The variety of jogging strollers may be abundant, but those with features for tall parents are difficult to find as many jogger mums and dads will agree. Manufacturers seem to focus more on how to make baby joggers versatile, comfortable and safe for our babies, but not a lot of attention has been given to additional features tall parents would like to see in a jogging stroller.
The height of handlebar on strollers can differ widely between brands and models, and for parents about 6 feet and above in height, handlebars on many strollers are not high enough, leaving parents hunching to hold and push the strollers. Pains in the back are common complaints by tall parents after jogging for a while in this posture.
Other issue tall moms and dads are crying out to be addressed is the design of the rear of baby joggers. Tall parents take longer strides, and doing this with a jogger with restrictive rear design ends up with parents kicking the back of the strollers. Sore toes from kicking baby joggers are the experience of some tall parents.
A jogging stroller with adjustable handle and sufficient rear clearance to tires, allows parents to raise or lower the handlebar to the most comfortable pushing height, and at the same time provide enough rear space that prevents tall parents kicking the tires while jogging with the stroller.
We researched features tall parents would like in a baby jogger and reviewed strollers that are popular with parents to pick the stroller we think is most suitable for tall parents.
Our choice of a jogging stroller for tall parents is the Joovy Zoom 360 Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller
Ten popular strollers on Amazon were reviewed to arrive at our choice. The information we used were collated from manufacturers’ specifications, videos, user manuals and customer satisfaction ratings on Amazon, comparing features in a jogging stroller that are important to tall parents. Every tall parent should check theses features before buying a baby jogger:
The Height of the Handlebar to Avoid Back Pain
Height of the handlebar is the most poorly designed feature tall parents talked about their baby joggers. Height and design of handlebars in jogging strollers can vary widely from one manufacturer to another, and while some are adjustable, many are fixed. When pushing a stroller, it is important to maintain a straight profile that will stop you from stooping which often results in back pains for tall parents. The height of the handlebar should be at the right level that helps you keep a straight profile.
Many tall parents consider only the height of the handlebar when choosing a jogging stroller, however, the design of the back of a jogging stroller can make a big difference for tall parents with long strides. You will find parking brakes and rear wheel axles in the form of low horizontal bars connecting the rear wheels in traditional designs of strollers.
These features are often in the way of parents with long strides and they end up being kicked when they go out to jog with strollers poorly designed for the tall. The positioning of the under carriage storage can also create similar problem, particularly when the handlebar in a stroller is too close to the back of the baby jogger.
Distance between Rear Wheels
Jogging strollers with shorter distance between the rear wheels tend to be narrow and sleek looking, but the slender profile means the two rear wheels are closer than wider strollers, tall parents find they kick the tires with their long strides. The gap between the back wheels is certainly a feature tall parents should consider when deciding to buy a baby jogger.
These features in our consideration are very important in choosing a jogging stroller that will be suitable for tall parents. Strollers in our top ten list were scored from 1 to 5 on each feature, the best performing stroller on a feature scored 5 and the poorest was rated 1. We added all the scores and the jogging stroller with the highest total score was chosen as our best jogging stroller for tall parents.
Joovy Zoom 360 Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller came out as the best jogging stroller for tall parents on list. A fascinating result given that Joovy Zoom 360 is under $200 but trounced more expensive baby joggers to the top spot. Looking at the features though, it is the only jogging stroller deigned without a rear axle which allows for maximum stride length, a feature tall parents are crying out for.
Combined with a handlebar height of 45 inches and a rear wheelbase of 25 inches which compared favourably with baby joggers on our list with close scores, the Joovy Zoom 360 we found has been thoughtfully designed to address the concerns of tall parents. It would have been even better if the handlebar is adjustable, but others benefits for tall parents outweighed this. Read our full review of Joovy Zoom 360
If you are a tall parent and would like to avoid kicking the back of your jogger, avoid hunching when pushing, buy a sturdy, sleek looking all terrain baby jogger for under $200 dollar, we highly recommend the Joovy Zoom 360 Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller