Jog On, With Baby
For most people, it is no longer automatically the case that they will become more sedentary, focused on short, simply walks on smooth pavements, once they’ve had a baby. Jogging strollers mean that you can carry on leading a fairly active life – and yes, even jogging with baby! – which is good for both your physical and mental health. Getting out and about, exploring plenty of new places, is good for baby, too, of course!
Children are expensive, and it may be tempting to simply buy a cheap, basic stroller – after all, children outgrow things so quickly. They should learn to walk sooner rather than later. They’ll probably want to walk sooner rather than later, and the stroller will never get used.
The good thing is, many strollers these days are designed for children up to three years old, with some even being functional and comfortable beyond that. This means that an investment in a good-quality stroller should give you several years’ use in return. The right stroller will often see all of the children in a family through to walking age!
Best Jogging Stroller Reviews 2017
The BOB Revolution SE comes in a range of colors, so your style needn’t take a hit simply because you now have a baby. It provides an adjustable suspension system, and a fully adjustable seat, optimizing comfort for your baby. The swivel/lock front wheel offers you the choice of easy maneuverability on uneven surfaces, and excellent cornering, or a reliable ride – simply lock the wheel into place as and when you need to.
One of the downsides of the Revolution in terms of comfort is that the handlebars are not adjustable, meaning that parents who are taller than average may find themselves having to stoop over the stroller. It can also be difficult to get into a small car, and doesn’t come with any accessories – things like a parent organizer or snack tray need to be purchased separately.
Joovy Zoom 360
The Joovy Zoom 360 features a running leash, to tether the stroller to you whilst you jog, and also includes a tire pump – a godsend if you regularly use rough or unpaved roads. One of the frequent complaints about jogging strollers generally is that the tires seem to puncture easily. With the Joovy, you have the ability to make repairs on the go should this happen to you.
The Joovy also has an extra wide seat, making it comfortable even for older or larger children.
However, it can be heavy, and difficult to fold/unfold, and several people have commented that, as the front wheel doesn’t lock, the stroller tends to pull to one side when you’re jogging, as the wheel is constantly swiveling.
Thule Urban Glide
The Urban Glide, from Thule, addresses the issue of parent comfort with adjustable, ergonomic handlebars, and an easy, one-handed fold. It also features on-the-go, no-tools-required tracking adjustment, rear suspension, and a swivel/lock front wheel. The swivel/lock wheel makes it easy to switch between jogging and simple walking mode.
The Urban Glide does have a very narrow seat – even people with averagely-sized infants have commented that it seems uncomfortable – and there is no padding, which is something of a safety concern, especially when jogging with a baby in the stroller.
The Chicco Activ3 provides flexible suspension and maintenance-free tires, along with a hand-activated swivel/lock function. It can be folded one-handed, and comes in an attractive turquoise color.
There have been issues noted around the wheels locking when the stroller is in use, and the straps are somewhat small, even on an average-sized child, and quite tight. The stroller itself is also quite heavy to steer. Put together, these issues compromise both safety and ease of use.
Baby Jogger Summit X3
Finally, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 also features a running leash, like the Joovy. On the Summit, however, the leash tethers to the parent’s ankle, and is mounted towards the bottom of the stroller. This makes it less likely that, in the event of a trip or fall, the leash will cause the stroller to be pulled down with the parent.
Coming in a choice of three colors – black, orange, or green with gray – the Summit features a hand-operated rear brake, and hand-operated locking mechanism for the front wheel, both conveniently located on the handlebar. It also offers quick-fold technology for ease of use.
The Summit is somewhat bulkier than other jogging strollers, and this bulk does make the storage basket difficult to access. It has also been observed that the wheels tend to wobble significantly, which is concerning when safety is top of your agenda.
Why Buy A Jogging Stroller?
Unlike cheaper strollers, a jogging stroller is designed to be a “one-stop-stroller”. Suitable for use on a variety of surfaces and terrains, and often able to cope with children up to at least three or four years, a jogging stroller is an investment that often lasts through several children.
Having children is an expensive business, but purchasing a stroller for all eventualities, that will last for several years, is one way to limit the financial impact, and focus on the joy of being with your baby.
What’s Important When Choosing a Jogging Stroller?
Besides safety and comfort, both for you and your baby, what is important depends on your primary use for the stroller.
If you like the idea of jogging with baby, you’ll want a stroller that features a running leash, meaning you have peace of mind that, should you trip or fall, the stroller won’t get away from you.
If you’re mostly looking for a comfy ride for baby while you do the shopping, perhaps walking across a rural neighborhood, or through a large urban mall, your focus will be more on a wide seat, particularly if your child is over six months, and starting to wriggle themselves around, and an accessible storage basket. You’ll probably also want a handlebar mounted parent organizer, too, so you don’t have to let go of the stroller to pull a wallet out of your pants pocket. If the stroller you want doesn’t come with an organizer, they’re usually fairly cheap to purchase separately.