Double Jogging Strollers- help me pick?!

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Double Jogging Strollers- help me pick?!

I have the choice narrowed down to two jogging strollers but I need help.

Here is the first one.

The drawback to this one is the feet area for the kiddos. It doesn't look like there's near as much room for both of them to have their feet up there. It has a locking feature for the front wheels on the handle so you don't have to go around to the front whenever you need to lock and unlock it. And of course this one is the prettier one out of the two (I love yellow). While that's a nice feature I wouldn't make my decision based on that but it helps.

Here is the second one.

The drawback to this one is the wheels have to be locked and unlocked on the wheels. The one above has a lock for that on the handle. This one has a bigger foot rest for the kids.

Okay, as for how I'm going to use it. I don't run now but it is something I've thought about maybe starting next year so having the feature for the front wheel lock in a convenient place sounds like something that may come in handy at some point. But at this time I do not run so I'm not really sure how "important" that feature is, kwim? The foot rest looks so much bigger on the black one than the yellow one. Maybe it really doesn't matter but for now I'm going to have my 3.5 year old, very tall DS in there with his shorter sister so I guess he'd just get to take over the foot rest LOL. The prices are the exact same on them. I'm really trying to avoid driving to a BRU to try them both out as it's over an hour and a half from here.

What's your opinion?

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I like the look of the first one too, but I have absolutely no experience with them! Hopefully someone more experienced will come along with some insight.

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I like the first one. Smile

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I know it's not on your list, but hands down I'd recommend the BOB Revolution Double (I think they call it the Duallie). Like one of yours above, the wheel locks or unlocks, depending on use. I know from experience that the pivoting wheel is essential for non-jogging. Without it, it's impossible to steer and it kills your wrists.

I know the BOB is really really expensive. But we LOVE ours. My 7 year old can still ride in it. We gave a single BOB to friend of ours who had a (petite) 10 year old with cancer who tired easily and she brought it all the way back to South Africa with her she loved it so much.

I'm not a person who needs the best of the best all the time, but really, the BOB is that good. So much better than other strollers and joggers I have used. My friends have the Phil & Ted's double and this is so much lighter and easier to use. The BOB double also fits in standard doorways (at the mall, for example, you only need to open one door to get inside). Be sure to get the BOB Revolution, not the Ironman, that one the wheel does not pivot.

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Ok, so since someone put it out there I'll tell you my honest opionion is to get the BOB Revolution as well. Its more expensive for sure but worth every penny and can really take a beating. Also like mentioned above, my 6.5 year old DS can still fit in that thing with leg room and all. Still blows me away. They can be resold really easy as well, once you are ready to part ways, so you'll get some money back from that inital investment. Our single BOB has been in service for a little over 6 years and is in perfect condition still.

But, I totally understand if its out of the budget and out of the question. So if your going to choose from the other 2 then I would go with the one that has the most leg room and can seat the biggest size kids. Honestly I'd make that drive to the store to try it out because you will kick yourself if the one you get doesn't work out. Though you can exchange if the store is within driving range. When I taught stroller strides there were 2 moms that had that 2nd stroller and they seemed to be ok jogging and running with it.

Must add that I've seen BOB strollers for sale at the BRU closest to us so if you go see the strollers in person then you can kinda check those out as well if yours sells them. Just saying... Wink I hear you on the drive being a PITA though, ours is a hour away.

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If it was me, Id almost go with the 2nd one just because I have pushed the 1st one for a friend and it almost fell backwards, because of only having 3 wheels. Oh and make sure if you do run, baby needs to be at least 6 months old because of all the bouncing and bobbling that goes on..

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If you plan to do any actual running in the future, hands down BOB Revolution Doulie. I was really impressed by how easy it was for the moms at Stroller Strides to run and maneuver - it seemed super easy! We love our single BOB and DH runs with it all the time. However, if you're not planning on actual running and end up using it more as your average double stroller one of the other two will work out well (they would work fine for light jogging, walking around your town). I agree with breaking down and driving to see them before buying. You'll want to make sure you can fold it up yourself and such. Wink

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Sorry folks, DH would have actual heart failure if I suggested we pay for a Bob. I know they're the best but honestly for what I need it for currently, it really wouldn't be worth it. Maybe if I started running next year or my kids are still in a stroller later on when they're too big for one of the others I "might" be able to convince him but he would FREAK out over the Bob's price.

Sooooo, I ordered the 2nd one. I showed them to DH after he got home and he voted for the 2nd one. It's mainly because of the foot rest area. I'm really afraid with the yellow one that DS would end up with one foot dragging the ground. I'm hoping to get it by the beginning of next week and I cannot wait. I can't wait so much that I'm pretty sure I can list one of my hobbies as "waiting for online orders to come to my door" Biggrin

THANK YOU GIRLS SO MUCH FOR THE HELP! I will definitely keep the Bob in mind if circumstances change for us but for now lets just see if I can get off my butt and get out and use any stroller Smile

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Sorry folks, DH would have actual heart failure if I suggested we pay for a Bob. I know they're the best but honestly for what I need it for currently, it really wouldn't be worth it. Maybe if I started running next year or my kids are still in a stroller later on when they're too big for one of the others I "might" be able to convince him but he would FREAK out over the Bob's price.

Sooooo, I ordered the 2nd one. I showed them to DH after he got home and he voted for the 2nd one. It's mainly because of the foot rest area. I'm really afraid with the yellow one that DS would end up with one foot dragging the ground. I'm hoping to get it by the beginning of next week and I cannot wait. I can't wait so much that I'm pretty sure I can list one of my hobbies as "waiting for online orders to come to my door" Biggrin

THANK YOU GIRLS SO MUCH FOR THE HELP! I will definitely keep the Bob in mind if circumstances change for us but for now lets just see if I can get off my butt and get out and use any stroller Smile

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If you're actually going to do any significant amount of running, get the BOB for sure. Compared to other jogging strollers its head over heals the best. If you're not actually going to do enough running (with both kids no less) to warrant a jogging stroller then just get a regular double stroller if you don't already have one. While I have and LOVE my BOB, I wouldn't want a doualie for everyday non-jogging use. I'd much rather have a sit and stand or one of those "stack-a-kid" strollers. The side-by-side strollers just look so cumbersome and I'd never want to try to navigate through a crowded area with one. Keep in mind also that you can't actually run with an infant in a jogging stroller until baby is at least 6 months old and has very good head control.

If all goes to plan, Teagan will be almost 4 by the time I'll have to boot her out of the BOB to make room for her sibling that will be too chunky to wear for extended outings. No need for a double!

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Erin- I do have a tandem stroller as well and I'll definitely be keeping it. It's fantastic for taking to the mall or out to stores. I took it for a walk yesterday and just about died, it's like trying to steer a vehicle when the power steering goes out. It is NOT conducive to trips out walking. And you know, now that I'm a city girl it seems like something I should be doing LOL. No, actually walking in town was one of the reasons we bought the house we did. You should see our street in the evenings now that the weather is nice, it's FULLLLLLL of people walking, biking, running, pushing strollers, kids playing catch. I LOVE IT, I want in on it!!!!