The Chicco TRE doesn't offer much for the serious runner. This relatively expensive stroller makes you think you'll be getting something with the same caliber of performance or quality as the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 or the Thule Urban Glide 2, but unfortunately, it doesn't measure up. This stroller scored poorly in our tests for run-ability and it failed to earn any scores above average no matter what the test metric. All of this makes the TRE a stroller we do not recommend.Editor's Note: This gear review was updated on December 5, 2021, and includes more details to help you in your buying decision.
Chicco TRE Review
Pros: Grippable Handlebar, deceleration capabilities
Cons: Uncomfortable seating and hard to run with
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|Price||$380 List||$450 List|
$449.99 at Amazon
$129.99 at Amazon
|Check Price at Amazon||$460 List|
|Pros||Grippable Handlebar, deceleration capabilities||Easy to move, great runner, quality materials||Super easy to maneuver, low price||Useful parent accessories, easy to push and turn in tight spaces||Easy one hand fold with larger storage for more supplies|
|Cons||Uncomfortable seating and hard to run with||Harder to lift and carry||Harder to run with, lower quality||Harder to use and not great for running||Difficult to run with and hard to lift|
|Bottom Line||Requires excessive wrestling to run straight, making it a no go for us||A great jogger for a good price that works for every day use||An affordable jogger, but not the best option for serious runners||Disappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks adjust-ability||Disappointing to run with and harder to use, make it an option we aren't fond of|
|Rating Categories||Chicco TRE||BOB Rambler||Baby Trend Expedition||Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...||Baby Jogger Summit X3|
|Run Ability (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Weight Folded Size (10%)|
|Specs||Chicco TRE||BOB Rambler||Baby Trend Expedition||Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...||Baby Jogger Summit X3|
|Measured Weight||30.2 lbs||25.1 lbs||23.6 lbs||25.9 lbs||28.1 lbs|
|Rolling Resistance Test||103 Feet||140 Feet||124 Feet||120 Feet||98 Feet|
|Folded Dimensions||26.5"W x 15.5"H x 38.5"L||25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L||23.5"W x 16.75"H x 33.75"L||25.7"W x 16"H x 35.3"L||25.75"W x15"H x 34.5"L|
Walk Only: Infant Car Seat: 0 - 6 mo.
Stroller Seat: 6 - 12 mo.
Jogging & Off Road:12 mo.+
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs./42"
|Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs
|Minimum: Birth Maximum: 75 lbs./44"|
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Chicco
Any Baby Trend car seat
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||Chicco
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Snugride Click Connect 35, 40
Primo Viaggio 4-35
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
Mico AP, Mico Max 30
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||40"/44.5"||38.8"||41"||41"||40.5"|
|Included Accessories||None||None||None||Tire Pump||None|
|Setup Time||12:27 min:sec||5:30 min:sec||6:30 min:sec||5:51 min:sec||8:39 min:sec|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Italian company Chicco (KEE-ko) has over 30 years in the juvenile product field. The company found success and popularity in the United States with their infant car seats and strollers. In 1958, a pharmaceutical device inventor committed himself to the creation of useful products for babies after he had his first child. The company also offers lesser known products like portable high chairs, bottle warmers, and baby bassinets.
The Chicco earned one of the lowest scores for run-ability in our tests. The Chicco has an adjustable handlebar creating better biomechanics. There is no adjustable tracking feature and serious runners will consider this to be a deal-breaker but it does have suspension. Our runner felt it didn't have much glide and is less of a running stroller than the competition.
The handbrake isn't great and is poorly placed for running. The brake is a puzzle to activate and it doesn't provide much deceleration.
The stroller seems stable while running, but it wanders significantly when you travel off the beaten path and we missed the adjustable tracking. If we apply uneven pressure to the handlebar, it veers, and if it goes too far, we end up stepping on or kicking the wheel. Even the Baby Trend Expedition is easier to run with and it costs less than a third the price of the Tre. It is hard to tip the stroller back to turn (a necessary move when running), but you only have to do this for sharper turns because the play in the front wheel allows for smaller corrections. This stroller fails to be good at the one thing it was designed for, running.
Ease of Use
The TRE is average for ease of use, tying with several other products.
Fold and Unfold
The TRE is an easy-to-operate one-hand fold that auto locks and self-stands. It might take a little practice to be able to fold and unfold it gracefully, but it isn't difficult, just awkward.
The Chicco has single-action brakes with a process that is not intuitive and includes the complicated handbrake system we loathe. It consists of pulling the brake and moving the locking lever. It is easy to think you've activated the brake when it isn't, so we encourage double-checking. While the handbrake is also a deceleration brake, we find it doesn't do this as well as options like the BOB Alterrain Pro, and is hard to pull and located in an awkward place.
The large storage bin holds up to 10 lbs and works with our large diaper bag, but we wish it had a cover like the one found on the Thule Urban Glide 2. The bin is easy to access and can be used from the back, sides, and front. The basket is a little shallow and a little further back with a solid bar in the back.
The parent console is canvas and appears to be a weak attempt at reproducing the BOB's parent console. It has 3 mesh pockets that are too shallow and loose to hold water bottles. The canvas bag has a heavy wire frame that hangs from the handlebar and keeps the bag open.
The TRE has one of the largest sunshades with good ventilation and a medium, vinyl peek-a-boo window. It has magnetic closures for the window cover and the back portion of the canopy zips up to make a smaller canopy. Closing the zipper deprives you of the mesh ventilation, but the canopy comes down low in the front.
The harness is a 5-point and easy to get on, but not the best for adjusting. The thicker straps and extra stitching make it tricky to get them through the connectors and the padding gets in the way. Also, it is the only product that lacks an adjustable crotch strap and the strap provided is so long it reaches up to smaller babies' shoulders; this makes the harness hard to fit on smaller riders.
The seat is a strange shape and the bottom is hard plastic. The edge of the seat has a strange transition to the leg rest that doesn't feel very cozy. The seatback reclines easily with one hand into four positions. It has no ventilation inside the seat unless you unzip the back of the canopy, which disconnects it from the rest of the stroller.
Ease of Setup
It took about 12:30 minutes to get this stroller rolling. Overall, it has double the amount of assembly required, but it doesn't require tools and is relatively easy. The handbrake on our stroller was loose and required tightening. It has a two-language manual that is straightforward with good illustrations.
The Chicco has a swivel front wheel that locks in place for running. The locking mechanism is located high on the frame instead of at the wheel. This prevents touching a dirty wheel, but we wonder if this mechanism is why the front wheel is wobbly when locked. Our runner feels it is a little heavy and harder to maneuver than it should be.
Inherently, the Chicco is easier to turn and push than the fixed wheels strollers, as the front wheel swivels when not locked. However, it is harder to push on the flat ground due to size and turning it is also difficult. The frame flexes and is less responsive when you turn it, which makes the process more difficult.
It performs about as well off-road on grass and gravel as it did on flat surfaces. It isn't as easy to turn on grass as some of the competition, and it got tippy on the side hill requiring us to wrestle it upright, but it did perform well in deep gravel.
Weight and Folded Size
The Chicco weighs about 30 lbs and is over 15,800 cubic inches when folded. If you remove the wheels it folds more compactly, but we assume most parents will be too overwhelmed to bother.
The quality of the Chicco looks nice and is similar to other strollers they offer. The fabric is a coarser weave and it looks like it will collect more crud due to the way the fabric is folded and stitched, but it didn't snag in our tests, so we think it will at least stay in one piece.
The seat and stroller have an upright appearance that reminds us of high-end wheelchairs designed for daily life activities, not running. The final fit and finish are above average, and we can see why parents might be drawn to the flashy color contrast and unique look of this stroller.
The wheels look aluminum with pneumatic tires that have a smooth tread. It has the tightest set of spokes of any product with spokes and the frame is sturdy aluminum with clean lines and a little flex. The adjustable handlebar isn't as tight as the competition, but it has a foam-covered handle with a slight arch that is softer to the touch than competing foam.
We don't like the placement of the handbrake because we kept inadvertently grabbing the cable when reaching for the bar, and the brake is not close enough to grip while holding the handle. We regularly rubbed the back of our hand on the brake while holding the bar. While it sounds like the brake is too far away and not far enough at the same time, we had none of these issues with other handbrakes, so we conclude that Chicco needs to change the design in some way.
The ride comfort is average and we suspect little ones will grow uncomfortable with the seat of hard plastic. Despite some extra padding is not as comfortable or shock-absorbing as sling-style seats. The TRE has adjustable suspension, but the manual suggests putting it on the stiffest setting when running, so we doubt it will do much to help comfort.
Should You Buy the Chicco Tre?
Given the lack of adjustability and the difficulty we had running with this stroller, we don't think it is a good buy for serious joggers, no matter what your goals. Perhaps if this option came with adjustable tracking it would have been less of a fatigue-inducing experience, but as it was our stroller was not an option anyone enjoyed running with during testing.
What Other Jogging Stroller Should You Consider?
Given the higher price of the Tre, there are other options that score better in most metrics and overall than this Chicco that also sport a similar or cheaper price. The BOB Rambler is a good option that is highly runnable and comes with features and functionality you can use as an everyday stroller as well as jogging. If price is a consideration, and you only jog occasionally, then the Baby Trend Expedition is one to consider with its straight tracking and comfy seat.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers
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