Pet strollers are available with one of two types of wheels: air-filled or EVA foam. E.V.A. stands for ethylene vinyl acetate and is simply a sturdy, molded plastic. Let’s take a closer look at the two types of dog stroller wheels.
Advantages of EVA tires include:
Lighter weight than air-filled tires, which is beneficial when folding and carrying the stroller and when stopping a moving stroller
They don’t flatten
You don’t need to inflate them or replace them
Reasons to choose air-filled tires:
Traction on uneven road is better with air-filled tires compared to EVA
The stroller is easier to maneuver off-road with air-filled tires
Air-filled tires provide a smoother ride than EVA
In some strollers, having heavier tires makes the stroller sturdier
Some people prefer the smoother ride for their pet and better traction when off-road, with the air-filled tires, while others like the idea of not needing to maintain the tires and managing a lighter weight stroller. There isn’t much maintenance with the air-filled wheels, however, and some strollers include a portable pump.
Examples of air-filled tires on pet strollers are the Pet Gear Jogger, PetZip Happy Trailer, the Solvit Houndabout, and DoggyRide trailers.
Examples of EVA foam tires on pet strollers are Pet Gear AT3, PetZip 1st Class Jogger, PetZip Monogram and the KittyWalk Original SUV.
Pet Gear has put out a quality version of a double pet stroller and it is now available! What makes it different? The most prominent features include:
Stroller holds up to 90 pounds of pet
The cabin is 7 inches wider than the NV, Jogger and AT3
It has a double front wheel for stability and easy steering
It comes with a plush comfort pad, a weather cover and a tire pump
Even though this is a larger stroller, it is not difficult to fold. The button is on the handle bar and will collapse the stroller using one hand. The Double stroller will fit in the back of most cars, and it will fit through most doorways (it is about 34 inches wide when open). The front wheel swivels, but can be locked in place if you decide you want to jog with your pets. One pet will ride like a king and multiple pets will ride in comfort. There are two leash connectors inside the cabin. This pet strollers has the popular No-Zip feature that eliminates zippers from the enclosure. Quickly unlatch the mesh “door” when putting your pets inside the cabin, or taking them out. The Double comes in two colors: Boysenberry and Pine Green.
The popularity of the Pet Gear No-Zip pet strollers is overwhelming. The NV, Special Edition and Happy Trails strollers all have the No-Zip feature. The hidden bar around the edge of the pet compartment creates a comfortable paw rest for the pet who likes to look out of the stroller. Instead of a zipper enclosing the pet compartment, there is a latch that closes it. Many people feel that the latch is quicker and easier to get a pet in and out of the stroller, compared to a zipper.
Pet Gear has just released the Jogger and the AT3 with the No-Zip feature. Interestingly, the cabin size is the same size (30″L x 13″W x 22″H) for the Jogger, AT3 and the NV. The differences are the following:
The NV weight limit is 75 pounds. It comes with an air pump and a weather cover. Stroller height to handle is 42 inches.
The Jogger weight limit is 70 pounds. It comes with an air pump. Stroller height to handle is 41.5 inches.
The AT3 weight limit is 60 pounds and has “never-flat” EVA tires. Stroller height to handle is 41.5 inches.
Knowing the personality of your pet will make it easier to choose the right stroller. Frequently people say, “My dog likes to stand up and put his front paws on the edge of the cabin” or “My cat lays down in the stroller so she needs to be able to see out at a lower point.” Some strollers have a compartment that is firm and looks more like a basket while others have fabric and mesh that encompasses the front part of the stroller.
For example, the Pet Gear AT3 and Special Edition strollers have the ability to close up the cabin with a zipper. Your pet has a great view all around him because of the mesh windows.
The PetZip Sports XL and Deluxe 3 in 1 strollers have more of a container-type of cabin so your pet can perch if he likes to do that.
Kyjen’s Outward Hound stroller has a cabin with one foot tall, firm sides.
PetEgo’s Quadro stroller that fits the Pod ILove has a firm basket-style cabin, whereas the Sport Trike, which can utilize the Sport Wagon Bag, has a fabric covering the cabin.
KittyWalk’s strollers are designed more for containment than for your pet being able to poke his head out of the top or side. However, KittyWalk strollers have a 360 degree view and soft fabric sides so your pet won’t miss a thing.
One type of cabin is not superior to any other because it comes down to preference. Some people like the comfort of knowing that their pet is secure inside a zippered fabric and mesh cabin. Others just decide to tether their pet inside the cabin and let them stick their head out of the stroller.
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You can choose a pet stroller that will carry multiple pets based on the weight that the stroller can hold or the size of the compartment. If you are taking your pets short distances then cabin size may not be of concern, but you might want your pets to be more comfortable during a long journey.
Larger strollers that carry pets 100-150lbs include the Pet Gear Roadster and Expedition, Solvit Houndabout large stroller, and the DoggyRide Novel and Original. They have plenty of room for multiple pets to ride any distance or length of time.
The medium-sized strollers that carry between 50 and 75 lbs include the PetZip Happy Trailer, the Kittywalk Double Decker, 5th Avenue, Original, Royale and Emerald SUV, the Pet Gear AT3 and Jogger and the Solvit Hound About medium stroller.
Smaller strollers that carry 45 pounds or less include the Petzip Walkie, Urban Vogue, 3 in 1 and sport strollers, Pet Gear Special Edition, Sportster and Happy Trails. The small strollers can easily accommodate two pets, but don’t go by weight limit alone.
Another factor to consider is whether the stroller has a safety tether, or more than one tether to clip onto your pet’s leash or collar. The tether is a feature that is important to some people because it will keep your pet centered in case of sudden stops, starts, or turns. A safety tether also allows you to keep the windows open without worrying about the escape of your pet. Some strollers have more than one safety tether, like the PetZip Happy Trailer, which has 3 tether clips, and the PetZip Monogram, which has 2 tether clips.
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