Jogging Stroller Recommendations Needed

Now, this isn’t a request for myself.  I’ll stick with my BOB Revolution, thankyouverymuch…  However, the son and daughter-in-law of my Mum’s friend (got that?) are having a baby soon and will need to get a jogger.  They both run halfs and fulls and, like most of us with kids, would rather cart the baby along in a heavy contraption rather than give up running!  I know that joggers are a personal preference, but I’d love to help them out and pass along some good advice. 

Like I mentioned above, I have the BOB Revolution.  Here are a few reasons I love it:  

  • Swivel or locked wheel.  I keep it on swivel 99% of the time.  Really, I’m just horrible at turning with it when it’s locked.  Colin’s noticed that it starts to vibrate on swivel if he’s going too fast, but I’ve never had that problem!
  • Fits in our trunk without taking the wheels off.  That sounds funny, but it’s true!  There’s nothing worse than buying something and finding out that you’ve made more work for yourself, especially with an infant.
  • Car seat adapter.  It makes it a little top heavy with the infant seat – I didn’t start running until after Spud was out it – so I can imagine that you’d need to have pretty good focus not to tip it over if you were rounding a corner too fast.
  • Great on trails.  
  • Awesome rain cover.  I don’t think Spud’s ever gotten wet through it.  Doesn’t work with the infant seat though.
What I don’t love about the Revolution:
  • Small basket that isn’t easily accessible if child is in seat.  We used to have to put the diaper bag into the basket before putting Spud in the seat or it wouldn’t go in.  
  • Accessories are expensive, but I think this is true of all brands.  Of all the ones we bought the most essential (for us) were the rain cover and the “console”, which is a cup holder.
  • Not cheap.  We bought ours on Craigslist, but still paid through the nose for it.  This was on top of the Graco system that we’d already bought and decided wasn’t best for our lifestyle.  Parenting “life lesson” there!    
Other jogger brands include:
  • BOB (fixed wheel).
  • Baby Jogger.
  • Chariot.
  • Mountain Buggy.
  • Phil & Ted’s.
  • Valco.
  • Zooper.
Now it’s your turn!  What do you run with?  Do you love it or hate it?  Why?    

Post your recommendations, opinions (good and bad please), and links to reviews if you’ve done one in the comments section. 

And, if you’d be so kind, mention this in a post and send people my way to comment!  Thanks! 

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5 responses

  1. I just have a dog and even though she's slow, I don't stick her in a stroller. Sorry, I can't be of more help. A friend of mine swears by the BOB though.

    January 5, 2011 at 12:36 am

  2. I have the BOB Ironman for my double stroller and absolutely love it. I have the Instep 10K for my single stroller (that I got 7 years ago). It is definitely on the cheaper end of things as far as strollers go, but it seems to work well for me and has for many years. Both are fixed wheels. The thing I love about the BOB strollers are the way the sunshade works, it has a lot more coverage than the Instep ones. The Instep has nice basket underneath and its accessories seem to be a lot more reasonably priced. The rain shield however is very flimsy and gets brittle easily as it's all plastic. I think both strollers fold fairly easily. Hope that helps a bit. I haven't done any reviews yet… I've been meaning too… someday.

    January 5, 2011 at 5:08 am

  3. I bought a schwinn for the price and its been great. In fact the front wheel blew on it after more than a year and they overnighted a new one for FREE. BOBS are fabulous but I hve 3 destructive boys and the cost plus all the mojo you need to go with it was too much. Amazon has some great deals on all jogging strollers–I even bought a triple jogger on there (a non name brand one) for a fraction of the cost.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:10 am

  4. I never ran with my daughter in the jogger but we also had a parenting lesson. We started with a Peg Perego stroller when she was little but it bounced her around so much and we were regularly on uneven terrain. We ended up finding a Zooper jogger on craigslist and paid a tiny fraction of the retail cost. This stroller fit our lifestyle better and was much more comfortable for out daughter.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  5. I have a double bob rev. jogger. The basket of course is bigger than a single. of course everything is extra $, the cup holders etc. I love it although I don't run with it a ton, because 70 lbs is not fun to push up and down hills (It's hilly here and I'll end up killing myself and them). If it were flat terrain, I would use it a tone more. I do LOVE it 🙂 and totally worth the $. We use it for outings too, such as Zoo, Fair, walks in forest preserves, festivals.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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