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How to pick the best jogging stroller for you and your child
Guide - Jogging stroller

How to pick the best jogging stroller for you and your child

A guide to choose the right jogging stroller for you and your family

When purchasing your first jogging stroller, it’s important to consider all of your options to ensure you’re investing in the right product for your family and lifestyle.

At Thule, it’s our mission to bring you closer to the world and your passion for life. And bringing your child along on that journey shouldn’t slow you down, in fact it’s an opportunity to share those moments with your loved ones.

For over 25 years, Thule has been developing products to make it easier to bring your kids along with you. Our range of 3-wheel and 4-wheel strollers combines innovative, and award-winning design with world-class engineering ensuring our products are safe, easy to use, and comfortable for both child and parent. From nature paths to city streets, Thule strollers are perfect for any adventure.

What makes a stroller a jogging stroller? 

It is not recommended to run or jog with a stroller that is not specifically made for jogging. Thule jogging strollers are intentionally designed with 3 wheels to increase stability at higher speeds. A smaller wheel in front allows for easy steering and maneuverability. It’s locked in place to keep a steady line of motion and to keep the stroller from veering off when encountering uneven terrain. Our strollers are also built with air filled tires and suspension for a smooth, comfortable ride each and every time.

What are the benefits of running with a jogging stroller?

Running with a jogging stroller does add some resistance to a standard run; therefore, Thule jogging strollers are designed with performance in mind.

  • Lightweight aluminum frame minimizes the total weight being pushed
  • Aerodynamic design reduces wind interference
  • Oversized, air-filled tires ensure a smooth glide over various terrain
  • Twist hand break helps control downhill and forward speeds (included with Thule Urban Glide 2 and Thule Glide 2/additional accessory for Thule Chariot series)

Although you can expect your average running speed to be slower while pushing a jogging stroller, our premium line up of joggers have proven their high-performance ability. Three of our models have made their way into the Guinness World Record books for fastest marathon or half marathon while pushing a stroller.

What are the benefits of running with a jogging stroller?

What age can you start jogging with your child?

Parents can jog with their children as early as 6 months of age, although you should always consult a pediatrician before jogging with children under 1 year old. Our jogging strollers can be used from birth for casual strolls with the purchase of a Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter (Thule Urban Glide 2/Thule Glide 2) or a Thule Chariot Infant Sling (Thule Chariot Series).

What safety features are included on jogging strollers?

Safety is at the forefront of every Thule product design and Thule jogging strollers are no exception. Our lightweight jogging strollers are designed and built for speed, but there’s nothing lightweight about the comfort and safety features. Your child gets a smooth, comfortable ride thanks to the rear suspension and the canopy that protects them from the weather. Most importantly, every Thule stroller meets the most stringent safety standards with features such as a 5-point safety harness to ensure your child’s security.

To guarantee the safest ride possible, please abide by the following guidelines:

  • Never leave the child unattended
  • Put on the park brake whenever you park a child carrier
  • Do not carry extra children or bags on the child carrier
  • Be mindful of environmental hazards such as wind chill and heat exhaustion
  • Do not allow any of the children’s body, clothing, shoe laces, or toys to come into contact with moving parts

How long can I use the jogging stroller?

All Thule jogging strollers are made to be flexible and allow for growing kids to start using as early as 6 months of age and up to 4 years old with a maximum weight capacity of 49 lbs. / 22 kg per child. Each jogger includes an adjustable 5-point harness to comfortably accommodate your child through inevitable growth spirts.

Are Thule jogging strollers easy to clean?

Thule jogging strollers can be cleaned regularly with warm water and a mild soapy solution. Never use harsh cleaners or solvents, as the proper service and care affects the performance and safety of the strollers.

Have Thule jogging strollers won any awards?

Our design engineers work tirelessly to deliver best in class products for our end consumers and the following awards recognize their efforts:

iF Design Award

  • Thule Urban Glide (Gen 1) (2015)
  • Thule Glide (Gen 1) (2016)
  • Thule Chariot Sport (2017) 

reddot Design Award

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (2016)

Runner's World Editors' Choice

  • Thule Chariot Cross (2018)

theBUMP Best of Baby Awards

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (Best Jogging Stroller 2018)
  • The Cribsie Awards
  • Thule Urban Glide 2 (Best Jogging Stroller 2020)

Best of Lucie's List

  • Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (Best Double Jogging Strollers 2020)

Are jogging strollers good for everyday use?

Jogging strollers may be used for everyday use depending on the model. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is designed precisely for this purpose. The front wheel can be locked into place for jogging and freely swivels when strolling about.

The Thule Chariot multisport series also offers the same everyday flexibility. Each Thule Chariot model comes with stroller wheels and a bike trailer arm. With the purchase of a Thule Chariot Jogging Kit, the multisport carrier easily converts to a premium jogger in a matter of seconds.

How do I choose between a jogging stroller and a regular stroller?

Choosing the right stroller(s) for your child comes down to lifestyle and personal preference. Some parents want an all-in-one stroller, like the Thule Urban Glide 2, that can be used as an everyday stroller as well as a jogger. Other parents prefer to use a jogger as a secondary stroller, to be used interchangeable with a regular stroller.

If jogging is an important part of your wellness regimen, investing in a proper jogging stroller is absolutely worth it. The right jogging stroller will allow you to stay active year-round and comfortably bring your child along for the ride. When considering buying a jogging stroller there are a few questions to ask yourself in order to land on the appropriate stroller for you.

  • Am I looking for a primary jogging stroller that can be used as a jogger and for everyday use?
  • Do I already have a regular stroller and want a dedicated jogger for training and exercise?
  • Am I looking for a primary or secondary stroller that offers a variety of year-round activities such as jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing?

Thule offers the following jogging stroller options:

Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

The hybrid, all-terrain stroller for urban exploration and recreational running.
Thule Urban Glide 2 has a modern and lightweight design, making it perfect for an active family that enjoys the great outdoors as well as getting around town. The design includes large 16” wheels, suspension for comfort and control, and a swivel front wheel for strolling and maneuvering around town that quickly and easily locks in place for jogging or rougher terrain.

Your child will be comfortable for on-the-go naps with the help of a vented reclining seat and a large sun canopy that protects from the elements. The enclosed storage compartment also lets you safely and securely take gear with you to make the most of your day.

Thule Glide 2

The high-performance, dedicated jogger for serious runners.
The Thule Glide 2 is designed for runners and training athletes. Fast, lightweight, and with a fixed front wheel, large 18” wheels, and room for your kick stride, the Thule Glide 2 is designed for parents to get out for a run on different types of terrain. Always with peace of mind, knowing their precious cargo is safe and comfortable.

It’s built for children. Packed with intelligent design features, the Thule Glide 2 keeps children comfortable and safe. The fully adjustable, padded harness delivers a perfect fit and the ventilated canopy protects from the elements. The rear suspension also means your child can relax and enjoy the ride, while the padded seat reclines to allow on-the-go naps.

Thule Chariot Multisport Trailers

The year-round, multisport trailer with full weather protection.

Thule Chariot multisport trailers are designed and developed with a focus on safety, comfort, and innovation. They come with a range of clever features and smart details that truly make a difference, for both parent and child.

With a multisport trailer from Thule, the choice is yours. Available in both single and double models, take your child or children on everyday commutes or on a long, afternoon’s voyage of discovery. Convert it to a stroller around town, or head out for a jog in the great outdoors. You can even create a sled for when you want to cross-country ski. Whatever activity you choose, your kids can be with you and share your passion. Safely and comfortably.

At Thule, we believe in the value of an active life – whether you’re in the city or the great outdoors. It’s our mission to provide active families the tools they need to share their passions and live life to the fullest.

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