You want to get your pre-baby body back, or you’ve resolved to get back on your running game. High five, you! We have complete faith in your resolution.
One of the things you’ll need now that you have a baby in tow is a jogging stroller. Your regular stroller isn’t going to be able to handle your speed and can prove dangerous if you’re doing a lot of turning.
Regular strollers topple easily and are uncomfortably heavy to push if you’re running. Instead, you need a jogging stroller that’s built for your speed, has safer turns and helps rather than hinders your fitness goals.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best jogging strollers out there and provided a handy buyer’s guide to give you all the details to make the best decision. Let’s take a look.
Best Jogging Stroller 2018
|Model||Weight||Folded Dimensions||Age Range||Price|
|BOB Revolution Pro |
|30.5lb/13.8kg||39 x 25.5 x 16 in / 99 x 65 x 39 cm||8 weeks to 75lb/34kg|
|Thule Urban Glide 2||25.3lb/11.4kg||34.2 x 27.2 x 13.3 in / 87 x 69 x 34 cm||6 months to 75lb/34kg|
|Bumbleride Speed||26lb/11.8kg||33 x 25 x 15.5 in / 84 x 63 x 39 cm||6 months to 65lb/30kg|
|Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight||26.3lb/11.9kg||34 x 25 x 19 in / 84 x 63 x 48 cm||3 months to 75lb/34kg|
|Baby Jogger Summit X3||28lb/12.7kg||34 x 25.5 x 16 in / 86 x 65 x 39 cm||12 months to 75lb/34kg|
1. Bob Revolution Pro – Best for Off-road Jogging Stroller
It supports children from eight weeks old to older children up to 75 pounds. You can pair it with the BOB B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat by Britax to make getting to and from the trail starting point that much easier.
2. Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller – Best for City Jogging
The front wheel swivels for maneuvering in tight spaces or locks into place for strolling over rough pavements and terrain. The large back wheels make it easier to keep from getting stuck in cracks and cobblestone walkways.
3. Bumbleride Speed – Best Jogging Stroller for Runners
The fold can be tricky because of the size of the wheels, but it does fold mostly with one hand. It’s a bulky but one step system.
The fabric is an unusual characteristic. The company uses material made from 100% recycled bottles, so you are doing your part to keep waste out of the environment.
4. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller – Best Budget Jogging Stroller
It seats children from eight pounds up to 75 pounds. The breaks are a smooth locking system. It’s also a single action, compact fold making it easy to transport and store.
5. Baby Jogger 2016 Summit X3 Single Jogging Stroller – Best for Beginning Runners
It has an all-wheel suspension system and a rear drum brake to make maneuvering on hills easier. The stroller is folded with one hand, single step motion. The sun canopy is large with side venting and a peek-a-boo window.
How do I choose a jogging stroller
When choosing a jogging stroller, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. A lot depends on the length of your runs, the speed, and the environment where you plan to run.
Why should I invest in a jogging stroller?
Traditional strollers aren’t going to cut it for running. In fact, they can be dangerous. Jogging strollers have several improvements meant to make running with your baby safer and more comfortable.
First, jogging strollers have modified wheels. Most of them are in the three-wheel format to make turning at higher speeds much easier. Most also have air-filled tires to help with shock absorption and make running over obstacles easier. Traditional stroller wheels are plastic.
Next, jogging strollers take shock absorption very seriously. The seat is often a sling style to help cushion baby from bumps, and the rear wheels feature a suspension system that is usually adjustable to fit the terrain.
The front wheel itself is part of the jogging design as well. When walking, the front wheel swivels to make taking turns much easier. At higher speeds, however, this swivel creates resistance, which can make traditional strollers uncomfortable to push. The front wheel can be locked in place, often with a handlebar mechanism, to help stabilize the stroller at higher speeds.
The front wheel is also further away from the carriage which transfers the shock from the front wheel away from the baby’s center of gravity, helping with overall suspension and comfort.
Choosing your stroller
How much running versus walking are you doing?
All-purpose jogging strollers have to balance competing features for walking and running. If you plan to use your stroller for other tasks besides running, you’ll want an all-purpose jogger.
An all-purpose jogging stroller will have a locking swivel front wheel to allow you to decide if you want it to swivel for better turning while walking. It comes in handy if you’re maneuvering through the mall and need to make quick turns. It will lock in place for your running.
A true running stroller has a locked front wheel. Though it might seem counterintuitive to have only a fixed wheel option, strollers with fixed wheels frequently have a larger front wheel than the swivel option. They also have a hand braking system that helps stability on hills and causes easier braking when ending a run. They can also be much lighter than swivel options.
Avid runners will want to consider front wheel tracking. Some models offer the option to adjust the front wheel to help the stroller run straighter. Walkers won’t find this option matters as much, but long-distance runners will need to adjust the pull of the stroller to prevent strain and fatigue.
You also have the option of choosing a material for the inner wheel. Some jogging strollers offer metal spokes that have the benefit of providing a stable base for the wheel and a better suspension for baby. They also last longer.
Plastic spokes are lighter options but don’t last as long. Even though you want a lighter stroller for running, you’ll sacrifice stability in the wheels over time. Plastic is best for mostly walking or light jogging with occasional running. Hardcore running should choose metal.
How tall are you?
Simple question, but running with the wrong length of the handlebar can change your gait and cause injury. If you are a serious runner or plan to share the stroller with a partner, then a handlebar with a wide variety of adjustments might be a good consideration.
Imagine that you are closer to five feet and your partner is around six feet. If both of you are running, it will be impossible to find a stationary handlebar that will fit both of you. Running requires attention to proper form, so a handlebar with an extensive adjustment is necessary.
