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BOB Blaze Review

Ok runner, but other options offer more for less
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Price:   $500 List | $500 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, handbrake slowing, parent console
Cons:  Fixed wheel, bulky fold, poor maneuverability
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 8
  • Maneuverability - 20% 6
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 6

The Skinny

The BOB Blaze is a jogging stroller designed with serious running in mind. This stroller has a fixed front wheel, adjustable tracking, a slowing handbrake, and spoked wheels with large rubber pneumatic tires. While the quality of the Blaze is good, and the features plentiful, this jogger is not the best for running compared to much of the competition including other BOB options. This stroller is also challenging to maneuver and the fixed wheel makes it frustrating to use in small or crowded spaces making it a poor choice as your only stroller or commuter. While we like BOB, and we like the Blaze and the parent console it comes with, there are better BOBs that are easier to run with and more versatile and can meet almost any running goal.


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Pros Easy to use, handbrake slowing, parent consoleTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materials
Cons Fixed wheel, bulky fold, poor maneuverabilityHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carry
Bottom Line Ok runner, but other options offer more for lessOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day use
Rating Categories BOB Blaze Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Run Ability (35%)
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Specs BOB Blaze Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 26.9 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Rolling Resistance 140.7 Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.5"W x 20.3"H x 38.5"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"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: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
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
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
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold No No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 34.5"/48" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Fixed Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories Handlebar Console None None None None
Setup Time 11:12
min:sec
5:13 min:sec 4:26
min:sec
5:21 min:sec 5:30

Our Analysis and Test Results

BOB is a California company started by a pair of dads looking for a great jogging stroller so they could have greater adventures with their babies. The dads created the first fixed wheel running stroller that evolved over time into the locking swivel wheel revolution we know today. The Blaze fixed wheel design more closely mimics the original Sport Utility with upgrades to decrease the weight and improve run-ability.

Performance Comparison


The Blaze isn't as easy to run with as other BOB options.
The Blaze isn't as easy to run with as other BOB options.

Run-Ability


The Blaze is designed for the serious runner with few nods to convenience you'd need for everyday errands. The fixed front wheel has adjustable tracking (below left) and ours was easy to adjust and ran straight and true down the path. The spoked wheels are designed to be stable and lightweight and the handbrake (below right) provides useful slowing abilities when traversing up and down hilly terrain.

The tracking on the Blaze is a small dial on the side of the wheel frame.
The handbrake on the Blaze work well  but if you don't run on hilly terrain it may be superfluous.

Overall, the Blaze offers customization for better ergonomics and it tips to turns easily when it needs to. However, despite the runner design, this option didn't perform as well as several of the locking swivel wheel competition that were easier to run with.

The Blaze is easier to use than some of the competition thanks to more storage and a covered bin.
The Blaze is easier to use than some of the competition thanks to more storage and a covered bin.

Ease of Use


The Blaze is easy to use despite lacking some features parents might want in an every day stroller.

To release the locked frame for folding you need two hands to simultaneously squeeze the levers.
The Blaze folding handle is located under the seat and from behind.

Fold and Unfold


The Blaze fold is a straightforward affair with three steps including the manual locking strap. The stroller frame unlocks with dual levers and the fold handle is easy to pull. Unfolding is also simple and quick.

The Blaze brake pedal is easy to use but has trouble fully engaging without jostling the stroller a little to slide the teeth in lace.
The Blaze brake pedal is easy to use but has trouble fully engaging without jostling the stroller a little to slide the teeth in lace.

Brakes


The Blaze has a handbrake for slowing to a stop while running and a single action parking brake. The parking brake is a rocker pedal in the center of the brake bar above the rear axle. It is easy to use but we had some difficulty getting the teeth to engage and had to wiggle the stroller somewhat to ensure proper engagement.

The Blaze storage bin has an internal pocket and holds up to 10 lbs.
The under-seat storage bin on the Blaze has a zippered cover.

Storage


The Blaze has a 10 lb allowance storage bin (above left) with zippered cover (above right) and there is a mesh pocket on the back of the seat. It also has two inside mesh pockets for the passenger.

The BOB parent console has two deep cup holders and a zippered center pocket.
The BOB parent console has two deep cup holders and a zippered center pocket.

Oddly, this BOB comes with a parent console which is challenging to use when you run as items are more likely to fall out at speed. It has two cup holders and a center pocket with a zippered cover.

The sunshade on the Blaze cover down to the knees and rotates forward.
The new BOB canopy on the Blaze includes a vinyl window and ventilation under a cover with magnet closures.

Sunshade


The Blaze canopy is a standard BOB canopy that covers to the knees, has a vinyl peek-a-boo window and a ventilation panel above the window. The canopy can rotate forward for protection against low sun or wind.

The Blaze harness is straightforward and easy to use with quick tightening pull loops.
The Blaze harness is straightforward and easy to use with quick tightening pull loops.

Harness


The 5-point harness is easy to put on and take off with red pull tab tightening and non-rethread height adjustment. The buckle works well and doesn't require excessive force to release.

The Blaze seatback recline feature can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to lift.
The Blaze seatback recline feature can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to lift.

Seat


The Blaze seat reclines almost flat, has molded padding and stationary leg rest. Recline adjustment requires a single hand to move flat and two hands to raise. The sling-style design is comfy and good for napping.

The Blaze can be combined with certain infant car seat carriers from some popular brands with the purchase of a compatible adapter.
The Blaze can be combined with certain infant car seat carriers from some popular brands with the purchase of a compatible adapter.

Car Seat Compatibility


While you can't run with babies under 8 months old, you can attach a car seat to your Blaze for leisurely strolls on flat surfaces with your younger baby. BOB offers a few car seat adapters that require assembly and attach to the stroller frame using a screwdriver. All of the adapters require clicking the car seat on and then using straps to finalize the connection. We aren't big fans of the two-step process as we worry parents will accidentally or intentionally skip the strap step opening the possibility for injury.

Ease of Setup


The Blaze is challenging to set up compared to the competition. It took just over 11 minutes to assemble with better than average documentation. This BOB took longer than most as it has a front fender to attach (with a screwdriver) that has confusing instructions. It also has a parent console.

The fixed front wheel of the Blaze makes movement in smaller spaces a challenge.
The fixed front wheel of the Blaze makes movement in smaller spaces a challenge.

Maneuverability


The Blaze is challenging to maneuver thanks to the fixed wheel design that requires it be tipped back in order to turn. This tipping combined with the longer footprint means you need ample space to negotiate enclosed spaces.

To turn any fixed wheel stroller like the Blaze  you must tip to turn it which takes up more room than a swivel wheel option.
To turn any fixed wheel stroller like the Blaze, you must tip to turn it which takes up more room than a swivel wheel option.

It requires two hands to tip and the finagling to move it over also needs two hands. We think most parents will find it frustrating to use when not running and will quickly see the advantage of a swivel front wheel for everyday use.

The larger footprint and fixed front wheel of the Blaze result in a larger folded package than other BOB strollers making it a poor choice if you lack space.
The larger footprint and fixed front wheel of the Blaze result in a larger folded package than other BOB strollers making it a poor choice if you lack space.

Weight and Folded Size


The Blaze should be lighter than other BOBs given the dedicated runner design, but it isn't much lighter with a weight of 26.9 lbs which is negligibly lighter than some BOBs and heavier than others. It measures 19,930 cubic inches when folded which is over 5,000 cubic inches larger than most products where the wheel can turn in for a more compact fold.

The Blaze is a high-quality stroller with durable materials and attention to detail.
The Blaze is a high-quality stroller with durable materials and attention to detail.

Quality


Despite some of its shortcomings, the Blaze is a well-constructed jogger that uses durable materials designed for longevity and heavy use. The frame and wheels are rattle-free and the fabric fits the frame nicely. Overall, the fit and finish is rugged but sleek for a BOB which tends to be more utilitarian than sporty. We like that this stroller offers customizable features not found on all of the competition and that you'll be able to use it trouble-free for years.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz