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For parents with two children, having a double stroller, whether it’s side-by-side or in-line, that can handle the elements and terrain is a must. Life isn’t a solid, smooth ride surface and neither are the literal roads we’ll travel as parents whether it’s on vacation, at a theme park, or just around town.
These all-terrain double strollers are often heavier than normal double strollers and more expensive, but the tradeoff is durability, reliability, and a stroller you can push to the limits. Let’s look at some of the best options parents can buy for all-terrain double strollers that can stay in the family for years to come.
For parents with two children, having a double stroller, whether it’s side-by-side or in-line, that can handle the elements and rough terrain is a must.
Life isn’t a solid, smooth surface and neither are the literal roads we’ll travel as parents whether it’s on vacation, at a theme park, or just around town. These all-terrain double strollers are often heavier than normal double jogger stroller options and more expensive, but the tradeoff is durability, reliability, and a stroller you can push to the limits.
Let’s look at some of the best options parents can buy for all-terrain double strollers that can stay in the family for years to come.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Mountain Buggy Duet Double Stroller
- 2 2. BOB Stroller Strides Flex Duallie Stroller
- 3 3. Thule Urban Glide 2
- 4 My Final Thoughts: On the Best All Terrain Double Stroller
- 5 Further Related Reading
1. Mountain Buggy Duet Double Stroller
The Mountain Buggy Duet is a unique side-by-bye all-terrain double stroller that’s the very same width, or 24.5” slim at the wheelbase, as its own single stroller version.
Ultimately, this is excellent news for parents as it means passing through doorways is a breeze, and the days of jiggling, wiggling, and finagling to get through a store entrance are long behind you. The handlebar features a durable and comfortable grip that’s adjustable from 31-42 inches to suit parents of any height.
At 33 pounds, the Mountain Buggy isn’t lightweight but rests comfortably within the range of most all-terrain double strollers. Speaking of all-terrain, the real focus is the durability here with no area no important than the air filled tires.
The 10” air-filled tires are more than capable of absorbing bumps across all terrains, offering both comforts for the passengers and a go-anywhere mindset for parents.
The four-wheel approach is not uncommon per se in the all-terrain stroller field, but we do tend to see more stroller choices with 3 all-terrain wheels. Whether the fourth-wheel is truly better for “off-roading” is subjective, but it likely offers slightly better balancing overall.
Seating for Two
The independently adjustable seats can transition from full recline for newborns to fully upright for an older child. Before you even get into the pre-existing seats that come with the stroller, rest in the knowledge that you can also add two infant car seats add-ons with separately purchased car seat adapters. The car seat flexibility means: Two points for customization!
Each canopy operates independently with a flip-out visor though we were a little disappointed by how low they don’t come. There’s ventilation on top of the canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window but, again, if the canopies themselves dropped a little bit lower, they would be downright fantastic.
There’s a five-point harness in each seat which I didn’t love putting on and off. It’s not exactly the best for practical use but it is safe. Adjusting the hardness was easier than taking it on and off and with three different height options, there’s some longevity as your children grow. The crotch strap only offers one position so adjusting that is a moot point.
The storage bin beneath the seats on the Duet accepts 11 pounds (lbs) of maximum weight. The bin itself feels sized somewhere in the middle against competitive options but rest assured that extra-large diaper bags will fit with room to spare.
The bin itself can be accessed underneath the stroller as well as on the sides though a (removable) strap runs down the middle for keeping larger items inside which can be somewhat of a nuisance.
A water bottle holder is also available which holds fairly tall bottles (cup holders) which is good news since you might be moving up some bumps in the road without worrying if the bottle will fall out.
Beyond storage on the stroller, the stroller itself collapses conveniently and with just one hand. The stroller is built to stand upright for compact storage in a garage or in a house tucked away.
There’s an instant “click” that lets you know the Mountain Buggy has safely secured itself in storage mode which is good news so you don’t accidentally attempt to move it and, voila, it catches you off guard.
- Medium-size storage underneath offers plenty of space
- A large cup holder is ideal for tall water bottles
- Quick-folding storage is awesome
- Comfortable seats
- Excellent width for doorway entry
- Pricey, although still not overly so against the all-terrain competition
- The harness, oh that harness, needs work
- The fourth wheel may or may not take away from some of the maneuverability
2. BOB Stroller Strides Flex Duallie Stroller
The most popular of the BOB Duallie strollers, the Flex offers a swivel front wheel that adds maximum maneuverability while pushing the stroller along. Muddy terrain strollers welcome you with an adjustable suspension that offers a smooth ride all while providing plenty of room for the little ones.
There’s no shortage of features here and the online reviews are all overwhelmingly positive and for good reason. Quality materials, ease of use, and superb performance are just a few of the descriptive ways we can talk about the BOB without feeling like a paid spokesperson.
The pneumatic rubber tires pair with a locking swivel front wheel, adjustable suspensions, and a handlebar that offers nine different height positions. The 16” rear wheel and 12.5” front tire assist in holding up to 100 pounds of screaming, yelling, desperately needing attention children. At just 30.5” in width, the BOB shouldn’t have any issue pushing through a doorway.
Seating for Two
The seats themselves are second-to-none with full padding and even lumbar support for longer times in the seat. The seat fabric offers open-cell padding which adds to the comfortable ride but there is one caveat.
One of the biggest (and only) complaints about the BOB is the sagginess that extends to the middle of the stroller because there is no additional support between both seats. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s worth noting.
The seats themselves offer the standard five-point harness and recline independently. With a recline of around 20 degrees from being completely horizontal, so there’s the opportunity to start putting your infant into this seat at around three months without concern.
Adjusting the seat itself requires a simple squeeze of a button which is simple and painless. Ideally, we wish we could take the fabric off for washing but it’s not something we’d let influence our purchase.
There is good news for parents who are always aware of sunshine blaring through onto their children as the BOB offers UPF 50+ canopy protection. The canopies themselves are large and will protect your child quite well.
A two-step fold and quick release drop the BOB into a nice compact-ish size but will still require a sizable trunk to fit the stroller. Aside from that, there’s a decent-sized storage net on the bottom that can hold a large diaper bag along with two seatback pockets and, as an added bonus, internal seat pockets that are perfect for small toys.
Even with the diaper bag in place, there’s still some added space at the bottom albeit not a whole lot but enough to fit a jacket or some extra toys/food for the journey. Unfortunately, there’s no cup holder though you can buy a parent-friendly tray separately which connects over the handlebar.
- Manual handbrake on the handlebar is an awesome placement
- Outstanding quality and material
- Durable tires welcome the all-terrain environment
- While protective, canopies feel too thin
- The five-point harness isn’t as easy to adjust as it should be
- Saggy seats lean in toward the middle
- Fabric can’t be removed for washing
3. Thule Urban Glide 2
Thule is a name long synonymous with quality, durability, and over 70 years of experience establishing its brand reputation. The lightweight aluminum frame offers some plastic parts around the swivel wheels and hand brake but overall it feels incredibly well made and resistant to daily wear and tear.
The air-filled rubber tires make pushing and turning off-road feel easy so bring on the grass, gravel, bumps, and curbs and tackle them with vigor. Of course, pushing requires a sturdy and proper handlebar and the Thule does not disappoint. Adjusting from 30.9” to 45.1” tall, the handlebar easily adjusts from its pivot point all while feeling great in the hand with a nice shape and diameter that’s comfortable for lengthy use.
Pushing the Urban Glide 2 feels fantastic thanks to the rear seat suspension and swivel front wheel which allows for total 360° mobility. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of feedback online that highlights the stiff brake as a negative.
Ultimately, there’s a concern that the brake itself takes a moment to both unlock and lock which may or may not be a concern for you. Not knowing with certainty that the brake is enabled might not upset every parent but it’s worth noting that it comes up quite a bit online.
Seating for Two
The padded seats offer a water-resistant fabric alongside decent padding giving your child a comfortable enough experience for lengthy seating times. The five-point harness feels snug and secure with a buckle that requires two hands to open. Realistically, the harness requires two hands to unlock it which may be an issue if your hands are full, but barring that circumstance, the harness works well.
The seats can drop all the way to a nearly horizontal position for napping or relaxing. They allow for 50 pounds each in total weight and, while that weight may be accurate, larger children may find the seats slightly uncomfortable for lengthy periods of time.
The sunshades on the Thule are similarly sized to other strollers in this category which makes them average. There’s a flip-out mesh visor that blocks the sun while it covers down to around the knees. There’s ventilation for added airflow when the seat is reclined and a peek-a-boo window on the top so parents can look down and see what their child is doing.
A medium-size bin underneath the seating is made available but is only accessible from the back of the stroller. There are no side openings. An extra-large diaper bag will fit with ease but that’s not the real kicker with Thule’s storage.
The large capacity bin is water-resistant and securely closes with a zipper so you can fold and go without concern that your belongings will fall out. It’s the type of system we wish every stroller manufacturer utilized but exactly the kind of excellence we’ve come to expect from Thule. This is how storage should be done, period.
Thule’s collapsible frame is easily folded with one hand while unfolding can be done with two hands in just two steps. There’s a manual check that ensures it’s completely locked in place as well as a self-stand mechanism that works well so long as the handlebar is at the correct height to maintain balance.
- Outstanding water-resistant storage bag
- Excellent Thule manufacturing material
- Seats recline all the way back
- Front-wheel locks or swivels to increase maneuverability
- Folds easily with one hand
- Unusual shape when collapsed might not fit in all types of trunks
- LARGE and long which means it might be cramped in restaurants and stores
- The clunky brake needs some love
- Might not be ideal for slightly older kids (deeper seats required)
My Final Thoughts: On the Best All Terrain Double Stroller
When it comes to double jogging strollers or regular strollers, tandem stroller seating, or otherwise, there’s no shortage of good options. If we had to choose one on this list, it would be the BOB because it’s the best-reviewed and well-regarded online.
Given that this terrain stroller is priced right in line with the competition, it’s our go-to option. Companies like Baby Jogger also make some excellent choices but when it comes to a top three, the choices listed here all stand out for their own reasons.
That said, are they all faulty on some level? Absolutely, but if you’re wishing to tackle the world around you without feeling like your stroller is a hindrance, one of these choices will have you sizing up the terrain ahead and daring it to stop you.