The Jeep Overland Limited stroller is not for the runner who wants to log serious miles, because it may be tiring to push for long distances. Rather, it's a great stroller for the jogger or power walker who also needs something that can handle multiterrain situations. It's loaded with more features than strollers costing twice as much, and parents particularly love its built-in MP3 speakers. It has a fixed wheel, which means it's a stroller for exercising, not an everyday stroller.
All the safety features of a high end jogger. The Jeep Overland Limited does not allow its low price to affect safety. It has secure, one-touch, linked brakes, a wrist strap for added security and a slow-down brake on the handle. The adjustable, five-point harness is fully padded. There are reflectors in several places to help with nighttime visibility. It has a latch that securely locks it when folded.
Assembles easily, may be hard to push. Reviewers say the Jeep Overland Limited assembles quickly and easily out of the box, and it gets good marks for other ease of use features as well, including the recline and fold. Reviewers say it's easy to push and maneuvers well, but there are complaints about the fixed wheel from those who did not realize they were buying a jogging stroller. It weighs 26.4 pounds, so it may not be easy for some to lift in and out of trunks. Many reviewers say it's big for their trunk when folded with the wheels on, but the wheels are simple to pop off and on, making a smaller footprint. Reviewers also note that the Overland Limited's tires are easy to fill properly with the included pump. The stroller wipes clean, and the parent tray is dishwasher safe on the top rack.
Abundant features are music to the ears. The Jeep Overland Limited is the stroller for the runner who likes to have it all but doesn't want to pay for the extras. It includes a baby tray with cup holder, parent tray with two cup holders and the iBaby MP3 player hookup to play music through built-in speakers. It even works with an iPhone with an adapter available at Apple stores.
The Overland Limited is weight rated from 6 months to 45 pounds, which is lower than some joggers with upper weight ratings of 70 pounds. The 6 month age may work for some children; they should be able to sit up unassisted before being pushed by a runner in this stroller. For some babies, however, that may not be possible before 7 months or more.
The handle on the Overland Limited is adjustable, so it's good for parents of differing sizes. It gets great reviews for its performance even on rough terrain and in off-road situations due to its 16 inch, air-filled tires. There are very few complaints of the tires popping or not holding air, in spite of its use on a variety of terrains. Owners say their babies are comfortable in the padded, ventilated seat, and the front wheel has a fender to keep the child's feet from touching the wheel. The canopy and basket are generous, and the canopy is fully adjustable and has a peek-a-boo window.
Besides its weight, the Jeep Overland Limited gets complaints about its bulk when folded; be sure to measure your trunk if this is a stroller you're going to need to lift in and out frequently. Because it is heavy, reviewers who use it for distance running say it can be tiring to push. Serious runners who log a lot of miles may want to consider that issue carefully.
There are some recent complaints about durability, with several owners saying the stroller tracks badly to the left, and a few saying the odometer/pedometer does not work. One owner reposted after a few months, saying her odometer still did not work, but she fixed the pulling problem by reinstalling the wheel.
Standard warranty. The Jeep Overland Limited carries a standard, one-year warranty.
1. Baby Bargains
Review credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including jogging strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Although the authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, they do single out a few jogging strollers as the top in their class.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
Review credibility: Very Good The Jeep Overland Limited jogging stroller earns an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars in more than 100 customer reviews. In general, exercisers seem to like its many features, such as the cup holders, MP3 player and baby tray, and they say it works well as a jogger. However, there are several newer reviews that say the stroller pulls severely to the left, and the pedometer either doesn't work or falls off. It gets many complaints about its weight, with runners saying it's exhausting to push as they run. It, like other fixed-wheel strollers, is downgraded in some reviews for being a fixed-wheel stroller by people who don't understand that this is a jogging/exercise stroller, not an everyday stroller.
Review: Overland Limited Jogging Stroller, Fiercerollers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Very Good More than 40 owners give the Jeep Overland Limited stroller an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 80 percent saying they would recommend it to a friend. Owners like the convenience features and say it's easy to push. Again, it gets low marks for its fixed front wheel. If it had been fairly rated as a jogging stroller, its overall average would be higher.
Review: Jeep - Overland Limited Music on the Move Jogging Stroller, Fierce Orange, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Very Good This review site, called "A Consumer Reports for the cheap," by The New York Times, names the Jeep Overland Limited as one of two Best Cheap Jogging Strollers. The review is detailed and comparative. Raechel Conover says the Jeep Overland Limited's user friendliness and made-for-jogging build puts it at the top of the list -- along with the low price.
Review: Cheap Jogging Strollers, Raechel Conover, July 17, 2012
Review credibility: Fair ConsumerReports.org editors test seven jogging strollers. Strollers are rated for safety, maneuverability and ease of use. The Jeep Overland is among those tested. All of these picks have been discontinued except for the Jeep Overland.
Review: Jogging Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated