It can seem like a daunting task to run while pushing two children in a stroller, but, according to experts and owners, the BOB Ironman Duallie (Est. $560) makes it effortless. It is a fixed-wheel stroller, so it's best for running and jogging, not for everyday use. It has great safety features as well as adjustable tracking and suspension. It's reported to be comfortable for children, with extra back and leg support. The only real complaints it gets are that the handlebar is not adjustable and the wrist strap is short and fixed on the right side, so it's difficult to use it with the left hand. It's also on the heavy side at 34 pounds. The seats are suitable for children from 6 months or 8 months for jogging, and it holds up to 100 pounds total. It accepts one car seat, so it's not a true twin stroller.
The Duallie gets a lot of positive comments for its off-road abilities, even though it's not marketed as an all-terrain stroller. One expert reviewer says the stroller pulls to the side of a heavier child, so it may be a better choice for parents with children of similar weights and sizes. It's suitable for children from 6 months and up to 100 total pounds for two children. It's pricey at around $500, but if you're a dedicated runner, this is your stroller.
In spite of its 39-pound weight, the Schwinn Turismo Swivel Wheel Jogger - Double (Est. $280) gets good reviews for its easy push. Because it has a swivel wheel with a fixed-wheel option, it's not a good choice for serious runners, according to experts. It does not have a handlebar brake for better control on hills, something most jogging strollers have and a feature that is probably more important on a double stroller than a single due to the heavier weights involved. Otherwise, it is loaded with features, like parent and child trays with cup holders and an MP3 speaker, though parents say the speaker quality is poor. The seat is reported as comfortable for children and is suitable from 6 months to a total of 100 pounds. The big drawback to this stroller, experts and owners agree, is its size. It's heavy and won't fit in some trunks. It's also wide -- it may not fit through some doorways. The wheels come off to make a smaller footprint, but this stroller is probably not the best choice for a suburban parent who has to lift it in and out of a car trunk a lot. It's better if you have a place to park it when it's not in use. Several reviewers say it won't fold flat unless you remove the wheels. It is not car seat compatible.
At half the price, the Schwinn Turismo may be a tempting buy, but unless you're just out for the occasional jog or power walk, you may regret not biting the bullet and springing for the BOB.