Graco Stroller – The Fastaction Fold

By Donna February 27, 2016 Jogging Strollers

Graco Fastaction Fold

Graco Fastaction Fold
7

Handling

8.4/10

Weight

6.2/10

Safety

6.5/10

Design

6.8/10

Pros

  • Lockable front wheel swivel
  • One hand fold
  • Big storage compartment
  • Seat reclines to 4 positions
  • Large canopy for element protection

Cons

  • Rather heavy
  • Doesn't maneuver well
  • Only few security features

Let’s have a closer look at one of the most popular jogging strollers on Amazon. The Graco Fastaction Fold Jogging Stroller. Undeniably the price on this stroller provides a strong appeal. But can the features and quality hold up to more expensive strollers?

Design

The Graco stroller provides a straightforward design. No bells and whistles but still retaining a modern and fresh look. Four different colors to choose from giving options for everybody. I went with the Gotham color. I liked it, matching with most of my running outfits. Other options are Bubble Gum, Black, and Tangerine.

At a list price below 200 US $ the promised features seem like an almost unbeatable value. Additionally, it is extendable with its feature Graco Click Connect Stroller System, that can add a Graco car seat and provide a seamless transfer from car to stroller or back. The Graco infant car seat Snugride is part of a Travel system that I have reviewed here.

The stroller is slightly on the heavy side weighing an approximate 30lb. However, I am getting used to the handling with bulkier frames as compared to lightweight strollers, and it doesn’t seem so daunting anymore. The bulky frame provides stability and sturdiness. It feels like the “Tank” of strollers.

Handling

The storage basket is huge and can hold a large volume of various groceries or supplies. Unlike other strollers, the access is freely available and not obstructed by the frame. I did have some issues with the maneuverability of the stroller. The wheels or tires did feel a bit “wonky” to me. Nothing to worry about – just a subjective feeling while steering the stroller.

As always, I am a big fan of the one hand fold mechanisms. The compact fold makes transportation with a car into a breeze. Especially if combined with the Graco car seat you will have a seamless transfer experience. I tested the stroller together with the Graco infant car seat (Snugride) as a combo. I was very pleased. Transfers from Stroller to the car went very smooth without waking up my boy. A huge plus!

For the running test, I did 4 or more miles every day for a week. I live in the suburbs close to a forest. I went off track at times to see for the various abilities such as grip, handling, and suspension. The stroller effortlessly passed this test. As no dedicated shock absorbers are available, the ride was bumpy at times. Nothing too bad though. The air filled rubber tires did provide some suspension.

Safety

This Graco stroller provides the essential security features such as foot brakes and 5 point harness. Other models do improve on a lot of security aspects. You will be good off with this one, but if you are looking for more features check out my other reviews. The carseat, however, received good security ratings in crash tests. I was delighted with the handling and transfer from stroller to the car or into the house.

Reflectors

Wheel reflectors for added visibility in low-light environments

Harness

3 or 5 point harness to safely secure your passenger

Brakes

2 step parking brakes for the rear wheels

Testimonials

What are other parents saying? The Amazon reviews speak a clear language. Over 300 reviews with an average of 4 stars plus – there must be something to it.

★★★ 3 out of 5 stars

I LOVE this stroller. It handles great and the seat clicks in so easily also. I love how it folds up and opens with ease also. The only problem I’ve had is the back tires deflating. I’m having to put air in them every couple of days.

★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

My wife and I wanted a reliable travel system for our 1st child. She wanted something easy to use, I wanted something sturdy. I dislike strollers with plastic wheels, I’ve seen though take a beating and lose. My wife and I found this travel system and it was like a lite bulb came on. It made sense, something easy to use and something sturdy. As a bonus, I can take my son with me when I’m running or walking. The best of both worlds! I love our travel system and so does my son. He gets in and goes right to sleep wherever we go.

★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars

We love this combo. The car seat clipping into the stroller is so handy when my little one was first born. We fell in love with the color, which was perfect Miami Heat colors, lol. Very safe padded seat. The stroller has the big jogging tires which make for such a smooth ride even if you are just walking normally. The tires allow you to hit bumps and it doesn’t jolt your little one about

Bottom line

I can only repeat what I stated already many times. I like this system. Is it top of the line? No, but it does hold up very well with even the most expensive jogging stroller. The job gets done on every tested scenario. I can safely say it does provide the best bang for the buck so far!

One thing to point out is that pneumatic air filled wheels tend to run flat and need additional maintenance than solid tires. They do however provide more suspension. Keep this in mind when thinking about a purchase. You can buy the Graco Fastaction on Amazon here.

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