Pros: great front fender, 5-point harness, reflective tape, 20" wheel, many more...
I've gone through strollers the way my husbands wishes he could say he's gone through trucks - he'd love to test drive and purchase the way I seem to have done with strollers during my time as a mom. For the past eight years I have owned several strollers of varying designs with my last conquest being a jogging stroller. It took me a while to find the jogging stroller I could live with and now that I have there's not looking back. Enter the -
Kelty K.I.D.S. Joyrider 20 Jogger
My search for a jogging stroller began in baby-oriented stores before I wised up a bit. For a jogging stroller that will truly be used for jogging or walking for exercise or even on some less-than-flat terrain I would suggest a consumer begin their purchase with outdoors-type stores and move from there.
In the same vein, if you have other outdoor child products you love, check out the manufacturer and perhaps you'll find they make a great outdoor stroller as well. Had I taken this advice for myself the search would have been easier.
Just the facts...
Single passenger stroller This one will hold one child up to a maximum of 75 pounds. The manufacturer suggests the maximum age is five but this figure is secondary to weight. (My gut tells me the age figure is given because height is an issue and many five year olds would be too tall to sit safetly in this or any stroller.)
Maximum weight Total maximum including any "cargo" being stored in the underneath basket is 85 pounds. A good figure considering most users going out for a jog or walk are not going to carry ten pounds worth of baby gear. Really a very generous figure in that regard.
Passenger Safety & Comfort Your little one will rest securely in a slightly concave seat complete with 5-point harness. The seat is more than adequately padded making for a comfortable ride even on bumpy terrain. As if that's not enough -
- two position canopy allows for a variety of coverage based on brightness of the day
- clear 'patches' at the top and sides allow the young passenger a view of the world while keeping nicely shaded
- a water bottle is in place for the passenger (as well as the pusher) to truly cater to most needs
Pusher Safety & Comfort The one doing the exercising can push in relative comfort as well while still burning some calories along the way. The handle bar arches nicely in the middle with a hand brake similar to what one would find on a bicycle located near center. The handle bar is padded for comfort and does not get slippery even when mom is sweating up a storm - I'm sorry, I mean "glistening" up a storm.
Reflective tape surrounds the unit from back to front for added safety and a molded fender at the front wheel prevents fears of debris and stones kicking up and striking our passenger - a great fender, I might add, and one that was a big selling point for this mom.
Finally, a 20" wheels provides great stability and shock-like comfort over most terrain. Kelty K.I.D.S. manufactures the Joyrider with a 20", 16", and 12" wheel available.
Storage I still laugh at claims of "one hand" folding since we moms know that you always need two hands regardless of claims. So, yes, with one hand the entire stroller can be collapsed but once baby is secure in that car seat or the house, you'll need to bend over and use both hands to lift this 20+ lb. stroller and store it away. Extra levers at both the rear and front wheel make fold downs to flat possible.
Storage basket - always a point of contention for stroller pushers - would not hold a full sized diaper bag, but it is more than adequate for carrying a smaller bag or a couple baby items and wallet and keys. The sides are net-type mesh and I have thus far had no problems with items bouncing out while I'm in motion.
Kelty also makes a "weather shield" for this stroller for those who worry about being caught in the rain or perhaps a light dusting of snow. If you are a die-hard jogger this addition would be well worth the investment (and you have my admiration!).
I have no "cons" with this item which is why it ended up being the jogging stroller in our home. Be aware that it is not the least expensive jogging stroller you will find, but it is of high quality with comfort and safety features I could not find in other strollers of this variety. A truly great stroller - we love it.
I tried the InStep Safari TT - Single and returned it.
Another Kelty product to consider for the outdoors-loving family is the Kelty Country Backpack.