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Schwinn Arrow Review

One of the hardest to run with and more difficult to push and turn with fixed wheel
The Schwinn Arrow is a fixed wheel jogging stroller
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Price:   $240 List
Pros:  Lightweight, easy to use harness, cup holders that really grip items
Cons:  Possible pinch hazard, poor run-ability
Manufacturer:   Schwinn
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 35% 3
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 4
  • Maneuverability - 20% 6
  • Quality - 10% 5
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Schwinn Arrow was discontinued in April 2017. You can no longer find it in stores or online.

The Schwinn Arrow is a fixed wheel jogging style stroller that came in last place. In general, we feel this stroller performs poorly in some of the most important metrics for a jogger, including run-ability and maneuverability. Given that is has a list price in the upper half of the products tested, we feel it should have ranked higher. In the end, it feels like a cheaper product getting by with the Schwinn name to make sales.


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Pros Lightweight, easy to use harness, cup holders that really grip itemsTop 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 Possible pinch hazard, poor run-abilityHarder 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 One of the hardest to run with and more difficult to push and turn with fixed wheelOur 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 Schwinn Arrow Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Run Ability (35%)
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Specs Schwinn Arrow Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 22.4 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Rolling Resistance 96.3 Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet
Folded Dimensions 24.5"W x 23.25"H x 35.25"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
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 None 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 None 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 34.5"/44.5" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Fixed Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories Canopy Mounted Speakers None None None None
Setup Time 8:37 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 4:26
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5:21 min:sec 5:30

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Schwinn Arrow is not made by Schwinn, rather their name is "rented" as a way of drawing the interest of parents to a sub-par stroller created by a second company. It is actually part of the Pacific Cycle company that includes InStep which coincidentally (or not) makes strollers so similar to those from Schwinn you can plainly see they are virtually identical.

Performance Comparison


The fixed front wheel is considered the preferred style of stroller for serious runners  but it definitely decreases the versatility of the stroller for other activities
The fixed front wheel is considered the preferred style of stroller for serious runners, but it definitely decreases the versatility of the stroller for other activities

Run-ability


Our professional runner stated that "this is a terrible running stroller… that is not fun for runner or passenger."

The Arrow has an adjustable handle that helps create the right biomechanics for running. The suspension is average and isn't adjustable which is better than no suspension. It also doesn't offer adjustable tracking, which makes it frustrating to keep on track. It is easy to tilt back to turn while running.

The handle can be easily adjusted by pushing in on the side buttons while moving the handle up or down
The handle can be easily adjusted by pushing in on the side buttons while moving the handle up or down

This stroller is easy to push and tracks relatively well. Our stroller has a ton of flex in the frame, so we had to exaggerate our turning motions to compensate. It can take time to get used to the loose frame, but even with bigger bumps, it stays upright. Our professional runner says this stroller is unstable and difficult to control, resulting in extra work for the runner.

A good size storage bin on the Schwinn Arrow is hard to use thanks to a support bar that spans the back of the stroller over the bin. We were not able to fit a diaper bag inside
A good size storage bin on the Schwinn Arrow is hard to use thanks to a support bar that spans the back of the stroller over the bin. We were not able to fit a diaper bag inside

Ease of Use


The Schwinn comes in last place for ease of use.

The space between the two black plastic portions of the frame on the Schwinn Arrow are a potential pinching hazard when opening the Arrow from a folded position
The space between the two black plastic portions of the frame on the Schwinn Arrow are a potential pinching hazard when opening the Arrow from a folded position

Fold and Unfold


We feel there is a potential safety risk with the fold and unfold mechanism where the product bends. The two frame portions are attached to the folding mechanism that allows the stroller to fold in half. The hinge fold can potentially pinch fingers or small hands when opening.

Folding is a double action process of pressing the button on both sides simultaneously. the company that makes the Schwinn Arrow claims this type of fold is safer
Folding is a double action process of pressing the button on both sides simultaneously. the company that makes the Schwinn Arrow claims this type of fold is safer

This stroller requires two hands to fold and is somewhat awkward to manage. It doesn't feel like a natural movement, and the seat has to be reclined to make it fold. It has a manual locking mechanism and while it doesn't technically have a self-stand mechanism, it will self-stand if required. The unfold is easier, but it has the potential for pinching. We think this is a potential safety problem.

The brakes on the Schwinn Arrow are double action and require both sides to be engaged before the brakes are considered set
The brakes on the Schwinn Arrow are double action and require both sides to be engaged before the brakes are considered set

Brakes


The Arrow has double action brakes that are hard to set and parents might forget to set both pedals which mean the brakes are not set. You must make sure the brake is engaged when you push down because it tends to pop out of position fooling you into thinking it is seated.

Storage


The storage is large and has rear and side access. It has a max weight limit of 10 lbs, but it is hard to access. The bin is terrible because of the bar in the back that blocks access.

While the cup holders are better than average  the storage compartment will not work with most smartphones
While the cup holders are better than average, the storage compartment will not work with most smartphones

The cup holders are some of the best because they have a rubber gasket that helps hold taller bottles in place. The covered center compartment is small and doesn't hold a bigger phone. The canopy speaker is hot glued and free-standing with no cover. It looks flimsy, and the sound is worse than the speaker that comes with your smartphone. It isn't weather resistant or loud enough for little ones to hear over passing traffic or wind.

The Schwinn Arrow has a small sun shade  small peek-a-boo window  and sort of a weird useless clear sun visor
The Schwinn Arrow has a small sun shade, small peek-a-boo window, and sort of a weird useless clear sun visor

Sunshade


The canopy is the smallest in the group. It does not cover to the knees and the sun visor is clear, so we think maybe this is for rain, only it isn't large enough to work for rain. It offers good ventilation if you roll up the back flap and the small, vinyl peek-a-boo window has a Velcro cover. Also, if you fold the canopy back it interferes with opening and closing the parent console compartment.

The 5 point harness on the Arrow is easy to operate  adjust  and release
The 5 point harness on the Arrow is easy to operate, adjust, and release

Harness


The 5-point harness is fairly easy to put on and adjust. It has nice padding and seems cozier than some of the competition. It also offers multiple shoulder adjustment points with an adjustable crotch strap.

Seat


The seat on the Arrow has a one-hand recline, but it is stiff and not intuitive. The front edge of the seat curves down nicely with an adequate hard plastic footrest.

The Arrow has a quick release front wheel that makes setup and compact folding easier
The Arrow has a quick release front wheel that makes setup and compact folding easier

Ease of Setup




It took about 8:30 minutes to get the Arrow ready to stroll. The documentation is clear and concise and everything is easy to assemble but requires a Philips Head screwdriver. The manual doesn't indicate an attachment point for the safety lanyard leaving parents to guess the correct attachment point.

The Arrow has significant flex in the frame when tilted for turning and while it is lightweight  it still maneuvers poorly and scored low for this metric in our tests
The Arrow has significant flex in the frame when tilted for turning and while it is lightweight, it still maneuvers poorly and scored low for this metric in our tests

Maneuverability


This stroller isn't the easiest to maneuver. The surprising factor is that it is slightly better off-road than on. It is pretty easy to push but it is harder to turn because of the fixed wheel. It moves well over gravel and easily rolls over bumps. However, there is a lot of flex in the frame that makes it less responsive and a pain to push for long distances.

To get a smaller fold that is more likely to fit in your trunk you will need to remove the wheels of the Arrow
To get a smaller fold that is more likely to fit in your trunk you will need to remove the wheels of the Arrow

Weight/Folded Size


The weight and folded size of this stroller are good compared to the competition. Its folded size is around 20,000 cubic inches which is one of the largest folded products we tested. This means it might have trouble fitting in some trunks. On the upside, this stroller is the second lightest.

The Schwinn Arrow has a lot of riveted sections keeping the frame together as well as a large side hinge for folding. This makes the whole stroller sort of rickety and full of flexing
The Schwinn Arrow has a lot of riveted sections keeping the frame together as well as a large side hinge for folding. This makes the whole stroller sort of rickety and full of flexing

Quality


The quality of the Arrow is not great. The Arrow has smooth "plastic" feeling fabric that snagged easily in our tests. While this kind of fabric might be easier to clean, it is not breathable. The frame has a lot of flex and rattling because of the use of rivets. The wheels are aluminum with adjustable spokes and pneumatic tires, which are nice but have a lot of wiggle in the axle. The fit and finish are not tight or well-fitted. The canopy is not great, and the frame feels loose. All of the fasteners are exposed instead of nicely hidden.

The rubber handle covering on the Schwinn Arrow gets slippery when wet  and we found ourselves accidentally grasping the brake cable when we didn't want to
The rubber handle covering on the Schwinn Arrow gets slippery when wet, and we found ourselves accidentally grasping the brake cable when we didn't want to

The handlebar is adjustable and covered in a textured rubber grip. The grip can get slippery when wet, but it is comfortable in the hand when not moist. The downside is the brake cable gets in the way of the handle, and it gets annoying to keep grabbing it.

The suspension on the Arrow is not adjustable unlike much of the competition
The suspension on the Arrow is not adjustable unlike much of the competition

The Arrow doesn't have adjustable suspension, but it does have a sling-style seat with light padding, but it isn't the most comfortable.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers