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Going off-road: Best all-terrain strollers for sand, gravel roads and other rough terrains (2018)

Would you like to explore outdoors with your baby and go for a walk on the beach or mountain trail? Or maybe you live in the countryside and need a stroller for dirt roads? Here I present you the best all terrain strollers for off-road cruises.

Best all-terrain strollers 2018

In this article I will review top-quality all-terrain strollers and evaluate their performance on different types of terrain.

I’ve chosen only the best all-terrain strollers and divided them into 3 categories, depending on how frequently you’re going for an off-road trip and how difficult is the terrain.

Whether you’re looking for a jogging stroller for trails or an everyday stroller that handles more difficult terrain, in this buying guide you will find a model that suits your needs.

Are you ready? Let the adventure begin!

Best urban strollers for multiple surfaces

In this category I included urban strollers that have versatile wheels which handle multiple types of terrain. These strollers are designed for terrain that is more difficult than pavement, but less difficult than loose sand or tree roots.

Some of these all-terrain strollers are suitable not only for everyday use, but also for jogging.

So if you don’t want to spend money on two strollers (one for everyday use and one for rough terrain) you can always go with a city stroller that has all-terrain wheels.

StrollersFor whom?
  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT
  • UPPABaby VISTA
  • Bugaboo Donkey
  • Baby Jogger City Select
  • Bumbleride Indie
  • Baby Trend Expedition
  • For city dwellers who use the stroller mostly on sidewalks, but some of them are cracked
  • For those who like occasional off-road stroll or like to go to parks and playground (gravel, grass)
  • Best solution for those who live in the city or countryside and need an everyday stroller that handles bumpy terrain
  • For those who occasionally jog (some of these urban strollers are suitable for jogging)
  • For parents who can afford only one stroller so it has to be versatile and all-terrain
  • For parents who have small apartment and don’t have space for second stroller, so buying additional jogger is not an option

1. Baby Jogger City Mini GT

One example of such stroller is Baby Jogger City Mini GT. It rather doesn’t handle sand, but it can easily go through short grass (like lawns and public parks), dirt roads and gravel paths in parks. For deeper and looser gravel or sandy beaches parents suggest getting jogging stroller with larger wheels, pumped tires and better shock absorption.

It has three-wheel design which make it very nimble and easy to steer. Even on surfaces like cracked sidewalks and uneven pavement it doesn’t get stuck up and doesn’t bounce that much. It can handle bricks and cobbled streets for example in Italian old cities (read this customer review to find out more), but bigger rocks may be too difficult for it.

If you take this stroller on more rugged terrain, you and the baby will feel bumps harder than you would with a jogging stroller. However, even if the stroller shakes a bit, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart or hurt the baby. Most parents agree the suspension is good, especially on average difficult terrain.

Preview
Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT Single Stroller
Name
Baby Jogger City Mini GT
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for jogging?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (8.5''), rubberized tires, non-inflatable
Suspension
Front-wheel
Brake
Handbrake
Canopy
Large 3-panel canopy - lots of shade for the baby, 2 peek-a-boo windows
Seat recline
Near-flat
Basket
Medium
Fold
Very easy, one-hand folding
Weight
22.5 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT Single Stroller
Name
Baby Jogger City Mini GT
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for jogging?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (8.5''), rubberized tires, non-inflatable
Suspension
Front-wheel
Brake
Handbrake
Canopy
Large 3-panel canopy - lots of shade for the baby, 2 peek-a-boo windows
Seat recline
Near-flat
Basket
Medium
Fold
Very easy, one-hand folding
Weight
22.5 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

* Although this stroller has a handbrake I don’t find it suitable for hills (mostly because of smaller wheels and insufficient suspension).

This stroller is not designed for jogging. It is a good choice for parents who are not runners, but like long-distance walks on multiple types of terrain (read more in my full review of City Mini GT).

If you’re looking for the best all-terrain travel system consider purchasing this with Baby Jogger City GO infant car seat (check it here).

2. UPPAbaby VISTA, Bugaboo Donkey, Baby Jogger City Select (for growing family)

Another city strollers with versatile wheels are: UPPAbaby VISTA, Bugaboo Donkey or Baby Jogger City Select. These are great options especially for growing families, since you can expand them from a single to a double mode.

All these strollers have four-wheel design but they are still very maneuverable (maybe slightly more difficult in tight corners). As for everyday strollers they can handle grass and gravel in parks, hard-packed dirt roads and cracked pavement very well.

The suspension on each model is very good too and minimizes the impact of shocks on the baby. However I don’t recommend these strollers for beach, hiking or rugged trails in woods with tree roots.

3. Bumbleride Indie

Another all-terrain stroller for city dwellers who like off-road cruises is the Bumbleride Indie. This is a hybrid of an everyday city stroller and jogging stroller. The wheels are 12″ and have air-filled tires. Front wheels are lockable.

Parents agree Bumbleride Indie is very easy to maneuver and can handle rough terrain like gravel, grass, cracked sidewalks and dirt roads. It handles park paths smoothly. Going over tree roots is not difficult. Some parents have even taken it to the beach or rocky trails (for proof read review #1 & review #2)!

Preview
Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller - Maritime Blue
Name
Bumbleride Indie
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (12''), air-filled tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline with infant mode
Basket
Large
Fold
Fairly easy, one-step folding
Weight
24 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller - Maritime Blue
Name
Bumbleride Indie
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (12''), air-filled tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline with infant mode
Basket
Large
Fold
Fairly easy, one-step folding
Weight
24 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

* Some parents use this stroller on mountain trails but since it doesn’t have a handbrake I find it less suitable for hills.

Great thing is that it works almost as good as typical running strollers, but it’s lighter and less bulky. It’s more like an urban stroller for everyday use that can handle multiple types of terrain, off-road strolls and light jogging as well.

Oh, one more thing – there were some negative opinions about the old version because of the canopy (when it was pulled back, the fabric was folded and wrinkled and touching baby’s head, while not giving him too much space). Keep in mind that Bumbleride Indie 2018 has redesigned, improved canopy that gives more headspace. This new version is also a bit heavier – 24 lbs (still not very bulky or cumbersome).

If you’re more serious runner you can always go with Bumbleride Speed, instead of Indie. It’s designed for long distance running and more challenging terrain. It can go over muddy trails, grass, sand, dirt roads and more.

4. Baby Trend Expedition (inexpensive alternative)

Other stroller that can serve you for everyday use and light jogging is Baby Trend Expedition. This is also great budget option.

Preview
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Bubble Gum
Name
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
12'' front wheel and 16'' rear wheels, bicycle style tires
Suspension
No
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Short 2-panel canopy with mesh sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline, not very deep
Basket
Small
Fold
Fairly easy, two-hand folding
Weight
About 25 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Bubble Gum
Name
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
12'' front wheel and 16'' rear wheels, bicycle style tires
Suspension
No
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Short 2-panel canopy with mesh sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline, not very deep
Basket
Small
Fold
Fairly easy, two-hand folding
Weight
About 25 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This stroller is good for gravel roads, grass and slightly uneven terrain thanks to big wheels with pumped tires. However it doesn’t have suspension so it’s not suitable for more rugged terrain (I wouldn’t recommend this stroller for beach, hiking trails, bark chips etc.). For short distances and light jogging – why not.

Best all-terrain strollers for long walks and running

If you’re an advanced runner and train often, you should definitely choose a stroller from this category. All these models here can handle most challenging terrain like gravel roads, loose sand and forest trails.

StrollersFor whom?
  • Thule Urban Glide
  • BOB Revolution FLEX
  • Joovy Zoom 360
  • For advanced runners who like long distances and rough terrains

1. Thule Urban Glide

This stroller has 3-wheel design with 16″ rear wheels and 12″ front wheel which is lockable. There is also amazing suspension which makes this stroller suitable for all kinds of rugged terrain.

Some parents consider Thule Urban Glide as the best beach stroller, as it works really impressive on wet and loose sand (check for example review #1 & review #2).

