Baby Jogger Summit All Terrain Pushchair
The Summit X3, the latest incarnation of this go anywhere pushchair from Baby Jogger.
A couple of minor styling changes from the 2012 Summit XC model - the footwell is now fabric rather than moulded plastic, and the front wheel lock/unlock is operated by a remote lever up by the handlebar. The
basket has improved rear access
, the leg capacity is slightly longer, seat tension and headroom can be 'adjusted', and the
seat is at a lower angle
when fully reclined for a new born. The finish on fabrics are a little less 'man-made fibre' the overall the finish is lovely and the engineering superb (e.g. swivel wheel is now bearing mounted). Plus the Summit X3 is a couple of inches narrower for better manouvrability in small places !
The big change is the locked front wheel.
On the previous models the front wheel protruded forwards of the pushchair when locked, on the new X3 the front wheel locks under the pushchair. This is dissappointing...but there is a good reason for the change.
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
So why change it, and how will it affect you ? (if at all)
Our understanding is that soon there will be new product test standards which all pushchairs will have to comply with, and in some circumstances this may not have been achieved with the front wheel in the locked forwards position.
The ability to lock the front wheel in the forwards position was a valuable option but one which most people either rarely or never actually had occasion to use, so it will only be a minority of users who are affected by this change
Is this still a great pushchair ? Yes.
Clearly the forward locking front wheel was to optimise performance it wasn't just for decoration, but then neither are the Test Certificate passes. In some ways it is good to see that Baby Jogger are 'ahead of the game'...you wouldn't want to buy a pushchair now which didn't comply with product standards in six months would you ?
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 2013 Black/Grey
2013 model now in stock, 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