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I’m Breaking Up With My Jogging Stroller Because It’s Stupid and Heavy

Ok, that sounds dramatic, but hear me out!

This weekend I bought another stroller. Making it the sixth stroller we’ve tried. Crazy? Maybe. But, I keep finding things that bug me about each one and I just haven’t been 100% happy with any of them yet. Also, all but one were either gifted, received for free through the blog, or were purchased with gift cards, so it’s not like I’ve gone out and bought all of them out of pocket. Including this new one – I used a gift card I received through some blog work. #winning

For some reason, finding the PERFECT stroller comes with a lot of pressure. At least for me. Walking with Adeline is a priority and something I genuinely enjoy doing as regularly as possible. And not even for just walking outside, but for being out running errands or strolling through the mall – having a great stroller can make or break your experience! And as much as I researched, and researched, and thought I made smart purchases, you can never truly know how you’ll like it until you take it home and use it. You truly have to match the stroller to your lifestyle. And I think I’ve finally found the perfect match.

Here’s a quick rundown on the strollers we have and/or have tried.

And here’s a quick rundown on why I would praise or poopoo all of them. (Photos do not correlate with my rave reviews)

The Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect we received at a baby shower and used as our travel system. LOVED it for the most part. It’s a lightweight stroller, easy to breakdown and open, folds down fairly compact, and worked perfectly with our car seat. It was great for walking, but obviously not jogging. However, I do feel like it is cheaply made, and the brake on one wheel broke fairly easily. I would still recommend it though, simply for walking during those first few months with baby.

The Graco Caddy was a must-have, and also a shower gift. 100% worth every penny. It is exactly what it sounds like, a caddy for your car seat. It weighs next to nothing, can be popped open with one hand super easily, and has decent storage. If you’re going to purchase one stroller for the newborn days, the caddy would absolutely be my recommendation. Seriously – in those early days, you won’t have the strength to lug around a heavy stroller and when baby is screaming and you’re rushing in and out and just want to crawl in a hole, you’ll be thankful for the simplest stroller in the world. However, since it’s just a caddy, you can only use it with your car seat, so eventually you’ll outgrow it.

The Cybex Balios M I received through a blog campaign. It is an AMAZING stroller. Like, amazing. It’s smooth, folds down very compact, has a million features and positions for baby, and is fairly lightweight. It has 4 wheels however, is made in Germany, and honestly, is way too complex for me. But even though it’s complicated, it might be my favorite stroller, even though I would never have purchased it myself. If that makes sense. It’s got so many bells and whistles and requires too much thinking when you’re in a hurry. (I’m not kidding when I say I look like an idiot sometimes trying to open and break it down)

The Evenflo Invigor8 jogging stroller is a complete piece of poop. Seriously – I can’t even find it online anywhere except for the Evenflo website. I purchased this as my first actual jogging stroller with a gift card and immediately regretted it the second time I took it jogging. It’s cheap, it’s bouncy, it feels awkward, has a terrible canopy, and is not worth your time. PooPoo rating = 0 stars.

The Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect stroller. Ah, the whole reason for this post. This is the stroller we exchanged the Evenflo stroller for. This is also actually the stroller I originally registered for before realizing it is a BEAST and I wouldn’t want a jogging stroller until later in the spring anyways. (Adeline was an Oct. baby) But before I tell you why I’m breaking up with it, I’ll sing my praises.

  1. It is very comfortable for baby, and has several recline positions. Adeline is always comfortable riding in it, and she has plenty of room.
  2. It is very smooth, and absorbs lots of bumps. I love “how it rides” and feel comfortable pushing it on all types of terrain. It truly is enjoyable to push because it is so smooth (which is always a huge plus with most jogging strollers)
  3. It jogs nicely. It really does, there’s no denying it.
  4. Our infant car seat can click right into it. (Although I’d never jog with her in her car seat, but still nice for walking when she’s already asleep)
  5. It has a huge storage bin, perfect for big diaper bags.

And that’s about it. So for all intents and purposes it does its job as a good jogging stroller. However, let me now give you the reasons why I am breaking up with it. Settle in with a good cup of coffee. This is a long, ragey list.

  1. It is FREAKING HEAVY. Seriously, it makes me angry how heavy it is every single time I lift it up into my trunk. I feel like I have a decently average amount of strength, but I’m to the point where I dread using it because it’s so heavy. There is no one-handed unfolding or gracefully loading this huge thing. Every time I lug it into my trunk I seriously question how badly I want to use it. Why does it need to be so heavy?? I have no idea.
  2. It feels top heavy, and can easily flip. This is obviously not something common, but after having one scary experience with this…never again. One afternoon I was walking Adeline and Truckee and a neighbor approached Truckee which made her go crazy. I had her leash in my other hand but when she lept at our neighbor the leash snagged the stroller and instantly I found myself trying to keep the stroller from flipping over! It was literally up on tire, and was terrifying. Thank god Adeline was fully strapped in or she would have fallen out. Ever since then I’ve noticed how top heavy and unbalanced the stroller is.
  3. The front wheel swivel lock will randomly lock up. Talk about annoying, but also dangerous! On my last 2 mile walk with A, I had to stop and unlock it three times.
  4. The back wheels are HUGE. Like, HUGE. Yes, they’re basically bike tires, but they are the biggest tires I’ve seen on ANY jogging stroller. I just feel like they are obscenely large and in return, take up sooooo much space. Which leads me to…
  5. The stroller itself is just BIG. I feel like I’m pushing a bus sometimes, and said bus barely fits into the trunk of my small SUV. When it is in my trunk, it’s impossible to put anything else in there except maybe on top of it which then means we can’t travel with it.
  6. The canopy won’t stay fully expanded. It did for a while, but now it slowly pops back and I have to keep pulling it down.
  7. The parent console tray has a cell phone holder that won’t fit current iphones. This is simply a problem due to having a 2015 model I guess, but it still is annoying, ha! #firstworldprobs
  8. The stroller is made for jogging, and I’m not even using it for jogging like I thought I would. I swore up and down that I would LOVE running with Adeline and I needed a “jogging stroller” so I could take her with me all the time. Let me just be blunt here…I hate running with a stroller. It sucks and I do not enjoy it. Maybe someday I’ll be converted and love it, but for now I just don’t. I would rather do my running at the gym, or on my own. The stroller is so big and cumbersome, and the tires are so intense that it makes no sense for me to walk with it other than its’ smooth ride.

You see, here’s my thinking on jogging strollers. Unless you’re going to be running on a regular basis, training for marathons, traversing through gravel or grassy fields, or need to carry a ton of stuff with you on your glamorous outdoor adventure, you don’t NEED a jogging stroller with gigantic tires that weighs more than you and your baby combined. (Also, I refuse to pay 500 bajillion dollars for a jogging stroller I’m not even going to use for its intended purpose). I’m not using it for jogging, it makes me tired every time I fight with it, and I’m officially breaking up with it. Unless I plan to walk miles and miles and miles, in which case I might bring it out of storage.

So now you’re probably wondering which stroller I purchased over the weekend. This new stroller has solved all my problems and I am literally obsessed with it and so wishing it’s the stroller I had started with 16 months ago!!!!

The Baby Jogger City Mini!

Why oh why did someone not tell me about this glorious stroller when I was pregnant? Well mamas, I am hear to SHARE THE GOOD NEWS! The City Mini stroller is seriously the best thing to happen to my strolling life and I am so happy I finally purchased one! (With a gift card, again, because #winning)

The City Mini is SO lightweight. I can open and close it with one hand and it folds down super compact. It takes up hardly any space in my trunk now which means I will be able to easily travel with it. I could purchase an adapter and click-in my infant car seat. The canopy is huge and amazing and actually stays in place, and it has “peekaboo” holes so you can still see your child. The seat is comfortable, and has several recline positions. Adeline absolutely loved it from the very first time she rode in it. The tires are all high quality and durable, but not huge jogging stroller tires. The ride is still smooth, even though it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a jogging stroller. The brake feels secure and safe, and the front wheel swivel lock can’t come undone on its own. The handle is at the perfect height, and I don’t feel like I’m slouching pushing it. And the stroller itself doesn’t feel like a bus! It’s the perfect size, really. It’s high quality enough for long walks and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything. For the purposes of walking regularly on paved trails (which is really all we ever do), the City Mini is perfect. And I don’t want to curse at it every time I lug it around!

There is also the City Mini GT stroller, which is their version of a jogging stroller, although it’s not necessarily intended for jogging. It’s quite a bit more expensive, but doesn’t appear to be too much bigger, minus having all-terrain tires. I almost splurged for it, but my main motivation was finding a stroller that was smaller and as lightweight as possible, and I simply don’t need something that’s “all terrain” at the moment. (And also because my gift card wouldn’t have covered it, let’s be real.) When it comes time for us to have a second child, I will DEFINITELY be looking into purchasing the City Mini Double – I’ve heard great things about it as well!

WOW ok, if you’ve made it this far in my stroller rant I applaud you! Hopefully my honesty will help another mama or mama-to-be out there navigate the tricky road of finding the perfect stroller!

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    Jessica
    February 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I love this review of all of those strollers side by side! Seriously, when I was looking for the right stroller when pregnant with #1, it would have been great to find someone line up dozens of strollers and compare. We went with the Chicco Tre jogging stroller as our only stroller from the get go and haven’t regretted it for a minute. It is heavy and a beast like a standard jogging stroller and pricey as well (except refurbs are sold cheap on eBay!!), but our Chicco infant carrier clicks in with no adapter and we’ve been using it for running and walking on non-paved terrain since the moment the pediatrician gave us the ok. I’ve found it easy to open and the brakes/wheel lock are reliable and easy to figure out even in that newborn haze. It’s not for everyone, but it works for us! Now that #2 is on the way and if you’ll excuse me, I need to go check out the City Mini Double…

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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    February 22, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Haha wow girl you’ve been through a lot. I have two- one umbrella and the jogging stroller. I have used my jogging stroller a ton and I really do like it. It is heavy but I haven’t found a jogging one that isnt (maybe the BOB but I can’t afford that). I do have a double stroller I haven’t put together yet, but it’s just crazy how many strollers are out there! Have you tried reselling all of yours? I’m pretty sure Aaron would murder me if I had all of them in the garage ha. Now, diaper bags are out of hand on this end, lol…
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    Allison Richardson
    February 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    We have the graco jogger and I love it for jogging. I do hear your concern for the flipping over- we had a similar experience when I thought it’d be smart to try to jog with our crazy hyper lab and the baby . Never again! I will say I don’t ever take the jogger out on public. I usually literally just unfold it from my garage and go because we live on lightly traveled roads (aka middle of nowhere). But if I do need a stroller to go out, I will be purchasing an umbrella stroller because the graco is just too big and heavy! So far I’ve gotten away with “wearing” my 9 month old everywhere and will probabaly continue until she won’t let me.

    I have looked at the double city mini for when we have future babies so I have enjoyed reading this review!

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    Patricia @Sweet and Strong
    February 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I have a few new mommy friends that I am definitely forwarding this info to. So frustrating you haven’t been able to find something that completely works for you. Only a few more years until you can make your daughter into a runner 😉

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    Rachel
    February 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Love love love this post!!! And the Baby Jogger City Mini is the one I landed on too after all of our conversations, so fingers crossed it is as good as it looks!

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    Emily
    February 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    We LOVE our City Mini GT! I used it from week 1 because the seat reclines all the way for newborns, and even though we have the car seat attachment for it, Amelia hated her car seat. I don’t like how expensive it is (we received it as a shower gift), because now I really want the double stroller ! I’m stalking ebay and craigslist for deals haha.
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    Virjinia
    February 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I will gladly read any and all stroller reviews you post! We are trying for a little one and I’ve always been curious about jogging strollers. Some people don’t bother with them because they do seem heavy. It’s still always good to know what works and what doesn’t!
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    Annie
    February 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

    We have the city mini and LOVE it! I truly cannot believe how much time I spent researching strollers. I went to Babies R Us and Target probably 5 times to try them all out but loved how light weight and easy to use the city mini was!
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    Josephine Middleton
    February 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I’m so glad I don’t have young children any more as this all sounds soooo stressful! I’m not sure I’d ever be able to choose!

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    Melissa
    February 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Dang, that’s a lot of strollers! There really are a ton of crappy strollers on the market. And it seems like the only good ones basically need their own mortgage to afford! We only have two strollers, jogging and regular kind of like the City Mini but it’s made by Graco. My husband hates that we even have to have two! But with both of those, I’d still like an umbrella stroller for really quick outings or places where I just don’t want a huge freaking stroller that’s heavy to push.

    I really need a double, but haven’t even looked. I thought I wanted a double jogging stroller, but I haven’t run in months and don’t see myself getting back into running for a while, at least not with TWO kids in front of me just yet!
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    Amanda
    February 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This is super helpful, so thanks for sharing! My whole family went in together to buy me the Bob when I was pregnant with R, and I really do feel like I’ve gotten good use out of it. That thing pushes and turns like a dream! I love it. I ran a 10k pushing R in it even! (But hello the tires are HUGE. ha) But there’s no way I will be getting a double Bob… I actually bought a double stroller for $40 from a neighbor who was selling hers in a garage sale. It is definitely NOT for jogging but I’m hoping it will work for just going on walks. It’s kind of large and bulky but hey, for $40 I’m not going to complain!
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    Jennifer Soriano
    September 21, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Jogging strollers being heavy are totally useless. I have also faced this problem. but not with my kids. I used to run with my nephew then. The stroller that my sister used to jogg was preety heavy. I don;t want to mention the name but getting a bad performance from a top brand stroller is so much disappointing.

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