Double Jogging Strollers
When a new member of the family is on its way, we all want to make sure the baby will have everything it might need. Our own comfort and the one of the little one becomes priority number one and the stroller is one of the items that we need in order to secure that comfort. Things are no different, when you are expecting twins or this is the second baby you are expecting. This is the moment when the double stroller becomes part of your everyday life. There are tons of different types of double strollers to satisfy the needs of all kind of families and fortunately at the market you can find double jogging stroller, aimed for those parents who want to stay active and share their passion for the outdoors with their little ones. Double jogging strollers are also the first point of call for people that live in areas with lots of bumpy terrain such as in the countryside or people that live in the mountains.
So what is different about this type of stroller and how to find the best double jogging stroller? You see, the jogging strollers are built to move at speed and to absorb all types of pressures the great outdoors can throw at parents who live and love it. For a start, the suspension and wheels are much more stronger and equipped than “normal” double strollers. The feature that stands out and makes the double jogging strollers different than any other type of stroller are the wheels. No matter if we are talking about three or four wheels that the stroller is fitted with, they are all resembling bicycle wheels. Usually, the rear wheels are bigger than the front ones, but all of them are pneumatic air filled ones. The air filled wheels are the ones that do not allow the stroller to lose stability even when a parent is jogging at a faster pace. Pushing 2 children around the park with a normal, conventional stroller can be a workout in itself, but you will not find the maneuverability you will with a fantastic jogging stroller.
This type of strollers is the one that ensures your comfort and the one of your babies when you push up the tempo. The air filled wheels not only make the ride smooth for your little ones, as they have the ability to absorb the bumps during the ride, but they also minimise the effort that the parent has to do when pushing the stroller, and that is a great plus, especially when talking about double jogging stroller where you do not only have to push the weight of the stroller itself, but the one of your two babies mounted in it is well.
When hunting for the best double stroller, you should be looking not only for pneumatic wheels, but also for their swivelling option and the ability to lock them into place. The four wheel suspension is a great plus, as it just adds up to the smooth and comfortable ride of your babies while you are jogging. Usually, most jogging strollers offer swivelling option of the front wheels, which is great when you are just walking around with the kids and helps you take sharp turns. What is important for a parent on a jog with a stroller is the ability to lock the wheels into place, or in other words turn off the swivelling option.
When the wheels are locked, they will help you keep the double jogging stroller way more stable during a jogging session at a faster pace. With most brands and models of double jogging strollers, you can turn on and off the swivelling option by clicking a switch located near every front wheel, but there are models that have placed that switch near the handle of the stroller, which is a major plus as you do not need to bend down and mess around with the dirty wheels. In general the pneumatic wheels give the strollers a lightweight feel and make them easier to push around. On the other hand, being air filled wheels, you always run the risk of having them deflated and having to pump them up every now and then. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be done every day, but once a month quick check up will be a good idea.
Another thing to look for when looking for a fantastic jogging stroller is the brake. If you are to have more than a walk and you pick up the pace while jogging, a great break is a must. Some models offer hand brakes and some come with foot brakes. Here you will hear tons of different opinions on which one is more comfortable and better than the other, but the logic leads to think that a hand brake is easier to use while you are jogging and you can slow down the stroller just by pressing the brake with your hand - same as what you would do with a bicycle. Imagine how hard it would be to try and push a foot brake while you are actually jogging...the risk of tripping over and lose control of the stroller in this situation is quite high. In this sense, when talking about the control you have over the stroller, the hand strap that some models of double jogging strollers come with is not a feature to disregard. It is just another level of security that would keep you inseparable from the stroller, especially when the tempo is faster and you and the stroller have gained some speed during the jog. A little trick here is to just get a dog strap or anything that could do this work in case the model of double jogging stroller that otherwise ticks all the boxes for you doesn’t come with its own wrist strap.
