All-terrain strollers that make rough routes a walk in the park (2022)

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Stacey Smith

Friday 09 September 2022 11:32

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Whether you’re an outdoorsy family, ready for adventure, or just need something that can handle the daily dog walk – we’ve tracked down the best all-terrain pushchairs for woodland walks and sandy strolls.

As the name suggests, an all-terrain buggy will handle rough routes – whether that’s inner-city bumpy pavements, muddy country dirt tracks, or even snow. However, this comes at a price, and most of these models will take up more room and be heavier than those with more limited functionality.

Generally speaking, the bigger the tire, the smoother the ride. Four-wheel models offer better stability (important if your dog tends to pull on the lead), while three-wheelers are a little nippier. Suspension helps to absorb bumps in the road, giving your little one a much smoother ride, and hi-tech materials will help to keep them protected in all weather conditions.

Prices vary, and while many include helpful extras such as rain covers or footmuffs, others need to be purchased separately – something worth factoring in when making your decision.

Having thoroughly researched the market, including brand new releases and important updates to existing models, we’re confident these are the best all-terrain buggies for every occasion. Whether your focus is finding one to grow with your family, lead by your budget or suitable for exercising with, we’ve found the best off-road models for you.

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How we tested

With the help of our discerning 11-month-old, and energetic french bulldog, we tested a range of all-terrain and off-road buggies, over a period of six weeks. We put them through their paces in the countryside and on long dog walks across the marshes (as well as on shorter inner-city trips too).

We were looking to see how easy they were to put together, how smooth the ride was, and how easy each was to fold and unfold with our hands full. We also checked them out in different weather conditions, and finally there was a car boot test, to see just how much space each took up when not in use.

The best all-terrain strollers for 2022 are:

  • Best overall – Mamas & Papas ocarro all-terrain pushchair: £899, Mamasandpapas.com
  • Best for growing families – Joolz geo³: £1,049, Joolz.com
  • Best lightweight all-terrain stroller – Bugaboo fox 3: £1,215, Bugaboo.com
  • Best for multi-wheel functionality – iCandy peach all-terrain: £1,080, Icandyworld.com
  • Best for jogging Thule urban glide 2 jogging stroller: £749.99, Thule.com
  • Best value for money – Ickle Bubba stomp V4 all terrain travel system: £499, Icklebubba.com

Mamas & Papas ocarro all-terrain pushchair

  • Best: Overall
  • Weight: 13.7kg
  • Wheels: Four
  • Suitable from: Birth

Looking for a buggy that can handle rough rides and look good while doing so? Mamas and Papas has it covered with this stylish specimen.

Let’s start with the hood which is huge, easily sheltering your little one from the elements, and the seat fully reclines for snoozing on the go. It also has puncture-proof tires and lockable front wheels for greater stability. But what we loved most of all was that it can be folded with the seat attached, whether front or rear facing – which is one of those things you don’t realise is important, until you have kids yourself.

It’s undoubtedly well-made – we felt proud when pushing it around – and it folds down nice and small for an all-terrain model. In short, we were impressed, finding everything intuitive, from the initial set-up, to the adjustable handlebar. Also included in the price is a bear and blanket for baby, which we thought was a super cute touch.

We love this smart limited-edition colourway, which is a collaboration between Mamas & Papas and British tweed manufacturer Abraham Moon. However if that’s not your jam, there’s nine stylish colours to choose from.

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Joolz geo³

  • Best: For growing with your family
  • Weight: 13kg
  • Wheels: Four
  • Suitable from: Birth
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The latest release from Joolz feels like the Rolls Royce of buggies. Designed to grow with your family, it can easily be turned into a twin model, and folds with the seat attached.

There’s so much to love, including an enormous basket (the largest on the market), bouncy four wheel suspension, a built-in LED light for dark mornings, and a generous water repellent/sun-proof hood. It’s the perfect height to wheel straight up to the table, and the smooth, single-motion fold couldn’t be easier. Even the set-up is made fun, with a dedicated playlist that kicks off with Black Eyed Peas “Let’s get it started” – and we don’t want to brag but we’d completed it before track four ended.

Our mini tester was equally impressed, looking snug as a bug in her padded, deep seat and appreciating the toy hanger loops on the bumper. The large ventilation areas were also a relief during the hot weather we’ve experienced. It’s also an ethical choice, with a tree planted on your behalf with every purchase. And for the ultimate peace of mind – it comes with a lifetime guarantee (ideal if you plan on having more children). Impressive stuff.

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Bugaboo fox 3

  • Best: Lightweight all-terrain stroller
  • Weight: 9.9kg
  • Wheels: Four
  • Suitable from: Birth

Luxurious and sturdy, at just 9.9kg Bugaboo’s fox 3 is a well-made pushchair, offering solid all-terrain functionality, without unnecessary weight. The brand describes this model as having a “fingertip push”, and we can confirm the four-wheel suspension did make it a notably smooth ride (and easy on our arms). The tires are puncture proof too and our tester didn’t seem phased by any bumps when out and about.

Like all models in the range, the bits you need to manoeuvre – handlebars, levers to fold, etc – are highlighted in white, making locating the relevant bits dead easy (even for the sleep-deprived parent). There are also twelve shades to choose from – so you’re sure to find one to suit your colour scheme.

If you have stairs to contend with or know you’ll be lifting it in and out of the car, yet still want something that can tackle rough terrain, this lightweight model is unbeatable.

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iCandy peach all-terrain

  • Best: Multi-wheel functionality
  • Weight: 15.09kg
  • Wheels: Three or four
  • Suitable from: Birth

If you can’t decide between a three or four wheel buggy, the iCandy peach all-terrain offers both options, allowing you to switch between the two. It’s a very handsome model, made with well-considered high-spec materials to withstand the elements, and comes with a five-year warranty.

However, we couldn’t give this heavy model top marks as it does take up a lot of space and can’t be folded with the seat attached. We also found it the most complicated (and time-consuming) to assemble.

That said, there’s lots of clever, thoughtful touches, such as an SPF50+ canopy with multi-position mesh ventilation, a large basket for stashing all their gear, and car seat adaptors. The deep, comfy seat is also fairly high, so we’d be happy wheeling this one up to the table and feeding our little one lunch in it. It’s also available as a double or twin model for larger families. If space allows, it’s a beautiful buggy that is sure to last.

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Thule urban glide 2 jogging stroller

  • Best: For jogging
  • Weight: 11.5kg
  • Wheels: Three
  • Suitable from: Birth with a bassinet. The normal seat without bassinet can be used to run with when child is 6 months +
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Active, outdoorsy parents need look no further, as this three-wheel model is made with jogging in mind. It’s reassuringly well-made, and thanks to large 16in back wheels (and a lockable front swivel wheel), we felt confident running over rough terrain, with our little one in tow. The adjustable handlebar brake makes it easy to switch between parents of differing heights while out and about, or slow down when going downhill.

It is possible to use from birth if you purchase the additional bassinet (however jogging isn’t recommended until your child is at least six months old). Otherwise the front-facing seat is reclinable for snoozing, and it comes with ample storage space. The fold was easy and intuitive (even with one hand), but to save space you’ll want to remove those chunky back tires.

Practical, stylish and ready for adventures, the Thule is a great option if space is less of a concern, and you don’t plan to use it around the city too much.

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Ickle Bubba stomp V4 all terrain travel system

  • Best: Value for money
  • Weight: 16.5kg
  • Wheels: Four
  • Suitable from: Birth

For those with budget at the forefront of their mind, Ickle Bubba offers excellent value for money, with various bundles offering every extra you’ll ever need. You wouldn’t know it was a cost-effective solution to look at it though, with a choice of stylish silver or bronze chassis and various fabric colours.

It was easy to assemble and smooth to manoeuvre – that said, it doesn’t feel quite as well-made as more expensive models on test, and can be a little rattly at times, particularly over the roughest terrain. It was easy enough to fold, however, for it to take up the least space, the seat does need removing first, which would be tricky with your little one in tow. All in all, we thought this was a solid choice given the price.

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The verdict: All-terrain strollers

We think every buggy in this round-up serves a clearly defined use, and we’re confident these are the very best models in the all-terrain category today. Overall, Joolz was a very close runner-up, and if you’re a twin parent or considering a second child in short succession, this is undoubtedly the best choice. However, for us, Mamas and Papas just pips it to the post, as the ocarro packs up smaller and is cheaper, too, while still achieving a quality push, made with premium materials.

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FAQs

What stroller works best on gravel? ›

Chicco Activ3 is a great stroller for off-road and everyday use in the city. It handles cracked, uneven sidewalks and cobbled streets very well. There is also amazing suspension which makes this stroller suitable for many kinds of rugged terrain. It handles gravel and dirt roads very smoothly.

How do I make my stroller less bumpy? ›

An old belt around both headrest and tighten to secure stroller upright. And out of the way for less

Do you need an all terrain pram? ›

Do you need an all-terrain pram or pushchair? If you have an outdoorsy lifestyle, the answer is a big yes. It's a must if you love forest walks or more adventurous off-road exploits, or if you want to take your baby with you in the pushchair when you're out running.

Can Bob stroller go on trails? ›

Editor's Choice: BOB Sport Utility

With excellent suspension, large tires and good tread, this stroller stands out from other models for its performance on trails with gravel, rocks, roots and even mud.

Is the mockingbird stroller good on gravel? ›

They feel like air-filled tires, but without the potential to pop or go flat. You can also lock the front wheels in place to ride on uneven terrain (think cobblestones, gravel and so on). Overall, the Mockingbird offers a really smooth ride — for both baby and for whomever is pushing it.

What does all-terrain stroller mean? ›

All-terrain strollers are typically three-wheeled strollers or traditional strollers with larger, air-filled tires, and are intended to be used on a variety of surfaces, including mall floors, pavement, grass, or "off-road." (See other stroller types.)

Is the UPPAbaby Vista All-Terrain? ›

Although the VISTA is designed with ultra-durable all-terrain tires, including the option to lock or swivel the two front wheels, we do not recommend using the UPPAbaby VISTA as a jogging or running stroller for a few reasons.

Can I take a stroller on a hike? ›

Can you go on a hike with a stroller? Babywearing is for most a better option for hiking, but you can go on a hike with a stroller if the path is even and not too rocky. If you do decide to take a stroller on a trail, make sure it's one that's designed for off-road use.

Can a bumpy stroller ride hurt a baby? ›

Can baby get shaken baby syndrome in the womb? No. Going down a bumpy road while pregnant, jumping, running or even tripping won't affect baby, thanks to the protective amniotic fluid inside the uterus, Horton explains.

Can bumpy roads cause shaken baby syndrome? ›

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome reports that SBS is not caused by "tossing a baby in the air, jogging with your baby, or driving over bumps in your car.” They further state: Accidental falls, even down stairways, are not generally the cause of brain injuries in infants.

How do you use an escalator stroller? ›

As you enter an up escalator, lift the front wheels over the comb-plate (the start of the escalator). Continue pushing forward with the wheels up. Let the front wheels rest on a higher step and the back wheels on a lower step. If you're going down, do the opposite.

Is the egg stroller all terrain? ›

The egg pushchair from Babystyle is a multi-terrain pushchair with the style conscious parent in mind. Outstanding engineering creates the perfect ride for baby and ultimate ease of use for parents.

Is the egg2 all terrain? ›

Egg 2 has finally hatched...

It's a one hand fold pram, that offers a superb ride quality, looks stunning and performs great on all terrain...

Is Joie Litetrax all terrain? ›

The Joie Litetrax is perfect for urban terrain and has all wheel suspension that gives a smooth ride. Both of the front swivel wheels are lockable to make longer journeys and harder terrain easier.

Why are Bob strollers discontinued? ›

The complaint urged the company to stop distributing affected models, alert the public of the issue, and offer a resolution. The CSPC claimed that since 2012, approximately 200 consumers have reported that the stroller's front wheel unexpectedly detached while they were pushing it, resulting in injuries.

Is the BOB stroller worth it? ›

BOB Strollers are ideal for running with your baby, strolling around uneven terrain, and creating a smooth ride for babies and children of any size. I love the large tires that make bumpy sidewalks and uneven streets easy to walk around.

Are Britax and Bob the same? ›

BRITAX, the world's premier manufacturer and marketer of children's car safety seats and strollers, today announced the acquisition of BOB Gear, a leading, innovative, high-quality maker of jogging strollers.

Is the mockingbird stroller heavy? ›

What is the size and weight of a Mockingbird Stroller? The Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller is about 26.5 lb including the frame, seat, wheels, canopy, and basket. It measures about 25.5” at its widest point (wheel to wheel), 40” tall (from wheels to handlebar), and 33” long (from front to back wheel).

Does the mockingbird stroller have rubber tires? ›

The Mockingbird stroller rolls really well, especially compared to our old stroller! it is not an “off roader” by any means, but the wheels are rubber and there seems to be shocks/something that makes it feel really smooth over bumps.

Can I Gate Check Mockingbird stroller? ›

Mockingbird Stroller Travel Tips / Why I Don't Recommend ... - YouTube

How do you steer a fixed wheel jogging stroller? ›

Improve Your Stroller Running INSTANTLY: Stroller Jogging TIPS

Is UPPAbaby VISTA allowed at Disney World? ›

Yes! UPPAbaby strollers are more than welcome at Disney's Theme Parks in all of their various configurations. (Even with a PiggyBack board!) I actually have a Vista, and it gets more use at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort than it does anywhere else.

