Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller, Black Review
September 14, 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
Rolls smoothly & maneuvers well
Tire pump & parent organizer included
Stiff rear brake
No front wheel tracking adjustment
The Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight is a no-frills, mid-range option for moderate jogs on pavement. As the second-least-expensive stroller in the test, it’s a good value, and aside from a few minor corner-cutting design choices, it’s a solid overall choice for everyday use.
Design The Zoom360 Ultralight has an upright design with a narrow, long wheelbase and a high seat. As the name suggests, it’s one of the lightest strollers in the test; the design is stripped down without being minimalist. The swiveling front wheel locks straight for jogging, but doesn’t have any tracking adjustment, so you have to nudge it or lift it off the ground to change direction.
Performance The Zoom360 Ultralight rolls smoothly on pavement and over mild bumps. Its rear suspension is integrated into the frame, and isn’t nearly as cushy as some of the other more off-road strollers. A kick bar engages the rear brakes. When it’s new the mechanism is stiff, so you really have to stomp on the bar to set the brakes.
Comfort Parents will appreciate the included neoprene organizer tray on the handlebar that detaches to wash off the inevitable juice and yogurt spills. On the down side, the Zoom360 Ultralight the only stroller in the test without a height-adjustable handlebar. For passengers, the seat is wide and more reclined than upright at its highest setting. The sun canopy is big enough to cover all but the longest legs.
Quality Despite its light aluminum construction, the Zoom360 Ultralight still feels well built. It also comes with a small tire pump.
Convenience To fold the Zoom360 Ultralight, you have to lift a Velcro flap behind the passenger’s legs, push a switch and pull on a wire. The mechanism is smooth but it’s definitely a two-handed operation in both directions. The stroller locks closed automatically, and if the front wheel is locked, it stands when folded. Underseat storage is moderate, but there’s a bar that goes right across in the middle, making it difficult to stow larger objects. A separate car seat adapter ($40) lets you click in models from major brands.