Catering to active parents, Bugaboo recently debuted their Runner stroller. Priced at $800 U.S. for the chassis and seat, fans of the brand can cut that price tag in half if they already have a newer bugaboo stroller and use their existing seat with the Runner’s chassis.
We have been testing the Runner for the last couple weeks through the trails behind our house and love many of the features Bugaboo has added to accommodate active families!
Out of the box parents need to pop on the back wheels, tighten the front wheel in place and attach the sun canopy to the stroller.
Designed to only be used with kids 9 months up to 4 years old, the Runner’s seat offers parents 6 recline positions – 3 facing you and 3 facing out. If you have a little one who would like to sleep with you are out for a stroll, there is a flat recline to give them more comfort.
The seat on the Runner is equipped with Bugaboo’s comfort 5-point harness. I really like this harness because it structured to fit around your child’s shoulders and waist perfectly. All four straps clip into the seats buckle, and each strap can be adjusted to fit your child.
For their comfort the seat has a roomy bum area, and a fixed foot rest that is able to be wiped down if your child has dirty shoes.
The canopy on the Runner is both spacious and rigid. If you are planning to jog on a sunny day, it can zip out to extend right over your child covering them to their knees. The hood is also strong enough that it will stay in place on a windy day. If you purchase the Bugaboo Runner as a package Bugaboo also includes a rain cover.
Under the stroller Bugaboo has added some storage, and elastic bands for parents to secure their goods to while they’re out so they don’t fly out if you hit a bump or two. Just in front of the storage basket there are also 3 velcro pockets to hold your keys, a phone or some money.
The handle bar on the Runner is a fixed height of 43″ and Bugaboo has included a strap to wrap around your wrist to prevent the stroller from running away from you. Just under the handle bar is a handbrake that controls the front tire. At the bottom of the stroller there is a second brake that locks the back wheels.
The Runner rides on 3 air filled tires. There is a 14″ fixed wheel at the front and two 16″ tires on the back. This, along with a strong suspension system gives the stroller a nice, even push over most terrains. During the past couple weeks I have taken the Runner on some of the trails behind our house, through the forest and around some of the parks. The Runner does a great job of keeping up with me while going over taller grass, gravel and rocky back roads.
Even though many of the strollers we test offer the option to fix the front wheels for bumpy terrain, I rarely do it because I don’t like not being able to steer around corners. In this case, it is important that this stroller have a fixed front wheel in order for it to be able to provide the jogger with a effortless, steady run. With that being said, I prefer to jog with this stroller on the gravel or forest because the loose ground provides more give when you are going around a corner.
For this reason I would not recommend that parents use the Runner as their mall stroller. While it does offer a nice ride for kids, it can be too hard to maneuver through tight spots. As a jogger, it is wonderful. And the only jogging stroller on the market(that I could find) with a reversible seat!
When you’re done the Runner folds up easily for storage. All you need to do is remove the seat (I also remove the adapters because they tend to stick out), pull up on the levers on the side of the handle bars, push the handle bar forward and grab the metal bar.
The Bugaboo Runner doesn’t have a frame lock but it tends to stay closed if you prop it up.
Whether you currently own a Bugaboo or you are looking for a good jogger to stay active, the Runner is a great choice. It is easy to use, a dream to push and it goes over everything you put in front of it!
To see the stroller in action please check out our video below: