Price: Ranging from $303.00 to $339.00
I’ve never really been a stroller person. We’ve had a few different double strollers in the past when the three older kids were small, but we didn’t use them often. We mostly wore one or two kids and let the other(s) walk, and when they were babies I think we stayed inside our house the majority of the time (trust me, it was best for everyone). Now that the twins are 6 and CeCe nearly 5, we don’t need a stroller for them, and I have worn Adele for like 364 of her first 365 days, so there you go. No need for a stroller. However, we were at REI last fall and found an incredible deal on a Bob Sport Utility Jogger stroller, and my husband talked me into it. We came home the proud new owners of our first single stroller.
The first time I took it out, I was absolutely amazed at how smoothly it rolled over the million-and-one bumps in our neighborhood sidewalks. I didn’t feel like I was lifting weights when I hit a pebble. I didn’t have to brace myself for the difficulty of gravel or grass. I was pretty much in love.
Here are a few specs:
Weight: 25 pounds
Running brake + Parking brake: yes + yes
Adjustable handle: no
Reclining Seat: yes
Wheel diameter: 16″ (for all three)
Weight Capacity: 70 pounds
Pros: The stroller is very smooth to push, which I assume means it is a very smooth ride. It has a nice 5-point harness, and the seat fully reclines for naps. It has a nice shade that almost completely covers Adele’s face from the sun or wind, and a nice little sunroof so I can peek in on her while we jog. When jogging, the front stationary wheel is perfect, because I don’t have to worry about the stroller wildly veering in different directions, as it stays on a straight path easily. There is a nice, fairly large basket below that can hold enough junk for a walk with four young kids. It folds up pretty compactly for a jogging stroller, and is really easy to fold and unfold. I can even do it myself, which is amazing, because I couldn’t with our double jogger. The wheels also remove very easily, which I have to do in order to fit in the back of our SUV. I can set it up or take it down, including removing/attaching the wheels, in about 5 minutes. I also love that it has little mesh cup/snack/toy holders on either side of the seat to store things to occupy Adele.
Cons: Because it’s a jogger stroller, it’s bulky. I realize that this is just the way they are made, but it does make it difficult to throw in the car for a trip, as it takes up quite a bit of room. Luckily for us, we always have a carrier (or three) along, so a stroller isn’t always necessary. If you aren’t jogging/running, the stationary wheel can be a bit of a pain. You have to sort of tilt the stroller back or lift it a bit to turn corners. Once you are used to this, it’s no big deal, but it’s not ideal for walking. If you mostly want to walk, a jogger with a swivel wheel in the front would be better. I also wish that these strollers came standard with a cup-holder for the person pushing the stroller. There are two for the child, but for the adult, you need to purchase the cup-holder tray separately.
My overall reaction? I love it. Like I have mentioned, I mainly wear Adele. If we are walking, or shopping, I put her in a carrier or wrap her. But for jogging, or especially running, it is so nice to be able to bring Adele along rather than leave her home. I can strap her into the BOB and go for a quick jog while the others are in school, rather than waiting until my husband is home to watch her. I love that I know she is comfy while riding in the stroller. I love the storage room, and the nice sun shade. Overall, I would definitely recommend the BOB Sport Utility Stroller, especially if you are a jogger/runner looking for a solidly performing stroller to use when going for a run.