The Race for the Best Jogging Stroller

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The top 13 jogging strollers we tested to determine the best (Grand Safari not pictured)
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Ever wonder what the best stroller is for jogging? In this review, we put 13 of the top jogging strollers to the test to determine which are the best in the bunch. Whether you plan to use this stroller as your main ride with the occasional jog, or you are a regular runner that doesn't want to miss a step once baby is old enough to run, our tests were designed to find the right stroller for every need. We tested everything from rolling resistance and tracking, to ease of use and maneuverability to determine the winners. In the end, the strollers were compared side-by-side to get an unbiased look at performance, features, and whether or not they can go the distance. Read this article and our Buying Advice to help you make your final buying decision.

You might also be interested in our review of 21 Top Standard-size Strollers or the Hunt for the Best Umbrella Stroller.

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Review by: , Carrie Vickers, and BabyGearLab Review Team

Top Ranked Jogging Strollers

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Thule Urban Glide
Thule Urban Glide
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BOB Revolution Flex
BOB Revolution Flex
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Thule Glide
Thule Glide
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BOB Ironman
BOB Ironman
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BOB Sport Utility
BOB Sport Utility
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Editors' Awards  Editors' Choice Award         
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Pros Locking swivel wheel, lightweight, covered storage, great canopy, easy foldSwivel wheel, adjsutable handlebar, large canopy, good qualityRear wheel suspenson, adjustable tracking, large canopy, good scores in all metricsAdjustable tracking and suspension, large canopy, deceleration brakeGreat sun shade, adjustable suspension, adjustable tracking, good quality
Cons Lower safety score, no self-standLower safety score, slightly heavierLonger length, larger foldFixed wheel maneuverability, no parent consoleLonger foot print, more complicated fold
Bottom Line Great stroller that performed well at a competitive price for the new kid on the blockNice swivel wheel option, but cheaper strollers scored higher in our reviewGood price for a nice fixed wheel stroller that earned good scores in all metricsNot a bad stroller, but not the best bang for the buck eitherGood quality stroller, but other options scored higher and cost about the same
Date Reviewed Jun 13, 2015Jun 14, 2015Jun 14, 2015Jun 14, 2015Jun 14, 2015
Runability - 30%
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Ease Of Use - 20%
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Maneuverability - 15%
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Quality - 10%
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Safety - 10%
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Weight/Folded Size - 10%
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Product Specs Thule Urban Glide BOB Revolution Flex Thule Glide BOB Ironman BOB Sport Utility
Weight 22.6 lbs 25.1 lbs 20.4 lbs 23.2 lbs 25.2 lbs
Folded Dimensions 26"W x 15.5"H x 36"L 25"W x 5.25"H x 43.75"L 26"W x 19.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 17"H x 42"L 25"W x 17"H x 42"L
Capacity Limits 6 months - 75 lbs. 0 - 8 weeks with carseat attachment
8 weeks - 8 months walk only
8 Months - 5 Years / 70 lbs. / 44" jogging
6 months - 75 lbs. 0 - 8 weeks with carseat attachment
8 weeks - 8 months walk only
8 Months - 5 Years / 70 lbs. / 44" jogging
0 - 8 weeks with carseat attachment
8 weeks - 8 months walk only
8 Months - 5 Years / 70 lbs. / 44" jogging
Minimum Jogging Age Not Listed
(8 mos+ ?)
8 Months+ Not Listed
(8 mos+ ?)
8 Months+ 8 Months+
One-Handed Fold No No No No No
Folded Self-Stand No No No No No
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Large
Peek-A-Boo Window Size Large Large Large Large Large
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Large Large
Parent Tray No No No No No
Child Tray No No No No No
Additional Storage Large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and mesh pockets on each side of the seat for the rider. Large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and mesh pockets on each side of the seat for the rider. Large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and mesh pockets on each side of the seat for the rider. Large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and mesh pockets on each side of the seat for the rider. Large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and mesh pockets on each side of the seat for the rider.
