Lindsey touched on the subject of jogging strollers last year, but I’m back with a more in depth review of a few favorite joggers. As Lindsey already explained, there are two types of front wheels on a jogging stroller – either fixed or swivel. Which is better for you really depends on the kind of jogging you’ll be doing, and the kind of terrain you’ll be doing it on. Swivel front wheels are great for moving around smaller spots or running through neighborhoods, which arguably makes jogging strollers with swivel front wheels better for non-jogging scenarios. If you’re running quickly, or on routes with less turns (like paths through parks, open roads, or even trails) the fixed wheel is going to be the best option for you.
BOB Revolution SE
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Stroller weight: 23 pounds.
This is the only stroller I have, and I love it. Because it’s front wheel is a swivel wheel which can be locked, I am able to use it anytime I’d use a jogging stroller and anytime I’d use a non-jogger. We previously reviewed the BOB Revolution CE (City Experience). The reasons I prefer the SE (Sports Experience) over the CE are strictly personal usage. The wheels are larger, meaning less resistance while I run. While the CE may have the SE beat in storage practicality for city dwellers, as it is able to fold up smaller with its 12 inch alloy aluminum wheels, for a jogging stroller, my money is on the SE. It can tackle long runs on all different terrains better than the CE, because of the 16 inch polymer wheels. And, as a side note, if you are bit taller, the larger wheels make the SE easier to push, as the handlebars are not adjustable. Either is a great stroller, but if you’re planning on using your BOB Revolution as a jogging stroller more than just a few short runs a week, I’d go with the SE.
Highlights: The BOB Revolution has a large, comfortable seat for your baby, and an extra large canopy (which helps protect your little one from the sun on those early morning or late evening runs). The 70 pound weight limit means your little one can sit in that stroller until he’s not so little anymore. The maneuverability on both models is excellent, and with the option of having the front wheel swivel or fixed, it’s great for any situation. I’ve even taken this stroller on the sand at the beach. While that was not as easy as the sidewalk or road, it was definitely doable in a situation I doubted. There are even adaptors you can purchase for your infant car seat, which makes this a stroller you can use from Day One, as well as handlebar consoles with cupholders and storage for keys, garage door openers, hand sanitizer, etc.
Lowlights: The lack of storage is something that can be frustrating, when you’re not using this as a jogger. While you’re jogging, you’ll obviously want to keep the stroller as light as possible, therefore the lack of storage is not an issue, but if you plan on using this as your only stroller (as I do), beware that the storage is not great. Good, but not fabulous. Also, there is no handlebar break. I haven’t come across a situation where I really missed this in the six months I’ve been using this stroller, but I mainly run on flat roads in a neighborhood setting. Handlebar breaks would really be missed running hilly courses. Finally, the seat back, while adjustable, is always slightly reclined, even at it’s most erect setting. My six month old Harry doesn’t seem to mind this now, but I wonder how he will feel when he is a bit older. I know parents of older children complain about this.
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a top notch jogging stroller which isn’t too clunky to use on a daily basis, the BOB Revolution SE is perfect. I absolutely love mine (and have even travelled with it, using the BOB travel bag). The maneuverability and practicality make it a perfect purchase for any running level (amateur to ultra-marathoner). It’s a stroller which will grow with your baby from infant (with the car seat adapter) to 70 pounds, making it possibly the only stroller you’ll need to buy.
Mountain Buggy Terrain
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Stroller Weight: 29 pounds
Highlights: The Mountain Buggy Terrain is very comparable to the BOB Revolution SE. The front wheel is able to swivel or lock, making it work in great in jogging situations and more casual walking or city situations. The rear wheels are 16 inches, which as we stated in the BOB Revolution SE review, are great for running, as it means less resistance. One addition in the Terrain, however, is that you are able to purchase a 12″ wheel pack to downsize for travel or city use. It also has an adjustable handlebar, which is a definite plus if you aren’t going to be the only person using the stroller… and if the other people using it are not the same height as you. There is a large gear tray under the seat, making the terrain great for storage. A great feature is the bike style hand break (great for those downhill runs). Like the BOB, you’ll be able to use this stroller straight from the beginning (after purchasing the car seat adaptor) all the way until your little one is 77 pounds, so it’s going to last you a long time!
Lowlights: The Terrain is really a top quality jogger, and I honestly had a hard time finding many complaints. They have had an issue with the stroller veering to the right while the front wheel is in the locked position. The canopy is not as large as the BOB’s, though it is fully adjustable, which is nice for blocking the sun, but not great when you need the canopy for protection from precipitation. Finally, the price tag is a tad higher than the BOB Revolution SE.
Bottom Line: The Mountain Buggy Terrain is a fantastic jogging stroller, which can also be used in any urban or walking situations. The Mountain Buggy brand has a great reputation for hearty, long lasting products. If I didn’t already have the BOB Revolution SE, this would definitely be a great purchase for me as a serious runner who wants to keep my stroller footprint to one.
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Stroller Weight: 33 pounds
Highlights: Unlike the BOB or the Mountain Buggy, the Schwinn Turismo has a price tag under $200, which makes this a great buy for someone who enjoys jogging, but isn’t training for a marathon anytime soon. The Turismo has an adjustible handlebar (great for those of us who are short – or tall! – or share the stroller with a spouse of a very different height). The front wheel has the option to swivel or to lock straight, meaning it can be used in jogging scenarios and those times you’d like something a little more agile. The back wheels are 16 inches, which, as we’ve explained above, are great for running. This is a stroller you can use from the very beginning (with a car seat adaptor) and continue using until your child is 50 pounds. Bonus? There is a built in MP3 player to entertain your little one (and you!) while you’re out and about.
Lowlights: The Turismo is the heaviest jogger we have reviewed, which you’ll definitely feel when you’re out jogging… especially as your baby gets older and bigger. And on that note, some people complain that the footrest is really high, meaning their long legged kids are having to ride around with their knees in their faces. So even if it is rated up to 50 pounds, tall kids are outgrowing this stroller faster. There is no handbrake (though there is a foot break for parking), which I always like to have in a jogger. A few people have said there is a squeaky sound to the stroller, even after oiling everything . This could get annoying on those nice, peaceful early morning runs (if those exist with a baby!). And finally, there have been a few complaints that the stroller gives off a rather fumey smell.
Overview: The Turismo is a much less expensive jogger, and will work great for the amateur or hobbyist runner. For the money, you are getting a really good product. However, if you are a serious runner and are really looking for a great, lightweight jogger your child will grow with, this may not be the right product for you.
Bottom Line: I am a serious jogger, training for and running marathons. I like to incorporate High Intensity Interval Training (i.e. lots and lots of sprints) into my workouts. I only wanted one stroller, so it had to pull double duty. As I’ve said above, I have the BOB Revolution SE, and love it. The Mountain Buggy Terrain is a very comparable jogger, and if I needed a second jogger (for some crazy reason) I would definitely go with the Terrain. For those of you who would like the convenience of having a jogging stroller, but aren’t necessarily very serious runners, your money will be well spent on the Schwinn Turismo. What jogging stroller do you have (or want)?