Ha! Oh sorry, excuse me.
My highly technical and 100% accurate internet research revealed that the two main jogging stroller brands are BOB and Chariot. But I could not find an article that compared the two against each other....well, you're in luck. Because I've done it. You can thank me by sending me cash. Envelopes full of cash.
Pros to this are the big wheels, but the con - the wheels are fixed. That means it's only purpose is to be used as a jogging stroller. Fixed wheels means that they do not pivot. At all. In order to turn, you need to pop up the front tire or push down and exert some weight onto the stroller to get it where you want it to go.
FYI - This is a selling feature for jogging strollers - the theory is that this way your stroller won't be veering all over the place while you're one-hand steering while you huff and puff behind it.
BOB REVOLUTION SE and CE
The main difference between these two is the size of the two rear tires - the CE has all tires the size of the front tire. The SE (seen above) has two large rear tires. The SE also allows you to fix the front wheel in place to create the fixed wheels for running. If you want to use the BOB for jogging - buy the SE. The bigger wheels are better shock absorbers.
So, we went out and we bought the BOB Revolution SE. It has an adaptor you can buy so you can just plunk the bucket car seat right onto the stroller and go. Easy-peasy. This was more or less the selling feature for us in the beginning...and knowing we could take it jogging.
KEEP IN MIND - The manual recommends that you should not jog with a baby in the stroller until they can hold up their head and are 6 months in age...I don't necessarily agree with this.
HOWEVER, I AM NOT AN EXPERT.
In my opinion, I don't see much difference between walking and pushing a stroller on a paved path and running and pushing the stroller on said path. Of course I waited until Evie had good head and neck control - but it was April when I tried running for the first time, so she was about 3 months old.
BOB REVOLUTION SE and RUNNING
It did the job. But for $500 I had better be in love with this darn thing.
Pros - I could put the car seat on the stroller and run with Evie in it that way. She was facing me this way so I could see if she was being jostled, and just check on her in general (this lasts only until a certain weight range). It also meant I could run with her when she was smaller - before she fit sitting up in the big seat harness on her own.
It was easy to push.
Cons - I actually did not like locking the front wheel in place. I think the alignment on ours was off so it kept veering off to the side.
While it was easy to push, I found that the BOB had such a high centre of gravity that it would easily tip over - luckily my little evie was never in the stroller or I would catch it first. Bonus points for BOB - the rear of the stroller where baby goes is made with the same material they make helmets from.
And while it was easy to push, it felt heavy. It wasn't an enjoyable run.
My SIL had been talking up their Chariot and how awesome it was, so D and I decided to go and check it out...we weren't loving the BOB for jogging....and we ended up leaving the store with a Chariot Cougar 1. It is more pricey than the BOB, by about $150. But totally worth it in our opinions.
CHARIOT COUGAR 1
There are three different types of Chariots - the cougar falls in the middle in terms of features, and each model is a single or double seater (hence the 1 in the title).
I'm not going to touch on all of the chariots as they systems are all more or less the same but the features get more or less nifty depending on how much you'd like to spend.
One of the advantages of the Chariots, beyond jogging, is that they work for pulling behind your bike, cross-country skiing, hiking, city life, and of course, jogging. Each activity has different add-ons to change the function - and cost more moola.
Pros - It pushes like a dream! There's an enclosed space so you can throw your baby in there with blankets and toys and you name it and it isn't getting chucked out as you run. Love that.
Cons - it is long with the jogging attachment. It is definitely not the trimmest stroller out there.
Comparison between the Chariot and BOB Revolution SE:
In my opinion - for jogging and a family that lives an active lifestyle, the Chariot beats the BOB hands down. The one thing I miss from the BOB, which is handy for teeny, tiny little babes, is the carseat adaptor. But the much pricier version of the chariot now has this feature at an extra cost.
In terms of pushing and weight - the chariot is actually heavier than the BOB, but it pushes much easier so the weight difference is not noticeable. Attaching the jogging wheel makes pushing it smooth and even easier to push than using the stroller kit wheels. But both work.
The Chariot has its own suspension system, which you can adjust, so your little one gets a much smoother ride than the BOB and the lower centre of gravity means that it is unlikely the stroller will tip.
Another added bonus to the Chariot - the plastic sides of the it are all see-through but are tinted and UV protected. Unlike the BOB where you have to buy the sun shield or slather the sunscreen on your little babe.
If you're worried about your little one getting hot in the enclosed stroller - don't. The front cover has a two piece system with a screen and a plastic zippered flap so you just zip the plastic part up and strap it in place and your wee one gets a breeze. There are also other features that include side vents in the Cougar and next model up.
Adaptability is a huge feature for the chariot. Not only allowing you to use it for multiple activities, but also for support. In the BOB, you go from the car seat to putting them in the stroller with a five-point harness. To make the switch, your baby needs to be able to sit up on their own.
The chariot sells an infant sling, which works like a hammock and hangs in the interior of the stroller. This holds babies from about 1 month to 10 months of age.
The Chariot is a better way to go for an active family and is a dream to push while jogging...as much as running with a stroller can be enjoyable. It wins in all categories, except for one. Size.
The BOB is thinner and it folds up so much smaller and easier than the Chariot. Luckily I have a large trunk so the chariot fits no problem, but I do miss the days of just a mere flick of the wrist closing my stroller. Sigh.
Oh well, if you are looking for a great quality stroller that will hold its resale value, either will work. But if you want to get into the nitty gritty of it all and go with something a bit better - go with the chariot. We don't regret our decision for a second.