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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 | $189 at Amazon
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  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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RANKED
#16 of 16
  • Run-ability - 30% 3
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 4
  • Maneuverability - 15% 6
  • Quality - 10% 5
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Schwinn Arrow was discontinued in April 2017. It is still available online until supplies run out.

The Schwinn Arrow is a fixed wheel jogging style stroller that came in last place. It only managed to earn 47 points out of 100. 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 qualityEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and use
Cons Possible pinch hazard, poor run-abilityHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHeavier, bulkyHarder to turn in small spaces
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 strollerRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useGreat fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turn
Rating Categories Schwinn Arrow Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Run Ability (30%)
10
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10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
7
Ease Of Use (20%)
10
0
4
10
0
8
10
0
6
10
0
6
10
0
7
Maneuverability (15%)
10
0
6
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
7
Quality (10%)
10
0
5
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
10
Safety (10%)
10
0
6
10
0
7
10
0
6
10
0
6
10
0
7
Weight Folded Size (10%)
10
0
7
10
0
7
10
0
7
10
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7
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Ease Of Set Up (5%)
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Specs Schwinn Arrow Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Weight 22.4 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.06 lbs 24.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance 96.3 Feet 144.3 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet 141 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 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"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: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
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 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
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
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
One-handed Fold No Yes No No Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 34.5"/44.5" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 37"/44.7"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Fixed Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Canopy Mounted Speakers None None None None
Setup Time 8:37 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 5:24 min:sec

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.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2  Grand Safari  Burley Solstice  Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight  Bumbleride Speed  Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).
Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2, Grand Safari, Burley Solstice, Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, Bumbleride Speed, Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows a comparison of all strollers tested in this review.


The sections below include information on how this stroller performs compared to the competition.

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 runner stated that "this is a terrible running stroller… that is not fun for runner or passenger," earning only a 3 of 10 in our tests for run-ability.

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, but adjustable is preferred. It also doesn't offer adjustable tracking, which might be frustrating trying to keep it on track. It is one of the lighter weight options and 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. The stroller we purchased has a ton of flex in the frame which means we had to exaggerate our turning motions to compensate for the flexing. It can take a few minutes to get use to the loose frame, but even with bigger bumps, it manages to stay upright. Our professional runner feels 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 with a 4 of 10.

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. This mechanism is a plastic hinge. 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. Perhaps with repetition, it gets easier, but 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 than the fold, but it has a potential for pinching fingers and hand webbing where the two halves come together. We think this is a potential safety problem. The unfolding of the Arrow is easier because you don't have to deal with the swivel wheel.

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 and hit the top of the cogs on the wheel instead of the grooves of the brake fooling you into thinking it is seated when it is not.

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 and a pain to get our large diaper bag in and out. The bin is terrible because of the bar in the back that blocks access for larger items.

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 in the group 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 something of a joke as it 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. To be honest we don't think it has a use. 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 seems to adjust smaller than most of the competition and will work well for smaller riders. It has nice padding and seems cozier than some of the competition. It also offers multiple shoulder adjustment points with an adjustable crotch strap. This stroller has a safety wrist strap, but it does not say where to attach it.

Seat


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

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


The Arrow earned a 6 of 10 for 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 earning just 4 of 10 for pushing and turning on the pavement and hard surfaces. The surprising factor is that it scores 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 earned it a 7 of 10 points for this metric. 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, and it earned the lowest score for this metric of 5 of 10. 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 likely 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 of the stroller are similar to the Baby Trend Expedition, but not as tight and well-fitted. In fact, the two look similar enough to have been made in the same factory. The canopy is not as nice, and tight and the frame feels loose. All of the fasteners are exposed instead of nicely hidden which makes the overall look not as nice.

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. It is not the most uncomfortable in the group, but it isn't the most comfortable either.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers