Good Jogging Stroller for Daily Runners?

Updated on June 22, 2007
A.E. asks from Chicago, IL
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There are so many "jogging strollers" and "all terrain" strollers out there that i am having a hard time finding one that is good for serious runners. I borrowed one from a friend and it shook when i ran, so it wasn't the real deal. What do you look for in a good one? I want to use one exclusively for running, and i can store it in the garage so it doesn't matter if it doesn't fold up well. Can anyone tell me a good reasonably priced model that they like? Thanks!

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M.P.

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It's not very reasonably priced but the BOB is great. I love using it. The downfall is the front wheel doesn't rotate but that might be standard on a lot of joggers. I found mine used on Craigslist.org for only $85. I think it retails from #300-$400.
Good luck.

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S.C.

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Hi A.
I run with Phil & Ted's jogging stroller... it is great! The front wheel swivels (I don't like the ones that don't) It can be converted from a single to a double. So that is good if you will have more kids in the future. I run several miles with it and have had it for 2 years and it still works great. I paid about $400 for it with the second sit.

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A.D.

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hi A.! i have a baby jogger - performace series that i would like to sell. i received it as a gift from my boss for mother's day last year when i was pregnant. i am not a runner or a jogger so i have never used it. it is royal blue with 20 inch bicycle tires.

please contact me if you are interested.

check it out online at www.babyjogger.com

thanks!

A.

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M.R.

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I don't know of a good model, but maybe try going to a running store? They might carry them or be able to recommend one for you. I don't know where you are located, but you might want to try Runner's Edge in Wilmette, or in the city there should be plenty of runners' specialty stores. Good luck to you!

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M.H.

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http://www.baby-jogging-strollers.com/

http://www.joggingstroller.com

Both those site have great information and reviews on picking a jogging stroller.

I bought the cheapy BabyTrend Single with my first. and it worked well enough. But if you are a serious runner it would stink, its heavy and doesn't steer well. I have an InStep double jogger that is actually lighter then my single, however I don't know if I will actually jog with the double just due to the weight (with both kids in it) and size. I have heard that the Baby Jogger and BOB are the best for serious running. Once you know what you want you should check out Craigslist. That's where I got my InStep and we got a great deal on it.

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B.M.

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We have a Instep 5K jog stroller and it works great. I have 2 children, and have considered getting a double, but I love the single so much and most of my running occurs when my oldest is at preschool.

I have not had any problems with it and it is 4 years old. Very durable, easy to fold, easy to strap your child in. The seat folds for the child to recline (sleep) while you run.

Good Luck!
B.

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I bought a schwinn jogging stroller that i am very happy with. The front wheel turns. The first one I bought the front wheel did not turn and it was a pain to turn while jogging in the neighborhood. Just something to consider--the front wheel turning or not.

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K.K.

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Love the InStep jogger. We have both a single and a double. I use them for running and rollerblading and they are great!

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I have the Dreamer Design single and ditto. I haven't tried the ditto yet (due with 2nd in 2 weeks), but I love the single. I used it about 3x/week with my daughter prior to this pregnancy and it's been nothign but great. I'd read nothing but great reviews on it and it was highly rated by several sources. I got both of mine on ebay for about $80-$100 less than I saw anywhere else online, and that was new in box. It's definitely a mid-range jogger. It's not as expensive as a BOB utility stroller and the like, but it is more (and more substantial with better features) than InStep or those lower end brands. Ultimately, I'd definitely say the key is to get something with at least 16" wheels (smoother ride, better on terrain transitions). If I was more of a daily runner or ran longer distances (typically 3 mi is my distance), I'd probably have seriously considered 20" wheels.

People really like Baby Jogger brand strollers, from what I've heard/read. Also Kelty makes a good jogger, I believe. BOB Ironman is one of the top rated joggers, but it's about $100 more than the Dreamer Design.

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Hi A.-
I currently have a Baby Trend jogging stroller that I am looking to get rid of. I purchased this at Babies R Us a few years ago when my first child was born and used it probably less than 10-20 times (my husband was thrilled about that purchase...lol). I now have two children and am pregnant with my third, so I haven't been using it. If I run, I'm running by myself...no strollers/kids. Anyway, it is a very nice, sturdy stroller. I have run the Chicago Marathon two times and used to be quite the runner, so I too was looking for a sturdy stroller. It does fold up and is in great shape. Not sure if you are looking for a used one, but if so let me know. I'm looking to sell it for $75. I think I paid around $150 for it a few years ago.

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M.R.

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Kelty Kids or BOB. About the same price. I liked the Kelty Kids better because it had a much larger shade cover for the baby. No running stroller is easy to steer but Both the bob and kelty kids are the easiest I have found.

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M.P.

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Friends of mine in a running club got me the baby jogger which is the first of its kind....I just ran eight miles with her yesterday, mind you, really, really slow but the stroller is great. I have the city series which is enough bells and whistles to do the job...they do run around 300 though so you will pay for the quality and you do have to get them at a running specialty store...there is one in Crystal Lake that carries them. good luck...if you have any other questions, just ask- [email protected]____.com.

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C.G.

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We got a cheap one from babies r us and it works well.

If you are a serious runner you actually want to look for one where the wheel doesn't swivel- if you are traveling quickly and the wheel swivels too far it can cause the stroller to tip. Also, most have it but look for a safety strap that you can attach to your wrist in case you were to fall down. A hand brake is important but also look for one with a wheel brake so you can lock the stroller if you are stopped somewhere. Check the harness and sun shades for the kids. Also, I like a basket underneath to store sweatshirt, water, whatever.

We had an expensive single stroller and a cheap double and the only difference is that the double is heavier (Which I think would have happened either way!). I know most places will let you try them around the store, I would just give them a try.

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