Capable of supporting two children at one time and with a locking front wheel that can be used for normal use or for jogging, this stroller is ready to make a lot of people’s days a whole lot easier. This stroller also has air-filled tires that easily roll over slight obstacles, and it has a suspension system that absorbs shocks and bumps. Other features found on this innovative model include a UPF 50+ canopy, a no-rethread harness, 2-step folding capability, and a reclining system that can be operated with one hand. All of these features make it useful for walking or jogging through the city.
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Jogging Stroller Buying Guide
Before we begin with this guide, it’s important to note that ordinary strollers are not designed to be used for jogging and therefore shouldn’t be used while jogging. Only jogging strollers have the features necessary to safely transport the child and prevent them from getting hurt. And even then, parents should exercise as much caution as they deem necessary to keep their children comfortable and safe.
Having said that, it’s now time to talk about some of the features that parents should consider before they buy their jogging stroller. After all, not all of these devices are all the same, so it pays off to do some due diligence and buy a model that’s safe for your child and makes you feel comfortable. Let’s examine some of the features more closely.
Large Pneumatic Tires
One of the first things that should be examined on a jogging stroller is its tires. Many of the best models available have a large 16-inch wheel in the front and 12-inch wheels in the back. These larger stroller wheels have less resistance, so they’re easier for the parent to push as they jog. And their larger size also means that the tire absorbs some of the shocks caused by rolling over an object on the sidewalk.
Ideally, the front tire should also lock into place so that the stroller is more stable during jobs. Some models have their front wheel fixed into place, which is fine if the stroller is only going to be used for jogging. However, if you expect to use your stroller for jogging and for other purposes as well, then you may want to buy a model that locks and unlocks as needed.
Another feature that a jogger’s stroller should have is an effective suspension system that can absorb the shocks of jogging and prevent them from being transmitted to the child. Although suspension systems come in all different varieties, the ones that usually work the best are the ones that can have approximately 3-inches of travel.
A 5-point harness is another necessary feature for a stroller. The harness should go over the shoulders and around the hips, then secured between the child’s legs. This keeps the baby from flying out of the stroller if something bad should happen.
Parking And/Or Hand Brakes
Strollers are now be equipped with brakes and these are useful for helping to keep the child safe during jogs. At the very least, the stroller should have a parking brake that can be engaged whenever the parent stops the stroller. Some strollers also have a hand brake that can be engaged to slow the stroller down and keep the stroller from accelerating on downhill slopes.
A canopy is another must-have feature for any stroller. A decent stroller will keep the sunlight out of the child’s eyes. Really good models are equipped with canopies that offer at least UV 50 protection. This protects not only the child’s eyes from the damaging rays of the sun but also protects their sensitive skin.
Safety Wrist Strap
A safety wrist strap is also another feature that any parent should consider. Although there are perfectly safe models that don’t have a wrist strap for the parents to attach to the stroller to their wrist, it does provide an extra level of protection. A safety wrist strap prevents the stroller from getting away from the jogger is something bad should happen during a job.
2-Step Folding System
A stroller that’s capable of being folded in just two easy steps is really a lifesaver and can make it easier to put it away. Just be sure to keep in mind that jogging strollers don’t fold as tightly as regular strollers, so even when they’re folded up they can be a bit bulky.
When choosing a stroller, it’s also important to choose one that has the storage that you need for a jog with your child. Although each person is going to have their own storage needs, the stroller should at least have a place for storing diapers, wipes, and bottles. And it’s nice to have a stroller that also has a cup holder so that you can store your bottle of water while jogging.
A Comfortable Handle
The last thing to consider is the handle on the stroller. It should be long enough to make the stroller comfortable to push, and it should be padded for hand comfort. Fortunately, most strollers meet these criteria, even the lesser quality models.