The experience of outdoor activities and everyday transportation of children and adults with restricted mobility can be very enjoyable for active parents, careers, and the cared for, when the right type of special needs jogging stroller is used to carry them around.
Otherwise, it can be daunting and very demanding on parents and carers, as normal jogging strollers do not have the range of features to satisfy the specific needs of our loved ones that need help with their mobility.
The requirements on a mobility stroller for anyone with special needs are different, and that is why special needs jogging strollers are designed to care for necessities like leg and pelvic positioning, trunk support, head support, reclining and tilting seats, and other features that will make one model of special needs stroller a better choice for you than the other.
Mobility jogging strollers and push chairs come in different capacities that can accommodate infants, children and adults with special needs.
For active families that enjoy outdoor activities, an all-terrain special needs jogging stroller with the right features is a good choice to consider, though they tend to be more expensive than other strollers.
In this review, I will be looking at two popular special needs mobility joggers, why parents and careers like or loathe them and the features I think make one stroller better than the other.
#1 – Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller
The Freedom Jogger Stroller is a great special needs jogging stroller that is popular with parents and care givers. It is manufactured by Advanced Mobility, a division of Baby Jogger LCC.
It is produced by a company with over 25 years experience in the manufacture of strollers that are innovative and safe for children and adults that need special help in moving around. The Baby Jogger Freedom is an all-terrain jogging stroller that is sturdy, light weight, with an amazing 200 pound capacity for heavy occupants.
With a swivel front wheel kit that is included as part of the purchase, the Freedom Jogging stroller and pushchair is very easy to maneuver in crowded places like sidewalks, malls or parks. The fixed front wheel and pneumatic tires make the stroller easy to push in all types of terrain, and is great fun for running and speed walking with those with special mobility needs.
For passengers with weaknesses in their lower body, the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller has foot straps that are used to hold the feet securely, and comfortably.
Key features I like about Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller
- Padded Reclining seat – richly padded for occupant great comfort, and can be reclined 120 – 137 degrees.
- 200lbs weight capacity – a high load capacity to carry handicapped children and adults.
- Adjustable 5-point safety harness – safely secures occupants with mobility issues on the stroller
- Multi-position sun canopy – with clear view windows and side ventilation panels to shield occupants from harsh weather and keep good air circulation inside the jogging stroller.
- Quick-Release Wheels – 16″ quick-release rear wheels and 16″ fixed front wheel
- Handbrake – for increased control on hilly or uneven terrain
- Rear parking brake – to hold the stroller firmly stationary whenever you come to a stop.
- Curved ergonomic handlebar – makes it easy and comfortable to push the Freedom stroller.
- Swivel front wheel kit – included, and easy to fit, transforming the stroller to highly maneuverable swivel wheel jogging stroller for special needs.
- No tools required – Baby Jogger Freedom stroller folds into a compact size and no tool is necessary.
- Multiple storage – ample storage compartments for the occupant, parents, or care giver.
Size and Capacity of Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller
When making the decision on which special needs jogging stroller to purchase, it is important to consider the dimensions of the stroller, and the recommended weight capacity to help you ensure it will satisfy the needs of the occupant and serve you for a very long time.
The folded measurements are particularly important to check if you would like to have an idea of the storage space required for a special needs stroller, and whether it can be folded small enough to fit into the trunk of your car.
Strollers for the mobility impaired can be expensive, and it is a purchase any parent or care giver would like to get right with the first buy. The following are the full dimensions and weight limit of the Baby Jogger Advanced Freedom Push chair to help you get an idea of the overall size.
You can read more details about the Freedom Stroller by downloading the user manual
|FRAME SPECIFICATIONS||(L x W x H)|
|Maximum Recommended Weight|
Folded with Wheels
Folded without Wheels
Reclining Seat Angle
66 3/8″ x 30 1/2″ x 41″
53″ x 30 1/2″ x 20″
47″ x 24″ x 15 1/2″
120° – 137°
|Seat Specifications||(L x W x H)|
|Maximum Head Height|
Seat Back Height
Seat Back Width
Seat to Inside of Knee
Back of Knee to Footplate
Width of Knee
Available Style and Design
Baby Jogger Advanced Freedom stroller is designed to carry one physically handicapped child or an adult. It is available in navy blue. You can also opt for accessories like the roll pillow, carry bag, Highback Kit that adds extra 6” to the seat height, Footwell Kit, Liquid Holster, and the Wind, Rain and Bug Canopy.
A swivel front wheel kit is included when you buy the Freedom stroller. The kit makes the stroller easier to turn at tight corners and crowded places.
Customers like to buy this stroller because it’s comfortable, easily accessible, friendly and just right for people of all ages. By designing this specialized stroller, Baby Jogger, through its Advance Mobility Division, proves its commitment to helping children and adults with physical handicaps lead as normal and physically active life as possible.
How much should you pay for the Freedom Jogging Stroller?
I did drop the hint that special need jogging strollers are hefty investment and the Freedom special needs stroller can be expensive, depending on which online retailer you buy from. At the time of this review, it is sold for about $899, with free shipping on reputable online stores.
It comes with:
- Complete parts for full assembly of the stroller
- Swivel front wheel conversion kit
- 1 year warranty on components, fabrics and wheels
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
What others are saying about the Freedom Stroller
“Great value for the price, with a huge shade, and fits my son’s needs”
“Sturdy construction, stable and a joy to push on all terrains”
- The swivel front wheel is very small compared to the large 16” wheels, but does swivel 360 degrees, making turns at tight corners easy
- It is a large stroller, and probably not the size you would want to take often to your local shopping mall.
- The price tag is high, but so also are comparable quality special needs jogging strollers.
The Baby Jogger Freedom jogging stroller is well built, with many features to meet the special needs of children and adults with mobility challenges. If you are looking for a stroller to that will help you enjoy an active lifestyle, and outdoor activities with your loved ones, it is definitely a stroller to consider.
#2 – Kool-Stop Kool Stride Special Needs Stroller
Another great jogging stroller for children and adults with impaired mobility is the Kool Stride from Kool Stop. Elegantly made with brushed steel spokes and aluminium hubs, the Kool Stride is a stroller packed with features to safely carry occupants with special needs when outdoors on family activities.
It has large 20 inch rear wheels and 16 inch fixed front wheel ideal for strolling, jogging and running on all terrains. The large pneumatic wheels cover grounds very quickly, and make the Kool Stride stroller really easy to push on grass, gravel or pathways.
The stroller folds flat to a size that is convenient for storage and transportation in the trunk of your car. The wheels can also be quickly removed to fold the stroller into an even more compact size.
It is a high quality stroller that can carry a person with disability weighing up to 150lbs
This Kool Stride special needs stroller compare closely with the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller in safety and comfort features, but there are some differences that I will highlight later in my review.
Key features I like about the Kool Stride special needs jogging stroller:
- Holds up to 150 lbs – to carry children and adults with special mobility needs
- Richly Padded Seat -for comfortable seating for occupant of the stroller
- Adjustable Handle – makes the Kool Stride easy to push whether you are tall or short
- Five point harness – more secure than 3 points harness, and holds occupant safe
- Retractable sun canopy – with viewing window to keep a close eye on the occupant of the jogging stroller.
- Five degree cambered rear wheels – improves stability and tracking when jogging or running with the stroller
- Two parking brakes – hold the Kool Stride firmly rooted to a spot when you come to a stop with the stroller.
- Sealed bearings on all wheels – keeps dirt out of a key component of the stroll and wheels rolling.
- Kool Fold System – Simple steps patented Kool-Stop’s easy fold system
- Push button quick release wheels – with alloy rims and hubs, and stainless steel spokes
- 20” Rear wheels – large, and easy to push over all terrains’
- 16” Fixed Front wheel – great for jogging and running and works well with the larger rear wheels to make the Kool Stride extremely easy to push.
Size and Capacity of Kool Stride jogging stroller
I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to take a close look at the dimensions of a jogging stroller to help you decide if you will have enough space for storage at home, or in the trunk of your car when transporting the stroller.
Check the folded measurement of the strollers – that will give you an idea how compact you can collapse the Kool Stop Kool Stride stroller. If it is not easy for you to visualise the length, width and heights in the measurements below, get a simple tape or ruler and measure out the dimensions.
Maximum Weight Limit: 150 lbs.
Overall Weight: 35 lbs.
Overall dimensions: 54” H x 39.5” W x 29” D
Folded dimensions: 41” H x 7” W x 21” D
- Overall Height: 49.5″
- Overall Width: 27.5″
- Overall Depth: 65″
- Seat Width: 17″
- Seat Depth: 11″
- Seat Back Height: 26″
- Wheel Diameter: 20″
- Wheel Base Width: 26″
- Handle Height: 44″
- Seat Back Angle: 135 deg
Available Style and Design
The rear wheels are 4” larger than the fixed front, and cambered for stability and better tracking of the jogging stroller. With a richly padded seat, huge canopy with side ventilation, and top viewing window, the Kool Stride jogging stroller offers frail and disabled people safe, secure and very comfortable seating for various outdoor activities.
How much should you pay?
The Kool Stride stroller is priced at about $795.00 online with Free Shipping at the time of this review. That is about pretty much what most major online shops are selling the stroller.
I could not find a site where there is a discount on the price of the Kool-Stop Kool Stride stroller at the time I was reviewing the stroller.
What others are saying about Kool-Stop Kool Stride
“The Kool Stride I easier to push than regular heavy wheelchair, and has made taking my side outside for a walk much fun. Worth the investment”
“A wonderful special needs stroller. Our multiple impaired daughter loves going out on her new stroller to view the surroundings. A great product”
Any Complaints about the Kool Stride stroller?
- Again the cost of this special needs stroller is a concern many parents. It is however cheaper than the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller
- At the time of this review, there was no user manual online to download for the stroller
- The Kool Stride does not have the option for a swivel front wheel that is more manoeuvrable at tight turns, and crowded places.
Comparing Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller vs Kool-Stop Kool Stride Stroller
These are two quality special needs strollers that look very much alike in design but are significantly different in many areas. I will show you some of the areas and key features that are different between the Baby Jogger Freedom and Kool Stride strollers:
- Price – Both strollers are not cheaper, but the Kool Stride is about $100 less expensive than the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller.
- Load Capacity – The Freedom special needs jogger has 50lbs more load capacity than the Kool Stride stroller. It is a better choice for carrying heavily built adults with impaired mobility.
- Adjustable Handlebar – The Kool Stride’s stroller handle can be adjusted which makes it more comfortable to set the handlebar at levels most comfortable for pushing – whether you are tall or short. The handlebar on the Freedom Push Chair is ergonomic but not adjustable.
- Reclining Seat – The seat on the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller can be reclined between 120° – 137° offering more comfortable seating positions for the occupants.
- The Wheels – The Freedom strollers has all wheel size of 16”, plus a swivel front wheel kit that can be used in crowded places for better turns. The Kool-Stop Kool Stride stroller has large 20” rear wheels, and 16” front fixed wheel. The rear wheels on the Kool Stride are cambered for stability and better tracking, but the stroller does not come with a swivel front wheel kit.
- Overall Weight of Strollers – The Kool Stride is surprisingly heavier than the Baby Jogger Freedom stroller. Its overall weight is 35lbs, while the Freedom stroller weight is 30lbs.