Thursday, August 12, 2010

Baby Jogger Summit XC Review

Lately, we've had a thing for big wheels. We, meaning SP 2.0 and me. We decided to try out our latest toys on the beach. He, with his monster truck, and me, with my monster stroller.
If you are going to the beach, don't bother with anything smaller than 16" wheels. And this is what you will find on Baby Jogger's new Summit XC. 

Of course, if you are really hard core, you can go for their 20" Performance jogger. The front wheel does not swivel, however, and it is harder to fold.

The Summit XC will be sufficient for most people.  The difference in going from 12" air tires--one of the biggest categories in the market--to 16", is like going from 8" to 12". Yes, the performance really is that much better. 

 Why 16" aren't more popular is a mystery. You can count on one hand the number of companies that offer 16" rear with a front swivel. As of late, these true hybrids are being offered as the perfect offspring  between those who want the day to day versatility of the 12" A/T's, with the high-octane 20" runners.

To whit, they are being offered with handbrakes.
And in the case of the BJ Summit XC, springy suspension, quick release wheels, and a foot brake as well.
 This is a really important safety feature that prevents big air tires from rolling down hills, running away in a breeze, etc. The placement of the brake also allows you to easily attach a Glider board to the rear axle, so another child can ride along.
The Summit XC also has the trademark full canopy that people have come to love in the BJ Mini and Elite.
And a full recline, with a back strap pull. 

A nice bonus is that even when you lie the seat flat, you still get plenty of coverage from the canopy.
The new Summit XC also has all those other special touches that makes BJ's so popular, that they are sold out everywhere.

It has the back netting on the canopy, for air circulation on hot days. You can also get an additional bug net, or raincover.
And there's side mesh vents, for even more air flow. On the frame, there are universal brackets. They allow you to attach a snack tray, belly bar, car seat adapters, carrycot for a newborn, or jump seat for a sibling. Wow!

The basket is small-ish, but I could fit my large purse in the back net pocket.
But the seat is huge. Look at all the growing room.   And with a 75 pound weight limit, my 9 year old StrollerPrince can still ride. Has to fight little SP 2.0 for the seat, though.
This is how you lock the front wheel, for rougher terrain, or curbs. Just switch it back again if you want the wheel to swivel.
I know some people advise not using a stroller on the beach. But then, look how much fun you will be missing! You can stroll down to the pier and see the Ferris wheel.
Or check out that cool lifeguard truck, and the lifeguard station.
And there are so many birds to stroll along and see.
 Of course, if you are ambitious, you can also run after them!
And then, there are those beautiful sunsets. Sigh.
 Strolling along the water's edge with your baby, as you watch the sun sink below the horizon, is close to heaven. A reminder of the majestic beauty in all that matters. You will remember it for a lifetime.
Kodak moment aside, having a seat for a tired baby at the end of a long day at the beach is, well, priceless.
As is not having to fool with the fussy folds that are notorious on joggers. Just one quick step, and you're in the car. Pull on the strap in the center of the seat (the same as is on the Mini and Elite), and it collapses in half. It even stands up  folded, into a surprisingly compact package.

Weight:                               26.5 lbs.

Seat Back:                          20.5"

Seat to canopy:                24"

Seat Width:                       14"

Seat Depth:                       10"

Drop to footrest:             10.5"

Seat to ground:                23"

Length:                               39"

Width:                                25.5"

Height:                               41"

Folded:                             25"L x 18 "W x 28"H

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  1. .I love the summit XC! Great Pics!!

  2. I take it runs on the beach no problem then?

  3. Looking at this photo making me more excited to get one! :D Very awesome photos.

  4. Thank you for this great review. Do you know anything about the jump seat accessory? Looking for something that will expand as our family does. Thanks!

  5. I got my xc last weds and it really completed my family! It was such a nice pram very smooth to push and I just can't wait to run with the xc! I bought alvi snuggle bag as well and my baby is so comfortable and warm all the time mostly its winter here now and snowing!

  6. Hey! I just bought this stroller and I like it very much, but there is one thing I wonder about; the front wheel is not steady when I walk. It's that metal "thing" the wheel goes into that is not completely steady. Is it supposed to be like that?? I'm very close to return the stroller because it's very annoing, especially when I'm walking fast. I went to a local babyshop and looked at the city elite, on that one the metal "thing" was not moving at all. I'm not able to try another stroller like summit because I bought it on the net, and it's not avalible in any stores here. I live in Norway... Please answer me :)

    1. Hope you don't mind me replying until Stroller Queen comes along.

      The front wheel shouldn't have that much play in it and I suspect yours may have a fault. Alternatively, have you made absolutely sure the wheel is locked into the frame properly?

      Please don't give up on this pushchair as it's a fabulous piece of kit. Contact your retailer and if it's faulty they should be able to sort it out under warranty. :)