If you’re a runner like me, one of the first things you look into when you find out you’re pregnant is a jogging stroller. And when you’re pregnant with your second baby one of the few things you do register for is a double jogger. Choosing a double jogging stroller, however, is easier said than done–there are so many! I left our Double BOB at home while I’ve been vacationing in the States and instead have been using a Schwinn Turismo with my two boys for the last month, and today I’m sharing my thoughts on the stroller.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been testing out the Schwinn Turismo for over a month in all different situations. I’ve taken it running on smooth and bumpy, paved roads, walked with it off-road and on, shopped the mall with it’s smooth floors, and heaved it into and out of the back of our SUV countless times. Compared to other double joggers, it is relatively compact and light, weighing in at only 18.3 pounds. It can comfortably fit two children who are able to sit in the bucket seats (there is no carseat adaptor available).
I’ll be completely honest and say I don’t love the Turismo. There are definitely pros and cons to this stroller but overall, it is not a stroller I would buy. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Size. The Turismo is one of the smaller double joggers on the market. It doesn’t weigh much (about 18lbs), it’s not very long, and it can just barely squeak through a doorframe. I’ve had no issues getting it into and out of the back of my SUV, though I have heard that a smaller trunk requires the trays to be removed before stowing. This isn’t necessarily a downside, considering I have to remove the back wheels of my BOB to get it to fit into the trunk of my Prius.
Cost. At just under $300, it is one of the less expensive double joggers on the market. Double joggers can get expensive for sure, so it’s refreshing to see a stroller at this price point.
Independent visors. I do love this feature. My older son likes to pretend he is riding in a spaceship and therefor pulls his visor all the way down, while my younger son enjoys looking around while we’re out for a walk or run. I love that they can both be content at the same time.
Swivel/lock front wheel. I do really like that you have the option to lock the front wheel of the Turismo OR keep it swiveled. Locking is quite necessary for running, but if you plan on using this stroller in a walking scenario, it’s nice to have the swivel front wheel. The locking mechanism is right at your handle bar, which is brilliant–you don’t have to stop the stroller and walk around to the front to lock the wheel. A simple flick of a control and you’re golden.
Ease of use. Folding and unfolding the Turismo is easy and intuitive, which isn’t always the case. When it is folded, there are two handles to make picking it up and stowing it in your car easy. It is also simple to raise or lower the handlebar based on who is pushing the stroller (and how tall they are).
There are plenty of pros when it comes to the Turismo. It’s a stroller I don’t dislike having on our vacation, for many of the above reasons, but because of some of the not so desirable features, which I am about to get into, I would not purchase this stroller.
Comfort: Perhaps the biggest con for me is the comfort factor of the Turismo. There is very little (to no) padding on the sides of the seats. I realized then when my nine month old leaned on the side of the stroller to snooze during a walk. He couldn’t get comfortable and when I looked to see why, I realized he was leaning his head directly on the frame of the stroller, which was just covered by thin nylon. He had a pretty big red mark on his forehead and now I make sure to bring a blanket or pillow for him to use when we go out for a run, in case he gets tired.
Handlebars. While the handlebars are fully adjustable, meaning it can adapt to pushers of different heights, I’ve found it to be a little bit loose when I’m running. It doesn’t move much, maybe a quarter of an inch up and down, but when I’m running and the handlebars are constantly moving, it can be very annoying.
Basket. While the storage basket under a jogger stroller is never really a selling point for me, a frustrating basket can be a killer on a run. This basket is decently sized with adequate access to it, however it is very low. Even empty it hits the pavement if I go over a bump, but if there is anything in the basket, it practically drags over even the smallest of bumps.
Brakes. There are no handbrakes, which is a bit of a downside for me, but even the brakes on the wheels aren’t my favorite. Yes, you can lock the back wheels with a push down break, however I do not feel that they work well. Each side is independent from the other, but if you only lock one, the stroller can still move quite a bit. I would honestly not trust these brakes on a hill.
Size. While I realize I listed the stroller’s size as a pro as well, I wanted to mention that the stroller is not very large which equates to my average to small three year old hanging his feet out over the foot rest. I can’t imagine this stroller will grow well with older children.
Balancing. I’m not sure if it is because the stroller is so light, but the ride of the stroller drives me crazy. It’s very light so you would think that it would be easy to push, but as soon as my heavy boys are in it, it is quite a workout to push along. On top of that, since I have two boys who are vastly different in size (one nine month old and one three and a half year old) when I am pushing them both in it, the stroller pulls to the side where my older son is sitting.
Overall, I do not love the Schwinn Turismo. It IS small and compact, relatively affordable, and easy to use, however it makes running much more of a chore than it should, which is super annoying to me in a jogging stroller.