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mom happy, baby happy
on October 28, 2013
I am a frequent runner in rough terrain, wood trails, soft sand, roots etc as well as the occasional concrete road and I have (hardly any) complaints. Yes, I have had issues too with the stroller pulling to one side but after I took the reflectors out of the spokes and re-tightened them, that problem was solved.
The case for the MP3-player is a tiny bit too small for some models but since I like to listen to a certain Sirius radio show while running, I guess it's a good thing that not everybody can listen in ;)
I have had this stroller since the baby was 8 months old; she now is almost 2 and still loves to come running with me and usually falls asleep after a short while, even in bumpy terrain. The air filled tires and the way the seat is attached to the frame make a smooth enough ride for the baby (mine at least, as we all know, every baby is different). Very effortlessly to push; I sometimes use this stroller for tourist-y trips too or after heavy snow fall bc I find it less tiresome to push this stroller for several hours, even though the fixed front wheel and the stroller's size do become an issue; on the other hand, the wheels are big and bouncy enough to get over a sidewalk, short stairs etc without needing anyone to lift and help.
The basket offers plenty of space for more than just a bike pump and those baby's essentials one would need when out for a run(useful if used on aforementioned tourist-y trips). A couple of net/mesh pockets on the back of the seat can safely hold those small items like car keys, elastic on top prevents the items to "bounce" out.
The canope can be adjusted pretty much all around the baby, a little "window" on top of the canopy lets the baby see through the canopy.
With all wheels taken off (the back ones snap right on and off, the front is 20 seconds more work bc of the brakes), I was even able to fit that otherwise very bulky stroller in a Mustang Convertible trunk; I found that taking the front wheel out does not really help much though bc of the foot rest/wheel cover. With every wheel attached it takes a good chunk out of an Explorer trunk!
It took some getting used to the fixed front wheel but you figure out quickly how to get around curves and turns, after over a year of doing so I dont even know how one can get upset and make it an issue. And I strongly agree with those reviewers who say a fixed front wheel is essential for running... go to your desired running trail and watch other serious runners with strollers, you notice the difference quick! I do wish though Jeep would have opted for the possibility to adjust whether you want a fixed or a swivel wheel.
What beats me is the size of the cup holders, both in the parent's and the baby's tray. A store bought sports-drink bottle is usually to wide, even my refillable containers are either to wide or are to tall to stand safely and the baby's bottle is a tiny bit too wide so that I would have to press it in the cup holder so tight that the baby cant get it out herself.
I liked the fact that the rain cover I have for my every day-stroller fits nicely over this one too, so no extra cover necessary.
The handle bar is good to grab and hold on to even with sweaty hands and adjustable. I am 6'2, so height and room to stride are an important issue for me and I have had no problems. Easy to steer with one hand.
The harness for the baby holds her in nice and tight and are long enough to even use a stroller sack for the winter. The back rest is adjusted via a simple strap, no metals bars that need to snap in or alike (I guess all to save weight)
I have another Jeep stroller that drives me crazy bc it is a pain to open and close the baby's tray to get her in and out, but with this jogging stroller it is no problem, it easily swings open and closes with the push of a button.
As mentioned before, the stroller is quite bulky, even folded together... yes, you can still roll it even though it's collapsed and it stands safely on it's three wheels but it does take up quite some room unless you take the wheels off.
Would I recommend it? I would recommend you borrow any jogging stroller first to see a) if you can run holding and pushing something, and b)if your baby can stand being pushed at a (hopefully ;) ) faster speed for an extended period of time. And then, yes, I would recommend this one.