Handlebar Min-Max Height 30"-46" 34.5"-45.5" 37"-44.5" 40.5" 40"
Seat Height 18" 17.5" 18" 17.5" 17.5"
Seat Back Height 20" 20" 20" 20" 20"
Seat Back Angle Min/Max 17-49° 27-50° 17-49° 27-50° 27-50°
5 Point Harness Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Crotch Strap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safety Tether Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deceleration Brake. No No Yes Yes Yes
Fixed / Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Fixed Fixed Fixed
Tracking Adjustment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wheel Diameter Front: 11.5"
Rear: 15.5"
Front: 12"
Rear: 15.25"
Front: 15.25"
Rear: 17.25"
Front: 15.25"
Rear: 15.25"
Front: 15.25"
Rear: 15.25"
Type Of Tires Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking Bake : Sandal Friendly Single : No Single : No Single : No Single : No Single : No
Sideways Tip Over Angle 22.2° 24.1° 22.4° 22.2° 22.1°
Backwards Tip Over Weight 13.5 lbs 23.5 lbs 15.94 lbs 22.88 lbs 22.56 lbs
Included Accessories wrist strap wrist strap wrist strap wrist strap wrist strap
Optional Accessories Infant Carseat Adapter, Snack Tray, Console1, Mesh Cover, Rain Cover Single Handlebar Console, Travel Bag, Single Sun Shield, Single Weather Shield, Single Infant Car Seat Adapter, Single Handlebar Console with Pump, Single Snack Tray, Warm Fuzzy, Single Fitness Kit Infant Carseat Adapter, Snack Tray, Console1, Mesh Cover, Rain Cover Single Handlebar Console, Travel Bag, Single Sun Shield, Single Weather Shield, Single Infant Car Seat Adapter, Single Handlebar Console with Pump, Single Snack Tray, Warm Fuzzy, Single Fitness Kit Single Handlebar Console, Travel Bag, Single Sun Shield, Single Weather Shield, Single Infant Car Seat Adapter, Single Handlebar Console with Pump, Single Snack Tray, Warm Fuzzy, Single Fitness Kit
Included Car Seat Compatibility No No No No No
Optional Car Seat Adaptors BOB: Unity
Britax: Affinity Unity, B-Safe, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer: Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco: KeyFit, KeyFit 30, KeyFit Plus
Combi: Shuttle 33
Evenflo: Discovery 5
Graco: SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Maxi-Cosi: CabrioFix
Nuna: Pipa
Peg Perego: Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st: Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound: Unity
Uppababy: Mesa
Britax: B-SAFE 35, B-SAFE 35 Elite, B-SAFE, CHAPERONE. All Britax and BOB Infant Car Seats with Click & Go adapters. Britax Affinity Bassinet
Chicco: KeyFit, Key Fit 30
Graco: Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Classic Connect, Snug Ride Classic Connect 30, Snug Ride Classic Connect 32, Snug Ride Classic Connect 35
Peg Perego: Primo Viaggio 4.35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
BOB: Unity
Britax: Affinity Unity, B-Safe, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer: Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco: KeyFit, KeyFit 30, KeyFit Plus
Combi: Shuttle 33
Evenflo: Discovery 5
Graco: SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Maxi-Cosi: CabrioFix
Nuna: Pipa
Peg Perego: Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st: Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound: Unity
Uppababy: Mesa
Britax: B-SAFE 35, B-SAFE 35 Elite, B-SAFE, CHAPERONE. All Britax and BOB Infant Car Seats with Click & Go adapters. Britax Affinity Bassinet
Chicco: KeyFit, Key Fit 30
Graco: Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Classic Connect, Snug Ride Classic Connect 30, Snug Ride Classic Connect 32, Snug Ride Classic Connect 35
Peg Perego: Primo Viaggio 4.35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Britax: B-SAFE 35, B-SAFE 35 Elite, B-SAFE, CHAPERONE. All Britax and BOB Infant Car Seats with Click & Go adapters. Britax Affinity Bassinet
Chicco: KeyFit, Key Fit 30
Graco: Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Classic Connect, Snug Ride Classic Connect 30, Snug Ride Classic Connect 32, Snug Ride Classic Connect 35
Peg Perego: Primo Viaggio 4.35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Warranty Frame - Lifetime
Fabrics - 1 Year
Frame - 5 Years
Components and Fabric - 1 Year
Frame - Lifetime
Fabrics - 1 Year
Frame - 5 Years
Components and Fabric - 1 Year
Frame - 5 Years
Components and Fabric - 1 Year
Set Up Time 4:55 min 10:46 min 8:02 min 12:41 min 5:24 min

