A new generation of hi-tech jogging buggies are enabling parents of young children to run to their hearts’ content. No wonder sales are rising so dramatically.
With young children to look after, it can be difficult to fit in a jog. But running pushchairs, which are designed for this very purpose, mean you can train while your passenger gets some fresh air. Everyone’s a winner.
Ideally, choose one with 16 inch wheels, a five point harness, a hand operated break, a fixed front wheel and a wrist loop. Also make sure your baby is six months old and able to hold their head up. In fact, some manufactures saying the baby should be at least a year old.
Be mindful that this isn’t like normal running – there will be increased pressure on your arms and shoulders that you’ll need to get used to. Also, be aware that these new buggies are big, even when folded, so be sure to have somewhere to store it.
1. BOB Revolution Pro, £455, amazon
This all-terrain pushchair is something you can use every day as well as on runs. It manages to look rugged yet cool, it has great build quality and it even has a five year warranty. On the downside, it’s bulky when folded and the basket is difficult to reach, but they’re pretty small niggles.
2. Phil & Ted’s Dot Three Wheeler, £379, amazon
This has plenty of space to carry your child, as well as a huge basket for all the extras. The manoeuvrability is impressive and it’s simple to switch to a double, should you have twins or go onto have another tot. The only downsides are the lack of rain cover and the fact that it’s not parent facing.
3. Bumbleride Indie, £501, amazon
This looks fabulous and offers a comfy ride, largely thanks to the soft and gorgeous fabrics. It’s lightweight and nippy and the steering is unbeatable. The enormous shopping basket and canopy and easy fold mechanism are also in its favour, although the recline is a little fiddly.
4. Out n About Nipper Sport V3, £300, john lewis
This has loads of great features, including the large pneumatic wheels, padded seat liner for extra comfort, amazing suspension and generous hood. The fixed front wheel means it can handle almost anything, making it one of the most versatile buggies around, suitable for nipping around town, an adventurous and muddy walk or a jog.
5. iCandy Peach Jogger, £640, johnlewis
This is stylish, smooth to push and compatible with iCandy’s car seat and carrycot. Rough terrain poses no problem and it’s robust for running too. You have to remove the seat to fold it, which is a bit of a pain, and it’s heavy, but otherwise this is an aesthetically pleasing, practical and flexible buggy if you’re willing to splash out.
6. Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller, £499, johnlewis
Here’s another versatile buggy with a big basket and large, comfy seat. It can deal with stones, gravel, sand and inclines, just to name a few, yet you can switch the wheel to swivel mode and it will do nicely for an urban shopping trip. The only downside is the jogger break, which requires a very firm pull.
7. BOB Ironman Stroller, £275, johnlewis
This is fitted with BOB’s most narrow wheels for less running resistance, as well as being fine-tuned for long distance running. There are pull rings for quick harness adjustment and a front fender to stop your little one getting covered in mud. We also like the fast folding mechanism and adjustable tracking.
The BOB Revolution Pro is a jogger’s dream – as good for city shopping trips as rough terrain. It looks good too. The Bumbleride Indie comes in at a close second, thanks to it being nippy, lightweight, good looking and easy to steer.
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