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BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Review

Rugged and fun multi-purpose option that could save you money in the long run
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $700 List | $700 at Amazon
Pros:  Rugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turn
Cons:  Bulky, expensive, lacks refinement
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 7, 2020
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 7
  • Maneuverability - 30% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie might be just the ticket for adventurous outdoorsy families with multiple children ready to roll. This stroller features a three-wheel design with rubber, pneumatic tires that make it a breeze to push and turn on almost any surface at almost any speed. It has cozy independent seating with passenger pockets and giant canopies for protection while napping. We think the locking swivel front wheel makes it good for navigating small space or crowded places and think the BOB is at home on trail or in the store aisles. For a side-by-side stroller, it manages to be nimble and easy to use, making it a great option for most families.

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Pros Rugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turnAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerSurprisingly easy to turn in tight spaces, reclining seatAccepts two car seats of various brands, easy to maneuver
Cons Bulky, expensive, lacks refinementHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatSuspension somewhat softLack of convenience features
Bottom Line Easy to use jogger good for everyday activities and off-road funQuality stroller with versatile seating options for growing familiesAwesome double stroller doing dual jobs as a jogger for toddlersFun adventure pod you can use to stroll, jog, bike, and skiNice, quality choice that is easier to maneuver
Rating Categories Revolution Flex... UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Hamax Outback Mountain Buggy Duet
Ease Of Use (45%)
7
9
7
6
6
Maneuverability (30%)
9
8
9
9
7
Weight Folded Size (15%)
5
4
5
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5
Quality (10%)
8
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Specs Revolution Flex... UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Hamax Outback Mountain Buggy Duet
Weight 33.1 lbs 35 lbs 32.1 lbs 40.4 lbs 32.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 30.8"W x 18"H x 39.5"L 25.8"W x 26.5"H x 37"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 33.4"W x 21"H x 48"L 26"W x 17.5"H x 37.8"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 48.5 lbs/46"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 40 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None Mountain Buggy
Protect
Phil&Teds
Alpha
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, CabrioFix, Pebble
Cybex
Aton
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 30, 32, 35
Chicco
Keyfit
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
Snug Ride Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 30 LX, Snug Ride 35 Elite, Snug Ride 35 LX, Snug Ride 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 35 LX, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Snug Lock 30, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 DLX, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Elite, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum XT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido
Chicco
KeyFit 30, Keyfit 30 Zip, Keyfit Zip Air, KeyFit Magic, Fit2
None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
None None
Number of Car Seats Accepted 1 1 1 None 2
Recline Front/Left Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Very large Medium Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Large Large Medium Large Medium
One-handed Fold No No Yes No Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual None Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 35.8"/49.3" 39.5"/42.5" 30.9"/45.1" 18"/43.7" 30.1"/43.0"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None Rain Shield, Bug Shield None Flag None
Setup Time 7:30 5:14
min:sec
4:14 12:13 10:37

Our Analysis and Test Results

The BOB company, otherwise known as Beast of Burden, began in 1994 when Roger Malinowski and Philip Novotny joined forced to build bike trailers. Headquartered in California, the bicycle professional and airline mechanic identified a hole in the stroller marketplace where a rugged jogging stroller should be after having children of their own. Over time, the men introduced the word to the BOB Sport Utility stroller and then the locking swivel front wheel in 2005. This modification resulted in a user-friendly, more versatile workhorse good for running and everyday errands. In 2011, the Britax company purchased BOB.

Performance Comparison



The Revolution 3.0 Duallie is a functional, easy to use and maneuver...
The Revolution 3.0 Duallie is a functional, easy to use and maneuver stroller for two.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Revolution 3.0 includes useful features that are easier to use than some of the competition.


The 3.0 Duallie folds sort of in half with the pull of the handle...
The 3.0 Duallie folds sort of in half with the pull of the handle located under the seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


The Revolution has a two-hand fold that is simple enough once you know how to do it. It has a manual lock and doesn't stand on its own or have a carry strap, which is a bummer for such a bulky stroller. The fold is 4-6 steps creating a product that lays on its back. Unfolding is straightforward and takes 1 or 2 hands, depending on how highly skilled you become.

The Revolution 3.0 Duallie has a large plastic brake pedal that is...
The Revolution 3.0 Duallie has a large plastic brake pedal that is easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Revolution 3.0 Duallie sports single-action brakes with a plastic pedal centered in the back. The pedal has easy access and is easy to set and release with a sandal friendly design.

The storage bin is divided with a poorly placed strap that limits...
The storage bin is divided with a poorly placed strap that limits how and what you can fit inside the bin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The under-seat storage bin is large and fairly easy to access from the back and sides. We fit a large diaper bag inside, including supplies for two during testing. You can even reach the storage with the seats reclined, which can't be said for all of the competition.

This stroller includes pockets on the seatbacks that are mesh and hold items like wallets, phones, or keys, though reaching them is harder when the seats are reclined. Passengers also get inside mesh pockets for sippy cups or treasures.

The BOB canopies are large and have big peek-a-boo windows with...
The BOB canopies are large and have big peek-a-boo windows with magnetic closure.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


Sporting dual canopies, the Duallie offers the ability for each passenger to determine the coverage they crave. They are canvas fabric, UPF 50+, and water-resistant. Each shade includes a large, vinyl peek-a-boo window and covers past the knee of most passengers. The window cover has a magnet closure, which is silent and better than the previous Velcro option.

The new BOB buckle is not as user friendly as the older model and is...
The new BOB buckle is not as user friendly as the older model and is somewhat stiff.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


Each seat in the 3.0 has a 5-point harness with an adjustable crotch strap and shoulder height. The harness is easy enough to adjust, but they've changed the buckle to more closely resemble a Britax buckle, and it is harder to use than the old-school BOB buckle. The harness is also more challenging to tighten for a good snug fit (in our tests), and we worry parents will leave the harness loose in frustration.

Each seat on the 3.0 Duallie includes independent recline and canopy...
Each seat on the 3.0 Duallie includes independent recline and canopy adjustments for custom coziness for each passenger.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


Each seat can independently recline almost flat for custom and cozy napping. The leg rest is not adjustable, but it is well padded and sits and a comfortable, supported angle with a useful footrest at the bottom.

The plastic toggle on the 3.0 Duallie works well, even if it is a...
The plastic toggle on the 3.0 Duallie works well, even if it is a dated design that isn't as simple as some of the push button competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The recline adjustment is still the old-school plastic toggle with two side straps that is easy to recline but requires two hands to raise. It works just fine, but some of the competition offers a push-button style that is far more straightforward.

Car Seat Compatibility


The BOB only accepts one infant carrier using a frame style adapter. The seat and the canopy stay on the stroller when using it with a carrier so that you can avoid the disassembly required in some of the competition. This stroller works with BOB and Britax infant car seats and some models from the Graco, Chicco, and Peg Perego brands. The seat requires a two-step process of clicking in place and then using straps over the foot end of the carrier. We aren't big fans of the two-step process, and we worry parents will intentionally or accidentally skip the strap step, which could result in potential injuries.

Ease of Setup


The 3.0 is easy enough to assembly with a setup time of close to 6 minutes. The user manual is relatively straightforward with useful images. The assembly doesn't require any tools.



The 3.0 includes a locking swivel front wheel that is suitable for...
The 3.0 includes a locking swivel front wheel that is suitable for tight turns or jogging depending on its status.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


This BOB moves smoothly with little effort, either one or two-handed. While it can get heavy with weight in the seats, it still manages to be easy to push and turn over most surfaces.


Pushing over flat surfaces is super easy, especially for a side-by-side stroller, and the three-wheel trike design coupled with air-filled rubber tires creates a product that can turn on a dime without serious forethought.

The three-wheel design and larger rubber tires help keep the BOB 3.0...
The three-wheel design and larger rubber tires help keep the BOB 3.0 moving smoothly over any surface.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Traditionally, side-by-side options can struggle somewhat in narrow spaces or turning, but the single front wheel allows this stroller to make tight turns. While some openings could remain problematic, this BOB is easier to manage than inline strollers.

The BOB 3.0 folds in half, but it is still large and unwieldy with...
The BOB 3.0 folds in half, but it is still large and unwieldy with no carry strap or self-standing feature.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


This double jogger is heavier than much of the competition at 34 lbs. Folding it creates sort of a bulky product that measures 22,507 cubic inches.


The BOB is shorter than some, and you can make it smaller by removing the wheels, but it may not fit in every trunk or car.

With durable materials, attention to detail, and sturdy...
With durable materials, attention to detail, and sturdy construction, the BOB has an edge on much of the competition for quality.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


BOB brings quality materials together with sturdy construction to create what feels like a reliable and long-lasting product compared to much of the competition.


The Revolution has a thick canvas-like material on the seat and the canopy. It is a Poly/Dobby weave, water repellent fabric with open-cell foam padding on the seat and leg rest areas. It feels durable, is snag-resistant in our tests, and fits nicely on the frame. There is thermo-molded padding on the seat, and the stroller includes reflective accents.

The 3.0 Duallie includes adjustable suspension you shift based on...
The 3.0 Duallie includes adjustable suspension you shift based on passenger weight.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The 3.0 frame is powder-coated Chromoly/aluminum. It includes tight joints with no frame flexing even with weight in the seat. The overall stroller has a rugged and utilitarian feel to it with polymer composite wheels and pneumatic tires.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

The BOB has a rotating adjustment handlebar with comfort foam padding and adjustable shocks. The handlebar is not the most ergonomic design, but it feels comfortable while pushing even on longer trips. The overall fit and finish of the 3.0 are better than much of the competition, even if it lags somewhat behind the other high-end joggers.

Twins


If you have infant twins or little ones under six months old, this is probably not the best stroller for you. At least right now. This Bob only accepts one infant car seat, so it can be challenging to manage two unless you plan to wear your baby in a carrier. Jogging is not advised until babies are at least 8-12 months old (as advised by the BOB user manual). We recommend you discuss your plans for running or off-road adventures with your child's pediatrician. These concerns make the Revolution a good option for children of different ages and are old enough to sit without assistance.

Manufacturer Video




Accessories


BOB offers a variety of accessories to make the Duallie suitable for different adventures.


  • If you're considering starting an exercise routine, you can add a BOB Duallie Fitness Kit to your purchase to get a total body workout with your little one nearby. No need for a babysitter! You can buy this kit separately or as part of your stroller.

Wendy Schmitz