Not every stroller fits every exercise style. Serious runners tend to run or jog long distances. Some exercisers prefer shorter, lighter jogs. Power walkers can also benefit from a jogging stroller.
Runners or joggers who need a jogging stroller to fit their intense training schedule will find that the BOB Ironman (Est. $400) is the overwhelming choice of experts and owners alike. It has 16-inch wheels with a fixed front wheel for stability. The tracking mechanism on the front tire is easy and intuitive. Reviewers say the lightweight aluminum frame requires almost no effort to push. It is car seat compatible and can accommodate children up to 70 pounds. Safety features include a hand brake, rear-wheel parking break, a wrist strap and a five-point safety harness. It's reported to be a very comfortable ride for children. The only complaints it receives are about the nonadjustable handle and the short canopy clearance of 23 inches -- it may not work well for taller children.
Two strollers that get high praise for both distance and light running or jogging are the Joovy Zoom ATS (Est. $250). and the Joovy Zoom 360 (Est. $250). The strollers are identical in price and in build -- the only difference is in the wheels. The Zoom ATS is a dedicated, fixed-wheel stroller for serious jogging or running. The Zoom 360 has a swivel wheel with the option of a fixed wheel for light jogging or power walking. The 360 can be used as an everyday stroller with the swivel-wheel option, and it performs well on challenging terrain. Both strollers are car seat compatible and accommodate children up to 75 pounds.
Both the Joovy Zoom ATS and the Joovy Zoom 360 strollers feature high-end safety features, including reflective accents. They are heavy at 26.8 pounds, but reviewers say they push easily in spite of their weight. Both strollers have an easy, one-handed fold, something that's unusual for jogging strollers. They have one drawback: They have an unusually short seat back -- 18 inches with a 22 inch canopy clearance -- so taller children or average-size children at the upper range of the weight rating may not fit. Unless you're training for a marathon, in which case you want to seriously consider the Ironman, these strollers may be sufficient exercise strollers at a much lower price.
The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe (**MSRP $400) is probably better suited for the power walker or light jogger than the serious runner because it has a swivel wheel with a fixed-wheel option. Reviewers say it performs well on challenging terrains and that it's easy to push. It gets poor reviews for its difficult fold, and it does not have all of the safety features that a running stroller should have. It lacks, for example, a handle brake for slowing on hills. With a price close to that of the Ironman and well above both Joovy Zoom models, it's not the best choice in this category. However, it is reported to be comfortable for taller children, so if that's your criteria, this is a stroller worth looking at.