Baby Jogger is a formidable name in the stroller world, but, in spite of their name, they make only a couple of jogging strollers. The Baby Jogger F.I.T. is one, and it gets good reviews as a lower-cost alternative to the pricey BOB Ironman for joggers or shorter-distance runners. Serious runners say it doesn't "glide" like a good jogger should and may be tiring to push. It's compatible with several car seats.
Extra safety features. The Baby Jogger F.I.T. has all the safety features you'd expect in a high-end jogger, plus a few extras. It has a padded, adjustable five-point harness; a linked, foot-operated parking brake; and a hand brake for greater control on hills. The canopy offers full coverage and is made from UV-protecting materials.
That great Baby Jogger fold. Like all Baby Jogger strollers, the Baby Jogger F.I.T. offers the one-handed, pull-up fold that made the company's strollers famous. However, you then have to be able to lift its relatively heavy 27-pound weight. It also does not glide as well as some jogging strollers, and experts say it can be tiring to push after a while. In spite of its 16-inch, all-terrain tires, it does not get good reviews for performance on anything but smooth surfaces. The seat cover is machine-washable.
Fixed wheel for jogging. The Baby Jogger F.I.T. gets panned for its fixed wheel, with reviewers saying it's hard to maneuver in everyday situations, but it's not meant to be an everyday stroller; it's a jogger, and as such should have a fixed wheel. The stroller has a high 75-pound weight limit, and the seat is reported as roomy and comfortable. However, it lacks shock absorbers, so it may jostle your baby more than others. The F.I.T. is compatible with several car seats, although you should not jog with the car seat attached. Storage space is ample. All accessories are optional, which adds to the price of the stroller. The handlebar is not adjustable.
The Baby Jogger F.I.T. earns an overall rating of 55 out of 100, coming in ninth out of 10 strollers in this roundup. Mariana Seif says it's lightweight, slim and fast, and calls it a high-quality stroller. It's heavy for a running stroller and impractical as an everyday stroller.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Review, Mariana Seif, Dec. 16, 2012
Elena Filatova gives the Baby Jogger F.I.T. 4.3 stars out of 5, saying its design is sleek, with first-rate fabrics and construction. She says it's comfortable for baby and has ample storage space. She notes that it lacks an adjustable handlebar, as well as shock absorbers.
Review: The Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Stroller Review, Elena Filatova, Jan. 21, 2013
3. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" covers jogging strollers in depth. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record when making stroller recommendations. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased and include reviews of the brand in general, and of specific jogging strollers.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
The Baby Jogger F.I.T. earns an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 30 customer reviews. Parents praise it for comfort for their babies, particularly older babies and toddlers -- even up to preschool. Most say it's better for fitness walking or light jogging than for serious running.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013