Mountain Buggy Terrain

This is the least glitzy-looking all-terrain buggy we looked at, and the most out of place pootling round town; it’s the one which’ll cause your friends’ eyebrows to raise the highest when you tell them the price. But the one place it all comes together is the one that matters most: on the rough stuff. On stony paths, rutted tracks or grass it’s the most manoeuvrable buggy we looked at by far, the most solid-feeling, and the only one that really encourages you to treat it with joyful abandon, no matter how cruddy the conditions: that simple structure needs no more careful hosing down than a mountain bike or the family collie. Nothing rattles, everything’s tight, the harness is the beefiest of the lot, the material feels thick as a galleon’s sail and the fully fixed front wheel tracks dead straight. The ergonomic handle (it turns down at the edges) is comfy for long pushes, and it folds very flat (if somewhat long) for stowing. A raincover’s included and the sunhood has a window. But the Terrain is totally single-minded. It’s not padded or cosseting – it’s designed for a thrilling ride and not much else. Although the seat goes flat enough for young babies, it doesn’t offer much support for wobbly heads. Folding the buggy is simple but does require two hands, and I had to remove the quick-release rear wheels to get it into the boot of my Peugeot 206. The open underseat basket leaves stuff vulnerable to dirt or even falling out, without a stuffsack and some bungees. And it’s expensive.

 

Tested weight: 9.7kg
Ages: 0-4 years
Colours: blue, red, black or green
Handle height: 39in centre; 37in edges
Folded size length: 43in
Width: 22.5in
Depth: 12in

Verdict: You want the most capable, durable and niggle-free off-road buggy on the market? Get one of these. Go mad with it. Pass it on as an heirloom.