Strollers are designed with a one-size-fits-all-parents approach. Hence it’s hard to find strollers for tall parents. Pushing too short a stroller forces slouching and can cause tall people back pain, the last thing needed in early parenthood. Luckily, there are some strollers out there that happen to be taller, sometimes via adjustability. The best of these are listed below under the categories of standard, jogging, umbrella, and double strollers. There’s also a section on stroller handle extensions for tall people. So if you’re looking for tall strollers for tall parents, you’ve come to the right page.
Stroller handle height is obviously the most important determinant for tall people when selecting a stroller. But in addition to this, it’s also important to make sure a stroller has ample foot clearance such that our longer legs aren’t hitting the stroller as we pick up the pace. All handle heights on this page are maximums as listed by the manufacturer unless otherwise stated.
Standard Strollers for Tall Parents
A standard stroller is the most common type. It’s intended for common daily activities, like a walk to the park or trip to the mall. This is the kind of stroller my girlfriend and I decided on. After considerable research, we ended up with a Britax B-Ready, which has the handy feature of accepting infant seats. The handle adjusts from 33″ to 44″. This range of adjustability works for both of us (she’s 5′8″ and I’m 6′7″). To the best of my knowledged, 44″ is the highest handle height for this type of stroller.
However, I recently found out about Peg Perego Book and Booklet strollers. Although their handles are a bit lower, there are extensions that can be purchased. You’ll have to double check this, but it looks to me like multiple extensions could be linked together for really tall parents. I’ll cover other extensions a bit later.
Tall Umbrella Strollers for Tall Parents
For those occasions when a standard stroller is too bulky, there are umbrella strollers. These can fold up really small so they can fit in tight spaces, like a packed car trunk. However, in their quest for compactness, the designers of these strollers have robbed tall parents of previous handle height. The tallest umbrella strollers for tall parents are the Joovy, UPPAbaby, or Baby Cargo, all of which have 42″ handles.
Tall Jogging Strollers for Tall Parents
Jogging strollers tend to have higher handles as this helps when jogging. So even though you may not be a jogger, you might still benefit from a jogging stroller. They also tend to have ample leg clearance given a jogger’s longer strides. I took notice of this greater clearance myself when I tested out a Bob Revolution Pro with it’s 45″ handle. A couple other tall jogging strollers for tall people are the 45″ BumbleRide and lofty 48.5″ Mountain Buggy Swift Terrain.
Tall Double Strollers for Tall Parents
There are double versions of all three of the stroller categories covered so far. If you’re willing to go for the jogging type, then you’re in for a treat. BOB makes two different strollers that come with a whopping 50.5″ handle height. These are the Revolution Flex Duallie and Strides Duallie Fitness Strollers. If a jogging stroller isn’t your thing, then you might go for the B-ready I mentioned above, which can be converted into a double stroller.
Stroller Handle Extensions
Unless you’re a lot taller than me (6′7″), chances are you can find a tall stroller that suits your needs and has a high enough handle. But if you already have a stroller that is too short, then you might want to extend the handle.
As far as stroller handle extensions you can purchase, there are only two I know of. The first is found on a website called Handle Extender. Please note that it might not work for all strollers. The second is the Peg Pergo adapter I mentioned above. There are of course a variety of handle extensions for joggers, but these are intended to extend more back than up.
Another option is to build your own stroller handle extension. If you search the web, you’ll find all kinds of ideas for DIY stroller handle extensions. Bike parts like handle bar ends can be used in a cinch. Umbrella strollers are particularly easy to extend. For instance, a couple of canes and some hose clamps can do the job. The guy in the video below did an even cheaper version with some conduit pipe. Check it out, I guarantee you’ll get a chuckle if nothing else!
Do you have any suggestions for tall strollers for tall parents not covered here? Perhaps you have a clever stroller handle extension technique? Please tell in the comments below.