Reviewed by Robert & Best Double Stroller Online Team
When I set out to buy a lightweight jogging stroller for my two kids, I was not sure of what to look for initially. Having two young children necessitated a need for a dual stroller, but I also wanted one that would let me keep active while out and about with the kids. Of course, the moment I sat down to look for one I was inundated with info. My one starting requirement was that I wanted a side-by-side double stroller and not an inline double jogging stroller.
So I set out to find a stroller that would hold up while out running/walking with the kids. Most of my friends have a couple of strollers that they use for different purposes, but I was not going to lay out the money for multiple strollers. I mean, I had the single seat stroller from my first daughter, but now we needed a dual stroller. So I looked at the bell jogging stroller, but nixed it and then almost pulled the trigger on a trek jogging stroller, but my husband actually said he did not like that model because his sister had some negative things to say about it. After reading and digesting some jogging stroller ratings and reviews, I settled on the InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller.
What You See
So when I got my hands on the Safari lightweight jogging stroller I spent some time, like I do with all new baby gear, familiarizing myself with it. This comes from a hard lesson learned when after my daughter was born I couldn’t breakdown her stroller to put in the car. Now it could have just been a memory lapse, but I sat there for like 20 minutes trying to fold it up while my daughter napped in the car. I eventually had to run in the house and find the instructions. Since then everything gets run through its paces so I know how it works.
So here are some of the specs on the InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller:
- 12″ front and 16″ rear pneumatic tires – When properly inflated these tires provide a relatively smooth ride. Of course, this will be dependent on the ground you are moving over. My daughters have always seemed content when strapped into the stroller.
- Heavy duty – This lightweight jogging stroller can hold a child up to 50 lbs. in each seat. Other strollers I looked at came in at 30 lbs. – 40 lbs.
- Adjustable, slip resistant main handle – A simple feature I admit, but the rubberized handle makes steering the stroller a breeze.
- Dual 5-position canopies – The canopies help keep the kids out of the sun. They started out easily adjustable, but on my model the left canopy started giving me some trouble in the retractable department. Not a huge issue since I can still adjust it, but it is occasionally stubborn.
- Two child trays with cup holders and a parent (or should I say driver) tray – Always a nice feature on any lightweight jogging stroller. Kids can have their snacks and drinks available at all times. Though I recommend stowing items if you are going to jog with this stroller. It can get a bit bumpy moving over rough terrain.
What You Get
I have owned this instep double jogging stroller for a while now and I think I can comfortably comment on it. So, what should I talk about first? Well, I can definitely say this is a no frills type of stroller. It does what it is designed to do and that is a good thing. It is just that the whole shebang leaves one wanting a bit more. I feel if this stroller had a better suspension system it would be top notch. The ride can get a bit rough when hitting jogging level speeds. Even with the front wheel locked, I would hit some instability on any but the most even of ground.
Speaking of the front wheel, the first few times I locked it down into the straight position it was tough going. I assume the stroller was just going through a “breaking in” period. After those few times it loosened up and now switches back and forth very easily.
This lightweight jogging stroller folds up really well and can stow it away in my SUV with no issues. Now, if I didn’t have the SUV option, I would probably need to remove the wheels to get it to fit in a car trunk. Of course, it also might depend on how big the car trunk is, so your mileage may vary.
Another fact that potential buyers should be made aware of is that this stroller has no adapter or ability to accept car seats. This has not been an issue for me, but if this is an important feature for you than I figure it is best to get that minus out of the way.
Oh, one other comment I’d make is that the Instep can be a squeeze through most standard doorways. It will fit, but you may have to work it a bit to get through. I have not hit an impassable door yet, but I’m afraid there is one out there… Waiting.
So, is it the best jogging stroller for runners? Probably not. Is it the best double stroller? Probably not. Is it good enough to meet my current requirements? The answer is a solid yes. I hate to sound like I settled, but I had a budget to work with and this stroller fell into that range. My biggest “wish it had this?” I do wish it had a better suspension system, but I realize that would make it more expensive.
My sister will not shut up about her contour double stroller and keeps trying to get me to buy one for myself. All I do is point at the InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller I own and tell her that I am all set. As my kids get older, I may consider a sit and stand jogging stroller. Until then though, this lightweight jogging stroller is the only double stroller game in town for my family.