Reviewers says the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is a good stroller for the serious urban runner, offering features common to high-end running strollers at a lower price. At $375, it's still not a budget purchase, but similar models can cost $1,000 and up. The Speedster Swivel-Deluxe offers adjustable tracking, 16-inch rear wheels and a 12-inch front wheel, which can be locked into place for jogging or swivel for daily use. It also includes a warning bell for use in congested areas and several storage options. That said, a few reviews say this stroller exceeds 4 feet in length, making it cumbersome to use in a crowd or tight walkways. It's also narrow, which is both good and bad: Some experts warn the stroller could tip if turned too quickly, while others say it's easy to pull over and out of the way of vehicles and other joggers.
A fully padded reclining seat and a sun/rain canopy offer added comfort for tots, while a runaway leash, reflective accents and quick-release wheels provide peace of mind for parents. A number of recent user reviews complain about quality issues with the handle and wheels. Several of these comments are on Kelty's own website.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe in its latest roundup of stroller testing, rating each model on safety, maneuverability (both on and off-road) and ease of use. BabyGizmo.com offers the most detailed professional review of this stroller, and it earns a spot in Babble.com's 2011 best strollers roundup. Individual product reviews are also found at Running Times magazine and ParentDish.com. The Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is mentioned in the latest edition of "Baby Bargains," but it was too new at press time for ample feedback. Few owner reviews are available on this newer model, but we did find a handful of comments at Amazon.com, Buzzillions.com and Viewpoints.com.
ConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing of dozens of baby strollers. The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is included in the latest roundup, where it's compared to eight other all-terrain strollers in terms of safety, ease of use, and on and off-road maneuverability.
Review: Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of Dec. 2011
Senior editors of BabyGizmo.com offer an in-depth review of the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, noting its ability to transition between jogging and daily use with a swivel front wheel that can be locked. Editors say maneuverability is excellent, although the stroller is narrow and turning too quickly could cause it to tip. They also lament the lack of an included pump.
Review: Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe Stroller, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Oct. 2009
The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is a Readers' Choice pick in Babble.com's 2011 best strollers roundup. Editors say the large, air-filled tires provide a smooth ride on all types of terrain. On the downside, several testers had problems using the side clamps to fold the stroller completely, and one pinched a finger in the process.
Review: Readers ' Choice: Kelty Kids Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, Editors of Babble.com, 2011
Running Times magazine rounds up the best in jogging and all-terrain strollers for the serious runner, recommending them by lifestyle. The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is suggested for city runners who want to take a child on long runs for many years.
Review: A Runner's Guide to Jogging Strollers, Katie Wolpert, Not Dated
This well-balanced review cites parent feedback, but it's not clear where their opinions were obtained. At about 4 feet long, the Swivel-Deluxe is said to be cumbersome for daily activities and tends to veer to one side, which is a common user complaint. The review indicates that the Swivel-Deluxe doesn't provide adjustable tracking, which the company's website says is inaccurate.
Review: Stroller Review: Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, Erin Renzas, March 31, 2010
Fewer than 10 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.29 out of 5 stars. Owners say the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is well worth its price, noting its durability, easy maneuverability on all types of terrain and ample storage.
Review: Kelty Speedster Deluxe Single Jogging Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of Dec. 2011
The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe rates just 2.2 stars out of 5 in four reviews. Owners complain of defects in the handle and wheels, but also say that when the stroller works great, it's ideal for the serious runner.
Review: Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011
The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe earns 4.3 stars out of 5 in six reviews. One owner says the clamps are difficult to use, which is something expert reviewers note, as well. Most users say it rolls well and is a good value.
Review: Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Dec. 2011
9. Baby Bargains
No owner feedback is available at press time in the latest edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields. They mention the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe in their coverage of the overall Kelty brand, but ratings are offered for overall brands rather than individual models.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2010