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Selecting the Right Product


The Urban Glide has an adjustable handle bar that makes running biomec...
The Urban Glide has an adjustable handle bar that makes running biomechanics better for each runner
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Choosing the right jogging stroller can feel intimidating because there are a wide variety of options, features, and prices on the market. Each stroller seems to offer something the other doesn't have, and without test driving them all it is impossible to really tell how well they perform or even if you'll enjoy pushing them around. However, choosing the right product doesn't have to by a mystery or left to guesswork and chance. We have purchased, tested, and "driven" 13 different strollers to help you decide which product is the best for you.

Jogging Safety
For safety sake you should not run with baby until he/she is at least 8 months old for smooth concrete or paved paths, and 12 months for bumpy/hiking terrain. Read more in our Buying Advice article.

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The above photos show our Editors' Choice pick the Thule Urban Glide (left) a great option for dedicated runners, and the Baby Trend Expedition, the Best Value pick, that is adequate for parents who only run occasionally, but still want that jogging look.

The best way to avoid confusing yourself or getting overwhelmed is to focus on how you plan to use the stroller and being honest with yourself on how often you will truly be running. Knowing your intended use and budget can help narrow the field and help you find the stroller of your dreams.

Types of Jogging Style Strollers


Figuring out which products are really optimized for running can be a bit confusing. Surprisingly, there are a lot of strollers designed to look like jogging strollers, but they aren't really any better for running that an ordinary stroller. With 3 wheel all-terrain tires and hand brakes on the handlebar, it's hard to decipher which products will get you where you want to go smoothly and safely, and which are just for show.

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The photos above show one of the top scoring fixed wheel stroller, the Thule Glide (left) and the swivel wheel BOB Revolution Flex (right). You can clearly see the characteristics below in the two strollers above.

There are 5 key characteristics that jogging strollers have in common:
  1. The manufacturer explicitly states that the stroller is intended for running and/or jogging. Never assume that a 3 wheel stroller is fit to run.
  1. Wheels at least 12 inch diameter — larger wheels have less rolling resistance and are less susceptible to wobbling.
  1. Pneumatic tires – these tires are similar to those you see on a bicycle. The rubber and air provides a cushioning that is crucial for a comfortable ride for baby. While they can and do go flat, the pneumatic tires make it easier to push the stroller over rougher terrain, cracks and bumps in the path, and they reduce rolling resistance so jogging and pushing is less of a chore.
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    The simple visual images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Thule Urban Glide make it easy to switch between a swiveling wheel and a fixed one
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    Locking or fixed front wheel — this is arguably one of the most important safety features for this style of stroller. When moving at higher speeds the front wheel is susceptible to wobbling. If the wobble of the fixed wheel or rotation of an unlocked wheel becomes significant enough it can cause the stroller to turn sharply and tip or flip over. If the front wheel on the stroller is not fixed or it can't be locked in a fixed position, then you should not be moving faster than a strolling pace to be safe; it is likely that the stroller is not intended for jogging.
  1. Reclined seating position for baby — standard strollers usually place baby at a slightly reclined angle that allows them to sit up straight. Jogging style strollers use a more reclined position that aids in better shock absorbing ergonomics for baby's body.

Fixed Wheel


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The fixed front wheel on the Glide is easy to put on and take off
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Fixed wheel strollers have long been considered a must have for the serious dedicated runner. The thought being that even a locked swivel wheel will have more play and wobble in the front wheel when running than a product designed to stay fixed all the time. This wobble can increase vibration to the handle bar and runner, it can cause a potentially dangerous situation should the wobble be significant enough to cause the stroller to tip, and if the stroller hits a significant bump it could cause the whole thing to steer off course.

Historically, strollers with a fixed front wheel have been the go to item and those made by BOB, like the BOB Ironman of BOB Sport Utility, were considered essential baby gear for serious runners and fitness enthusiasts. However, the fixed wheel design is also not the best at maneuverability and you have to tip it slightly back and raise the front wheel off the ground to turn it. While this might work fine on the trail while running, it makes this style of stroller a real bear to navigate around a store.

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The photos above show the BOB Ironman (left) and BOB Sport Utility (right).

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The Glide is light enough to tip and turn easily
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The truth and execution of the belief that fixed wheel options are the way to go for runners, is based on good physics and sound principles, and up until now we would have agreed. In the past we also felt that the fixed wheel provided more stability at speed than even the best locked swivel wheel option. However, with new technologies, design changes, and better materials being used we think there are some really interesting contenders in this review for serious runners that just so happen to have a swivel wheel that make them better all-around strollers increasing their overall versatility.

Swivel Wheel


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The swivel wheel Urban Glide is a nice stroller that had top scores in every metric
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Strollers with swivel wheels have a front wheel that rotates freely when not locked. This freedom of movement makes these strollers better at maneuvering around and navigating tight turns and spaces. The swivel wheel increases the versatility of the stroller because it makes it easier to use for everyday errands, strolls to the park, festivals or shopping. Decide mid-way you want to jog a little? No problem, you just lock the front wheel in place and off you go with the perfect stroller for jogging.

In the past even the best locking swivel wheel options seem to have more wobble than serious runners thought was acceptable. Even just a little wobble in the front wheel can make a long run more difficult and potentially dangerous. However, some of the locking swivel wheel strollers in this review, like the Thule Urban Glide, are so good we think even serious professional runners will agree they are great options and a good prospect for the only stroller you need to buy.
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The swivel wheel on the Revolution help give it a higher score for maneuverability than some of the fixed wheel competition
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Never move faster than a quick walk with a swivel wheel that is not locked. All jogging and running should be done with a locked swivel wheel or a fixed wheel stroller.

Why Consider a Jogging Stroller?


If you are a jogger or runner you probably already know the answer to this question. However, if you are not someone who regularly runs you might wonder what all the fuss is about and why these strollers are swiftly becoming the most sought after kind of stroller.
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BOB strollers continue to be some of the best quality options on the markets with products that last through multiple children and still hold a nice resale value
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Jogging style strollers are usually durable, rugged, and versatile. They are normally made with higher quality materials and might be some of the only options if you are looking for pneumatic tires on your stroller. In addition, even if you don't jog now you might find that getting out of the house with baby and having the option to jog is a great way to stay positive, bond with baby, lose the baby weight, and increase positive thinking. While standard strollers are usually made with a lot of plastic or heavier materials and can be heavy to fold and lug around, jogging products are often lighter, take up less space when folded, and still have the creature comforts you might be looking for like a storage bin or cup holders. Some parents find that the right jogger can act as their only stroller or at least their main one; both the BOB Revolution Flex, Baby Trend Expedition, and Thule Urban Glide are all good examples of strollers you might be able to use on a daily basis.

Criteria for Evaluation


We put each of the 13 strollers in our review through the paces that they are likely to face in everyday use with families. We literally ran these strollers with multiple testers and assessed every little nook and cranny in a side-by-side fashion to determine which products were worth consideration when making the purchase of a jogging stroller.

Run-ability


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Having an adjustable handlebar, like this one on the Thule Urban Glide, are considered better for running biomechanics
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Each stroller we reviewed we tested for how easy it is to run with them.
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Serious running strollers, like the Thule Glide, usually offer some kind of suspension system to help absorb impact from bumps on the road so baby doesn't feel every crack in the sidewalk or a random rock
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After all, the goal of this kind of product is to run and possible enjoy it while you do. The BOB Revolution Flex and the Thule Urban Glide earned the highest marks in this metric with 9s. The Revolution is easy to push, has adjustable suspension and handle, and great features. The Urban Glide offers an adjustable handlebar, rear shocks for a smooth ride, and the best rolling resistance in the group. If running is your thing, it is hard to go wrong with these top performers. No other stroller in our review really matched their performance, but the Thule Glide and BOB Ironman came close with 7s.

The worst stroller in this review is for running is the Graco Fast Action Fold Jogger. In our tests this stroller had a front wheel that veered significantly to the right and its lack of tracking adjustment meant it wasn't something we could fix. In addition, the heavier weight of this stroller meant a full body workout in our running test trying to keep it on course. Our professional runner felt this stroller was a non-starter due to its lack of shocks (and we agree), but even if it had them, no testers liked using this stroller.

Maneuverability


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The Thule Urban Glide is a great all around stroller for serious running and simple strolling. Its swivel wheel and zippered storage make it great for navigating errands and its locking wheel and great suspension make it a top scoring runner
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Maneuverability is a quality that most parents expect from a stroller and jogging products are no exception. While you might be willing to forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns and the requirement of tipping the stroller to turn, it isn't as easy to forgive swivel wheel option for being too big to navigate a small space. Nor is it easy to forget how nice a swivel wheel stroller works when you're forced to pick up a few things at the store pushing your fixed wheeled ride. Depending on the journey and the intended terrain to cover you might have to make concessions in what you are willing to accept to get the performance you want.

Each product was put through the same course and used on the same trails and paths. We tested products on and off the pavement, on and off the dirt trail, and around an obstacle course to see which offered the diversity to make the leap from one situation to another. In short, a swivel wheel stroller, that also locks, is the best in our book for parents who want to run regularly and be able to use their stroller for everyday use.
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The lightweight aluminum wheels on the Glide have minimal spokes and are easy to put on and take off by pushing the blue button
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All of the strollers we looked at have larger pneumatic tires. The wheels were made from everything from molded plastic to aluminum spokes. The main differences between whether or not a stroller earns top marks in this metric has everything to do with whether or not it has a swivel front wheel. The Thule Urban Glide earned the high score in this metric by providing a
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The Graco is exceedingly difficult to push and this problem only increases as you pick up your pace
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stroller than managed to navigate our obstacle course with ease without the wheel locked. Once the front wheel is locked it still is relatively easy to maneuver and is simpler to turn than the fixed wheel options.

The worst scoring product in our tests is the Graco Fast Action Fold Jogger. It is so difficult to maneuver that we had trouble whether the wheel was fixed or not. In addition, our particular stroller had an issue with the front wheel locking when we didn't want it too. After further investigation we found our problem is one shared by other reviewers online which left us feeling like this issue is a model problem, not just our problem.

Ease-of-Use


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Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the Baby Trend, but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum
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The ease of use metric for this review includes features that make using the stroller easier, or allow you to use it for more than just running. Some of the products in the review included lots of features like parent consoles and child trays. However, unlike other stroller categories many of the higher end models of jogging strollers didn't offer many additional features because they really are dedicated to running. The higher a product rates in this metric the more enjoyable it will be to use for the most part. These strollers usually offer some kind of storage, a quick access pocket or console and a canopy that covers baby.

All of the products have some kind of canopy for protection from the sun and weather. The better strollers have a canopy that is large enough to cover the passenger or can rotate and adjust for better protection. The canopies on the BOB strollers are some of the largest in the bunch and they have a great peek-a-boo window, cover most passengers down to their knees, and can rotate forward. The Thule Glide and Thule Urban Glide both have large sun shades that stay taunt when extended and can rotate forward to provide protection from a low setting sun or an oncoming wind. These shades also have a mesh visor that increases protection from the sun while still allowing little ones to see the landscape. The Schwinn Arrow has the smallest shade in our test and we don't think it covers enough of baby to be considered adequate protection. Overall, we though it was a disappointment.

