During most of this summer, it’s been difficult for me to get any kind of exercise. Most moms will understand how hard it is just to squeeze in a time to devote to exercise, especially if you have to do it without children underfoot. (Ever tried pilates with a 3-year-old climbing on your back during a plank pose?! Yeah, doesn’t work too well…)
Walking is one of the best ways to get exercise with children. Besides Mama getting some much needed activity, getting out of the house and getting some fresh air always seems to do wonders for keeping cheerful attitudes and less bickering between the girls.
While I am grateful to get to live out in the country, there are a few disadvantages, especially when you’re living with only one vehicle for the whole family. It’s easy to get a little stir-crazy in the house with two active toddlers.
But, we live with another of the few disadvantages of living in the country…our driveway is long, gravel, and uphill and therefore it’s a huge pain to push a stroller up to the asphalt road. We had an old, tandem double stroller that I used for awhile, but it was so difficult to push up the driveway, that I started to leave it at home. Which usually meant I was carrying at least one tired toddler by the time we were headed back home.
In my third trimester of pregnancy, in the summer heat, there is no way I was going to push that awful stroller up that driveway, and there is no way I could carry either of those growing girls that far, let alone both of them. (Strange how when one is tired and getting carried by Mama, suddenly the other can’t possibly take another step alone, either.)
Enter: this beautiful double jogging stroller from Kelty! The Speedster Swivel-Deuce has quite literally solved every problem we had in regards to getting out for walks.
The girls love it, which means they are much more excited about riding in it (meaning Mama can actually WALK occasionally instead of meandering aimlessly while every rock, bug, and plant is thoroughly inspected.)
A quick overview of its many features show that Kelty seems to have thought of everything when designing this stroller!
- Rear wheel brakes
- Five-point, adjustable child harnesses
- Runaway leash
- Swivel front wheel, with lockout option
- Easy folding design
- Bell to alert others
- Independently reclining seats
- Fully padded seat and frame
- Adjustable height handle (34-45″)
- Quick-release wheels
- Adjustable sun/rain hood
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- Reflective accents
- Seat-back storage pocket with key fob
- Under-seat storage bin
- Water bottle holders
The suggested weight limit for the stroller is 100lbs, meaning we have a lot of room to grow here still! Even our 3.5 year old Katie is only 35 pounds still, so you could easily toodle around with two much older toddlers in there!
Here you can see the additional adjustment option down towards the bottoms of the seats with the black clips. These give the straps a huge range of size adjustability!
The “runaway leash” is a simple tether attached to the frame of the stroller at the bottom, (check out the spacious cargo area, too!)
It is easily looped around your wrist as an extra safety precaution, especially for jogging on smoother roads…this baby can go *fast* and if it got out of your grasp on a downhill slope, you could be in trouble!
Also, check out that fun little bell there in the center of the handle…”Get out of the way, folks!”
Another important safety feature of this stroller is the locking front wheel. When jogging or walking quickly, it is important to have the front wheel locked at the straight angle to prevent accidental tipping over of the stroller. This is accomplished with a super-easy little red knob that is simply pushed over and down, locking the pin into place on the wheel to keep it stationary.
One of my most favorite features of the Swivel-Deuce is the adjustable handle! Not only can we adjust it to make it perfectly comfortable for either John or I, or at different inclines, but we can make it low enough that even our little Victoria can push it!
I remember a few frustrating walks where Katie desperately wanted to help push Victoria in her stroller when they were younger, but she was too short to reach the handle, and therefore wanted me to hold her up to reach it. That got old for me very quickly, as I’m sure you can imagine.
Each side of the stroller is easily and independently adjustable, according to the needs of each passenger! I think it could come in handy occasionally if they would recline a little farther down than they do. I’m not sure you’d want to put an infant in there who didn’t have much neck control yet. This is pretty much a non-issue for us, since I prefer to wear my babies at that age anyway, but it’s worth noting.
Note the handy water bottle pockets there in the back as well. I love how there is a inner elastic strap that grips any kind of bottle you put in there…no worries about losing anything along a buppy, jostling ride! There are also larger mesh cargo pockets that velcro shut to keep other items in, and a red key fob strap to make doubly sure those important keys don’t go anywhere!
The folding process for this stroller is refreshingly simple! The single stroller we own, (I kid you not!) I had to get out the manual the first 8 times I tried to fold or unfold it, and even after that it still gives me issues.
Not so much with the Swivel-Deuce! I read the manual once and probably wouldn’t have even needed to in order to figure it out…it’s that simple. There’s a clip that you can loop around one of the wheels to keep it compactly folded for transportation, or if you need it to get even more compact and transportable, each of the three wheels has an easy-release feature that makes it simple to pop them on and off.
The bulk of this stroller is probably its only serious disadvantage. We still haven’t found a great place to store it in our house, (especially a place that is easily accessible for regular use.) Any double stroller is a bit of a pain to store, however, and I feel that the benefits of this one far outweigh this one issue, but it’s certainly something you’ll want to consider if you have limited storage space.
In the bright sunshine (or rain!) you can fold down the top shade piece. We used this on the beach one day when Victoria got tired of playing. It was a super windy day and the sand was blowing along the ground at her level…we popped her in the stroller, folded down the shade and got her super comfy and out of the wind, and she stayed content there until the rest of us were done!
(Side note: the stroller navigates even loose, dry sand beautifully, although, I would recommend using caution regarding sand in the gears and pieces of the stroller.)
One little thing that was somewhat frustrating to find was that the tires were not inflated when the stroller shipped. We rolled the stroller (without anybody in it) over to the next-door in-laws to use their air compressor to fill them up, but apparently just rolling it that far with flat tires caused one of the inner tubes to get a slight hole in it, and I spent quite a bit of time trying to fill it up again later before finally having a guy at Oil Can Henry’s point out the the inner tube was sliced open.
Obviously the sliced inner tube issue was our fault because of pushing it on gravel before the tires were inflated, but had they been inflated when they arrived we wouldn’t have had to deal with the issue at all.
I also know that some strollers coming with a small, bike-tire style pump…I would love to see Kelty include one with their Speedster strollers! Not everyone has easy access to a pump or air compressor, and if one of the tires were to go flat again, I could be stuck without a stroller for awhile until I was able to get into town to get it filled again.
The Speedster is also also available in a single option, and you can find a detailed video of its features on their website.
And right now, until midnight EST on August 10th, Friday, you can enter to WIN the Speedster Swivel-Deuce stroller during the Just for Baby giveaway hop!
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