Published on May 17th, 2013 | by Patricia2
The 5 Best Jogging Strollers for Active Moms
If you are a new mother looking for a way to stay in shape or drop the baby weight, this post is just for you. It is possible to keep up with your fitness and take your child with you at the same time. This post gives you 5 great options for accomplishing your goals!
While it’s certainly possible to jog with a standard 4-wheel stroller, you have to plan those runs very carefully to only cover smooth surfaces as well as take extra measures in order to secure your child. Even then, I’m sure there are still some concerns at the back of your mind.
You probably ask yourself: Is there a different kind of stroller available that’s specifically made for these runs? Luckily, there are plenty of strollers made specifically for jogging.
Of course, having lots of options available on the market is not always a good thing. Choosing the right product for your needs and budget might be a daunting task. That’s why in this article we give you the 5 best jogging strollers that are easy to use and very safe for both you and your child.
Author’s Choice – BOB Revolution
The BOB revolution is easily one of the most popular jogging strollers on the market, and for good reasons.
It’s a very lightweight (around 25 lbs) yet very sturdy stroller. The steel frame is really strong. I decided to buy this stroller when I came across a buyer’s review on Amazon about how this stroller saved her son’s life.
Her stroller was pulled up alongside her car and the car next to hers, while reversing, crushed the stroller between the two vehicles. Amazingly, both the stroller and her son were perfectly fine. Had she bought something cheaper and less sturdy, bad things could have happened.
Now, the most praised feature of the BOB Revolution is the suspension system, which is very important in a jogging stroller. It’s designed with two-point shock absorbers and a five-point padded harness with fasteners to keep your child secure. It can easily handle off-road or any surface that you throw at it. Your child will definitely get a smooth ride with this.
One of the reasons for the high price of this stroller is the ability to lock the front wheel in two different positions: straight ahead position for running or free to swivel, which is meant for walking. If you will be using this for running only, you can possibly save some money on another model that doesn’t have the swivel option on the front wheel. But then again, who uses a stroller just for running?
On the downside, I feel that the lack of soft padding on the seat can turn some people off. Some users also report that the child’s crotch strap is too short. I don’t think this is a problem since the strap is adjustable and long enough for my kid.
Other things that I like about the BOB Revolution stroller:
- The canopy is huge. When fully extended, there’s a window on top that lets you see your child.
- The ability to fold/unfold with a flip. We all hate those strollers that seem almost impossible to fold or just spring open while we were trying to put it into the trunk.
- The basket underneath is spacious. While this isn’t suited for shopping or going to the mall, you can still fit lots of baby stuff inside.
Words of Caution:
- Don’t use the wrist strap. If you slip while running, the whole stroller can flip. I don’t see the reason to include this feature at the first place.
- Never jog with the stroller in walk mode. Running over an uneven surface in this mode can easily steer the stroller in an unintended direction.
I personally own this stroller and I must say this is one of the best jogging strollers money can buy. If your budget allows, this is definitely our top recommendation.
For the Serious Runner – Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller
If you and your spouse are serious runners, then the Mountain Buggy is a no-brainer. My sister-in-law and her husband run about 60-80 miles combined every week and this is the only stroller that they can count on. Given the fact that they put it through off-road hiking, camping and any test imaginable, this is one hell of a stroller.
Both of you will feel very comfortable running with this stroller as the handle is adjustable to your height. You won’t hurt your back and knees anymore. It’s also integrated with a hand brake.
The thing that makes this stroller stand out from the crowd is how easy it is to maneuver even when the front wheel is locked completely forward. According to Runnersworld, this is the biggest technological leap in this model. While the front wheel is “fixed” and safe for running, you still have some steering capability. This amount of control means you will not have to lift the front wheel off the ground and can easily avoid rocks, sticks, and other obstacles.
The Mountain Buggy of course comes with all the bells and whistles that models at this price point are supposed to have: full recline (newborn to upright), 5-point safety harness with tailfree design, spacious basket, and very high quality material.
Also, this model seems to cover all other bases – slim profile, lightweight, and easy to fold/unfold. Walking with this stroller is very stable and hassle-free. And I must say, in this regard, it’s better than the aforementioned BOB Revolution. This is a brilliant product and deserves to be one of the best jogging strollers around, if not the best. I can’t imagine who wouldn’t like this buggy.
For the Budget Savvy – Jeep Overland
If you need a cheaper alternative, the Jeep Overland is our recommendation. Coming in under $250 and half the price of Mountain Buggy, this stroller does offer some cool features for both mom and baby.
First off, the handle is adjustable to your preferred height and different angles to make it comfortable for running. The super grip surface is nice as well, as you will be much more confident about not losing your grip.
The coolest thing about the Jeep Overland is that it comes with iBaby sound system that can easily connect with your audio devices like an iPod or iPhone. When you think about it, it’s such a nifty feature especially when you run across the country or off-road (where it’s pretty quiet).
For jogging, this is a fantastic choice. It handles the road really well and give both of you smooth rides. But since the front wheel is locked in fixed position (i.e. doesn’t swivel) it’s quite hard to steer. Therefore, running along roads with many turn or walking in the city’s crowded streets with this stroller might not be ideal.
Another downside is that it’s quite bulky when folded and doesn’t fit into all cars’ trunk. With that said, you can remove and reassemble the tire pretty easily, which can help with the size.
All in all, this is a decent stroller for its price and deserves to be right up there with the other two. It does take some time to get used to it but eventually you will come to love it. Definitely a solid choice, especially if you have a smaller budget.
The Best Value – Joovy Zoom 360
If you want the best bang for your buck, then the Joovy Zoom 360 is your best bet. Clocking in at about the same price as the Jeep Overland, it offers a whole array of features that are often only seen in more expensive products.
Here are some features that I’d like to highlight about this stroller:
- Fully adjustable front swivel wheel, hence much more maneuverable compared to other strollers with the front wheel locked in a fixed position.
- Huge canopy. Yes, it’s really huge.
- One of the largest stroller (when unfolded) on the market and can easily accommodate a 75 pound child.
- Love the recline system, really easy to use.
- It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum, whatever that may mean, which is supposed to be very durable.
- The basket is gigantic compared to many of the other jogging strollers I have seen. It’s really handy if you want to go shopping after a good run.
With that said, there are a few things you should know before you hit the buy button. First, this stroller is not designed for shorter people (no offense there). I have seen many complaints regarding this issue; some mothers can’t even see the road in front because the canopy is too big for them.
Second, our runs with the Joovy Zoom have been nothing short of enjoyable (it’s our first stroller before we bought the BOB Revolution for our second baby), but some users report that steering this stroller while running is not the best experience in the world. In some cases, users report that it pulls either to the right or left. Still, speaking from our experiences, this is definitely a great value for the high-end features at a low-end price.
The Everyday Runner – Schwinn Free Runner
The Schwinn is the obvious choice for practical parents who want a basic, everyday running stroller. As the least expensive stroller on this list, it’s designed purely with the runner and rider’s needs in mind. The handle bar is adjustable to fit runners of all heights and sizes. It’s also made of high quality smooth plastic that will last.
The effective harness can secure the child safely and the adjustable sun visor blocks the sun coming from all angles. It’s also one of the few strollers with a handbrake. It folds easily and fits into the car together with other necessary stuff.
All in all, it has everything you need for a jogging stroller and none of the frills. It’s made for running so it handles the road very well. For every day running, this is really a practical choice that fits the bill.
The front wheel doesn’t have the swivel option, so doing all your daily deeds with this stroller is probably not a good idea. So it really comes down to your needs if the Schwinn is a good choice for you.
Pick a Stroller and Hit The Running Trails!
If you are a regular runner looking a way to stay in shape without hiring a babysitter, our advice is to consider buying a jogging stroller right away. It saves you from a lot of possible mishaps while running, and after all nothing is more important than securing your child.
When you are on the market for a regular stroller, take a look at this post for the best baby stroller. I hope this article has helped you make an informed decision. Do share with us your experience in the comment box below!