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The Race for the Best Jogging Stroller

If you are a dedicated jogger/runner  the Urban Glide earned high marks in our metrics for Run-ability and Maneuverability.
Wednesday October 2, 2019
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Are you considering a jogging stroller? Overwhelmed with all the options? We understand. To determine the best products for running and which options are versatile enough for everyday use, we considered over 45 contenders in our selection process. We narrowed the field to 17 popular strollers for testing. Whether you are a dedicated runner or hoping to embark on new adventures, our tests reveal all the information you need to find the best choice for your lifestyle and budget. We "ran" tests for run-ability, ease of use, maneuverability, and more to narrow the competition down to several impressive winners.


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Pros Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsEasy to push and turn, compact for small spaces
Cons Harder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carryDoesn't track as straight, harder to adjust harness
Bottom Line Our favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useNice maneuvering but hard to use and keep on track
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Bumbleride Speed
Run Ability (35%)
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Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Bumbleride Speed
Weight 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 26.6 lbs
Rolling Resistance 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet 132 Feet
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 25"W x 15.4"H x 34.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Pipa
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Chicco
Keyfit 30
Graco
Click Connect Snugride 30 or 35
One-handed Fold Yes No No No No
Locking Fold Auto Manual Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 28"/47.5"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes No
Included Accessories None None None None Bell
Setup Time 5:13 min:sec 4:26
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5:21 min:sec 5:30 13:10 min:sec

Best Overall Jogging Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
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  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 9
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
Great runner
Easy to push and turn
Good quality
Lightweight
No parent console

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability with the highest overall score in this group of jogging products. This combination makes the Urban Glide 2 our favorite jogging stroller, and the one we'd most likely recommend to a friend. This stroller also has a strong ease of use score, with covered storage, comfortable seating for passengers, and a giant canopy that all work well. This impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller saving you time and effort over buying two products.

This stroller, like many joggers, is more substantial when folded and it may not fit in smaller vehicles or be easy to lift. However, with compelling features like the locking swivel front wheel, passenger stow pockets, simple fold, and competitive price, it is easy to see why this stroller won an Editors' Choice award.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

Best Traditional Jogger


BOB Revolution Flex 3.0


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  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 27.3 lbs | Folded Size: 14,748 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to maneuver
Nice quality
Heavier
Higher price
Awkward fold

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a highly runnable option with impressive maneuverability. This high-quality workhorse of the jogging world is an excellent stroller for those who love to get outside and get moving, especially off the beaten path. The Revolution 3.0 has adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and better storage than previous versions. The 3.0 has everything a serious runner wants and everything the average parent needs.

This jogger may not be the right choice for parents with limited space or find lifting more substantial items challenging, as it is heavy and awkward when folded. However, we think this is an excellent choice for parents who want to head off-road or run off the beaten path.

Read review: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

Smaller Jogger for Everyday Use


BOB Rambler


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  • Run-ability 8
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 25.1 lbs | Folded Size: 13,150 cubic inches
Nice jogger
Easy mover
Lighter and smaller
No additional storage
Multi-step 2-hand fold

The BOB Rambler is a pared-down BOB with fewer features and a smaller footprint. With these reductions comes a reduction in price as well and we suspect most parents won't miss what they don't know while appreciating the lower list price. We like the canopy, cozy seat, and adequate storage for everyday trips, and we love the adjustable tracking and suspension for a quality running experience.

This jogger has a stationary handlebar so it not work for taller parents. It also lacks passenger pockets and a drink holder which could be a deal-breaker for some. However, we love the lighter weight and smaller fold of this BOB. We think it is an excellent solution for families on a budget where space is at a premium, but who still have adventures on the brain.

Read review: BOB Rambler

Best for a Tight Budget


Baby Trend Expedition


The Baby Trend Expedition won our Best Value award
Best Value Award
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  • Run-ability 5
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 6
  • Weight/Folded Size 7
Weight: 23.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,285 cubic inches
Low price
Easy to push and turn
Easy to use
Not the best for running
Lower quality

The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday full-size stroller for parents who may want to jog occasionally. This stroller is easy to maneuver with pneumatic tires and a locking swivel front wheel. It is relatively lightweight and compact when folded, and it is easy to fold, making it a good choice for every day strolling and moving off the beaten path.

Unfortunately, it isn't the best for running, and it lacks the tracking and suspension required for a genuinely good running stroller. However, it is designed with jogging in mind and will manage the occasional jog, even if serious runners will find it lacking. The Expedition is an excellent budget-friendly stroller with the look-and-feel of a jogger. It has features that make it suitable for everyday use, without spending more money if running isn't really your thing.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

Budget-Friendly and Versatile


Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit


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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 6
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2
Weight: 40.9 lbs | Folded Size: 30,090 cubic inches
Good for running
Versatile use
Less expensive
Heavy
No ski/sled mode

The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a versatile bike trailer with much in common with the Thule Chariot Cross 2. However, the Hamax comes with a much lower price and only a few fewer features. The Hamax offers impressive run-ability for such a heavy stroller and is easy to tilt to turn despite the wider footprint. We like the ample storage and passenger stow pockets that little ones can reach even when buckled.

The Hamax lacks the ski/sledding accessory you can find on the Thule, and it is a lot of stroller to manage both when pushing and trying to stash in your car. The Hamax is expensive, even if it is less expensive than the similar Thule. So, if you don't plan to use it while biking, then it may not be the right choice for your family. However, if you enjoy outdoor activities, and want to ensure your baby can join you, then the Hamax is one to consider to save money over the Thule Chariot Cross 2.

Read review: Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit

Top Pick for Versatility


Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit


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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2
Weight: 32.9 lbs | Folded Size: 33,851 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to use
Works for a variety of activities
Higher price
Wider width

The Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers and won a Top Pick award for Outdoor Versatility. This trailer style stroller earned higher scores than the option it replaced, and we loved the improved features and functionality. This two-seater bike trailer is suitable for strolling, jogging, cross-country skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, then this is the stroller for your family.

This stroller is probably not the best solution for every family; with a hefty price tag, you should be confident that outdoor adventures are in your future. It is also heavier and more substantial than a traditional jogging stroller so you should check your car to ensure it will fit. But, if your budget allows and you love being outdoors, we think you will enjoy sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo.

Read review: Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit

Up and Coming Jogger


Bumbleride Speed


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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 8
Weight: 26.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,283 cubic inches
Easy to push and turn
Lighter
Unique 2-mode locking wheel for running
Expensive
So-so tracking

The Bumbleride Speed is a step up for Bumbleride and our favorite from this brand so far. While it didn't manage to win an award, it did perform well compared to the competition with better than average scores in each metric, including run-ability and ease of use. We like the convenience features of this stroller and how easy it is to push and turn. It is a nice looking option that is relatively lightweight and compact when folded. This model comes with a cool two-mode locking front wheel for versatile running options with one setting that allows for a 30-degree rotation our professional running liked.

The Speed is expensive, even for a jogger, and the quality wasn't as good as the top performers. If Bumbleride improves on the tracking of the locked wheel and increases run-ability, the Speed could be a real contender bringing something to the party that no other jogger currently offers.

Read review: Bumbleride Speed


Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).
Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).

Why You Should Trust Us


Our group of experienced jogger testers is led by BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, Board Certified Pediatrician, mother of two, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Spurrier uses her education, background, and experience as a mom, to develop BabyGearLab safety standards, and has the final word on product selection for testing. Our jogging stroller lead is our Senior Research Analyst, Bob Wofford. Bob is a father of 7 and has been leading our jogging stroller testing since our first jogger review. The team also includes Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, who is a mother of two and has reviewed over 200 strollers since 2014. The review team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who joined BabyGearLab stroller testers in 2015. The team has 20+ combined years of jogger experience. Adding to our jogger ratings and insights, including analysis of run-ability, is our running expert, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of three and a professional running biomechanics consultant, as well as a national-class runner ith accolades you can read more about in her bio.

Jogger testing took place in-house at the BabyGearLab lab and in the real-world on running paths and hiking trails in the mountains of beautiful Colorado near Aspen. The reviews utilize extensive product research and performance details from real-world use from multiple testers wo compare each stroller to one another. Our exhaustive testing in the real world helps us determine which products are the best for running, easy to use, highly maneuverable, with impressive quality.

Related: How We Tested Jogging Strollers

Professional runner  Carrier Vickers  helped BabyGearLab test the each jogging stroller  including the Burley Solstice seen here.
A group shot of the strollers we tested getting ready for their on trail performance testing

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased over 17 top jogging strollers over time and tested each over several months to determine which products are a cut above the competition. We put the strollers through their paces, including the activities you are likely to experience while running and everyday use. These strollers were assessed by multiple testers in detail side-by-side to see how each stacked up against the competitors. Our tests are designed to uncover the details you need to know, so you can make an informed decision about which ride is best for your family.

User experience and in-house lab test results determine scores in individual metrics, which are then used to calculate overall scores. Scores are weighted to favor what we believe are essential to jogging strollers. We emphasize factors like run-ability and ease of use because superior run-ability is the main reason parents consider a jogger.

Related: Buying Advice for Jogging Strollers

Safety Considerations when Jogging with a Baby
Running with young babies is not advised. Babies should not be in a quick-moving stroller until at least eight months of age for smooth, flat surfaces like concrete or paved paths and 12-18 months old for uneven or bumpy/hiking terrain. We recommend parents discuss their jogging and outdoor activity plans with their child's pediatrician before embarking on any adventure.


Value


While some may consider jogging strollers as a secondary stroller, recent joggers prove they can work as a main stroller and jogger which can save money over purchasing two strollers. Compared to the average price of a full-size stroller, the joggers are a good value with impressive performance for maneuverability, with good storage, giant canopies, and other features parents want which makes almost any award winner a great value. However, if your budget is tight, the Baby Trend Expedition offers adequate performance with lots of features for a wallet-friendly list price.

The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother  the Thule Urban Glide 2.
The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother, the Thule Urban Glide 2.

Run-ability


We have multiple users run with each jogger to determine run-ability. This group includes a professional runner who can remark on each stroller's ergonomics and features specifically for running. For serious runners, it is crucial to have a jogger with features designed for running like adjustable tracking, suspension (preferably adjustable), handlebar shape, and tire type.

The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.
The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.

Run-ability is impacted by the manufacturing process that brings all the components together with little flex and a low tolerance for manufacturing variations or flaws. We searched for products that run straight without effort, provide excellent biomechanics, and are not a struggle to push or tilt to turn.


The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both earned the high score for run-ability with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is easy to push with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an adjustable handlebar, stationary rear shocks for a smooth ride, and adjustable tracking with the best rolling resistance. If running is your thing, you can't do better than these top performers. However, running off-road may necessitate the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 to increase passenger comfort. The BOB Rambler is a second-place runner with adjustable suspension and tracking, but a stationary handlebar. The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is the most challenging product to run with according to our testers. This Graco doesn't have adjustable tracking, is heavy, and difficult to push in a straight line or turn. Our professional runner feels the Graco is a non-starter because it doesn't offer any suspension, and it doesn't run straight. The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is also suitable for running which is impressive as it isn't a traditional jogger.

The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.
The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.

Ease-of-Use


The ease of use metric includes features that make a stroller easier to use or provide more than just good run-ability. We test features good for everyday use like a parent console, storage, and child tray. However, higher-scoring joggers don't offer many convenience features because they are designed for running. Extra features add weight or become un-functional while running.


Higher ranked strollers in this metric are more enjoyable to use for the most part. Despite lacking some bells and whistles often found on full-size strollers, the joggers do have some storage and great canopies to protect little ones from the elements.

The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even when fully deployed  but you can easily overlook the wrinkles when you see how well it covers little ones.
The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even when fully deployed, but you can easily overlook the wrinkles when you see how well it covers little ones.

Sunshade


A good sunshade can protect your baby from the sun and other elements. The better products have a canopy big enough to cover down past the passenger's knees with potential for better protection like a pop-out visor or rotation. The canopies on the BOB strollers are some of the biggest in the bunch, with an excellent peek-a-boo window, and covers the entire seat. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have large shades that cover similar territory. The Thule shades also have a pop-out visor for increased sun protection with the ability to rotate them forward for low light and wind protection.

The Glide 2 canopy has a plastic peek a boo window with a cover that has a magnetic closure.
The Schwinn Arrow has a small sun shade  small peek-a-boo window  and sort of a weird useless clear sun visor
These photos show the Thule Glide 2 (above left), and the Schwinn Arrow (above right) canopies fully open.

The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version  but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.
The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.

Fold and Unfold


We test how easy each stroller is to fold and unfold. Folding and unfolding are more critical if you need to do them frequently. Using one hand, folding quickly, or the ability to self-stand is important if you need to fold it quickly. The Thule options can fold with one hand and a quick twist and pull to finalize.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.

Storage


Each jogger offers some storage. The bin on the Thule Urban Glide 2 is large enough for our large diaper bag and it comes with a waterproof cover that prevents contents from falling out or getting dirty (a rare feature). The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest maximum storage weight limit at 22 lbs. The bin has divided pockets for organizing with a zippered mesh cover that keeps items contained but not protected. In addition to the storage basket, some of the joggers have rear back pockets and passenger stow pockets. All of the Thule and BOB strollers sport this, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain.

The storage bin on the Terrain has a mesh zippered cover.
The bar across the middle of the Joovy storage bin  coupled with the strap down the back  make it a bin that is hard to access and fully utilize.

The photos above show a few of the storage bins side-by-side including the mesh-covered Mountain Buggy Terrain, and the blocked access of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight.

Additional features are nice to have  like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition  but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running  so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.
Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition, but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running, so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.

Some of the options have parent consoles and child trays. However, after testing, we find the consoles are more of a hassle than an asset when moving quickly. Regular runners might find falling items annoying. Alternatively, parents running errands might feel lost without a cup holder and other storage features. Where parents fall on this spectrum, and how much they use these features will vary. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the best hydration holders with long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place, even while running.

The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers  and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.
The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers, and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.

For safety, we recommend that you do not utilize cup holders or parent consoles while jogging or running. During testing, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard water bottle, and most of them fell out and landed on our "baby."

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.

