The BOB Revolution Stroller ($389) is a terrific jogging stroller that also works for everyday life. It’s 23 lbs, with an easy, compact two-step fold, holds up to 70 lbs and will take an infant car seat (with the infant car seat adapter). It will handle any type of terrain easily, like city, suburbs, country, trails, grass, etc.
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Putting It Together
Attach the front and rear wheels to the stroller. No tools are needed and it takes less than 5 minutes. Make sure the front wheel is securely clamped (there should be enough tension when you are closing the clamp for it to almost leave an imprint on your hand — turn the dial slightly to increase the tension if you need to).
The Revolution has a great suspension system — adjustable for either older or younger children. The seat is big enough to hold both younger and older children — and the stroller holds 70 lbs (that’s child plus all the stuff you’re toting). The company recommends using the wrist safety strap, especially if jogging (it should be looped loosely around your wrist).
The Revolution can be used in two modes: Walk Mode (swiveling wheel) and Jog Mode (fixed wheel). To use the stroller in Walk Mode: make sure the Lockout Knob is in the unlocked position. To use the stroller in Jogging Mode: make sure the Lockout Knob is in the locked position. To switch from Walk Mode to Jogging Mode, lift and slide the lockout knob, above the front wheel, up and all the way to the right. Then release the knob and it will snap down. Then rotate the fork until the pin engages and locks the fork into position. To change the stroller back to walk mode, lift the lockout knob and rotate it to the left.
The seat has a 5-point harness, plus a chest strap. It has a slight recline, even in its most upright position. While my 3-year-old liked this, my 16-month-old daughter took a while to get used to the recline. Jogging should be done ONLY with the seat in its most upright position. If you need more head clearance for your child, you can fold the top panel, connecting the Velcro pieces, then pull the strap and fasten the Velcro. To recline the seat, unfasten the two side release buckles. If you are carrying a child under 40 lbs, the shock absorbers should be in position 1. If you are carrying a child between 40 to 70 lbs, the shock absorbers should be in position 2. To use the an infant car seat with it, install the infant car seat adapter accessory.
There are two interior seat pockets, one large pocket on the back of the seat and a large, flat-bottomed “low boy” storage basket.
The sun canopy is very generous. There are two positions, semi-extended and fully extended. If the shade is fully down, you can adjust it quickly by pulling the yellow drawstring — great for when you are on the move and your child doesn’t want the canopy all the way down.
This is a two part, very easy fold. First, push the handlebar release levers up and fold the seat forward. Then grab the red foam handle underneath the seat and pull it up sharply. This will allow the lower frame to fold. If you want to secure the stroller closed, use the wrist safety strap — loop the end of it around the handlebar and back to the cross tube, then fix the velcro surfaces together. To make the stroller even more compact, you can take the wheels off. While it’s not heavy, I wouldn’t take it on public transportation folded — due to bulkiness. However, storing it in a house or car trunk isn’t a problem.
Rain Shield, Sun Shield, Handlebar Console, Stroller Strides Fitness Kit, Infant Car Seat Adapter, diaper bag, Warm Fuzzy stroller seat liner. There’s even a cargo conversion kit — which will turn the Revolution into a cargo carrier that can hold up to 50 lbs.
Pros: Excellent suspension, will take a infant car seat, great storage, and will hold up to 70 lbs. Handles any terrain with ease.
Cons: The fold can be bulky.
Final Verdict: The BOB Revolution is a terrific ride. Besides being ideal for jogging, the Revolution performs very well as an everyday stroller and the suspension is wonderful!
Got two kids? Check out our review of the BOB Revolution Duallie 12″ AW.
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BOB Giveaway Details
Through June 29, BOB will be giving away a Stroller Strides Fitness Stroller to one lucky entrant. Here are the official entry details:
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