Not everyone can afford to pay $400 or more for a jogging stroller. The good news is, you don't have to. There are a few strollers that sell for around $200 that get good reviews for performance. The one drawback to these is the upper weight ratings are lower.
The Jeep Overland Limited (*MSRP $220) gets high praise for its many convenience features, including speakers for an MP3 player, adjustable handle, and baby and parent trays with cup holders. It is a fixed-wheel stroller, so is best for serious joggers and runners and not for everyday use. It gets good reviews for its ease of pushing, but a few owners say it's tiring to push on long runs. One expert source suggests it's a better choice for power walkers than serious runners. It has the safety features of a high-end jogger, and owners say the padded, ventilated seat is comfortable for their children. It's suitable for children from 6 months old, but its upper weight rating of 45 pounds is low compared to other jogging strollers.
Another fixed-wheel stroller in this price category that gets good reviews as a stroller for distance runners or joggers is the Schwinn Arrow Fixed Wheel Jogger - Single. It has good safety features and a lot of convenience features, like an adjustable handle and parent tray with cup holder. It gets great reviews for its easy push, probably due to its weight of less than 21 pounds, which makes it the lightest stroller in this category. Users warn that you have to be careful to keep the tires evenly filled or it will pull to the side. They also complain about alignment issues with the front wheel.
However, these same reviewers agree that it's worth the price they paid for it. It's suitable for children from 6 months to 50 pounds -- a lower upper weight rating than other jogging strollers. It may not be the top choice for comfort. The padding is not as plush as other jogging strollers, and the suspension is not as springy as it could be, so it's probably best for older toddlers. With all else being equal, the Jeep offers better durability and comfort without much difference in price.
The Schwinn Turismo Swivel Wheel Jogger - Single (*Est. $200) is the only swivel-wheel stroller with a fixed-wheel option in this category. It gets great reviews for its versatility, with some owners saying they use this stroller exclusively for everyday use. It's better for power walking and light jogging; it's not a good choice for the serious, distance runner. It has more convenience features that even strollers in the upper price categories, such as an MP3 speaker and parent and baby trays with cup holders.
It gets its best reviews for comfort for the rider, with parents saying it's very well-padded and the spring suspension makes for a smooth ride. The big drawback to this stroller, experts and owners agree, is its size. It's heavy at 31 pounds, and a number of owners say it won't fit in any of their sedan car trunks. It's car seat compatible and the seat is suitable for children from 6 months to 50 pounds. If you don't need a fixed-wheel jogging stroller, this is one to look at; otherwise, go with the Jeep or Schwinn Arrow.