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The Best Jogging Strollers of 2021

If you are a dedicated jogger/runner, the Urban Glide earned high mark...
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
Friday August 6, 2021
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Looking for a jogging stroller? We've purchased and tested more than 30, in this update, we pick the best 11 joggers available today. Whether you are a serious runner or plan to embark on outdoor adventures, our test results reveal all the information you need to choose the best jogger for your family and wallet. We "ran" tests for run-ability, ease of use, maneuverability, and more to narrow the competition down to several impressive winners that are great for running and everyday outings.

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Pros Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsEasy fold, high-quality, hand brakeHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and use
Cons Harder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to lift and carryHeavy, large, expensiveHarder to turn in small spaces
Bottom Line Our favorite jogger that also makes for a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useExpensive jogger with nice features but not enough to merit the price hikeGreat fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turn
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex... BOB Rambler BOB Alterrain Pro Thule Glide 2
Run Ability (35%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Maneuverability (20%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Quality (10%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
Weight Folded Size (10%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex... BOB Rambler BOB Alterrain Pro Thule Glide 2
Weight 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 31.4 lbs 24.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 139.7 Feet 115.7 Feet 141 Feet
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 25.4"W x 17.3"H x 39.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"L
Capacity Limits 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"
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
Click-in Car Seat Adapters 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 Available Summer/Fall 2020:
Britax
B-Safe35, B-Safe35 Elite, B-SafeUltra, Endeavoursbr> Chicco
KeyFit30, KeyFit30 Zip, KeyFitZip Air, KeyFitMagic, Fit2br> Graco
All SnugRidemodels, SnugRideClick Connectmodels, SnugRideSnugLockmodels
Peg Perego
PrimoViaggio 4-35 , PrimoViaggio 4-35 Nido
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 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
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
One-handed Fold Yes No No Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Manual Manual Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 32.5"/47.5" 37"/44.7"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes No
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 5:13 min:sec 4:26
min:sec
5:30 5:46
min:sec
5:24 min:sec


Best Overall Jogging Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


86
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 9
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
Great runner
Easy to push and turn
Good quality
Lightweight
No parent console

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has unmatched performance in our tests for run-ability and maneuverability. It has one of the highest overall ratings in this review of impressive joggers. The Urban Glide 2 is one of our favorite jogging strollers ever and the one we'd most likely recommend to a friend. This stroller is very easy to use, has a unique covered storage bin, comfortable sling-style seating, and a giant canopy. It also features a super easy folding mechanism that is quick, can be done with one hand and rolls like luggage. This jogger can also work well as your every day stroller, saving you time and money over buying two strollers.

This option, like many joggers, is larger when folded than a typical full-size stroller, so it might be a snug fit for compact cars or more challenging to lift for some users. However, with compelling functionality like the locking swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking, passenger stow pockets, quick fold, and competitive price, it is easy to see why this stroller won an award and edged out the BOB joggers for the highest rank. We believe this is the right stroller for most serious runners or families looking for a quality dual-purpose ride.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

Runner Up for Best Jogger


BOB Revolution Flex 3.0


81
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 27.3 lbs | Folded Size: 14,748 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to maneuver
Nice quality
Heavier
Higher price
Awkward fold

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is an very runnable choice with great maneuverability. This traditional, high-quality workhorse ois an excellent option for those who love running, being outside, and moving off the beaten path. The Revolution 3.0 has adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and better storage than previous versions of the Revolution with a giant canopy. The 3.0 has everything serious runners want and many features most parents require day-to-day. The adjustable suspension and utilitarian feel make it ideal for gravel or off-road trails compared to some joggers that appear more suitable for even terrain and paved surfaces.

This jogger is less than ideal if your space is limited or you find lifting heavy gear a struggle, as it is bulky and heavy when folded. While not the largest or heaviest BOB or jogger, it is still bigger than the average option in this review. Overall, we think this product is an excellent choice for parents who love running or hiking off the beaten path.

Read review: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

Best Small Everyday-Use Jogger


BOB Rambler


75
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 8
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 25.1 lbs | Folded Size: 13,150 cubic inches
Nice jogger
Easy mover
Lighter and smaller
No additional storage
Multi-step 2-hand fold

The BOB Rambler appears for all intents and purposes to be a pared-down Revolution with select fewer features and a smaller footprint. With these alternations comes a compatible reduction in cost, and we suspect many parents will appreciate the lower price so much that they won't notice what is missing. We like the oversized canopy, cozy sling seat, and adequate storage. We love the adjustable tracking and suspension designed with serious runners in mind. This BOB's smaller size also helps make it slightly easier to navigate while running errands in crowds or tighter spaces.

This smaller BOB has a stationary handlebar, so it could spell trouble for taller users when it comes to proper running biomechanics. It also lacks passenger stow pockets and a drink holder, which we don't consider to be a deal-breaker but we recognize might be for some parents. We appreciate the lighter weight and smaller fold of this BOB over the Revolution and think anyone with a smaller car will like it as well. We believe the Rambler is an excellent choice for parents working within a smaller budget or with limited space that still have adventures or running on the brain.

Read review: BOB Rambler

Best for a Tight Budget


Baby Trend Expedition


64
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 5
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 6
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 23.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,285 cubic inches
Low price
Easy to push and turn
Easy to use
Not the best for running
Lower quality

The Baby Trend Expedition is a potential full-size stroller for those who occasionally jog or head off-road for fun off the pavement. This 3-wheeled jogger provides good maneuverability, rubber pneumatic tires, and a locking swivel front wheel. It is relatively lightweight and folds fairly compactly compared to the competition, making it a good option for those who fear lugging the heavier joggers. This Baby Trend has a straightforward fold and enough features for running errands and the occasional run or greenbelt adventure off-road.

Unfortunately, this product wasn't the best in our tests for run-ability. It lacks adjustable tracking and suspension, which many serious runners (us included) feel is non-negotiable in a jogger. However, it is designed for jogging and can easily manage the occasional run, even if dedicated runners find it lacking certain features that make running easier. The Expedition is an excellent, budget-friendly selection with the distinct look and feel of a jogger that manages off-road terrain well. Plus, it includes features that make it suitable for everyday use without costing you extra money if running isn't really your thing.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

More Affordable Multi-Sport Jogger


Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit


63
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 6
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2
Weight: 44.4 lbs | Folded Size: 43,487 cubic inches
Good for running
Versatile use
Less expensive
Heavy
Wide

The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a versatile bike trailer with a below-average trailer price tag. Even though it sports a lower price, it doesn't disappoint when it comes to functionality or features. It offers impressive run-ability for a bulky pod, and it is fairly easy to tilt to turn despite the wider stance. We like the back storage bin and passenger stow pockets that little ones can reach even when buckled (unlike the competition).

The Outback is a lot to manage when pushing and trying to fit in your car as it is heavier and larger than much of the jogging competition. The Hamax is expensive compared to other joggers, even if it is less expensive than the similar Thule. So, if you don't plan to use your trailer while biking or skiing, it may be more stroller than you need. However, if you enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, and want to include your child in the action, then the Outback is one to consider.

Read review: Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit

Best Multi-Sport Versatility


Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit


70
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2
Weight: 32.9 lbs | Folded Size: 33,851 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to use
Works for a variety of activities
Higher price
Wider width

The Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers with exceptional Outdoor Versatility. This trailer earned higher scores than previous versions, and we love the improved features and increased functionality. This two-seater bike trailer can be used for strolling, jogging, cross-country skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, then this is the stroller for your family.

This stroller isn't the right option for every family; with a hefty price tag, you should be confident that outdoor adventures are commonplace in your world and will continue to be. It is also heavier and more substantial than a traditional jogging stroller, so you should check your vehicle to ensure it will fit if your adventures will take place away from your home base. Those concerns aside, if your budget allows and you live and breathe the outdoors, we believe you'll enjoy sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo.

Read review: Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit

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Score Product Price Our Take
86
$580
Editors' Choice Award
A great jogger that excels for everyday use as well
81
$500
Editors' Choice Award
Impressive all-terrain jogger good for errands and regular running and hiking
75
$400
Editors' Choice Award
An everyday errand runner plus jogger with useful features and utilitarian looks
73
$600
Impressive BOB with useful features, but not as good as similar joggers with lower prices
73
$530
Impressive jogger but it is harder to turn than the Urban Glide
70
$1,380
Top Pick Award
Rugged adventure trailer, good for running, biking and more
64
$150
Best Value Award
Really nice stroller for the price but not great for avid runners
64
$600
Heavier weight and poor tracking make it a bad choice for serious runners
63
$1,025
Top Pick Award
Find adventure using this versatile and wallet-friendly kid carrier with optional accessories for more fun
60
$300
Lack of adjustable tracking left us with a jogger that was hard to keep on track
57
$430
Disappointing runner that is hard to use and carry
50
$380
Exhausting to run with and keep on track making it a poor option for dedicated runners

Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated...
Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Why You Should Trust Us


Our group of experienced testers for jogging strollers is led by BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier. Dr. Spurrier is a Board Certified Pediatrician, mother of two, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She uses her education, background, and experience as a mom to develop BabyGearLab safety standards and has the final word on product selection. Our jogging stroller lead is our Senior Research Analyst, Bob Wofford. Bob is a father of 7 and has been leading our jogging stroller testing since our first jogging review in 2013. The team also includes Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, who is a mother of two and has reviewed over 210 strollers since 2014. The review team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor Abriah Wofford, who joined BabyGearLab stroller testers in 2015. The team has 20+ combined years of jogging stroller experience. Adding to our jogger ratings and insights, including analysis of run-ability, is our running expert, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of three and a professional running biomechanics consultant, and a national-class runner with accolades.

We've purchased and tested more than 32 jogging strollers in the last nine years. Our testing protocols put each option through a multi-point performance test to analyze running ability and ordinary stroller functionality. We've literally logged hundreds of miles on running paths and hiking trails in beautiful Colorado near Aspen, and dozens of miles through city streets, parks, and supermarkets during our extensive hands-on testing over the years. Our reviews utilize extensive product research and observations from multiple testers of different sizes and running abilities to compare each potential contender's performance to the competition. Our exhaustive testing in the real world helps us determine which options are the best for running, easy to use, maneuverable, with impressive quality.

Related: How We Tested Jogging Strollers

Professional runner, Carrier Vickers, helped BabyGearLab test the...
A group shot of the strollers we tested getting ready for their on...

Analysis and Test Results


We have purchased more than 30 popular jogging strollers since BabyGearLab's inception. We've tested each one over several months to determine which options are the best and why. User experience and in-house testing determine the individual metric scores, which we then use to calculate overall scores. Scores are weighted to favor what we believe are the essential factors for impressive jogging strollers. We emphasize factors like run-ability and ease of use because superior run-ability is typically the primary reason parents consider a jogger.

Related: Buying Advice for Jogging Strollers

Safety Considerations for Jogging with a Baby

Running with young babies is NOT advised. Infants should not be in a quick-moving stroller until at least eight months of age for smooth, flat surfaces like concrete or paved paths and 12-18 months old for uneven or bumpy hiking terrain. We recommend discussing your planned activities with your baby's pediatrician before embarking on any stroller-related outing.

Also, you should NEVER run with a loose swivel wheel; you must lock the front wheel in place before you run to prevent the stroller from flipping, twisting, or tipping while at speed. You should also never run with a stroller unless it was designed with running in mind.


Value


While some consider jogging strollers as a second stroller, recent jogging strollers prove they are more than up to the task of working as a primary or full-size stroller as well as a jogger, which saves money over purchasing two separate strollers. Compared to the average price of a full-size stroller, the joggers are a good value with impressive performance for maneuverability, good storage, giant canopies, and other features parents want, making almost any award winner a great value. However, if your budget is tight, the Baby Trend Expedition offers adequate performance with lots of features for a wallet-friendly list price. However, it might not be the best for serious runners, given the lack of running features. But the impressively low price will have you smiling all the way to the store to run errands in this economical jogger.

The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place...
The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother, the Thule Urban Glide 2.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Run-ability


We test each stroller with multiple runners to determine run-ability. This group includes a professional runner who analyzes each stroller's ergonomics/biomechanics and features specifically for running. For serious runners, it is crucial to have a jogger with features designed for running. These features include adjustable tracking, suspension (preferably adjustable), handlebar shape, and tire type. Without these features, running can be frustrating or near impossible.

The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving...
The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Run-ability is impacted by the manufacturing process that brings all the components together with little flex and a low tolerance for manufacturing variations or flaws. We search for options that run straight without effort, offer excellent biomechanics, are not a struggle to push or tilt to turn, and use quality materials as these all impact run-ability.


The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 earned high scores for run-ability with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is easy to push with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an adjustable handlebar, stationary rear shocks, and adjustable tracking with the least rolling resistance. If running is your thing, you can't do better than these impressive top performers. However, running off-road may necessitate the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 to increase passenger comfort. The BOB Rambler is a second-place jogger with adjustable suspension and tracking but it has a stationary handlebar. If the users are of similar and average heights, this will work well. If pushers are taller than average or have widely disparate heights, this may be less than ideal. The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is also highly suitable for running, which is impressive as it isn't a traditional jogger but a trailer. Sadly, the BOB Alterrain Pro struggled in our tests for running in part due to the heavier weight and some extra rolling resistance during testing.

