So you’ve decided to purchase a Swivel Jogging Stroller, and now all you need to know is what features you should look for. I’m going to assume that you already understand the difference between the swivel jogging stroller and the fixed wheel jogging stroller, if not, you can check out this article, Types of Jogging Strollers. It’s also important to understand the difference between the swivel jogging stroller and the all-terrain stroller. Swivel jogging strollers can be used for light jogging, whereas the all-terrain strollers are NOT intended for jogging what-so-ever. The best way to tell the difference is by looking at the front swivel wheel. If it’s smaller than 12-inches, chances are it’s an all-terrain stroller, not a swivel jogging stroller.
Must Have Swivel Jogging Stroller Features
Okay, first things first, let’s talk safety. The swivel jogging stroller is not intended for the serious runner, only light jogging. Running Strollers are designed for the serious runner, and therefore offer more safety features. What you should be most concerned with is a 5-point child safety harness, and the parking brake. Regardless of whether or not you’re running or walking with your swivel jogging stroller, the parking brake and safety harness are a must. Also, make sure that the swivel jogging stroller offers a protective sun canopy as well, not only to protect from sun exposure, but all the elements.
The best swivel jogging stroller offers a lightweight aluminum alloy frame. Some even offer aircraft grade 6061 aluminum alloy frames, which is just a fancy way of saying that it’s been cooked longer, and therefore stronger. There are a couple swivel jogging strollers that offer steel frames, which are still lightweight and extremely strong. In fact, steel alloy can be cooked to perfection just as aluminum can, the only problem is rust. Although steel alloy can be coated and protected, there’s always a chance it could rust.
Tires and Wheels:
The Swivel Jogging Stroller usually offers a 12-inch swivel wheel in the front, and 12 or 16-inch fixed wheels in the rear. The larger the tires, the better the ride, however, make sure they are quick-release wheels so that you can store or transport your swivel jogging stroller easily. Most swivel jogging strollers offer pneumatic tires, which is just a fancy way of saying air-filled tires. Pneumatic tires are best for rough terrain or higher speeds. They hold up better. Some all-terrain strollers offer forever-air tires, which are filled with foam rather than air, and EVA wheels which are lightweight molded plastic. These kinds of tires are mainly found on all-terrain strollers not intended for light jogging. So if you intend to do some light jogging, the pneumatic tires, or air-filled tires, are best. Most swivel jogging strollers will either offer aluminum alloy rims, or molded plastic rims. Both are fine, however the aluminum alloy is definitely higher strength.
A good suspension system is extremely important when it comes to offering your little one a comfortable ride. The swivel jogging stroller will either come with an air-spring suspension system, or coil-spring suspension system. Some, like the Baby Jogger Summit XC Swivel Jogging Stroller, even offer an all-wheel independent suspension system, which just sounds impressive. As far as coil and air is concerned, the coil-spring has less of a tendency to bottom out. Some higher end swivel jogging strollers also offer shock absorbers, and sometimes even adjustable shock absorbers. These help alleviate excessive suspension movement.
The swivel jogging stroller usually comes with plenty of extra’s, such as parent trays with cup holders, child trays with cup holders, organizer pockets, extra storage, tire pumps, and infant car seat adapters. Some even offer MP3 speakers so that you and your little one can listen to tunes on the trail.
In my opinion, the best extras are design extras. For instance, the remote lock that’s attached to the handle bar is an amazing feature. It allows you to unlock and lock your front wheel from the handle bar, verses having to stop and pull a pin. The only swivel jogging stroller that offers this feature is the Schwinn Turismo Swivel Jogging Stroller. Also, a swivel jogging stroller that offers an easy fold design that folds in one step or two is pretty amazing as well. Another extra to look for, which actually comes standard with most swivel jogging strollers, is the multi-position reclining seat that lets your child sit up and enjoy the view, or lie back for a little nap.
The average weight of a swivel jogging stroller is about 28 pounds. Most range anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds, with 25 being extremely lightweight, and 35 being heavy. Swivel jogging strollers are heavier than running strollers, mostly because they come with so many extra’s. Also, they are not intended for serious running, therefore weight is not as much of a priority.
The minimum weight recommendation for most swivel jogging strollers pertains to the child’s age. Most manufacturers recommend that the baby must be at least 6 months of age, or have full control over his/her own neck muscles. Maximum weight capacity is also extremely important. It could mean more years of use. For most swivel jogging strollers, the max weight can range from 50 to 75 pounds. For the most part, the more money you spend, the higher the weight capacity is. So if a swivel jogging stroller is less than $200.00, you probably won’t get any higher than 50 pounds, but if it’s closer to $300.oo or $400.00 dollars, you’ll probably get the max of 70 or 75 pounds.