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Run it! The best jogging strollers on a budget

Parents of young children can trot out any number of excuses to avoid going running: I’m too tired; I don’t have time; a massive hailstorm is pelting my neighborhood. But with reliable jogging strollers starting at well under $200, “What would I do with the kids?” isn’t one of them. These three-wheeled strollers let children ride along safely as you run behind.Below are Cheapism’s top
The Jeep Overland Limited sells for $175, compared with more than $300 for a top-of-the-line model.
The Jeep Overland Limited sells for $175, compared with more than $300 for a top-of-the-line model.Today

Parents of young children can trot out any number of excuses to avoid going running: I’m too tired; I don’t have time; a massive hailstorm is pelting my neighborhood. But with reliable jogging strollers starting at well under $200, “What would I do with the kids?” isn’t one of them. These three-wheeled strollers let children ride along safely as you run behind.

Below are Cheapism’s top picks for affordable jogging strollers.

  • The Jeep Overland Limited (starting at $175) cruises over uneven pavement and rough terrain with no trouble, according to online reviews. The 16-inch fixed front wheel keeps the ride smooth and straight. Consumers appreciate having a handbrake to slow down the stroller if it gets going faster than they do. Jogging strollers tend to be heavier and harder to handle than traditional strollers, so it’s worth noting that this is the lightest model on our list, at 26.4 pounds. (Where to buy)
  • The Schwinn Turismo Swivel Wheel Jogger (starting at $176) is also available as a side-by-side double stroller. It counts many fans among consumers posting reviews online, who say it’s easy to maneuver and carries small passengers comfortably. The swiveling wheel locks in place for jogging. (Where to buy)
  • The InStep Safari Swivel Double Jogging Stroller (starting at $160) can accommodate two 50-pound children, which should make for quite a workout. Reviewers credit the separately reclining seats and separate activity trays with keeping the peace. Like the Schwinn Turismo, it has a lockable front wheel and comes in a single model as well. (Where to buy

The swiveling front wheels on the Schwinn Turismo and InStep Safari strollers make it easy to negotiate turns, tight spaces, and other obstacles. To turn a jogging stroller with a fixed front wheel, you have to bear down on the handlebar and pivot the front end to face the direction you want to go. On a stroller designed more for exercise than errands, however, a fixed front wheel promises a straight, stable ride. It’s a feature that typically appears on dedicated jogging strollers with high price tags.

Jogging strollers have air-filled tires like bicycles, rather than solid wheels like traditional strollers, so parents must pump up the tires periodically to maintain the air pressure. The wheels are also larger than those on conventional strollers. They measure 16 inches on the Jeep Overland Limited, while the Schwinn and InStep models have 16-inch rear wheels and 12-inch front wheels.

All the strollers on the above list come with adjustable five-point harnesses that secure children over both shoulders, around both hips, and between the legs. A wrist strap, available on the Jeep Overland Limited and InStep Safari, keeps a runaway stroller in check. All our picks come equipped with activity trays to keep kids occupied, under-seat storage baskets, and so-called parent trays for small items such as keys and cell phones.

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