The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is a versatile stroller that can be used for jogging with the front wheel fixed, or for everyday use when it's set on swivel. It performs well on challenging terrains and reviewers say it's easy to push and good even for long runs. Experts and owners almost unanimously say it's very challenging to fold and unfold. It has a high, 70 pound weight limit, but quality issues may keep it from lasting that long.
Good safety features, but a recent recall. Experts and owners say the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe has all the safety features one needs on a jogging stroller – a five-point padded harness, runaway leash, reflective accents and alert bell. Kids and parents seem to love the bell in particular. The brakes are reported to be secure but are not linked; they must be locked individually. It does not have a handle brake for slowing on hills, which most jogging strollers have. Some users complain about quality issues with the handle and wheels, which may factor into the recall.
On February 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of all Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe strollers due to an issue with the front wheel coming loose and causing the stroller to tip over. Several injuries to children and parents have been reported. The recall includes all single and double Speedster jogging strollers manufactured from January 2010 through February 2012. I you own one of the affected strollers, you should stop using it immediately and contact Kelty to receive free updated assembly and maintenance instructions.
A pain to fold - literally. The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe gets panned by experts and owners for how difficult it is to fold. The problem is that the clamps on either side of the stroller that lock and unlock the frame are very hard to use. One expert reviewer pinched a hand in the stroller's frame because it didn't close properly. It is a two-handed fold, and the recline is two-handed as well. It locks when folded, but it's a manual strap lock. It is described as easy to push and maneuver.
Nice convenience features for joggers. Reviewers praise the many convenience features on the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, especially the storage. In addition to an under seat basket that is a decent size, it has a seat back storage pocket with a key fob and a mesh water bottle holder that is integrated into the seat back, making it secure. The canopy is generous and has a peek-a-boo window. However, the ratcheting mechanism on the canopy is very loud and will definitely startle a sleeping baby.
Experts say this stroller is best used as a jogging stroller for shorter jogs. It has a swivel wheel that can be fixed, but some experts say distance runners are better served with a dedicated, fixed-wheel stroller. However, owner reviews indicate that this stroller performs quite well on long runs, and many reviewers praise its off-road capabilities as well. Although the tires are air-filled, the stroller does not include a tire pump, an oversight that reviewers say makes no sense. The handlebars are adjustable for parents of different heights.
One issue with the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is that the seat is very narrow. The seat back is tall, but reviewers say children should try the seat out if they are on the larger side. That narrow frame makes it a good choice for use in crowded areas and on narrow roads where you may need to move to the side to avoid cars. The Speedster is long -- 52 inches -- making it rather unwieldy in tighter spaces. It folds fairly flat, and the wheels are removable to make it smaller. It weighs 22 pounds, so it's not terribly heavy to lift in and out of car trunks.
The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is recommended for children from 6 months -- or older if they can't yet sit unassisted -- to 70 pounds. The seat is described by reviewers as comfortable and well-padded. The Speedster Swivel is also available as a double stroller, the Speedster Swivel-Deuce (*MSRP $500)
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Review credibility: Very Good This roundup of the top jogging strollers and bike trailers of 2012 includes an overview of the Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe, which seems to be a runner up, with 3 stars out of a possible 5. It includes feedback from expert and mom testers. Nancy Johnson Horn says the Kelty Speedster can clock serious miles, and it's easy to assemble and push. She says it lacks a leash (wrist strap), but it does have one. Feedback from the parent tester is more helpful; she notes the stroller is light and easy to lift. She says it has a narrow seat and is a snug fit for her 3 year old. She says it's hard to fold, but it is compact when folded.
Review: The Best Jogging Strollers of 2012, Nancy Johnson Horn, July 24, 2012
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Review credibility: Very Good The Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe is one of several jogging strollers recommended by Running Times magazine, and the recommendation is based on personal testing. Katie Wolpert says it's good for "city runners who want to take their kid on long runs for many years," adding that the Kelty Speedster is great for crowded areas and narrow roads. She also likes the independent brakes.
Review: A Runner's Guide to Jogging Strollers, Katie Wolpert, Not dated
Review credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz gives the Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe a thorough review, including running with it. She says it's a good jogging stroller, and she likes that the wheel can swivel for everyday use. She thinks it should include a tire pump, as many other strollers with air-filled tires do, and she says the ratcheting device on the canopy is very loud. She likes the adjustable handlebar and the bell. This is an older review, but nothing has changed with the Kelty Speedster since this was posted. The Kelty Speedster is also one of BabyGizmo.com's Top 5 recommended jogging strollers.
Review: Baby Gizmo Kelty Speedster Swivel Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Oct. 15, 2009
Review credibility: Good Manufacturers' sites aren't usually a great source for reviews, but in this case these are the most up-to-date reviews available from owners. A handful of reviewers give the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe an overall 4 stars out of 5 for use as a workout stroller, even for long runs. Reviewers say it performs well on challenging terrain. There are a couple of durability complaints, and owners say it's not the easiest to fold.
Review: Customer Reviews Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, Contributors to Kelty.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Good The Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe is a Readers' Choice pick in Babble.com's 2011 best strollers roundup. Editors say the large, air-filled tires provide a smooth ride on all types of terrain. On the downside, several testers had problems using the side clamps to fold the stroller completely, and one pinched a finger in the process.
Review: Readers' Choice: Kelty Kids Speedster Swivel-Deluxe, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
Review credibility: Good These reviews are a bit older than the ones on Kelty.com, but a handful of owners give the Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe an overall rating of 87 out of 100. Owners say it's great for jogging and performs particularly well on off-road trails. Everyone seems to like the versatility of being able to use it as a jogger or an everyday stroller.
Review: Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe Single Jogging Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Fair Editors of ConsumerReports.org include the Kelty Speedster Swivel-Deluxe in this roundup of all-terrain strollers. Technically, this is not an all-terrain stroller; it is considered a jogging stroller due to its air-filled tires.
Review: All-terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of Consumer Reports, Not dated