Jogging Strollers: The Best of The Best

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Whether you're a runner or you live in a neighborhood with shitty terrible sidewalks, strollers that can handle some bumps without driving you or your baby mad are a near must-have. Plus, what better way to shed those post-baby pounds than running/jogging/walking your way around, while still spending QT with your new little bundle of love! Here's my list of the best of the best new strollers. Happy shopping!

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BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Stroller

BOB strollers are well known as being the best of the best in joggers. As good as the previous iterations of this stroller, but better, according to an Amazon reviewer, “If you want to recline the seat, it takes one squeeze of the clip behind the seat and it slides back as far as you want it to. It doesn't lay perfectly flat, but nearly so. The five point harness would hold a baby in even while laying down.”

And the handlebar adjusts; offering 9 positions to provide a perfect fit for parents of different heights. This is essential for my husband and I, as he is 5'11” and I'm only 5'1″.

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Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller

One Amazon reviewer states, “The overall look is aesthetically pleasing, modern, and urban. Some dads have issues with stroller colors/designs and this stroller is definitely dude-approved.
It was very easy to assemble–just pop on the canopy and the wheels.
Size – it was fairly compact when folded up, about the size of a standard suitcase. You don't need an SUV to cart this thing around. Also fairly light weight to carry short distances.
The canopy coverage is very generous and shields from the sun quite nicely. The fabric feels pretty durable.

It folds with little effort. Unsnap two straps and pull on the handle. Also, you can recline the stroller to near flat or any custom angle you want.”

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The size this stroller folds into definitely has me jealous!

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Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller

An Amazon reviewer raves, “Love this stroller! Works great on sidewalks, gravel paths, grass fields, everywhere! I also picked this stroller because it lays almost completely flat, which is VERY handy when traveling. My daughter was able to take naps on a recent vacation where we were walking all over different cities because of this.”

This stroller, unlike many others which require an additional adapter/kit, comes ready for infant use: Infant ready without use of an infant seat or Carrycot. Universal Infant Seat Adapter also included, in case you have another common car seat. Independently adjustable canopy, backrest and footrest paired with a padded 5 point breakaway harness.

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Kolcraft Sprint Pro

If you're concerned about the lack of front-wheel turning, this Amazon reviewer will allay your fears, “For sharp corners you just push down on the handles and lift the front wheel up. It's balanced well enough to turn. For long shallow corners you push towards the opposite side and it will lean to make the corners.”

This stroller offers reflective wheel trim, hand brake, and a jogging tether to ensure your run is as safe as possible. And it comes with a parent tray, which includes 2 deep cup holders and storage area.

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Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect

This Amazon reviewer offers a unique perspective on this strollers awesomeness, “I love this stroller! I use public transportation quite frequently and this has made getting on and off a bus super easy! It folds up super quickly, latches itself and then rolls like a suitcase. It is a tad bit heavy if you need to lift it, but I'm up for the workout, lol. Rolls and steers really well and has a bit of suspension from the pneumatic tires. It's also very large! My husband is 6'3″ and he loves the height! I'm a foot shorter and I feel like I have the BMW of strollers! All-in-all, this stroller is the best I've ever had… And I have 4 kids!”

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If you have limited storage space, or are just a neat-freak like me, this stroller's one-second, one-hand fold with automatic storage lock, giving it the ability to self-stand when folded, makes it pretty darn sweet.

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Chicco TRE Performance Jogging Stroller

This Amazon reviewer brings up a great point that I'd never noted as a flaw in my own stroller, “I love the magnetic “window” flap (instead of crappy velcro), it's SUPER EASY to fold and unfold, and is compact.”

If you have a Chicco car seat like I do, this makes this stroller make even more sense. A friend of mine owns this stroller and really enjoys it! It checks out well, but the canopy is not as big as the one on my Thule. It does have the stellar feature of a quick-release, one-hand fold allowing it to stand by itself when folded.

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JOOVY Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

I love the feature this Amazon reviewer brings up about her little's ability to sit further forward than typical strollers so he can see more of what's around him, “I had a small jogging stroller for three years. It was light and easy to maneuver, but the storage wasn't awesome and my little one was so far back in the seat that he couldn't see anything around him. I finally got around to trying a new jogging stroller and WOW am I happy!!! The Joovy is super easy to steer – The flat handlebar is much easier on my wrists when I'm running. The storage bin underneath is also way bigger and easier to access than my previous stroller. My munchkin can see the world around him better and the large back wheels make pushing over uneven terrain a breeze. I highly recommend this stroller!!!”

