Introduced in 2010, the Baby Jogger F.I.T. stroller (*Est. $300) is the brand's newest addition to the line. The F.I.T. features a locked front wheel and hand-operated caliper brake, and reviewers say that the Baby Jogger F.I.T. is a stellar option for parents who are serious about running. Large 16-inch tires glide easily over the roughest terrain, and a shock system makes for a smooth ride. The F.I.T. is often compared to the top rated BOB Ironman (*MSRP $410) and its sister model the similarly priced BOB Sport Utility (*Est. $300). Reviewers say that all of these models are high-quality, durable jogging strollers. At 25.4 pounds, the F.I.T. is slightly heavier than the Ironman or the Sport Utility, which weigh 21 and 23 pounds, respectively. However, the F.I.T. does have a 75-pound weight maximum -- 25 pounds higher than the BOB models. Parents with older or taller children likely will appreciate the roomy F.I.T. seat.
The stroller also earns praise for its Quick Fold mechanism; collapsing the stroller takes just seconds and can be done with one hand. When folded, the stroller does not have a self-standing fold and is quite bulky, even with the wheels removed. However, this is typical of most joggers. Storage is ample, reviewers say, though there is no cupholder. The large sun canopy which has vented side panels to keep kids cool is appreciated by users. The stroller's fixed wheel, which is great for jogging, can make maneuvering through tight spaces or crowded areas difficult. Parents looking for a stroller with more versatility for everyday use might consider the BOB Revolution (*Est. $390).
Because the Baby Jogger F.I.T. is relatively new to the market, reviews are somewhat sparse. The stroller was selected by top running-enthusiast publication Runner's World as a "stand-out" stroller. Amazon.com features a few insightful user-generated reviews, as does Buzzillions.com.
Editors ask five parents test eight of the top jogging strollers. Four strollers out of the eight, including the Baby Jogger F.I.T, were selected as stand-out models. Testers were "impressed with the Baby Jogger F.I.T.'s ease of use." They also appreciated the caliper brakes, which provide better control when jogging downhill than other models.
Review: Roll Em': The Best Strollers for Moms and Dads on the Move, Lisa Jhung, Oct . 2010
This retail site features reviews from the editors of JoggingStroller.com and users. Editors say that the front fixed wheel and caliper brakes make the Baby Jogger F.I.T. a good choice for active parents. The Quick Fold mechanism allows for easy transportation and storage of the stroller. Editors also say that the stroller is comparable in style, performance and price to the BOB Sport Utility stroller (*Est. $300). A user says the stroller provides a smooth ride and is quick to fold but is slightly heavy.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Jogging Stroller, Editors of and Contributors of Jogging Stroller, Not Dated
Amazon.com features a handful of user-generated reviews of the Baby Jogger F.I.T. Users say that this is a good option for parents who are serious runners. The fold is slightly large, and the stroller is on the heavy side, but parents say that the performance of the stroller far outweighs these minor drawbacks. Reviewers also appreciate the large storage basket but warn that the stroller does not feature a cupholder.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb . 2011
Buzzillions.com aggregates user-generated reviews from top stroller retailers such as R.E.I. and ToysRUs.com. The site features two reviews of the Baby Jogger F.I.T. Most other top stroller models have more user reviews. Both reviewers, however, are very pleased with this stroller. They praise the smooth ride and one-handed fold. One reviewer does warn that the locked front wheel can be somewhat inconvenient when using the stroller in instances other than running or long walks. The other reviewer says that although the stroller is excellent, the length can be cumbersome in crowded areas.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Feb. 2011
StrollerLife.com rates top-selling strollers on seven criteria, including travel convenience, durability, mobility and safety. The Baby Jogger F.I.T. receives a perfect score, with editors calling the stroller "the best jogging stroller you can get on the market." Comments about the F.I.T. are relatively vague. The editors tout the one-handed fold and the 75 pound weight maximum, but there are few other details to support their claim that this is the best jogger on the market.
Review: Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Jogging Stroller, Editors of StrollerLife.com