What is a jogging stroller? Well, there are several types of single jogging strollers, but the more important question is, what is a “true” jogging stroller, aka running stroller? Today’s market is flooded with jogging stroller look-a-likes. Manufactures have adopted the three-wheel design and created “all-terrain” or “sport”, and “fitness” strollers. However exciting these new creations are, the “true” jogging stroller has gotten lost somewhere within the parent trays, MP3 speakers, and reclining seats.
The original Baby Jogger was designed in the 1980′s when a man named Phil Baechler wanted to be able to run while pushing his son in his stroller. Since then, the single jogging stroller has come a long way, and has become very popular, not just for running, but for any off-road use.
Choosing the best jogging strollers in 2020
With all the different styles of strollers, it’s hard to know which design will be the best jogging stroller for you. The real question is, what is it’s intended use? If you’re a serious runner or jogger, the “true” single jogging stroller, aka running stroller, provides uncompromising safety and durability. A running stroller design includes:
- Large inflatable tires, either 16-inch or 20-inch
- Hand brakes built in to the handle bar
- A parking brake
- Aluminum lightweight frame
- Shock absorbing suspension
- Running leash
- Deep seat that will keep your child back, away from the front tire
- 5-point child safety harness
- Rain/sun canopy
- Most importantly – A FIXED front wheel
The fixed front wheel is what sets the running stroller apart from the others. It tracks straight, without any wobble, and will stand up to the abuse you intend to put it through. For those of you who are not a “serious” runner, only a “kind of serious” jogger, than the swivel jogging stroller will come in handy. The swivel jogging stroller includes all the key points listed above, and then some. First of all, we have the locking swivel wheel. Usually a 12-inch or 8-inch inflatable tire, or foam filled tire, gives you the ability to swivel and turn making tight corners as easy-as-pie. The fixed wheel is not capable of that.
To turn a fixed wheel running stroller you must pop-a-wheelie, or in other words lift up on the front end by pushing down on the handle bar until the front wheel is off the ground, and then turn. As strange as this may sound, it actually feels quite natural to do so. The swivel jogging stroller should also have the ability to lock into place, giving you the option of a fixed wheel for when you feel “kind of serious” about jogging. They may also include lots of storage, as well as the added comfort of a parent tray with cup holders, and a child tray. Some will include MP3 speakers, or the new iBaby sound system, as well as reclining seats.
These swivel jogging strollers are often identified as “all-terrain” strollers, or “fitness” strollers, but the point I’m trying to make is, if you plan on running with your stroller almost every single day, or plan to enter a 5-k race, you need a stroller that is intended for just that, and the running stroller with a fixed-wheel, is just that.
So, now that we have an idea of what to look for, let’s take a look at some of the most popular single jogging strollers out there. For running strollers, the three that come to mind are, the BOB Ironman Single Jogging Stroller, the Jeep Overland Limited Single Jogging Stroller, and the Schwinn Free Runner Single Jogging Stroller. Now, the BOB Ironman is the top of line running stroller, it’s also the most expensive with a listing price of $409.00 dollars.
The Jeep Overland Running Stroller is the middle ground for quality and price, costing somewhere around $240.00. Then we have the Schwinn Free Runner Single Jogging Stroller, which is basically a mirror of the other two, but built with less expensive materials. You can usually find the Schwinn for $110 to $260 dollars, depending on the bells and whistles you choose.