Summer’s in full swing and there is no better time than now to get into the great outdoors and have some adventures with your little one. You know how important it is to connect with nature and to pass-on those values to your child. Exploration, excited discovery, peace and quiet: all these reasons and more get you out of bed on the weekend and into the car for a beautiful day trip or weekend away.
While you’re out on the trail you want to ensure your child is safe in your all terrain stroller so you can focus on enjoying the beauty around you. Here are the brands to look for in each budget category to help you choose the best stroller for trails you’ll be hiking on soon.
For many years now, BOB has been a favorite for families who enjoy the great outdoors and the Revolution is the go-to option. Features such as an adjustable suspension, rugged 16-inch rear tires with a locking front swivel wheel and an enormous sun canopy are favorites that hikers and adventurers invest in year after year.
The seat is made of a molded open cell foam material and a Poly and Dobby weave fabric for optimum air circulation. It reclines to a 70-degree angle and can also accommodate a BOB B-Safe infant car seat.
The photo at the top of this page shows you the basic BOB Revolution SE, and recently BOB introduced the Revolution Flex and Revolution PRO with the same features plus some additional upgrades. The Flex has a nine-position adjustable height handle and the Revolution PRO has the adjustable handle plus hand activated rear drum brakes for added control going down hills. The PRO is the stroller featured at the right and it is the one recommended most highly for those of you who are serious about going over some rough trails.
This photo is from a German blog with a dad taking his Revolution Pro over some rugged terrain. Click or tap the picture to see more photos on his blog; the review is all in German, but the photos say everything!
Kolcraft Sprint X for a mid-range budget
If you are looking to spend between $200-$300, then check out the new Kolcraft Sprint X. Formerly the Jeep Adventurer, this updated model has 16-inch air-filled rear wheels with precision ball bearings and dynamic suspension for the best push – important for getting over those rocky bits of trail!
This stroller is a bit heavier than the BOB, but you can do a few things to lighten your load, such as removing the child cup holder and bumper bar. Nothing is going to stay inside a cup holder anyway, if you’re going over lots of big bumps. Keep all you need in the basket below.
I like that the Sprint X has a safety tether attached and an adjustable height, ergonomic foam handle. The sun canopy has an extended flip-out visor that comes down nearly to the bumper bar to give you an idea of how much coverage it has. The seat has a padded 5-point safety harness and a multi-position reclining seat.
Reviews are starting to roll in, and so far it’s getting 4 stars from parents who like the sturdy construction and easy fold.
Graco FastAction Fold Jogger for economy budget
Graco has always been proactive keeping up with the times and their selection of bulky, frilly four wheeler strollers are a thing of the past. They respond to what parents want and within the last few years, Graco has released several top fitness strollers.
In the budget category, you’ll find the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger, which I’ve seen in abundance around my neighborhood with the matching Graco Click Connect car seat attached. Once your baby out grows the car seat and is stronger, this stroller can take to some trails, but probably not like the trail you saw with the BOB Revolution Pro, more like wide gravel paths or packed dirt that has only mild inclines, because it weighs 32 pounds! No slowing hand brake will make it more of a challenge going down hills too. However, a safety tether is included, so you will always have contact with your stroller, bringing you peace of mind.
For easy going trails, the FastAction Fold Jogger is a fantastic choice – the air filled tires provide a natural suspension system and the large 16-inch rear wheels smooth out the ride. The seat is nicely padded and roomy enough for growth, but the safety harness does not come with padding. I like the ventilation panels in the sun canopy, and it offers adequate coverage, just not as much as the other featured strollers.
Parents love their Graco though! The FastAction Fold Jogger has a solid 4-star rating across several online merchants. They love the sturdiness, the smooth ride, and the parent tray that is designed to hold a smart phone!
These are just three strollers across three price points, and there are clearly more strollers for trails and outdoor adventures that have more features you require or a closer more exact price structure to work with. There are lots of options today, and we love that choice.
Which all terrain stroller would you want to take with you to hit the trails?
List your recommendations in the comments below.
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