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BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Review

All-terrain capability with full-size stroller conveniences
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Price:   $500 List | $425 at Amazon
Pros:  Ease to maneuver, convenience features, comfy, jogging
Cons:  Heavy and large, harder to fit in trunk
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Aug 30, 2019
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RANKED
#3 of 20
  • Ease Of Use - 45% 7
  • Maneuverability - 30% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is the newest version of BOB's most popular jogger. This cool, all-terrain option is easy to push and turn like previous versions, but it includes more convenience features for storage making it even easier to use as an everyday stroller than older versions. We love the adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar on this stroller that make it great for the pusher, and the padded seat, giant canopy, and interior pockets make it a comfortable ride for passengers. This is a heavy and large option that can be challenging to lift and stow. It is a good idea to try one out before you buy, or purchase from a retailer like Amazon with a generous return policy in case it doesn't work in your space. There is much to love about this tried and true quality stroller and we think most families will enjoy what the 3.0 has to offer.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1994, Philip Novotny and Roger Malinowski launched BOB (Beast of Burden Company), in California. The bicycle pro and the airplane mechanic created Yak bike trailers before strollers. After having families, the two needed a different type of stroller, so the BOB Sport Utility was born. They were also the first to put a locking swivel wheel on a jogger in 2005. Britax purchased BOB in 2011.

Performance Comparison



The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a top-rated stroller with useful features and functional design.
The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a top-rated stroller with useful features and functional design.

Ease of Use


The Revolution 3.0 is easy to use with a few more features than the Revolution 2.0 that make it more convenient for everyday use.

The first step to folding the BOB includes squeezing dual levers near the handlebar to release the frame.
The folding pull handle on the 3.0 is located under the seat in the back to fold the stroller in half.

Fold and Unfold


The 3.0 has a two-hand fold and four steps. The fold is easy to accomplish with two release levers (above left) and a rear pull loop (above right). It has a strap manual lock and doesn't self-stand. No designated carry handle makes it harder to lift and carry. Unfolding is also two steps.

The large rocker style brake pedal on the Revolution 3.0 is easy to use and well placed.
The large rocker style brake pedal on the Revolution 3.0 is easy to use and well placed.

Brakes


The Flex has single action brakes with a center plastic pedal near the rear axle. The brakes are easy to operate and have a rocker movement that is foot-friendly.

The storage bin on the BOB has more canvas and less mesh that previous versions with the best access still being from the back.
The storage bin on the BOB has more canvas and less mesh that previous versions with the best access still being from the back.

Storage


The 3.0 has a large storage bin with pockets on the back for better organization (an upgrade from the 2.0). It fit our large diaper bag and has back and side access with a 10 lb limit.

The back of the canopy on the Revolution 3.0 includes a small zippered pocket perfect for a phone or keys.
The back of the 3.0 seat has more pockets than previous Revolutions with a large zippered pocket and two smaller mesh pockets as opposed to a single large mesh pocket.

While it doesn't have a console, it does have extra back pockets over the 2.0 version including a zippered pocket. There are also inside passenger pockets for snacks and toys.

The 3.0 has a slightly smaller vinyl window but now offers ventilation for increased airflow and visibility so you still have the same viewing area but it is structured differently.
The peek-a-boo window on the BOB now has a magnet closure cover which allows for silent peeking on baby compared to loud Velcro which has woken more than one resting tot.

Sunshade


The 3.0 has a large canopy with a large vinyl peek-a-boo window and mesh ventilation which is an upgrade from the previous model. It also has magnet closure which is also a much-desired upgrade.

BOB stays true to one of its finest features with a harness and buckle system that remains the same and is one of the easiest to operate.
BOB stays true to one of its finest features with a harness and buckle system that remains the same and is one of the easiest to operate.

Harness


The harness on the 3.0 is 5-points and padded. It is easy to use and adjust. The height adjustment is non-rethread, and the crotch strap is adjustable. The harness pull rings help make adjustments quick and painless.

The seat back on the 3.0 reclines with a single hand on the adjustment button. It takes two hands to raise the seat by pulling the straps.
The seat back on the 3.0 reclines with a single hand on the adjustment button. It takes two hands to raise the seat by pulling the straps.

Seat


Like other BOBs, the 3.0 has a stationary one-piece leg rest/footrest. The leg portion is padded, and the large footrest has a durable rubberized surface.

Car Seat Compatibility


The 3.0 does not have standard car seat attachment capabilities; you must purchase an adapter separately. The adapters require assembly and need screwing onto the stroller frame. Once you click the carrier in place, you also need to connect straps to ensure a safe and proper connection. We worry some parents will forgo the strap and this is why we aren't huge fans of two-step strap installation methods. The 3.0 can be compatible with some car seats from Britax/BOB, Chicco, and Peg Perego including some of our favorite infant car seats, the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.

Ease of Setup




The 3.0 took 4:26 minutes to assemble requiring an Allan wrench and pliers to complete. The manual is longer than it needs to be, and it increased our assembly time just going through the pages.

The BOB offers a locking front wheel so you can swivel when you need to for everyday life and you can lock it in place so you can run or move over bumpy terrain without heading off course.
The BOB offers a locking front wheel so you can swivel when you need to for everyday life and you can lock it in place so you can run or move over bumpy terrain without heading off course.

Maneuverability


The 3.0 swivel wheel is super one of the easiest strollers to maneuver. On hard surfaces, this stroller excels with easy one-handed pushing and turning. It has a smooth feel and requires little effort to move.

The pneumatic front wheel on the BOB is rubber  large  and helps it move smoothly over all terrains.
The pneumatic front wheel on the BOB is rubber, large, and helps it move smoothly over all terrains.

For off-roading, this BOB is one of the best. Given its jogger design, large pneumatic rubber tires (with useful tread) and adjustable suspension the 3.0 is comfortable to push over uneven and rough surfaces like gravel and hiking trails. You can also lock the swivel wheel if you need to move over larger bumps or roots and need help keeping the stroller tracking straight.

The handlebar on the Revolution is adjustable by rotating on a pivot point which has a tendency of putting taller pushers closer to the rear axle. We did not have problems kicking the back of the stroller with the 3.0.
The handlebar on the Revolution is adjustable by rotating on a pivot point which has a tendency of putting taller pushers closer to the rear axle. We did not have problems kicking the back of the stroller with the 3.0.

The adjustable suspension, padded sling-style seat, and rubber tires give passengers a comfy ride. The padded, foam-covered, adjustable handlebar that pivots for height helps make this stroller comfortable for the pusher as well.

The Revolution still isn't a compact or lightweight option and in fact  has grown slightly over the 2.0 version. This larger package makes it harder to fit in smaller spaces.
The Revolution still isn't a compact or lightweight option and in fact, has grown slightly over the 2.0 version. This larger package makes it harder to fit in smaller spaces.

Weight and Folded Size


The 3.0 is still one of the cumbersome options. At 27.3 lbs it is the same weight as the 2.0 and above average for the review. It folds slightly larger than the previous version with a size of 14,748 cubic inches. This folded size is one of the largest in the group, making it a poor fit for those with smaller trunks or limited space at home. You can take the wheels off for a smaller folded package, but this won't change it much and may not be enough to matter.

Since Britax purchased BOB in 2011 we've seen a slight decline in material quality like a shift from a metal brake pedal to plastic  but overall the Revolution remains one of the nicer strollers we test.
Since Britax purchased BOB in 2011 we've seen a slight decline in material quality like a shift from a metal brake pedal to plastic, but overall the Revolution remains one of the nicer strollers we test.

Quality


The 3.0 is the same quality as other BOB options and is above average for the group. The heavy canvas fabric wears well over time and several children making it a good buy if you need it for the long haul. The canvas is part of the molded seat and leg/footrest and canopy. The padded seat has some side reflective accents, and the 3.0 storage bin has more fabric and less mesh than the previous version.

The Revolution Flex has gone relatively unchanged for years and it remains one of the higher quality joggers on the market. However  with their complacency  the competition is growing and they might want to consider upping their game going forward.
The Revolution Flex has gone relatively unchanged for years and it remains one of the higher quality joggers on the market. However, with their complacency, the competition is growing and they might want to consider upping their game going forward.

The 3.0 has an aluminum frame with numerous connection points that are tight and don't flex. The folding joint on the 3.0 has a fabric cover, which is a new addition for this Revolution version. The adjustable suspension, locking front wheel, and tracking features work well, and the plastic parts do not detract from the overall look or feel.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz