Running is a fabulous activity for the body and the mind, but when there are young kids in the mix, it can be difficult to find the time to lace up the sneakers and head out for a jog. The solution to this dilemma is to take your little ones along for a run in a jogging stroller.
Unlike regular strollers, a jogging stroller is specifically designed for running: The wheels of a jogging stroller are larger to handle the demands of a run, and its front wheel locks in a straight position, which is safer for a run than swivel wheels. Jogging strollers typically have a higher maximum weight capacity and can accommodate infant seats, which allows the jogging stroller to grow with your child.
Jogging strollers are built to keep kiddos cozy while moms and dads get their miles in. For avid runners, there are affordable jogging strollers to fit your budget and workout routine. With so many jogging strollers to choose from, here are the top three models that will keep you and your running buddy happy.
For a jogging stroller that doubles as a traditional stroller, Graco’s Trax Jogger Travel System is a good fit. It features an automatic storage lock, a five-point safety harness, and a rear-facing infant car seat. The jogging stroller’s maximum weight is 30 pounds. Its front wheel locks for running and unlocks for walks. The padded seat reclines and includes a canopy for inclement weather. Parents will appreciate the stroller’s lightweight and easy fold design.
Why we like it:
- Can work as both a jogging stroller and a traditional stroller
- Is lightweight and folds easily
- Safety features include an automatic storage lock and a five-point safety harness
Serious runners will definitely appreciate the sleek design of Thule’s Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller, which is built for all terrains. It features a swivel front wheel that locks into place for a run or unlocks for a walk. The jogging stroller has 16-inch rear wheels and a padded, reclining seat to keep your little running buddy comfy. You’ll appreciate the storage basket that has a zipped cover. A canopy keeps your little one dry.
With a 75-pound maximum weight, this is certainly a jogging stroller that will keep you running through the years with your child. This design is not compatible with an infant seat, but it does boast an easy-to-handle fold. The jogging stroller stores for a no-fuss fit in most vehicles.
Why we like it:
- Sleek design
- Includes a storage basket with a zipped cover
- Can transition from infant stroller to toddler stroller
BOB Gear has long been the top brand in jogging strollers recommended by avid runners, and the Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 does not disappoint. Its sleek design is a perfect fit for all terrains, and it can accommodate up to 75 pounds. If need be, the stroller can work with most car seats using the BOB Gear infant seat adapter (this is an additional purchase). Your running buddy will love the extra padded seat that reclines gently with the push of a button.
If both parents are runners, the handlebar can be adjusted for different heights. The handlebar also sports a cell phone holder. If you are looking for storage, the Revolution Flex 3.0 offers six pockets ideal for gear, as well as an extra-large storage basket that is great for a diaper bag. A pull-down canopy protects from weather and keeps the sun out when your baby is napping.
This sturdy jogging stroller isn’t really for everyday use because it is not lightweight. It is built for running and can definitely help serious runners train for those 5Ks and half marathons.
Why we like it:
- Sleek design
- Adjustable-height handlebar with a phone holder
- Designed for serious runners
If you are looking for a stroller that doubles as a traditional and a jogging stroller, Graco’s Trax Jogger Travel System and Thule’s Urban Glide 2 fit the bill for durability, all-terrain, and versatility. However, for serious runners, BOB Gear’s Revolution Flex 3.0 answers the call because it is built to handle those long runs through any kind of terrain and in all kinds of weather.
Your child will be comfy and cozy while you get in your miles training for your next 5K or marathon.
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