Much like anything else with babies, and all things babies, picking the right stroller is overwhelming. There are so many choices, each with their own pros/cons. Depending on budget and needs, an expensive stroller might not be necessary for everyone. When you research jogging strollers, it’s only inevitable that the top rated ones are crazy expensive, at least to the family who lives pay check to pay check and can’t fathom spending $500+ on a stroller. Especially since we will only use them for a few years, give or take.
When it came time to add strollers to my baby registry, I did a lot of research. I compared prices, weight, reliability, durability, other mothers views and opinions, and convenience; basically everything. I knew if I put a $500+ stroller on my registry, no one would buy it. And we couldn’t afford that kind of money on a stroller, regardless of how much it would be used. I was heading into a 7 month unpaid leave. We had to save everywhere we could. So I narrowed my search to jogging strollers that were under $200. My chances of getting one as a gift, at that price were a lot higher.
Enter the Graco Fast Action Click Connect Jogging stroller. I was so excited when my BFF got it for me. I didn’t really care what kind of stroller I got, as long as I could do what I loved with my new little love, that was all that mattered. I loved it because it already came with everything I needed to take Clayton in his carrier as an infant. I didn’t need to purchase any accessories, that also cost a fortune. It folds up easily. It weighs the same as a BOB revolution. It was good to me. I had no complaints. We did a lot of running with that bad boy, including some 5k’s through hilly terrain, and one at the boardwalk.
As Clayton grew out of the carrier, and we were able to run with him sitting forward, we started to do more and more runs together. The one and only thing that became an issue was the sun/wind. The shield didn’t come down far enough to block the sun. I bought a cheapo rain/wind cover at Target, and love it. That helped with the wind, but the sun was still an issue.
So why did I get a BOB? Well, simply because I am basically doing all of my runs with him now, and I wanted to get more serious about racing with him. That meant giving him the best there was, including the darn sun shield. It also didn’t hurt that I got it for a steal of a deal. Sales on sales on discounts. I would NEVER justify spending $500+ on a stroller. EVER!! But $300…..okay…you got me. But I still refuse to spend even more money on the cup holder for him and I ((it doesn’t come with any)), and the wind/rain shield. Not when I can use my Choopie that is nicer, bigger, and cheaper, and I already have the rain shield from Target for like $7.
But okay, what is the difference between the two? There is one big, noticeable difference and that is the way the stroller feels. It’s almost effortless. It is a much smoother ride for Clayton and I. It feels lighter, despite weighing the same, and my paces are faster ((but that could be because I’m getting stronger, and am a lot further into my postpartum comeback)). So is it worth the extra, EXTRA money? Well that depends. But for me, it was. Would I have been fine with the Graco? For sure. And I still think it’s a great jogging stroller for the price. But I am glad I splurged a little for the BOB, and my hubby is too. He noticed a huge difference. So whether you want to spend a lot of money or not, there is a stroller for you. Depending on the needs, I would still recommend both to a mom in question .