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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Jun-12 10:24:38

We've been asked by the team at Central YMCA to find out your best buggy for exercising with.

So if you are you a regular buggy exerciser please share on this thread the buggy you would recommend for mums looking to power walk, jog or generally push themselves fit while out and about with their baby?

Please say why you'd recommend it - what makes it good and why you chose it over others.

Please also state what age your baby/ child was in the buggy, any bad points and your overall opinion of the value for money you've had from the buggy.

Please post your responses below - the responses on this thread will be used by CYMCA in an exciting new free digital product for mums from Central YMCA. If they want to use your direct quote we may well be in touch with you to find out your name and location so this can be attributed to you - eg "xxx" said Jane from Bolton.

Everyone who adds their recommendation to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner would get a £100 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks, MNHQ

maples Fri 15-Jun-12 10:53:11

I love my bugaboo cameleon. Goes nicely over bumpy footpaths so good for walking back into shape!! grin

daisydoodoo Fri 15-Jun-12 10:55:06

the bob revolution is a fab buggy for running with, it has a lockable swivel wheel so you can lock it to fixed. excellent on all terrains and is very light to push. I used this regularly when my child was younger to go running with or a power walk with the dogs.
Large seat that lies flat so suitbale from birth until they are too big for a buggy. huge hood, so good sun coverage and rain for those occassions you forgot the rain cover.

TheMysteryCat Fri 15-Jun-12 11:32:49

i've just bought a nipper outnabout and it's great for long hikes. suspension is very good and my one year old is very comfortable in it.

only minor tweak would be that it has more storage space on the buggy, as the shopping basket can't be left on if going on uneven surfaces as it hangs quite low.

otherwise, a very good buggy and good value for money at about £200. I think it will last well and also would have been suitable from newborn.

Our trusty old Mothercare Urban Detour 3 wheeler grin

I do a fair bit of countryside walking and it is virtually indestructible, can cope with any terrain, can take the weight of a 7 year old without groaning and still push like a dream.

It was £30 off Ebay years ago and has never given us a minutes trouble. I've pushed it up hills, round woods, along shonky paths round reservoirs, hoicked it over stiles. And then I could sit on the footrest to BF before carrying on walking.

margia Fri 15-Jun-12 11:38:53

I regularly run around with my Loola by Bebe Confort. It's like being on a treadmill, only much more fun, you've got the wind in your hair ( and no gym fees ! )

I didn't buy the buggy for running with, but it does the job pretty well, much better than our little stroller type buggy. It's sturdy and the wheels can be switched to front facing only so that they won't go wiggly over the bumps. When ds was tiny he was facing me so I knew he was fine and now he's bigger he really enjoys facing forward and seeing the world speed by.

You do get some funny looks tho!

TheMysteryCat Fri 15-Jun-12 11:43:25

Queen i had one of those and blurry loved it! only thing i hated was the weight of the thing and how much boot space it takes up.

Pascha Fri 15-Jun-12 12:05:56

We borrowed my SIL's 9 year old Urban Detour to take to the Lake District. It was brilliant for pushing up hills and making my DH break a sweat without killing him grin.

We have a modern by comparison BabyJogger Classic now which is also very good for off road exercise - easy to push, great suspension and comfy seat for the Boy.

I'm afraid I have no modern recommendations for you because we are cheap and buy tried and trusted stuff second hand.

r3dh3d Fri 15-Jun-12 12:10:53

Mountainbuggy terrain. With off-road tyres and various anti-puncture upgrades.

It's not light. But it is indestructible and goes over/through pretty much everything. I have dragged it over fallen trees before now. It appears to have originally been designed for trench warfare.

hazchem Fri 15-Jun-12 12:31:38

I have recently purchased a (second hand) Kiddy Crusier adventurer. It is a proper jogging pram. 16 inch rear tires and lockable front wheel.

What I love about it
Has a big basket underneath so can drop into Sainbo on the way home.
On the handle has a little lidded cover bit to keep a fiver and my ear phones in all the time
Quick fold
Tray in front of DS so I can give him snacks
It's fast
It copes with mud and grass

Things I wish it had
A bigger sunshade. The one it has is tiny and seeing it is for outdoor exersizing that is a real shame
A sturdier rain cover
A brake on the handle
A fully padded handle.

We have only had it for a bout a month but it's been a huge benefit to us. We have even started doing a weekend jog as a family!
Oh and DS is 15 months.

FoofFighter Fri 15-Jun-12 12:41:03

Can't fault the Nipper for buggyfit - but please please please make sure you get hold of a wrist strap whatever buggy you have, I've seen the aftermath of an accident and it wasn't pretty sad very easily avoided by buying a wrist strap if your buggy doesn't come with one as standard (imo all buggies that are of the kind likely to be used should have one as standard)

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Jun-12 13:08:33

Fooffighter - what do you mean? A strap that links from buggy to wrist? In case you fall over? (sorry for Qs - I am someone who has never exercised with a pushchair!) Am sure CYMCA will be interested in this tip

r3dh3d Fri 15-Jun-12 13:23:28

It's just a short strap from the buggy handle to your wrist. Imagine letting go accidentally on a hill...

poppy1973 Fri 15-Jun-12 13:29:15

I purchased several buggies when I had my little one as I wanted to find a buggy that was suitable for the countryside and would support me when I ran with the baby.

The best one I found and stuck with was a Mountainbuggy terrain - I also had a buggy strap which you attach to the buggy and to your wrist. If for instance you trip or fall when you are running then it stops the buggy shooting off in the wrong direction. Very handy when you are running along in the countryside or up a hill.

I also found that the mountainbuggy kept the baby from (about 9 months on) very safely and snuggly in the buggy allowing you to run some distance. It was a little heavy to push up hill but so sturdy that you feel safe running and keeping the baby in it. However, my friend swears by the babyjogger which had the larger wheels on it and is a serious runner.

I kept my little one in mountainbuggy from 9months until 3yrs. (I found that I couldn't get the energy after a c-section until 9 months to start exercise. Plus it took me a few months to find the right buggy to run with - so initially started out with quick walking and progressed onto running up to 30mins.

As I purchased a few buggies that didn't suit me - I opted for a second hand buggy from Mountainbuggy - purchased off ebay and it cost me £100.00 - it was 3 years old and it was a little tatty but it didn't matter for me in the countryside anyway.

maples Fri 15-Jun-12 13:43:33

I agree re strap - bugaboo cam has one

NonnoMum Fri 15-Jun-12 13:55:46

Mountain buggy. Mountain buggy. Mountain buggy.

Once you've pushed one of those anything else feel like it's furrowing the land.

(with a wriststrap for those hilly moments)

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Fri 15-Jun-12 14:06:13

O yes Mountain Buggy. I had an Urban with ds and managed to shift the best part of 5 stone of cake baby weight by walking by the river with it while ds was asleep. Great suspension meant he was always comfy, nice big hood and totally flat lie also meant he was more likely to sleep. Agree with the need for a wrist strap, we have a Phil and Teds now after selling the mountain buggy (big mistake but needs must) and that thing rolls away as soon as you let go of the handle, so it's always attatched to my wrist. I have been speed walking a lot with ds2 in it, who's now 10 weeks old but it's just not as good as the old MB. It feels flimsier and heavier. I do think anything with 4 wheels and not air filled tyres isn't going to be the best bet. Despite the MB feeling light as air to push, it still meant I got fit. With the Phil and Teds all I feel is the strain in my shoulders when I push it which means I actually tend to walk less far.

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Fri 15-Jun-12 14:07:09

Ooo sorry, age of ds when we used it was about a year old til 3.

Woodlands Fri 15-Jun-12 14:19:56

I used to take DS to buggy bootcamp classes using my Graco Symbio - I did this from about 3-11 months. It was fine for park exercise. However when DS was about 18 months old we got a Baby City Mini Jogger, which I have used since then (he is now 23 months) and I have quite often been running with him in it, as well as for woodland walks. It is great for running with - the ride is smooth, the single handle makes it very easy to steer, and the three-wheeler design handles very well. I don't find it so great on rough terrain as I can't seem to make the front wheel lock.

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Fri 15-Jun-12 15:01:41

I likes the Baby Jogger City Mini, not that I ever went very fast. However, the front wheel has since come off... apparently a comment fault.

PeaTarty Fri 15-Jun-12 15:04:50

I have a Britax Vigour 3 wheeler. Probably not the "best" as such but for walking it has been fantastic. It's been good for walks in the forest, parks, beach etc and is sturdy enough to cope. Compared to a very basic pushchair it has been good as it makes walking so much more enjoyable as you don't feel you are lugging a heavy pushchair that is difficult to move. With a decent pushchair you hardly notice you are pushing which makes it easier to walk for long periods.

DarkMatter Fri 15-Jun-12 15:39:04

I adore my Phil and Ted's Sport. Three babies in, and it's steel frame means it's still going strong. It's a three wheel design with big, bouncy tyres and the swinging motion of the part where the baby lies keeps babies very comfortable, with no jarring as I run/walk over kerbs, bumps in the path or grass etc. (Though tyres are a bit prone to punctures).

It's heavier than many prams, which makes it very satisfying to exercise with - no fear of it breaking and a decent weight to push. And it's strong enough to carry my baby (4 weeks), and his two siblings (3.5 years and 2 years) on the nursery run, which is exercise in itself!

The handle is full width of the pram, and coated in the same type of stuff as gym equipment, nice to grip.

The baby goes in a cocoon within the pram, which means I can lift him out and have him next to me for mat work without disturbing him.

muddledsheep Fri 15-Jun-12 17:38:23

Love my Baby Jogger City Mini. Stable, easy to push on roughish terrain (not sure how it would cope with really rough ground). Fab sunshade, good basket underneath. Full recline for naps and comfy ride for DS3 now 2.6 but has been in it since 1.2 years. Smooth ride and good suspension on roads/parks.

BonzoDooDah Fri 15-Jun-12 18:19:21

I love my Phil and Ted's buggy. Three wheels, sturdy handle, easy to make into a double buggy and still narrow to get through gaps especially cross country. Sturdy, really easy to push - even with two children in it.

(Super easy to convert from a single to double and back)

Great from birth as baby can lie flat and get rocked in the bottom, then sit up as gets older. The cocoon carry case is especially great for this.
So easy to steer you can jog easily with it (though not so easily with two in) and turn with one hand.
Great on rough ground, bumps up kerbs and over stones and bumps without jarring the children.

Had a really handy wrist strap to alleviate stressy-worry of tripping over and the buggy rolling downhill / under a car / insert neurosis here.

Folds quite flat to go in the back of the car but quite heavy to lift in and out.

Pneumatic tyres so good for easing out the bumps, bad for punctures.

My buggy was about £100 second hand and worth absolutely every penny as both a single and double.

gilliancd Fri 15-Jun-12 18:40:51

I've got an out'n'about nipper. Its fab, we can go just about anywhere! I'm really going to miss being able to go for really long walks when my daughter outgrows it.

LittlePicnic Fri 15-Jun-12 19:39:18

My Phil and Teds is great. When pushing across various terrains, the suspension on the wheels is like riding a bicycle. It gives a smooth push and comfortable ride over bumpy ground. Used it since dc2 came along for a newborn and a toddler. It's quite heavy but very comfortable to walk/ jog with. I would recommend it, nice sturdy feel to it.

MerylStrop Fri 15-Jun-12 19:51:27

My Bugaboo Frog was good but for proper exercise I would recommend a Phil and Teds double, with a hefty four year old up front, a two year old in back and another 3 year old balanced precariously on the footrest. Push all through knee-deep mud at hilly festival site. Excellent strength and cardio, and the buggy looks like new.

FoofFighter Fri 15-Jun-12 20:03:49

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ)
Fooffighter - what do you mean? A strap that links from buggy to wrist? In case you fall over? (sorry for Qs - I am someone who has never exercised with a pushchair!) Am sure CYMCA will be interested in this tip

Yes exactly that, to stop it running away on it's own if you trip/fall smile

HappySunflower Fri 15-Jun-12 20:12:55

My Baby Jogger is fab..I have the Mini City Sidewalk which is lighter than the normal mini city. It's great for walking on all sorts of surface; glides across grass, sand, gravel very easily.
It folds down with just one hand, ditto popping it back up again.
I've jogged along the beach with it, and around the park, too and it is very sturdy and hardwearing as I'm not at all gentle with it!
Baby is very comfy in it whether she's sitting up and looking around, or lying flat and asleep, plus it has a brilliant sun shade and good vision panels for her so she can see what's going on whilst being sheltered at the same time.
It is definitely one of the best things I have acquired, aside from my baby of course wink

Firawla Fri 15-Jun-12 20:19:46

Phil & Teds, I don't go running with it but do walk a lot and it is very good as others have mentioned due to the tyres that are fine on all terrains and dont feel every little lump and bump in the ground. I have heard of a double babyjogger buggy too which may be quite good but I would say p&t seems better than a lot of other doubles, some of them do not have the proper tyre wheels so would be really inconvenient for those who do walk a lot

HannahLI Fri 15-Jun-12 21:14:45

I have a Phil and teds sport v2 which is great for brisk walking and jogging, I have used it with a baby between the ages of 0 -2 years in it and with a small baby and a two year old too. When jogging with it you can lock the wheel which makes it easier as it stays where you need it. The adjustable handle bar means you can get comfy and I find there is plenty of room for running with it without kicking the back.
I brought the buggy over two years ago and I have walked and jogged hundreds of miles with it in that time and it still looks in great condition. At the time I thought it was quite pricy but now there are plenty of pushchairs that cost a lot more so I think it was good value for money. I know that there are lots of these about that you can pick up second hand that are still in great condition.
In the area we live in there are lots of hawthorne bushes and because of the neumatic tyres I have had quite a few punctures but that has now been resolved with slime in my tyres. However because of the neumatic tyres it goes over almost any kind of terrain, in fact I haven't ever had a problem with it and we live in the country and regularly cross fields and bumpy land.
I have really enjoyed walking myself fit with this Pushchair and I can't think of much that I would fault with it for exercise. FYI Phil and teds on there community blog have been running a series about keeping fit using pushchairs in new Zealand and every week they have been releasing new ideas which I have found helpful like your posture when pushing. It's been done using the Phil and teds Pushchair.

lagoonhaze Fri 15-Jun-12 21:39:52

Babyjogger city mini is fab for walking but I wouldnt run with it as no safety strap agree with one of the previous posters about that,

jimswifein1964 Fri 15-Jun-12 21:45:29

Going back a few years as kids no longer in buggies, but I had...

Urban Detour - great for walking a few miles a day, but not so good for running as its heavy. Even moreso the double!!

XTS Twister - great for running in a straight flat park, but mahoosive, so hard to get there in the first place!

Alurax - loved it because it was so light.

Phil n Teds - loved it for daily use but the swivel wheel was a bit unpredicatable if walking fast/jogging when it hit a stone.

Mac3 - urgh, lasted a day. Brakes were terrible and it was too wide for standard doorways!

Citilite - a great buggy for walking , as so easy to push and deceptively sturdy.

Have had countless other buggies too grin

lorisparkle Fri 15-Jun-12 21:58:52

We have had quite a few pushchairs and although I don't specifically excercise in them we do go all over the place and I am often running with a pushchair to keep up with DS 2 and DS 1. So here goes...

Mamas and Papas with MPX chassis - this has been an amazing pushchair and has been everywhere (woods, hills, beach, pavements, snow) - It has coped with everything we have thrown at it and is still going strong for DS3. It does not hold the child in a laid back position though allowing them to sit up straight or lean back so they are not 'held in place' when on rough terrain and can be a bit bumpy. Out of all my pushchairs this is the one I always choose

Mothercare Urban Detour - bought 2nd hand for grandparents - this has been a great pushchair and it has coped well in different environments - woods, beach, pavements, etc) but I don't like the three wheelers. I find they are unstable on hills and often feel as though they are going to topple over. It does handle really well on flat and uneven terrain and is light to push and manoevure

Phil and Ted E3 - bought 2nd hand when DS2 was bought - although this was light to handle - especially for a double, easy to run around with and great for the flexibilty of different ages I hated the tyres. We had so many punctures that in the end I had to stop using it. I was only using it on the school run at that time and it was the thorns from bushes next to the path.

Mclaren (basic stroller) - great for just throwing in the car, walking on flat paths but that is it - would not be without it though!

fallingandlaughing Fri 15-Jun-12 22:06:43

I walk a lot with the buggy - up to 3 hours a day. It is the only way I can exercise while on mat leave with a poor sleeper/napper.

I have a Stokke Xplory. I didn't buy it with exercise in mind but am very happy with it. With the bag attached it is stable on a range of surfaces, very smooth when running (DD really enjoys this) and most importantly for me both seat and handle are height adjustable. This means I can maintain a comfortable posture while walking and running, not something I could take for granted with other buggies as I am tall.

DD is about to turn 1 and I have had the same buggy from when she was born.

The Xplory is relatively pricey, though I managed to get a good deal on it, however it is durable and adaptable so I am happy with the value for money.

mamof3boys Sat 16-Jun-12 10:24:41

I've got a Phil & Teds Sport which I purchased when I had a 17 month old and a newborn baby. I used it for a year with two children in it, and now also use it as a single buggy for my youngest son who is 20 months old. I chose it because it is easy to convert between a single and double and because it isn't any wider than a single buggy, which makes it perfect to use as a city/shopper as well as a jogger.

It is fantastic as an all-terrain pram and we have regularly used it on the beach and going cross country and my children have always remained comfortable even on the bumpiest of terrains. It has a wrist strap to keep it firmly attached to me which is a necessity, particularly on those downward slopes.

It is quite heavy but this just makes me feel like I've had a better workout. My only real negative is that I find as it's got a bit older the tyres have a tendency to go flat quite quickly so I do need to carry a pump around with me.

I have found the Phil & Teds Sport excellent value or money. It is now nearly 5 years old and is still going strong. I have actually just recommended this to two of my friends who are pregnant with their second child and they have both bought one after seeing mine in action.

Sossiges Sat 16-Jun-12 11:10:06

Nipper Out'n'about 360, excellent go-anywhere buggy, great value for money. Comes with wriststrap. Best to slime tyres. Great for large/tall children (under 18's obv)

Now this is a bit of a cheat as it isn't my pushchair as such but we both invested so much into the ebay search and I have subsequently made her some custom hoods so we both always joke it is 'our pushchair'!

It is my friends bugaboo frog and I have to say it is fantastic for brisk walking. It is just so light and manoeuvrable and can cope well when walking in the woods. My friend walks miles with it having sold her car (she actually clocked up 21 miles in a day the other week) and loves it. I often walk 3 or 4 miles with her once or twice a week and I love pushing it. Much better that the Mamas & pappas Pramette or maclaren I had. Her baby is 11 months old.

Now this is a bit of a cheat as it isn't my pushchair as such but we both invested so much into the ebay search and I have subsequently made her some custom hoods so we both always joke it is 'our pushchair'!

It is my friends bugaboo frog and I have to say it is fantastic for brisk walking. It is just so light and manoeuvrable and can cope well when walking in the woods. My friend walks miles with it having sold her car (she actually clocked up 21 miles in a day the other week) and loves it. I often walk 3 or 4 miles with her once or twice a week and I love pushing it. Much better that the Mamas & pappas Pramette or maclaren I had. Her baby is 11 months old.

poachedeggs Sat 16-Jun-12 11:49:06

I've got a Quinny Speedi which was bought second hand and has done miles without complaint. It has an extendable handle so is comfy to push at any pace, and a lockable front wheel. It's very comfortable for the passenger too! It didn't sit upright enough for older toddlers but that was easily fixed with a bungee to prop up the back of the seat. It also has a big basket and a hand brake for hills. We love it and have taken it over all sorts of terrain (and through very deep snow) with no problems.

Merrin Sat 16-Jun-12 13:00:19

Microlite. the wheels at the back are large and go well over uneven ground, and the turning circle is tiny. The handles are high for good posture and it is light weight. We like in the New Forest and it goes well over forest paths and is sturdy and easy to handle. Ten out of ten.

tugamommy Sat 16-Jun-12 16:13:57

I used my Bugaboo Chameleon not for running but for a lot of power walking and always found it really smooth. Also thought that the bar (as opposed to handles) was really handy when tired or going up inclined roads.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sat 16-Jun-12 17:15:43

I have an old Maclaren MX3 that I love. It's really stable and whizzy and flies right over lumps and bumps. Both of my DCs were in it from birth (not at the same time!). It's been amazing value for money.

MustControlFistOfDeath Sat 16-Jun-12 17:33:40

AnnMumsnet Buggy Tug smile

I've done the couch to 5k with ds in an out and about nipper 360. Best £40 I ever spent wink.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 16-Jun-12 17:59:05

thanks mustcontrol..... sounds like it's essential!

rhetorician Sat 16-Jun-12 20:16:32

I have a Baby Jogger Summit that I use to run with dd2 who is now nearly 7 months old, but I have had her in it with head support from 3 months. It's incredibly easy to steer (e.g. you can push it one handed for the most part), it has big wheels which make it very stable. Lots of things sold it to me: fully reclinable seat (to flat) with good foot muff and head support; it came with a pump, cover (rain and UV), sheepskin liner (so soft I want to get into it myself), a decent basket, and nice pockets on the rear (for water, tissues etc). It has the all important strap! It folds easily (genuinely with one hand!) and if you take the wheels off (lever to release, one-click to put back on) it fits comfortably into the back of a standard hatchback.

It is all-terrain - I've taken it up hills, onto the beach, up muddy farm tracks and it's held up brilliantly.

Glaikit Sat 16-Jun-12 20:25:58

I have the baby jogger city mini and it's great for long walks on semi rough terrain. I don't run, its unladylike wink but my childminder says its good to run with when she's a bit late for the school run!

Piffpaffpoff Sat 16-Jun-12 21:38:38

Out and about nipper here, an old one with the fixed front wheel. Was excellent for off road tracks and paths. We took it on hill tracks and beaches all over Scotland. It was so light and manoeuvrable and really easy to lift over fences/stiles etc. The DCs always seemed really comfy in it, and spent most of their time asleep. I had a single first and then borrowed a double when DC2 came along and the double was even nicer to push than the single.

Agree with everyone who has spoken of the need for a wrist strap in case of a stumble.

We don't need it anymore now so it's about to be sold. I'll be so sorry to see it go, i have so many happy memories of where it's been. Sob!

CMOTDibbler Sat 16-Jun-12 21:45:07

Not a buggy, but I carried ds from birth till he was 4 (obv not continuously !), and with him in a MeiTai I burnt an awful lot of calories, and could walk over any terrain. Great for your core strength too

BikeRunSki Sat 16-Jun-12 22:27:30

I've had two babies and two Phil and Ted's Sport. I've always run, and have run with my babies in the P&T with no problem at all. It is comfy and sturdy to run with - even on bridleways and all the hills round here - for me and the baby. I haven't however run with my 3yo and baby in it-only ever used it in single mode.

With my first baby I trained for the Leeds 10K with DS in the P&T. My second baby is now 8 months old and I am working through the NHS Couch to 5K, so I run about 3 times a week, usually at least once with her in the P&T. I also walk miles and miles (on and off road) with one or both children in the P&T. It's got a fairly short wheelbase so it is easy for corners, and is handily narrow for shops. The wrist strap is essential - it can get very heavy with both children in and "run away" on hills.

I have actually had two P&T Sports. I bought my original one as a single for my son when he was 5 months old. When I was pg again 3 years later, I was looking at adding a doubles seat, cocoon, double raincover etc - and it ended up being cheaper to buy a a whole barely-used double P&T Sport and all the accessories second hand from eBay. I sold my original one to an MNer. I shopped around and bought my original P&T for around £300 with cosytoes, rain cover, suncover and a few other bits and pieces. I think I have definitely had my money's worth - I used this for DS from when he was 5 months old to 3. I got my second for £180 with lots of accesorries and doubles kit, and have used this for 8 months now, since DD was born. For about four or 5 months I had the doubles kit all the time, but DS now walks pretty much all the time.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 17-Jun-12 20:06:29

I have a Hauck viper- good low cost three wheeler. Three big wheels are brilliant on rough ground- including the beach! Light to push and manoeuvres brilliantly! I mostly use it for my wee baby, but it takes my tall three year old with ease too!

turnipvontrapp Sun 17-Jun-12 22:18:56

Urban detour - brilliant, £35 off eBay! Off-road, up hills, parks -it's fab. Not needed now my baby starts school soon sad

Maffy Sun 17-Jun-12 22:36:16

I love the Out n About Nipper. I use it cross country across fields and it is easy to cover the country across all but the muddiest plough. It folds down quickly and compactly to fit in all cars I have tried.

I have both the single and double versions to cope with you 2yo DS and 3mo DD. The are surprisingly inexpactive pushchairs so I can justify both!

buggyRunner Mon 18-Jun-12 05:54:28

Nipper here too- have done 10ks with it. Second the wrist strap.
Please also ensure your pram is suitable for running and has a locked swivel wheel- dd1 was flipped because if this sad she was fine and more concerned about her doll (as we were trying out a double baby weaver) but it was horrible and dp got hurt

frizzyhaired Mon 18-Jun-12 08:17:55

I had the out about nipper double and it was fabulous. Was comfortable for the twins to go for ages and was comfortable and easy for me to manoeuvre over long distances and off road trails. Did a few buggyfit classes and it has excellent stability. I never had to change or swap it even with all the rough use.
I loved it. Have just sold it on eBay after 4 1/2 years and we all wept to see it go.

AgnesG Mon 18-Jun-12 08:22:55

I am keen runner and did quite a bit of research before I bought anything. In the end I went for the Baby Jogger Performance (the one with 20" wheels) and I found it more than lives up to the promise. Apparently Paula Radcliffe uses one, say no more.
It scores really highly on safety (wrist-strap, easy access brakes and a snug 5-point harness), ease of use (it's more of a guiding action as you run along it takes very little effort to push it), manoeuverability over pavements, round corners and over rough-ish trails, and comfort for the baby (a nice sunshade, they sit high up and look really secure & cosy!). It's certainly pricey - and not at all suitable for taking around Tescos on the weekly shop! - but for me it was worth the money and I was able to easily resell it at a good price on Gumtree. AND I managed a 3:39 marathon PB when my baby was only 8 months so it must have been doing something right... smile

Elkieb Mon 18-Jun-12 10:11:30

My loola up is great for pushing over most terrain except sand- found this out the hard way! I like the adjustable suspension which you can make harder for off road stuff.

rhetorician Mon 18-Jun-12 10:15:41

it probably is worth saying that the re-sale value on the baby joggers that are specifically designed for running is very good - they hold their value which was a factor. The Summit is a bit cheaper - and I think is about to be replaced by a different model.

Another one for the 3 wheel urban detour, bought it as a second buggy, ended up using it all the time. brilliant over rough ground, didnt bounce baby about, sturdy, held dd until well past five, wasnt expensive.

Elkieb Mon 18-Jun-12 15:54:06

Forgot to add that my DS is 5 months old, and I feel that the pram is very good value for money.

mistlethrush Mon 18-Jun-12 16:03:45

Moutain Buggy Urban - fantastic - has locking wheel but only needed to do this when going over eg fallen down stone walls - rest of the time the moving wheel meant that you could normally push it with one finger. It went through foot high grass (which could get caught up in axles but didn't), foot deep mud and water (regular morning walk with dog) and was used from when DS was 3wks up until he stopped using it (26 months) and moved on to a balance bike instead. Never strapped a car seat onto it and didn't have the cot attachment - simply dressed ds appropriately and he was fine. Good shade attachment was really helpful - got the shadeababe. And yes, wrist strap very important - a disc brake would have been clogged up on regular occasions with what we went through but a wrist strap doesn't have that problem. It was also surprisingly manoeuvrable in shops and would turn on a penny.

[If anyone's looking for a pre-loved mb pm me!]

StellaAndFries Mon 18-Jun-12 16:09:47

We had a mountain buggy terrain double when dd4 was a newborn and dd3 was 13 months old and it was brilliant for walking, jogging etc. It was sturdy, easy to manoeuvre and didn't tip and felt solid when pushing on rough terrain.

My phil and teds sports double was also well used once they were both a bit bigger, that was very easy to manoeuvre and felt lightweight for a double.

Blatherskite Mon 18-Jun-12 16:11:20

I love my Phil & Teds Sport. I've done buggyfit with it, a few runs and it easily came up and down the cliff paths at Scarborough with us just last week.

The three huge wheels make it really easy to push over any terrain and way the seat sways slightly when in full laid back mode means that baby is rocked to sleep as you exercise. It's got a good, wide handle which makes it easy to push even with one hand and even when loaded up with 2 children in doubles mode. It's also narrow enough to get through most gates and down narrow cliff paths which works well in shops too. You can buy hang bags and cup holders to make taking a drink with you easy and the storage underneath is huge so long as it's in singles mode. They're so sturdy that they last forever so you can pick on up, usually with all the accompanying bits, fairly cheap from ebay etc

The only down side for me was that you can occasionally get a flat as the tyres are pneumatic - although I wouldn't change this as I think it makes for a more comfortable ride - and that the covers don't come off for cleaning. I did find washable covers for the front bumper bar, handle and footrest though which have kept mine much cleaner.

I have the predecessor to the current baby jogger performance, it is as light as a feather and fantastic for running. It has 16' bike type wheels so even on the flat it would keep on going with out you so the wrist strap is definitely a must. It is great but has been in storage for a while it is only a single (I have seen the double version on e-bay but it is about as wide as a small car). It will be dusted off soon when DC2 goes to nursery and DC3 will ride in it. It has quite a large seat though, I should think my nearly five year old would be quite comfortable in it, I remember when she first went in it at 6 months old she looked a bit lost.

I have tried the phil and ted sport but found it a bit to heavy for running, probably because I was spoilt by the Baby Jogger. With both seats loaded I didn't have room to stride out so I didn't enjoy power walking with it much.

The Nipper 360 double is awesome, there are not too many places around here where I could run for long without having to stop and negotiate narrow gaps/roads etc but I have given it a quick go and it runs well (again, it would keep going without you even on a flat surface).

Nice and cheap but really good for a power walk was actually my second hand Maclaren Techo XT, the adjustable handles in the XT means that you can get a bit further away from the buggy and stride out, not by any means on a par with the Baby Jogger performance but pretty good when I wanted to power walk home via Tescos.

egdeh Mon 18-Jun-12 20:55:41

I have an out and about nipper, well 2 as have twin and single versions. Both stood up to some serious punishment, are a dream to push and will go almost anywhere. But raincovers tend to rip and hood provides little shade, esp on double. For price, hard to beat though.