The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover...
The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease-of-Use


Ease of use encompasses everything that makes a product easier to use or provides more than just good run-ability. We test these features for ease of everyday use, including the parent console, storage options, and the child tray. However, higher-scoring joggers don't offer many convenience features because their design focuses on running, and the two goals don't always align. Extra features increase the weight or become largely un-functional while running, both of which are undesirable in a jogging stroller.


Higher ranked products in this metric are more enjoyable to use on a regular basis. Despite lacking many of the bells and whistles typically found on full-size strollers, the joggers largely include adequate storage and full canopies to protect passengers.

The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even...
The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even when fully deployed, but you can easily overlook the wrinkles when you see how well it covers little ones.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


A useful sunshade should protect your baby from the sun and other elements. The better products have a canopy large enough to cover past the passenger's knees with potential added protection such as a pop-out visor or full-canopy rotation. The shades on the BOB strollers are some of the biggest in the bunch, with an excellent peek-a-boo window and complete seat coverage.

The Glide 2 canopy has a plastic peek a boo window with a cover that...
The Glide 2 canopy has a plastic peek a boo window with a cover that has a magnetic closure.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have significant sunshades covering similar territory to the leg rest. The Thule shades also sport a pop-out visor for more protection from the sun and the ability to rotate them for low light and direct wind protection (something many passengers enjoy).

The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version...
The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


We fold and unfold each stroller to see how easy it is to complete. This is more critical if you need to do it frequently, and many parents express frustration over how complicated this process can be. Using one hand, folding quickly, or the ability to self-stand is essential if you need to fold it speedily or frequently. The Thule options can fold with one hand and a quick twist and pull to finish; they then can be pulled like rolling luggage. This process is possible even when holding a baby or flustered in a crowd.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


Every jogging-style stroller in this review offers storage. The basket on the Thule Urban Glide 2 fits our large diaper bag, and it has a waterproof cover that stops contents from toppling out or getting wet/dirty (a fairly unique feature). The BOB Alterrain has a similar storage basket with zippered cover to prevent loss or damage to the contents. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest storage allowance at 22 lbs. The basket has divided pockets for internal organization with a zippered mesh cover that keeps items contained (though not protected from the elements). In addition to a basket, some of the products have rear seatback pockets and inside passenger stow pockets. All of the Thule and BOB strollers include these, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain. We think the stow pockets are more useful than a child tray, as most children won't be able to reach the tray when buckled in and they won't hold items when the stroller is moving at a run.

The storage bin on the Terrain has a mesh zippered cover.
The bar across the middle of the Joovy storage bin, coupled with the...

The photos above show a couple of the storage bins side-by-side, including the mesh-covered Mountain Buggy Terrain (above left) and the blocked access of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight (above right).

Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the...
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.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Some of the strollers have parent consoles and child trays, likely as a nod to parent desires instead of real usefulness. After testing, we feel the consoles and cup holders are more of a hassle than an asset when the stroller moves. Runners are likely to find falling items annoying. Alternatively, parents running errands might be frustrated without a cup holder and similar small-item storage features. Where each parent falls on this spectrum and how much they use these features will vary. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the best hydration holders with long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place, even while running. This design is far better for joggers than the shallow and narrow standard cup holders we see on most strollers.

The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain...
The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers, and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Skip the Parent Console
We recommend not using cup holders or parent consoles when jogging or running with your stroller for safety. During our testing, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard size water bottle, and most of them landed on our test "baby" when the bottle fell out.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


All of the strollers have reclining seats, and most operate with one hand. For safety, your baby should only be at a slight angle for running, but it's nice to know that seats can recline deep enough for a comfy nap. None of the joggers have adjustable leg rests, but most are at a comfortable angle and padded with a durable footrest. We prefer products with a sling-style seat and suspension to ensure a comfortable ride for little ones.

Ease of Setup


Ease of setup is not the most critical metric because, with any luck, you'll only be doing it once. However, the Thule Glide 2 and Thule Urban Glide 2 set up with no tools; assembly includes putting wheels on and not much else. If you're worried that you'll get confused by parts, tools, and hard-to-understand manuals, then either one will work well for you.

The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging...
The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.
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Maneuverability


Easy maneuverability is something parents want in a stroller, and jogging products are no exception. While we can forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns (an intentional safety feature), it isn't easy to forgive the swivel wheel options that are too big for smaller spaces. Depending on your journey and the subsequent terrain, you may need to make concessions on what you are willing to accept to get the running performance you desire.


