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Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle

*Est. $382
Reviewed
December 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle

Pros
  • Smooth ride
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Accommodates newborns and taller children
  • Generous storage room
Cons
  • Bulky when folded
  • Prone to tipping
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Bottom Line

The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle is built to withstand the elements -- this is truly an all-weather, all-terrain stroller. Because it can accommodate children from birth to 77 pounds, it's a good pick for parents who want a stroller that will grow with their child. But, as one reviewer notes, if you're just going on quick walks around the block or strolling around the mall, the bulky Urban Jungle is probably more stroller than you need.  

Breaking It Down

Safety

Possible tipping risk. The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle has an aluminum frame, five-point harness, removable bumper bar and foot-operated parking brake. Parents say the harness is easy to buckle, and an expert reviewer says it's secure enough to keep older toddlers from escaping. A couple of users say the stroller may tip with a smaller baby inside if a parent places any weight -- such as hanging bags -- on the back without holding the handlebar.

Ease of Use

A smooth ride. Experts and owners praise the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle's silky smooth ride and maneuverability. Reviewers say the stroller folds easily and love that it will stand when folded. The stroller does not have an automatic lock to stay folded, but it does have a buckle. The fabric is water-repellent, and owners say it's easy to clean. One owner complains that the harness is hard to adjust for a growing child, and an expert reviewer notes that excess fabric often bunches up in the seat when returning the seat from a recline position. Reviewers are divided on whether the stroller is too heavy at 24 pounds.

Lifestyle Features

Good from birth, but bulky. The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle can tackle a range of terrains with ease, and reviewers say it's durable enough to stand up to nasty weather. The front wheel swivels for greater maneuverability, but parents can lock it for light jogging or off-roading. Still, serious runners should consider a true jogging stroller with a fixed wheel that offers greater stability. Some reviewers say the folded stroller is bulky, especially in small trunks, but the wheels are removable.

The stroller wins raves for a roomy storage basket with high clearance for bulkier cargo. It also comes with a cupholder. Reviewers like the canopy and peek-a-boo window, though a couple would prefer magnetic closures to Velcro. The adjustable handlebar is also a crowd pleaser, especially for taller parents. The vertical foot-operated brake pedal irks one expert reviewer, who says it can be tricky to engage and release. A handful of reviewers report quality issues, particularly with the wheels.

With a full recline, the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle can accommodate children from birth. The 77-pound weight limit means a child can hitch a ride long after most kids outgrow their strollers, and reviewers say there is enough headroom to accommodate them, especially after adjusting the canopy. A range of optional accessories can add to the stroller's versatility, including a bassinet (*Est. S170), stroller board (*Est. $100), car-seat adapter (*Est. $45) and face-to-face seat (*Est. $50).

Customer Service

Jury's still out. The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle comes with a full one-year warranty. Customer service reports are a mixed bag, with some owners reporting swift, friendly help and others saying they got the cold shoulder.

Where To Buy
Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Stroller, Black Dot

 (15 reviews)
Buy new: $499.99 $398.00   5 New from $398.00

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors test and rate 11 all-terrain strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and off-road maneuverability. The Mountain Buggy is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.

Review: All-Terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Baby Bargains

Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including all-terrain strollers. The authors rate and rank good, better and best strollers, conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Mountain Buggy brand in general and the Urban Jungle specifically.

Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012

3. Which? magazine

Review Credibility: Excellent Which? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, but offers more extensive reviews, as well as detailed explanation of testers and testing methods and full specifications and recommendations. They provide in-depth coverage of the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle that includes product testing by parents and experts.

Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Review, Editors of Which?, Oct. 31, 2012

4. BabyGizmo.com

Review Credibility: Very Good BabyGizmo.com editor Hollie Schultz praises the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle's high weight limit and roomy seat in a video review. She says the buckle is secure for older kids, and that the full recline is suitable for newborns. However, the fabric gets caught when returning the seat from a reclined position. Schultz also likes the large canopy and adjustable handlebar, but wishes the canopy window had magnetic closures. She likes the heavy-duty tires, the suspension, the fixable wheel and the accessible basket. She demonstrates the stroller's easy fold, but wishes it had an automatic lock for transport.

Review: Baby Gizmo Review of the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Stroller, Hollie Schultz, April 25, 2012

5. Stroller Envy

Review Credibility: Very Good The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle is Stroller-Envy.com's top pick for best all-terrain stroller over $300, edging out the BOB Revolution SE and Baby Jogger City Elite. The editors like the stroller's weight and call the ride seamless, regardless of terrain. They also praise the seat recline, aluminum frame, adjustable handlebar and standing fold, but do not note any cons.

Review: 2013 Best All Terrain Stroller Reviews, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated

6. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good About a dozen users give the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars in recent reviews. Owners say it is rugged, easy to maneuver and well constructed. They also like the non-flashy design. The full recline, storage and fold also win praise. A couple of reviewers wish for a bigger sun canopy, and a few others report quality issues with tire tread and durability.

Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012

7. ProductReview.com.au

Review Credibility: Very Good About two dozen owners give the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on this Australian product review site. Most love the smooth ride and maneuverability. They also say it's great for taller children and light for an all-terrain stroller. However, a few recent reviews note quality issues with the wheels and brakes. Others dislike the bulky fold and say the seat can be hot during summer. They also say the stroller is too easy to tip with a small baby.

Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Reviews, Contributors to Product Review, As of December 2012

8. SheKnows.com

Review Credibility: Good This all-terrain stroller roundup looks at the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle and four competitors, but does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the stroller's maneuverability, simple design, standing fold, large canopy and deep, full recline.

Review: These Strollers Get the Job Done Right!, Christina Holt, Dec. 23, 2011

9. Pregnancy & Newborn

Review Credibility: Good In an in-depth review, "Amanda," a contributor to Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, praises the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle's easy handling, sturdy feel and ability to accommodate tall parents. She says the storage area is plenty roomy and that the stroller can easily accommodate older children. However, she finds the stroller frame wide, the bumper bar placement too high and the folded stroller relatively bulky.

Review: Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle, "Amanda", March 30, 2011

10. Pushchair Trader

Review Credibility: Good This in-depth review calls the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle "a dream to push" and praises the comfortable ride, rugged suspension and easy-to-remove wheels. The storage room, adjustable handle and sturdy construction also win kudos. However, the review says operating the vertical brake pedal is tricky and calls the adjustable-strap recline "old-fashioned," if easy to use. The stroller is easily folded but bulky afterward, the review notes. The reviewer also says her child was able to dislodge the bumper bar and it became a game for him.

Review: Widen Your Horizons … The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle Review, Editors of Pushchair Trader, April 21, 2011

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