Parents who need an affordable double all-terrain stroller that can handle light jogging should take a serious look at the InStep Safari Double. Reviewers say it offers a silky ride and a few nice conveniences without breaking the bank, but beware -- at 37 pounds, it may break your back instead.
Potential issues. The InStep Safari Double has five-point harnesses, a safety strap and individual foot-operated lever parking brakes. Reviewers have reported a few instances of the front wheel flying off the stroller, tipping it with children inside. A couple others say the frame stopped locking open, posing a safety risk.
Easy to push, heavy to carry. Owners say the InStep Safari Double is easy to push and fold, but some say it can be tricky to unfold again. At more than 32 inches across, it doesn't fit through some doorways. Reviewers say the stroller is bulky when folded, and it does not have an automatic lock or standing fold. They say the fabric is easy to clean and the seat easy to recline. The stroller is a beefy 37 pounds, which is on the heavier side even among double all-terrain models.
Not for small infants. The InStep Safari Double's swivel front wheel can be fixed for better performance on bumpy terrain or for jogging. While owners should always lock swivel wheels for jogging, reviewers say it is critical with this model, which will shake and wobble at high speeds in swivel mode. Serious runners should look into jogging strollers with a more stable fixed front wheel. Reviewers say the stroller is bulky when folded and hard to fit in some trunks.
Parents like the canopies, which can be adjusted individually to any angle. They also like the ample separation between seats, which can keep the peace between kids. While reviewers appreciate the included parent and child trays, they do have some complaints: Smaller children can have a hard time reaching their trays, and the cell phone compartment on the parent tray can't accommodate most smart phones. The storage basket is hard to access because of a bar across the opening. The stroller handle is not adjustable.
The Safari Double does not fully recline, and the manufacturer recommends parents wait until their babies are 6 months old to use it. Unlike many other double strollers, it is not compatible with a bassinet or car seats. The stroller gets mixed reviews for its ability to accommodate taller children, but nearly all owners say the footrest is too small. The maximum weight capacity is 100 pounds, or 50 pounds per seat. Optional accessories include a bug screen (*Est. $15), rain shield (*Est. $20) and lambskin seat pad (*Est. $50).
Decent warranty and service. The InStep Safari Double comes with a limited one-year warranty. Customer service is mostly well reviewed, and owners say the company is quick to send replacement parts.
1. Stroller Envy
Review Credibility: Excellent The InStep Safari Double gets Stroller-Envy.com's nod as one of the five best all-terrain double strollers; it is named an Economy Pick, along with the Baby Trend Expedition Double. Editors mention the versatile front wheel, cupholders, separate canopies and reclining seats. They say the stroller is a good pick for various types of terrain and that it glides easily in fixed-wheel mode for jogging.
Review: Introducing the Top Rated All Terrain Double Stroller Models, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The InStep Safari Double is one of Cheapism.com's picks for best inexpensive jogging stroller, but the review is simply a roundup of owners' pros and cons. Conover notes owners' praise of the stroller's canopies, accessible trays, versatility and maneuverability. However, she also says there are complaints about flat tires, frame width, shaking at higher speeds and the angle of the recline.
Review: InStep Safari Swivel Double Jogging Stroller Review, Raechel Conover, July 17, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In an in-depth review on reputable baby-product website BabyGizmo.com, Hinton notes a number of the InStep Safari Double's pros and cons. She likes the easy fold, adjustable canopy, storage, smooth ride and handle height for tall parents. However, storage is tough to access, the seats are short for taller children, the handle is not adjustable, the fold is bulky and seat padding is lacking, she says. She also dislikes the width, weight and distance to the child trays. The stroller is good for those who need a jogger on a budget, but pricier models might be worth it, she says.
Review: InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller Review, Jessica Hinton, May 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The InStep Safari Double earns an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from more than 140 reviewers on Amazon.com. Reviewers like the separate seats and shades, cupholders, versatile swivel wheel, recline, maneuverability, easy fold, handling on uneven terrain and easy-to-clean fabric. They dislike the width, basket access, distance to the child tray, flimsy backrests, weight, bulk, awkward unfold and limited leg room. Some report wobbly wheels, and others say the frame won't stay in open position after minimal use. There are a few reports of wheels falling off.
Review: InStep Safari Swivel Wheel Double Jogger, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The InStep Safari Double gets an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 143 reviewers on Walmart.com. Owners say the stroller is a great value and like the parent and child trays, smooth ride, easy push, vented seats and independently adjustable shades. They dislike the seat padding and angle, storage access, small footrest, weight, width and awkward unfold. Some report several flat tires and shaky wheels.
Review: InStep -- Safari Double Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2012