Baby Jogger Summit X3

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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 - AND handle the bustle of the city. 'All' has to include the town as well as the countryside because it is part of most parent's lifestyle.

It needs to tick a number of boxes:

It should do it with ease, in comfort for the occupant, and with style

The primary limitation on where you can go is not determined by the pushchair... but your ability to get a secure foothold

Designed and built with robustness at it's core so that it will do the job efficiently without excessive wear and tear to the product, i.e. it will last.

Leave you wanting to do it again...rather than dreading it !

In the past this has meant a fixed wheel pushchair rather than a swivel front wheel.

The fixed front wheel is not easily deflected by rough terrain) or inclined to go down hill when traversing a slope like an errant shopping trolley), a pushchair with the weight predominantly over the rear - reduced weight over the frontwheel so it is still easy to steer.

The new Summit X3 follows the highly successful Summit XC model with some modifications to reflect the needs of most users. The Summit X3 2014 model front wheel locks either under the pushchair or forward facing.

Front wheel tracking adjustment has been re-engineered and combined with remote handle operated front wheel locking.

front wheel suspension

The front fork wheel mounting system incorporates an effective and robust suspension system.

It is the leading (front) wheel which causes the most abrupt jarring for the occupant upon impact with an obstacle (object, hollow or bump). Absorbing that impact improves the ride quality and reduces deflection of the pushchair from it's course.

front wheel tracking adjustment

When you lock a swivel wheel there is always a little bit of 'play', you're unlikely to notice this when walking on rough surfaces because the ground deflects the pushchair from a true course more - but if you try moving at speed on a smooth surface, then you may notice a veer.

The Summit X3 model comes with a redesigned tracking adjustment on the front wheel and reviews from joggers in the US is positive - although please do remember that pushchairs in the EU are not tested or approved for running/skateboarding etc.

You can also use it to 'tune out' your own pushing style - if you hold the handle with one hand on the right for example then the pushchair will naturally veer to the left (because you are steering it !)....although this may not be helpful if more than one person uses the pushchair !

images left are taken from the underside of the front

rear wheel suspension

The Summit rear wheels have a robust suspension system. Based on a 'sprung hinge' design the suspension permits movement up/down, forwards/back as is required to absorb jolts/bumps whilst preventing sideways movement - the lateral sway found with some rear suspension systems. The large 16" rear wheels offer a shallow angle of attack to bumps or hollows.

The front and rear suspension together with the large wheels enable a smoother ride to be enjoyed by the child, while the fixed handlebar still gives you the positive action you need to manage the pushchair - push down on the handle and the pushchair moves as you direct it, none of the flex/lag of an adjustable handle (which can have a tendency to get 'sloppy' if used consistently on rough ground).

As you would expect from Baby Jogger you also get as standard a reassuringly solid frame and a range of features which never fail to impress and which outshine some other manufacturers models with price tags almost double !

Summit X3 Quick Fold Mechanism

Folding a Baby Jogger Summit is easy ! one handed !

Inside the seat is a strap handle bearing the word 'FOLD', this operates the folding system.
For extra security when the pushchair is in use, operation of the folding strap handle is disabled by two grey safety straps which clip simply onto the frame.

To fold the pushchair detach the grey safety straps (one on each side) and pull up the 'FOLD' handle. Note the pushchair folds instantly and for the inexperienced perhaps a little too fast ! it is best to 'follow through' as you pull the handle to lift the pushchair completely from the floor.

To erect the pushchair lift up the rear handle until the frame clicks into place and re-fix the grey safety straps.

Click to watch the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Demo Video  or see the Baby Jogger Summit User Manual

Quick Release Wheels

Front and rear, yes all round... not just the rear wheels. The front fork and wheel assembly is a single unit which can be removed with ease and simplicity from the main frame by a quick release system - press the release lever remove wheel downwards. To mount the front wheel simply insert the axle, push and it automatically clicks on.

On the rear axle is a release button for the wheel wheel press the release button and pull out the wheel (holding the wheel by the centre hub rather the the tyre makes it easier and keeps your hand cleaner !).

To mount the wheel simply re-insert the axle and push until you hear it 'click' into place, then give the wheel a tug - just to double check it is securely locked in.

Removing the wheels makes it more compact when folded for storage and transportation, and lighter to lift. It can also help reduce the transfer of dirt from the wheels to the inside of your car.

Dual Rear Drum Brakes

Both rear wheels have drum brakes operated by a lever mounted on the handlebar, squeeze the lever to apply the brake. The Drum Brakes can be useful to slow down the pushchair if you are moving at speed or help maintain control on a steep slope.

Note. The Baby Jogger Summit X3 also has the usual foot operated parking brake and a safety wrist strap.

Reclining Seat

The seat can be reclined to almost flat. Padded for comfort, with five point harness including shoulder harness height adjustment.

To lower the seat pinch the clamp and slide it DOWN the strap the seat back will now rest on the strap in this lower position - either at it's maximum recline or whatever angle you require.

To raise the seat pinch the clamp and slide it UP the strap the seat back will now rest on the strap in the higher position.

The back panel of the Baby Jogger Summit seats are a mesh/netting fabric to permit good ventilation whilst avoiding exposure to most insects or cats. For protection from the weather - wind rain snow or sun ! Baby Jogger have built in a cover. The cover is elasticated - so it will fit regardless of the angle the seat is reclined to and when not in use it is neatly rolled up and held out of the way.

Storage

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 has a reasonable sized basket for storage under the pushchair seat plus a netting compartment on the back of the seat.

Heavy Duty Thorn Resistant Inner Tubes

Fitted as standard. They don't guarantee that you won't get a puncture but they do significantly reduce the number of punctures.

Long Warranty

Lifetime frame warranty for defects of materials or workmanship (not wear and tear, accidental damage, negligence or misuse). One year warranty on fabrics, wheels & brakes, nil warranty for punctures.

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is currently available in the UK in only one colour (click on an image to enlarge it)

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Black/Grey swivel wheel mode for use around town

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Black/Grey locked wheel mode

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We prefer to supply the Baby Jogger Summit X3 with some essential accessories in all of our packages - Rain Cover & Pump. There's a range of quality Baby Jogger accessories to customise your Baby Jogger Summit X3.

Carrycot

When fully reclined the seat of the Summit X3 is flatter than the previous Summit XC model and so more suitable for use with a newborn but you can also use your Baby Jogger Summit X3 from birth with a Carrycot or Car Seat.

There are two carrycots which fit the Summit X3 the Compact Carrycot and the Compact PLUS Carrycot. The only difference between the two carrycots is size - the Compact PLUS is 3cm wider providing more accomodation and for longer but will only fit single pushchairs, the basic Compact is narrower but it will fit double pushchairs as well as singles. Both Carrycots fit using the universal mount on the side of the seat, they can be fitted with the seat fabrics in place or with them removed.

They are supplied complete with mounting brackets which can only be used for mounting the carrycot (no other accessory or car seat) Note.

The previous Summit XC model could also take the Deluxe Carrycot, the Summit X3 cannot.

Everyone uses their pushchair differently so there is no hard and fast rule as to whether you should buy a carrycot but here are a few of the benefits parents typically want to enjoy:

lay flat position - health professionals recommend that new born babies should lay flat if possible,

direct view of the baby - the carrycot is rear facing, you can see your baby and your baby can see you (once they can focus that far !)

less vulnerable position - higher and less accessible position protects from small children and dogs, unwelcome attention, unwanted germs, car fumes etc.

daytime 'travel bed' - use independent of the pushchair in the home, at friends or relatives as a mobile daytime cot (NOT for night time use - different regulations apply)

'portability' - carry your baby in the carrycot and do it securely with one hand

Fitting Instructions Single Carrycot

Car Seat Adaptor

The separate Car Seat Adaptors is quick fitting onto Universal Accessory Mounting Bracket (this differs slightly from the Car Seat Adaptor included with the Baby Jogger Deluxe Carrycot which clamps onto the frame lower down)

There are two different adaptors for either the Maxi Cosi or Recaro car seats

Footmuff

Suitable from birth with the seat in the reclined position and the front cover of the footmuff folded down, but generous enough to accommodate an older child to 3+ years. Both you and your child will appreciate the benefit of not having to dress them up in several layers of clothing before going out.

But these aren't just for the coldest of winter days. On a fresh spring morning or at dusk on a summers evening it can be quite chilly for a child who isn't keeping warm by moving about.

The front and rear panels are padded for comfort and warmth, the outer surface a durable low maintenance water resistant fabric, the inner lining a soft fleece. The inner fleece lining can be zipped off allowing the footmuff to be used in warmer conditions.

The Baby Jogger Footmuff can also be used as a seat liner - the front can be zipped off completely

Water Resistant Exterior

Machine Washable (do not tumble dry)

Drinks Holder (Liquid Holster)

The Liquid Holster clamps easily onto the pushchair frame where it is most convenient for you, the drinks holder part itself is detachable from the clamp if that makes it easier for you when the pushchair is folded and when mounted it pivots in one direction to reduce spills. Self adjusting grips hold almost all bottle and can sizes up to 800ml.

Belly Bar

Some children like to hold on to something while they ride, while for others it is a useful to have somewhere to attach toys so they don't get lost. The Baby Jogger Belly Bar fulfils both requirements

Clicks simply into the universal accessory mounting on your Bay Jogger Summit X3 pushchair and although very securely fitted it can be removed at the press of a button. The angle of the Belly Bar can be easily adjusted locking into one of eight preset positions. The bar is padded and although the fabric cover is 'wipe clean' can be zipped off for more thorough cleaning.

Child Tray

Somewhere to put your drink and a half eaten sandwich, a toy and a book, some crayons, that thing you found (which mum has now cleaned) and something you pinched from your sister ! what more could a toddler want.

And at the end of the day simply wash it down & sterilise ready for tomorrow.

Clicks simply into the universal accessory mounting on your Baby Jogger Summit pushchair and although very securely fitted it can be removed at the press of a button OR unlock one end and it pivots out of the way - it does not have to be removed to get out of the pushchair.

Travel Bag

Purpose made for the Baby Jogger pushchairs the Travel Bags are particularly useful when going on holiday.

The Travel Bag has internal compartments for the wheels, it is made of durable fabric and protects from knocks and scratches while also being stylish luggage with extra space to pack other kit.

Note that although it will protect against minor knocks and bumps it is a soft bag and cannot protect your pushchair from being crushed, e.g. in an aircraft hold. When flying we recommend that you get the pushchair as close as possible to the aircraft steps so that it goes on top of the luggage

There is also a range of additional accessories we have selected over a number of years with to further customise your Baby Jogger Summit X3 , the most popular of which are:

Lambskin Stroller Fleece

Luxury - 100% Natural Lambskin shorn to an even pile for comfort and ease of use (fewer tangles). Made from a single Lambskin Fleece, this is not a patchwork fleece and not a short fleece with separate head piece.

Fits the Baby Jogger Summit Seat it has holes at three levels for the shoulder harness straps. It fits the standard seat or the carrycot, warm & cosy in cold weather while in hot weather it absorbs perspiration releasing it into the air to help that your child stays dry & comfortable. Lambskin fleece soothes & calms infants and toddlers.

Shade-a-Babe UV Sun Shade

These days we are much better informed about the long term harmful effects of the sun's rays... as well as the short term discomfort ! A baby's skin is more sensitive to sunlight than our own and needs protection.

The Shade-a-Babe UV Sun Shade reduces UV by between 70% and 90% (Sun Visor position cuts glare by 99%). Although the Baby Jogger Summit X3 sun hood is generously large this can only protect against direct overhead light, the Shade-a-Babe Protects against reflected light from water (inc. snow) or light/concrete surfaces, and which can be a significant problem.

Acts also as an insect net and cat net, shields from blustery winds and protects against light showers with easy access 'Zip n Go' front panel.

Head Hugger

Useful when a baby first moves up from the carrycot to the standard seat as the shoulder harness straps may pass irritatingly close to their ears, a head hugger can correct this by concealing the excess strap which is above the baby's shoulders.

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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Specifications

Length (max) Swivel Wheel Mode 120 cm (47")
Handle Height (non adjustable) 102 cm (40")
Handle to Axle separation 38 cm (15")
Width 65 cm (25.5")
Seat Width 35.5 cm (14")
Seat Depth 25 cm (10")
Seat Back 51 cm (20")
Seat to Footplate 27 cm (10.5")
Maximum Head Height n/a cm (n/a")
Weight 13.1 kg (29 lbs)
Max Load Child, Europe EN1888 15 kg(33 lbs) US - 34 kg (75 lbs)
Recommended Tyre Pressure 20 psi 0.7 bar

folded wheels on

Length 86 cm (34")
Height 39 cm (16")
Width 65 cm (25.5")

folded wheels off

Length 73 cm (28.5")
Height 18 cm (7")
Width 53 cm (21")
Weight 8.7 kg (19 lbs)

Additional Notes

Jogging/Running/Skating

We are aware that some retailers advertise the Baby Jogger Summit X3 for Jogging, we do not sell it for that purpose and advise 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 Baby Jogger Summit is not tested/approved in the EU for greater than walking speeds.

Exports

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: EXPORT ENQUIRY

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