There are a few notable differences between jogging stroller and regular strollers which may not be obvious at first to everybody. The main difference is that jogging strollers have frames which re designed for jogging and control at fast speeds while regular strollers are designed for maneuverability first and foremost.
What dies this mean?
This means that joggers:
- are typically wider than regular strollers
- have more leg room for a long stride
- have a fixed front wheel for improved control
- have a braking system on the handlebar
- come with a hand strap
- are a bit heavier than standard strollers for stability
- usually have larger wheels
- usually have better suspension
- almost always require your child to be sitting upright
Basically jogging strollers are designed to make it easier to jog rather than do anything else. because of this maneuverability outside of an open road or trail is more difficult. Fixed front wheels are hard to turn on a dime compared to standard strollers.
Jogging strollers are alsom much harder to store and transport because they are usually bigger and heavier and because their wheels don’t make life easy on your trunk space.
Most people with joggers usually have to store their stroller in full standing position in a garage or remove the wheels entirely to break it down into a smaller state proper for storage.
The typical owner of a jogger will almost always own a standard stroller for everyday use too because true jogging strollers aren’t usually the most comfortable strollers to use when you are not jogging or running long distance.
In short, it’s best to get a true jogging stroller if you actually intent of jogging frequently but not if you plan on occassionaly going out for a run.
A real jogger will also not accommodate a small infant very well either because usually babies need to be a bit older before you should jog with them. Once a baby can control head movement and sit upright is when it’s best to take them for a a run. If you find a jogging stroller appropriate for infants then most likely it’s not a true jogger.