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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Review

Disappointing to run with and harder to use, make it an option we aren't fond of
The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is a swivel wheel stroller that can lock for running
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Price:   $430 List | $430 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy one hand fold with larger storage for more supplies
Cons:  Difficult to run with and hard to lift
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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RANKED
#13 of 17
  • Run-ability - 35% 4
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 6
  • Maneuverability - 20% 7
  • Quality - 10% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 has the price of a high-end stroller but failed to perform well enough in our tests to justify the hefty price tag. Without having the features and performance necessary to function as a dedicated running stroller it is hard to find a reason to purchase this stroller. It earned a 4 out of 10 for run-ability making it a product we think parents will be disappointed in if running is their plan. When compared to the competition that includes strollers with higher scores and better performance coupled with cheaper list price it is a no-brainer to say we do not recommend this stroller.


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Pros Easy one hand fold with larger storage for more suppliesTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materials
Cons Difficult to run with and hard to liftHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carry
Bottom Line Disappointing to run with and harder to use, make it an option we aren't fond ofOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day use
Rating Categories Baby Jogger Summit... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Run Ability (35%)
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10
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9
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Ease Of Use (25%)
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Maneuverability (20%)
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Quality (10%)
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Specs Baby Jogger Summit... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 28.1 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Rolling Resistance 97.8 Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.75"W x15"H x 34.5"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth Maximum: 75 lbs./44" Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Jogger
City GO
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, BOB B-Safe
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX, Snugride Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
Chicco
KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max 30
BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold No No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.5" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 8:39 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 4:26
min:sec
5:21 min:sec 5:30

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Jogger started with a line of jogging strollers and now primarily creates strollers not suitable for jogging. They offer a comprehensive line of full-size strollers for up to two children that are popular with parents and have some easy to use features. The Baby Jogger Summit is one of their only jogging strollers.

Performance Comparison



Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).
Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).

Run-ability


For run-ability, the Summit is a disappointment compared to most of the competition.

The red knob will lock the wheel in place on the Summit X3
The red knob will lock the wheel in place on the Summit X3

This stroller does not have an adjustable handlebar, which could cause running biomechanics problems for taller pushers. It has good suspension and adjustable tracking that keeps the stroller on track. Our professional runner feels it is a solid stroller with a good middle of the road feel and a nice grounded feeling when running.

This stroller is hard to tip and turn or balance when you lock the wheel for running. It seems easy to turn on long sweeping turns but harder to make shorter turns. It sports a deceleration brake that should slow you down, but it is hard to squeeze and doesn't work well. The stroller feels heavy, and we feel the handle is too low for runners over about 5'7. We kept hitting our free hand on the bar, and if you use the safety tether, you'll need to keep the same hand on the stroller at all times.

Ease of Use


The Summit offers below-average ease of use with features that aren't as simple as the competition.

We wish the fold handle was a little harder to access to prevent little ones from pulling it while climbing inside
We wish the fold handle was a little harder to access to prevent little ones from pulling it while climbing inside

Fold and Unfold


The fold is very easy but requires parents unsnap part of the seat from the frame to prevent accidental folding. It requires one hand pulling the handle in the middle of the stroller. It is more difficult to unfold this stroller because it takes two hands and it isn't very graceful. If you lack the strength to hold it in the air with one hand, then it will be a hard stroller for you to unfold.

The brake on the Summit is a single action brake that is easy to set
The brake on the Summit is a single action brake that is easy to set

Brakes


The single-action brakes on the Summit are relatively easy to use with a reassuring click, so you know when they are set but the pedals are hard to push down. It also sports a deceleration handbrake that doesn't slow the stroller, and it is hard to squeeze.

The under seat storage on the Baby Jogger is easier to access from the side than the rear
The under seat storage on the Baby Jogger is easier to access from the side than the rear

Storage


The large under-seat storage bin is easy to access from the rear and sides. It has a maximum weight allowance of 10 lbs, and we fit our large diaper bag inside. There is also a mesh pocket on the back of the seat that can hold up to 2 lbs and is a nice place to store water bottles. While we like the mesh pocket, it is hard to reach while running.

The Summit X3 is a swivel wheel stroller
The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is a swivel wheel model that can lock for running

Sunshade


The Summit has a large canopy with UPF of 50+. It has two windows and vents on each side. We prefer ventilation through the back, and there is some if you detach two snaps and three hook and loop strips. However, this will remove much of the shade. The canopy snaps into place and stays taut when open. The windows and vents have Velcro closures with toggles to hold it open. This shade has similar coverage as the BOBs with a little more headroom.

The 5 point harness on this Baby Jogger is easy to put on and release. It has an adjustable crotch strap and should height adjustments
The 5 point harness on this Baby Jogger is easy to put on and release. It has an adjustable crotch strap and should height adjustments

Harness


The Summit 5-point harness has a smooth operation that is easy to put on. It is simple to adjust with adjustable shoulder strap heights and an adjustable crotch strap. Once adjusted to the proper size, the long tails of the shoulder straps have nowhere good to go, leaving them hanging.

The seat on the Summit X3 reclines almost flat  but it isn't safe for baby to run at this angle.
The seat on the Summit X3 reclines almost flat, but it isn't safe for baby to run at this angle.

Seat


The seat back reclines in an infinite number of positions. The ventilation is better with the seat reclined, but this significantly increases the tipping hazard when fully reclined.

Ease of Setup


The Summit took us 8:40 minutes from the box to ready to use. The setup is pretty simple with three wheels, and a canopy to snap on and it doesn't require any tools to assemble.



The manual is okay, but not as clear as some of the competition. It is a tri-language manual with good pictures, and the English portions appear in gray.

The Jogger is not the easiest stroller to maneuver for a swivel wheel model
The Jogger is not the easiest stroller to maneuver for a swivel wheel model

Maneuverability


The Jogger has unimpressive maneuverability for a swivel wheel jogger. Pushing on and off hard surfaces is pretty easy. It seems relatively good at turning through tighter spaces with its shorter wheelbase. We tended to catch the rear wheels on stuff as we turned through the obstacle course. Given its larger weight, it does feel heavier and hard to push and maneuver than the lighter options.

It did not perform as well off-road as it did on. It is a little tippy on the side hill, and if we hit a bump with any speed, it tipped over. It managed to roll over a large curb with a little help, and it fared well through the deep gravel.

The easy pull handle for folding has a backup safety mechanism of snapping sides to prevent accidental folding of the Summit X3
The easy pull handle for folding has a backup safety mechanism of snapping sides to prevent accidental folding of the Summit X3

Weight and Folded Size


The Summit is relatively heavy at 28 lbs, but its folded volume is 13,300 cubic inches, which is one of the smaller options. These measurements make the Baby Jogger heavy but able to fit in smaller spaces.

Quality


The Summit also offers below-average quality keeping the trend it had through most of our testing.

The Summit did not offer the kind of overall quality we would have expected given its higher list price
The Summit did not offer the kind of overall quality we would have expected given its higher list price

The fabric feels nice and didn't snag except on the footrest. It has a slicker, plastic feeling, but we suspect it will wipe down easier. It doesn't feel very breathable and if it might end up feeling like vinyl seats all hot and sticky in the sun.

The Summit has a solid frame with little flex. It is a nice looking stroller, and the canopy and seat fabric fit snugly on the frame. The plastic parts seem well made and fit well. The wheels on this stroller have a nice tread, and the molded plastic wheels are sturdy.

While it is nice that the X3 has a hand brake for deceleration during running  we found it to be both quite tight and placement suboptimal  right in the spot where a runner may naturally want to place their hand. In addition  the brake cord also interferes with grip.
While it is nice that the X3 has a hand brake for deceleration during running, we found it to be both quite tight and placement suboptimal, right in the spot where a runner may naturally want to place their hand. In addition, the brake cord also interferes with grip.
The handle is not adjustable and not as comfortable as the foam on other strollers. The rubber handle cover may clean easier, but it isn't as comfortable. The handle has no upward curve, and the brake cable lays along the handle on the right side and gets in our way. The rubber might get hot in the hot sun.

The Summit has three-wheel suspension that is not adjustable. The stiff sling-style seat has good padding, and the minimally padded shoulder straps aren't bad.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers