Disclosure: *Our reviewer was not financially compensated for this post. He did receive a sample from Joovy for review purposes. The opinions expressed are solely based on his own based on his own experience.*
So you find yourself in the market for one of the big-ticket items when it comes to being prepared to raise a child – the stroller. Not just any stroller, a jogging stroller, after all, you don’t need to let your little one stop you from your daily run, right? You’ve been to the stores near you and you’re home, exhausted by the seemingly endless choices. Now you need to decide if you take out a second mortgage and go for a premium jogging stroller, or spend just enough to get one that barely passes the safety ratings?
Fear not. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight jogging stroller fits in perfectly. It is priced to meet most budgets, yet retains luxury quality any parent rightly expects. Straight out of the box, it is as easy as the proverbial 1, 2, 3 – literally:
- Put the rear right wheel on
- Put the rear left wheel on
Simple. Just buckle junior in and hit the road running. But what are you really
getting for your money? For a start, a sturdy, stable product. The framing is solid and all the joints are well
connected and move with ease. The brake is a simple one-foot action that locks solidly into grooves on the wheels, so when it’s locked, it’s going nowhere. The front wheel can swivel freely or lock in place. Good for different types of terrain. I prefer the free turning wheel (roads in my neighborhood are not the best, and in
the locked position, it veers too easily), but can see the benefits of a fixed wheel on a true running trail. Locked or unlocked, the stroller glides along with ease at the merest of touch.
Joovy have also thought about both adult and child when it comes to storage. There’s a decent enough storage space beneath (I’ve seen bigger, I’ve seen smaller), which can easily accommodate a diaper bag/backpack. In addition, there’s a good sized storage pouch behind the seat, an organizer that straps over the handle with two cup holders and storage pocket, big enough for phone, wallet and keys, and a couple of storage pockets inside the seat itself – for water cups, snack cups or the latest Mashem’ craze!
A nice added feature is also an air pump that nicely straps away in the lower storage compartment. However, for the good, there’s also the not so good. Hard to find anything to be negative about, but there are a few bugbears:
- I would like to have seen a moveable tray over the seat, even as an added option.
- The seat straps are not padded, so you may need to add some padding for some children.
- lastly, at time of writing, there doesn’t appear to be a double jogging stroller available.
In the end this really does look and feel like a high-end stroller. It is nicely priced at $299 and will appeal to both fitness enthusiasts and day to day, running around parents.