When I got pregnant with baby #2, several people asked if they could throw me a baby shower. I declined.
For starters, I find most baby showers to be incredibly awkward. I don't like to play childish games (where you eat baby food, collect clothespins, measure the pregnant mama's belly, or try to identify chocolate bar mush in baby diapers). I don't like to eat sugary cake with thick frosting and pastel after-dinner mints. I especially don't like to open presents in front of a group because it is so hard to express genuine gratitude in that kind of setting.
The second reason I declined is because I couldn't think of very many things that I would need. I already felt like we were positively wading in baby gear from baby #1 - strollers, car seats, a bassinet, baby clothes, toys, etc. If anything, I wanted to GIVE AWAY some of our baby gear (so, in hind sight, maybe I should have hosted a "reverse baby shower" to allow other people to take baby gear off of our hands! Ha!).
There was, however, ONE thing that I did want: a double jogging stroller.
Our next door neighbor gave us a single jogging stroller after our firstborn made her debut - and we made good use of it, often running 3-4 times a week. Running was a sanity saver, a way to stay fit in the midst of the chaos of raising a baby. I knew that I would want to replicate that after our family metamorphosed from three to four.
Fortunately, I was recently given an opportunity to review the Speedster Swivel Deuce ($474.95) by Kelty.
When it arrived, my husband pulled it out of the box and we were both impressed how easy it was to assemble. We oohed and ahhed over the strong canvas, the striking blue color, the swivel front wheel (with optional lockout), the independent reclining seats, and the expansive canopy. It really is magnificent to behold.
The true test, however, is if it would perform on the road...and it did. Very well. The stroller is surprisingly lightweight (even though I'll still probably insist on having my husband push it most of the time) and the ride is "smooth." It is BIG, don't get me wrong...but all double jogging strollers are large. Despite the size, it is actually pretty easy to maneuver and both my girls don't argue a bit about going for a stroll. My 5-month-old is instantly quiet and observant; she enjoys the outdoors immensely. And my almost-3-year-old usually asks to walk/run "just a little longer" when I start to pull in our driveway.
The stroller offers plenty of under-seat storage, mesh pockets for storing your water bottle or cell phone, and a little bell too (I still haven't quite figured out what it is for).
I can't speak to its portability because we haven't taken it anywhere nor do we plan to (have I mentioned that it is BIG?), but the website does promise "easy folding." So, if you want to bring it with you on vacation, I'm sure that is totally doable.
If you're looking for a single or double jogging stroller, I urge you to consider the options at Kelty. I actually didn't realize that Kelty sold jogging strollers until I started doing some research on the Internet. I'm so glad I stumbled upon the Kelty Kids division because the Speedster Swivel Deuce is awesome. I recommend it without hesitation.
YOUR TURN: Do you run with or without a jogging stroller?