Road Test: Mountain Buggy Swift
I can’t remember the last time Mountain Buggy came out with an entirely new stroller, but at this year’s ABC Show, their new Swift was one of our favorite introductions. For years we’ve been waiting for Mountain Buggy to modify their compact Breeze stroller to offer a swiveling front wheel, and now the wait is over. The Swift is basically a scaled-down version of the Urban Single, but with a narrower frame and smaller wheels, like the Breeze. The end result is a stroller that offers the same phenomenal handling as the Urban but in a much smaller footprint.
Our good friend Alan Jurysta is the owner of Sycamore Kids, the US distributor of Mountain Buggy. He knew that we were going to be coming to Vegas with two babies in tow – Zev and my nephew, Avery. He asked if we would be interested in doing a road test of the Swift during our trip, and we eagerly accepted.
Since Zev is a little young, Avery was the primary passenger, much to my sister’s delight. The Swift was love at first sight, both for her and for Avery. For five days, she and my brother-in-law pushed the Swift all over the Las Vegas Convention Center, on and off the Las Vegas Monorail, and all around the hotel and surrounding areas. Amidst the thick crowds of Vegas, the Swift was a nimble and unobtrusive companion.
Avery, who can be somewhat picky about where he sleeps, adored the Swift and napped comfortably in it. We all took turns marveling at the amazing steering, as we pushed the Swift, loaded with Avery and several bags of catalogs and other convention swag, with a single finger.
Out in the hot sun, we loved the sun cover, which zips onto the canopy and has a center panel that can be left open when the stroller is indoors, and quickly zipped back up when you step outside.
Right now, the Swift does not offer a car seat adaptor or carrycot, but to my eyes, the dimensions of the Swift frame seem awfully similar to the half-seat on the Urban Double. Knowing how smart those New Zealanders are, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s intentional, which will make it fairly easy to adapt those accessories if and when they decide to do that.
The Swift will be available in December. It will come in black with a choice of three different accent colors – gray, red or green.
[Update] The Mountain Buggy Swift Stroller is now available.