Video Review: The Burley Solstice Jogging Stroller
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Burley has been doing the outdoor thing since 1978, so they have a bit of practice making gear built to withstand Planet Earth. Until now, though, they’ve specialized primarily in bike trailers, not strollers. The Solstice is the company’s first foray into the “jogging stroller” market and — with features like a proprietary no-tangle harness, giant cargo bin, and one-handed foldability — it’s clear they’re off to a strong start.
- The Solstice has coil-spring suspension on all the wheels, making dirt roads feel like (poorly) paved streets. While a lot of reviews cite the S.I.T. technology that keeps the straps out of the way — a pain in the ass if you’ve ever had to dig around to find a buckle under your kid — it also gets points for how easy it is to fold and store. Core 77, who gave the Solstice a Design Award in 2015 said, “with the exception of the telescoping handlebar, virtually all of the Solstice features can be operated with one hand.”
- And speaking of design, the Solstice falls nicely between outdoorsy and urban — a solid hybrid if you’re on a budget or don’t want to buy two strollers. “It’s rugged with a metal frame, large inflatable tires, and lots of clearance for trail-running over rocks and fallen trees,” says Cool Mom Picks. “At the same time though, the simple and sleek design would be equally at home on city sidewalks or in a shopping mall.” Adds Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine: “Think: ‘I live in the city, but I drive a Wrangler.'”
- The underneath cargo basket is so big you could fit another kid down there. Everyone raves about it. Says Cool Mom Picks, “[It has] the largest cargo storage space I have ever seen on a stroller in my life. Seriously, you could put groceries, yoga gear, and a small human in there.” Adds another blogger: “I have NEVER seen this much room in a stroller, ever. It’s like the Mary Poppins basket – more fits in it than I think will every time.”
- Again, a lot of reviewers wish that their giant-wheeled jogging strollers could be lightweight and smaller. At least one reviewer on REI.com had issues with the ease-of-use of the brakes, saying “I seem to always be looking for the brake pedal. It is small and tucked up under to the right.”
- More than one reviewer takes aim at the handlebar locking mechanism, which reportedly begins to fail after only a couple of jogs. The result: the handlebars keep sliding down while you’re running. According to another REI reviewer: “The locking mechanism is two plastic levers that hold the bar in place with lateral pressure. They appear to wear quickly and become ineffective at holding the handlebar in place.”
- The infant car seat adaptor doesn’t always snap in securely and may not be safe. Says one Amazon customer: “The car seat rests on top on the adaptor and the only thing that holds it in place is a strap. Very poor design. If your plan is to use it from infancy, this is not the stroller for you.”
Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
Wheel Dimensions: Rear 16″ x 1.75″, Front 12.5″ x 1.75″
Suspension: Coil springs
Brake: Foot-activated parking brake
Adjustable Handlebar: Yes (37.5″ – 40.5″)