When Graco made its first all-terrain 3-wheeled stroller, I was impressed. The Trekko was a really good product and I thought that was it - and that would be the only all terrain stroller Graco produced.
At that time they also developed several products with the FastAction Fold feature, the same kind that Baby Jogger uses where you pull up on a strap in the crease of the seat and in one motion your stroller is folded.
One of those products is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger, and as you read this review, you will discover what parents really appreciate about their Graco jogging stroller and what features could be improved. This particular all terrain stroller is one of the most popular there is, rocketing to the top in sales in places like Amazon. Discover why when you see photos, videos and measurements that show you exactly what you can expect once you get it home.
Let's take a look in detail at what the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger can do for active parents like yourself, so let's start with the features.
This is a hefty, sturdy all terrain stroller with a nice thick frame made of oval tubing for more strength. It can carry your child up to 50 pounds. The FastAction Fold Jogger accommodates the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 or 35 LX as a travel system and it has great stability and balance, so you don't have to worry about it tipping over.
The wheelbase is wide at two feet, which is very good for stability, as mentioned when you use this stroller with the car seat.
The front swivel wheel turns tightly and the 15-inch rear wheels take on all sorts of terrain like a champ. Most reviews I've read about this product are strongly positive about the front wheel's tight radius.
Because these tires are air-filled, the cushion from the air gives you a natural suspension system and you have a nice smooth ride. A simple flip of a lever at the front of the footrest cone locks the swivel wheel into place and makes going over rough surfaces much easier, or provides better stability during your jog. I also appreciate the reflectors on the rear wheels to add a measure of safety during low lighting such as early mornings or evening outings.
The brakes are easy to engage and release and there is a brake over each wheel, therefore you have to step twice. While easy to do,I prefer a one-step linked braking system.
Another point to consider is how much this thing weighs! Like most all-terrain strollers or joggers, the FastAction Fold Jogger is big and bulky. It weighs 30 pounds! In all honesty, this is the complaint written most often in my reviews for all terrain strollers. While the weight adds stability, hauling it in and out of the car is difficult.
But the wheels do pop off pretty easily and some reviewers have remarked that once the stroller is in their car, the space isn't much of a problem.
I was impressed with the seat on this all-terrain jogging stroller. While the seatback is average height compared with brands like Baby Jogger, the measurement at 18½ inches and 13-inch seat width allows for plenty of growth room.
An adjustable 5-point safety harness switches over to a 3-point lap belt when your child is older for greater freedom of movement. Parents say they really like that choice; one mom likes to put the shoulder straps on her child when she jogs, but on other outings, she gives her child more freedom with the lap belt. While the buckle isn't heavy-duty like luxury brands, it does the job securing your child safely.
The seat recline is fantastic and couldn't be more simple. To incline, just push the seat up until it clicks into an upright position. To recline, squeeze two bars located on the back of the seat to partial recline or nearly flat.
Nicole from Belmont, CA, remarks in her 4-star review that her son loves to take naps in the stroller and that it is easy to transfer him from the car to the stroller.
The child's snack tray is a big hit - there are two cup holders and a nice little space for nibbles. The snack tray easily comes undone and pivots around for easy ins and outs.
The fold is unbelievably easy and is the main feature: just pull up on the little handle strap in the crease of the seat and your stroller folds itself! An auto lock holds the frame in place and a kickstand comes out so that your jogger is self-standing. I like not having to bend down to get it before hauling it into the trunk. Makes for better storage in the garage or closet as well.
However, like most all terrain strollers, the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is very bulky. You can easily remove all three tires with a push of a button over each for a more compact fold.
One parent says it takes up the entire trunk of her Toyota Prius (a small space as it is), and yet another mom says that it is easy to get in and out of her SUV. So obviously, it will depend on how big your car's trunk space is on whether or not your jogger will fit with ease.
Upon first glace at this jogger, I didn't really notice anything special about the sun canopy, but it does have some perks that you will appreciate for protecting your little one.
It has adequate coverage, but is not the most generous canopy around. If you get the travel system, the hood on the car seat meets the one on the stroller, giving complete coverage and privacy, and that's a big bonus.
Tori's mom, from Tennessee, remarks that her baby is easily stimulated and by having complete coverage like this, her daughter is able to get a proper nap.
Side mesh ventilation panels on either side allow for air circulation, which is always welcome on hot summer days. Check in with your little passenger with the peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy.
The FastAction Fold Jogger has some great features for parents; there is plenty of room and plenty of options for taking your stuff with you.
First the storage basket. It's a good size, roomy enough for a large diaper bag and your purse.
A reviewer named Steph easily stowed her diaper bag, camera bag and blanket with ease. Another mom named Erin uses her basket to bring all her goodies for T-ball practice and has room to spare.
Next is the parent console. On either side, you get two nice deep cup holders, which is something every parent is happy to have. There is nothing but rave reviews for the cup holders.
In the middle of the console is a cell phone holder with a spring-loaded latch that secures your phone into place. It is reported in many reviews that it is too small to hold the latest iPhones and Adroid models. Graco can't keep up with it all!
Beneath the phone holder is a compartment to hold your little things such as lip balm, wallet or keys.
The handle is a big deal. While it is not adjustable, it is at a height where average to tall adults find it comfortable to use. Reviews have said, generally, that people under 5'4" may find the handle too tall to push comfortably.
For maximum safety, and a necessity for any stroller used for jogging, a safety tether is attached to the basket so that you will always maintain contact with your stroller should you ever fall or become separated. I don't know about you, but that brings immense peace of mind!
If you just want to get the stroller by itself, you can expect to pay between $120-$190, and I've found that the best place is to buy on Amazon, where I've seen savings between 11-37% off retail. If your order is fulfilled by Amazon, you will get free shipping, and if you're a Prime member, delivery in two days. Can't beat that!
Want the travel system? Again, when looking at different online retailers, the best price I have come across is on Amazon, where you pay around $275 for the car seat, base and stroller. Other merchants charge about $320-$330.
Here's a helpful video review:
Lots of reviews have poured in for both the stroller and the travel system and the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger has received an average 4-star rating for superb maneuverability, sturdiness and handy storage.
Consumer Reports has also weighed in, rating the travel system as a Recommended product. It has an 80/100 rating with "very good" ease of use and safety and an "excellent" mark for maneuverability.
Jenny remarks on the excellent steering and that it weathered the Minnesota winter just fine, with no problems.
A mom from Chicago, IL has a firefighter/paramedic husband who commented on the effective safety features of this Graco jogging stroller.
Quite a few parents comment on how easy it is to assemble.
Lots of comments out there about how easy this product is to fold. Very handy, they say.
The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is not without its drawbacks, and it has a few which keep it from getting a 5-star review.
Big, heavy and bulky. Nearly every review mentions the weight or bulk, even if it is an overall good rating.
Shorter parents feel that the handle is too high.
Several reports say that the kickstand falls off and must be re-attached.
The canopy doesn't stay open when fully extended to furthest setting. It falls back when jogging, going over bumps or on windy days.
Ever since this product was released, I've been looking around at different retailers and I recommend you buy on Amazon for the best price and prompt, free shipping.
If you want a travel system set, I suggest you check this link, where you can get them together for about $275.
Can you just see yourself right now gliding this marvelous stroller around your neighborhood park?
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