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Best Jogging Stroller

If you are a dedicated jogger/runner, the Urban Glide earned high mark...
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
Thursday May 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 High quality, lightweight, easy to fold and useEasy fold, high-quality, hand brakeEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerVersatile, less expensive than similar trailers
Cons Harder to turn in small spacesHeavy, large, expensiveHarder to lift and carryNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHeavy, no adjustable tracking, expensive just for jogger
Bottom Line Impressive jogger but it is harder to turn than the Urban GlideImpressive BOB with useful features, but not as good as similar joggers with lower pricesAn everyday errand runner plus jogger with useful features and utilitarian looksImpressive all-terrain jogger good for errands and regular running and hikingFind adventure using this versatile and wallet-friendly kid carrier with optional accessories for more fun
Rating Categories Thule Glide 2 BOB Alterrain Pro BOB Rambler BOB Revolution... Hamax Outback with...
Run Ability (35%)
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Ease Of Use (25%)
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Maneuverability (20%)
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Quality (10%) Sort Icon
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Weight Folded Size (10%)
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Specs Thule Glide 2 BOB Alterrain Pro BOB Rambler BOB Revolution... Hamax Outback with...
Weight 24.4 lbs 31.4 lbs 25.1 lbs 27.3 lbs 44.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance 141 Feet 115.7 Feet 139.7 Feet 144.7 Feet Feet
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"L 25.4"W x 17.3"H x 39.5"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 33.4"W x 21"H x 62"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: 6 mo.
Maximum: 48.5 lbs/46"
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
Available Summer/Fall 2020:
Britax
B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, B-Safe® Ultra, Endeavours®
Chicco
KeyFit® 30, KeyFit® 30 Zip, KeyFit® Zip Air, KeyFit® Magic, Fit2®
Graco
All SnugRide® models, SnugRide® Click Connect® models, SnugRide® SnugLock® models
Peg Perego
Primo® Viaggio 4-35 , Primo® Viaggio 4-35 Nido
None None
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
None 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
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual None
Self-standing Fold No Yes No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 37"/44.7" 32.5"/47.5" 38.8" 34.5"/48" 18"/43.7"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Fixed Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None Flag
Setup Time 5:24 min:sec 5:46
min:sec
5:30 4:26
min:sec
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Best Overall Jogging Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


Thule Urban Glide 2
Editors' Choice Award
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$529.95
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  • 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


BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
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  • 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


BOB Rambler
Editors' Choice Award
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  • 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


Baby Trend Expedition
Best Value Award
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  • 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


Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit
Top Pick Award
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  • 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


Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit
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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


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).
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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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After testing more than 40 of the top jogging strollers over the last decade, we learned a lot about what makes one stroller better than another and which features make the best jogging machine. Our goal is to share the lessons we've learned so that you can make the best buying decision for your family.

Jogging with baby is a great way to get out of the house and bond...
Jogging with baby is a great way to get out of the house and bond while improving your mood and physical well-being.
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Why Buy a Jogging Stroller?


After 9+ months of pregnancy, a lot of Moms find themselves ready for exercise or time outside. A stroller you can jog with is an investment in your health and mental well-being. Happily, it is a form of exercise you can share with your baby once they've developed strong enough neck muscles to handle the stress of jogging (around 8-12 months with your pediatrician's okay). Most babies love to go jogging, and most parents find that it is an excellent, cost-effective way to get active and into an exercise routine. Even if exercise isn't your goal, getting out of the house and into the sunshine can do wonders for your emotional and mental well-being, which could be out of whack with fluctuating hormones.

The following information will guide you through the features of jogging strollers and help you decide which stroller and features are right for you.

Safety in Jogging Strollers and Child Bike Trailers

Running with your baby in a jogging stroller and biking with your little one in a child bike trailer can expose your baby to stressful forces that can be harmful. Consult with your pediatrician to ensure your child has sufficient neck and core muscle strength before you begin using a jogging stroller or child bike carrier.

Dr. Spurrier, a pediatrician and founder of BabyGearLab notes, "It's important to avoid running and biking with young babies due to the jarring and jostling stresses that can occur. All babies need to have adequate neck and core muscle strength before they can safely participate in any jogging or biking activities. This strength generally does not occur until at least eight months of age."

One of the top manufacturers of joggers, BOB Gear, recommends waiting until your baby is at least eight months old before jogging. We would go one step further and say that running and biking with your baby should be strictly limited to smooth surfaces between 8 to 12 months. At a minimum of 12 months, children can begin to ride on rougher terrain, provided that you adequately restrain them in a 5-point harness with proper padding and support. Also, children riding in a child bike trailer should wear an appropriate bike helmet. All of this is still true even if your younger baby is in an attached infant car seat carrier.

The 3 wheel stance of this Bob Revolution Flex is a telltale sign...
The 3 wheel stance of this Bob Revolution Flex is a telltale sign you are looking at a stroller intended for jogging.
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How are Joggers Different?


Traditional strollers are not safe for jogging with a baby. They lack the design features necessary to reduce the jarring shocks a baby could experience as parents jog over uneven surfaces. It's hard to avoid hazards like bumps in the road, curbs, uneven sidewalks, and sections of non-paved surfaces when you are running, and non-jogging strollers cannot navigate these hazards at speed safely.

Jogging strollers have several features designed to reduce the impact of the road:

  • Larger pneumatic (air-filled) rubber tires
    The Glide has a sleek look with hidden connections and cool fabric...
    A jogger typically has 16+ inch wheels in the rear and a 12+ inch wheel in the front (double the diameter of most traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier and result in less stress for the baby. The bigger wheels also create less rolling resistance, so long runs require less effort. Traditional strollers usually have smaller plastic wheels that do nothing to reduce shock and are not suitable for running.

  • Effective suspension systems
    This shows a close up of the adjustable suspension on the BOB Sport...
    A jogging style stroller should include some kind of suspension to reduce further jarring. Most joggers have rear suspension and a sling-style seat that helps absorb some of the motion involved in jogging.

  • Locking/Fixed front wheel — If you try to jog with a traditional stroller or even a jogger with the front-wheel unlocked, you will find that the front wheel(s) start wobbling. This wobble creates strong vibrations in the stroller and makes jogging uncomfortable for you and your baby. This movement can also result in the front wheel(s) turning so sharply that the jogger tips over. All strollers designed for jogging provide the ability to lock the front wheel fully, and the better products offer adjustable tracking for straight movement.

  • Long distance between wheels
    The Schwinn Arrow is a lightweight fixed wheel stroller that lacks...
    Strollers designed for jogging push the front wheel forward and away from the baby's center of gravity. This design allows the front wheel to bounce in the event of a bump in the road with less stress transferred to the baby's body.

The Expedition has a deep recline for easy napping.
The Expedition has a deep recline for easy napping.
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Multi-Purpose Stroller


Many jogging strollers could be considered as a multi-purpose solution, doing the work of a jogger and traditional stroller in one product. We rate each product on its run-ability, and our test scores favor running performance, but many parents rely on their jogger as a stroller for everyday activities. Because of this, we rate each jogger on a variety of additional metrics that impact serious running and daily activities. This information can help you decide which stroller will work best for you. So while the award winners may be great for jogging, many are often suitable for "running" errands as well.

While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated...
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.
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Overview of Basic Features


The standard features you might see in a jogging style stroller are:

  • Three wheels with pneumatic (air-filled) tires: This means a smoother ride, but also that you'll need to check the pressure regularly like bicycle tires, and you'll need a pump to inflate them should they go flat.

Warning
The recommended pressure for inflating stroller tires is often different than the pressure shown on the side of the tire. ALWAYS double-check the stroller manual or company website for inflation guidelines. Do NOT rely on the pressure shown on the tire.

  • Five-point harness: Goes over the shoulders, across the hips, and between the legs to secure the baby in the seat and minimize injuries in case of a crash, similar to the harness in infant car seats. The 5-point system is crucial in the event a stroller accidentally flips over.

  • Safety tether:
    Some strollers have a safety strap that attaches to the bottom frame...
    A safety strap with one end attached to the stroller and the other end worn around your wrist. This strap prevents the stroller from rolling away from you and could save your baby's life if you accidentally let go of the handle with traffic or water nearby (please use it, we can't stress this enough).

  • Parking brake: It is critical to engage the parking brake every time you park the stroller. Double-check that the brake engages fully by attempting to move the stroller back and forth before letting go.

  • Canopy: This will protect your baby from the sun and potential headwinds. The larger the canopy, and the more ways you can position it, the better.

  • Peek-a-boo window: Usually a covered window on the canopy to keep an eye on your child while jogging.

  • Reclining seat: For baby's comfort.

  • Under-seat storage basket: Storage for the things you and baby might need when out and about. This storage area is vital since the low center-of-gravity helps keep the stroller stable and avoid tip-overs. You should never put heavy objects, such as your purse or diaper bag, on the handlebar. These items can cause the stroller to tip and create a safety risk.

  • The wheels on the Sport Utility are easy to put on and take off
    Wheels that are easy to take off and put back on: The majority of strollers we reviewed have mechanisms that make it easy to install and remove the wheels making them more compact and easy to store. When replacing wheels, use caution to ensure they are mounted correctly.

  • Folding mechanism: All of the strollers we tested are relatively easy to fold, but keep in mind that folded joggers are not small. And, even though you can remove the wheels, joggers still may take up more space in your trunk than other kinds of strollers.

  • The BOB&#039;s optional Handlebar Console has a zippered pocket and two 5...
    Cupholders: While a cup holder is convenient, we fear they invite temptation to place hot liquids above your baby's head. Adding to that fear, most of the cup holders we tested were relatively shallow, and in our experience, most resulted in falling water bottles when going over small bumps. A cup holder less than 3 inches deep is unlikely to retain a tall water bottle as you navigate the stroller. Please be very careful with items placed in a cup holder; just because it has a holder doesn't mean it is safe to use it. If you rely on a nanny or caregivers, you might consider removing the cup holderto eliminate the risk that you'll place a hot cup of joe there at all.

Never drink hot liquids while pushing your child in a stroller. Use the cup holder on your stroller for cool liquids only. Seattle Children's Hospital

Avoid carrying children while holding hot beverages; never place a hot beverage in the cup holder of a stroller.

The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a two-seater bike trailer you...
The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a two-seater bike trailer you can stroll and jog with if you have the right accessories.
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How do I decide which stroller is best for me?


There are many jogging options on the market. However, no stroller has it all, so you should choose the features that best fit your lifestyle and goals. For most parents, this means being honest about your real running prowess. There is no judgment in this realm. However, there is also no need to buy more running stroller than you need, and being honest with yourself can translate into saving money and time. If you are a regular runner, who ran avidly before pregnancy, then you will likely want to invest more in your jogger. If you jog once a week and are more likely to find yourself running to catch a bus than running for fitness, then you probably don't need the highest-end model and will be happy with a cheaper option.

Thanks to the fixed front wheel the Glide 2 is not the best at...

First: Fixed or Locking Swivel Front Wheel


The photos above show the fixed wheel on the Thule Glide 2 (above left) and the swivel wheel of the Thule Urban Glide 2 (above right).

Jogging-style strollers come with either a permanently fixed front wheel or a locking swivel front wheel. When jogging, having the front wheel fixed (or in locked mode) is a must! The locked wheel ensures that the stroller tracks straight and doesn't shoot off in an unexpected direction as it goes over a bump or loose debris. This feature also makes turning difficult, so you cannot accidentally make a sharp turn at high speed and risk rolling the stroller with your baby on board. Some professional runners believe that a fixed wheel is the only way to go for running, and as a result, they shy away from the options with a locking swivel wheel. However, in our tests, we discovered that this isn't as big of a concern as it used to be. Some of the new swivel wheel designs have locking mechanisms that not only lock the wheel with little to no play at all, but the rotating wheel adds functionality to the stroller that makes it easier to use for everyday activities outside of running.

A swivel front wheel offers better maneuverability and navigation in tight or crowded spaces like a store or festival. All of the swivel wheel products we reviewed can lock the front wheel, which is necessary for jogging. However, some of the locked swivel wheels aren't as stable as a fixed front wheel. We gave an award to the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 because we feel both are an exception to this dated belief that fixed wheel is best. When the front wheel is locked, both products perform better than their fixed wheeled counterparts from the same companies.

You might ask, "If the Thule Urban Glide 2 performs as well as a stroller with a fixed front wheel, and it offers the maneuverability of a swivel wheel, why would I consider a fixed-wheel stroller?." Well, you may not want to. We understand this statement flies in the face of a long-held belief in the world of runners, but the newer swivel-wheeled strollers performed as well, or better than, the fixed options in our tests.

The new handbrake on the Glide 2 twists forward and is easier to use...
The new handbrake on the Glide 2 twists forward and is easier to use than the old brake. We think this unique twist is a smart take on a features runners love.
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On the other hand, there are some perks to the fixed wheel you should know. Many of the stationary wheel models sport a handbrake that makes slowing the stroller easier as you go downhill or up to a traffic light. This slowing mechanism can be an essential safety feature, and it also helps tired runners ease to a complete stop with less exertion than body power alone. While it does not stop the stroller by itself, and it is not a parking brake, it is something to consider when looking at fixed-wheel options. Only a few swivel wheel options have a hand brake, and none of the top-scoring swivels had them. Also, most of the fixed front wheels we reviewed have a larger front wheel than the swivel products (16-inch vs. 12-inch). Some long-distance runners looking for speed and reduced rolling resistance may prefer the larger wheels for an easier push. Last, some of the fixed wheel options are lighter than the swivel wheel products making them easier to push for long distances.

Given that the smaller swivel front wheel is easier to maneuver in small spaces, and the larger fixed front wheels are better for running long distances, you must consider how you will be using your stroller when you decide which type to buy.

The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide 2 make...
The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide 2 make it easy to switch between a swivel wheel and a fixed one.
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If you are serious about running, run more than a few miles every day, and you don't plan to use this stroller for other kinds of trips, then you might go for a fixed front wheel stroller with a handbrake; it's tough to beat the performance and safety features. You may also want to consider a handbrake if you run in a hilly community where the downhill slide might be more comfortable using a handbrake to slow your roll. However, for those that mainly walk, take shorter runs, or only an occasional jog, a locking swivel wheel stroller is a better all-around solution. This style gives you the best of both worlds but can still graduate up to serious running if it turns out to be a hobby that sticks.

We believe the Thule Urban Glide 2 has the best features for both worlds and that serious runners and occasional hobbyists alike will enjoy the quality and performance no matter what the day has in store. Alternatively, our professional runner/tester indicated she preferred the BOB Revolution over all of the competition. The BOB Rambler is similar enough to the Revolution that if budget is a concern, you might consider this swivel wheel winner.

The adjustable tracking on the Urban Glide 2 helps it run straight...
The adjustable tracking on the Urban Glide 2 helps it run straight and true.
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Adjustable Tracking


Arguably, a more critical feature than a fixed vs. swivel wheel is the ability to adjust the tracking of the front wheel. The better jogging products have adjustable tracking to keep the front wheel running straight. If the stroller pulls or veers in one direction while running on a flat surface, you can use the adjustment mechanism to keep the front wheel tracking straight and the stroller moving on course. Think of it as a quick front-end alignment on your stroller like you regularly get for your car. Alternatively, those products without adjustable tracking can result in chronic veering and constant manual correction while running. The manual correction will increase overall fatigue, and the experience of running will be far less enjoyable. All of our award winners, except for the Baby Trend Expedition, have adjustable tracking. While it lacked adjustable tracking, the Baby Trend we purchased tracked straight enough for the occasional jog.

The BOB Revolution Flex has an adjustable height handlebar, that...
The BOB Revolution Flex has an adjustable height handlebar, that rotates on a pivot point.
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Second: Adjustable Handlebar


An adjustable handlebar can come in handy if you, or anyone else who regularly uses the stroller, are taller or shorter than the average person. The average height of American women is 5'5 inches tall; the average male is closer to 5'10 inches tall; this alone is a significant disparity if mom and dad plan to use the same stroller and are within the average range. To further complicate the issue, if one of you is over 6 feet tall, the non-adjustable handle might change your running style. It could result in inefficient running, possible injury, or increased fatigue. Luckily, stroller companies seem to be "grasping" the handlebar height significance, and several offer an adjustable handlebar. The top-scoring Thule strollers, the Thule Urban Glide 2 and Thule Glide 2, both have adjustable height handlebars, as does the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, and Thule Chariot Cross 2 with jog kit.

Before purchasing a stroller without an adjustable handlebar, make sure its height works for you and anyone else who might use it. As a guide, most people feel comfortable running with a handlebar close to the belly button level.

The handlebar on the Thule Glide 2 adjusts on a pivot point to...
The handlebar on the Thule Glide 2 adjusts on a pivot point to accommodate runners of different heights.
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Previously, we felt that many adjustable handlebars caused a "squishy" feel from the play at the adjustment point. However, the handlebars in this review are very easy to adjust and generally do not have noticeable movement. On the contrary, they seem to have similar precision responsiveness as the fixed handlebars. In the end, we feel that being able to adjust the height of the bar is a crucial component of running if you aren't in the average height range. Given that it can impact your running biomechanics and thus your ability to run for longer durations and avoid injury, we can't find a reason not to choose an adjustable handle.

The BOB Revolution Flex offers adjustable suspension.
The BOB Revolution Flex offers adjustable suspension.
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Third: Suspension


Having good suspension provides smooth strolling over uneven terrain, just like in your car. Most joggers offer shocks on the rear wheels to help prevent the baby from jarring bumps in the road and make the whole experience more enjoyable. Most true jogging products will have excellent suspension. Historically, BOB strollers set the standard for great jogging products, in part because they have an impressive adjustable suspension that can be altered depending on the type of terrain you are going over and the weight of your child. Not to be outdone, the Thule Urban Glide 2 and Glide 2 options also have excellent rear wheel suspension (though they aren't adjustable). The Thule Chariot Cross 2 also has an adjustable suspension similar to the BOB strollers.

What kind of suspension to consider will depend on how often you plan to run and the sort of surfaces you plan to run on. In short, the rougher the ground, the better the suspension should be. Many of the cheaper models in our review did not have individual shocks, which leads us to believe that the manufacturers don't truly expect you to run with them. Our budget-friendly winner, the Baby Trend Expedition, is a good example of this. Its lack of shocks and adjustable tracking make it a poor choice for serious runners, but its other features make it suitable for uneven surfaces.

This is the under side of the hard plastic seat of the Chicco Tre...
This is the under side of the hard plastic seat of the Chicco Tre. This hard bottom can be significantly harder on baby than the sling seat because each bump causes baby to hit on the board. This could lead to a cranky baby who quickly decides running is no fun.
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Other features that can help cushion the blows associated with jogging are the style and padding of the seat. All the products we tested claim to have a padded or comfortable seat for the baby, but not all seats are created equal. To complicate things further, the style of the seat seems more critical than the padding. The sling-style seats, which suspend from the surrounding frame, offer a more comfortable experience for the baby because they lack a hard surface for the baby to bounce. It is similar to the difference between sleeping in a hammock or on a hardboard. The hammock will give with the bumps, and you won't be banging against a hard surface as you bounce up and down while the board creates a hard surface to hit.

The BOB Rambler has a cozy almost flat seating area good for napping...
The BOB Rambler has a cozy almost flat seating area good for napping with ample protection from the elements with a larger than average canopy.
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Given that peaceful cooperation from your baby will directly affect your running experience, you'll want the baby to be as cozy and safe as possible. Most of the actual running strollers in this review had sling-style seats with enough padding to help adequately cushion the baby from any jolts remaining after the shocks work their magic. Alternatively, the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger and Chicco Tre both have hard plastic seats that don't absorb impact from running, despite the added padding.

Fourth: Additional Features


Extra features like cup holders, pockets, snack trays, built-in speakers, and odometers came with some of the models we reviewed. Some features are essential, such as an infant car seat adapter for strolling with babies under eight months old. Others are handy, like a parent tray with space to store your keys, wallet, and cellphone. Still, some are useful, but have trade-offs, like snack trays for the baby that add to the stroller's weight, make it less aerodynamic, protrude in awkward ways when folded, and are virtually useless for a baby when you are moving quickly. However, some features are rather useless in practice, like built-in speakers. In the end, a boatload of features can be useful in a standard stroller, but keeping joggers simple is usually best.

While tipping to turn is a necessity for running, we like that the...
While tipping to turn is a necessity for running, we like that the Urban Glide 2 has a swivel wheel setting for tight indoor spaces.
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Final Consideration: Tell the Truth


The most important factor to consider is how much running you will REALLY do. This consideration is essential because, for everyday use, you'll value excellent maneuverability and ease of use over run-ability. You may be able to save a few dollars by skimping on the running features if you aren't a daily runner. However, if you are a serious runner, you will need a stroller with high marks for run-ability with the performance and features necessary for dedicated running. The more extensively you plan to use your stroller for running, the more you should be willing to pay for the sake of improved performance and safety for your baby.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
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We believe that joggers have improved so much in quality and design that you can have it all. You can have a swivel wheel for better maneuverability around town, and you can lock that wheel in a fixed position for running and fun outdoor adventures. The Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Rambler, BOB Alterrain Pro, and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 offer versatility, high-quality, and functional features that will last for many years and babies to come. These strollers came in top overall and in critical metrics like run-ability and maneuverability. The upside is all of these options are less expensive than some of the higher-ranking traditional strollers.

The Expedition is a budget friendly jogging stroller you can use for...
The Expedition is a budget friendly jogging stroller you can use for everyday activities, but it isn't the best for serious runners and did not score well in our tests for run-ability.
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Alternatively, if you aren't really a jogger, and you'll spend the majority of your time walking with only the occasional run, then our value choice, the Baby Trend Expedition, is an acceptable stroller with useful features that has a locking swivel wheel and is easy to push and turn. This stroller is a budget-friendly choice for parents who want the jogging style but aren't committed to the jogging lifestyle.

We think a good jogging stroller, like the BOB Revolution Flex can...
We think a good jogging stroller, like the BOB Revolution Flex can be used as your only stroller. If this is your intention we encourage you to find one with a locking swivel wheel that offers great maneuverability and has ample storage.
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Can a jogging option be my only stroller?


Depending on your specific situation, you could use a locking swivel front wheel jogger as your only stroller. But remember that joggers do not fold small, are sometimes heavier, and are cumbersome to carry around, so they are not the ideal stroller for commuting or city life. Also, if you plan to stroll with a baby younger than 6-8 months, you'll need to make sure that the stroller is compatible with an infant car seat. Joggers also offer a smoother ride for your baby, especially on rough roads. So, if you are moving over various surfaces, the versatility of a swivel wheel jogger could be a good fit as your primary or only stroller, as most full-size strollers lack the best performance over uneven terrain. The BOB Rambler is smaller and lighter than some full-size options and most joggers, which means it could be a viable everyday choice for city life depending on where you live and your needs.

Over several months, we ran, jogged, speed-walked, and walked with these jogging strollers in all types of terrain; smooth, rough, hilly, bumpy, muddy, sandy, rocky, snowy, dry, and wet. We used them indoors and outdoors in crowded stores and open parks. We pushed and pulled them up. We folded and unfolded them and got them in and out of the car trunk. And we did all of this with baby and baby's gear in tow. Precisely the way most parents use this kind of stroller in the real world.

Run-ability


Run-ability tests included rating the strollers for their handlebar shape and adjustability, their rolling resistance, how well they tracked, and whether they offered adjustable tracking. We took all of the strollers running with multiple testers on different surfaces, including sidewalks and dirt hiking trails. We assessed how difficult it is to push them and whether they are easy to run with or a wrestling nightmare.

One key source of ratings and critique of run-ability performance was input from our running expert, Carrie Vickers, who put each of the strollers through the wringer during her ultra-distance race training, with her twin girls, and an older daughter. Also, we had testers of different heights, both male and female, to run each product, and assess field performance.

The under seat storage bin of the Thule Urban Glide is easy to...
The under seat storage bin of the Thule Urban Glide is easy to access and the zippered top helps keep items clean and safe from falling out. The additional back zipper pocket can be used for smartphones and keys.
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Ease of Use


Testing ease of use required that we compare the features of each product and how easy they were to use under normal circumstances. Some of the conveniences looked good on paper but weren't useful in real life, and other features seem almost useless for a stroller you plan to run with. We gave points for expansive canopies that are easy to adjust and cover the passenger well, peek-a-boo windows that are large enough to see the baby, cup holders that don't drop items, storage bins that can hold diaper bags, and reclining seats.

Some of the strollers don't have many conveniences, and unlike other types of strollers, we don't consider this to be a downfall. Products designed for running don't necessarily need a lot of bells and whistles, and having too many means, it might be challenging to use them when you are jogging. However, we feel if they are going to have the features, they should be well done, good quality, and easy to utilize. We compared strollers against one another so parents can get a feel for which options are better than others.

For harnesses, we assessed how easy they were to get on and adjust and how difficult it is to get a proper fit for smaller babies. We think if a harness is hard to use, then parents might neglect using it; if it is too easy, children might be able to "get out of it" when parents aren't looking. Products earned more points if they were easy to adjust and use.

The Glide&#039;s 5 point harness is easy to adjust, but requires 2 hands...
The Glide's 5 point harness is easy to adjust, but requires 2 hands to release the buckle
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We gave more points to single-action brakes over double action brakes believing that they are easier to use and more likely to be appropriately set.

We used a stopwatch for timing how long it took to get the products out of the box and ready to run using the instructions provided in the box. Products earned more points for taking less time, having easy-to-read manuals, no tool assembly, and photos or illustrations. They lost points for clumping together multi-language instructions that take longer to read, pictures or steps unnecessary for construction, and hard to follow or unclear instructions. The most straightforward products to assemble have clear text, helpful images, and the majority of the product already assembled.

Maneuverability


We put all of the strollers through a series of tests on different surfaces and multiple environments to determine their maneuverability and stability during use for their intended purposes. We jogged with them two-handed and one-handed, over flat hard surfaces, across the grass, dirt, and gravel, and manage stairs and curbs to determine which products were up to the challenge. The critical part of being a jogging product is moving well in tight spaces and various terrains at speed. Navigating on hard surfaces is a must; moving at speed is just as important. While the design of these products is for stability when running, it is also useful if they can move in tighter places without bumping into obstacles. We scored each stroller against each other based on which did the best moving through our obstacle course and real-life scenarios. The strollers that were easy to turn earned higher marks, the fixed wheel options that required less tipping or were shorter in length scored better than those that were hard to tip or knocked into things when turning.

Once folded it is difficult to see too much of a size difference in...
Once folded it is difficult to see too much of a size difference in the jogging products side-by-side
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Quality


We base quality on our overall experience and how the materials and fit and finish of each stroller compare to each other. For fabric, we gave points for the weave, stain, or water-repellent properties, snag-ability, straight stitching, and how it attached to the frame. We reviewed the frame materials, hinge points, connectors, and if the frame flexed or the handlebars wobbled. We also compared the wheels of each product and how well they connected to the stroller. We assess quality by comparing each stroller and how well they held up after their brief period during testing.

Weight and Folded Size


For weight and folded size, we measured each product instead of relying on manufacturer specs. We wanted to ensure that all the products were rated using the same scale for weight and the same measuring methods. We weigh the strollers fully assembled with all their parts and measured with the same device by the same person. The values were then compared to each other and ranked. The smaller, lighter joggers earned more points in this metric, though the overall scores were weighted less in the overall scoring than in different stroller categories like umbrella products.

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