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Baby Trend Expedition Review

Best bang for the buck, but not the best option for serious runners
The Baby Trend Expedition won our Best Value award
Best Value Award
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Price:   $150 List | $113 at Amazon
Pros:  Super easy to maneuver, low price
Cons:  Harder to run with, lower quality
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 35% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 7
  • Maneuverability - 20% 8
  • Quality - 10% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Expedition is a better than average jogger that earns a Best Value award thanks to its price and performance. This budget-friendly stroller is the cheapest option in the group and still managed to outperform competitors with higher price tags. The Expedition earned impressive scores for maneuverability and weight and folded size and a respectable result for ease of use. These results make it a user-friendly option with some features the competition fails to offer like a parent console and child tray. Unfortunately, the Expedition isn't the best for running, and its lack of suspension and adjustable tracking made it a no-go for our professional runner. We suspect any dedicated runner will find it challenging to run with regularly, but it is suitable for short jogs and parents looking for rubber pneumatic tires to move over uneven terrains. For the price, we think the casual runner will be happy with what the Expedition has to offer, making it a stroller we recommend, but not for the serious runner.


Compare to Similar Products

 
The Baby Trend Expedition won our Best Value award
Awards Best Value Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award 
Price $150.00 List
$112.99 at Amazon - 25% off
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$479.95 at Amazon - 4% off
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$449.99 at Amazon
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Pros Super easy to maneuver, low priceTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materials
Cons Harder to run with, lower qualityHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carry
Bottom Line Best bang for the buck, but not the best option for serious runnersOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day use
Rating Categories Baby Trend... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
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Specs Baby Trend... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Rolling Resistance 124 Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet
Folded Dimensions 23.5"W x 16.75"H x 33.75"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs./42"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Any Baby Trend Infant Car Seat (Click and Strap In) None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
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
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 6:30 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 4:26
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5:21 min:sec 5:30

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Trend started over 26 years ago creating products for the juvenile industry. Since their inception, they have been designing innovative products for growing families. Baby Trend was the first to make "sit and stand" style strollers and the Snap-N-Go stroller that converts an infant car seat into a lightweight stroller. They make the Diaper Champ diaper pail, infant car seats, infant swings and bouncers, high chairs, walkers, strollers, and a variety of other products for growing families.

Performance Comparison



While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated runners  it is a budget friendly stroller and good for everyday use with the occasional jog.
While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated runners, it is a budget friendly stroller and good for everyday use with the occasional jog.

Run-ability


The Expedition isn't the best choice for dedicated runners. The Expedition is the cheapest product in the review, but it still scores higher in this key metric than many strollers almost twice its price.


The Expedition doesn't have adjustable tracking, but the stroller we tested did run straight without excessive veering. However, if the tolerance on any specific stroller is off, then you may be stuck with a product that potentially veers. Our stroller did pull a little to the side when running at higher speeds, but it is easy to back tip for turning the fixed wheel or getting it back on course. The also doesn't have an adjustable handlebar, which could make it difficult to obtain proper running biomechanics.

Ease of Use


The Baby Trend is easy to use and impressive for a stroller of this price.


The Expedition scored higher than all of the BOB brand strollers in this metric.

Pulling up on the red side levers is the first step in the fold process for the Baby Trend
Pulling up on the red side levers is the first step in the fold process for the Baby Trend

Fold and Unfold


Folding the Expedition is fairly straightforward. It is a two-handed fold initiated by sliding the side levers up and one pull on the handle located under the seat. It has a manual fold lock, self-stands and you can remove the front wheel for a more compact fold.

Brakes


The brakes are double action and require two pedals be pressed for the brakes to be engaged. We worry parents will grow complacent and forget to set both or choose not to. The pedals are average to set and release and are not sandal foot friendly as they are stiff and the underside of the pedal is rough.

Definitely the deepest storage bin in the bunch  the Baby Trend bin fit our large diaper bag with ease
Additional features are nice to have  like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition  but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running  so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.

Storage


The extra-large under-seat storage bin (above left) fit our extra-large diaper bag. The bin is accessible from all sides and has a maximum allowable weight of 5 lbs, which is the lowest in the group. It has a parent console with two cup holders and a closeable compartment (above right), and a child's tray with two cup holders that did not fit wide bottom sippy cups in our tests. The tray swings up on one side for easy seat access.

The Expedition canopy isn't large enough to cover to the leg rest  and the sides offer virtually no protection.
The Expedition canopy isn't large enough to cover to the leg rest, and the sides offer virtually no protection.

Sunshade


The canopy is average in size, with a small, mesh peek-a-boo window. This canopy isn't large enough to cover over the knees and has little protection on the sides; it has a mesh pop out visor, and it can rotate forward for low sun or headwinds.

The 5 point harness on the Expedition requires both sides to be released separately. It also lacks any kind of padding for comfort
The 5 point harness on the Expedition requires both sides to be released separately. It also lacks any kind of padding for comfort

Harness


The Expedition has a simple 5-point harness that is easy to use. It is relatively easy to adjust and has height-adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable crotch strap. It doesn't have padded straps, and you have to release each side strap separately from the buckle to release the harness, but overall one of the simpler options to use.

The Expedition has a deep recline for easy napping.
The Expedition has a deep recline for easy napping.

Seat


This stroller has a one-handed, easy to use recline that is deep enough for napping. The seat back has ventilation when reclined, that is coverable when the weather is cold. The edge of the seat curves down at a comfortable angle and is soft to the touch with a gap between the leg rest and the plastic footrest.

Ease of Setup





This stroller took almost 8 minutes to set up. The documentation is poor, with multiple languages mashed together, and hard to understand illustrations. Also, the instructions can be confusing with details for installing parts that come pre-installed.

The front swivel wheel on the Baby Trend is easy to lock with the push of a lever to keep it in the fixed position for increase stability over rough terrain or while jogging
The front swivel wheel on the Baby Trend is easy to lock with the push of a lever to keep it in the fixed position for increase stability over rough terrain or while jogging

Maneuverability


The Baby Trend is easy to maneuver with better test results than much of the comeptition.


Pushing and turning on flat surfaces is easy. It negotiated our obstacle course without hitting anything, and it did not require pre-planned turning. This stroller has a narrow width and shorter wheelbase that makes it easy to turn, and the lighter weight makes it easy to push. Pushing off-road is also easy as it rolls over the gravel and grass with ease.

The handlebar on the Expedition is not adjustable and its rubber cover could get slippery when wet or hot in the sun
The handlebar on the Expedition is not adjustable and its rubber cover could get slippery when wet or hot in the sun

The handlebar is not adjustable, but it has a rubber covering and a slight upward curve mid-bar. We prefer adjustable bars with foam covering as they are both more comfortable and better for running ergonomics. The Expedition doesn't have any suspension, which is likely a non-starter for serious runners.

The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.
The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.

Weight and Folded Size


The Baby Trend has one of the smallest folds in the group measuring 13,285 cubic inches, and it weighs 23.6 lbs with only a few products in the review weighing less.


The small size and lighter weight combined with the self-stand feature make the Expedition easier to manage, lift, and fit in smaller spaces.

With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points  the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.
With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.

Quality


The Baby Trend quality results are fairly low compared to the competition, but given the lower price, it isn't a surprise.


The fabric feels rough but durable. It has a steel frame with some flex at the hinge point and plastic connections where the stroller folds. The frame is small, has no shocks, and all of the connection points are exposed. The plastic parts are finished well and fit snugly on the frame, and everything fits fairly well together, it just isn't as tight as we'd expect for a jogger. The Expedition has metal wheels with air-filled rubber tires that have smooth tread. However, the wheels have significant play where they meet the axle, and it causes enough vibration in the handlebar.

With a hard seat back that is uncomfortable compared to a sling-style seat and no suspension this stroller is not the most comfortable for passengers or pushers, and would not be a good choice for long-distance use.

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Other Versions


Baby Trend offers a large variety of jogging strollers in addition to the Expedition. While we did not review any other models, some do look interesting including:
  • The Baby Trend Stealth Jogger
    Baby Trend Stealth Jogger — The Stealth Jogger is a three-wheel jogging stroller with pneumatic tires and plastic rims. This stroller's seating options include facing the pusher or out to the world in the toddler seat, or it can accept some infant car seat carriers. It offers a deeper recline and larger canopy than the Expedition, with a sling style seat.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers