Remember a month or so ago, I told you I was accepted as a Kolcraft mom? Well, I was given the opportunity to review a new J is for Jeep Wrangler Sport Jogging Strollers [and giveaway! squee!].
When my new Jeep jogging stroller arrived I was super stoked to open up the box and put it together. Who doesn’t love new toys? When I opened the box & pulled out all the pieces, I was surprised to see that there weren’t that many loose parts. Since Landon was born [almost] 2 years ago, we’ve owned 4 strollers, counting our new J is for Jeep stroller. 3 of those needed assembling – the umbrella stroller didn’t need assembling. Anyways, 1 of those was an Eddie Bauer jogging stroller (more on that later in the review). The other was one of those HUGE ones that comes with a carseat – an infant travel system. I had to assemble all of them, alone. So I know a thing or 2 about assembling strollers now. When I had to assemble this one, it was a breeze. Not because I had done it so many times already, but because the instructions are easy to read. The parts are pretty self explanatory and everything fits in how it’s supposed to. No pushing or hammering. The front wheel was a little more difficult to get on, but still easier than the Eddie Bauer stroller.
So after I got it assembled I started check out all the features and “playing” with it. I wanted to make sure I understood it before I left the house :-p
Naturally, the first thing I noticed was the awesome color! I love that the green is so bright, it makes me feel a little more safe knowing that a motorist WILL be able to see us!
The next thing I noticed and was super excited to use, was the iBaby speaker. All you do is plug in your iPod or iPhone (maybe an MP3 player?) and push the power button – bam! Music. I don’t know about you, but music definitely helps me keep going. I get lost in the “zone” and always end up pushing myself farther & longer than the last time.
While I was looking at the iBaby speaker, I also noticed how deep & wide the cup holders are. My Eddie Bauer jogger doesn’t have wide or deep cup holders. I can hold a regular sized water bottle in it, but when I jog, it bounces around and almost always falls out of the cup holder – not with the Jeep jogging stroller though!
The next thing I noticed was the HUGE canopy. When I say huge, I mean mongo. I have never owned a stroller that has the extra 2 inches of canopy & I never thought it would make a difference, but it really does. It almost totally encloses Landon.
When I went to push it out of the living room, I realized that the handle bar was a little lower than I would have liked. That was only a fluke though – the handle bar is adjustable! My Eddie Bauer jogging stroller only has 1 position, up.
As you can see it the picture below, I showed 3 different positions – but there are a TON of options in between those. It really will adjust to fit any height. Pretty sweet, huh?
A neat little addition the J is for Jeep Wrangler Jogging Stroller has, there are little pockets inside the stroller. Right where your child would sit. I toss a lollipop and some gummy snacks for Landon in each pocket. It keeps the clutter out of my cup holders and makes it easy for him to grab by himself.
One of the “neatest” and most important features (IMO) is the jogging strap. This is important to me for many reasons:
1. I can comfortably jog without holding onto the stroller, yet the strap is connecting us – Landon won’t go rolling down the street alone. Ha! Imagine me running after a stroller.
2. My Eddie Bauer jogging stroller doesn’t have a jogging strap – can you tell I officially have a favorite stroller? It’s not the Eddie Bauer one!
3. The strap is long enough, that I can jog without my galoof feet (yeah, remember me talking about those?) stepping on the wheels or anything.
The closing levers are discrete and it’s really easy to close. My Eddie Bauer jogging stroller has a HUGE red lever on the handle and it’s really difficult to use – you have to push and slide the lever at the same time, and it sticks sometimes.
Something else I noticed about the J is for Jeep Wrangler Jogging Stroller, is there are reflective stripes on it!
A few other features I love about the J is for Jeep Wrangler Jogging Stroller are;
1. The basket is HUGE
2. The seat reclines and sits up
3. Compatible with many infant seats
4. It’s all terrain! I took it off-roading the 2nd day I had it – it was so smooth going over the rocks & gravel
5. Front wheel can be a swivel or a locked wheel
6. Tires have air – easier to replace and fix (In my opinion)
7. The brake is nice and sensitive – meaning I don’t have to push really hard to get the foot brake to lock into the tire notches
8. The front of the basket is attached where the foot rest is – Landon likes to kick his shoes off while in the stroller. Normally causing me to have to stop & pick them up
There are a few things I would change about this stroller though. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad!
1. I wish the iBaby speaker was a little louder – I understand why it’s got that particular volume setting, but I would like it louder
2. The weight – it’s as heavy as a travel system stroller
Okay, since I’ve rambled on about how “cool” it is, how about I give you a few facts about it? Seriously though, it is cool & I definitely like it more than my Eddie Bauer Jogging Stroller.
This information is straight from the Kolcraft Website.
~ Compatible with many popular infant car seats (no adapter required) including: Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Cosco, Graco, Peg Perego and Safety 1st.
~ iBaby® sound system connects to your iPod® or MP3 player
~ 16 inch rear air-filled tires for jogging comfort and increased performance on uneven surfaces
~ Forward-locking front wheel provides increased wheel base and stability while jogging; swivels for everyday use
~Shock-absorbing suspension system keeps the ride smooth
~ Smart Handle® adjusts to multiple heights
~ Multi-position reclining seat
~ Large underseat storage basket can be accessed from the front or back of the stroller
~ Convenient Free-Stand® design stands upright when folded
~ Child cup holder for easy access to cup/bottle
~ Adjustable 5-point harness & safety tether for safety
~ 60 lbs. child weight capacity
~ JPMA Certified
~ One-year manufacturer warranty
Guess what? Because I love this stroller so, so much I get to give one away! That’s right, one lucky Written By Mama reader will get to win one of these bad boys. Check out my J is for Jeep Wrangler Sport Jogging Stroller Giveaway.