Five Questions to Ask when Buying a Running Stroller
Buying a running stroller can be a difficult, time-consuming task with the wide selection available. However, five considerations can help any first time buyer find the model that suits them. Shopping for a running stroller can be mind-blowing, and the process is made more confusing by the myriad of stroller types and options. Our advice is to consider these 5 questions to help narrow the field.
How Many Children Will be Riding in the Running Stroller?
If you are shopping for just one rider, then there are endless options – buyers can select from many colors and sizes that will fit any budget. Select a dual purpose travel system, which includes an infant car seat as well as a running stroller. Or you can keep it simple with a very affordable model, like an umbrella stroller.Need to seat two running stroller? Many manufacturers, from Bumble to Kolcraft who offer double running strollers as well as singles with a wide variety of features that seat either side-by-side or in line.
Some of these running strollers also have universal car seat adapters, which will allow your infant car seat to be attached for convenience. Many double running strollers can also accommodate two car seats for twins. Triple running strollers are also available for those wanting to seat three children. What about six? Runabout offers a running stroller for sextuplets, unbelievable!
What Age of Children will be seated in the Running Stroller?
A few running strollers are not appropriate for young babies who do not yet have good neck and head control. These strollers can include jogging strollers and umbrella strollers. Infants who do not have good head control should be accommodated in a bassinet running stroller. They should use a suitable stroller that has fully reclining seats or is compatible with infant car seat carriers. Many experts certainly recommend waiting until an infant can hold their head up and comfortably sit up before using a jogging stroller.
Who is going to be Pushing the Running Stroller?
If the one pushing is either shorter or taller than average some strollers may be rather uncomfortable for them. A man over 6-foot may have a bit of trouble pushing the same stroller as a 5-foot woman. Many strollers allow some adjustment of the adults handlebar to accommodate joggers of various heights.
Where do you plan to use the Running Stroller?
Will you be using the stroller mainly on a level city pavement, or will it be mainly used on uneven terrain, like gravel or on trails? Is it mainly to be used for trips to the shopping center, or will a serious runner use it while out exercising? Some strollers are not well designed to take frequent hard knocks like trail walking or very long runs.
If the stroller is going to be used in extreme conditions then a more robust design and heavy-duty construction would be required.
How much will the Running Stroller Cost?
Running Strollers can vary greatly in price, some ranging from under $20 for cheap umbrella strollers to in excess of $500 for many of the top-end or more specialized models. Your budget is an obvious consideration but remember that you always get what you pay for! It is worth paying a fair price to purchase a good quality, robust and, long lasting running stroller.