Baby Jogger Summit All Terrain Pushchair
The Summit X3 2014 is the latest incarnation of this go anywhere pushchair from Baby Jogger.
The 2013 Summit X3 had a couple of minor styling changes from the successful 2012 Summit XC model. A fabric footwell rather than moulded plastic, and the front wheel lock/unlock is operated by a remote lever up by the handlebar. The
basket improved rear access
, the leg capacity was slightly longer, seat tension and headroom can be 'adjusted', and the
seat is at a lower angle
when fully reclined for a new born. Plus the 2013 Summit X3 was a couple of inches narrower for better manouvrability in small places !
The one possible disappointment on the 2013 model was that the front wheel locked under the pushchair rather than forwards.
The reason why the front wheel locked forwards on the Summit XC is because it can offer improved performance in some situations, the longer wheelbase and different weight distribution (more weight loading over the rear wheels, less over the front):
better tracking when running at speed over long distances
less effort to steer (compared to locked under pushchair)
'rides' the humps and bumps over rough ground
The new Summit X3 2014 model reverses this change with a new front wheel system which can be locked either forwards or under the pushchair, but is does it rather strangely.
What we do not understand, and currently there is no information from Baby Jogger, is why the issue which caused the unexpected change to the 2013 model is no longer an issue for the 2014 model.
We also do not understand why the new mechanism enabling forward locking is so complex and cannot be operated by the locking lever at the handle. The locking lever on the handle was a key selling feature introduced in 2013 to avoid the need to go to the front of the pushchair an operate the footplate mounted lever to lock and unlock the front wheel. On the new 2014 model it is now necessary to go to the front of the pushchair and reach behind the front wheel underneath the pushchair to unlock it !
It is also interesting to note that the new 2014 model has an amendment to the User Guide which states that the front wheel must be locked either under the pushchair or in the forward position when a a child mounts or dismounts the pushchair ! Something which isn't necessary on say the City Elite model
There is a revision to the product user manual indicating that the front wheel should be locked facing forwards for jogging and under the pushchair for use off road but this would not produce optimum performance off road. Indeed it is difficult to envisage a situation where the locked under the pushchair would work better than forward facing...making the locking lever at the handle irrelevant.
We are currently trying to find out if this new mechanism is technically part of the pushchair 'frame' (Lifetime Warranty) or the 'wheel' (limited One Year Warranty)
My guess, and it is a guess, is that there is a technical issue regarding stability in certain situations (possibly as a result of the narrower wheelbase introduced in 2013) and it is only with these 'caveats' that the pushchair passes new regulations.
Please don't misunderstand me this is still a great pushchair but perhaps moving further from the Baby Jogger purity of design and function if engineered to overcome previous design decisions rather than correct them. Beautifully engineered as you would expect of Baby Jogger but contrived.
If straying onto the green stuff at the park is what you mean by 'all terrain' then almost any three wheeled pushchair will probably do it for you, and in recent years we have seen most manufacturers and retailers call their products 'all terrain' to the point where the term can now seem almost meaningless !
By 'all terrain' we mean a pushchair which will take you off road - across farmland, through woodlands, traverse moors, navigate streams, conquer sand dunes - as well as the handle the bustle of the city
do it with ease, in comfort for the occupant, and with style
where the primary limitation on where you can go is your ability to get a secure foothold
for the pushchair to do that without excessive wear and tear to the product, i.e. it will last
and where you end up wanting to do it again...
rather than dreading it !
The Baby Jogger Summit can go almost anywhere
offer a shallow angle of attack against a hollow or bump , free rolling less effort to operate
front wheel suspension
- helps absorb the jarring shock of an obstacle
rear wheel suspension
- controlled up/down, front/back movement, with no disconcerting lateral wobble
adjustable seat and headroom
- more supportive seat base (for the younger baby on smoother surfaces ?) has removable support board for softer off road ride and higher headroom for the taller child
- positive action, push down on the handle and the pushchair moves as you direct none of the flex/lag of an adjustable handle (which can have a tendency to get 'sloppy' if used consistently on rough ground)
dual rear drum brakes
- improved control
The original Baby Jogger concept for the Summit was for a hybrid urban/jogging pushchair a more all round user friendly but less ernestly professional running machine than the
Baby Jogger Performance
. We do not sell it for that purpose and until the arrival of the 012 model advised that if used in the locked mode on smooth surfaces the pushchair can 'wander' due to the slight play in the front wheel lock - used off road the rough ground deflects the steering from true by a greater amount so this wander is not important. The latest Summit model has an upgraded front wheel with a
and judging by the reviews of users in the US (it's been available there for longer) this represents a significant improvement for joggers.
Then when you start to play with it you will appreciate how well the features they have built in can benefit you.
from birth to four years with the fully
or using the Baby Jogger
ruggedly built and seriously capable off road in countryside with
all wheel suspension
for a smoother ride
highly manoeuvrable around town
Quick Fold Mechanism
one handed !
Quick Release Wheels
front AND rear !
rear wheel drum brakes provide extra control!
for storage and transportation
High Quality Materials & Tough Construction
Thorn Resistant Inner Tubes fitted
Lifetime Frame Warranty
excludes wear & tear, misuse, accident & negligence
(fabrics limited to 1 year)
As a retailer we can't help but ponder one question - 'why isn't this more expensive ?' The Baby Jogger brand may not be as well known as some others in the UK market but what is clear that it is no longer necessary to pay excessive prices for a top quality pushchair.
Click to watch the
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Demo Video
For detailed dimensions visit the
Summit X3 Specifications
There's a range of quality Baby Jogger accessories to customise your Baby Jogger Summit X3:
Compact PLUS Carrycot
- the carrycot converts the pushchair into a pram for those first few important months when a baby should ideally lay flat
Car Seat Adaptor
- adaptor fits most leading brands of car seat, this adaptor is independent of the carrycot
- a versatile comfortable foot muff, use complete, with the front removed just as a backing, with or without it's detachable fleece lining
- neat quick release adjustable bar to secure toys etc. to
- quick release/fold aside tray easy to keep clean surface with cup holder
- protects your Baby Jogger Summit X3 from bumps and scratches (not crushing)
The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is not naturally supplied with any accessories so you'll inevitably find it from other retailers at a lower headline price but we prefer to supply it with some 'must have' accessories in all of our packages.
Dual Action Mini Pump
There is also a range of additional
we have selected over a number of years with which you can customise your Baby Jogger Summit X3 into the ideal pushchair for your needs as the seasons change and your child grows.
For a photo gallery of the Baby Jogger Summit XC & Summit X3 see
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Gallery
Note. We supply mainly in the UK but we often deliver to other European countries however there are additional payment and warranty issues which need to be discussed first, please contact us at:
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Black/Grey
2014 model now in stock, Black/Grey fabrics on a Silver frame.
Baby Jogger Summit X3 2013 Black/Grey
Black/Grey fabrics on a Silver frame.
Baby Jogger Summit XC 2012 Black/Sand
2012 model with front wheel
, Black/Sand fabrics on a Silver frame.
Baby Jogger Summit XC 2012 Black/Red
2012 model with front wheel
, Black/Red fabrics on a Silver frame.
You can order online or by telephone 01363 881110