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One of my favorite activities to partake in is jogging. It’s something that I used to do often, years ago. Recently, before we moved, I decided to jump back into it. With a two kids both under school age at that time, I had to wait until my husband got off so he could watch them while I hit the track.
That was working great, until moved to the north country. As we are just now getting settled into our house, I wanted to start back up, again. With my oldest starting school this year I knew that during the day would be a great time do so. But, there was one problem, no stroller.
When it comes to buying products off of the internet, let me tell you, I am not an easy sell. Reviews are my best friend and I never buy anything online without reading them first. Sometimes though that makes it really hard for me, because I will read a couple of negative aspects of a certain product and can’t bring myself to put it in my cart. This was especially so with trying to find a stroller.
Amazon is always my first go to, because I know I can get things for cheaper than retail. But even with amazon I couldn’t find a solid sounding jogging stroller, and that was so frustrating. The ones that had mostly great reviews were out of my price range, and the one’s that were affordable weren’t convincing me it was a reliable product.
I came across the Graco Trax Jogger Click Connect Stroller at walmart. I wasn’t even there for a stroller, I was there to get groceries. I decided to wander off into the baby section and just have a look. That’s when I saw it at the end of the display. Reading the name, I didn’t remember seeing it online anywhere. So I pulled out my phone and looked it up. The only place I came across it was the Graco website, and of course, walmart.com. The reviews were enough to give me the confidence to buy it. And with a price tag of $139 it was in my price range as well, double score.
I’ve recently reviewed Kolcrafts Cloud Umbrella Stroller, if you’re looking for something more compact and travel friendly!
The quick release tires made is very easy to assemble and disassemble. It’s neither heavy or nor light weighing in at 28 pounds. It’s equipped with air-filled rubber tires mounted on metal spokes with a locking swivel front wheel, for transition between walking and jogging/running.
A tether strap that attaches to the wrist keeps the stroller from getting away from you. The canopy has great coverage and is made with UV 50 material, attached is a peek-a-boo mesh window.
The child’s seat has both a 3 and 5 point harness so it will grown with them. And of course, its compatible with all of Graco’s Click Connect Carseats. With a weight limit of 50 pounds, technically, my kindergartner could ride in it. The basket is nice and large and the parent tray consists of two bottle holders with a covered storage area in between them. An adjustable handlebar with one-handed folding action gives it something not a lot of other strollers have.
As far as putting it together out of the box, this was probably the easiest stroller I’ve ever assembled. That includes an umbrella stroller I bought not too long ago. There were a total of two screws and three wheels. within ten minutes of opening the box, I was plopping my little man into the 5 point harness ad we were out of the door.
After reading so many reviews of other strollers, one thing I was immediately concerned about was having flat tires before I even set out of the door. However, this was not the case. They were perfectly aired up and ready to go. They haven’t given me any problems (knock on wood) since I’ve been using the stroller, and that’s been for about 3 weeks now.
The adjustable handlebar is a nice feature that is easy to use, it allows for both short and tall parents to comfortably push without wrist strain.
There are some features I wasn’t a fan of, however. One of those was the locking swivel front wheel. If I locked it into place when I wanted to run, the wheel doesn’t rotate at all. The path I run along is curved therefore I have no way of turning the stroller if I was to engage that lock. So, even though they don’t ever recommend running without it locked, I do because I need the ability to turn the wheel.
Another feature is the covered compartment on the parent tray. There’s nothing wrong with it per say, I just don’t know what I’d put into it that wouldn’t make a ton of noise. The first day I put my house keys in it and the jingling of the keys against the plastic while I even just walked was so loud. I couldn’t stand it so I just put my keys in the basket below.
The last thing I’d change is the ability to secure the peek-a-boo window open, you can Velcro it closed, but not open.
The bottle holders are bigger then the average 16 ounce water bottle so it will fit a good size bottle. The basket is definitely big, I could probably put a comforter in there if I felt so inclined. Steering with one hand is pretty easy, as well as folding it up one-handed. My little man seems comfortable riding in it, and the seat reclines easily in case he ever wanted to nap during our outing.
I’m very happy with my purchase (hurray!) I think it’s a great stroller with some great features and an even greater price point. Happy jogging y’all!
Buy it here from walmart
Buy it here from the Graco website
UPDATE: Amazon is now carrying the Graco Trax Jogging Stroller System!!
You can buy that here.
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