BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller

Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller

by Leigh Powers -

Now that your baby is here, you’re ready to lace up your running shoes and get back into your fitness routine. Which is the best lightweight jogging stroller for you? Our roundup review looks at four of the top lightweight jogging strollers on the market to help you pick the best option for your family.

Jogging is a great way to exercise and spend time with your baby. Here are what we consider the four best lightweight jogging strollers:

Before we launch into our picks, just remember: safety first. While many jogging strollers will accommodate an infant seat, it’s best not to jog with your baby until he or she is at least six months old—old enough to support his or her own head.  Also, keep in mind that jogging with a stroller is a much different experience than running without one. Jogging with a stroller is basically a resistance workout, so start slow and build up speed and distance as your body adjusts.

Best Budget-Friendly Model: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Bubble Gum

The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller is our pick for the best budget-friendly lightweight jogging stroller. Priced at just under $100, the Baby Trend Expedition is an affordable, user-friendly option.

The Baby Trend Expedition has features that are a must for any jogging stroller. The stroller features large bicycle-style tires, a front tire that can swivel for easy maneuvering or be locked into position for jogging, and an adjustable canopy with a sunroof. The Expedition also has both a parent tray with two cupholders and a child tray with two cupholders so both you and your child can stay hydrated. An extra large storage basket helps you keep necessities close at hand, and the stroller folds up easily with the use of a trigger release. Footrest reflectors enhance visibility, and the seat reclines for your child’s comfort.

While the Expedition is a great product for the price, the cost savings do come with some sacrifices. The Expedition will take a car seat, but the stroller is only compatible with Baby Trend Flex-Loc or Inertia Infant car seats. If you have one of these car seats, you’re in luck. If not, you might want to look at a jogging stroller with a universal adapter or consider a travel system.

The Expedition also has a weight limit of 50 pounds—considerably less than the 75 pound weight limit available on other models. We also found that the front wheel tends to wobble at high speeds. This may not be an issue for casual users, but avid runners may want to consider a different model. Still, given the affordable price of this stroller, parents may not mind a little wobble if it saves them several hundred dollars. The Expedition should be at the top of the list for parents looking for the best lightweight jogging stroller that doesn’t break their budget.

Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

  • Item Weight:  27 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 47 x 21 x 41 inches
  • UPC: 090014017781
  • Item model number: JG94044
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 55 Pounds

Lightest Weight Jogging Stroller: Evenflo Victory

Image of the Evenflo Victory Jogging Stroller Tucson, Tucson

Every pound counts when you’re pushing a jogging stroller—especially on that one last hill at the end of your run. If you’re looking for the lightest stroller you can find, the Evenflo Victory is a great pick. Weighing just 23 pounds, the Victory is the lightest jogging stroller we surveyed, and it also easily folds up into a tight 17-inch fold. Light and compact, the Victory can easily travel with you without hogging too much space in your trunk.

One of the things I like about the Victory is that it is self-standing when folded. I love seeing this feature in a stroller because it does make them so much easier to store. It also has all the jogging stroller must-haves such as the lockable swivel front wheel, pneumatic wheels and shock-absorbing suspension, padded reclining seat with a three or five-point harness, large canopy, and under-the-seat storage basket. The Victory also has cupholders for both parent and child and is compatible with the Embrace Infant car seat.

Like the Expedition, the Victory is affordably priced. However, some parents report that the Victory wobbles at high speeds and that it can be difficult to get the hang of the folding mechanism. Still, you can’t beat the 23-pound product weight. If stroller weight is a primary concern, the Evenflo Victory is the best lightweight jogging stroller for you.

Evenflo Victory

  • Item Weight: 23.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 19.6 x 14.1 inches
  • UPC: 032884190089
  • Item model number: 17211856
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 50 Pounds

Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller for Serious Runners: BOB Rambler

Image of the BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller, Black

BOB designs baby gear for active parents and their jogging strollers cater to the needs of serious runners. The BOB Rambler is the brand’s lightest jogging stroller and is the best lightweight jogging stroller for active parents who are willing to make the investment to enhance their fitness routine.

The BOB Rambler sports 12-inch air filled tires with a lockable swivel front wheel. The stroller is designed on a mountain-bike style suspension system, meant to ensure your child’s comfort no matter what bumps come your way. The aluminum frame saves pounds, keeping the stroller’s weight right at 25 pounds. An extra-large canopy with built-in SPF protects your child while adding extra sun protection, and the padded easy-to-recline seat keeps your child comfortable on long rides. The 75-pound weight limit means that your child has plenty of room to grow, and the adjustable handlebar means that the stroller can be used comfortably by parents of all heights. The included wrist strap will keep the stroller from getting away from you while jogging, and the wheels can easily be removed for compact storage.

The BOB Rambler can also be converted into a travel system with the purchase of a BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter. This item is sold separately but is compatible with all major car seat brands. A parent console and snack tray are not included, but both items can be purchased separately. For serious runners who want a lightweight stroller, the BOB Rambler is your best bet.

BOB Rambler

  • Item Weight: 25.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 45 x 24.5 x 39.5 inches
  • UPC: 652182730031
  • Item model number: U851927
  • Minimum weight recommendation: 4 Pounds
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 75 Pounds

Premium Option: Thule Urban Glide 2.0

Image of the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller (Thule Blue w/ Silver Frame)

For parents who want a premium stroller, the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is your best bet. This updated version of the Thule Urban Glide adds a handbrake for added control on hilly terrain. While strollers with handbrakes tend to be heavier, the Urban Glide 2.0 still weighs in at just 25.3 pounds. The large 16-inch rear wheels and swivel front wheel enhance maneuverability, and the front wheel can be locked into place for jogging.

The stroller features a one-handed, compact fold system, a child seat that reclines with one touch, smooth suspension, and an ergonomically designed adjustable handlebar. Reflective rims on the wheel and a reflective edge on the canopy enhance visibility, and the stroller comes with a large cargo basket with a zip-top cover, rear mesh pocket for parent access, and two mesh compartments that can hold your child’s snacks or toys. The Thule Urban Glide can be used with children weighing up to 75 pounds, allowing plenty of room for your child to grow.

The Urban Glide 2.0 can be converted into a travel system by adding a car seat adapter. Several other accessories are also available, allowing you to customize the stroller to fit your needs. The biggest drawback to this stroller is the price. The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is definitely the Cadillac option. However, if you are an active parent who wants both a lightweight stroller and the added security of a handbrake, the Thule 2.0 is the best lightweight jogging stroller for you.

Thule Urban Glide 2.0

  • Product Dimensions: 41.1 x 27.2 x 40 inches ; 25.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B077QP158F
  • Item model number: 10101925

Conclusion

Choosing the best lightweight jogging stroller is a matter of considering your families unique needs. Will you be running on city streets, or do you need the added suspension of an all-terrain model? Are you a serious runner logging many miles a week, or do you simply need a stroller for an occasional jog? Do you want to invest in a premium product, or are you looking for a more budget-friendly model? Whatever your needs, these top for picks should help you find the lightweight jogging stroller that’s best for you.

Here’s a summary of our four picks:

Budget-Friendly Model: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

Lightest Weight: Evenflo Victory

Best for Serious Runners: Bob Rambler

Premium Option: Thule Urban Glide 2.0

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Leigh Powers is an author, speaker, and mother of three from Houston, Texas. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand--and sometimes both.

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