We used each stroller on the same courses and trails. We test the products on the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offers the best all-around maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents dedicated to running regularly and who also plan to use their stroller for everyday occasions. This feature has the required fixed wheel for running but provides the versatility of a swivel wheel for uncomplicated navigation of the grocery store. This wheel versatility increases the stroller's usability in all kinds of adventures. The BOB Rambler is an excellent example of a smallish jogger (great for crowds) with enough features to use for errands and trips to the park.

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front...
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
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Each option in our lineup has larger, rubber, pneumatic tires. Some have a fixed front wheel, and others have a swivel front wheel you can lock for running. Historically, a fixed front wheel has been the gold standard for serious runners. However, the newer locking swivel wheels prove they have what it takes for serious running while providing better maneuverability for everyday use. The Thule Urban Glide 2 and the BOB Alterrain both have high scores in this metric with 9s of 10. They have a similar design that navigates obstacles and tight spaces easily. They are still relatively easy to turn with a locked front wheel while jogging than fixed-wheel products.

The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and...
The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.
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Quality


For quality, we look for a well-made, user-friendly stroller that is durable and feels as if it will survive multiple children and a variety of adventures. Some materials are of excellent quality, including ripstop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other components are disappointing, such as heavier steel or plastic connectors. We reviewed and compared materials, including stitching, frames, frame flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or unique design features.

With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and...
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.
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The higher-end options are the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands are well-designed, thoughtfully constructed, and use materials that are durable and stylish. The Thule products have a sleek and sharp finish, while the BOB tends to look more utilitarian. The BOB Alterrain is similar in design and looks to the Thule, almost as if they used the Thule as a template for their new stroller.


The material on the Thule has a tight weave and is snag-resistant. The fit is tight on the frame, and in some places, has no visible ends. The Thule has a sturdy frame with little to no flex and includes suspension and connections that increase performance. The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit and the Mountain Buggy Terrain are close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2, and 10 for the Thule Glide 2.

The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging...
The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.
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Weight and Folded Size


The joggers weigh around 23 and 44.4 lbs. While this may not be a problem for some, other parents might wish they'd chosen a lighter stroller once at some point. It may not sound like a significant problem, but raising and holding a stroller to put it in a trunk can be near impossible if the weight exceeds your capabilities. If you need to fold the jogger to transport it, you'll likely want to choose a lighter option. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both weigh 24.4 lbs. However, this is still less than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 at 27.3 lbs and the BOB Rambler at 25.1 lbs. The Baby Trend Expedition is only 23.6 lbs, but given its lack of running-related features, we think the added pound of the Thules is worth it to get a much better running stroller. Alternatively, the BOB Alterrain is a whopping 31.4 lbs! Making it a hefty jogger, the similar Urban Glide 2 is almost 6 lbs lighter. The heaviest is the Hamax Outback weighs 44.4 lbs and is over 43,000 cubic inches when folded, making it one of the biggest options in the group.


A stroller's weight is only part of what you need to consider; the overall folded size is also critical. If it doesn't fit in your car, it means you probably can't use it as often as you'd like.

The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands...
The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.
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The Thule Urban Glide 2 is around 15,388 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide 2 is closer to 20,352 cubic inches, which is a significant difference. The fixed front wheel creates an overall larger package than strollers with swivel wheels. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is only 14,748, which is smaller than both Thules. The BOB Rambler is even smaller at 13,150 cubic inches, which is positively petite comparatively speaking. The BOB Alterrain is once again larger in this group with a folded size of 17,357! The Baby Trend Expedition is also small when folded at 13,200 cubic inches. Because of the wide variety of sizes and shapes and the limited space of some homes or vehicles, it is crucial that you consider weight and folded size before choosing a jogger. If you can't pick it up or squeeze it in your car, then it isn't going to work in your life. Not sure what will fit where? We recommend purchasing through a retailer with an excellent return policy (like Amazon), so you can return it if it doesn't fit into your life.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging...
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).
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Conclusion


If getting outdoors and moving at speed or off-road is mandatory for you and your family, a jogger could be a must-have piece of baby gear. The three-wheel design of joggers with rubber tires provides the ability to move smoothly over various terrains. These designs make joggers a favorite go-to for almost every busy family and every occasion outside of the busy city streets. We also think that a jogging-style stroller can easily be your only stroller because they are versatile and include features parents need for everyday errands. No matter your needs, there is something for every family in this review, and the award winners and high-ranking choices are a great place to start your stroller search.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers