The BOB Revolution Flex 2.0 is a cool jogging stroller that can do double duty as a useful full-size option (note the 3.0 is the newer model). This means this easy to push stroller can potentially be your only stroller purchase! We love the Revolution for its off-road capabilities, locking swivel front wheel, and tight turning radius that you won't believe for such a large stroller. This stroller is easy to use, has a large canopy and storage bin and impresses with adjustable suspension and handlebar. While possibly not the right option for all families given its larger folded size, heavier weight, and lack of sleek styling, the Revolution offers versatility at a reasonable price. We would definitely recommend this stroller to a friend.
The Revolution Flex 2.0 has been updated to the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. There are some additions for convenience to the new model and a slight change to the folded size. If you can find a 2.0 for sale, it is similar enough that the price savings could be worth it.
Our Analysis and Test Results
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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