A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Bugaboo and asked if I wanted to review the newest model in their stroller line – the Bugaboo Runner! Stroller running is still a large part of my training – although lately, it’s been so incredibly warm that the stroller runs are limited!
When my husband and I were creating a registry for our first child, we looked at Bugaboo strollers. I loved so many things about them but there wasn’t a running stroller in the Bugaboo line. We had decided to register for one stroller and use it for everything – walks, trips to the mall and park and running – so it needed to be versatile enough to do it all.
That’s where the Bugaboo runner comes in.
The Bugaboo Runner is specially designed for running/jogging to deliver the smoothest run possible. It has 3 large wheels with air-filled tires and a fixed front wheel which gives you a smooth, straight run with utmost stability. (Source: Bugaboo.com)
For parents who already own Bugaboo strollers you would only need to purchase the Bugaboo Runner Chassis. The Bugaboo Runner is a separate chassis designed purely for running and is compatible with:
(1) Bugaboo Cameleon³ seat
(2) Bugaboo Bee (2010 model and onwards) seat
(3) Bugaboo Donkey seat – version 1.1*
(4) Bugaboo Buffalo seat
If this is your first Bugaboo stroller, you can buy the Bugaboo Runner set – which comes with a detachable seat!
First, I figured I would discuss a few of the things that I really loved about the stroller
- Reversible seat. One of the toughest parts about running with the stroller is not being able to see my little guys’ faces as easily as I could when they were in the carseat adaptor (they would be right in front of me!). The Bugaboo Runner gives you the option of having your child face forward OR you can reverse it and have your child face you. With one push of a button (on each side), you can lift the seat up and quickly flip the seat around. Ideal for runs where your child starts to get fussy or look tired – you’ll be able to easily soothe and comfort your little one while continuing to run.
- Reclinable Seat. With one click, you can have the seat recline backwards or further upright. It’s perfect for when your child falls asleep and you want them to have a comfortable, peaceful nap! And it’s a great feature for older children who want to be more upright and have a full range of vision while running.
- Height Adjustable Handlebar. I love this feature! At 5’2″, most handlebars are a bit too high for my arms when I am running normally. Bugaboo’s handlebar can be raised/lowered so it fits you, your significant other or anyone else that is taking the stroller out!
- Large Wheels/Built-in Suspension. The stroller is designed for both serious and casual running. The large wheels allow for fast running (I felt like my little guy and I were flying!) and the locked front wheel provides more control and stability while the suspension provides a smooth, comfortable ride.
- Sun Canopy. A large canopy comes standard with the Bugaboo Runner set. It’s large enough to cover most of your child and prevent any sun or glare from peeping in while you are running.
- Accessories. In addition to what’s already listed above, the stroller set comes with a rain cover, an mini air pump (ingenious!) and a large storage compartment for under the stroller.
- Additional Accessories (for purchase). Bugaboo offers a ton of accessories so you can customize the stroller to fit you and your family’s lifestyle. Things like: mosquito net, an organizer (for storage up top), tray (for snacks for your child), footmuff (it’s an insert which the seat goes into – will keep your child warm and cozy in colder weather!).
The Bugaboo Runner was created with function in mind. It seems like every parenting “issue” has been thought of and planned for – from the reversible seat to the handlebars to the reclining seat – which will allow a much smoother and more enjoyable run for not just the parent, but the child as well.
My only (minor) complaint with the stroller is the inability to unlock the front wheel. I would LOVE to use this stroller on a regular basis (not just for running) if I had the ability to unlock that front wheel. The locked front wheel, while ideal for running, makes it difficult to use elsewhere.
For more information on the Bugaboo Runner, you can head to their website.
This post is sponsored by Bugaboo. All opinions are my own.
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