Instep Grand Safari Jogging Stroller ReviewAugust 26, 2013
- Car seat compatible
- Removable cup holders for kid and parent
- Remote wheel lock switch
- Plastic construction feels cheap
- Poor front wheel design makes inflating difficult
For the price, the Grand Safari is an adequate stroller, more suited to around-town use than long jogging excursions. It is heavy, with a loose, wobbly feel.
A folding jogging stroller with a swiveling front wheel that locks.
For a jogging stroller, the Grand Safari is large, the heaviest stroller tested, and long, to the point that the front wheel has a tendency to lift when locked in place. On the plus side, the sunshade is the most adjustable I’ve seen, shifting from all the way forward to all the way back. No worries about sunburn here. The Grand Safari is compatible with many infant car seats, including Safety 1st, Costco, and Eddie Bauer.
The stroller’s overall loose, bouncy construction can be a plus and a minus; it’s not one I’d want to jog with long distances. On the other hand, a little give in the front wheel, even when it’s locked, makes it easier to steer with just one hand than stiffer strollers. The hard grip is ergonomically tilted, but I found it can get slick if you sweat a lot.
The Grand Safari is a plush ride. The included faux lambskin seat pad adds a soft layer for smaller riders, and the removable plastic child tray has two cup holders, although it is set pretty high, almost face-level for an infant. The suspension was probably the springiest of the models tested, making for a cushy (if a little bouncy) ride.
A handlebar switch lets you lock the front wheel in place while you’re moving, without having to stop, bend over and flip a switch like other models. Removable cup holders for both passenger and pilot are handy, and so are the two molded handles on either side of the seat, for lifting the stroller when it’s folded or unfolded. The handlebar is also height-adjustable.
The whole thing has a loose, wobbly feel, which along with the preponderance of plastic gives the stroller a cheaper feel. The built-in “MP3 speaker” is a joke, and the plastic wheel spokes make them tough to inflate; it’s almost impossible to access the valve in the front wheel with a standard pump.
The Grand Safari was the cheapest of the strollers tested, but its price is in line with the overall quality. So value-wise, it’s right in the middle.