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BOB Rambler Review

Versatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday use
BOB Rambler
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Price:   $450 List | $427.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Less expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durable
Cons:  Larger, may be hard to lift and carry
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 29, 2021
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RANKED
#7 of 18
  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6.8
  • Maneuverability - 30% 8.7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4.5
  • Quality - 10% 8.0

The Skinny

The BOB Rambler is a smaller and somewhat stripped-down version of more traditional BOB strollers, like the BOB revolution Flex 3.0. While it is a jogging stroller, we think it works great as an everyday stroller. We think parents will appreciate the storage bin, canopy, quality, and adjustability of this stroller that is still a manageable weight and smaller size. While we still wish it had a carry strap or could self-stand, we think the price is good for a product that offers this much. Considering the other strollers we've tested, we think most families will be happy with the BOB Rambler.

Bob Rambler vs Bob Revolution
If you are a hardcore runner or plan to head off-road more than on, then you may want to consider the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 over the Rambler. We encourage parents to compare the two to determine which one meets their needs better.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on December 21, 2021, to include additional details and sections on what we would buy and other products to consider.

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Pros Less expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durableHigh-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfyPrice, lightweight, compact foldEasy to navigate tight places, inexpensiveVersatile seating, feature-full, modern styling, low price
Cons Larger, may be hard to lift and carrySomewhat harder to pushDual-front wheel, hard to access storageLimited storage, lower quality materialsLower attention to detail
Bottom Line Versatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday useA compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one handA budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much elseAn easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionalityA nice, expandable stroller with seating options for up to 3 riders and useful features
Rating Categories BOB Rambler Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Trend Expedition Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Ease Of Use (45%)
6.8
7.9
6.6
5.1
7.2
Maneuverability (30%)
8.7
6.6
7.3
8.2
4.7
Weight Folded Size (15%)
4.5
7.5
7.5
5.5
3.5
Quality (10%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Specs BOB Rambler Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Trend Expedition Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Weight 25.1 lbs 22.7 lbs 19.3 lbs 23.7 lbs 28.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 17"W x 15"H x 30"L 25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L 23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L
Capacity Limits Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cybex
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Maxi-Cosi
Mico 30
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
None Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Large Extra large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Small Medium
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 38.8" 39"/43" 41" 41" 33"/44.7"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No No Yes
Included Accessories None Sun Shade City GO infant car seat adapter. None None
Setup Time 5-10 minmin:sec 1-5 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

BOB gear was created in 1994 by two men, Roger Malinowski, a bicycle industry expert, and Philip Novotny, an airline mechanic. Together, they noticed the need for a new kind of stroller, particularly a jogging stroller that could handle greater adventures with their tots. Since then, BOB has been producing strollers that continue to revolutionize the stroller world with user-friendly and well-loved products. Britax now owns BOB.

Performance Comparison



The Rambler fold lock is a strap and buckle method that requires...
The Rambler fold lock is a strap and buckle method that requires force to press the stroller together to meet the two ends of the buckle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The BOB Rambler is average for ease of use on a daily basis, losing favor for a harder fold and limited features for storage.

The Rambler requires two hands to fold because the release levers on...
The folding handle of the Rambler is under the seat instead of on...

Fold and Unfold


This stroller is fairly easy to fold and unfold, but it has more steps than the average, and it requires two hands. It has four steps, a manual locking strap, does not self-stand, and there is no carry strap or handle, which seems short-sighted for a heavier stroller. Unfolding is easier with one hand ability and only two steps.

The single action brakes on the Rambler operate with a press rocker...
The single action brakes on the Rambler operate with a press rocker pedal in the middle of the stroller above the back wheels.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


This stroller has single-action brakes that press to set and release with no worries for the top of your feet or fancy shoes.

The Rambler storage bin is large enough for our large diaper bag and...
The Rambler storage bin is large enough for our large diaper bag and will hold up to 10 lbs with access from the sides and back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Rambler has under-seat storage with an allowance of 10 lbs. It fits our large diaper bag and has good access from the back and sides, but none from the front. There are no other storage, console, or pockets for water bottles or small items like a mobile phone. If storage matters to you, the UPPABaby Vista v2 sports an easily accessible, extra-large storage bin with internal pockets and a maximum capacity of 30 lbs.

The canopy on the Rambler is large and can cover most children to...
The peek-a-boo window on the Rambler is large enough and has a cover...

Sunshade


Like other BOBs, the Rambler has a large canopy that can cover past the knees of most children with a medium-sized, vinyl peek-a-boo window. The window cover is cloth, secures with Velcro, and tucks in a pocket to stay open. The UV protection is not listed.

The 5-point harness is easy to use and adjust with simple pull to...
The 5-point harness is easy to use and adjust with simple pull to tighten red loops.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on this stroller is also a typical BOB. The harness is easy to use, and the buckle isn't hard to press. It has a good range for adjustability, and the crotch strap is also adjustable. This stroller is not a rethread style, but the straps slide up and down straps sewn to the seatback.

The Rambler seat back reclines by squeezing a plastic toggle to...
The Rambler seat back reclines by squeezing a plastic toggle to allow side straps to slip through. This process requires two hands to raise the seat back up again.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The Rambler seat has an adjustable recline and padded, but stationary leg rest with a narrow footrest. The seat reclines with one hand by pinching a plastic toggle with infinite angle options and a final position that is almost flat for napping. To raise the back, you'll need two hands to pull the side straps, and it could be challenging with a child's weight in the seat.

Car Seat Compatibility


Although this stroller does not work with any infant car seat as it comes, you can combine it with the following seats by purchasing an adapter: Britax B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and Chaperone; BOB B-Safe and B-Safe 35; Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, and 35; Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, and Primo Viaggio SIP; and the Chicco KeyFit 30, and KeyFit non-30.

Never Run with Infants
General recommendations are that you should not jog with newborns or infants under 8 months of age. You should only walk with babies under 8 months old. Between 8-12 months, you can jog on flat hard surfaces, but off-road, uneven surface running should be reserved for babies over 12 months old.

Ease of Setup


This stroller took just 5:30 minutes to put together.



The Rambler requires the use of an included Allen wrench to tighten the wheels, which are the only things you need to assemble. The instructions are fine, but there are easier directions to follow.

The larger rubber tires help the Rambler earn an impressive score...
The front wheel of the Rambler can be locked in place or left to...

Maneuverability


The BOB Rambler is one of the best strollers for getting around whether you stroll or run. This stroller has large rubber tires on durable plastic wheels.

The front wheel can swivel for ease of turning, or you can lock it in place for running and off-roading. With a slightly narrower footprint than other joggers, it can navigate crowded or tight spaces with relative ease. This stroller will get you where you need to go, whether it is the park, the trail, or the local grocery store.

The Rambler folds smaller than other jogging strollers, but it is...
The Rambler folds smaller than other jogging strollers, but it is still somewhat cumbersome and may not fit in smaller cars.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The BOB Rambler is large and heavy compared to most full-size stroller options.


However, this jogger is lighter and smaller than most joggers, and this is definitely something to consider if you want the versatility of a jogger with a more reasonable size. The Rambler weighs 25.1 lbs and measures 13,150 cubic inches.

The Rambler is not as nice or as decked out as the BOB Revolution...
The Rambler is not as nice or as decked out as the BOB Revolution, but it is still impressive in its construction.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


Compared to other full-size rivals, the BOB Rambler is high-quality with a frame that is sturdy without flex or connection problems, and the fabric is tough and resisted snagging in our tests. The overall fit and finish are impressive, with attention to detail and no errant stitching or material bunching. We appreciate the quality of the components, and they come together in a manner that implies durability and long-term use. This product has a stationary foam-covered handlebar, emergency wrist strap, and adjustable suspension and tracking for the front wheel. The sling-style seat is padded and combined with the better shocks make for a comfortable ride for both passengers and pushers.

Should You Buy the BOB Rambler?


The BOB Rambler delivers functionality for both jogging and everyday use, and we think it's an attractive and respectable option that is worth its price. The BOB Rambler is the smaller brother to the Revolution Flex and challenges some of the high-ranking full-size strollers in scoring as it brings impressive maneuverability and quality. Overall, we think this contender is tough to beat.

What Other Full-Size Stroller Should You Consider?


If you're a serious jogger who wants a top-notch jogging stroller to match your running ambitions and goals, then we suggest checking out the Thule Urban Glide 2. It's a step up from the BOB Rambler, and it's one of the easiest strollers to push, which can make all the difference when you're covering elevation or striving for distance. Alternatively, the Thule Spring is another high-ranking, award-winning full-size stroller, like the Urban Glide, but a little cheaper. However, it is not suitable for jogging, so if you plan to jog and want one stroller for everyday use and jogging, then the Spring is not for you.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

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