Can You Use A Jogging Stroller For Everyday Use

The Baby Jogger Summit XC Jogging StrollerIf you’ve never tried out a real jogging stroller then you probably did’t fully get the advantages of using it. They are incredibly sturdy and many are very capable of going off road. They are very durable and are likely going to last you through a few kids if you kept it long enough.

What you may not fully get at first either is whether or not you can or should actually use them for everyday activities. Using a true jogging stroller everyday can be somewhat more difficult than a standard city stroller. They tend to be long and have large front wheels. Real joggers use a fixed front wheel too which makes it easier for the stroller to go straight with little effort on the part of the parent.

In fact this is one major reason why jogging strollers shouldn’t be used for every day use. They are impractical in many situations.

In crowded malls or sporting venues they can be very challenging to maneuver. Because the front wheel is fixed you have to tip the stroller to get it to make turns which complicates everything but the open trail or road.

They are also frequently heavier than many lightweight daily use strollers. They certainly aren’t doomed to be the heaviest but you can’t get one lighter than 20 pounds. See my list of the lightest joggers made today. You’ll see the lightest one on the list is still 20+ lbs.

You can however use a jogging stroller for everyday use if you get one that has a swivel front wheel that can be locked in place. I personally don’t like locking swivel wheels in place but that is what they were made for and you certainly can do it.

I would also only advise people who don’t typically find themselves in crowded spaces to use a swivel wheel jogger as a primary stroller because the negative aspects of using these as a go to main stroller are not that bad. Plus using a jogger as a primary means you have one less stroller to have to buy. That’s always a good thing.

If you do want to use a jogging stroller for your main every day activities I suggest taking a look at my page on swivel wheel jogging strollers. I recommend first and foremost the Baby Jogger Summit XC Jogging Stroller but there are other great strollers featured on that page.