Best Strollers For Rollerblading – Buying Guide + Safety Tips (2020)

Recently more and more parents goes rollerblading with their baby in a stroller. Are you wondering if rollerblading with stroller is safe? How to start and which stroller is the best for this type of activity?

Here is all you need to know to find the best stroller for rollerblading and to keep your little one safe during the ride.

Rollerblading with stroller - Best strollers for rollerblading

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced rider there are few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to use a baby stroller for rollerblading.

It may be a fun activity not only for parents but also for the baby. And it may help you to lose weight after pregnancy. But safety first!

Want to rollerblade with a stroller? Get a jogging stroller!

There is one basic rule that you should remember: the best stroller for rollerblading is a jogging stroller. I know that some parents use standard or even lightweight strollers for it and say that jogger is a waste of money.

But in my opinion it’s not safe to use standard or lightweight stroller for rollerblading and I don’t recommend it. These types of strollers don’t have necessary features to keep you and your baby safe during the ride

What features am I talking about? I’ll explain in a second.

Stroller for rollerblading
In my opinion lightweight strollers (like the one in the photo) are not suitable for rollerblading – they are too fragile, have too small wheel and the suspension is not sufficient to protect baby from shocks. Do you want to rollerblade with your baby in a stroller? Get a proper jogging stroller for that!

When you’re rollerblading you move faster than when you’re strolling. That’s why stroller’s construction and safety features are even more important in this case.

There are few functions that a good stroller for rollerblading must or should have. And only jogging strollers have these features, but not every model.

Below I present you 4 strollers that I recommend for rollerblading. I picked these strollers because they have the necessary features and some of the extra, handy functions. You can find more good quality joggers for 2020 here.

Stroller for rollerblading – Must-have features

1. Handbrake

When you’re strolling or jogging having a handbrake is useful, but not necessary. For more serious running, especially on hilly terrain this type of brake is even more useful.

But when you’re rollerblading with a stroller, handbrake is a must-have. You’ll be moving at higher pace and it may be really difficult to stop the stroller only by using the hill brake on your rollerblades. And of course you won’t be able to press the parking brake with your foot while wearing rollerblades.

Handbrakes on Thule Urban Glide vs BOB Revolution PRO vs Baby Jogger Summit X3
From left: Handbrake on Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Revolution PRO and Baby Jogger Summit X3 2016

Handbrake is a necessary feature because you will have the full control over the speed and you’ll be able to stop the stroller quickly when needed. It’s good to have the control within reach.

Not all jogging strollers are equipped with handbrake, that’s why not every jogger is suitable for rollerblading. You can find a handbrake on high-quality jogging strollers like Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Revolution PRO and Baby Jogger Summit X3.

When it comes to Thule Urban Glide 2 parents like the new twist handbrake and parking brake operated by foot. Both are easy to use. Parking brake is very secure, while the handbrake is useful for quick stops.

Customers at Amazon praise BOB Revolution PRO brakes as well and say they are easy to use. Handbrake is nice addition, especially if you like going down the hill.

According to other parents Baby Jogger Summit X3 handbrake may be hard to squeeze at the beginning, but thanks to this addition the stroller feels more safe. Parking brake is easy to press and release in sport shoes.

One more thing. There is even more advanced type of a handbrake, that not only allow you to slow down but also serves as a parking brake. Not many jogging strollers offer this type of a handbrake. There is one model with dual deceleration & parking handbrake that I can recommend you – Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller.

Chicco TRE - Handbrake
Chicco TRE has a dual handbrake – it serves for slowing down and parking

According to customers at Amazon this handbrake is very nice, useful feature. Some parents mention that it needs some adjustments at the beginning and using it takes some practice, but it works good.

So, whether you’re going to use a jogging stroller for rollerblading only or sometimes for running as well, handbrake is a must.

2. Suspension system

Rollerblading means higher speed and that means your baby will be exposed to more bumps and shocks. You don’t want your little one to get bumped around right? That’s why suspension is another necessary feature.

It will soak up shocks and smooth the ride for the baby. And for you as well.

This is the reason I don’t recommend using standard or lightweight strollers for rollerblading. In these types of strollers baby would feel every bumps and crack. It wouldn’t be good for his spine, neck and head.

To prevent your baby from getting hurt use only jogging strollers for rollerblading.

All 4 jogging strollers: Chicco TRE, Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Revolution PRO and Baby Jogger Summit X3 that I recommend here, have amazing suspension system. It allows you to go over more rough terrain and makes the ride more comfortable for the baby.

Suspension system comparison - Baby Jogger Summit X3 vs Thule Urban Glide 2 vs Chicco TRE vs BOB Revolution PRO
Comparison of suspension systems. Top row from left: Baby Jogger Summit X3 2016 vs Thule Urban Glide 2 2018. Bottom row from left: Chicco TRE vs BOB Revolution PRO

Moreover, Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller and BOB Revolution PRO have adjustable suspension system! You can adjust it to the type of terrain you’re going over or child’s weight. Awesome feature.

According to customers at Amazon all these 4 strollers can handle rougher terrain like gravel, grass and unbeaten roads. So they will also handle rollerblading on cracked sidewalks or asphalt without too much shaking and bouncing.

3. Three big pumped wheels with front swivel/lockable one

Jogging strollers typically have 3-wheel construction with air-filled tires and the front wheel usually swivels but can be also locked for running at higher speed or rougher terrain.

Having that feature is even more important if you’re going to rollerblade with the stroller.

Front wheel - BOB Revolution PRO vs Thule Urban Glide 2
BOB Revolution PRO and Thule Urban Glide 2 have a front wheel lock on the wheel

All four running strollers, that I recommend here, have that function.

But that’s not all. Two of these strollers are especially worth considering: Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller and Baby Jogger Summit X3. These models have remote wheel lock on the handlebar!

Chicco TRE - Front wheel lock
Chicco TRE has the front wheel lock on the handlebar so you don’t have to get your hands dirty!

This means that you don’t have to bend and lock the front wheels with your hands (and get dirty). You have the lock on the push bar, within reach.

It’s really handy and makes rollerblading with a stroller much easier.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 - Front wheel lock
Baby Jogger Summit X3 also has remote front wheel lock. It’s located right below the push bar

4. Sturdiness

This is another reason why I don’t recommend rollerblading with a lightweight stroller. It’s just too light, delicate and prone to fall over when you’re riding at higher speed or going over an obstacle.

If you want to rollerblade with a baby stroller, it has to be strong, stable and sturdy. All four models: BOB Revolution PRO, Thule Urban Glide 2, Chicco TRE and Baby Jogger Summit X3 guarantee you that!

Each of these stroller weigh from 25 to 30.5 lbs – they are not light so lifting them to car trunk may be difficult, but thanks to strong construction they are less prone to tip over. Still they are very easy to steer and maneuver.

5. 5-point harness

It’s quite obvious that when you’re rollerblading with stroller your baby should be buckled in the seat with 5-point harness.

All jogging strollers that I’ve picked for my ranking are equipped with 5-point restrain (it’s a standard now actually).

5-point harness comparison on jogging strollers for rollerblading
Each of the jogging strollers, I recommend here, has 5-point harness

I checked at Amazon whether parents find the harnesses user-friendly.

5-point harness on Chicco TRE may be a bit stiff at the beginning but after a while it gets smoother.

When it comes to Thule Urban Glide 2 customers agree the straps are easy to adjust and the harness keeps baby well-secured in place. One parent mention the straps may be too rough for baby’s bare skin.

BOB Revolution PRO wins in this category. Customers really like its harness. They praise its quality and nice padding for baby’s comfort. Besides, this is a no-rethread harness so adjusting it is very simple.

I didn’t find any negative opinions about Baby Jogger Summit X3 harness either.

6. Wrist strap

All my favorite jogging strollers for rollerblading are equipped with a safety strap that you should put around your wrist. The leash will prevent the stroller from running away from you.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 - Stroller for rollerblading
Baby Jogger Summit X3 has a long leash

But be careful when using the wrist strap, because when you slip or something you will pull the stroller with you and it may fall backwards.

BOB Revolution PRO - wrist strap
BOB Revolution PRO has a short wrist strap

7. Adjustable handlebar

Height-adjustable handlebar is another feature that is useful when strolling or jogging, but necessary when rollerblading with baby stroller.

Mostly because you’ll be significantly taller when wearing rollerblades so you’ll need a higher handlebar to avoid wrist fatigue and keep the proper posture without slouching.

Adjustable handlebar on Thule Urban Glide 2
Adjustable handlebar on Thule Urban Glide 2 offers 5 height settings. In the picture you can see the highest and the lowest position

Rollerblading with stroller is funny and pleasant but not if you have to slouch over the push bar or when your hands hurt. Adjustable handlebar allow you to avoid these issues.

Chicco TRE, Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution PRO give you adjustable, rotating handlebars. The latter one has even 9 height settings even for very short and tall parents.

9-position handlebar on BOB Revolution PRO vs 3-position handlebar on Chicco TRE
9-position handlebar on BOB Revolution PRO vs 3-position handlebar on Chicco TRE

Unfortunately Baby Jogger Summit X3 has non-adjustable handlebar which I think is a big disadvantage in this case. Lots of parents say this stroller is less comfortable to push for tall parents so I guess it can be used for rollerblading rather by a short person.

Nevertheless, I’ve included Summit X3 jogging stroller in this ranking because it has other must-have features that I’ve mentioned above.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 - non-adjustable handlebar for short and average parents
The handlebar on Baby Jogger Summit X3 doesn’t adjust to different heights. It’s most convenient for short and average parents

8. Large canopy with peek-a-boo window

During the ride your baby may be exposed to sun rays. To prevent your little one from sweating and getting sunburns, you should choose a stroller with large, extendable canopy.

All fours joggers that I recommend here have really generous sun shades that lots of parents praise. Each of these canopies will keep the sun out of baby’s eyes.

Comparison of canopies on Baby Jogger Summit X3 2016 and Thule Urban Glide 2 2018
Both Baby Jogger Summit X3 2016 and Thule Urban Glide 2 2018 have big, extendable canopies to protect the baby from harmful sun rays

Moreover each of these strollers is equipped with a peek-a-boo window (Summit X3 has even two windows!) which in my opinion are necessary if you want to rollerblade with a stroller.

When you’re on a stroll you can simply stop and check on your baby from the front or both sides, but when you’re exercising on rollerblades you don’t want to stop every few minute to check on your little one. Riding next to the stroller wouldn’t be safe either…

Chicco TRE - Canopy
Chicco TRE has generous canopy as well. It almost touches the bumper bar when fully extended! There is peek-a-boo window so you can keep an eye on your little adventurer and a mesh vent

That’s why the viewing window is so important here – it gives you the ability to keep an eye on your little rider the whole time.

I like Thule Urban Glide 2 and Chicco TRE for magnetic closure for peek-a-boo windows. I definitely prefer it over noisy Velcro on BOB Revolution PRO and Baby Jogger Summit X3.

BOB Revolution PRO - canopy
Canopy on BOB Revolution PRO gives good amount of shade for the baby. Unfortunately the peek-a-boo window has Velcro closure which may be a bit noisy

Useful accessories

1. Parent console or organizer

This is not a must, but when you start rollerblading with a stroller you’ll quickly realize that having your essentials like phone or bottle of water within reach is really important.

All jogging strollers have basket under the seat for all your gear, but if you had to stop every time you’re thirsty or want to check your phone, bend down and reach for to the basket, it would be really inconvenient.

Having a parent console or organizer on the handlebar is very useful. It allow you to keep all your necessities and valuables always at hand.

Only the Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller comes with a parents console included which is a big advantage. It has two beverages holders and a pouch for small items like phone and keys.

Chicco TRE - parent organizer for handlebar
Chicco TRE is the only jogging stroller for rollerblading in this ranking that includes parent organizer

Other strollers are equipped with a pocket on the seat back. But I don’t think reaching for a water to it is convenient or safe. So with these strollers you will have to spend extra money on additional organizer or console.

All three models (Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Revolution PRO and Baby Jogger Summit X3) offer this accessory, but it may cost you few dollars extra. Keep that in mind because you will need a bigger budget if you decide on one of these strollers.

2. Bumper bar

I find a bumper bar quite useful, especially when you’re running or rollerblading with a stroller.

It is an additional safety feature. It prevents your baby from falling out and it’s something that the child can hold on to, when you’re exploring outdoors.

Only one stroller, from my 4 recommended models, comes with bumper bar. Chicco TRE has a belly bar included in the price. Big plus. Generally speaking this model is most affordable among these 4 strollers and best equipped, in terms of accessories.

If you want a stroller for rollerblading, but you have to stick to your budget, this one is a good choice.

Chicco TRE bumper bar
Chicco TRE comes with a bumper bar. thanks to included accessories you can save some money

For Thule Urban Glide 2 you can purchase a bumper bar separately (check it here). Baby Jogger Summit X3 has option of installing a bumper bar as well.

However, there’s no bumper bar for BOB Revolution PRO. For this jogging stroller you can only purchase a snack tray and you child can hold on to it as well.

I really hope that my buying guide, safety tips and recommendation will help you to find the best stroller, that will allow you to enjoy rollerblading while keeping your baby comfy and safe.


About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

If you have a question or a comment, do not hesitate to write to me! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Best Strollers For Rollerblading – Buying Guide + Safety Tips (2020)

  1. I would add a UK made Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4. I just got it yesterday and it performed great while inline skating. It might be best value of them all for people in UK. Comes with bumper bar, hand brake, peek window, storage pockets, fixed front wheel, suspension, rain cover etc.

    1. Hi Ashleigh,
      Choose a jogging stroller with 3-wheel design and with a handbrake – it’s a must have feature (because you won’t be able to use the footbrake). Among double jogging strollers I can recommend Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (with twist handbrake), Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double or Bob Revolution PRO Duallie.
      Thule stroller is the lightest one among these 3 models, but it’s also very pricey and the seats are not very big so it will serve you up to 2.5-3 years. BOB has the roomiest seats and it’s probably the most affordable one among these 3 strollers. Summit X3 has remote front wheel lock on the handlebar which is very useful, because you don’t have to bend down to lock the front wheel when needed. But it’s also the heaviest model here.

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