You can’t hit the road without the right system, so which one should you choose?
So, you want to be a parent who goes on nice jogs with their baby. It’s an ideal way to workout- you get some great cardio and baby gets some fresh air. Well, you are going to need the right travel system. Certainly not all jogging strollers are created equal, and maximum usability is a must.
My pick for the best jogging stroller travel system at the lower price range is the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System. It has so many great features, like versatility, safety, and a solid car seat, that make it a great everyday stroller and an even better jogging stroller.
On the high-end I recommend the BOB Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller combined with a Britax B-Safe 35 car seat.
See all of our best baby travel system reviews.
|Best Jogging Stroller Travel System||Why It's Best||Rating|
|Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System||This travel system is the lowest priced, but it's still easy to push and steer.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect||This set includes a safe and lightweight car seat and you can fold the stroller with one hand.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller||It's a lightweight stroller with a high weight limit, and you can pick your car seat to build a travel system.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|BOB Gear 2016 Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller||Best jogging stroller on the list, but the price is high and you'll still need to buy a compatible car seat.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Top 7 Jogging Stroller Travel Systems
1. Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System
The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System makes this list because it easily provides more bang for the buck than any other jogger travel system currently available.
The price of the combined travel system is less than the individual price of the car seat OR stroller of many of the selections in this article. While it doesn’t have all the features or the absolute highest level of quality of the high-end alternatives, it is still a very solid choice.
Easy to Push and Steer
The Expedition has several features that make it easy to run with. First is the big swivel wheel up front. Single front-wheels are the ultimate in simplifying quick and sharp turns. You can actually do a standing 180, not that you would ever need to do that.
If you are trying to go fast and straight on a jogging trail you can lock the wheel in place to provide more stability.
It has large, 16” rear bicycle, all-terrain tires. The front wheel is 12” and the tires are the same style as the back.
Like most of the travel systems in its class, the Expedition takes kids from birth up to 50 lbs. The Flex Lock car seat that comes included is an infant car seat intended for rear-facing use up to 30 lbs and after that, the child can ride in the stroller seat itself.
It comes with a stroller, infant car seat and base. That is the basic travel system that makes it easy to transfer car seat from home to car to stroller and back again. While it works fine, the clicking of the car seat into the base and also into the stroller sometimes requires a bit more force than you might expect it to.
I’ll give you much more info on the Flex Loc infant car seat in my full review. Click to read!
The stroller itself has a nice fold mechanism that leaves the stroller fairly compact considering the size of the wheels. It also has a decent canopy, cup holders and storage. It has a 5-point harness and the seat reclines to several different positions.
The overall system is not the highest quality and may not last as long as the more expensive brands. Some people don’t like the swivel wheel, claiming it shakes too much for their taste.
Overall, however, the Expedition has solid reviews.
2. Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System
The Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Travel System is one of Graco’s better rated and best infant car seat and stroller combo’s for running. It compares roughly to the Baby Trend Expedition in price but doesn’t get quite as good customer reviews overall.
Still the Fastaction Fold is a great choice and should probably be your goto choice if you love Graco. It has many of the same features as the Expedition; notably the bicycle style tires and the single, swivel front-wheel.
Great Car Seat
This travel system comes with the Snug Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat which is safe and easy to use. As a best infant car seat it is intended for rear-facing use. It will accommodate newborn babies up to 35 lbs.
I love this car seat! Check out the full review of the Click Connect 35 here.
Stroller Folding Action
As you might expect from the name, Graco is proud of the super easy fold mechanism. There is a strap in the center of the seat and when you pull it, just like Graco says, the whole thing folds up in one second. It really works and you can do it with one hand.
A Bit on the Big Side
If you aren’t tall, the handle height may be too much for you. Although this best stroller isn’t that heavy compared to the other options, it is big and many people complain that it is a bit bulky.
So if you are using it primarily to jog, the size probably won’t be a problem, but if you are thinking about trying to get away with this stroller as an all-purpose system, it will end up frustrating you.
To avoid this issue check out the next recommendation.
3. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller
Make a Travel System with Your Choice of Car Seats and an Adapter
The Joovy Ultralight Jogging stroller made this list because it has the unique combination of being lightweight, holding bigger kids and having a decent price compared to higher-end strollers.
Notice this isn’t a complete travel system. To get a complete travel system you have to order:
- The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller
- A best infant car seat and base of your choice, like:
- The appropriate Joovy car seat adapter << Britax adapter shown as example
Obviously, it is a hassle to have to select and order three things instead of one. But on the positive side, you open up your options on which infant car seat you want to use. Not sure which car seat is the best? I have reviews to help. Check out the Britax B-Safe 35 by clicking this link, or check out the Britax Endeavours by clicking right here.
The downside is that the adapters may not work quite as well as those on travel systems that are all made to fit together by the same manufacturer.
One other thing to think about is that you can get a fabulous regular travel system like the Britax B-Agile / B-Safe 35 Elite for normal day to day stuff, and the Joovy Zoom 360 for jogging with an adapter and be all set for both kinds of activity.
Nifty Stroller Features
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight holds kids up to 75 lbs. There are some other strollers like the BOB Revolution Pro and Flex that do that too, but it is pretty unusual.
The surprising thing is that the stroller is made to be light even though it can also hold older, taller and bigger kids than the Expedition and the Fastaction Fold strollers.
It has the front, swivel wheel, bicycle styled tires and nice accessories for parent and child. It has a larger canopy than some of the others and a decent fold mechanism.
This is on our list of lightweight strollers for jogging, too.
This stroller is nice or it wouldn’t be on this list, but despite having a higher price than the Graco and the Baby Trend options, its quality isn’t consistently great. The biggest complaints are about wheels shaking or not being straight. But there are a range of other criticisms as well.
4. Bob 2016 Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller
Made a Travel System with the B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat (requires infant seat adapter)
Since I left the possibility open that you might want to get a jogging stroller that converts into a travel system, I have to mention the BOB Revolution Pro. That’s because it is an exceptional jogging and running stroller from the perspective of a smooth ride for baby and runner, and high quality.
It is certainly the most expensive option I’m discussing here. The BOB products are part of the Britax group so the Britax B-Safe 35 car seat is compatible. It does require an adapter but it is all the same company.
Also, unlike most jogging strollers, many people use the BOB Revolution (both Pro and Flex) as their everyday strollers and not just for running. They are lightweight enough and versatile enough to make this a good option.
Safety Note: BOB recommends that you do not run with a baby until they are 8 months old, even though they may be in an attached infant car seat. The main concern is that babies don’t have the necessary neck strength to absorb all the bumps and back and forth. Do your own research on this.
This best stroller has some extras that make it more comfortable. It has a special suspension so it takes bumps and high speed better than other best strollers.
The handlebar has 9 different positions so you don’t see the complaints from parents who are too tall or short about the handlebar height.
It has rear drum brakes which make stopping more certain. This would come into play if you are going down a steep hill for example.
With the compatibility with the Britax car seats, it is easy to declare this one of the safest, if not the safest of jogging strollers available right now.
Because the stroller is sold separately you will need to order the stroller, the Britax adapter and the Britax infant car seat (with base) of your choice to fully create your travel system. Might sound like a bit of an extra hassle but most everyone is very happy with the purchase of this stroller.
If you prefer another infant car seat, there are also adapters for Graco, Chicco and Peg Perego.
BOB Revolution Pro vs Flex
If you want a BOB Revolution jogging stroller you can choose between the Pro and Flex versions. There are four differences between these two strollers:
- The Pro has hand-activated brakes and Flex does not. This means the Pro will be easier to stop if you are running because you are already holding on with your hands. To be fair, this is a rare feature. The Flex has foot brakes but so do the vast majority of other strollers.
- The Flex has a green and red color option that the Pro doesn’t have.
- The Pro is a little more expensive due to the hand-braking ability.
- The Flex comes in a double jogging stroller version that can still accept an infant car seat.
The Bob Revolution Flex is included on our list of the best running strollers. See the list here.
5. Graco Modes Jogging Travel System
While the Modes Jogging travel system, quite frankly, is not our favorite, it is quite popular and deserves some discussion.
It is Versatile
Graco makes quite a few jogging stroller travel systems, we covered the Fastaction Fold above, so why this one? The versatility. You aren’t limited to just a front-facing stroller that a car seat can click into with this travel system. It can accommodate the car seat just like all other travel systems. You can also have the infant car seat facing the parent or the world and the toddler seat facing the parent or the world.
Car Seat Modes
Three of the modes use the car seat. When you are just using the stroller frame to hold any Graco Click Connect car seat, you simply put the car seat into place facing you. You’ll hear that nice, comforting click that I love so much about Graco’s Click Connect systems. If you want to switch it outward, then you just push the release lever on the car seat and flip it around. Click it into place and you are good to go! I love these two modes because they are a more lightweight option for running with a baby since you don’t have any extra bulk in the stroller.
Also, the stroller folds up really small when broken down like this, so it’ll fit a bit more easily into a small trunk.
For the traditional travel system mode, you use this travel system just like you would any other. The car seat clicks down into the snack tray of the fully assembled stroller. For this mode, you can only have the infant seat facing you. You still get that comforting click that lets you know that the car seat isn’t going anywhere during your run.
Regular Stroller Modes
The stroller is without a doubt the most important part of this travel system. That’s why two of the modes are focused on the stroller sans car seat. The stroller features a seat that is completely removable and flippable. When the seat is facing the parent, you can go into a sort of bassinet mode, where the seat is reclined flat and the shade canopy covers most of your sweet baby. This mode is great for when baby is small and you don’t want to have to strap them into their car seat.
If you want a traditional stroller, just make sure the seat is facing forward like a normal stroller. Be mindful that you’ll have to velcro some of the seat into place depending on which direction it faces, so be ready to spend a couple of minutes doing that. Although the seat does add more bulk when folding, it will still fold down pretty flat when you are ready to store it.
A Good Car Seat
The stroller is what makes it a jogging system, but the car seat makes it a true travel system. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 is a best infant car seat that won’t disappoint. You could write a whole post about this great car seat and all its features. So let’s just do a quick breakdown of all the important specs:
- Fits infants 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches for a couple of years of good use.
- Top rated for safety- meets or exceeds all US safety standards by utilizing EPS foam and side impact protection.
- Car seat and base use latch system for safety and easy car installation.
- Click Connect technology- an audible click lets you know when the car seat is safely placed into the base or the stroller.
- Compact in size and only weighs 7 pounds!
- Great canopy, durable material, infant insert, and 5 point safety harness to keep baby cozy and happy.
- Only complaint: the buttons that move the car seat handle can be a little stiff and hard to push.
We’ve covered the basics of the stroller and the car seat, so now let’s look at some of the fun little extras that are featured in the Modes Stroller.
For starters, it has a nice big canopy that features UV50 fabric that’s breathable, too. Next up, it offers a seat that can be reclined to a few different positions, including totally flat when facing the parent. This means that baby can be comfy and out of the sun at all times.
The storage basket under the seat is a really nice size. It’s there and easily accessible no matter what mode you are in. Finally, it’s a breeze to fold and unfold with one hand. But, the stroller does weigh about 25 pounds altogether, so hopefully you aren’t too tired from your jog to lug the thing back into your trunk.
Makes for a Smooth Run
So this system is really great on paper. It has all the features you’d want in a best stroller. But since we’re looking at jogging strollers, let’s get down to business and discuss this stroller’s road-worthiness. After all, that’s what makes it better than all its competitors.
Wheels and Tires
This is the most important feature in a good jogging stroller. Like the other strollers we’ve listed this one has air-filled tires. The rear tires are bigger and have good suspension, which is also a must. Both of these things mean that you’ll get a smoother ride on different terrains. This stroller runs smooth- baby won’t feel every single little crack in the sidewalk and rock in the path. You’ll get a better run, too, with less resistance and less stopping. As for the front wheel, you can lock it into place for jogging or unlock it for 360 degree maneuverability.
Even though steering gets tricky when the wheel is locked, it’s better for running because the front wheel can’t get stuck in the wrong direction and cause you to faceplant into your suddenly-stopped stroller. Be aware that when the wheel is locked, you might feel your stroller pull slightly to the left or right. The alignment on this thing isn’t perfect.
Any time you have a stroller that will be moving at a decent speed, you have to consider some extra safety features. The Graco Modes Jogging Stroller features a safety tether, which you can and should use. Don’t try to see if you are quick enough to catch a runaway stroller that took the hill much more quickly than you did. Just put the safety tether on!! Also, it has reflective tabs for those early morning or late evening outings. You can’t be too safe, after all.
6. Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller
The Thule Urban Glide 2 stroller is a lightweight 3-wheel stroller with the ability to lock the front wheel for jogging. We’ve included this jogger stroller as a travel system bundle with the use of Thule’s Universal Infant Car Seat Adapter.
Handlebar Brake Feature
A super cool feature of this best jogging stroller option is the ability to brake and control the stroller speed from the twist handle brake. This helps when strolling down hills, especially when jogging, to prevent an out-of-control stroller.
Other Convenient Features
One of my favorite features of this stroller is the zip-top storage basket located below the stroller. With the option to zip-up this section, there’s no worry that something is going to bounce or topple out when strolling on tough terrain or jogging.
As for the toddler 5-point harness seat, it is easy to recline the seat whenever necessary if your child wants to lay back or nap.
Finally, folding the stroller down is said to take only one hand and be pretty simple, which is always a plus.
Beyond the cool features of the Thule Urban Glide 2 stroller, there are mixed reviews from parents who have purchased this.
Some have found this stroller to be great and possibly better than the BOB strollers. On the other hand, some parents find the quality is lacking in these strollers, specifically with the wheels; having either air problems or a shaky front wheel.
If you’re looking for a stroller just like this one but as a double, Thule has one here.
7. Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller
The Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller is a 3-wheel stroller perfect for strolling or jogging. A safe 5-point padded harness secures your child and the reclining seat allows your child to lay back or nap while strolling around. You can almost lay your child completely flat with the recline option! We’ve listed this jogging stroller as a travel system because you can pop on your own car seat with a universal car seat adapter or an adapter for a Summit X3 car seat.
Handlebar features are the new thing and I love them! This stroller comes with not one awesome handlebar feature, but two. The first is the ability to control the speed or brake right from the handlebars. When jogging or going down hills, this feature is convenient to have.
The second feature is the ability to lock the front wheel. No more stopping, locking/unlocking the front wheel, and then continuing on your stroll or jog – this handlebar makes it quick and easy.
Folding down this stroller is said to be easy as you can do it with only one hand. That’s always a convenient thing when your other hand is carrying baby or something else which is pretty common.
For sunny days, there’s a large canopy that is adjustable and can be used with air vents for air flow.
Oddly enough, there are no cup holders but if you really wanted them, there is an attachment you can purchase here.
A downfall of this jogging stroller that parents complain about is that it is heavy and more difficult than we think it should be to load up in the back of a car. If you’re looking for something lightweight, I would go with an alternative stroller travel system.
Looking for this jogging stroller but as a double? You can find that one here.
Jogging Stroller Travel System FAQ’s
What is a stroller travel system?
A stroller travel system consists of a stroller frame, infant car seat, and possibly other components, which may be purchased (in some brands) together or (in others) separately. Such a solution makes it easy to move baby from car to stroller and then back to car.
What are the primary differences between a regular stroller and a jogging stroller?
In general the frame and wheels on a jogging stroller are designed for higher speeds and more varied terrain. The wheels are larger, air-filled “tires”. Generally, there is only one wheel at front. Wheels on a jogging stroller are fixed (not swivel), or the front wheel swivels with optional lock. These design differences produce a smoother ride for your baby and better safety at high speeds.
Can I use a regular stroller for jogging?
In general, no. There are some strollers that try to be hybrids, but any compromise in design produces a stroller somewhat less desirable for jogging. These might work well enough for a slow jog on a level road or walk, but they are not ideal for speed or unlevel terrain.
Can I use a jogging stroller for everyday strolling?
You can, though it may not be a satisfactory solution. The jogging stroller is often larger (less easily transported), has inflatable tires which may require more maintenance, and does not provide all of the bells and whistles that are common on regular strollers.
Also, the fixed front wheel on the jogger stroller (if not convertible to swivel) makes the stroller harder to maneuver around tighter curves, as you might need to in a department store, for example.
There are some jogging strollers that are more versatile, however, so check out your options. Three jogger strollers which are touted as more versatile are the Thule Urban Glide, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and Baby Trend Expedition.
Can I use my own car seat on a jogging stroller travel system?
Maybe. Some brands of travel system require their own car seat, while others provide adaptors for a number of different car seats. You’ll need to investigate.
Do jogger strollers come in double?
Yes, some, such as Baby Trend Expedition LX, BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, Baby Trend Navigator, Baby Jogger City Select, and Infant Joolz Geo2, come in a side-by-side or tandem arrangement.