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.
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!