Stroller Review: Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller
The Summit X3 has been manufactured by Baby Jogger for many years, and this specific model has stayed unchanged since 2016. The Summit X3 is, ironically, Baby Jogger’s only running stroller – HA! Graco bought Baby Jogger in 2017, and it’s nice to see that they haven’t “Graco-ized” this model like they did the City Mini.
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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller Review
Baby Jogger began with a series of jogging strollers and now focuses on strollers that aren’t designed for running. They provide a large selection of full-size strollers for up to two children that are popular with parents and include a number of convenient features. One of their only jogging strollers is the Baby Jogger Summit.
In comparison to most of the competitors, the Summit is a letdown in terms of runability. This stroller lacks an adjustable handlebar, which might pose biomechanical issues for taller pushers when jogging. The stroller is well-suspended and features adjustable tracking that keeps it on track. Our expert runner thinks it’s an excellent middle-of-the-road stroller with a wonderful grounded sensation when jogging.
When you lock the wheel for jogging, it’s difficult to tip, spin, or balance this stroller. Turning on long sweeping turns appears to be simple, while making shorter turns appears to be more difficult. It has a deceleration brake that should help you slow down, but it’s difficult to use and doesn’t perform very well. The stroller is hefty, and the handle is too low for runners taller than 5’7″. We kept banging our free hand on the bar, and you’ll need to have the same hand on the stroller at all times if you utilize the safety tether.
The fold is simple, but to prevent inadvertent folding, parents must unsnap a portion of the seat from the frame. It needs one hand to pull the centre of the stroller’s handle. This stroller is more difficult to fold because it requires two hands and isn’t particularly elegant. It will be difficult for you to unfold the stroller if you lack the strength to hold it in the air with one hand.
The Summit weighs 28 pounds and has a folded volume of 13,300 cubic inches, making it one of the lighter options. The Baby Jogger is hefty because to these dimensions, yet it can still fit into tight areas.
The Summit’s single-action brakes are simple to operate and have a comforting sound when they’re engaged, but the pedals are difficult to depress. It also has a deceleration handbrake that is difficult to press and does not slow the stroller.
From the back and sides, the big under-seat storage bin is easily accessible. It has a 10 pound weight limit, and we were able to put our huge diaper bag inside. A mesh pouch on the rear of the seat can carry up to 2 pounds and is a convenient location to keep water bottles. The mesh pocket is nice, but it’s difficult to reach when jogging.
The Summit has a wide canopy that provides UPF 50+ protection. On each side, there are two windows and vents. We like ventilation from the rear, and two snaps and three hook and loop strips may be removed to achieve this. However, most of the shadow will be removed. When open, the canopy snaps into place and remains tight. To hold the windows and vents open, Velcro fasteners with toggles are used. With a bit more headroom than the BOBs, this shade provides similar coverage.
The Summit 5-point harness operates well and is simple to put on. With adjustable shoulder strap heights and a crotch strap, it’s easy to customize. The lengthy tails of the shoulder straps have nowhere to go once they’ve been adjusted to the correct size, so they’re left dangling.
The seat back can be adjusted in an endless number of ways. When the seat is fully reclined, the ventilation improves, but the tipping hazard increases substantially.
For a swivel wheel jogger, the Jogger has poor manoeuvrability. It’s simple to push on and off hard surfaces. With its shorter wheelbase, it appears to be relatively competent at turning in tighter areas. As we turned through the obstacle course, we tended to snag the back wheels on things. It seems heavier and more difficult to push and steer than the lesser alternatives due to its higher weight.
Off-road, it didn’t perform as well as it did on. On the side slope, it’s a bit tippy, and it toppled over if we struck a bump at any speed. It rolled over a huge curb with a little assistance and made it into the deep gravel with ease.
The Summit also has below-average quality, which has been consistent throughout our tests. Except for the footrest, the cloth is pleasant to the touch and does not snag. It has a slicker, plastic feel to it, but we expect it to be easier to clean. It doesn’t appear to be particularly breathable, and it appears as though it may wind up feeling like hot, sticky vinyl seats in the sun.
The Summit features a strong, flex-free frame. The canopy and seat cloth fit tightly on the frame, and it’s a nice-looking stroller. The plastic components appear to be well-made and fit together properly. The molded plastic wheels on this stroller have a great tread and are durable.
The handle isn’t adjustable, and the cushion on other strollers isn’t as comfy. Although the rubber handle cover is simpler to clean, it is not as pleasant. The handle has no upward curvature, and the brake wire runs down the right side of the handle, obstructing our view. In the blazing sun, the rubber may become heated.
The Summit has non-adjustable three-wheel suspension. The rigid sling-style seat is well-padded, and the sparsely cushioned shoulder straps aren’t awful either.