It handles also gravel and dirt roads very smoothly (read more here). Especially on hard-packed gravel this stroller literally glides like a breeze. Thule Urban Glide is also a great solution for strolling and jogging in parks.

It may be a great stroller for running and everyday use in the city as it handles cracked, uneven sidewalks and cobbled streets very well too.

Preview
Thule Urban Glide - Jogging Stroller- Thule Blue
Name
Thule Urban Glide
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position, near-flat recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Fairly easy, one-hand folding
Weight
22 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Thule Urban Glide - Jogging Stroller- Thule Blue
Name
Thule Urban Glide
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position, near-flat recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Fairly easy, one-hand folding
Weight
22 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

* Some parents use this stroller on mountain trails but since it doesn’t have a handbrake I find it less suitable for hills.

2. BOB Revolution FLEX

BOB Revolution FLEX handles flat sandy trails and gravel roads. If the rocks are small it maneuvers with ease, if the trails is really rocky it may be a bit harder to push and the passenger bounces more (read more in this customer review). But on deep gravel it performs amazing and pushing it is not very difficult. Dirt roads in country side won’t be a problem either.

According to customers this stroller works perfect for dog walking on tall grass, gravel and bark chips. You can even take it on the beach if the sand is composed and thick (read more). It absorbs the shocks really well, even on difficult terrain like cobblestone or beach (more info here).

Preview
BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, Lagoon
Name
BOB Revolution FLEX
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Adjustable suspension system
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Large 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Two-step folding
Weight
28.5 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, Lagoon
Name
BOB Revolution FLEX
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Adjustable suspension system
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Large 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Two-step folding
Weight
28.5 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

* Some parents use this stroller on mountain trails but since it doesn’t have a handbrake I find it less suitable for hills.

It rolls pretty smoothly on bumpy forest paths. Thanks to amazing suspension system the baby feels comfortable and doesn’t get bumped around. With this stroller you’ll be able to enjoy long walks and long distances jogging. It’s perfect choice for advanced runners too.

Some parents use it for strolls and jogs on hills and agree the shock absorption works great and protects baby from negative impact of bumps. However keep in mind this jogging stroller doesn’t have handbrake so it’s not ideal for hills.

More details and photos of BOB Revolution FLEX in my in-depth review.

3. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight (cheap alternative)

If you want a good-quality stroller for gravel roads and grass but you’re on a tight budget, Joovy Zoom 360 may be perfect for you. However if the road is very bumpy, the child may feel it and bounce more than in BOB or Thule jogging strollers (check this customer review to find out more).

Preview
JOOVY Zoom 360 Ultralight, Charcoal
Name
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Shock absorbing suspension
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Big
Fold
Quick one-hand folding
Weight
About 26 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
JOOVY Zoom 360 Ultralight, Charcoal
Name
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Shock absorbing suspension
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Big 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Big
Fold
Quick one-hand folding
Weight
About 26 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

* Some parents use this stroller on mountain trails but since it doesn’t have a handbrake I find it less suitable for hills.

Tires on Joovy Zoom 360 are great for running on more flat terrain and only occasionally on grass or rocky roads. If you’re more advanced runner or prefer very rugged terrain, BOB would be better choice.

With other joggers (BOB or Thule) customers agree the shock absorption is great and these strollers roll smoothly even on rough terrain. With this model, some parents find it less suitable for very difficult terrain.

However, some parents have used this Joovy as beach stroller and it did fine (more here).

If you’re hesitating whether this stroller is the right choice for you, read my full review of Joovy Zoom 360.

Best hiking strollers

Just like the models from the previous category, these ones can also handle more rugged terrain, but additionally these strollers are suitable for hiking because they are equipped with handbrake.

StrollersFor whom?
  • Thule Urban Glide 2
  • BOB Revolution PRO
  • Chicco TRE
  • For active parents who like training on mountain trails/ hiking/ trekking
  • For serious runners who like off-road jogging
  • For those who often visit sandy beaches

1. Thule Urban Glide 2

Many parents use Thule Urban Glide for hiking and mountain trails. However, if you like to stroll or jog in hilly area I would recommend getting the newest version of this stroller (Thule Urban Glide 2) which has additional handbrake. Other features are very similar to the previous model.

You can read more about the new Thule Urban Glide 2 in my full review!

2. BOB Revolution PRO

If you love BOB jogging strollers like I do, you probably wonder which model is better for hills: FLEX or PRO?

In my opinion a better stroller for active parents who like to hike is BOB Revolution PRO – which has additional handbrake that gives you better control over the speed. This model is also perfect not only for trekking but also for strolling and running on other rough terrains like sandy beaches, rocky trails, paths in forest with sticks and bark chips, as well as cracked sidewalks (read more here & here).

Even if you’re going over grass, dirt roads or roots it’s still smooth and comfortable for the baby. Pushing it is still effortless and the baby can nap undisturbed (more informatio11n in customer opinions: #1, #2). All thanks to large wheels with pumped tires with threads and BOB’s amazing advanced suspension. Even the mud won’t stop you!

Want to learn more about BOB Revolution PRO features? Here’s my in-depth review!

My rate:

3. Chicco TRE (more affordable alternative)

For hikes, mountain trails and jogging down the hill I also recommend Chicco TRE. It’s a solution for parents with smaller budget.

This running stroller has a 2in1 handbrake that works for slowing down and parking. Very easy and convenient to use when you’re going up and down the hill (check this review for example).

It’s also great for country gravel roads (more here). This stroller provides comfortable ride for the baby and the parent so it’s perfect for more serious runners or those who like long-distance training.

Preview
Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller (Mars/Silver Frame)
BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller, Lagoon
Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller, Titan
Name
Thule Urban Glide 2
BOB Revolution PRO
Chicco TRE
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Adjustable suspension system
Adjustable FlexCore suspension
Brake
Footbrake + twist handbrake
Footbrake + handbrake
Deceleration and parking handbrake
Canopy
Big extendable canopy with + pop out sun visor + peek-a-boo window
Large 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Big 3-panel canopy with magnetic peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Multi-position recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Large
Medium
Fold
Fairly easy, one-hand fold
Two-step fold
One-hand fold
Weight
25.3 lbs
30.5 lbs
28.5 lbs
Preview
Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller (Mars/Silver Frame)
Name
Thule Urban Glide 2
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
Suspension
All-wheel
Brake
Footbrake + twist handbrake
Canopy
Big extendable canopy with + pop out sun visor + peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Fairly easy, one-hand fold
Weight
25.3 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller, Lagoon
Name
BOB Revolution PRO
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
Suspension
Adjustable suspension system
Brake
Footbrake + handbrake
Canopy
Large 2-panel canopy with peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Two-step fold
Weight
30.5 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller, Titan
Name
Chicco TRE
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking?
Wheels
16'' rear wheels, 12'' front wheel, air-pumped tires
Suspension
Adjustable FlexCore suspension
Brake
Deceleration and parking handbrake
Canopy
Big 3-panel canopy with magnetic peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Medium
Fold
One-hand fold
Weight
28.5 lbs
Availability & Price

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

If you have a question or a comment, do not hesitate to write to me! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Going off-road: Best all-terrain strollers for sand, gravel roads and other rough terrains (2018)

  1. Hi Haley,
    I have a wierd question. I am looking for a super stable all terrain jogging stroller to use as a balance aid for running and hiking. I do not have a baby ( thats tbe wierd part) but want to use it as cooler version of a walker? I have impaired balance but miss running outside.
    I will try to find a used one after I decide which one is best.
    Any advice?

    1. Hi Michelle. I would recommend you BOB joggers – FLEX or PRO. The latter one has additional hand brake which is very useful for controlling the speed. Both models are very stable and high-quality, but not super pricey 🙂 You can adjust the suspension system and tracking on the front wheel on both of them to stay on the course and increase the stability during running.

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