Seat


All of the seats recline and most recline with a single hand. While your baby should only be at a slight angle when running, it's nice to know that it can recline deep enough for a comfy nap. None of the leg rests are adjustable, but most have padding with a durable footrest. We prefer products with a sling-style seat and suspension for comfort.

Ease of Setup


Ease of setup is not the most critical metric in the group because with any luck you'll only be doing this operation once. However, the Thule Glide 2 and Thule Urban Glide 2 both set up with no tools and assembly includes sliding wheels on and not much else. If you worry you'll get overwhelmed with parts, tools, and inferior manuals, then either one will work well for you.

The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.
The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.

Maneuverability


Maneuverability is something most parents expect from a stroller, and jogging products are no exception. While we can forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns, it isn't easy to forgive swivel wheel options that are too big for small spaces. Depending on the journey and terrain, you may need to make concessions on what you are willing to accept to get the running performance you want.


Each product was put through the same course and used on the same trails and paths. We test products on and off the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offers the most diverse maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents who want to run regularly and use their stroller for everyday use. This feature provides the required fixed wheel for running but offers the versatility of a swivel wheel for navigating the grocery store and other errands. This kind of versatility increases a stroller's usability for everyday outings. The BOB Rambler is an excellent example of a smaller jogger (great for crowds) with enough features to use for errands and trips to the park.

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.

All of the strollers in this review have larger rubber pneumatic tires. Some of the options have a fixed front wheel while others have a swivel wheel you can lock in place for running. Traditionally, a fixed front wheel has been considered the gold standard for running strollers. However, new locking swivel front wheels have proven they have what it takes for serious running and everyday use. The Thule Urban Glide 2 received a high score in this metric with a 9 of 10. It navigates obstacles with ease, but once the front wheel is locked, it is still relatively easy to maneuver and turn compared to the fully fixed wheel options. The hardest to push and turn is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. It is so challenging to move that we had trouble with the locked and swiveling.

The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.
The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.

Quality


For quality, we look for strollers that are well-made, user-friendly, durable, and look like they could stand the test of time through multiple children and a variety of adventures. Some of the materials are nice quality, including ripstop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other materials are heavier steel or have plastic connectors. We considered all of the materials, stitching, frames, flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or unique designs.

With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points  the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.
With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.

The highest quality products are the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands are well designed, thoughtfully constructed, and use parts and materials that are durable and look good. The Thules come away with a sleek and sharp finish, while the BOB tends to look more utilitarian.


The fabric for these strollers has a tight weave and are snag resistant. The fit to the frame is close, and in some places has no visible ends. These strollers have stiff frames with little to no flex, and suspension and connections that increase performance. The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit and the Mountain Buggy Terrain were close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2, and 10 for the Thule Glide 2.

The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.
The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.

Weight and Folded Size


The jogging products vary in weight between about 23 and 41 lbs. While these weights may not constitute a struggle for some, others might wish they had opted for a lighter stroller if faced with a behemoth. It may not sound like a big difference, but holding a stroller out from your body to put it in a trunk might be more than you want to do if it weighs over 30 lbs. If you plan to fold your jogger in half and take it to new locations, you probably want to consider one of the lighter options. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both weigh 24.4 lbs, which is an increase from their formerly lighter weights. However, this is still less than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 at 27.3 lbs and the BOB Rambler at 25.1 lbs. The Baby Trend Expedition is only 23.6 lbs. However, given its lack of running features, we think the additional pound of the Thules is worth it to get a better jogger.


Unfortunately, the weight of a stroller is only part of the story; how big the stroller is when folded is also essential. If you can't fit the item in your car, it means you aren't going to use it as frequently as you intend.

The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.
The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is only about 15,388 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide 2 is larger at closer to 20,352 cubic inches. While the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is only 14,748, making it smaller than both Thule options. The BOB Rambler is a svelte 13,150 cubic inches, making it positively petite compared to the competition. The Best Value winner, the Baby Trend Expedition, is also small when folded at 13,200 cubic inches. Due to a wide variety of sizes and shapes, it is essential that you consider weight and folded size before making a purchase. If you can't lift it or fit it in your car, then it probably isn't the best stroller for you. Not sure what fits where? Purchasing through a vendor with an excellent return policy (like Amazon) is a smart move so you can return it if it doesn't work.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2  Grand Safari  Burley Solstice  Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight  Bumbleride Speed  Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).
Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2, Grand Safari, Burley Solstice, Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, Bumbleride Speed, Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).

Conclusion


Jogging strollers have become must-have baby gear for many families, whether they run or not. The three-wheel design, rubber tires, and the ability to move smoothly over various terrains make them a parent favorite suitable for busy families. We think joggers are great for your only stroller because they are versatile and offer most of the features parents look for in everyday use as well as running. There is something for everyone in this group no matter what your goals and our award winners are a great place to start your search.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers