149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price!
I already have a travel system stroller, which I love, but needed something to actually go running with. I also know that I want to have more than one child, so I didn't want to spend a ton on a jogging stroller when I knew I'd need to upgrade to a double someday. This stroller met many of my requirements, works great and best of all is a great price.
I have had...
Published on May 21, 2010 by Jenny
81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious safety concern
I have used this stroller for 6 months now, 2-4 times a week on average I'd say. I loved the value of it - in terms of the features it has for the cost. It came down to getting this or a Bob... which is a LOT more money, and I'm frugal and a SAHM on a budget, so I went with the Grand Safari. I bragged to all my friends about how silly Bob's are to not even come with cup...
Published on June 8, 2011 by R. Hubbard
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149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price!,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)I already have a travel system stroller, which I love, but needed something to actually go running with. I also know that I want to have more than one child, so I didn't want to spend a ton on a jogging stroller when I knew I'd need to upgrade to a double someday. This stroller met many of my requirements, works great and best of all is a great price.
I have had the stroller about 3 months and go running on average 10 miles a week. Here are my pros/cons:
-sun shade moves all the way forward and back so no matter what direction you're facing, the child's face is always shaded
-Handle bar is adjustable, great for my husband who is taller
-front wheel has remote swivel lock so you don't have to go to the front to actually lock it, just press the button while it's moving and you can lock/unlock
-has a child tray
-mp3 mini speaker for child (I don't really use this though because my child doesn't listen to my audio books)
-smooth ride (nice big air tires and springs) and easy steering
-has a wrist strap (good for if you don't want the stroller to get ahead of you going down hills)
-The wheels come off and on super easy for storage
-child seat reclines
-the handle bar is plastic, so when your hands start sweating it becomes obnoxious to grip. I solved this by buying a foam, zipper on handle from stroll-air
-the mp3 speaker cord is not very long, so if you have to move the sun shade all the way forward, chances are you won't be able to leave your mp3 player in the cup holder to reach the speaker (but it comes out of it's little pocket on the sunshade, so you could just put it in the cup holder as well)
-the manual says most infant car seats will fit. It comes with a strap, but if your car seat doesn't have notches (like my Chicco Keyfit 30)to fit in the cup holders, then it's not very stable. I think as long as it has notches though, it should work fine. My child is 9 months anyway, so she doesn't need to be in her infant seat.
-Compared to my Chicco travel system stroller, it's a little on the heavy side. I don't take it shopping with me because it's a little awkward to get in and out of my car's trunk (and heavier). For running though, I don't mind. The ride is so smooth and the little added weight gives me a good workout!
Overall the pros outweigh the cons for me and I would definitely recommend this stroller if you want the features without the price.
81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious safety concern,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)I have used this stroller for 6 months now, 2-4 times a week on average I'd say. I loved the value of it - in terms of the features it has for the cost. It came down to getting this or a Bob... which is a LOT more money, and I'm frugal and a SAHM on a budget, so I went with the Grand Safari. I bragged to all my friends about how silly Bob's are to not even come with cup holders! Haha, joke's on me!
While out on a 4-miler yesterday, the front wheel came clear off. Just... popped off. LUCKILY I had slowed down to a walk as I was going around a 90-degree corner downtown. I was planning on popping into the library really quickly, so I was going to go into swivel mode. I had just flipped it to swivel mode from locked (as I was WALKING)... and then the thing lurched. I looked down to see that the wheel and the metal U-shaped thing that holds it were all bent at a funny angle. I just thank God this didn't happen while I was at full speed. We both would have crashed... badly.
I had to do my best to reattach the wheel so that we could walk home. I had to cut my run short, this happened 2 miles in. As I walked home, the fact that I nearly crashed set in, and I decided that I was NOT using this stroller again no matter what. It just did not feel safe anymore and I did NOT trust it. Also, even just walking home, it didn't push quite right anymore. Something had gotten bent/broken on it when the wheel came off.
Now, I need to say that I've been training for competitive races for 3 years now. I've been running with a jogging stroller of some kind for a year. I've used THIS model for 6 months. I'm not an idiot. I know HOW to run with a jogger. I check the air pressure on all tires every other run.
Yesterday morning, I put air in all the tires (which is a HUGE pain in the ass on the front wheel, even with a specially-designed pump). That's all I did. I didn't mess with the quick release wheel mechanism. I NEVER have messed with it. EVER.
When I got home, I put my son down for his nap and IMMEDIATELY contacted In Step... thinking that surely a company who makes BABY products would have excellent customer service and be eager to help me be as safe as possible. I asked to talk to someone about a warranty claim, as this stroller supposedly has a 1-year warranty. The rep I was connected with was vaguely sympathetic, but very firm in that it was somehow MY FAULT. She was convinced that either I had loosened the quick-release wheel or had been running with it in swivel mode. I argued with her, and told her 3 separate times that I had not messed with the wheel and that I'm not stupid and was NOT running in swivel mode. The very suggestion of it is kind of laughable, as the stroller wobbles dangerously at even a fast walk in swivel mode - it would be pretty much impossible to really run with it. She finally said that what they could do under the warranty was send me replacement parts. I said thanks but no thanks, I am not using an unsafe product with my first born son in it, and that I will not be giving In Step any more of my money ever again (we have a bike trailer from them that we LOVE though).
Thank goodness for Amazon. I called them up and explained what happened, and how this is a BABY product which I have SERIOUS safety concerns about. They allowed me to return the stroller for a full refund, with prepaid shipping, even though my return window expired 30 days after I bought it. I'm so glad about this. I would not feel good even selling this stroller on Craigslist.
Now I am going to be taking my refunded money and investing in a Bob Revolution. With as much running as I do, I probably should have gotten one all along... but I was trying to be frugal. I will say that this is a good stroller in terms of features & function - my son loved the comfy seat pad, the tray & cup holders, the mp3 speaker. I enjoyed the adjustable handle bar, the cup holders & small storage on the parent try. I found the basket size to be adequate. I liked the colors and the adjustable sunshade with the peekaboo window too.
If you are just looking for a stroller that's NOT a travel system one and don't plan on doing any serious running with it, then it's probably fine. But please be CAREFUL with it. Check the wheel attachments and air pressure every time you go out, and only switch from locked to swivel with caution. I wouldn't run with it at all. If you are interested in jogging or running at ALL, just save yourself the time & trouble and get a Bob... avoid this stroller and In Step's awful, careless concept of "customer service" and "warranties" like the plague.
ETA: I did wind up reporting this incident to the CPSC. Unfortunately, it seems that InStep/Pacific Cycle continues to pass the buck on this matter. But, it's there... if more parents run into this issue, please report it. If enough people have the same problem - and REPORT it - then a recall will happen, and InStep/Pacific Cycle will be forced to make this product safer.
You can look up my report on saferproducts.gov under this number: 20110701-AE9B4-2147477653.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Win!,
UPDATE 2013: Almost 3 years and this stroller is still going strong. I now use it for my second little one. The wheels still function great with no wobbles. It can be a pain to get air into the front tire; The bulky plastic makes it impossible to fit a regular air pump nozzle onto the little air spout. I have to use my brothers air compressor whenever I need air in that front tire. The only other complaint I have is the harness straps are a bit short, although my first daughter is very tall (98th percentile), so that is also something to consider. All in all though, a great stroller. I've used it a lot over the last few years, at the park, around the neighborhood, on vacations, and it hasn't failed me yet.
Moveable sunshade (this really is the best)
Hassle to get air into the front tire
Harness straps are a little short
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A few initial problems,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)The price for this stroller is at the lower end, so I expected to have some inconveniences. But there are a couple that need to be addressed by the company. Like another reviewer, I tried to inflate the tires the normal way, and ended up walking half a mile to a gas station, spending 75 cents to use the air hose, and there was no way to access the valve for the front tire. Walked another half a mile to a hardware store to hopefully borrow a smaller hand or foot pump, but none would fit within the open area of the front wheel to engage the valve. I was finally able to inflate the two back tires, and just left the front one flat. I've been looking all over the internet for an adapter or a small pump that might have a short enough valve that would connect to the front tire valve. But so far, to no avail. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Meanwhile, InStep should at least get a clue and ship the front tire already inflated or ship it with a valve adapter.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Walkers!,
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great exercise stroller!,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)I upgraded to this stroller so I wouldn't be the only mom at Stroller Strides without a jogging stroller. Unlike the other SS moms, I could not justify spending $500+ for a BOB, and spent many weeks researching a cheaper alternative. It came down to the In Step or the Baby Trend Expedition, and here is why:
In Step vs. Baby Trend:
-Wheels for In Step is hard plastic while the Baby Trend's wheels have metal spokes - if you live near the cost, the cheaper non-aluminum spokes can cause corrosion if you don't take care of them. That was the biggest feature that leaned me towards the In Step
-Mp3 speakers (which have poor reviews on both strollers) are built in at the parent console area on the Baby Trend. There is an itty mp3 speaker hidden in a pocket in the sun shade, which you can remove. We removed it and didn't really bother since the speaker was not something I was interested in using.