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I like that this stroller is focused on your kiddo's comfort and enjoyment: The high-riding seat (which also has multi-position recline) carries your child up to 75 pounds and offers great visibility for your child.

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Thule Urban Glide 1 Sport Stroller

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This list couldn't be complete without the stroller we use for my baby boy. I LOVE our stroller. I've been running with my son in the stroller (using the infant attachment, sold separately) since my doc gave me clearance post C-section.

It weighs in pretty light, at 23lbs, and handles like a dream! The front wheel has the option to lock out or not, and I find it's a pretty straight ride and very easy to maneuver when left unlocked. It is easily able to go over rough terrain without any issues; while still providing a comfortable ride for my baby. The sidewalks in the neighborhood I live in (in Colorado) are not the most even things in the world, and we have had no issues handling them easily and comfortably.

My son is now 9 months old, so he's sitting in the stroller like a big boy and it looks like a comfortable ride! He is able to see out very well, and the huge canopy keeps him very well shaded. I recently dropped the seat back for the first time and the recline is great! This combined with the canopy make for a perfect napping environment.

I have had many moms tell me they have stroller envy after checking mine out – it's that good! I highly recommend it to anyone in the jogging stroller market.

Ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for parent's comfort

Rear suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride

Padded seat with vented top reclines to a near flat position for on-the-go naps

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Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

If anyone should be able to provide a review of a jogging stroller, it should be someone who has experience training for and completing half-marathons with one, “I have trained for and completed two half marathons and a 10k with this stroller. Nothing has broken, nothing has worn out, and it still works really well. This is worth every penny and then some. My daughter is now going on four (we bought this as part of the travel system when she was born) and it's still in great shape. Even after being stored outside on the porch for two of those years (and two years in a garage) it is in great shape. We do most of our training with our border collie, and it's easy to steer this stroller while also dealing with the leash.”

The price of this jogging stroller really can't be beat. Plus, it has an extra wide ergonomically shaped rubber handle is both soft for pushing and cushy when transporting. The footrest reflectors provide greater low-light visibility, it comes with an extra large storage basket, and is lightweight due to its rugged, steel-frame construction.

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Burley Design Solstice Jogger

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This reviewer speaks to the convenience of the Burley's S.I.T. elasticized harness straps, “Getting our child fastened into the stroller really is so much easier than any other stroller I've encountered. Even in wintertime with bulky coats, the S.I.T. elasticized harness straps are extremely convenient to use. It's surprising how much of a difference this makes, but it really does delight us every time we use the stroller.
– The canopy is very large and spacious – our 18-month-old will have years of use before coming close to outgrowing the canopy (or the stroller's 75-lb weight limit).
– The under-stroller storage area is huge! Comparing this with the B.O.B.. in-store really put it into context. The Burley's basket is deep, well-organized, and simply a lot bigger. We can carry extra clothes, diaper bags, toys, books, etc. It works well to hold a couple of grocery bags too
– The stroller is very easy to fold and is extremely well-designed in this regard too. It folds forward, so you can fold it closed from a standing position and, once folded, can either sit upright or flat on its wheels.”

Handy features: One-handed fold allows for easy and quick folding even if you're holding your child. The automatic locking mechanism allows the stroller to be folded and locked all in one motion. Wheels keep the stroller off the ground when folded allowing you to roll instead of carry the stroller. The yellow lever that locks the stroller can be released with one motion to unfold easily.

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Jogging Strollers: The Best of The Best

I have a constant craving for adventure and love to pack as much fun into life as I can. Becoming a mom to one sweet boy has caused me to slow down - a little, and provided me with a wonderful new way to find joy in life. I try my darndest to soak it all in, as I have already found life to move a lot quicker since welcoming this little hunk of love into it. I am married to an amazing man, and I'm still trying to figure out how to embrace the changes in our relationship that have come with new pa ... More

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  1. Bumbleride says:

    Thank you Megan and Everyday Family for including our Indie stroller!! Make sure to also check out our Speed jogging stroller specifically dedicated to jogging with the first partial swivel on the market. -Bumbleride

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