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Best Jogging Stroller

By: Saundra Latham on March 17, 2017

Jogging strollers offer a stable, smooth, safe ride

Whether you just want to run occasionally or make it part of your daily routine, a jogging stroller is a must to stay in shape with your baby in tow. Jogging strollers have air-filled tires that offer a smoother ride, and many have shocks and suspension systems that help with stability. Just make sure you've got room to transport and store these monsters -- they're among the largest strollers on the market.

Tried-and-true BOB jogging strollers remain some of the best on the market, and the BOB Revolution Flex (Est. $400) is the cream of the crop. BOB's reputation for a durable, smooth ride keeps customers coming back, and the Flex is a good middle ground for parents who want a stroller that can handle the mall or a quick jog with equal finesse. At 28 pounds, the Flex is no lightweight. A near-flat recline can accommodate babies as young as 8 weeks as long as you're just walking; younger babies can ride in attached car seat. BOB recommends you wait until your baby is 8 months to jog. Maximum weight capacity is 75 pounds.

The BOB Revolution Flex is meant to be a go-anywhere stroller. By locking the front swivel wheel, parents can take on rough terrain or go for a jog. Experts say it maneuvers with ease, and the adjustable shocks keep tots from feeling the bumps. Most reviewers say the two-step fold is easy, but there's no automatic lock -- you'll have to secure a buckle to carry it. The stroller does not stand when folded. While the wheels are removable for a more compact fold, the Flex may be too bulky for smaller trunks. The high-tech fabric is "water resistant, and easy to care for" note BabyGearLab.com testers. The adjustable foam-covered handlebar can accommodate parents of all heights.

The Revolution Flex has an ample canopy with a peek-a-boo window. Most parents find the storage basket roomy enough and easily accessible, and they also like the mesh pockets inside the seat and on the seat back. You'll have to pay extra for a Handlebar Console (Est. $20) or a Child Snack Tray (Est. $30). Other optional accessories include a Rain Shield (Est. $60) and Sun Shield (Est. $60). There are also car seat adapters for popular Britax, BOB, Chicco, Graco and Peg Perego car seats.

The Flex has a five-point harness and a parking brake parents can operate with one foot. It does not have a hand brake -- for that, you'll need to upgrade to the pricier BOB Revolution PRO (Est. $450). The wide frame makes the Flex less prone to sideways tipping than competing strollers, and there is a wrist strap so parents can keep the stroller from rolling away. However, a couple of reviewers point out that since the strap is attached to the handle, parents may tip the stroller if they fall while using the strap -- a particular concern for joggers.

If you just can't stomach the thought of a 28-pound stroller, no matter how maneuverable, the Thule Urban Glide (Est. $399) offers a lighter option at a similar price. At 23 pounds, it's 5 pounds lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex, and it has the same generous weight capacity at 75 pounds. The seat reclines to a near-flat position, but most experts caution against jogging with any baby younger than 6 to 8 months. Parents can walk with very young babies if they attach a compatible car seat.

Like the BOB Revolution Flex, the Urban Glide has a front wheel that can swivel for greater maneuverability or be fixed for stability while jogging. Experts report a smooth, responsive ride; BabyGearLab's testers say "pushing and turning on hard flat surfaces is a breeze," but the stroller also handles well on bumpy ground. The one-handed fold is easy, but the stroller does not stand once it's folded. The fold is not as narrow as the BOB's, but it is shorter. An adjustable handle bar accommodates runners of all heights.

Features on the Urban Glide are very similar to those on the BOB Flex: You'll get a full-coverage sunshade with a peek-a-boo window that can also rotate forward unlike the BOB's. There is a large under-seat storage basket that can zip shut, and mesh pockets inside the seat and on the seat back. The stroller also has a padded leg rest.  Accessories sold separately include a Snack Tray (Est. $40), Console (Est. $45), Rain Cover (Est. $40) and Mesh Cover (Est. $40). The Car Seat Adapter (Est. $60) works with a wide range of car seats, including popular Britax, Chicco, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Peg Perego, Safety 1st and UPPAbaby models.

The Urban Glide has a standard parking brake but no hand brake that parents can use to gradually slow the stroller, which is useful for more serious runners and available on the Thule Glide (Est. $375). It also has adjustable tracking to keep you on a straight path. The five-point harness is fully adjustable but requires two hands to unbuckle. BabyGearLab's experts found that this stroller tips back easily, so you'll want to avoid hanging shopping bags or anything heavy on the handle. There is a wrist strap so parents can keep the stroller from rolling away. Like the BOB Revolution Flex's wrist strap, it's attached to the handlebar and parents can tip the stroller if they fall with it attached.

Buyers searching for a mid-range jogging stroller that isn't quite so painful on the wallet may want to check out the solidly reviewed Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight (Est. $220). At about 25½ pounds, it's about average for weight and is right in between the lighter Thule Urban Glide and heavier BOB Revolution Flex. A near-flat recline means you can use the stroller with babies as young as 3 months even without an attached car seat or bassinet -- just don't jog with them until they have full head control. Maximum weight capacity is a generous 75 pounds.

The Zoom 360 Ultralight also has a swivel front wheel that can be locked for casual jogging. It has a relatively compact fold for a jogging stroller, and while folding it is straightforward, testers with BabyGearLab note that you'll need two hands and there is no auto-lock or self-standing feature. Testers give it good marks for maneuverability while walking, but say pricier strollers are easy to turn and stay on track while running. Indeed, there are a few complaints about the stroller veering to one side. The handlebar is not adjustable.

Meg Collins of LuciesList.com is a big fan of the Zoom 360 Ultralight's "HUUUGE canopy," which has a peek-a-boo window with a Velcro closure. However, reviewers say the storage basket could be larger and sturdier, and access isn't as easy thanks to a bar and strap that partially block it. Storage is better elsewhere: Parents can stash belongings in a mesh pocket on the back of the stroller, and there are also mesh pockets inside for kids' snacks and toys. As a nice bonus, the stroller comes with a parent console that has deep bottle holders and a small compartment for keys or phones. Car seat adapters (Est. $40) accommodate a variety of seats, including popular Chicco, Graco, Britax, Peg Perego and UPPAbaby models.

The Zoom 360 Ultralight has regular parking brakes but no hand brake or adjustable tracking. Experts with BabyGearLab warn that the brakes must be set individually and are very stiff – they also aren't easy to use for anyone in sandals. There is an adjustable, easy-to-operate five-point harness and a safety strap that's attached to the bottom of the stroller, reducing tip-over risks if a parent falls while it's attached. Tipping is also a risk if you put too much weight on the handlebars -- BabyGearLab testers say it took about 18½ pounds to tip the stroller backwards.

A top budget jogging stroller

Jogging strollers are an expensive bunch, but if you're on a very tight budget, the Baby Trend Expedition (Est. $110) has plenty of fans who say it performs admirably without breaking the bank. The stroller has a seat that offers a deep recline and is recommended for babies 6 months and older. It also tops out at 50 pounds, so it's not as long-lived as the other models we recommend. At 27 pounds, it's also relatively heavy, though still a bit lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex.

The Expedition has a swivel front wheel that should be locked for jogging – some parents warn this is particularly crucial on this stroller, because the wheel may wobble at higher speeds. Unlike pricier jogging strollers, you'll need two hands to fold it, and the lock isn't automatic. But the stroller will stand by itself when folded, and it's among the more compact folds in the category if space is a concern. Despite its low price, the Expedition fares well in experts' maneuverability tests. BabyGearLab testers call it "easy to push and turn," noting that its narrower, shorter frame helps parents remain in command. However, it lacks an adjustable handlebar and doesn't have a suspension system to keep babies from being jostled – a particular consideration for serious runners.

The Expedition comes with a few nice features for the price: An extra-large storage basket that can fit even mammoth diaper bags, an included parent console that has two integrated cup holders and a compartment for phones or keys, and a child tray with two cup holders that swings out of the way for easier access to the stroller seat. The sunshade isn't as large as the ones on pricier jogging strollers, but it does have a small peek-a-boo window. Experts caution that the storage basket, while large, is also flimsy, and say the seat's thin padding leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to comfort. The child tray also functions as the attachment point for Baby Trend car seats.

While the Expedition has standard safety features (an adjustable five-point harness, parking brakes that must be set separately, and a safety strap to prevent the stroller from rolling away), it lacks adjustable tracking to keep a straight path or a hand brake. The stroller fares about average in backwards tip tests, but experts warn it's much more vulnerable to side tipping than other jogging strollers.

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