Why is the UPPAbaby stroller so expensive? ›

There are many factors that affect pricing - as a luxury baby gear brand, UPPAbaby is among the higher-priced options because of the quality of materials used, sophisticated product design, plus extended warranty and features.

Is UPPAbaby VISTA good for hiking? ›

Not counting the footrest on the seat (read more on that in the Traveling with Uppababy Vista section below). It's an all-terrain stroller that lasted us for cobblestones, uneven sidewalks, mountain hikes, it didn't fail in those aspects. The brake system is good enough.

Can you hike with a 2 month old? ›

Newborns: If your baby is less than 1 month old, hold off on hiking. Babies this age are just too young to be exposed to the sun, the possibility of bad weather, and the jostling that comes from walking on rough terrain. 1- to 5-month-olds: How long a hike you can take depends on your stamina and your baby's.

Are strollers allowed on the Zion shuttle? ›

You can definitely bring your stroller on the Zion Park Shuttle. The park website says that you will need to be able to put your stroller on the bike rack.

Is Griffith Park stroller friendly? ›

Griffith Park is charming with trails across the park so you get to see different angles of LA.

How soon do symptoms of shaken baby syndrome appear? ›

Symptoms vary and are caused by generalized brain swelling secondary to trauma. They may appear immediately after the shaking and usually reach a peak within 4-6 hours.

Why do babies have to lie flat until 6 months? ›

New babies need to lie flat, rather than being propped up on an inclined seat or 'scrunched' into a bucket-shaped seat. The lie-flat position allows them to breathe optimally and get all the oxygen they need, and it's also the best lying-down position for encouraging their spine and hips to develop properly.

Can you rock baby too hard? ›

When a baby is shaken hard by the shoulders, arms, or legs, it can cause learning disabilities, behavior disorders, vision problems or blindness, hearing and speech issues, seizures, cerebral palsy, serious brain injury, and permanent disability. In some cases, it can be fatal.

At what age does shaken baby syndrome stop? ›

Most cases of abusive head trauma (also called shaken baby syndrome) happen to babies and toddlers younger than 2 years old. Rarely, it can happen in children up to 5 years old. It can happen to boys or girls in any family.

Can a baby fully recover from shaken baby syndrome? ›

The majority of infants who survive severe shaking will have some form of neurological or mental disability, such as cerebral palsy or cognitive impairment, which may not be fully apparent before 6 years of age. Children with shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care.

Is it normal to get angry at babies? ›

You, like millions of other parents, have likely found yourself in a situation where you have become very frustrated, even angry with your babies crying. It is important to know that this is completely normal.

How do you take a stroller up and down stairs? ›

If you're going down the stairs, you want to go forward. Put the stroller on its back wheels and ease it down one stair at a time — the front wheel shouldn't touch the ground until you get to the bottom of the stairs. If you're going up, you want to go front wheels first with the back off the ground.

How do you get on an escalator with a pram? ›

When going up an escalator push your front wheel into the step in front. When going down an escalator pull your back wheel into the step in front. When going up the escalators push the buggy into the back of the step above and hold it up. NEVER be afraid to ask someone to help you up or down the stairs.

What is the difference between egg and Egg2? ›

Just as they've extended the life of the Egg2 stroller through allowing it to grow with your baby, the new Egg2 collection also features improved maneuverability in comparison to the original Egg model, making it a smoother, more enjoyable experience for both parent and baby.

How long does the egg stroller last? ›

Travel-system compatible (with both Maxi-Cosi and Kiddy car seats) and suitable from birth up to 25kg (approx 4 years) with or without the carrycot, the Egg can also be converted (with adaptors) into a tandem buggy for two kids.

Can baby sleep in egg stroller? ›

A lie-flat carrycot can be purchased as an optional extra, which is suitable for occasional overnight sleeping and comes complete with padded liner and mattress. At egg we recommend your baby is in a lie-flat position for the first six months to aid organ and spinal development.

What is the difference between egg and egg2 pram? ›

How is the Egg2 different from the original Egg model? The main improvements to the original model include a bigger seat for the stroller (it is 7cm taller and sits slightly higher than on the original). It also has a different harness adjustment mechanism that makes changing it as your child grows even easier.

What car seats are compatible with the egg2? ›

Compatible with the egg and egg2 pushchairs in main/top position. (Kiddy Evo Lunafix, Cybex Aton Q, Cybex Cloud Z, Maxicosi Pebble +Plus/Pro/360, , Maxicosi Cabrio/Tinca, Recaro Privia, Besafe Izi Go.)

Does the egg2 stroller recline? ›

The egg2® is suitable from birth (with a carrycot) up to 25kg. Offering three position recline and affixed either parent or world facing, the egg2® seat is designed to promote comfort for longer.

What is the difference between Joie Litetrax and Mytrax? ›

The Joie Mytrax is a higher model based on the Joie Litetrax 4 Air. Th Mytrax is a stroller featuring all-terrain wheels equipped with suspension which can handle even a rougher terrain. Another advantage is a height adjustable handlebar to suit all parents. The Mytrax is relatively lightweight.

Is Joie Litetrax heavy? ›

I would recommend the Joie Baby Litetrax 4 pushchair for many reasons, the main one being the one-handed fold! It's so simple and easy, and once folded it's very lightweight and comfortable to carry around if needs be.

Is the joie Litetrax 4 cabin approved? ›

Heya, Tasha, If you mean as a carry-on/cabin luggage, then no, it is too large for that.

How many calories burned pushing a stroller? ›

Participants burned 6.2 calories per minute while pushing a stroller at 3 mph, and then 7.4 calories per minute while pushing a stroller at 3.5 mph. The study shows that level of intensity works out to burning between 370 to 450 calories per hour, which is comparable to mowing the lawn or riding a bike at 10 mph.

How do you stop squeaky stroller wheels? ›

How to Fix Squeaky (Noises) from Foam Stroller Wheels - YouTube

How many calories do you burn running with a stroller? ›

For example, according to HealthStatus.com, if you weigh 150 pounds you burn 171 calories running at 6 mph for 15 minutes. Pushing a stroller burns 45 calories for the same 15 minutes, for a total of 216 calories.

How do you lubricate a stroller wheel? ›

Oiling the Swivel Mechanism on a TFK Joggster Twist - YouTube

Is walking and pushing a stroller good exercise? ›

You can get the same benefit as other exercises like biking or running, from walking. Pushing a stroller provides great resistance that will get your heart pumping too.

Is it harder to run while pushing a stroller? ›

Stroller running burns more calories.

pushing with one hand increases it by about 6 percent, and the push-and-chase method increases it by about 8 percent. Leverage the difficulty of running with a stroller to get faster.

What muscles does pushing a stroller work? ›

Walking with a pram works your glutes (bottom), hamstrings, abdominals, pelvic floor muscles and is a great (and easy way) to lose baby weight. The combination will tighten up your stomach, waist and bottom and create a long, lean profile and a perkier looking bottom...

Why do my wheels squeak when driving? ›

Abnormal Tire Wear

Worn, damaged or bent suspension parts, wheels or wheel hub bearings, caused by an accident or hitting a pothole or curb, can cause tread cupping, feathering or scalloped wear. Any of that can make tires squeak. A trip to your repair shop is best to diagnose and correct abnormal tire wear.

How do you grease Uppababy wheels? ›

How to Fix Swivel Issues on the Front Wheels of an UPPAbaby Cruz

How do you stop a squeaky suitcase? ›

Next, you should lubricate the wheel to ensure it runs smoothly and squeak free. Grab a bottle of WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw and spray it liberally onto your suitcase wheels. Use the flexible bendable straw feature to reach inside of the wheels for maximum lubrication.

Does pushing a double stroller burn more calories? ›

They found that pushing the stroller with two hands increases the amount of calories burned by about 5 percent, pushing with one hand increases it by about 6 percent, and the push-and-chase method increases it by about 8 percent.

How much does running with a stroller slow you down? ›

On average, you can expect your pace to be about one minute slower per mile. Remember not to let a slower pace discourage you. Here's why: the jogging stroller provides some resistance training and helps you burn more calories.

Do you burn more calories pushing a stroller while jogging? ›

More significant than a 5-8 percent difference in expended energy between pushing techniques is the difference between jogging with a stroller and not at all.

How can I dry my stroller faster? ›

If you are in a park, ask a Disney cast member for towels so you can use the stroller until you get back to your room. Then, open the stroller up inside with the air conditioning on and the stroller will dry out fairly quickly. That's how we dry them.

What is Teflon lube? ›

What is PTFE lubrication? This is a type of film lubricant that reduces friction between two surfaces without the need for grease or oils. PTFE lubricant is used for coating items such as cookware in PTFE. The process involves using a primer coat and a topcoat.

How good is lithium grease? ›

Lithium grease is a multipurpose grease known for its durability, high viscosity, and stability. It is designed to provide long-lasting protection against oxidation, corrosion, extreme temperatures, and wear and tear.

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