Nowadays, there is such a vast collection of strollers in the market that choosing one that suits your needs is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Don’t fret, you are at the right place. This post will be addressing the things you need to look for when shopping for a sport/jogging stroller.
First things first,
A sport/jogging stroller is a type of stroller designed to be used for running/jogging. They are designed with big wheels and shock absorbers to make the ride smooth and safe for babies. They are usually more expensive than most regular strollers and come in a variety of designs.
What are the qualities of a good jogging stroller?
A good sport/jogging stroller should have big wheels preferably 16″ wheels. If the stroller will be used for running or jogging only then a stroller with fixed front wheels are great because they are steady and do not make sudden turns. Good examples of a stroller with fixed front wheel is the bob ironman stroller and the thule glide stroller.
If you have to buy a stroller with a swiveling front wheel, make sure the lock is firm when in the jogging mode else it will have some play and make the ride horrible. A great sport stroller that have swiveling front wheels that lock is the thule urban glide stroller.
However, some people use their stroller for shopping as well as running and jogging. In this case, the stroller will need to have swiveling front wheels because when shopping this will make maneuvering around corners easier.
Some swiveling wheels lock both forward and backwards giving the user more options. No locking direction is better than the other, it all depends on the user.
Shock Absorbers (dampers, suspension system)
Some sport strollers come with adjustable shock adsorbing systems that can be adapted for the user’s weight plus the weight of the luggage. This absorbers when added to the big tires increases the babies comfort during the ride by absorbing most of the force generated during the run. Bob makes great strollers with good suspension systems.
- A five point safety harness is a must have for a sport stroller or any other stroller. This harness secures children better such that they cannot slide out of the chair during exercise.
- A parking brake is also very important especially when running downhill or uphill. You never know when you might run out of breath and need to stop. You want a brake that actually stops the stroller and not just slow it down.
- A wrist or waist band that attaches you to the stroller is very important because this will prevent the stroller from rolling away from you
- A canopy that extends fully is very important during the summer. One that can block some amount of UV radiation is even better for your baby.
- A peek-a-boo window for checking on your child regularly as you run is a very great feature for a stroller.
If you are going to be running regularly with your baby, you want to make sure they are very comfortable. A padded seat with padded harnesses will help your child feel comfortable; it can even make your baby so comfortable that they fall asleep during a run.
A reclining seat is very convenient in that you can adjust it to fit your baby’s needs. Some seats can even recline to about 90 degrees from the vertical; this is very good for outdoor diaper changes.
For your comfort and health you need a stroller with adjustable handle bars or one with a handle bar height that will work for you. Nothing is as bad as pushing a stroller that is way tall or short for you; this will only lead to bad posture and eventually back problems.
A stroller that folds quick and easy, preferably with one hand, while leaving your other hand free to hold the baby is great. One that auto-locks and self stand when folded is even better.
Storage and accessories
A big storage capacity for any stroller is very important because between you and your child, there are going to be plenty of things you will need to take with you; a diaper bag, water bottles, phones, car keys, food and much more. Big storage is good an easily accessible storage is better (saves you from fighting with your stroller every time you put something in it).
A stroller should have accessories like weather shields, rain shields, handle bar console and much more.
There probably might be other things that I have missed, that could be very important to consider before buying a stroller. Please leave a comment about them to help fellow readers.