[UPDATE] This review has been updated with the customers feedback on this site in 2013. Baby Jogger FIT really suits taller kids and is typically recommended for older kids. For babies, it’s a bit rough due to the lack of shocks. It’s lightweight and not too big – this is an advantage over BOB or Joovy (it’s more suitable for everyday life). Overall, if I had to choose between Joovy and FIT, I would have a hard time But perhaps FIT’s car seat capabilities would help me make up my mind!
FIT looks sleek and aspirational, with 1st rate fabrics and construction.
It has achieved a great balance between sports performance and the child’s comfort. It’s a high quality, solid stroller and, as for the reviews, parents just love it!
Walkingmama says: lightweight, with a higher seat, thanks to an up-curved sun canopy that I haven’t seen in other models – this makes it especially suitable for taller kids. The handlebar is placed higher than usual so, taller parents, this might be something you’ll really like!
Table of Contents
- 1 Baby Jogger FIT Review SUMMARY
- 2 Is the Baby Jogger FIT good for sports?
- 3 Is the Baby Jogger FIT good for real life?
- 4 Does it have any weaknesses?
Baby Jogger FIT Review SUMMARY
FIT is designed to be your beloved running companion and your child’s little riding home: the child’s comfort is a real priority here. Baby Jogger FIT is spacious with a long leg drop. FIT has more than enough storage space. At the same time, it’s not particularly big – it’s shorter (48′ vs 50 inches) than Joovy ATS and BOB Ironman. It fits easily through doorways and, I believe, even on public transport, all the while not sacrificing the child’s comfort: Baby Jogger has one of the highest seat backs and one of the longest leg room spaces (10,6 inches).
It costs less than Joovy ATS or Ironman, probably because no shocks or accessories are included.
The reasonable price isn’t on account of the construction or fabric quality which are both 1st class. What you’re paying for is a reliable, well-engineered jogger.
Is the Baby Jogger FIT good for sports?
It’s very sturdy and stable at jogging speeds, and takes almost no effort when turning curves: there’s no need to lift the front wheel, just pull it.
I rate strollers according to the following criteria: performance, alignment, durability, off-road performance and safety.
- Performance: how easy it rides.
Steering is fairly easy and there are no problems turning curves and corners. It turns easily without a whole lot of force. At 25 lbs, it is not the lightest stroller on the market, but it’s by no means heavy. Well-engineered for balance!
- Durability – FIT is built to last, all the materials are of high quality. Aluminum frame and molded polymer tires.
- Off-road – It glides easily, however, there are no shock absorbers. The tires are thick and sturdy enough to go on rough gravel trails although, it might be difficult when going over cobblestones or a bumpy road. However, it’s a great stroller for snow and sand.
- Safety – the hand brake works well. There’s a quality safety harness with padded shoulder straps. The rear parking brake is operated with a knob which is not particularly convenient. I prefer a bar, like BOB Ironman has, but then again, this is a matter of taste. Safety wrist strap. The seat has enough reflection all the way along its perimeter.
- Alignment – It doesn’t pull at all. However, if it does, usually you just need to loosen or tighten the front wheel and that’s it. I must add – any jogger can have alignment issues, but with FIT there has only been one such complaint, which is easy to solve – compared with Schwinn Arrow, which has had a lot more complaints about this issue.
- The handlebar is fixed. However, it’s 41′ from the ground so your feet won’t kick the stroller while running. The handlebar is well-padded for a wipe-clean grip.
Is it suitable for Walkingmama Strollnetics?
As the handle isn’t adjustable, this jogger is perfect for weight loss walking and especially rollerblading. To do Strollnetics you have to adjust the handle to switch the position of the arms. However, with FIT an arm workout is definitely possible, as the handle bar is placed quite high.
Is the Baby Jogger FIT good for real life?
Is Baby Jogger FIT one you can rely on in your daily life?
Measured against ease of use, child’s comfort, extra storage and parent extras.
Ease of use – includes folding, adjustment and usage of harnesses.
- Folding – Baby Jogger patented Quick-Fold collapses with just one hand and within a second by lifting the strap. The easiest folding of all the jogging strollers. It also has a fold strap to keep the stroller folded for transportation or storage. However, the strap doesn’t allow FIT to be stored it in a standing position when it’s folded.
- Adjustment – how easy and quietly the seat reclines. Reclines deeply and silently, which every parent whose baby has just fallen asleep will appreciate.
- Harnesses – wide and well-padded.
- Seat - very comfortable, deep, reclining, padded seat which, like all Baby Jogger models, has a washable seat cover. Roomy (25 inch) seat. The seat height and width are actually larger than most running strollers, including the BOB Ironman. It’s ideal for tall babies who don’t fit into other joggers anymore.
- Foot rest – quite big with a long drop. Baby Jogger FIT has plenty of leg room which makes sitting really comfortable.
- Canopy – Its sturdy canopy with up-curved top has been praised by many, as it provides extensive coverage and more space and air for the child. The sun shade offers great protection. Its clear view window closes securely with magnets which won’t pinch your fingers. The vented top allows air circulation, and it can also be covered. As a drawback, there are no side ventilation pockets. On a hot day, it’s good to have side ventilation.
- Suspension – as I said earlier, this model has no shocks. Going on rough terrain, bumpy roads etc. can be a bit rough for the child. However, according to the reviews, it’s not really an issue, as it still seems to ride smoothly.
- Extra storage – there’s ample room in Baby Jogger FIT to bring all your baby gear and more. It has an expandable back seat net and a large, removable storage basket under the seat. Some parents say the net is not particularly big and the underneath basket could be bigger. However, you just need to learn some tricks for packing your stroller, which will allow you to put much more stuff into your jogger than you originally thought.
Parent extras – all accessories have to be purchased separately: even the rain cover is not included. FIT is compatible with a wide range of accessories available for other Baby Jogger models: child tray, parent console, bumper bar, infant seat adapter, and more.
CAR SEAT ADAPTABLE – YES
Check out the video on how to install a car seat adapter on a Baby Jogger:
Does it have any weaknesses?
Two weaknesses are worth mentioning:
a non-adjustable handlebar and no shocks (except for the front wheel).
However, according to the reviews, FIT has had almost no suspension complaints: FIT rides smoothly, although going over rugged or broken sidewalks would be less bumpy if it had shocks.
Some consumers say – FIT feels a little bit heavy to push. This might be a subjective thing, because of the highly placed handlebar, it might make average-height parents feel like more effort is needed to push the stroller. There’s really no other explanation as FIT’s weight is 25lbs (less than Joovy Zoom ATS or BOB SUS), and the wheel size is a standard 16″. Moreover, FIT has no shock absorbers which, in fact, makes the stroller even easier to push.
There are no accessories included – all extras have to be bought separately.