There are many jogging strollers on the market these days. In previous articles, I discussed the Mountain Buggy and the Summit X3. To round out the 2014 jogging stroller series, I want to share a review of the BOB Revolution. My extremely generous sister in law gave me her B.O.B. Revolution when she moved onto a double stroller. Of all my jogging strollers, I have definitely used the B.O.B. the most. We have taken three beach vacations with it, and “trained” for a 5K with it. It’s by far the most popular jogging stroller I see out around Chicago. For good reason too, it’s a great stroller! Since i’ve become pretty familiar with the B.O.B. I can nitpick it a bit more, but hands down you should consider this a front runner if you are in the market for a jogging stroller!
BREAKS: The stroller comes with a wrist strap just in case the stroller gets away from you when running. There is a foot break, which is not flip flop friendly in the least, but not nessassry for a jogging stoller. The B.O.B Revoltion does not come with a hand break, this is available on the B.O.B Pro however. I am by no means a serious runner and don’t need this feature. I actually think not having a hand break allows for a very convenient handlebar console.
MANEUVERABILITY: There are two wheel settings on B.O.B., swivel mode (for walking) and jogging mode (which is a stationary front tire). To change modes requires you to adjust the tire in the front and increase the length of the stroller from 46 inch in swivel mode to 51.5 inch in jogging mode. The extra length also helps stabalize the stroller when jogging. The wheels on the B.O.B. Revolution are air filled 16 inch air tires in the back and 12.5 inch tire in the front, a very common combination. The stroller handles extremely well off roading on trails, on a beach vacation, or on a run around the block. The handle bar is stationary at 40 inches, other models of the B.O.B. now offer adjustable handle bars though which is a nice feature.
Personal Experience: Our B.O.B. is three years old. The tires started to get loose and fall out when in the trunk and out for walks. I contacted customer support and they sent me a video showing me how to tighten them back in and explained why it was happening. This happened to a friend with a double B.O.B. too. It was extremely easy for me to tighten everything back up. They also sent me a free gear tray because ours ripped (our fault). Customer support could not have been more helpful or nicer!
FOLD: The B.O.B. requires a two step fold. In this day and age where most jogging strollers employ the one step fold, the B.O.B. is asking a lot… But it’s actually really easy! It’s also the lightest of the three jogging strollers I have reviewed, weighing in at 25 lbs. Despite being the lightest, it does take up quite a bit of space in the trunk. I was able to fit it the short way for this picture, but it was digging into the back of my seat. Most of the time I have to turn the stroller the long way, where it seems to take up even more trunk space. With the front wheel in swivel mode (which is how I usually keep it), the stroller is 39 inches long when folded. In jogging mode, it is 43 inches long when folded. Overall, it’s a pretty large stroller, but I still find it to be manageable.
SEAT: By far one of the most padded seats I have seen on a stroller. In its most upright position, the seat is still reclined a bit. I have found that Harrison will sometimes sit up to look around. It also doesn’t recline all the way, only to 70 Degrees. For this reason, B.O.B. recommends the stroller for 8 weeks and up, otherwise use the car seat and adapter (for walking only!). It also comes with a 5 point safety harness which is a MUST on a jogging stroller. The total weigh capacity is 70 lbs (child and gear) and the child cannot exceed 44 inches, anything over this will unbalance the stroller when running.
CANOPY: A highlight of this stroller is the insane canopy with a 125 degree span! There is a pretty large peak-a-boo window with a hoop and loop cover. The canopy is so large though that when folded there is a lot of excess fabric that hangs down onto Harrison. The seat is a bit snug for him length wise as it is and with the fabric he has banged on the canopy in protest. There are hoop and loop straps that gather the fabric to keep it off the kiddo, but I usually just leave the canopy half open which fixes the problem. There is a nice open vent in the back which has a cover too.
GEAR TRAY: The newer model of the B.O.B. revolution comes with two mesh pockets on either side of the seats, a back mesh pocket (my stroller does not have this), and a gear tray at the bottom. This would be my biggest complaint about the B.O.B. Revolution. The gear tray is pretty small and not easy to access when the kiddo is in the stroller. We use the stroller at the farmers’ markets a lot, and it’s really hard to fit anything under there. The tray is so close to the seat it’s just a pain to deal with.
ACCESSORIES: You can purchase an infant car seat adapter for popular Britax, Graco, Peg Perego, and Chicco infant car seat models. Some other jogging stroller models offer bassinet options, B.O.B. does not. We purchased a travel bag for our B.O.B. because it really is a great beach stroller and you can sneak a work out on the beach. The bag is MASSIVE. However, most airlines check it for free (we have never paid for it). We also stuffed it to the brim with diapers, wipes, and sometimes even all of Harrison’s clothes. Totally worth the purchase in my opinion!
The B.O.B. Revolution has everything you would want in a jogging stroller. The cons are the gear tray and the stationary handle bar (you can go with another model B.O.B for that), the high points are that it’s safe (number 1 considerations) and that amazing canopy! If you are looking for an everyday stroller that can double as a jogging stroller, there are some other contenders to consider. If you are looking for a great jogging stroller, you cannot go wrong with the B.O.B. Revolution!