Going off-road: Best all-terrain strollers for sand, gravel roads and rough terrain

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 not as rough as tree roots or loose sand.

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 daily 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 GT2 2019
  • 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 light 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 GT2 2019

One example of such stroller is the new Baby Jogger City Mini GT2. 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, 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. What’s important – the newest model – City Mini GT2 has improved suspension, built in all wheels.

Preview
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller - 2019 | Baby Stroller with All-Terrain Tires | Quick Fold Lightweight Stroller
Name
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 2019
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for jogging?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (8.5''), rubberized tires, non-inflatable
Suspension
All-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
21.6 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller - 2019 | Baby Stroller with All-Terrain Tires | Quick Fold Lightweight Stroller
Name
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 2019
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for jogging?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
3 wheels (8.5''), rubberized tires, non-inflatable
Suspension
All-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
21.6 lbs
Availability & Price

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* 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 (Baby Jogger is only the name of the brand). 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 adding Baby Jogger City GO infant car seat (check it here). The adapter is now included with the stroller!

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 wheel is 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
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
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

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* 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

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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 3.0
  • 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 this Amazon review).

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

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* 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 3.0

BOB Revolution FLEX 3.0 handles flat sandy trails and gravel roads. If the rocks are small it maneuvers with ease, if the trail is really rocky it may be a bit harder to push and the passenger bounces more. 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. It absorbs the shocks really well, even on difficult terrain like cobblestone or beach (more info in this Amazon review and this one).

Preview
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Adjustable Handlebar - Easy Fold, Lunar Black
Name
BOB Revolution FLEX 3.0
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12.5'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Adjustable suspension system
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Large 2-panel canopy with silent peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Two-step folding
Weight
28.5 lbs
Availability & Price
Preview
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Adjustable Handlebar - Easy Fold, Lunar Black
Name
BOB Revolution FLEX 3.0
Suitable for grass/gravel?
Suitable for sandy beach?
Suitable for hiking? *
Wheels
12.5'' front wheel, 16'' rear wheels, air-filled tires
Suspension
Adjustable suspension system
Brake
Footbrake
Canopy
Large 2-panel canopy with silent peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Fold
Two-step folding
Weight
28.5 lbs
Availability & Price

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* 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

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* 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
  • Baby Jogger Summit X3
  • Chicco TRE
  • For active parents who like training on mountain trails/ hiking/ trekking and/or live in hilly area
  • 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. Baby Jogger Summit X3

Some parents say this stroller is even better than BOB jogging strollers. It does have one advantage over BOB Flex model – Summit X3 has a handbrake which is crucial for jogging in hilly area or hiking on mountain trials.

This additional handbrake 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.

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. All thanks to large wheels with pumped tires and amazing suspension. Even the mud won’t stop you!

What’s also great about this stroller is its remote front wheel lock. You don’t have to bend down and get your hands dirty to lock/unlock the front wheel. You can do it by using a simple lock on the handlebar. So convenient!

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. It’s really amazing how well equipped this inexpensive stroller is.

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.

My rate:
Preview
Thule 10101924 Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller (Dark Shadow/Silver Frame)
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller - 2016 | Air-Filled Rubber Tires | All-Wheel Suspension | Quick Fold Jogging Stroller, Black/Gray
Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller - Titan
Name
Thule Urban Glide 2
Baby Jogger Summit X3
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
All-wheel
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 3-panel canopy with 2 peek-a-boo windows
Big 3-panel canopy with magnetic peek-a-boo window
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Multi-position recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Large
Medium
Medium
Fold
Fairly easy, one-hand fold
Easy one-hand fold
One-hand fold
Weight
25.3 lbs
28.4 lbs
28.5 lbs
Preview
Thule 10101924 Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller (Dark Shadow/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
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller - 2016 | Air-Filled Rubber Tires | All-Wheel Suspension | Quick Fold Jogging Stroller, Black/Gray
Name
Baby Jogger Summit X3
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 + handbrake
Canopy
Large 3-panel canopy with 2 peek-a-boo windows
Seat recline
Multi-position recline
Basket
Medium
Fold
Easy one-hand fold
Weight
28.4 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

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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! 🙂

22 thoughts on “Going off-road: Best all-terrain strollers for sand, gravel roads and rough terrain

  1. Hi Zooey,

    Amazing job on the article, I can tell a lot of work went into it! I read it twice but for my needs I am still not sure what would be the best stroller, can you advice? I have a 4 month baby and we just moved to Portugal where the sidewalks are made of little stones ( sorry not sure what this type of pavement is called..) so it’s very bumpy! I am not looking to jog, I just want to make the ride for the little one smooth and comfortable. So it’s for urban and everyday use, yet quite uneven surface. We might be looking into having a second one, so an extendable stroller would be a plus. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Janet!
      Portuguese sidewalks may be challenging 🙂 But I think you may want to check single strollers like Bumbleride Indie (it has pumped tires, 12″ wheels, good suspension so it will handle all sidewalks easily) or Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2 (this one is also pretty much all-terrain and bumpy sidewalks should not be a problem, it’s lighter than Indie so it may work better for city use). Nuna Mixx 2019 could be a great choice too as it has large wheels (non-inflatable), and awesome all-season seat + large canopy which would be useful for hot summers, but it’s quite expensive. Among expandable strollers – check Baby Jogger City Select – but keep in mind that handling long tandem stroller on bumpy sidewalks won’t be that easy, because this type of strollers is heavy and more difficult to maneuver especially on uneven surface.

  2. Hi Zooey, thanks so much for posting this – very helpful! My partner and I are looking for a stroller for our kiddo (not yet arrived) that works well for hikes (gravel, sand, roots, etc.), but can also function as an everyday stroller. Like everyone, we would like our stroller to be light but sturdy and easily collapsable. Finally, we may have a second kiddo some day, so we’d love for it to have the capacity to convert into a double. Is there a stroller that meets these points or are we expecting the impossible in the current market? Thanks!

    1. Hi!
      Frankly, stroller that is suitable for hikes, expands to a double, and lightweight – it simply doesn’t exist…
      Firstly, convertible strollers that expand to a double usually weigh 25+ pounds – they have to be strong enough to hold two seats, two toddlers and be sturdy enough not to tip over with such a heavy load.
      Secondly, all-terrain strollers that are suitable for sand and roots weigh 21+ pounds.
      So you need to be aware of that. In my opinion stroller that weighs 25-26 pounds is still fairly lightweight, I’m short and petite and never had any problems with loading it to the car trunk etc. But if you want something under 20 pounds, it won’t handle uneven terrain and definitely won’t be able to hold two kids.
      And one last thing, do you plan on walking/jogging in hilly area? If yes, then you should definitely consider getting a jogging stroller with a handbrake. If you just plan on walking on bumpy surfaces, but not in hills, standard all-terrain stroller should be sufficient.
      -Among all-terrain strollers for one child only I can recommend you Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 and Bumbleride Indie. City Mini GT2 is lighter – 21.4 pounds (it’s probably the lightest all-terrain stroller on the market), it’s more like a city, everyday stroller that also handles off-road walks (gravel is okay, sand may be a bit worse). Bumbleride Indie is wonderful for harsh terrain, sand or roots won’t be a problem. It has bigger wheels than City Mini GT2 and the tires are pumped. It rolls very smoothly. It also weighs a bit more – 24 pounds. These are my favorite all-terrain strollers because they are not excessively heavy or bulky, and work great for everyday errands and doing groceries too.
      -Among expandable strollers that handle multiple types of terrain and weigh under 30 pounds, I can recommend: UPPAbaby VISTA, Baby Jogger City Select. City Select is more affordable, and it has the same main seat and sibling seat (both with capacity of 45 pounds), while VISTA – more pricey stroller – has bigger main seat (max. capacity: 50 lbs) and smaller sibling seat (35 lbs). Both strollers have non-inflatable large wheels. They are good for gravel, grass, hard-packed sand. On very bumpy terrain these strollers may wiggle a bit, but on such terrain only a stroller with pumped tires would perform better.
      Let me know if you need more information, take care! 🙂

  3. Hi Haley,
    Any opinion on the Baby Jogger Summit X3 for hiking? I was looking at the city mini GT after reading reviews and then I found the summit! It looks comparable to the Thule and BOB. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Yes, Summit X3 is comparable to Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB jogging strollers. It has an additional hand brake which is very useful when you’re hiking as it gives you better control of the speed. And it has larger wheels with pumped tires so it can handle more types of terrain and the ride is more smooth. It’s definitely better choice than City Mini GT if you want to hike with a stroller. City Mini GT is wonderful for city and off-road use, but only for strolls (not jogging), and rather not in a hilly area. With Summit you can run and hike.

  4. Hi Zooey, great information re strollers thankyou. I am travelling with my 5 year old to Southeast Asia later in the year and it’s not known for having sidewalks. What would you suggest as a more compact/travel stroller that is for bigger kids up to 55lbs and can handle rough terrain that’s not going to break the bank?! I’ve been researching for a while now but cant seem to find one that ticks all the boxes. Thanks so much Vicki

    1. Hello Vicki,

      At first I need to tell you that it will be hard (if not impossible) to find a compact travel stroller for rough terrain and with capacity of 55 pounds. Majority of lightweight strollers have small wheels which are not good for off-road strolls. Stroller that can handle uneven surfaces must have bigger wheels which of course weigh more, making the stroller less compact and less convenient to carry. The capacity may be a problem as well, because most of the compact strollers have limit of 45 or 50 lbs and usually the seat is not big enough for a 5 year old 🙁

      There are actually 2 strollers that come to my mind right now. One is more compact, the other one is more all-terrain.

      -GB Pockit – it has capacity of 55 pounds and I know a lot of parents who are using it for 5 and 6 year old kids. It’s great for travel because it’s the smallest and lightest stroller out there. It’s perfect for older kids and for short walks – for a child who can walk and only sometimes needs a place to rest. When he’s not using the stroller, you can easily put it in a hand bag or backpack and carry with no effort (9.5 pounds). For longer strolls it will be fine too, but it doesn’t have recline so it’s rather not good for naps. It all depends if you need to use the stroller all the time, or if your child can walk too. For short strolls it will be more comfy 🙂 The only problem is that it has very small wheels so it’s best for flat, even terrain. If the road is a hard-packed sand it will probably handle it as well, but may jiggle a bit. But it won’t handle bumpy terrain and rocks.

      -Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2 2019 – this stroller is definitely good for rougher terrain and it has good suspension. It has capacity of 65 pounds and roomy seat. The only thing is that it weighs 21.6 pounds and the fold is not small (it’s pretty compact but you won’t be able to take it as carryon and carrying it for a few hours may be hard). Still, it’s probably the most compact stroller of all-terrain strollers. So you would have to decide what’s more important – stroller weight or all-terrain wheels. Here’s my full review just in case.

      I hope this helps!

      1. Hi Zoe, my apologies, for some reason your reply didnt get to me tell now. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and the 2 strollers you suggested were the 2 that I’d narrowed it down to as well. Thanks again, much appreciated. Vicki

  5. Hello! I’ve narrowed my choice to the Thule urban glide 2 or Bob revolution flex duallie – but which one provides the smoothest, least bumpy ride on rough, off roading terrain? Thanks for your help!!!
    Katie

    1. Hi Katie! Both strollers roll smoothly and can handle rough terrain. There are some things that make me prefer Bob Flex though: adjustable suspension (you can adjust it to the passengers weight) and more roomy seats. Some parents complain Thule seats are quite narrow and shallow and too small for 3 year old kids.
      Just keep in mind that regardless of the model you choose, double jogging stroller is bulky and heavy. Be prepared for that 🙂

  6. Hello,
    So glad I found this page! Still a little confused, we live in the country and only have gravel roads with larger rocks. I am looking at a stroller for jogging and walking on the gravel roads. I worry about the baby/child feeling too much of the bumps. The stroller would still be used for everyday things like walking around stores and etc.. Any suggestions? I have one in mind but wasn’t sure if I’m reading everything correctly.

    1. Hi Kaylynn!
      Choose something from the second or third category in my ranking 🙂
      -I recommend you Thule Urban Glide because it’s the lightest model among jogging strollers so it’s easier to use everyday for shopping and strolling around. If you plan on jogging/walking in hilly area then Thule Urban Glide 2 is better option because it has additional handbrake for controlling the speed.
      -If you don’t mind having a little heavier stroller, but with more roomy seat, then I recommend you BOB Revolution strollers (FLEX Lunar is my favorite; PRO – if you want to hike with your stroller – it has a handbrake)
      -If you’re on a smaller budget then Chicco TRE is great choice, a little heavier than Thule but not bulky. Good suspension, easy folding, suitable for hills too thanks to a handbrake
      -Joovy Zoom 360 has longer wheelbase therefore it may be less convenient to use in stores and tight places.

  7. Hi, we will be moving with our 3 month old to a place where you can: hike, trail run and go for a stroll on the beach. I need a stroller that can do all of that for a 3-month old … does it exist or I need to wait until the 6 month mark?

    1. Hi Isabelle!
      I would definitely recommend you to wait until your baby can sit upright unassisted and has good head control (around 6 months). Especially if you want to run or hike on uneven terrain. It would be too bumpy, and baby’s spine and head are too fragile for this at 3 months…

      From 6 months I can recommend you Bumbleride Speed (it’s also usable from birth if you add a carrycot – for walks). My other top picks are Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution PRO – they have a hand brake which is very useful for controlling the speed when you’re going down the hill.

  8. I’m taking my grandchildren ages 3 and 6 to Italy. Lots of uneven roads and sidewalks. I want to use a board with a seat (I forget the name that I bought) for the 6 year old to attach to the back so he can sit or stand. I’d like 3 wheels and on lighter side, easy to open and close and be comfortable for the 3 year old with the bumps in roads. It can have an infant carrier/car seat to attach at another time for any future grandchildren.

  9. Hi zoey
    I have a very large farm (600 acres). I am going to be grandma for the first time and will be babysitting while my daughter and son in law work. I would like a stroller that works well on gravel and uneven paths. The reviews are confusing because I am not looking for a jogger to jog with but I do walk a lot
    Thank you

    1. Hi Dorene,
      I recommend you strollers from the first category – urban strollers that are suitable for multiple types of terrain. For long walks on a farm Baby Jogger City Mini GT and Bumbleride Indie will work great. The former one has 8.5 inches wheels and forever-air tires. Indie has even bigger wheels (12 inches) and pumped tires which make it ready for even more rugged terrain and make the ride really smooth.

  10. Hi. I live at the beach and am looking for the best stroller for hard and soft sand. Also rust prevention from the salt water and air. Any advice would be great. Thank you!

    1. Hi Kristen! For sand I recommend you getting a stroller with air-filled tires, for example BOB Revolution FLEX (or PRO if you’d prefer having a hand brake) or Bumbleride Indie (if you’d prefer something lighter and newborn-ready).
      The most important is cleaning after visit to the beach. Always clean the wheels from the sand. It can also get into wheel hub (the part on the stroller frame where you click the wheels into). It may cause squeaking or the wheels may start getting stuck. Therefore always remove the wheels from the stroller and clean the wheels and wheel hubs from sand and dirt. You can use soap and water or even canned air to spray the sand and dirt out from all nooks.

  11. 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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