16-inch rear air tires help the Terrain grip the road.

We love the little touches: a cushy bumper bar, large sun canopy and ample storage. There are two attached pockets for water bottles for mom and the two inside pockets on the child's seat, an under basket with a zippered cover and a zippered pocket on the back of the basket. (We do, however, wish it came with a raincover and air pump.)

Like most Mountain Buggy strollers, the Terrain is a no-brainer to assemble: Just put the wheels and the sun canopy on. The fold is compact, though the way you fold it is awkward -- you have to slide up levers on each side of the footplate and then it collapses. There's no automatic folding lock -- just buckle the connectors around the back of the stroller. While it's longer than other Mountain Buggy single strollers (which means it may difficult to use in store aisles or other narrow spaces), the Terrain does fit in a mid-sized car's trunk.

Why we love it: Great push and suspension, handy storage like two built-in cupholders and a zippered basket.

What we wish it had: An easier, smoother fold; better cost.

Great for: Active moms who donít need to squeeze it into tight spaces.

What Our Parent Tester Thought:
"Pushing is so smooth over sidewalk cracks and turns and the handle was easy to adjust back and forth since I have it lower to run with. My younger son loved to be pushed fast, and the ride was smooth enough that he could fall asleep."

"The strap adjustments are so easy -- I love this feature. Just turn knob and slide up or down to adjust -- great for switching back and forth between children quickly."

"When the canopy is folded back, my older son's head hits it awkwardly, as if he is too tall for it. But if I unfold it, there's plenty of headroom."

"The drink holders are very angled. Water bottles and sippy cups were fine however it would be nice to use for drinks without lids."

- Hilary, Culver City, Calif., mom of a 3-year-old and 15-month-old

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