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The photos above show some of the canopies in this review. From left to right the canopies are: Thule Glide, BOB, Schwinn Arrow, and Graco.

Some of the products in this review offered parent consoles and child trays. Those that didn't come standard with them have them available for purchase as an accessory. We felt that during testing the parent consoles were more of a hassle than an asset when running. So parents who are planning on regular running trips might find items falling out of a cup holder annoying, other parents, who want to use this ride for errands might feel lost without the cup holder and wallet storage features. Where you fall on this spectrum and how much you use them is up to you.

All of the products also offered some kind of under seat storage. The storage on the Thule Urban Glide is large enough for our large diaper bag and it has a cover that zippers on to prevent the contents inside from falling out or getting dirty. It is the only under seat bin the group to offer this little extra. The Schwinn strollers both had large baskets, but they were nearly impossible to access and we couldn't fit any of our diaper bags inside. The design of the stroller and a weird supportive crossbar prevented us from really using the whole bin. This will require parents to put items into the bin one at a time. In addition, to the under seat bin some of the products offered rear back pockets and inside stow pockets for passengers. The Thule and BOB strollers all offer these added bonus features.

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The photos above show some of the storage bins side-by-side for comparison. The bins from left to right are: Chicco TRE, BOB, Baby Trend Expedition, Thule Urban Glide.

All of the seats recline and most recline with a one hand operation. While baby should be relatively upright at only a slight angle when running it is good to know that most of the strollers offer a nice place to nap during a cool down stroll. The leg rests are all not adjustable, but most are padded and slope down to nice footrests. We preferred the strollers with a sling style seat for added comfort and the products with suspension all scored higher than those without.

Quality


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With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and finish on the Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher end models in this review
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For the quality metric we consider the materials used in making the product and how well those materials are put together. Some of the materials used are relatively high end and include rip stop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while others are made from heavier steel and plastic connectors. We considered how nice the fabrics were, how well they were stitched and whether or not they fit the frame well. We looked at how the strollers were put together, the connection types used, and any exposed rivets or flex points in the product. In general we looked for products that were well made, used quality materials, and looked like they could stand the test of time through multiple children.

The highest ranking products for quality were Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands offered strollers that were well designed, thoughtfully constructed, and used parts and materials that are durable and good looking. The fabric for these strollers is high quality, has a tight weave, and is snag resistant. The fit to the frame is tight, and in some places has no visible connection. These strollers offered stiff frames that had little to no flex, and suspension and connections that increase performance.
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The quality of the Urban Glide shows through in every detail from the seamless way the fabric connects the frame to the zippered under seat storage bin
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The lowest ranking product in this review was the Schwinn Arrow with a score of 5. The Schwinn products had significant flex in their frames, with a wiggle and wobble while running in our tests that annoyed even the most laid back tester. We wonder how long the Arrow will stand up to everyday use and think the lower price is a reflection of the quality of the materials used.

Safety


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have conducted studies to analyze hospital injury databases that identify falling injuries as the most prevalent safety related issues for children using strollers. Falls represent more than half of all injuries related to strollers between 2008-2011. Tipping injuries were the second most common injuries. Many experts expressed that proper use of a 5 point harness could have potentially prevented these injuries.
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The Schwinn strollers both have a potential pinch hazard where the stroller folds that could be dangerous when unfolding the stroller
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Here at BabyGearLab we are parents just like you. Safety is important to us because when we look at products we consider using it with our own children and what that might look like. The top scoring products in this metric earned 7s in this review; both the Glide and Cougar 2 scored 7s, as well as the Baby Jogger Summit X3. The lowest scoring product is the Schwinn Turismo that received a 4 for safety. While our review doesn't mean to imply any product isn't safe, it is meant to get you thinking about safety considerations and your children. Possible brake concerns, harness adjustments, and pinching hazards are features we consider when scoring and reviewing strollers.

For safety sake we recommend that parents do not utilize cup holders when running. In our tests almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard water bottle and most ended up falling out and landing on our "baby".

Weight and Folded Size


The products in this review vary in weight between about 20 pounds and 32.
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Once folded it is difficult to see too much of a size difference in the jogging products side-by-side
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While neither of those weights constitute a struggle for some moms and dads, lots of parents might wish they had a lighter stroller as they lift a 32 pound ride up and into their trunk. It may not sound like a big difference, but holding a stroller out from your body as you juggle it into a small space like a trunk might be more than you want to do, especially if you had a recent C-section or are on the petite side. We think less is more when it comes to strollers and if your plan includes folding your jogger in half and taking it to new locations you probably want to consider one of the lighter options.

The Thule Glide is the lightest in the review at 20.4 pounds and the Urban Glide came in at 22.6. But unfortunately the weight of a stroller is only part of the story. How big the stroller is when folded is also something you likely have to consider. If you can't fit the item in your car, it means you aren't going to use it as frequently as you might otherwise be able to. The Urban Glide is only about 14,500 cubic inches when folded, but the Glide is larger at closer to 18,500 cubic inches. The Best Value winner the Baby Trend Expedition is the smallest once folded at 13,200 cubic inches, but the smaller fold will cost you a heavier weight of 23.6 pounds. These variations aren't that much and you might not notice a few pounds here or there, however, given that a few of the strollers came in over 30 pounds it is important that you consider weight and folded size before making a purchase. If you can't lift it or fit it in your car, then it probably isn't the best stroller for you. The Graco Fast Action Fold Jogger and the Chicco TRE are both over 30 pounds and can't even claim double seating like the 32 pound Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit.

Ease of Setup


Ease of setup is likely not the most important metric in the group. While it is certainly a consideration, none of the products were that difficult to assemble and with any luck you'll only be doing this operation once. However, given that some of us are more challenged than others in getting baby gear together and functional, we think it is important to note the products that were the easiest to get strolling.

The Thule Glide and Thule Urban Glide both assembled with no tools and required the wheels to be slid on and not much else. They won top marks for the metric with a 9 and 10 respectfully. If you're worried you will get overwhelmed with parts, tools, and poor manuals then either one of these strollers should work well for you. The hardest strollers to assemble earned 6s. These strollers included both Schwinn models, the BOB Revolution Flex, BOB Ironman, and the Baby Jogger Summit X3. Most of these products required the use of a screwdriver, which lost them points for ease of setup.

Editors' Choice Award: Thule Urban Glide


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The Thule Urban Glide is a great all around stroller for serious running and simple strolling. Its swivel wheel and zippered storage make it great for navigating errands and its locking wheel and great suspension make it a top scoring runner
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What more could we possible say about the Urban Glide? It is hard to imagine that any product could come along and supplant the BOB in our hearts or in our tests,
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If you are a dedicated jogger/runner, the Urban Glide earned high marks in our metrics for Run-ability and Maneuverability
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but Thule actually managed the feet with this stroller. This stroller earned top marks in all but one metric and no other stroller we tested could match it. With its locking swivel front wheel, covered storage bin, passenger stow pockets, and great run-ability and maneuvering capabilities it is easy to see why this stroller won our Editors' Choice award.

We think this is a great stroller at a comparable price to the big wigs in the jogging world, and we feel confident that most families will love it, even if they don't manage to jog as often as they thought they would. The Urban Glide is a wonderful stroller to run with, but it is a good stroller to use for everyday strolls as well. Look out BOB, there is a new kid in town and its ready to run.

Best Value Award: Baby Trend Expedition


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The Baby Trend Expedition won our Best Value award
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The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday stroller for parents who might want to jog on occasion. However, we don't think it is the best stroller for avid runners. While it is the top scoring, budget friendly stroller in this review, and it offers lots of features for parents and children it did not score well enough for daily running.
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While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated runners it is a budget friendly stroller and good for everyday use and occasional jog
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The Expedition is a nice quality stroller that score well enough for running and maneuverability with a 5 and 8 respectfully. The 5 for running is why we don't think it will make the best stroller for a dedicated runner, but the score is high enough to use for the occasional jogging excursions. The maneuverability score on the other hand is great and part of what makes this product a great buy for the price. It navigates well in tight places, is easy to turn, and even does well off road in grass and gravel. It also offers some suspension and an easy to use harness, as well as a parent console, child tray and large under seat storage bin. If you are on a budget, looking for a good stroller for everyday errands and around town fun, with the occasional jog to keep fit, then the Expedition is a good choice. In addition, it has a list price that is significantly lower than the top ranked models by more than half and it is the cheapest product in our review. This is why we gave it our Best Value award.

Top Pick for Versatility: Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit


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The Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit is a versatile stroller you can use for jogging, biking, strolling and skiing
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The Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit is essentially the Swiss Army Knife of strollers. This stroller does it all and then some with style and flare you probably didn't realize you could find in a stroller. We reviewed this stroller in our Test to Find the Best Double Stroller and it scored a Top Pick award there too.
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The Chariot Cougar 2 is a versatile stroller that can work for running, biking, strolling and even skiing (some parts sold separately)
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This is a good strolling stroller that can also work for jogging, skiing, and biking with the right accessories. While the accessories can get a little spendy over time, if you love the outdoors and staying active and aren't sure how you will keep your old habits after baby arrives, then this is the stroller for your family.

With scores that make it better than average in just about every metric this stroller proves it has what it takes for the occasional or regular jogger. While it is the heaviest option in our review and it is unlikely to fit in most ordinary car trunks, this stroller will accommodate two children and be able to switch from trail running fixed jogging kit to regular 2 wheeled strolling with just a quick swap of wheels stored on board. This stroller is likely not the solution for every family and with a price tag close to $1500 you better be certain that outdoor adventures are in your future. However, if you loved outdoor exercise before baby, then you are likely to want to continue the trend after baby and this stroller will definitely get you there. This is why we gave it a Top Pick for Outdoor Versatility in this review.


About the Review Team


We used these jogging strollers extensively over a four month testing period, both running and in day-to-day use. In addition to our normal testing process, we were joined by running expert, Carrie Vickers, in our analysis of each jogger. More information on our testing process can be found in How We Tested.

Carrie Vickers


Ratings on all products included a detailed analysis of run-ability from our running reviewer, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of 3 little girls, 2 year old twins, and a 5 year old. She is a professional running biomechanics consultant, as well as a national class runner. Carrie is currently training for her first ultra distance race, and also looking forward to her first Burro race (trail race while running with a pack burro:).

Carrie's impressive running bio includes:
  • Big 8 1000m champion, newcomer of the year
  • 4 time college all-american, 2 time college team captain
  • 2003 ranked top 5 in U.S. in 3km indoors
  • 5 time qualifier for US Olympic trials in 1500m, 5km and 3000m steeplechase
  • 3rd at US Olympic trials 2004. Ranked 3rd in steeple in US. Finished in top 5 of 3 Grand Prix European meetings
  • 3rd at US nationals 2005 qualifying for World championship in Finland for 3000m steeplechase -14 in finals at world championships.
  • 2006 ranked as #1 steeplechaser in U.S. Winning 2 Grand Prix events in Brazil, top 8 finishes in Europe, qualifying for World athletic finals in Germany, set American record in 2000m steeplechase (has since been broken).
  • 2008- 4th in U.S. 5km road nationals, 8th at Olympic trials
  • Qualified and competed on 5 Ekiden relay teams in Japan. Has run for both Team USA and Team Colorado in the Bolder Boulder… Top finisher for team Colorado, 2nd finisher for team USA (10th), team USA placed fourth.

Juliet Spurrier MD, Carrie Vickers, and BabyGearLab Review Team
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