I was recently looking for a new jogging stroller after mine had taken too much mileage (I run ten to fifteen km everyday). I browsed reviews for a while and went to the store to try the Baby Trend Expedition jogging stroller, type Phantom.
Always try strollers in person, if you can. You really need to feel the stroller and bring it outside for a short run if you can. Here is my honest review of the Baby Trend stroller. It is available in most online stores so you can check it out after reading my review.
Easy to assemble
This stroller is amazingly easy to assemble. You do not have to assemble the frame, or even use any tools: just snap on the back wheels and the front tray and the stroller is ready to go. This is a huge plus for those who would rather not play around with tools and user manuals! Many jogging strollers on the market come completely disassembled, and you have to puzzle them out to put them together, but not this stroller. It’s almost ready straight out of the box!
The basket under the stroller is deep and big. You can put pretty much everything you could ever need during your walk or run in there. Diaper bag, lunch, bottle, change of clothes, everything! It is also very robust and does not move, so you don’t need to worry about your stuff falling out of the basket every time you run over a small bump.
Non adjustable handles
The handles are a bit too low, and unfortunately they cannot be adjusted. I’m 5’10” and I definitely wish the handles would be higher, but I think they might be the perfect height for someone who is 5’6″ or smaller.
Definitely try the model before purchasing to make sure the handles are high enough for you. The handles are well padded and will not give you blisters or aches in your fingers. The stroller I used before had such rough and thinly padded handles that I had to wear cycling gloves while running.
Sturdy & stable
The stroller’s frame is really sturdy, but it is also bulky and heavy. That’s not a problem for me (5’10”, 180 pounds man), but I can definitely understand why slighter people might want to buy something lighter.
I appreciate the extra weight; it makes my running workout more challenging! However, I don’t think that would be the case for everybody. My wife is 5’5″ and 120 pounds, and she has been struggling a little with this jogging stroller but not to the point where she wants to stop using it.
This stroller is overall very stable, even though it doesn’t come with shock absorbers, but due to its sturdy frame and bulk, it still absorbs most of the shocks from the road. If you plan on running on hilly terrain or in the grass, be aware that you will feel some tension and tightness in your arms from your body trying to absorb the shocks.
Here’s a quick list of the pros and cons
- Easy to assemble
- Roomy and stable undercarriage
- Handles are well padded
- Sturdy fram
- Five points strap
- Not expensive
- Nonadjustable handles which are too low for tall people
- Bulky and heavy
- No shock absorber
- Needs a car seat attached to it for babies under one year old
- Front wheel can block during long runs
The seat has a regular five points strap. I think the seat is too big to fit an infant or even a baby aged six months old. My son is 13 months old, and he fits snuggly in the seat. For younger children, I feel you would need to attach your car seat (if it’s compatible with the stroller).
Besides having no shock absorbers, the stroller handles the road very well. It gives a smooth run and responds well to the slightest movement. However, the front wheel tends to slightly block. Nothing unmanageable but it can be annoying especially if you have a fast running pace.
I’ve read other reviews, and it seems I’m not the only one who has a problem with the front wheel of this stroller. I’m still looking for a way to fix it, maybe oil it or change the screws; I am not sure yet. This is a major con for this stroller, but still it isn’t a deal breaker for me; I can manage through the annoyance.