InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller Review

I promised my husband that the InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller would be the last stroller purchase I’d ever make in my childbearing years. So, this review is kind of like a contract of sorts, a contract in which I declare that I, Jessica F. Hinton, shalt not ever make another stroller purchase, again. Because I’m done this time. Or, I should be done this time.

But, back to the review. I bought the InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller on account of its great reviews and its very low price tag. From what I read of the stroller, it is the tube TV stroller equivalent of a LED. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a fancier model like a BOB, but at less than $200, it gets the job done.

I have a marathon to prepare for in June, so I needed this stroller to work. I needed the promised swivel wheel to actually swivel (It also locks). I needed the five-position sun canopy to actually do all five positions. I needed a smooth ride. I needed a decent amount of storage, a gender neutral color palette, and reclining seats. That’s all.

And I got some of that with the InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller.

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Here’s what I like:

  • The, somewhat, skimpy sun canopy does adjust to five positions.
  • It is easy to fold.
  • The stroller offers a decent amount of storage (But, since there’s a divider between the two seats, accessing that storage is tough.).
  • The gender-neutral color of my stroller is red.
  • The ride feels very lightweight, and if, and only if, the front wheel is installed correctly, the ride is very smooth.
  • It is easy to install.
  • The handle height, which measures at 40″, works well for taller parents.
  • Even though the widest point measures at 32″, I was able to get it through my front door and through the door at my local Walmart.

It’s a good stroller, a solid “C” stroller. Maybe C+. But it has some flaws.

Things I don’t like

Here’s some of the things I don’t like:

  • The maximum height capability is only 38 inches. My first daughter, who is two, is almost 38 inches now so I don’t see this stroller lasting us for long. Interestingly, while the height is on the shorter end, the weight maximum is up to 50 pounds for each child.
  • Each seat on the InStep Safari measures 11″ which is average, but the seatback height is a bit shorter at 19″.  The height from seat back to canopy is 24″.
  • The handle height is not adjustable.
  • The fold is not very compact (i.e., can barely fit in the back of my SUV).
  • The seat padding is lacking. It’s uncomfortable, or at least that’s what my 6 month old keeps telling me when she screams whenever we turn a corner. There isn’t much seat padding or harness padding, which, I think, would be great/necessary for a jogging stroller.
  • The brake is located near the wheels of the stroller, rather than close to your hands.
  • I like that this stroller has snack trays (which isn’t standard in most jogging strollers), but, they’re located so far away from the seats, so my kids have a hard time reaching for anything in them.
  • The widest point of the stroller is 32″ so it fits in most standard sized doors, but in some doors, it’s a very tight fit.
  • While the ride is lightweight, this stroller is actually very heavy to carry. It weighs 38 pounds.

It’s not a perfect stroller.  Not by any stretch. But, would I recommend it to other parents? It depends. I would recommend it to parents like me, who want to get in shape by running with a jogging stroller, but who don’t have hundreds of dollars to dish out on yet another stroller. But if you have the money to spare, get an upgrade!

Comments

  1. Missy says

    This is not intended for jogging. An actual jogging stroller will not have a swivel wheel in front. Also the front wheel will be the same siZe as the ack wheels if you want to jog with it. Try looking at the in step double flash stroller. That’s a jogging stroller, and my 5 year old still fits in it.

  2. Jessica Barnhart says

    I owned this stroller, I bought it for my 36″ 3 year old and 46″ 7 year old . My 7 year old has spina bifida and autism, and sometimes needs to rest his legs and back, or needs a quite place to retreat to. We bought this stroller for long days out like the zoo or amusement park.
    I thought it might be worth mentioning 2 other issues I found, the storage basket is large but in order to get any kind of bag in it you have unsnap it from the frame put your bag in and reattach the basket, also the basket bottom has 2 pieces of pressboard inside the fabric, when loaded the center edge of the basket will rub on the ground where the 2 pieces meet (think of it like the spine part of a book is what would drag), and it ripped the fabric open. Also there is NO leg drop on this stroller(although it looks like there is in the picture), the seat are flush with the foot rest. My kids hung their legs off their respective side of the “triangle”.
    Although it says up to 38″ I used this with my kids just fine, there was plenty of head space. I felt the folded size was good considering the size of this stroller when open. It fit easily in my malibu’s trunk once the back wheels were popped off. I liked that I was able to push 118 lbs of combined stroller and kids uphill with less work than it took to push my maclaren uphill (thank you big air filled tires!) I agree with the review, if you need a pretty well equipped double jogger for less than you pay for most single joggers, this is a pretty good option. If you want a seriously plush long term investment, consider something else. It also has a great resell value!

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