M.C. asks from Natick, MA on June 22, 2011
Double (Jogger?) Stroller - Marlborough,MA
I have a 3 year old and a 14 month old and have been thinking about a double stroller since my 14 month old was born! I'm hesitant to buy because of the size and cost of double strollers, but my son (14 mo.) will soon outgrow his car seat which we currently use in the snap- n-go, so we'll need to get a second stroller anyway.
I'm curious about jogger strollers, particularly the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the Schwinn M3 Ultra Light Double. Does anyone have any experience with either of these? I haven't been able to find one in a store to take a look at in person, and it makes me nervous to make such a big purchase on line.
Also, I'm concerned that the strollers won't fit very easily in a trunk. We have a Honda CRV. AND, how does it fit in stores? I'm thinking about a jogger stroller b/c I'd like the option of using it for walks at state parks, etc. and jogging with it, but I also need one for indoor use and don't want to buy multiple strollers!
L.K. answers from Sheboygan on June 22, 2011
This might not be very helpful, because I haven't heard of either of the strollers that you are talking about...but I just wanted to say that we ended up getting the Chariot CX double stroller and we LOVE it...it's awesome because it has swivel stroller wheels that easily come off when you want to put on the stationary jogging wheel or the bike attachment (yes, it's a bike trailer, too!) It's very roomy for the kids with lots of storage space. Plus, I think it might be the only stroller that converts from stroller to jogger to bike trailer without needing any tools. Unfortunately, I have no idea if it will fit in your car but their customer service is very helpful so I'm sure you could call and ask. Good luck! :)
T.S. answers from Burlington on June 25, 2011
I have an instep double jogger for my 4 year old and 3 month old. And I love it. It's a bit heavy to lift in and our of your van but I can do it. I haven't had any problem bringing into stores. So far the only door I haven't been able to fit thru with it opened is our house door.
D.K. answers from Boston on June 23, 2011
I used the Instep Double Jogger for my twins... it's way cheaper than most other jogging strollers, but I was happy with it! I've taken it indoors a lot - the supermarket, the mall - the only place I found where it didn't fit through the door was our dr's office. And I've used it outside a lot too - I don't jog, but I've walked 3+ miles at a time with it! My twins are 4 1/2 & still ride in it occasionally.
S.B. answers from Burlington on June 23, 2011
I bit the bullet and bought the Phil & Teds Explorer. I needed the big wheels for Vermont winters and I wanted it to be as compact as possible for our little car. My oldest is 3 and already 35 pounds so that means that he has to sit up top. I find the combined weight a little hard to maneuver but all in all I'm quite happy. Sometimes I do wonder though, if it was an added expense that I really needed. If I had money to burn then I wouldn't be giving it another thought. If I didn't need the bid wheels of a jogger then a sit and stand Joovy would have been a much better (and less expensive) solution.
As for the City mini, I had the City Elite as a single and LOVED it! I checked out the double but had my heart set on a Phil and Teds. Good luck.
By the way, you can't jog with the City Strollers because the wheels are still too small. The wheels should be 16 inches to safely jog with kids.