Bugaboo’s Fox 3 stroller was debuted this year as the upgrade to the popular Fox 2. This all-terrain stroller is perfect for families who spend a lot of time on the go and want a buggy that will go anywhere they go. Whether you’re touring the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec or hitting the trail for a Sunday adventure, the Fox 3 navigates all terrains to give your child a comfortable, smooth strolling experience.
We have been testing the Fox 3 for the last few weeks. Here is our experience!
Out of the box the stroller needs to be assembled.
We started with the frame, wheels, and storage basket. A little trick for the storage basket, the piece that doesn’t have the clip goes in first when you are attaching the basket to the frame lock bar.
Next, we moved on to the bassinet. Pop the plastic in place, add the mattress, and zip the boot protector in.
The frame used for the bassinet is the same frame you will use for the stroller seat. This is to save you storage room after your baby is old enough to sit up.
If you are getting ready for baby, you will only have one piece to put together to get started. Down the road, during naptime, you can convert it to the seat when the time is right.
From birth, the Fox 3 can be used with the included bassinet or with an infant car seat. The bassinet allows your baby to sleep in a more natural position so it is the preferred option for little ones.
For the Fox 3, bugaboo has added 3D mesh to the bottom of the bassinet to give your baby more airflow while out. The cot comes with a cozy mattress that includes a vented pad for better breathability during nap time. The stroller’s canopy clips onto the bassinet to provide coverage against the elements and there is a boot that zips onto the bottom of the unit to provide protection further for little ones.
Parents who need to tuck away their phone or something small can do so with the pockets at the front of the bassinet.
Depending upon your child’s development, you can use the bassinet between 4-6 months or until your child starts to sit up.
The Fox 3 does take an infant car seat. There are specific models it will accept including the Maxi Cosi, Peg Perego, Cybex and Nuna.
As your baby gets older and is ready to see the world you can convert the bassinet to the stroller seat. This conversion takes about 15 minutes.
The stroller’s seat comes equipped with Bugaboo’s 5-point comfort harness. It is adjustable 5 ways to ensure the best fit and comes with more rigid straps to provide more comfort for your child. I personally love the design of this harness. It fits nicely and stays in place.
The bumper bar on the stroller seat pivots 360 degrees to give you easy access to your child. It also serves as a handle bar for when you are transporting the seat/bassinet.
Bugaboo never disappoints when it comes to their canopy and the one on the Fox is both spacious and robust. The fabric is water-resistant, but it’s made of a tougher material that ensures it stays in place and doesn’t fly around on windy days. There is a mesh window built-in for warm days that can be pulled up discreetly to check on a sleeping baby. Additionally, it zips out to give you full coverage on days where you want to provide more protection for your child.
The shopping basket on the Fox 3 will hold up to 22lbs. For a day out, the basket is large enough to hold a medium-sized diaper bag plus a lunch bag if needed. There are also a couple of pockets tucked away on the bottom to give you more discreet storage of your wallet and keys.
Thanks to a combination of 8.5-inch front wheels and 12-inch rear wheels, the stroller pushes beautifully whether you are on pavement, uneven terrain or gravel. Bugaboo uses a central suspension system along with individual suspension in the front wheels to absorb the bumps.
This, paired with the bearings they use in the puncture-proof wheels gives the stroller a one-finger(as bugaboo calls it), butter-smooth push. It’s incredibly responsive through busy areas, and despite it being a full-size stroller is quite agile if you need to move through a crowd.
Bugaboo also provides a strap for you to attach to your hand if you are going down an incline to prevent the stroller from getting away from you.
The handle on the stroller can be adjusted to 13 positions which is convenient for parents of all heights.
The Fox 3 can be folded with the bassinet and seat attached. It will also stand independently while folded with the attachments on. Parents who would like a more compact package can fold the chassis, flatten the seat/bassinet and store them separately. To further reduce the footprint, the wheels can be popped off.
With all of the wheels locked the stroller will stand on its own, which is very convenient.
The Fox 3 stroller is offered in a charcoal or black chassis and a new range of colorways for the seat, bassinet and canopy.
- Suitable from birth to toddler or up to 50 lbs
- Dimensions: 33-42″ L x 24″ W x 35-43″ H
- One-piece fold: 18.5″ L x 36.4″ W x 23.6″ H
- Two-piece fold: 33.8″ L x 20.4″ W x 13.4″ H
- Stroller Weight: 21.8 lbs