If you are a parent of little ones, you can probably attest to the fact that running sometimes (most of the time?) has to take a back seat when it comes to your kids. I can personally vouch for the fact that one of the reasons I have historically been stressed out and fallen out of shape is because I have had kid stuff take priority. I am not complaining, but it's also important to make sure you are at your optimal best and feeling good about yourself as well.
That is why I highly recommend that runners with little ones (or soon to have little ones) invest some money in a good running stroller. I know it's not easy to plunk down $300+ dollars on one item, but I think that it is a necessity to keep your running and fitness moving forward throughout the year. And Christmas is coming...
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is a great option that falls near the low-middle of the pricing levels of running strollers. We reviewed this a few months back, and I am very impressed with Joovy AND their customer service. I don't think you will be disappointed with this investment.
Here is a reminder of the technical details:
Specs (from Joovy website):
- Material: 6061 Aircraft Aluminum
- Open Size: 54 x 25 x 46 in
- Folded Size: 34 x 25 x 19 in
- Stroller Weight: 25.7 lbs
- Minimum Child Age: 3 months+
- Maximum Child Weight: 75 lbs
- Seat Back Height: 20 in
- Comes with tire pump (genius!)
- Removable parent organizer
After stating in my initial post that I had trouble with opening and closing, that was obviously operator error and I have no problems with it now. It still requires two hands to open, and the connector but that’s really a small price to pay.
The stuff I loved about the stroller initially (smooth ride, seat size and headroom, and weight and folding abilities) all still have held up to the challenge. I love the adaptor for the carseat, AND the fact that stroller is able to fold up no problem without needing to remove it first. It is a cinch to place the carseat in and out, making for some really simple naptime runs and walks with daddy and baby.
I haven’t had to utilize the tire pump yet, but it excites me that it is just packed away and waiting to lift my spirits when I am at a race and it dawns on me that I forgot to pump the tires. The parent organizer also surprised me with its positivity. The stretchy material has held water bottles and coffee drinks secure in cup holder better than I anticipated.
In my initial post, one of my initial drawbacks was no straps on the push bar. Immediately after reading that post, they reached out to say that a wrist strap was supposed to have been included and then sent me one out to me shortly afterwards. I was also sent a rain cover to try as well. We were also contacted by a reader who stated that their experience with Joovy was amazing. Clearly, Joovy is interested in providing great customer service, something that can be applauded when you are making an investment of this magnitude.
I have come to live with the smaller uncovered storage space on the undercarriage, and stuff hasn’t really gotten all that wet (granted, I haven’t run with it in a major storm yet). I do wish that the push bar was adjustable, as it sits a tad too low on my 6’2 frame. It’s not uncomfortable by any means, but this is likely one of the features that is missing to keep the cost lower than others.
I also have come to be OK with the exposed mesh material in the back. I am sure this will be great in the upcoming summer months, but right now we are making it work by layering with blankets on the back (something we would probably do with or without the mesh backing, to be quite honest). My kids haven’t complained about being cold, so I am not going to complain about it if they aren’t.
Once again, I view the Joovy Zoom Ultralight as multi-functional and budget-conscious. It’s a great Christmas gift for the running parent, or soon-to-be parent in your life.