Review: InStep Grand Safari Double Jogging Stroller
Look what arrived at my house last week!!!!
The good people at InStep sent me this Grand Safari Double Jogging Stroller for review, and to help me with my goal of running a 5K this summer!
Now you can see why I have been so ready for spring to arrive! I want to get out with the babies and run!
I’m going to let you know my initial impressions of this stroller, and as my training season advances I’ll update you with how this jogging stroller performs and holds up.
The InStep Grand Safari Double Jogging stroller did come with some adult assembly required. My oldest son usually is my official baby gear assembler (he does a great job!), but I had a rare day of sunshine come up when he was off at a track meet. 11 year old William became my assistant in his stead.
The stroller comes with a very easy to read instruction guide. There is actually very little assembly required, and the only tools that you will need are a Phillips head screwdriver and a bicycle pump. (Note that a portable bicycle pump will not be sufficient, you will need one with a flexible hose, as the smaller front tire requires some tight pump maneuvering.)
The stroller assembly included attaching the cup holders (the adult cupholder took a little more strength than I have, so the Rev. pitched in), attaching the wheels (easy) and attaching the footrest. All in all, assembly took less than a half an hour.
- The stroller features a single 12 inch front pneumatic tire. It swivels which makes the stroller very maneuverable when walking. This is the easiest steering stroller that I have owned in 15 years of mothering. The wheel can also be locked, while still holding the handle, for a quick change from walking to running. (when running a fixed wheel is preferable).
- The rear wheels are 16 inches and have exposed spring suspension. This gives the girls a very smooth ride, and I suspect will even be comfortable when we hit the hiking trails this summer.
- There is a parent cup holder. This is a big deal for me. Whether I am at the mall with friends, sipping coffee, or out on the trail with a water bottle, there is space for two beverages. There is also a covered compartment for key, a cell phone or an iPod.
- Speaking of iPods, the Instep Grand Safari double jogging stroller features built in MP3 speakers, which will help keep the girls entertained when I am out on long walks and runs.
- There is a cup holder for each seat, so the girls will be able to tote their water bottles as well. The cup holders are nice and deep so the water bottles will not tip out too easily. Emily prefers to use her snack tray as a foot rest.
- The folding mechanism requires two hands to complete, which increases safety, and after a little practice I was able to smoothly fold and unfold the stroller in a snap.
- The handle is adjustable and rubberized. I found it comfortable to grip. I am nervous about how the joints will hold up with the adjustable handle, but I appreciate that the handle can be made the right height for me or shorter family members with a simple adjustment. When you are running with a stroller you really want the handle to be at a comfortable height. I appreciate the adjustability.
- The seats are padded with a faux lambskin. This is nice and cozy, and adds a bit of warmth to our North Dakota Spring.
- The harnesses are easily adjusted and fastened. They feature a very secure five point harness. This is a very desirable feature to me, as Elizabeth makes it a habit to try and wrestle her way loose from stroller harnesses. I can rest assured that she is very secure in this one.
- The seats also fully recline and can be adjusted individually. I can have one baby asleep and the other awake. They can also see each other easily, which is important for my two.
- Overall, I am very impressed with the InStep Grand Safari Double jogging stroller. It is easy to use and the girls are very comfortable in it.
- This is not a lightweight stroller. Once assembled it is about 38 pounds. However, this lends the InStep grand Safari to be a very sturdy stroller, and I expect to get many good years of regular, near daily use out of it.
- The weight does not seem to make it difficult to steer. On the contrary, the large wheels and suspension make it very easy to push.
I had the InStep Grand Safari out in the wind last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stroller was even easily maneuvered in the wind (which is important, the wind always blows in North Dakota!). There is mesh behind the headrests, so that the stroller does not act as a sail, the air is able to flow through, creating minimal drag.
- The InStep Grand Safari works equally well indoors. Yesterday I took it for a power walk in our mall, and then to coffee with a friend afterwards. I was able to steer in and out of tight places and the stroller fit through every door I went through.
The InStep Grand Safari stows easily in the rear hatch of my minivan. It does take up most of the available cargo space, but I’ve yet to use a double stroller that does not. Removing the tires will allow for even more compact storage, such as when we go on vacation. Stowing the stroller is when the 38 pounds becomes heavy.
- I have really enjoyed the stroller so far, and the girls get excited every time they see it. . .which is pretty huge! I think we will be going on a lot of outings in the near future!
For More Information
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InStep provided me with a Grand Safari Double Jogging stroller in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own, and are not influenced in any way by InStep.
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