Sunday, December 22, 2013

Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller Review

* I received a Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Jogger Stroller for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

Graco is one of the world's best known and most trusted juvenile products companies.  It started in 1942 when Russell Gray and Robert Cone formed Graco Metal Products, fabricating machine and car parts for local manufacturers for 11 years.  In 1953 Russell left leaving Robert as sole owner, which is when he decided to go into the baby-products business creating the first wind-up swing called the Swyngomatic.  The Swyngomatic was such a big hit they sold millions, becoming one of the leading manufacturers of juvenile products in the process!  From then on whatever category it entered, Graco set the standard.  While a half-century has brought many changes to Graco, the dedication and commitment to designing and manufacturing top-quality products that inspire parents and babies alike remains, and continues on.

My first experience with the Graco brand was with a Travel System that was purchased when I was pregnant with Little Miss, and has lasted me through both of my two kids! It has been a wonderful product for my family and was able to grow with both of my children along with quite a few other Graco products including a Pack N' Play, high chair, and swing.  Graco products are built to last which is why I continue to purchase them.  I never really understood the need for more than one stroller... that was until I met Alex!  Within the last year I have acquired a great selection of strollers that I love!  She has definitely turned me in to quite the stroller junkie!  
Photo Credits: Graco

Hubby and I have recently started a new workout routine and wanted to add in a little more cardio, so we started looking for a good treadmill since we didn't have a way to jog with Baby C. Until recently I didn't have a jogging stroller and jogging with a regular stroller not something I recommend, so I was beyond excited when Graco asked me to review their FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller in Tangerine!  We could get out into the fresh air for a jog instead of doing it on a treadmill! I have loved all the Graco products I have purchased in the past and was confident I would love this as well! I couldn't wait to receive it!

When Alex and I took this out of the box it was in a few pieces and I thought it may take a while to put together, but thanks to the click connect it went together very quickly and didn't even require any tools! Together Alex and I had the stroller set up in less than five minutes and we were both so impressed with how everything clicks together perfectly. 

I have to say that one of my favorite features about this stroller is how quickly and easily it opens and folds! You can do it with one hand, and it literally takes just a second.

To fold pull the strap that is located under the pocket of the seat.  Once you pull the strap the stroller folds in half and automatically locks.

One feature of the of the FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller that moms everywhere will love is the Kickstand. The Kickstand allows the stroller to stand on its own when needed. Whether you're attempting to make space in the trunk of your car or storing it in your garage, you won't have to worry about the stroller falling over or scratching up your bumper if you were to have to lean it! I love the kickstand, Graco really thought of everything!

The FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller has a convertible three or five point harness that grows with your child for a secure fit. When we are just out walking around Baby C prefers the 3-point harness so he has a little more freedom to move and look around, but when we are out for a jog I use the 5-point harness for keeping him a little more secure.  As your baby grows it is very easy to adjust the strap height with the shoulder harness slots.  It has a multi-position reclining seat with padding for comfort, the fabric is very easy to clean and doesn't stain easily!

What good would a jogging stroller be without great tires? The tires on this beautiful stroller are air-filled rubber tires with suspension for a smooth ride. The front tire is 12 inches in diameter and features lockable swivel wheel that provides easy transition from strolling to jogging. The back wheels are 16 inches in diameter ensuring a smooth ride on any terrain, with a reflector on each side for added visibility.  The tires are extremely easy to remove for more compact storage if needed.

When shopping for strollers I always gravitate toward the strollers that include a child's tray and I was thrilled to see that Graco's jogging stroller included one! The child's tray has 2 cup holders and is removable for easy entry and exit; you can open it from just one side or take it off completely. While putting Baby C in the stroller I like to open it from one side leaving my hands free to get him in, but I love that I can take it off completely for easy clean up!  Another great thing about the child's tray is there is a reflector on both sides for extra visibility while you're out on your jog.

When we go out on jogs, having my headphones in with some motivational songs is a must, and having a safe space for my iPhone is an even bigger must, so when I took a look at the parent tray on this stroller I was immediately in love! I honestly think this is the best parents tray I have seen! The tray has two deep cup holders that ensure your water bottles are not going to tip over when you encounter a bumpy road, a covered storage compartment that is perfect for your keys, Chapstick, or sunblock and [the best part] a smartphone and MP3 cradle! The smartphone and MP3 cradle is adjustable to the size of your phone and secures it tightly in place! Alex and I were so impressed with the smartphone and MP3 cradle that we both had to try it out! 

Living in Arizona we constantly have the sun shining and it's important to have a stroller canopy that will protect Baby C from the sun. This canopy is not only large, but features a mesh peekaboo window so that you can keep on eye on your little one with out disturbing them while keeping them shaded. The canopy also has mesh siding to allow air flow through the canopy if it is a hot day! 

With any stroller it is important [for us] to have an extra large storage basket with plenty of room for both mine and my two kids things. The storage on the FastAction Jogging Stroller is perfectly sized to hold everything we may need and because Little Miss normally has a thing or two that she needs for me to hold on to as well, and there is plenty of room for it all.

A great safety feature that Graco include was the tether strap located in a pocket in the basket. Safety while jogging is so important and the tether strap helps you maintain control of the stroller in the case of a fall while jogging. The tether strap has a lot of slack so that you won't feel "stuck" to your stroller and when you get into you rhythm of jogging you won't even notice that you're wearing it!

The FastAction Jogging Stroller can also be used as an "every day" travel system and accommodates all Graco Click Connect infant car seats. The stroller is designed to hold children up to 50 pounds and will last you several years with your child! The stroller itself weighs 30 pounds and has an overall height of 42 inches.

The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller is truly a great stroller!  They have combined all of the comforts and convenience of a traditional stroller with the performance of an all-terrain jogging stroller! I would definitely recommend this jogging stroller to anyone looking for a great all around stroller that is high quality and affordable.  Graco really had the comfort of parents and baby in mind with this versatile jogging stroller!

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  1. This place was amazing! I remembered hearing about them at a fair at some point, so when 2 of my tires on my jogger busted this week (and I had to walk 2 miles home w/2 flat tires! not fun) umbrella stroller

  2. This stroller looks so sleek!


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