BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Review
Pros: Rugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turn
Cons: Bulky, expensive, lacks refinement
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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.
Ease of Use
The Revolution 3.0 includes useful features that are easier to use than some of the competition.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
BOB offers a variety of accessories to make the Duallie suitable for different adventures.
- The BOB Duallie Parent Console provides a place for parents to keep items like phones, keys, wallets, or a bottle of water.
- 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