In Step vs. BOB:
-I did not have to pay extra for a car seat adapter. I was able to place the Graco infant seat directly on top of the stroller, and it came with a buckle strap to keep it secure
-Cup holders for me, and a tray for the kiddo. Again, features BOB owners have to pay extra for
Here are some other great features:
-Adjustable handle! I'm 5'0" so this is a great feature
-Suspension - yep, there are shocks on this stroller. Not that I think I will need it, but it makes for such a smooth ride when going from grass to pavement to gravel
-The sun canopy moves in both directions, so I am able to provide more coverage for my baby while she is in the infant car seat than I was able to do in her Snap N Go.
-Comes with faux lambskin seat cover
-Um, that photo they use up there to show how compact it folds? Yeah, that's not what it looks like, unless you REMOVE all 3 wheels. One big peeve about this stroller is that I hate the way it folds. It folds super awkward, and barely fits in the trunk of my car (Toyota Corolla), so I put it in my passenger front seat. I want to be able to get to the park and setup quickly, so I don't have the time to remove/put the wheels back on. Also, with the awkward way it folds, the child tray and front plastic piece over the front wheel is all scratched up from the gravel. Annoyed but not too annoyed because I know the stroller will get beat up eventually, and scratches on a $120 stroller is not as devastating as scratches on a $500 stroller. :)
-With the awkward fold, it's impossible to carry, so it's easier to just unfold and push once you get it out of the car.
-storage basket below is small, but not any bigger than storage basket for the BOB. there's also this bar in the way, so you have to shove things in angles to get it in there. Minor annoyance, but not a deal breaker.
-With a cheaper stroller comes cheaper materials, so without an aluminum frame this thing is HEAVY.
Can't wait to use the actual seat once the baby is old enough. I like the reclining seat.
Overall I'm happy with this stroller!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Value and Function,
The jogger is very well built and sturdy. I am sure that it will last many years. Most importantly, the stroller handles great. The fixed / swivel wheel is terrific and makes turning a breeze. My son was immediately comfortable in it and loves the ipod speaker feature. We have gone on several 3 hour walks on the gravely C&O canal path. It is very easy to push and my son gets a smooth ride so that he can sleep in the stroller. The seat adjusts up and down very easily. Also, the handle adjusts so that it is very comfortable for me at 5'6" and my son's dad at 6'5". The basket is also a nice size and holds things securely.
My only disappointment is that they don't make a fleece bootie for this model as I am sure that we will use it all winter.
It is a little heavy but folds up very easily. It is not a stroller I would use at the mall because of its size, but a great outdoors option.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jogger,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)I absolutely love this jogging stroller. It was really easy to put together, which is great because i am no handy man. I was also impressed by the quality of the stroller. It is very sturdy! This stroller has a latch unlocking the front wheel making it move side to side. Then it re-locks by itself when you are done with your turn. I love being able to unlock the wheel and make my turns. I had a previous jogger whose front wheel was locked and it made turning very difficult sometimes, so this is a very nice feature. The jogger comes with very nice padding which is really soft and i can imagine it is really comfortable for baby. It also has an extension pack for the harness if your baby/toddler is on the bigger side. I would definitely recommend this jogger to anyone and for the price it is a steal!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent walking/jogging stroller,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad design,
This review is from: InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Jogger (Sports)Worst design ever! Seriously...who pays these people??!! The spokes are made of thick plastic; so thick that a regular tire pump doesn't fit it. In order to inflate the tires you have to either disassemble the tires and pump up the tube and put it back together, or you have to take it into a specialty bike shop and pay them to inflate your tires for you. Also the speaker for the iPod is such bad quality that even in a small, quiet room with the iPod turned all the way up you still can hardly hear it. There is no way I would be able to hear it at all if I were outside. Also, the harness is all one piece, so you can't take the shoulder straps off if you just want to use the lap belt when you're not jogging. You can detach it from the top but then they are still hanging in the way. That's what I get for paying so little for a stroller. I'm throwing this in the trash and buying the $500 Bob stroller.
**Update: This is over a year later and I have called the company regarding the tire pump and they had no suggestions for me. I took this stroller to every place in town that sells tire pumps. Not a SINGLE one fits between the spokes. The plastic spokes are so stinkin thick that no tire pump fits between it. Anyone who wrote a good review on this product has obviously never had to fill up the tires. I took it to the gas station as recommended by someone, but because of the long straight pump at the gas station it still does not fit! I can't wait to get rid of this stroller so that I can buy one that actually works. I have not used this stroller at all since the tires went flat because there is no way to fill them back up. What a waste of money.
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