As a parent, you can’t always get away, but jogging strollers give you the freedom to go whenever you darn well please.
Jogging strollers come in two different flavors: swivel wheel and fixed wheel.
Your first big decision to make is this —
It all boils down to this: if you require a stroller to serve as your day-to-day stroller and as a jogger, get a stroller with a front wheel that can swivel. If you don’t have a swivel wheel, you’ll have to resort to lifting the front wheel from the ground each time you steer, which is fine for jogging, but terrible for walking, shopping, or futzing around.
On the other hand, if you are an earnest runner and your stroller will not be used for bumbling around the neighborhood, grocery store and such (i.e., you have another stroller for that purpose), go with a fixed wheel jogger.
With a fixed front wheel, you will most definitely experience a smoother run with better tracking and less wobbling. In fact, most hardcore runners wouldn’t dream of using anything other than a fixed wheeled jogger.
Generally speaking, jogging strollers are all fairly large and heavy, so if you’ve been using a City Mini or an umbrella stroller, you’re in for quite a surprise. Sorry, this is the nature of the beast — it’s apples and oranges compared to other types of strollers.
Another point to make is that the seats in sports strollers tend to be reclined more than most (thus, they don’t sit bolt upright, even in the most upright position).
FYI — All of the joggers reviewed here use pneumatic, air-filled tires (as they should), which will need to be reinflated occasionally and may become flat if you hit something sharp; such is life with a jogging stroller. On the plus side, air-filled tires ride and handle exceptionally well, even on the cheapest of strollers.
Running with Babies
If you’re unsure at what age you can begin running with your babe, consult your baby’s pediatrician. The general standard is that babies should be around 6-8 months old before you can run with them in the stroller, even while in a car seat. Perfect timing!
Best Jogging Strollers
Here are our favorite jogging strollers in each price category.
Keep in mind that you can usually find some good used strollers locally through Craigslist or through other local resources. The higher quality strollers (BOB, BabyJogger and such) usually hold up very well over time, whereas the cheaper ones don’t as much. Thus, I wouldn’t bother buying a used BabyTrend or Schwinn (and just say no to InStep).
[See also: best double jogging strollers]
$ — Schwinn Turismo – ECONOMY PICK
Runner Up #1: Baby Trend Expedition
Runner Up #2: Graco FastAction Fold
Baby Jogger Summit X3 [tie]
Runner Up: Chicco Tre
$$$$ — Bumbleride Speed
Runner Up: Mountain Buggy Terrain
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