You do your research, read reviews and compare features of a product before making a purchase, and that should be the same when buying a Jogging Stroller. Good baby joggers don’t come cheap, so spend your money wisely by picking a stroller that is right for you.
Runners, tall or short parents, and bigger kids are some of the different groups that require specific features in jogging strollers.
Online reviews often do not address the needs of individual parents when they are searching for information that will help them make the best decision when purchasing a jogging stroller.
I have looked at the overall features of jogging strollers, and focused on features that make a baby jogger excellent for one parent, but may not be the ideal features for another parent.
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A good jogging stroller can be much more expensive than an average stroller, so it is important to check that a stroller you are buying has most of the features that meet your need.
Jogging strollers with front swivel wheels are best suited for parents that will mostly be using a stroller in crowded city and shopping mall. They can turn covers much more easily. And if you are a runner that will be exploring rougher terrains with your baby, a fixed front wheel stroller will suite you. They are more stable when running and keep to straight lines.
If your a tall dad or mom and will be using a jogging stroller with your shorter partner, check that the stroller of your choice has an adjustable handlebar.
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Key Features in a good Jogging Stroller
Know your jogging stroller
Jogging strollers or baby jogger as they are also commonly called are easily identified by their three large wheels and air filled tires, one at the front and two at the rear. The frames and wheels are constructed with aluminium or moulded plastic, aluminium being the choice for joggings strollers that are strong and rugged. Stainless steel is also used in specialist and luxury jogging strollers
Others features you will find in jogging strollers are provided in answers to the following questions:
How Safe Will Your Child be in a Jogging Stroller?
A lease is also a good safety feature to have, and can be used to secure strollers to your wrist.
What Comfort Features Are Available?
Seat padding varies in baby joggers, and this can determine the level of comfort for your baby. The seat on most jogging strollers can be reclined at multiple positions to suit your child. Shock absorbing systems are also different, some are better at absorbing shocks over bumps, providing a smooth ride. Check the amount of storage available on a stroller to hold the things you would be taking with you on jogging runs.
Do You Need a Fixed or Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller?
If you are a moderate jogger looking to buy a stroller for everyday use, a swivel wheel jogging stroller is suitable for all terrains. They turn corners more easily with the swivel front wheel and are better suited for walking the malls and crowded city. And when you want to use them for jogging, the front wheels can be locked to track better on straight lines.
Many keen runners or joggers prefer the fixed wheel jogging stroller. They are much stable for running and track better on straight lines.
The BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller is a swivel wheel all-terrain stroller that is popular and suitable for many parents.
Shopping for a jogging stroller for big kids?
Bigger Kids have their needs
# 1 – Every Jogging Strollers has a weight limit for kids
The average baby weight limit for many single jogging strollers is about 50 pounds. If you have a big toddler, or you are shopping for a stroller your baby can use for longer as he of she grows, some single strollers can take baby weight of up to 75 pounds. Baby joggers with higher weight limits also tend to be stronger in their design and construction.
# 2 – Extra large Seat for Bigger Kids
Kids need enough space in strollers to keep them comfortable, and bigger kids will need even more space. Some jogging strollers like the Joovy Zoom 360 are designed with extra large seats suitable for big kids or toddlers. The seats on Jogging strollers with narrow profiles are usually smaller, but the Joovy Zoom 360 managed to avoid this with a design that did not use an axle to connect the rear wheels.
# 3 – Sturdy shock absorbers to carry the weight of big kids
Jogging on rough terrains can be bumpy and the first to feel it is your kid, if the shock absorber is not up to the job. The suspension system should be strong enough to take the weight of bigger kids, cushioning them from the shocks of riding over bumps and rough terrains.
BOB Revolution SE has a shocking absorbing system that can be adjusted to suit the varying weight of children as they grow.
A Jogging Stroller for Tall Parents?
Special features for tall people with long strides
# 1 – Height of the Handlebar of a jogging stroller
The handlebar of any jogging stroller a tall parent is looking to buy should be at the right level that prevents parents from stooping to reach and push a baby jogger. If the handlebar height is too low, stooping for prolong periods can be very uncomfortable, and it is a usual source of complaint of back pains by tall parents.
The height of a stroller handlebar should be at the right level for you, and if you will be using the stroller with a partner, buy a baby jogger with adjustable handlebar to benefit you and your partner.
# 2 – How to avoid kicking your stroller when jogging or running
Tall parents jog and run with longer strides, and tend to kick the back of their strollers if they have not researched well, and later find they have purchased a jogging stroller that is poorly designed for tall parents. The design of the rear of a jogging stroller that is suitable for tall parents is very important. Look for a stroller with a handlebar that is not too close to the under carriage of the baby jogger.
The best jogging strollers for tall parents are designed without a rear horizontal bar (axle) connecting the two rear wheels that is commonly found in baby joggers.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller is a jogging stroller that is designed with tall and bigger kids in mind. It has an extra wide seat that is raised for more leg room, and 75 pounds weight capacity for heavy kids.
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