MegBusset Mon 18-Jun-12 22:36:47

For about 18 months I had DS2 (6mo to 2y) in a Maclaren Techno and DS1 (2.6y to 4y) on a buggy board (combined weight probably about 4 stone!). I walked everywhere and lived up the top of a steep slope. I had arms, thighs and buns of absolute steel grin

I seem to recall the Bugaboo Gecko I had when DS1 was a baby was very smooth and easy to push. Good value too as I sold it on eBay for almost retail price. The Phil & Teds double I had until DS2 was 6mo was a bugger to get round corners and up and down kerbs, I sold it on eBay for more than it cost new so definitely good value!

appu123 Tue 19-Jun-12 09:04:35

Hello friends, I am looking a good prem for my 3 years old baby boy....please suggest should not too much costly.

welliesandpyjamas Tue 19-Jun-12 14:40:31

I've tried a few pushchairs to do the 4 miles fast walk of school run (which I would like to think constitutes a decent amount of exercise combined with a good use of time). Anything with small and/or solid wheels are hard work pushing and dealing with very uneven pavements. Anything oldish and/or heavy is also hard work. The best combination of everything I've needed for all the walking is the Mutsy 4rider Light - it has more bouncy (but not air filled puncture prone) wheels, comfy handle, the seat suits larger toddlers too, it has lovely amooth movement and turning, and as a handy extra benefit the shopping basket (the larger one, bought separately) is enough to get an awful lot of groceries in it, as well as school bags and coats. I've even devised a way of strapping my son's scooter on to it with a bungee cord without it getting in the way of my legs.

BettyandDon Tue 19-Jun-12 18:44:38

Goodness I do not think any buggies except the ridiculously expensive jogging buggies (way out of my budget) are suitable for exercise. Is it not something to do with the baby needing high suspension and support when being jostled about. Walking is fine with any buggy but I don't see that it could be a USP for any other type of buggy except a specially designed jogging one. I do not even know of any brand names that do this as we chose our buggy based on small size and price and also I don't jog!

AngelDog Tue 19-Jun-12 21:55:47

I've a Teutonia Spirit S3 - a bit like a Mountain Buggy, but does rear facing as well as forward. Light, manoevrable 3-wheeler with locking front swivel wheel for rough terrain. Foam air-filled tyres so no punctures. I do all my shopping (including groceries) with it, and my 2.5 y.o. - and we live in a very hilly area. DH runs with it occasionally, and DS loves it. smile It's good on rough terrain too.

IMO anything with small, solid, not-properly-swivelling wheels is a disaster.

peggyblackett Tue 19-Jun-12 22:18:25

I have two different buggies for exercising, both of which are brilliant.

I've the Baby Jogger Performance Classic for running (I'm starting to train for a half marathon). It has really good shock absorbable, BIG wheels for speed and is incredibly light. It's the Runners World mags editors choice, and also apparently Paula Radcliffe's buggy of choice postnatally. The only downside is that you'd struggle to get it into a lot of small car boots. Oh, and the fact that your dc needs to be 6 months before you can use it safely.

For long cross country walks its another vote for the Mountain Buggy. I bought my first Urban 8 years ago and it's still going strong. I now have the double for my two youngest and it's brilliant. It can get over pretty much anything, turns on a sixpence and can also still get through standard doors (the double). The single can fit into the boot of a VW Golf. The buggy is suitable from birth and can will take a child up to about 4.

If I had to choose between them I'd choose the Mountain Buggy. The Baby Jogger is a bit of a thoroughbred, whereas the Mountain Buggy is a solid workhorse and fantastic value for money. You can't argue with 8 years solid use and still going strong!

Evajay Wed 20-Jun-12 08:36:43

To add another alternative: I jogg with my baby (now 16 weeks) in a sling. Make sure it's tightly wrapped so baby is snug and head is supported. I recommend a high quality woven wrap like the didymos. Avoid stretchy wraps for this ( like the karri me) that would kill your back. I use the " wrap cross carry" ( check YouTube for instructions- I use specifically the variation where each leg goes under a strap if fabric first and then you spread it along their back. Finally comes a 3rd layer on top). - perfect position both for when dd is awake or asleep. As I wore her each day since birth I have grown accustomed to her weight. Walking/ jogging like this keeps me extra fit. Only downside is it gets quite hot with her on me. I wear the skimpiest tops to make it better. Also: Make sure the straps are well spread out on your back, that way you spread the weight across. It takes a bit of practice to get the wrap right- but since I learnt after a few attempts it's now second nature. I also go to Pilates once a week to strengthen my back and tone- I found this the perfect combo of exercise and it makes sure whatever I do when I jogg gets checked and bakanced with Pilates.

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Wed 20-Jun-12 19:12:02

Eva, I carry my baby in a sling too. But I can't say I'd recommend jogging with one at all. The potential for the child to get hurt if you stumbled is just too great. I don't think the manufacturers would recommend it either. It can't be very comfortable for them to be jostled about so much.

Phil & Teds Sport for me - jog with it regularly up and done some very steep hills, both on and off road. DD loves the motion and usually nods off. I have had to replace the tyres though as I've managed to split them which is a downer.

toobreathless Thu 21-Jun-12 00:35:21

We have the quInny Buzz. We didn't really consider exercise when we bought it which in hindsight was a shame as we do a lot of mountain walking.

The pros:
Easy to steer on rough ground
really smooth ride for baby

Very heavy to lift over stiles
Quite wide for small gaps
Prone to punctures, bit of a nightmare several miles from home!

Alicesalt Thu 21-Jun-12 14:08:12

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I've had quite a few buggies but really rate the Baby Jogger City Mini for exercising. I'm not a hardcore runner, but I do a lot of walking and attend buggy fit classes.

It is light, nippy, turns easily and crucially is very difficult to tip, unlike my bugaboo which falls over if you so much as look at it. My 11mo loves it and seems very comfortable in it.

It is also a reasonable price, so value fore money is excellent. Under £300, not the thick end of a grand which seems to be the going rate these days.

The quick fold is excellent for slinging in the car too. We took it to the beach this week, and it handled the sand without a hitch.

Gatorade Thu 21-Jun-12 16:52:54

I run with my 4 month old DD at least 3 times per week and I have three pushchairs, all of which have been used for running at least once (as I sometimes forget to put the nipper into the car), the pushchairs are the Out N About Nipper 360 V1, Baby Jogger City Mini and the Quinny Buzz.

I didn't purchase the BJCM or the Quinny to run with them, the Nipper was purchased for this purpose.

The running I do tends to be rough parks and woodland tracks, a little bit of pavement road running too.

The Out N About is by far the best in my opinion, easy and light to handle, safety strap included (very important), good suspension for DD and makes running easy. I find the Nipper easy to fold and set up, if the wheels are very muddy they can easily be removed and popped into carrier bags before putting into the car boot! I also like the freedom of sitting positions for DD (as in there are no 'set' seating positions and the safety for the 5 point harness. The new V2 also takes a Maxi Cosi which I think now makes this the idea off road hiking and running pushchair (see below).

The BJCM is ok on smooth ground but I bought this pushchair for shopping and the hard tyres are hopeless when running on rough ground compared to the others. Love this for shopping/visiting people, very light and a dream to put up and down

The Quinny, I didn't intend to use this for running, to be honest I don't like this pushchair much at all, I bought it because I thought my PFB should have a proper carry cot to sleep in when out and about (now realise that this was a mistake and she would have been fine from birth in the Nipper or BJCM).

However, As I have a V1 Nipper and it doesn't take a Maxi Cosi seat, when my DD was younger (I started running with her from 7 weeks) she was very small (5lbs 4 oz at birth) and she would not have been safe in the Nipper as she slipped about, no matter how much I padded her. I also felt if I was to have an tipping over accident she wouldn't be safe. As a result I used the Quinny (pimped with an off road front tyre which can be purchased separately) with the mazi cosi until she was about 3 months old. It worked ok, the ride was smooth for DD but the shopping basket had to be removed as it rubbed against the off road front tyre.

The V2 Nipper (with Maxi Cosi holding capability) would therefore be my ideal running pushchair. If I have another DC I would use this with the Maxi Cosi seat until DC was approx 3/4 months and then use it without the car seat.

In summary, key points for me are:
- Safety (strap, which out of mine only the Nipper has)
- Ability to hold a small/young baby who doesn't yet have head control (I don't know if this is the scientifically correct answer) but I felt that having DD in the Maxi Cosi was by far the safest option given the support it provided
- Weight
- Stability
- Suspension/comfort of ride for DC
- Ease of putting up/down/cleaning

I think the Nipper V2 delivers on all of these

bronze Thu 21-Jun-12 17:58:55

I haven't found one that's easy to lift over a stile on my own so only use a sling

helenthemadex Thu 21-Jun-12 19:59:54

another vote for the mountain buggy, I have had both the terrain and urban (7 Kids!)
for running,excersise and proper off roading then I think the terrain is probably better;

it is lightweight
very stable over rough ground
comfortable for baby with either an optional carrycot or seat that lies flat for baby
absolutely solid and extremely well made
adjustable handle height
the jogging strap for additional safety when going down hills
very simple to put up and down
wheels remove very easily (great if they are muddy)
easy to take covers etc off for cleaning

the Urban is a fantastic buggy with the bonus of a front swivel wheel which is handy for shopping it can be fixed for running or off road

I have tried many others including Mamas and Papas three wheeler, Mothercare Urban but have not found anything that comes close to the Mountain buggy

hytheliz Fri 22-Jun-12 13:09:14

I love my Phil and Teds double buggy. It's great for transporting my 2 and a half year old and 8 month old baby on any type of terrain. It is especially sturdy with three large wheels and extremely well made. The only downsides are that when running, I find the handle bar is too low so I have to bend uncomfortably. But for walking, it's perfect. It is reliable and as I bought it second hand, very good value for money.

vixo Mon 25-Jun-12 20:26:28

For proper running it's got to be the baby jogger performance. I've done a lot of miles with mine (which was second hand and already well used) and ran with my older daughter until she was at least 3. It's not had quite as much use second time round because I just don't have as much time, but it's still great!

For walking I think any pushchair will do as long as you're comfortable pushing it. I prefer something with bigger wheels that doesn't make that awful rattle as you push it along on uneven paths, but that's just fussiness - if it pushes, you can walk with it, and therefore exercise!

I definitely wouldn't run with a baby in a sling - way too jiggly for their little heads - and I wouldn't run with a baby in a pushchair under 4 or 5 months for exactly the same reason.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Jun-12 19:11:10

Hello - thanks for all the great tips. Am pleased to say StellaAndFries name came out the hat and she has won a £100 John Lewis voucher. Well done!

StellaAndFries Sat 30-Jun-12 11:01:17

Thank you Mumsnet and Central YMCA my JL vouchers arrived this morning so hopefully I'll be ordering my much wanted kindle shortly smile

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