Running Strollers 101

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East Orlando chapter of Moms RUN This Town Wednesday morning group runs
East Orlando chapter of Moms RUN This Town Wednesday morning group runs

Some call them running strollers, others baby joggers. They’re an investment and take some time to research and look into what will work for you, baby and the budget. I’m the chapter leader of a free, local running club for moms (East Orlando Moms RUN This Town) with over 500 members, so I went straight to our members for their thoughts on the best ones out there and why. The same two strollers kept coming up: The Baby Trend Expedition and the BOB Revolution SE. One is reasonably affordable and the other is a bit higher, but people rave especially about these two.

Both are available at your local Babies R’ Us brand new. They’re also available brand new online at Amazon as well as other websites and sometimes will go on sale. They pop up on Craig’s List a lot, too, in great used condition and for great prices. Another good place to check is on Facebook, where they now have a lot of local and area-specific buy/sell/trade/baby groups.

I’ve listed a summary below of what the girls have said about their favorite two running strollers and why they would recommend them to anyone in the market.

 

Baby Trend Expedition Travel System with car seat
Baby Trend Expedition Travel System with car seat

Baby Trend Expedition (NEW: $145, or $60 on sale)

-Two cup holders for mama and two cup holders for baby

-Small storage box with lid for keys and sunglasses

-Snack tray for baby

-Front wheel swivels for walking/everyday use

-Front wheel must be locked in position to run (I it isn’t locked, the stroller shakes a lot)

-Canopy to protect baby from the sun

-Baby seat reclines for when they fall asleep

-Preferred it over other strollers for everyday outings

-Smooth ride for both running & walking pace

-Only car seat compatible with a baby trend seat

-Very lightweight

-Easy to fold up and travel with

-TIP: Always keep a spare tube, tire lever and a tire pump in the car in case of flats or if the tires need a little air!

 

 

BOB Revolution SE
BOB Revolution SE

BOB Revolution SE (NEW: $410, or $265 on sale)

-Car seat adapter will cost you around $40

-Glides like a dream and worth every penny

-Plenty of storage underneath

-Extra large sunshade

-5 point safety harness

-Pushes through all terrains including sand at the beach and snow

-Wheel can go from swivel for walking and everyday use to fixed for running

-Maintain their resale value

-Other popular models: Ironman and the Sport Utility

Some of our members shared pictures of their baby joggers with their little ones in tow, so I wanted to share those, too! I hope this has helped answer any questions for you about single jogging strollers! Keep running, mamas!

Heather's BOB Revolution SE
Heather’s BOB Revolution SE
Holly's Baby Trend Expedition
Holly’s Baby Trend Expedition
Meredith's BOB Revolution SE
Meredith’s BOB Revolution SE
Kindra  and her Baby Trend Expedition at a race
Kindra and her Baby Trend Expedition at a race
Tiffany's Baby Trend Explorer
Tiffany’s Baby Trend Explorer
Marcy and Carla with the BOB Rev SE
Marcy and Carla with the BOB Rev SE
Kacey and her Baby Trend Expedition
Kacey and her Baby Trend Expedition
Jasmine's BOB Rev SE
Jasmine’s BOB Rev SE
Holly using her Baby Trend Expedition at a night race
Holly using her Baby Trend Expedition at a night race

 

We call this the "Stroller Brigade"
We call this the “Stroller Brigade”

4 COMMENTS

  1. I run with a Baby Trend and I haaaate it. It’s beyond bulky. I know that brand makes several different jogging strollers so I’m hoping I can find one that is a bit more compact and easier to open and close. Also, I’m big on getting used strollers. I spent $50 on my stroller and despite my hate for it, it works well as I train for this half marathon. Great post!

  2. I’m a huge fan of the BOB strollers. We just sold our single in order to buy the double. They hold up great and definitely maintain their resale value. Great post for all those running mamas out there!

  3. I first purchased a Baby Trend because I couldnt justify spending the $300 for a BOB. Boy, that was a mistake! The Baby Trend, when it was on swivel or fixed, was shaking so much, I couldn’t bear to run with it. Luckily, Amazon took it back, and I spent the money getting the BOB Revolution. Best investment I have made in running, and my son, who is about to turn 3, still loves and fits in it comfortably! There is a reason you pay more for certain things, and I learned that the hard way.

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