In 1994, the Beast of Burden (BOB) Company started in California by Roger Malinowski and Philip Novotny. Yak bike trailers were the first products create by the bicycle professional and the airline mechanic. After the men had families, they discovered a need for a new type of stroller, and the BOB Sport Utility Jogging stroller was created. They continued to revolutionize the stroller in 2005 by putting the first locking swivel wheel on a jogging product. The company was acquired by Britax in 2011 and now offers a full line of strollers designed for a variety of lifestyles and activities.
Ease of Use
The Revolution 2.0 is relatively easy to use compared to the competition.
Fold and Unfold
This BOB folds with two hands and includes four steps. It is easy to fold with dual release levers (above left) and a pull handle (above right). It has a manual lock, and no self-stand or carry strap, which makes it somewhat of a bear to transport.
The BOB Revolution brake pedal is plastic and large enough to be easy to set, release and pain-free for sandal feet.
The Flex single action brakes are easy to use both for setting and releasing. The brake pedal is in the middle of the frame and sandal foot-friendly.
While the storage bin on the 2016 Revolution is large and fit our large diaper bag, we suspect most parents won't be able to tell that it is 15% larger than the previous version (according to BOB).
This BOB has a large under-seat storage bin you can access from the back and the sides. The basket has a maximum weight limit of 10 lbs and fits our large diaper bag. This stroller doesn't have a parent console or child tray. It does have two pockets inside the seat and a big mesh pocket behind the seat.
The Revolution sunshade is one of the largest in the group and has a very easy to use peek-a-boo window. The shade can look a little frumpy when open, but the superior coverage makes this design flaw completely forgivable.
The Revolution has one of the largest canopies with a vinyl peek-a-boo window. The canopy has ventilation when the back is reclined for airflow on hotter days.
The Revolution harness is easy to tighten by pulling on the red side rings and the shoulder straps slide up and down for quick height adjustments.
The 5-point padded harness on the Flex is easy to use and adjust. It has non-rethread height adjustment and an adjustable crotch strap. The red pull rings make getting the harness snug easy and the buckle opens easily.
The seat on the Revolution is cozy with a one piece sling style design. While it lacks an adjustable leg rest, it is padded and reclines far enough for great napping.
This stroller has a leg rest and footrest, but neither is adjustable. The leg rest is padded, and the footrest is large and covered in durable rubberized fabric.
The new recline adjustment button on the 2016 Revolution is such a huge improvement over the previous version that it helped increase its overall ease of use score.
Car Seat Compatibility
The BOB does not come compatible with any car seat. You can purchase a car seat adapter for most of the top brands. The frames require some assembly and work with several Britax/BOB, Chicco, and Peg Perego infant car seat models. This includes two favorites from our infant car seat review, the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.
The Revolution works with a variety of infant car seat brands.
The car seat attaches to the frame by clicking in, but you also need to use the straps provided by BOB for attaching the seat to the stroller. We aren't big fans of the strap-in method because we think many parents will skip the second step leading to a potentially unsafe installation. The straps need to be screwed onto the frame of the stroller and then attached to the seat.
Ease of Setup
The Revolution took 5:30 minutes to put together, and it requires a screwdriver. The manual is wordy and far longer than is necessary and it added to the time as we sorted through the pages for the useful information.
The Revolution is the easiest stroller in the review to push and turn. It excels over uneven terrain and off-road hiking with rubber pneumatic tires and dense wheels that make it easy to push even with one hand.
The Revolution is super easy to maneuver. On the pavement and other hard surfaces, the Revolution excels, though some testers feel it is akin to driving a sport utility vehicle. In general, the Revolution is easy to push even if it is wider and longer. It rolls smoothly and with little effort; it can be pushed with one hand.
The locking swivel front wheel on the Revolution is part of the equation that helps it perform so well in our tests for maneuverability. Left to swivel the Revolution can make tight turns and quick responses to traffic and course changes. Locked in place it can traverse uneven terrain without going astray.
For off-road maneuvering, the Flex is possibly the best in the group. Thanks to its jogging stroller bones with features like large rubber tires and adjustable suspension, it is the easiest stroller to move on uneven surfaces. If it has any trouble, you can lock the swivel front wheel to keep it tracking straight.
The Revolution is the only full-size option in this review with adjustable suspension. The suspension helps increase comfort for the passenger and pusher, as well as improving its overall maneuverability.
The tires are pneumatic rubber wheels on high-density plastic rims. They are larger than most of the competition and designed for jogging over various terrain. The adjustable suspension and rubber tires help increase comfort for passengers.
The Revolution's adjustable handlebar provides a variety of options for parents of different heights. Unfortunately, the pivot design means that taller parents will be closer to the rear axle and more likely to kick it while strolling.
The handlebar on the Revolution is adjustable from two-sided pivot points. We don't like this as much as a telescoping adjustment, but it works well. The bar is covered with a slip-resistant foam that feels good.
Even though the 2016 Revolution is about 500 cubic inches smaller than the previous version when folded, it can still be difficult to fit it in smaller cars. Parents can remove the wheels to make it smaller, but they should probably still double check their trunk space before committing to this stroller. Luckily, Amazon has a very easy return policy.
Weight and Folded Size
The Flex is one of the bigger products at 27.3 lbs and a folded size of about 14,500 cubic inches. The weight and size might prevent it from fitting in smaller trunks. You can cinch the lockdown so the stroller is really tight or take the wheels off to make it smaller, but it is still going to take up more space than most of the competition.
The BOB Revolution Flex is a nice quality choice that is put together well even if it lacks the sleek styling of many modern day full-size strollers. This BOB earned the highest score for maneuverability, easily moving over almost any surface.
The Revolution is a nice quality choice. The fabric is a heavy canvas that wears well. The same fabric is used to create the thermo-molded seats and leg/footrest, with the bottom for the footrest having a rubbery coating. The seat is padded and has reflective elements for increased visibility. The storage basket is a combination of canvas, semi-reflective elements, and mesh.
While utilitarian in looks, it is hard to find any flaws with the materials or construction of the Revolution.
This stroller has an aluminum frame with more connection points than most options, but they are tight and do not rattle. The adjustable suspension functions well and the plastic components of this frame do not detract from its look or performance.