Jogging strollers have been with us since the 1980s. However, the improvements to their design and functionality have really made them into a viable option for many people. In the past, these strollers could be a burden because of the large wheels and bulky design. This made them very difficult to use as anything but for exercise and could not be used as an everyday stroller. Customers complained about this limitation and how they could be “sidewalk hogs” because of the width of the base of the strollers. Fortunately, for customers, manufacturers were listening and have made a number of changes to make these a very attractive option. Here, we take a look at some of the changes that have been made to make these strollers a now popular option.
One of the biggest changes has been the change in wheel size. The original jogging strollers were known for their giant wheels that tended to rival bicycle tires in size. This made them a lot more difficult to travel with as the sheer size would make it harder to put in your car for travel. The newer versions have much smaller tires which are closer to what would be on traditional strollers. Also, the front tires can normally be taken off making it much easier to fit them in your car for travel. The result is far more aesthetically pleasing look and also one that is easier to travel with.
A second impressive change has been in the tweaking of the design for storage needs. In the past, the storage options were limited on the stroller and they also did not lend themselves to helping making it easier for you to jog or run. Now, the stroller is made so that many of the storage areas are within easy reach and are setup to not negatively interfere with ones' regular jogging motion. This makes it easier for one to run or jog with the stroller and still have access to storage. The result is more convenience to the customer.
A third change that has helped the running and jogging is that the handle to the stroller has been adjusted to be easier to grab and also to adjust its height. This helps make it easier to guide the stroller without unduly limiting your running gait but also allows multiple people of different heights to use the stroller properly. In the past, a husband and wife of different heights would be hindered by a handle that could not adjust its height.
A fourth benefit is that the front wheel can be locked or unlocked. This is important because a locked wheel is a benefit while jogging, but an unlocked front wheel makes it easier to make turns in sharp areas. This feature allows a jogging stroller to be used effectively in regular settings like the grocery store or the bank. Also, it has the benefits of shock absorption to its tires so it will work far better than a regular stroller at jumping a curb or median.
All these benefits add up to show why jogging strollers have come a long way in a short time. If you have not considered them in the past, now is a really good time to reconsider.