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Best all-terrain prams: top off-road pushchairs to buy in 2024

The results are in. After months of in-depth testing, we reveal the best all-terrain prams to help you navigate everything from muddy woodland walks to gravel roads and even beach sand - as tested and reviewed by parents.

By Tammy Jacks | Last updated Jan 24, 2024

Best all-terrain prams

Whether you’d like to get back into a regular walking or running routine with your little one in tow, regularly meet up with friends at the local park or woodland, or are simply looking for a durable three or four-wheel all-terrain pram that you can take anywhere, the good news is that we’ve rounded up the best all-terrain prams that are specifically designed to handle rough, uneven surfaces.

Sure, you might enjoy your lightweight buggy or umbrella stroller for school runs, city walks and holidays, but if you’re looking for a bit more from your pram, you won’t be disappointed with our list of recommendations. With larger, robust tyres and advanced suspension systems for shock absorption and off-road capabilities, these all-terrain prams (loved and tested by real parents) provide additional stability and a smooth ride in both urban and rural settings. 

Additional features like weather-resistant materials, extended sun canopies for added protection, adjustable handlebars and larger storage baskets all contribute to a better outdoor experience for both you and your child.

How we tested the best all-terrain prams

To help you find the best all-terrain pram, we: 

  • Consulted our forums (home to 8 million users per month) for honest product recommendations from Mumsnet parents.

  • Read countless online reviews from some of the most popular outdoor retailers and consulted the likes of Which? for up-to-date lab test results.

  • Undertook our own in-depth testing with several parent testers over a two-month period, scoring each buggy on different criteria including assembly, safety, design, comfort, ease of use, ease of cleaning and value for money.

  • Addressed some commonly asked questions that may arise as you search for the ideal all-terrain pram for your baby, which you’ll find at the bottom of this page.

Best all-terrain prams at a glance 

  • Best overall all-terrain pram: Out N About Nipper V5 | Buy now

  • Best value all-terrain pram: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 | Buy now

  • Best all-terrain pram for storage: Bugaboo Fox 5 | Buy now

  • Best four-wheel all-terrain pram: Mamas & Papas Ocarro | Buy now

  • Best all-terrain pram for jogging: Thule Urban Glide 2 | Buy now

  • Best all-terrain double pram: Mountain Buggy Duet V3.2 | Buy now

  • Best all-terrain pushchair for growing families: UPPABaby Vista V2 | Buy now

Best overall all-terrain pram

Out N About Nipper V5

What we like
  • Offers a smooth ride over rough terrain

  • Lightweight

  • Large rain cover included 

  • New peekaboo window with magnetic cover

What we don't like
  • Storage basket is a bit small 

  • Non-extendable handlebar 

  • Seat is forward-facing only

Key specs

RRP: £425 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 22kg | Weight: 9.8kg | Parent-facing option: Yes (with carrycot and car seat only) | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 61.5 x 42.5 x 94cm (wheels on); 48 x 29 x 86cm (wheels off) | Number of wheels: Three

What Mumsnet users say
Mondaysaturday · Tried & Tested
I have the Out N About Nipper single. It's glorious, really smooth, easy steering, great suspension, and it has a lockable front wheel. I use it as a running buggy - it handles off road / trail running really well. We bought it when DD was nine months old and it's been fantastic so far.
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Annlee3817 · Recommended
Ours has been to the White cliffs of Dover, abroad twice, on long hilly walks. Just great.
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Our verdict

Tested by parents: Read our full Out n About Nipper V5 review

When it comes to all-terrain prams that can withstand rough terrain whilst offering a comfy ride, UK-based brand Out N About stands out as an industry leader. Since their first Nipper in 2001, the brand has continued to improve its all-terrain range with the newly launched Nipper V5 model ticking all the boxes for busy parents on the go.  

Weighing just under 10kg, this pram is the lightest and most nimble pram on our list. Boasting improvements from the V4 model, it comes with an enhanced sun canopy, a set of fresh logos and more colour options too. 

Despite the lightweight frame, the V5 is very sturdy and has a five-point harness to keep your little one secure and comfy during off-road adventures. Negotiating uneven terrain becomes effortless, thanks to the all-wheel suspension and three large wheels with air-filled tyres. However, toggling the front wheel lock between rough and smooth paths can be a bit inconvenient, albeit practical.

Our tester, Rachel who used the pram consistently for eight weeks, says “If you live in a rural or suburban area and need a sturdy, all-terrain pushchair but don't mind the additional length, this is the ideal buy and I would highly recommend it to any new or existing parent.” 

The pram features an extra roomy seat, perfect for growing children, and offers versatile reclining options, including a lie-flat position, controlled by a toggle at the back of the seat. However, the recline function needs two hands to pull down, making it trickier to handle if your child is already in the pram.

Despite comfortably fitting essentials like baby bottles, snacks and a change of clothes, the storage basket underneath isn't big enough to fit a changing bag and access is limited. However, it has zip pockets integrated into the hood and a pouch at the rear of the seat unit.

The V5 is easy to push and manoeuvre with one hand, even whilst holding a basket of groceries and it is slim enough to fit between trees in the woodland – another handy bonus. Although the folding mechanism is a little tricky to master at first, it can also be done one-handed once you get the hang of it - simply pull down the safety clasps on each side, then pull the handle at the base of the seat to fold together. Once the pram is completely folded, there’s an auto-locking latch, which automatically and securely locks the buggy in place.

The brake system on this pram stands out for its user-friendly design and excellent performance, particularly on steeper inclines. Located conveniently on the back wheel bar, it's easily accessible, doesn’t jam, and effortlessly clicks on and off with any type of footwear.

Equipped with a detachable bumper bar, seat liner, and a single rain cover, this model offers a number of different accessories. It’s also baby car seat-compatible and for added convenience, and a carry cot and newborn insert are sold separately.

Read next: Best pushchairs for newborns and beyond

Best value all-terrain pram

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

What we like
  • Easy one-handed fold 

  • Good value for money 

  • Lightweight

  • Adjustable handlebar

  • Roomy seat 

  • Easy-to-use hand operated parking brake

What we don't like
  • Fabric cover isn’t machine-washable 

  • The wheels are smaller than other all-terrain prams on our list

Key specs

RRP: £489 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 22kg | Weight: 10.3kg | Parent-facing option: Yes (with car seat only) | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 78 x 65 x 26.5cm | Number of wheels: Three

What Mumsnet users say
WouldYouGoBackToTheStart · Tried & Tested
I love it! The best buggy I’ve owned. My little one is almost three and tall for his age. The buggy is a good size so there is still lots of space for him to still grow into. It’s also light, easy to manoeuvre and folds easily. I’d definitely recommend one.
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Our verdict

Hailed as the best three-wheel pushchair since 2012, according to Which?, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a classic in the Baby Jogger range. 

With the manufacturer’s claims that this all-terrain pram offers “uncompromising agility on any terrain,” the GT2 is considered the sportier version of the City Mini 2, which is primarily designed for smoother surfaces.

Compared to the City Jogger GT, the newly improved GT2 has a lighter, more compact frame, rubber foam-filled tyres (not air) that are more robust than traditional plastic tyres, plus its all-wheel suspension offers a smooth, comfy ride. The two large magnetic peekaboo windows offer more visibility than the Velcro windows of older models. We also like the adjustable handlebar and calf support for older children, making this pram good value for money. 

Like the Out n About Nipper V5, the GT2 has a large UV50+ extendable sun canopy that will offer your child essential protection from the elements, however keep in mind that the buggy doesn’t come with a rain cover.

Super versatile and great for newborns and toddlers alike, the seat on the GT2 is also taller and has a higher weight limit than the City Mini 2. Even though you can’t switch from world- to parent-facing, the seat is padded enough for daytime naps and boasts a near-flat recline that’s easy to pull down. For added comfort, consider purchasing the carrycot, sold separately, for newborns.

When it comes to city or country walks, pushing this pram one-handed is a breeze thanks to the lightweight frame and three-wheel design. Although this pram's smaller wheels offer enhanced manoeuvrability, facilitating easy navigation in tight spaces and precise corner turns, if you frequently come across rough, uneven surfaces, larger wheels may be more suitable.

A standout feature is the simple, one-handed fold that can be done whilst holding your baby, however keep in mind that this pram doesn’t stand up on its own once folded.  

Enhancing the City Mini GT2’s overall value is a range of optional extras (available separately) such as a belly bar, glider board for siblings and a convenient parent console (buggy organiser). Plus it's compatible with a variety of car seats like Britax, Cybex, Graco, Maxi-Cosi or Nuna, provided you purchase the correct adapters.

Read next: The best travel systems to buy

Best all-terrain pram for storage

Bugaboo Fox 5

What we like
  • Handles varying terrain with ease 

  • Has large, puncture proof wheels 

  • Canopy offers extendable coverage 

  • Purchase includes the carrycot

What we don't like
  • Pricey

  • Doesn’t fold flat 

  • The conversion from carrycot to seat is time-consuming

Key specs

RRP: £1,115 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 22kg on the seat, 10kg in the underseat basket | Weight: 10.4kg to 12.2kg | Parent-facing option: Yes | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 89 x 53 x 34cm | Number of wheels: Four

What Mumsnet users say
Beccy, parent tester · Tried & Tested
A true workhorse, the Bugaboo Fox 5 tackles any terrain you throw at it, from muddy paths to gravel roads and even woodland trails. We tested them all. And as a parent who loves outdoor adventures, this is a game-changer.
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Tested by parents: Read our full Bugaboo Fox 5 review

With its ultra-smooth four-wheel suspension, the Bugaboo Fox 5 is a great all-terrain pram that’s suitable for both city and country living. It has excellent features designed to handle different terrain, such as large, puncture-proof wheels that glide over just about anything including gravel and grass, and a robust, yet lightweight frame that’s easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.

As a parent of two young children, our tester Beccy knows all too well the challenges and demands of a growing family. “Finding the right pushchair that suits your lifestyle is imperative, and while the Bugaboo Box 5 is larger than other ones available, it certainly doesn’t feel like it when in use,” she says after putting this pram through its paces for eight weeks. “It’s perfect as a first pram for a new family, or for a growing family who has an older child who is walking. Offering longevity, the Bugaboo Fox 5 can be used from birth up to a hefty 22kg.”

Another standout feature for those who pack their changing bag full to the brim, is the extra-large storage basket that can comfortably manage 10kg. Plus, we like the easy one-handed fold and the adjustable handlebar. While the Bugaboo Fox 5 doesn’t have the most compact fold (with the seat attached), it can be folded in two pieces after removing the seat should you need more space in the boot.

Although the Bugaboo Fox 5 is one of the priciest all-terrain prams on our list, the carrycot (suitable from birth) is included in the price which increases its overall value. When your little one is ready to transition from carrycot to seat, the conversion process is a little cumbersome and takes around 15 minutes. However, the good news is that you’re only likely to do this once, unless you have a second child and need to use the pram from birth once again.

We also like that the seat can be both parent- and world-facing and impressively grows with your child, with its highest setting being 59cm from floor to seat. The footrest is also adjustable, allowing you to add or take away around 5cm of length. When it comes to the five-point harness, a possible downside is that it’s not magnetic, however it’s still simple enough to secure your child securely in place.

Read next: Best baby carrier, wraps and slings

Best four-wheel all-terrain pram

Mamas & Papas Ocarro

What we like
  • Puncture-proof tyres 

  • Freestanding when folded 

  • Large, plush seat

  • One-handed fold

  • Reflective trim on wheels

  • Rain cover included

What we don't like
  • Pricey 

  • The frame is heavier than other all-terrain prams on our list

  • The foot brake is a little stiff

Key specs

RRP: £849 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 22kg | Weight: 13.5kg | Parent-facing option: Yes | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 40 x 59 x 78cm | Number of wheels: Four

What Mumsnet users say
Blueroses99 · Tried & Tested
Love my Ocarro! It’s sturdy but easy to manoeuvre, well padded for a comfy baby, has a massive basket, can be folded one-handed (even with baby in sling!). Versatile as it’s slim enough for buses or shop aisles but with all-terrain wheels it can go anywhere. It’s grown with DC well through the different stages.
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Tested by parents: Read our full Mamas & Papas Ocarro review

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Mamas & Papas Ocarro is too pretty to take on outdoor adventures because it’s one of the most eye-catching all-terrain prams on the market. But the truth is that both the frame and puncture-proof wheels are strong and durable, making it suitable for on and off-road terrain including gravel, grass and woodland.

Straight out of the box, it’s also one of the simplest prams to put together taking less than 10 minutes with easy-to-follow instructions. Once assembled, you’ll find it stands out with its stylish chassis, beautiful brown leather trim on the handlebar and bumper bar, and a large extendable canopy that can be zipped open or closed.

The luxurious seat material not only offers comfy padding for your little one, but it gives this buggy a high-end feel, with parents appreciating its thoughtful design. The Ocarro has a lie-back seat that can be used from birth to support natural sleep. However, it’s worth noting that this pram is a bit heavy at 13.3kg, almost four kilograms more than Out N About Nipper V5, which weighs only 9.8kg.

If you’re set on a pram with larger wheels, the Ocarro won’t let you down. The most notable feature is its larger back wheels that are specifically designed to optimise performance on uneven surfaces. The increased wheel size offers better traction, smoother rolling over bumps, and enhanced stability, reducing the risk of tipping on rough terrain. They also make pushing the pram more effortless, as they require less force to navigate various obstacles. The smaller front swivel wheels ensure easy manoeuvrability in tight spaces and the locking feature is great for added stability during brisk walks.

Available as a single pushchair or as part of a four-piece starter bundle which includes the chassis, seat, carrycot and adaptors, the Ocarro has plenty of options for growing families.

Read next: Best toddler car seats

Best all-terrain pram for jogging

Thule Urban Glide 2

What we like
  • Stylish and robust

  • Front swivel wheel for easy manoeuvring

  • Large 16-inch back wheels for rough terrain

  • Large basket with zip cover

  • Vented reclining seat 

  • Easy one-handed fold

What we don't like
  • Seat not suitable from birth without bassinet 

  • Large width can be tricky in tight spaces 

  • Sun canopy is short

  • Wheels aren’t puncture-resistant

Key specs

RRP: £800 | Age range: Six months to approx. four years old (from birth with the Thule bassinet) | Max weight: 22kg | Weight: 11.5kg | Parent-facing option: Yes (only with bassinet) | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 87 x 69 x 34cm | Number of wheels: Three

What Mumsnet users say
Phillipa12 · Recommended
The Thule Urban Glide 2 running buggy has a fixed front wheel. Substantial, great off-road, fairly light but expensive.
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Our verdict

Tested by parents: Read our full Thule Urban Glide 2 review (double)

Who said you have to give up running when you become a parent? With the Thule Urban Glide 2 you don’t have to, as your little one is guaranteed to have the comfiest ride while you clock in the miles. Offered in both single and double configurations, this three-wheel model boasts a contemporary design and stands out as one of the most lightweight, active all-terrain prams on the market.

With its large 16-inch back wheels, lockable swivel front wheel and robust frame with a low centre of gravity, you can rest assured that the Thule Urban Glide 2 offers you great control and a smooth ride for your small passenger, whether you’re jogging off road or strolling through the city. However, most experts agree that you should wait until your baby is at least six months old before jogging or running to ensure they have adequate head and neck control to handle bumps on the road. 

We also like the integrated twist handbrake that’s designed for easy and quick speed control, in addition to the existing footbrake. To engage the handbrake, simply twist the handlebar grip. Twisting it in one direction applies the brake, helping to slow down or stop completely, while twisting in the opposite direction releases the brake, allowing you to resume movement. 

Other great features of the Urban Glide 2 include the reflective wheel rims and canopy, an ergonomic, adjustable handlebar (wide enough to get a good grip whilst jogging), the vented reclining seat and sun canopy complete with side ventilation and magnetic peekaboo window. Given that it’s designed for the outdoors, this pram could do with a slightly bigger, more extendable canopy though. 

It's also good to know that the Thule Urban Glide 2 has tyres similar to those on a bicycle. To prevent punctures, you'll need to buy and use Slime Sealant inside or puncture-resistant tape. Just like bicycle tyres, you'll also need to pump them up regularly.

Read next: Best running buggies

Best all-terrain double pram

Mountain Buggy Duet V3.2

What we like
  • Compact for a double pram (same width as a single buggy)

  • One-hand, compact fold 

  • Hand-operated brake for better control 

  • Lightweight aluminium frame

What we don't like
  • Tricky to assemble 

  • Rain cover not included

Key specs

RRP: £709 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 18kg per seat; 9kg per seat in newborn mode (lie-flat) | Weight: 15kg | Parent-facing option: No (only with a carrycot or car seat) | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 32 × 65 × 89cm | Number of wheels: Four

What Mumsnet users say
libraryquery · Tried & Tested
The Duet was always a dream to push one-handed, one child or two. We continued to use it until the children were two and four on occasions (long days in the city). The seats aren't silly narrow but they are a bit smaller than other doubles.
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Thesurreymum · Recommended
Absolutely loved it! I still get emotional if I see someone with one and my kids are five and six. I covered some serious miles with it and did plenty of off-roading with it. I never had a problem with the seats and my boys were big. It fit everywhere!
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Our verdict

Tested by parents: Read our full Mountain Buggy Duet V3.2 review

If you’re looking for a sleek, yet robust double buggy that can be trusted to handle all bumps in the road with two kids in tow, then the Mountain Buggy Duet V3.2 is a good option.  

Besides its robust, lightweight frame and spacious, comfy seats, this pram’s biggest selling point is its slim design in comparison to other side-by-side double buggies. With a measurement of only 65cm, it shares the width of a single pram, making it one of the most compact double prams on the market. 

Our parent tester Liz loved how well the Duet fitted into all aspects of her life. Despite having a narrow front door, she found it convenient to easily manoeuvre the Duet into her house. This proved particularly handy when prepping it before leaving or bringing it inside while her children were asleep.

When it comes to steering, the Duet handles on and off-road paths like a dream. Its four 10 inch air-filled tyres offer excellent all-round suspension which is what you’d expect from a pram that’s originally designed to handle New Zealand's challenging terrain. Because the Duet is both lightweight and easy to steer, it’s not intimidating to change direction quickly, and navigate curbs or uneven terrain like cobbled roads – even with it being a double pram.

The padded seats on the Duet are just 28cm wide, but still comfortable and spacious for older children who might be at the upper end of the pram's weight limit. The seats come with a bumper bar, which is easy to unclip and swing out of the way when getting your children in or out, and a leg rest that can be extended with one hand. 

Although the Duet comes with two individual UPF 50+ canopies with a pull-out mesh sun visor, they don't offer as much coverage as some of the other prams on our list like the Bugaboo Fox 5 or Out N About Nipper V5. However, they are water-repellent along with the rest of the pram’s polyester fabric. 

The Duet is adaptable as a travel system, accommodating up to two cocoons, carrycots that convert into parent-facing seats, and two car seats. It can also convert to a single pram with the Mountain Buggy Parenting Bag (sold separately), a nifty shopping basket with handles that replaces one of the seats. 

This versatility makes it suitable for both newborn twins and siblings of varying ages. But keep in mind, the seats can unzip and clip off. This might be a bit tricky if you like to change things around a lot.

Read next: Best 360 spin car seats

Best all-terrain pushchair for growing families

UPPABaby Vista V2

What we like
  • Comes with a carrycot for newborns

  • Can convert to a double pushchair

  • The toddler seat can switch from parent- to world-facing

  • Incredibly slim fold 

What we don't like
  • Pricey

  • Heavier than other pushchairs on the market

  • The fold isn’t compact with both seats on it

Key specs

RRP: £1,100 | Age range: Birth to approx. four years old | Max weight: 22kg | Weight: 16.4kg | Parent-facing option: Yes | Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes | Folded size: 84.5 x 44 x 65.3cm | Number of wheels: Four

What Mumsnet users say
EcoLife · Tried & Tested
[A] vote for the Uppababy Vista! Mine is taken on walks and has handled muddy bumpy paths and the dreadful pavements in my town. I also don’t drive and find it is good for walking into town, can get it on the bus and train easily too.
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Launched in February 2020, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is the newest version of the popular Vista series and is designed to grow with your family.

This all-terrain single pram can expand to a double in minutes to accommodate two kids, plus, with the addition of the Ride-Along Piggyback Board (sold separately), it can safely hold three children with ease. Although it’s quite heavy for an all-terrain pram, it’s aesthetically pleasing thanks to the genuine leather handlebar and bumper bar covers, plush seat fabric and sturdy aluminium frame.

When compared to the original UPPAbaby Vista, the V2’s toddler seat is 20 inches higher and the footrest is 2.5 inches deeper, thus creating a comfier, more spacious ride for growing children. To expand the Vista 2 to a double pram, simply attach the UPPAbaby Vista Rumble Seat (sold separately with the adaptors) in the lower position.  

One key point on the seats - the toddler seat on the single V2 is larger, accommodating up to 22 kilograms, while the smaller Rumble Seat maxes out at 15. So, if you’re a twin parent, you should be aware that as your kids grow older, one twin may have a slightly more comfortable seating option than the other.

When it comes to this pram’s handling abilities, the V2 offers great four-wheel suspension thanks to the large wheels which are eight inches in the front and 11.5 inches at the rear. Plus, it has an adjustable handle height, allowing you to navigate the high street or your local park seamlessly with one hand. Manufacturers have also introduced a non-re-thread harness that adjusts the harness height without the need to rethread the straps manually, making it easier to secure your child and go.

One of the most notable changes with the V2 is its new and improved UV 50+ sun canopy which is sturdier and made up of three panels. While the standard two-panel format offers plenty of protection from the elements, you can now unzip the canopy to reveal the third panel to get full coverage along with extra airflow through the large mesh window. The UPPAbaby Vista Carrycot also features a pop-out shade, providing ample sun protection. 

With a spacious storage basket underneath that can be accessed from the front and the back, it's ideal for carrying all your daytime essentials (like snacks and water bottles) as well as your baby changing bag.  

Included in the price of the UPPAbaby Vista 2 is the newborn carrycot, a pushchair seat, and accessories including a rain cover, sunshade and insect net. Plus, it’s available in 10 colours – all cleverly named after children.

Read next: Best buggy boards

Do I need an all-terrain pram?

The decision to buy an all-terrain pram depends on your lifestyle and needs. If you live out in the country and frequently find yourself navigating varied terrain such as uneven paths, gravel trails, grassy areas or muddy surfaces (which is pretty frequent in the UK), an all-terrain pram is a good choice. 

These prams are designed for enhanced manoeuvrability and stability, making them suitable for outdoor activities and off-road adventures. They also have similar features to standard pushchairs like adjustable handlebars, parent- or world-facing seats, a secure harness system and a durable chassis. 

The main difference with all-terrain prams lies in the larger, more robust tyres, the weather-resistant fabric and extendable sun canopy for added protection. However, the good news is that most of the all-terrain prams on our list excel in both urban and outdoor settings, seamlessly combining the manoeuvrability needed for city life with the rugged features essential for navigating uneven terrain. 

Consider your daily activities and the environments you frequent to determine whether the features of an all-terrain pram align with your lifestyle and preferences.

What should I look for when buying an all-terrain pram? 

When considering an all-terrain pram, it's essential to focus on key features that enhance manoeuvrability, durability and adaptability to various terrain. Here’s what to look for: 

  • Robust and durable construction: The pram should have a sturdy frame to withstand rough terrains without compromising your child’s safety and stability.

  • Large wheels: Large back wheels (from eight inches to 16 inches) like you’ll find in the Thule Urban Glide 2, Bugaboo Fox 5 and Mamas & Papas Ocarro, to name a few, are crucial for an all-terrain pram as they enhance stability, improve handling, and provide better traction on uneven surfaces.

  • Tyre type: Another factor to consider is whether the tyres are air-filled like with the Out N About Nipper V5 or foam-filled like with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 travel system. Air-filled tyres offer a smoother ride but require maintenance due to puncture risks, while foam-filled tyres are puncture-proof and maintenance-free but may provide slightly less cushioning.

  • A solid suspension system: A good suspension system in an all-terrain pram is essential for absorbing shocks, ensuring a smoother ride, and providing optimal comfort across various terrain. The suspension works by utilising springs or other mechanisms to absorb the impact from bumps and uneven surfaces, which minimises vibrations and maintains stability, which translates to a more enjoyable and secure experience for both babies and toddlers.

  • Swivel and locking front wheel: A swivel front wheel for easy manoeuvrability in tight spaces and a locking feature for added stability during brisk walks or on rough terrain is a real bonus.

  • Reclining seat with padding: A comfortable, padded and reclining seat to provide support and allow your child to nod off during longer walks or runs.

  • Five-point harness system: A secure five-point harness system to keep your child safe and snug is important during bumpy rides.

  • Ample storage space: Look for an all-terrain pram with sufficient storage options, including a sizable under-seat basket and additional pockets, for carrying essentials like nappies, baby wipes, snacks, baby toys, and other belongings.

  • Easy folding mechanism: Whether you pick a three or four-wheeler, or a single or double pram, an easy and compact folding mechanism for convenient transportation and storage is important, especially if you need to use the pram in various settings.

  • Weather protection features: A good all-terrain pram should have an adjustable canopy with sufficient UPF protection for shielding your little one from sun and rain. A weather-resistant rain cover is also a much-needed accessory.

  • Adjustable handlebar: Look for a smooth, adjustable handlebar to accommodate different heights as this promotes comfortable pushing where you feel more in control.

  • Travel system compatibility: Having a travel system-compatible all-terrain pram is great because it saves you money in the long term and lets you use the pram from birth. For instance, you can use the pram with a lie-flat bassinet or carrycot, and it even works with a baby car seat, so you don't need to buy a separate one for newborns. This makes it easy to switch between the pram and the car, making it a convenient and cost-effective choice for your growing family.

  • Brakes and safety features: Reliable and easy-to-use brakes like the integrated twist handbrake in the Thule Urban Glide 2, along with additional safety features like reflective elements for increased visibility, will ensure your child's safety in various environments.

  • Ease of use and manoeuvrability: When it comes to a good all-terrain pram, you want a model that’s simple to navigate, run and manage on various surfaces, particularly if you’re pushing more than one child or carrying loads of stuff.

  • Washable and durable fabric: Because all-terrain prams are likely to get muddy and dirty occasionally, it’s important to look for a pram with removable seat covers and fabric that’s easy enough to wipe clean. 

What is the best all-terrain stroller? 

After months of in-depth research, the Out N About Nipper V5 is the best all-terrain pram to buy right now, excelling in both durability and comfort for on-the-go parents. 

Weighing just under 10kg, it stands out as the lightest and most nimble option on the market, making it easy to handle and manoeuvre. The enhanced sun canopy and additional colour options in the V5 model signify continuous improvements from its predecessor, the V4. Despite its lightweight design, the pram maintains sturdiness and security with a five-point harness, ensuring the safety and comfort of your little one during off-road adventures.

A standout feature of the Nipper V5 lies in its superb handling of uneven terrain, facilitated by the all-wheel suspension and three large wheels with air-filled tyres. The V5 also boasts a roomy seat with versatile reclining options, including a lie-flat position, providing comfort for larger children.

Although accessing the storage basket can be limited and the recline function requires two hands, the pram's user-friendly brake system, easy folding mechanism, and compatibility with various accessories contribute to its standing as the best all-terrain pram for 2024. 

About the author

Tammy Jacks has 15+ years' experience in the publishing industry, enjoying a long and fruitful career as Managing Editor and Health & Beauty Editor for Woman & Home magazine in South Africa. She later went on to become Assistant Editor of the popular South African parenting title Living and Loving, and has written for numerous lifestyle publications including Oprah Mag SA, Health Intelligence, Your Family Magazine, Longevity, and pharmaceutical company Clicks Clubcard Magazine, as well as edited books for popular fitness influencers and health professionals.

Tammy is a distinguished researcher and writer in the field of child safety, with a notable focus on the critical domain of travel systems including car seats, strollers, bike trailers and all-terrain prams. Her extensive expertise and commitment to child safety have made her a trusted authority in providing comprehensive insights and guidance to parents and caregivers looking for the right stroller for their children. As a marathon runner and mum to an eight-year-old, Tammy has personally tried and tested numerous running buggies and strollers over the years, across all age categories.