Shedding those postpartum pounds can be a real challenge, as I would know.
At fifteen months postpartum, my baby had self-weaned and I was ready to lose some weight! But with all that ambition, I was extremely frustrated with the bumpy city sidewalks, and my resolve to walk daily came to an abrupt halt.
I think that a huge part of sticking to those resolutions is equipping ourselves. A proper jogging stroller is an essential for any parent who wants to be active with a baby or toddler in tow. The Chicco Tre jogging stroller will take mom from a brisk walk to a full-on run.
About the Chicco Tre stroller:
“When you’re jogging, you want control. You want maneuverability for tight turns. You want adjustable suspension. You want a smooth ride. You want a stroller that’s as ambitious as you are. You want a Chicco.”
The Chicco Tre has all the features you need for jogging, plus some! Yep, it’s got it all- enough to make this work not just for jogging, but for your everyday stroller needs.
The Chicco Tre jogging stroller is a rugged, sporty stroller, with versatility and options for all terrains.
It’s suitable for children from 6-50 lbs, and as small as 4 lbs when used with a KeyFit car seat. Yep, you heard right! You can use it as a car seat carrier too!
It has three spoked wheels with tires, giving it a ride literally as smooth as your bike. The 16″ pneumatic rear tires have aluminum alloy rims, giving you maximum performance, and maximum movement. The front wheel swivels beautifully along with you as you move, but when you don’t want it to, you can easily lock it into place.
This stroller is chock full of features that add to its versatility and usability. My toddler helped me put together for you this rundown of his “New Shloller” (in his words):
Features of the Chicco Tre jogging stroller:
- One of my favorite features of this stroller is the parent console. I know, that sounds funny, but to me, having everything at my fingertips is so important. You can see that the first thing I put there is a water bottle. It’s simply critical to being able to exercise properly. There is another bottle holder (I’d put my son’s sippy cup there), and a middle section, which would normally hold my keys, phone, and any small items I need for the baby. It’s unique in that it’s actually soft but structured. It opens and sits open independently, but when you fold the stroller, it doesn’t add bulk.
- The footrest sits at a comfortable height for my toddler. It is not adjustable and sits fixed on the frame of the front wheel. My toddler is very tall for his age, so consider accordingly.
- The Tre has a parent strap so that you can secure your stroller while running. When not in use, it secures around the handle using hook and loop closures. If you have no need for something like this it can easily be removed, but if you do need it, you’ll find it to be a lifesaver!
- The arm bar is easily removable and sits at a comfortable distance from my toddler. It helps support the infant carrier and is comfortably padded. I do wish that there was a child tray involved, but I realize that might add to the bulk.
- The wheels, as I mentioned above, are powerfully smooth spoked wheels, with tires. The front wheel swivels comfortably and allows it to be easily maneuvered.
- Adjustable FlexCore™ suspension is easy to switch with a little flick of the lever. You can choose between bumpy strolling, or make it firmer for jogging.
- The recline is super easy to use. It reclines using a simple pinch of the lever on the back of the seat and goes back smoothly. It does not recline completely flat, but it does give you a good surface for your sleeping child.
- I am totally in love with the Tre’s canopy! It gives me the options I need, without compromising on other needs. It has a generous canopy that can be zipped open to extend even further – perfect for sunny days or sleeping babies! I actually discovered a cool hack that I don’t know if the designers intended. Because the canopy extension has two zippers, it can be opened only in the center, serving as a generous, deep pocket. That’s great for city people like me, who take strollers on subways, buses, grocery shopping, and basically everywhere.
- The canopy has two peeking windows. The top photo shows the mesh, covered window of the extension on the canopy. It closes using hidden magnets. The bottom photo shows the vinyl window on the main canopy.
- Hand-activated breaks give it all to you at your own height! You can do everything from the parent console – decelerate, lock the rear wheels, and lock the swivel on the front wheel – without bending down!
- Another feature critical to getting comfortable for exercise is an adjustable handlebar. The Chicco Tre’s handlebar has four positions that are easy to switch between using the two release buttons on the sides.
- And, of course, every good jogging stroller needs a secure harness. The five point harness on the Tre is comfortable, padded, and easy to adjust to the needs of your child. The pads on the straps actually stay on because of how it’s positioned. Sounds like a petty detail, but on my last stroller they got lost in seconds because they slid right off….
Folding the Chicco Tre:
Okay, it might sound crazy to dedicate an entire section of a review to folding it, but I know that it’s an important feature for most parents.
And I NEED to tell you about the fold on this one. As jogging strollers are notorious for their bulk and difficulty of traveling with them, the fold on this one is worth an in-depth review of its own.
It folds using one hand, just by squeezing the lever and tilting it forward. That will fold it enough for those times you need to do it quickly and fuss free. It’s pretty big, but not bigger than most full-sized strollers, which is already pretty impressive. It’s perfect for stowing the stroller in the garage or the mudroom.
Then, you can actually fold it further, for when you need to stick it into the trunk of your car. With the handlebar, footrest, and front wheel folded in, it takes up as little space as the stroller on my travel system does! Granted, that seems like a lot to do, but it’s really not. They both go in in seconds, and each step can be done with one hand and a baby in the other. It’s a price worth paying for versatility.
If you need to fold it even further (for big trips, when your car is loaded to the max, or for storage) you can quickly release the wheels and store those separately.
Bottom line of the Chicco Tre jogging stroller:
There are many features that I almost feel like I neglected because they aren’t “key features.” The generous basket. The removable seat that allows the stroller to be used as a frame carrier. The wipeable, water repellent fabrics. The fun, sporty color and design.
And then there’s all the nitty gritty – the age range (6 months to 50 lbs), the wheel sizes (12″ front and 16″ back) and more.
So if you want more details, I encourage you to check it out for yourself!
But the bottom line is, this is a solid, versatile and easy to use stroller. Its details show how much thought was put into a mother’s comfort and needs. I have renewed my exercise resolution (well, after this snowstorm passes), and next time we meet I’ll be forty pounds lighter, and much more fit!
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