If you are the only one using the stroller, you can get away with a model that doesn’t offer an adjustable handle if you can test the positioning directly to make sure that your running gait and posture aren’t affected.
An upside to a fixed handlebar is that there’s less up and down play. Serious runners may notice that the handlebar has a certain amount of giving due to the adjustability, and this may interfere with long distance runs.
What’s the primary type of terrain?
Wheels on jogging strollers are significantly bigger than traditional strollers, but even then, there are choices.
The smallest size of jogging stroller wheel is 12 inches, which is suitable for different kinds of pavement running. From there, back wheels are frequently 16 inches which are better for concrete and some light off-roading such as a well-established trail.
If you are a serious, off-road runner, 20 inches wheels will be the best choice. These will maneuver well over rocky terrain, and terrain that changes a lot or digs into wheels (such as sand.)
You can also consider different types of tread to customize your experience further. Smooth tires easily maneuver over the pavement and through tight spaces or corners. Bumpy wheels absorb shock and provide better grip off-road or in sand and gravel.
The width of the tires matters as well. Narrower tires are suitable for pavement and maneuvering well around tight corners. Wider tires handle the demands of off-road running, in particular, sand if you’re a beach runner.
Shock absorbers are essential considerations for the terrain. If you plan to use your stroller on many different types of terrains, it might be a good purchase to have adjustable shock absorbers. You can make adjustments as you go on various surfaces, bumpy and smooth.
Most strollers have shock absorbers on both the back and the front wheels. Cheaper strollers don’t have much absorption, so if you’re a serious fitness seeker, you should make sure that the system is sufficient for the type of terrain where your run.
What is your child’s personality?
The seat is a huge consideration when buying a stroller. Your child will be with you for long distances; choosing a seat that is comfortable is essential.
Consider the time of day you’ll be running. If the seat isn’t adequately covered, this might create issues with sunburn or discomfort in the sun. Also, if the fabric is heavily cushioned, it tends to get hotter in the daytime sun.
A better-cushioned seat is a plus however if you run off-road and through bumpy terrain. The cushioning of the seat helps to absorb shock and keeps your child from experiencing each little bump. Running trails means that direct sun might be less of an issue.
Seats can also recline. If your child is an infant, reclining will be more comfortable. Also, if you run during nap time when your child is less likely to complain, they would probably appreciate a seat that fully reclines.
You should also consider the visibility of the seat. Long distance running will get boring for your child if they can’t see anything. Seats that sit up higher offer better visibility and are more interesting for a child on a long run.
The seat should have a five-point harness to prevent injury to your child if the stroller should somehow tip over. It will also prevent your child from unbuckling and tumbling out on a high-speed run.
Fabrics that are removable and washable are convenient, but may not be necessary if you don’t use your stroller frequently. Avid runners will probably appreciate the ability to thoroughly clean the seat fabric after running multiple times a week in different weather.
How do you want it to fold?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to folding the stroller for transport. If you only use the stroller to run, then having a fully compact fold might be worth it to store in your vehicle. Fully compact folds require that the wheels be removed. This will be annoying if you also use your stroller for errands and are continuously folding and unfolding it.
If you have more space or are using the stroller for other purposes, then having a one-step fold will be more convenient. These folds will be bulkier because the wheels will not remove, but in return, you should be able to fold and unfold smoothly.
As a bonus, many of them offer one-handed folds, so that you can pack the stroller while holding something else. If you use your stroller as a multipurpose stroller, this is quite convenient.
How do you want to brake?
One interesting feature of fixed wheel jogging strollers is the ability to break by hand with the handlebar. This brake is different than the parking brake.
Parking brakes ensure that your stroller doesn’t roll away when you’ve come to a stop. Most of them are foot operated which is excellent since you don’t have to reach down to manipulate the wheel. They are easy to use and an essential safety feature.
The handbrake, on the other hand, is intended to give you more control when you are running. If hills feature heavily in your terrain, the handbrake gives you the ability to maintain speed when running down a hill.
It also makes it easier to come to a stop at the end of a long run without having to rely solely on body weight. If you walk or jog only short distances, this won’t matter. Long distance runners, however, will appreciate the help at the end of a fatiguing run.
What will other features make life easier?
Storage is a huge consideration. A purely running stroller might not need that much storage, just a place to put valuables and some snacks. Conversely, a stroller you use for all-purpose activities might require extra storage.
If you run in the city and then plan to use the stroller afterward for errands, you’ll want plenty of space to store all your supplies. Should you plan to be out all day, you’ll want plenty of space for storing necessities plus things you plan to pick up along the way.
It’s also helpful to have storage that seals or zips, but this can interfere with storage space overall. If you use the stroller mostly for walking and errands, having an open top gives you more functionality. Run primarily over difficult terrain, and you’ll be glad you can seal your belongings into place.
Car seat adapters
Another helpful feature to consider is a car seat adapter. Running errands is more difficult if you have to get your child into and out of a car seat one thousand times. Instead, a car seat adapter would make trips more convenient until your child is old enough to get themselves down with minimal help.
Different strollers have different adaptors and systems, so make your decisions carefully. If you’ve already purchased your car seat, you’re limited to strollers with that particular adapter. If you haven’t, you might consider buying them together.
Consoles for you and your child
Consoles provide a space for snacks or other entertainment for your child and a place for you to put your drink, snacks, and phone. If you use the stroller purely for running, the feature may not matter.
It might be helpful to be able to remove the console for your child if you use the stroller for other activities. Run errands all day and your child might appreciate a place to put things. Go for an extended run, and you can take the bar off to improve maneuverability.
There are many things to consider when choosing a jogging stroller. Some things are essential, like proper shock absorption and excellent wheels. Others will depend on your preferences. Choose what will make your run easier and remember that simpler is usually better.
Which stroller did you choose? Let us know in the comments.