The double jogging strollers normally offer lots of comfort to the children while you are running around the park, so you don’t need to be worried about that. The seats are well padded and the fabrics are waterproof and offer great protection on the outside and at the same time are soft and easy to clean on the inside. Talking about cleaning, we do believe that the possibility of easy cleaning and a material that could be just wiped down with a damp cloth or a baby wipe is not only a great advantage, but a complete must when you have two little ones that love spilling drinks and spreading crumbs all over.
We think these types of strollers are literally the best ones out there, as you get to take the kids out to see the great outdoors, while mommy or daddy gets out of the house and burn off some stress. Killing two birds with one stone is always a great idea when you have two littles ones running you ragged every single day!
This type of strollers usually look bigger and heavier than any other double stroller, but in fact they are easy to maneuver and collapsing them shouldn't be difficult. One thing that would be a plus is if the model that you have gone for has detachable wheels. The wheels of the jogging strollers are big, so the ability to pop them off will help you with the storage of the stroller and will make your life easier when you need to pump them up or clean them. I know some of you might say that cleaning the wheels is probably not a great thing to be worried for, but an all-terrain stroller gets dirty and muddy more often than expected and a little clean of the wheels every now and then will expand the lifespan of the strollers and will make your life easier when you have to lock the wheels into place to turn off the swivelling option for an actual jog.
As we are still on the size subject, almost all double jogging strollers are side-by-side strollers, meaning the seats are one next to each other. This means they they would be wider than a single stroller or an inline double stroller and you should always check how wide is the model that you have laid your eyes on. This is important especially for the families that use the double jogging stroller as their main stroller and wouldn’t only use it for jogging, but also to take the kids to the groceries and any other everyday activities. In this sense you should know that usually a standard doorway is about 30 inches wide and the manufacturers often manage to set the widest part of the side-by-side double stroller to be just or even a bit less than that. There are, of course few brands and models that offer inline double strollers that are great for jogging as well, and we have had the pleasure to use some of them like the City Select Baby Jogger and Phil and Teds Sport Buggy Stroller.
A big and sturdy stroller also has to have a big canopy. Having a big canopy is great as you know that your kids would get a greater protection from the elements, but a big canopy should also come with a nice peek-a-boo window, as otherwise it will turn into a nightmare having to pull up and down the big canopy in order to have a look at the little ones.
Some models of double jogging strollers, like the Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller offer a mesh peek-a-boo window with a magnetic close and some other brands use a plastic visor with a velcro close, like the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger, for instance.
What is also important for a big double stroller as the jogging ones are, is the level of easiness on how do they fold. This is important, especially if you have the grandparents taking the kids out every now and then. Some models like the Baby trend Navigator are easy to fold, but include unlocking triggers located on the two sides of the handle, so folding the stroller with one hand is near to impossible. Of course, there are other models like the City Mini Double Stroller that folds by just pulling up the straps located at each of the seats. This is actually a feature that almost all City Select models have and it is sort of a signature for the brand. This way of folding is particularly easy and it can be done even by older grandparents and young babysitters.
Last but not least of course, is the price tag. Thankfully, there are quite a few products available at the market right now that combine great quality and a fair price tag. The Instep Safari Double Stroller for instance doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some other more expensive models offer, but it does what it is supposed to do and it does it extremely well.
The BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX is one of the most expensive options at the market right now, but at the same time is one of the best double jogging strollers available and a great investment that you will not regret.
Whichever feature it is that you feel is most important to you, you should know that you are not making a mistake by going for a jogging stroller even if you are not planning to actually jog with it. The strollers feel lightweight and are very easy to push around. They have amazing maneuverability and are a great fit for grandparents that are looking after the babies most of the time, as they do not need to make a lot of effort to push the stroller, take curbs or sharp turns, although they might find it difficult if they have to fold and lift up the stroller to store it. This is probably the only concern that you might have with this stroller - it is a bit heavy to lift up and store away and it does take it’s own storage space and this is not really an issue for your family, then have a look below where we have selected some of the best double jogging strollers and will keep on adding to the list as soon as a new winner comes up.