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The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle is an all-terrain buggy. We enjoyed testing it on our newly harvested field and were impressed with the results.
The Urban Jungle is a three wheeler with a forward facing seat. It has pneumatic tyres which allow it to provide a smooth ride, and with a locked wheel position can withstand some pretty rough ground. Suitable from birth, the Urban Jungle’s weight capacity holds up to a massive 77lbs (the same as 5.5 stone) so is sure to be a buggy in use for a very long time.
The seat is shallow and spacious for a larger pushchair, and it was comfortable enough for a nice lie down. We found that our little girl was also happy just sitting in it looking around. The seat is suitable from birth and has a 2-handed strap recline allowing it to be adjusted to any height between a near flat position to upright. The belly bar that sits across the seat helped to contain our over eager child; however it can also be detached with a few hand clips, also making the seat that little bit more spacious for when the child grows older. The buggy is compatible with a car seat using Mountain Buggy Car Seat Adaptors. The Carrycot (from £149) comes with adaptors for the Urban Jungle, and provides a great cosy and perfectly flat lying position for your newborn.
The Urban Jungle has an easy ‘sandwich’ fold, and putting it back up is more than simple. It also has a flat freestanding fold for easy storage. The wheels are easily taken off if you want to make the fold that little bit more compact or even for cleaning. There is also an auto-lock that stops the buggy from coming out of the fold, we found this to be ever so handy when manoeuvring in and out of the car. A Universal Travel Bag (from £78) can also be purchased if you feel the buggy needs to be more contained when folded; it’s also perfect for when taking the Urban Jungle away on holiday so you know exactly where all the parts are.
With 12 inch air filled tyres and an all wheel suspension, it’s great for off-road and we didn’t hear any complaints about an uncomfortable ride. A one touch brake is easy to click on and off with one foot movement. And the front swivel wheels are lockable, which makes it easier to get over tougher terrain and the suspension ensured that no child bounced out of the buggy! As the tyres are air-filled, a Tyre Pump (from £6.75) comes in handy if you’re going to be off road a lot.
The larger style sun canopy has a pop-out sun visor that provides additional sun protection. It’s more than large enough to keep your child protected from the sun. There is also a large peek-a-boo style window on the top of the canopy, letting you sneak a peek on any little ones. We’ve found that for taller children, the whole hood itself can be taken off and reattached at a higher point (although it’s not in the actual position that the hood should be, it still fits nicely).
The Urban Jungle has a great basket with lots of storage facilities, and it’s easily accessible. There are pockets inside the under seat basket, with extra pockets for parents (instead of having to use a parent console!). These have great little zips across them which make sure that any purses or phones will not fall out when using the buggy across hard terrain. A run away tether strap stops the buggy from being able to run away from you when using it on slopes or whilst jogging; this however could also be used for another older child to hold on to.
The free cup holder is more like a fabric style sleeve, it’s great for bottles and keeps them right to hand.
With the adjustable handlebars (ranging from 33 to 42 inches), amazing balance and light feeling it was easy and comfortable for us to push. We can see that this pram is fantastic at everything off-road, it’s perfectly designed to take jogging and is very sturdy and weighs in at 24lbs.
For parents with more than one child a Mountain Buggy Free Rider (from £62.95) is available to attach to the side of the Urban Jungle, enabling any toddlers to catch a ride if they get tired legs; or even for fun! Or if you’re buying the Urban Jungle for a smaller child, why not swap the seat for a carrycot?
Both Storm (from £28) and Sun shields (from £39) are also available depending on the climate in which you live, unlucky for us we found the storm shield to be of more use than the sun shield. Especially on those winter days, we loved the Mountain Buggy Sleeping Bag (from £59) which kept their toes ever so snug.
Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle: RRP £499.
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To upgrade to a travel system (Swift+ Car Seat + Car Seat Adaptors):
To upgrade to a travel system with carrycot (Urban Jungle + Car Seat + Car Seat Adaptors + Carrycot):
Prices found as of January 2015.