Meet the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight – the next generation of the popular Zoom 360, one of the stroller market bestsellers. Looking at it, you might not be as impressed with its look as you’d be with some other joggers but it’s really worth considering thanks to its really useful features and the fact that it’s not pricey. Its front wheel has the possibility of being locked straight, which may be useful if your planning to do some jogging with your little one.
Maneuerability of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is one of its strongest points. Thanks to a great rear suspension and air-filled tires you won’t find any terrain hard to handle. One hand will be enough to push this one on the street (but still, you shouldn’t be looking in your smartphone just because your second hand is free… :)) The seat has a lot of space and it should be noted it doesn’t have a fully straight-up position, but it’s possible to set it suitable for a 3 months up baby and the weight limit is 75 lbs. If you have a travel system, this stroller may be used from birth.
Storage capabilities are another thing worth emphasizing. You’ll find a large conatiner, the seat is equipped with two mesh pockets with another large one in the back and a parent organizer is also included. Pretty impressive. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight’s name is a little bit misleading. While it’s true that the previous model was heavier, the updated one still doesn’t really stand for “Ultralight” due to its 26 lbs weights. At the same time I must say it’s not bad, but you could expect something a bit lighter when looking for a jogger. On the other hand, as it’s not heavy (so don’t get me wrong!) the weight may help you with your shape.
The handle bar doesn’t have an option to adjust its height and sits in a position which should be just fine for those who are 5.5″ – 6.1″ tall. If you don’t fall into this category, I’d suggest you test it before buying, as you could find it a bit uncomfortable. All others will be just fine and comfy with the setting.
This Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight jogger comest a bit below 26 pounds, so as I’ve wrote before – makes it a bit average in the jogger category. At the same time it’s not the bottom of the ranking, because BOB Revolution Flex, a highly popular jogger weighs a bit more than 26 pounds. It’s just not really that super-extra-ultralight. I suppose the company has decided to go with such a name because of the new, lighter aluminium frame.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight’s seat is really roomy and it won’t be a problem if your kid is bigger. The seats width is 14″ while the backrest length is 22″. Measuring from the seats bottom to the canopy’s top we’ve got 24″. This makes the seat suitable for a kid weighing even 75 lbs and measuring 42 inches. Folding the canopy will allow you to fit in a bigger kid, up to 47″ tall.
Reclining the seat requires you to use two strips, found on both sides of the seat. To be honest, it’s not the most comfortable mechanism I’ve seen, because if you won’t be careful enough and forget about loosening the strips equally, you may end up with the backrest tilting to one of the sides. Lowering or raising the sit will require you to use both hands.
The Joovy Zoom 360 has an infinite recline, so you can set it at any position and angle that will be comfy for your baby. Still, it can’t be put to a totally flat position and it makes this jogger unsuitable for newborns. This sit should be used for 3+ months.
I have to mention that you won’t be able to use the nearly-flat position of the seat for kids over 42″ because of the mesh top of the seat. Still, the recline will be perfect for babies who are below that value.
The seat top is vented, making it perfect for the summer, because it provides additional circulation of air.
The seat has a 5-point harness which may be adjusted. It’s really easy to use it and does its job perfectly, keeping the baby well secured in place. The only thing I’ve got some doubts about is the lack of padding of the straps covers, because they may be unpleasant and a bit harsh for the childs skin.
The calf rest has been made using the same fabric as the seat. It should be noted that you can’t adjust it in any way. Still, the lower part of the leg and footrest have been made of mesh, making the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight lighter than its predecessor. It also brings another bonus – it’s easy to clean it using a wet cloth when it gets dirty.
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has another feature that it’s easy to miss. The seat has been placed higher than on most joggers. This gives the baby a higher sitting position better view of the world he’s starting to live in. I’ve noticed my kids really enjoy that!
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has a really big canopy, equipped with a viewing window made of plastic with a velcro closure. The canopy is placed a bit higher when compared to other joggers, therefore it’s not as effective in blocking the sun as lower-sitting ones. In my opinion this jogger should have a pop-out sunvisor. Also, the closure would be better if it would be magnetic, as the velcro one is a bit noisy.
Replacing the plastic viewing window with a mesh one would be nice too, as the baby would be protected from the sun, but had some extra air circulation. When I wrote the canopy is big, I really meant it. Bringing the canopy back may put the fabric in the way of your kid if it’s older. In practice – it’s nothing big.
The fact that the handle bar can’t be adjusted may sound like a disadvantage for some. It stands at 41″ above the ground and should be just fine for 5.5″ – 6.1″ parents. If you’re shorter or toller, you should test this jogger before deciding to buy this one as comfort is extremely important when jogging. It should be also added that the handle bar has a nice, soft foam cover, giving it a nice feel.
Another very important aspect of any jogger and I can honestly say the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight shines bright here. Large wheels and pneumatic tires let you ride on almost all kinds of terrain (well, maybe not the Rocky Mountains) fast, nice and smooth.
Wheel sizes are respectively 12″ and 16″ for the front and rear. The fact that the front wheel swivels makes the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight makes it highly maneuverable. The front wheel has a nice feature of locking if you want to jog faster or you’re facing some difficult terrain.
The tires are filled with air, therefore you should remember to inflate them, and it will be easy to do as the pump is included and you can carry it with you in the basket. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight stands out thanks to the fact it’s equipped with an amazing suspension. You won’t find any obstacles or terrain hard to get through. This jogger will make you feel like driving a top-class SUV, it’s really outstanding in terms of comfort.
According to most of its users, the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is so easy to operate that it beats the umbrella strollers. Pushing or steering requires using one hand only, and that really describes how this jogger acts, it just glides.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is equipped with one-step linked parking brakes. Some say, that the bar you have to lift or push to use the brake is a bit difficult in everyday use at the beginning. It is a bit stiff, so you’ll have to get yourself used to it, but it’s not really a big thing. I’m just a bit picky.
Overall, the parking brake does its job perfectly, keeping the jogger locked nice and strong. One thing that some noticed and complain about is that the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is not equipped with a handbrake, that might just come in handy if going downhill.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight gets a strong 8 out of 10 for this aspect, which compensates a bit weaker running rating. Let me repeat – this jogger is one of the easiest ones to push, turn, maneuver out there. Jogging with this one may be just a bit harder, but remember about the front wheel locking feature is you’re running in a straight line.
It is one of the best joggers to push or turn on a flat surface, you only need one hand to have full control its movement. Actually, it may require getting used to it as I’ve noticed that turning the Joovy at speeds may occur in some tippiness. Still, you will just love its maneuverability, especially on narrow sidewalks or in crowded malls, it’s just unbeatable.
When it comes to pushing this jogger on a harder terrain like gravel paths, dirt trails or broken roads, it is a bit more difficult when compared to a flat, smooth surface, but again – it’s still a lot easier when you compare it to some other strollers out there.
So again, uneven terrain will require a bit more effort than gliding this one on a flat surface, and the front wheel may have some problems with going through some rocks even if locked, but thanks to the fact the tires are air-filled and the suspension works great, both you and your baby will love the comfort the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight gives.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight doesn’t have as nice feeling when you touch it as some of the competition does due to a bit sturdy fabric used. I think a bit more padding in the leg rest and the seat. At the same time the straps used in this one are really nice and soft and both you and your baby will appreciate it especially during the summer when its the most likely to have a bare skin contact with it. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight’s frame is a bit more sturdy when compared to its competition which may be both good and bad, depending on what you’re expecting. Personally, I really appreciate it has a really solid feeling, making it trustful and reliable. The fasteners are more exposed, so in the end the overall look is not as smooth as it is in case of Thule strollers.
The look and feel of the Joovy’s wheels is really nice and it’s a good thing to see they have the quick-release option. They are made with aluminium, and that fact differs it from the most of the strollers which usually have dense plastic wheels. The air-filled tires are made of rubber, and seem to be a little more wobbly than some competitors. Still, it needs to be pointed out, that the fact they are inflatable is really great and gives you a great opportunity to adjust the pressure to your personal preferences.
The handlebar of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight sits at 41″ above the ground. It has an average size and a nice foam cover making it comfy to push or hold. It would be a little bit better if was curved, making it more ergonomic. The most most important thing to notice about the handlebar is the fact that it’s not adjustable. It will be appropriate for most 5.5″ – 6.1″ tall parents, but if your shorter or higher than that, you should first test it. Overall, Joovy has some space to improve here, as many other companies like Bor or Thule provide their higher end models with the handlebar adjustment option, so every parent would have the possibility to adjust it according to its stature.
This jogger has a rear shock-absorbing suspension, which is quite soft and can’t be adjusted. The ride comfort is really good beacause of the fact the seat is sling-styled and the shocks do its job nicely. Still, the comfort would be even better if Joovy would go with some extra seat and shoulder straps padding. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has a 2-year warranty.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has a really nice, big basket, so you don’t have to worry about you will lack space to fit anything necessary for a workout or even a longer trip. The basket will easily fit a medium bag of diapers, still leaving some extra space for something to drink or a blanket for your baby.
The basket has a special place for the tire pump, which comes with the jogger, so you can access it easily anytime you need it. The only downside of this overall great basket is the bar placed in the middle, making it a little less accessible than I’d wish it was. It’s not a biggie, but had to be mentioned.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight comes with a great feature, I must admit I really admire – the parent organizer that comes with it. It is really useful and it’s nice to see such a free nice extra in a jogger that already has a really reasonable price. Thumbs up for this one, Joovy.
The parent organizer is attached to the handlebar with velcro and has two beverage holders (may it the baby bottle and your bottle of water for example). Apart from that it has a nice pouch with a zipper to carry your phone, wallet or keys. Nicely placed, easily accessible at an time and well thought, I really love it.
|Stroller Type:||Jogging Stroller|
|Material:||6061 Aircraft Aluminum|
|Open Size:||54 x 25 x 46 in (L x W x H)|
|Folded Size:||34 x 25 x 19 in (L x W x H)|
|Stroller Weight:||26.25 lbs|
|Minimum Child Age:||3 months or Birth+ with Car Seat Adapter|
|Maximum Child Weight:||75 lbs|
|Seat Back Height:||18 in|
|Handlebar Height:||41 in|
Let’s face it – this isn’t the smallest jogger I’ve seen. Still, its size is justified as it is designed to fit a bigger kid (even 75 lbs) or hold a baby car seat, so it just has to be solid. It’s width is 25”, making it comparable to most single joggers available. It won’t be a problem to get it through doorways.
While not being a small one, the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is surprisingly light when it comes to weight as it is only 26.25 lbs and that makes it stand strong for its name. You can easily find many single strollers that weigh a lot more!
What about folding? It’s not too complicated, but not everyone will be perfectly happy with it. First thing to do is lifting the calf rest. You need to push a safety button and pull the handle so the jogger would close in half. It has an automatic lock and if you lock the front wheel it will stand on its own.
It needs to be clearly stated that even if you fold the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, it still requires quite a bit of place as the dimensions are 34″ x 25″ x 19″. It’s possible to lower down the space required to fit it by removing the wheels. The process isn’t complicated and takes seconds as the wheels have a quick-release option. Some say it’s disturbing if you have a smaller car and want to put it in the trunk, but in my opinion it’s not a big thing as it’s really easy and doesn’t take much time and the numerous pros of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight make up for it. Bottom line: there are some cons, but this jogger is a good choice if you’re looking for a good, agile stroller that is able to handle any kind of terrain.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has its ups and downs, as every single stroller does. Still, if you get used to some of its cons, I’m pretty sure you will love it in the end of the day. What makes me so sure? It’s the fact that the only thing that may be considered a true con is the handlebar’s height which may be unsuitable for parents below 5.4″ or above 6.1″. Anything else, like the folding process or using the brake is a thing you’ll quickly get used to. After that, the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight will make both you and your baby happy. Thanks to the air-inflated tires and rear suspension it will just glide through any type of terrain with ease and its maneuverability is just one of a kind, so it will be a pleasure to jog with it using one hand only, while your baby will enjoy the views thanks to the high-placed seat. There are some other joggers worth considering, but with such a reasonable price (and the free parent organizer!), you can’t be wrong with the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight.
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