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TFK Joggster Twist Parent Review

Review Overview

TFK Joggster Twist Parent Review
Reviewed On: 06 Oct 2011
Fiona Barclay
A parent

Our long term reviewers submit reports while using their pushchair and we feature them as a supplementary source of reference to aid your understanding of how it fares 'in the line of fire'.

Review Summary

Summary

I have to admit, the Joggster's grown on me, and although it's not the most glamorous of pushchairs it's easy to push and Isaac seems really comfy in it which is the main thing for me. I can't wait to see how it copes with some serious mud over the coming months, and how I get along with it during my third trimester...

What’s good
  • Easy to change from urban to jogger
  • Amazing storage
What’s not so good
  • Fabrics lack finesse
  • Busy design

Review Content

TFK Joggster Twist Parent Review
First Impressions

Long term reviewer: Fiona Barclay from Dolphinton, South Lanarkshire

Setting the Joggster up:

The Joggster was really already built as it came to me slightly pre-loved so all I had to do was take the chassis and three wheels out of the box, pop them on (easily hooking the disc brake cables onto the rear axle) and away I went. Folding/unfolding was easy once I worked out how, though does involve a few steps and a bit of a knack. It has a handy padded shoulder carry strap and locks shut once folded.

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Given the relatively small size of it folded down its big when it's up! I think the overall size is exaggerated by the hood, which is comically large, although it does do a great job (and contains a handy fly/sun net).  I was pleased to see the upright seat is tall, deep and wide; the Joggster is designed for an active outdoor lifestyle and as such there is plenty of space for the older child. I took to the adjustable handle straight away, its set well back from the pushchair itself so there is no risk of tall people catching their feet on the back axel – even when sprinting or rollerblading along! The handbrake is located neatly in the centre of the handle and has a red catch which locks the wheels.

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Initially the pushchair seems to be exceptionally sturdy and well built and gives the impression it would easily see you through several childhoods worth of use. It's not very ‘pretty' with its giant boxy hood and I find it quite boring to look at, although I do have an inkling that the Joggster may be a little bit of an ugly duckling...

Month 1

Bonjour de l'Joggster en France !

I've had the TFK Joggster Twist for just over a month now and the majority of the time has been taken up with a holiday to France, the perfect initial testing ground!

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There are many things I have come to like about the Joggster, here are a few of my favourites. At just 59cm it's quite narrow for a sporty single, and it's very manoeuvrable. The hood is large and gives great shade, has a huge peephole window and lots of pockets for all your knick-knacks (and I do have ALOT of Knick Knacks!). I used the integrated flynet/sunshade ALL the time as it was great for helping my son Isaac nap when we were out and about and kept pesky mosquitoes at bay. One surprising feature we made good use of was the roll up fabric at the back of the seat; this let a breeze blow through to keep Isaac cool. When reclined Isaac could stretch out like he was in his cot, and if a taller child were to need a nap the whole leg and footrest can be raised to give 1 metre of flat length! The best part was that the Joggster turned out to be a total beach babe; with the front wheel locked we were able to push it over soft sand, even when heavily loaded.  

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There were a few things that I got annoyed with though. The strap that holds the buggy shut when folded kept coming undone in the car, so whenever I got it out it would fall open and either get stuck on the car tow bar or crack into my shin.  The disc brake was noisy, going "BHHOOOBHOOO" all the time, people kept turning around and staring! To unfold the Joggster you have to ‘spread it out' by pushing the basket down, but when you do the whole thing can roll away from you if you're on a hill (I usually ended up hopping along on one leg down the street after it - very amusing for everyone else, not so much for me!).

I have to admit, the Joggster's grown on me, and although it's not the most glamorous of pushchairs it's easy to push and Isaac seems really comfy in it which is the main thing for me. I can't wait to see how it copes with some serious mud over the coming months, and how I get along with it during my third trimester...

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