Joovy… I love Joovy, a lesser known American brand in the baby world… a small, family-owned company based in Texas that always strives to give you a good quality product with great features, and all of that at a fair price. The Zoom 360 Ultralight jogger is no different.
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Review: Overview
As you might expect, in the $$ department, you get a nicer stroller than you would in the $ department (such as the BabyTrend Expedition). The Joovy Zoom truly shines in its maneuverability, weight, and folded size (and the parent console!), but the tracking is subpar, which doesn’t make it quite as runner friendly as other jogging strollers on the market.
That said, it is half the price of some of the more luxurious running strollers out there, such as BOB and Thule Chariot, so we still think it’s a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re not primarily interested in the running aspect.
Size & Weight
The stroller weighs 26 lbs, which is heavier than the Thule (24.4 lbs) but lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex (27.3 lbs). The Joovy 360 folds very compactly for a running stroller, making it a great contender for city dwellers.
Note: The Joovy Zoom meets Disneyland® / Disney® World stroller size requirements
The Zoom 360 Ultralight has a wide seat and though it’s not terribly tall (about the same as BOB), it does hold up to 75 lbs, which is one of the highest weight limits in the field. Special needs parents use it for their bigger/older kids with the caveat that the child’s head may brush the canopy. The seat also has side mesh pockets, which are great for sippy cups and small toys.
Like most jogging stroller, the seat does not sit totally upright, though it does recline pretty far — about 30 degrees from horizontal. The reclining system requires two hands.
The lower part of the seat has a nice metal footrest for wet or dirty feet — easy to spray off with a hose. We also love that the harness is super easy to adjust.
Side note: The Joovy Zoom uses zero flame retardant chemicals in this stroller.
Car Seat Compatibility
With the purchase of a car seat adapter, you can attach many car seat brands (including the Graco Snugride and the Chicco Keyfit) to this stroller. These seats click securely in and out of the adapter, which is a notable upgrade from the BOB, even, which requires that you strap the car seat in place.
Canopy, Brake, Storage, and Accessories
This stroller has a HUUUGE canopy that goes well past the knee and has a large peekaboo window. Note that the Velcro closures on the canopy are on the louder side, so keep that in mind.
The Joovy 360’s handlebar is not very ergonomic and is not adjustable, which means it may be more uncomfortable to use if you are on the taller or shorter side. This may be a deal-breaker for some.
The stroller comes with an attachable runaway strap to keep it from getting away from you on hills, and we love that it comes with a neoprene parent console (below), complete with two deep cup holders, a zippered storage pouch, and reflective tape for dusk or night use.
The brake, however, can be a bit challenging to use and is not flip flop friendly.
Lastly, the storage basket may seem big at first sight, but it can only allow for up to 5 lbs, so keep that in mind when you pack for your outings.
(The rain cover is sold separately.)
As with all joggers, you get huge 16″ air-inflated tires that ride like a dream, and you can switch the front wheel to locked mode at the front tire for jogging. That being said, reviewers (including myself) have encountered difficulties tracking the stroller straight, which can make it challenging, especially if you’re an avid runner.
Like most all-terrain strollers with air-filled tires, the Joovy 360 is very responsive and a dream to push and turn, especially on flat, hard surfaces. The suspension system is excellent, thanks to shocks over the back wheels.
The stroller also includes a mini-tire pump for your monthly pump-up, although I personally couldn’t figure out how to get the pump to work properly.
Folding & Carrying
You can fold the Zoom 360 Ultralight at the seat and it auto locks into place. YES! We love a stroller that locks itself!
For a jogger, the fold is very compact(yay!), and you can pop off the wheels for even more space. It fits well in tight trunks, like that of a Toyota Corolla or RAV4.
Bottom Line — Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Review: If you’re looking for something better than a Baby Trend Expedition jogging stroller but don’t have the money for a BOB (and the like), look no further than the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight. It’s the happy medium of jogging strollers. Though we don’t recommend it for very tall or very short people due to lack of handlebar adjustability, it’s one of the easiest strollers to maneuver, and you can’t beat its folded size. Plus, Joovy’s customer service is top-notch.