3 Jogging Strollers For Triathlete Parents

Pushing your little one in a jogging stroller is also a great strength builder.

Photo: John David Becker

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Think having a kid will make you a slower triathlete? Think again. Not only does being a parent make you more efficient at scheduling workouts (and—for moms—give you extra motivation to regain your pre-baby body), but pushing your little one in a jogging stroller is also a great strength builder. Once baby is old enough to hold his or her head up, hit the roads with one of these three ready-to-run strollers.

BOB Revolution Flex

($480, Bobgear.com)
Great for: Major mileage

The newest stroller in BOB’s Revolution line, the smooth-rolling Flex features an adjustable handlebar with nine position options, allowing any parent to find the perfect fit. The Flex’s adjustable suspension system was noticeably the smoothest ride of those tested. Assembly is relatively simple for anyone familiar with a bike’s quick-release lever system, and the stroller folds compactly in two easy steps. Testers loved the two internal seat pockets, perfect for stowing snacks and toys.

Caveat: Accessories are sold separately—you’ll want a handlebar console with cup holders for long runs ($25).

The details
– Weighs 26.2 lbs
– Available in a double
– Recommended for jogging with a child at least 8 months old
– Can purchase car seat adapter separately for walking with an infant

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Baby Jogger Summit X3

($430, Babyjogger.com)
Great for: Versatility

Our two favorite features of the Summit X3 are its ability to fold compactly with one hand and its hand-operated rear drum brakes, which make going downhill less scary. The highly maneuverable stroller also switches between swivel and fixed remotely, and its click-in wheels make assembly a cinch. With all-wheel suspension, it rolls pretty smoothly over both pavement and hard-packed trails. The seat also reclines to an almost flat position so your little one can catch a nap while you run.

Caveat:The handle is not adjustable, and some testers were annoyed by the brake line running along the length of the handle

The details
– Weighs 28 lbs
– Available in a double
– Recommended to consult a pediatrician before jogging with a baby less than 12 months old
– Car seat adapters for multiple brands sold separately

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Schwinn Turismo Swivel Wheel Jogger

($240, Instep.net)
Great for: Not breaking the bank

For half the price of many jogging strollers, bike brand Schwinn created a solid-quality ride with several key accessories included (a handlebar console with cup holders, a child snack tray and a removable fleece seat pad). The Turismo also features an adjustable handlebar and a remote-locking front wheel (meaning it can be locked from near the handlebar rather than having to walk around to the front wheel). We liked that the handlebar sticks out farther from the seat, resulting in less effect on a longer running stride. Another fun feature: small speakers mounted on the canopy, which easily connect to most MP3 players.

Caveat: The sun shield was short and not as effective as others in this review. The stroller also doesn’t fold very compactly without removing the front wheel.

The details
– Weighs 35.4 lbs
– Available in a double
– Recommended for jogging with a child at least 6 months old
– Car seat adapter (sold separately) works with multiple car seat brands

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