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BOB Rambler Review

A great jogger for a good price that works for every day use
BOB Rambler
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $470 List | $449.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to move, great runner, quality materials
Cons:  Harder to lift and carry
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Dec 4, 2021
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  • Run-ability - 35% 7.7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 5.7
  • Maneuverability - 20% 8.0
  • Quality - 10% 8.6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7.2

The Skinny

The BOB Rambler is sort of a smaller and lighter BOB with slightly pared-down features from their usual fare. This jogger has a smaller footprint that allows it to negotiate crowded spaces easily. We like the adjustable tracking and suspension, the pneumatic tires, and the locking swivel front wheel that combines to create a stroller that is a pleasure to push, turn, and run over various surfaces. This jogger has a lower price than most of the high-end competition, but it doesn't feel like it sacrifices anything. If you have space and a large enough car to accommodate the folded Rambler, then this one should definitely make your shortlist of potential buys.

Editor's Note: This BOB review was updated on December 5, 2021, to include more information related to run-ability testing to explain the testing results in more detail.

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Pros Easy to move, great runner, quality materialsMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerSuper easy to maneuver, low priceHand brake, lots of storage, good for nappingUseful parent accessories, easy to push and turn in tight spaces
Cons Harder to lift and carryNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to run with, lower qualityTracks poorly when running, heavyHarder to use and not great for running
Bottom Line A great jogger for a good price that works for every day useA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningAn affordable jogger, but not the best option for serious runnersWhile there are some aspect to like about this option, we don't recommend it for avid runnersDisappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks adjust-ability
Rating Categories BOB Rambler BOB Revolution Flex... Baby Trend Expedition Mountain Buggy Terrain Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...
Run-ability (35%)
7.7
8.0
5.2
5.4
5.4
Ease of Use (25%)
5.7
7.4
6.8
6.6
5.3
Maneuverability (20%)
8.0
8.3
8.3
6.7
7.6
Quality (10%)
8.6
8.9
6.1
7.7
7.0
Weight/Folded Size (10%)
7.2
6.7
7.2
6.7
7.2
Specs BOB Rambler BOB Revolution Flex... Baby Trend Expedition Mountain Buggy Terrain Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...
Measured Weight 25.1 lbs 27.3 lbs 23.6 lbs 27.8 lbs 25.9 lbs
Rolling Resistance Test 140 Feet 145 Feet 124 Feet 106 Feet 120 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 23.5"W x 16.75"H x 33.75"L 25.25"W x 18"H x 38"L 25.7"W x 16"H x 35.3"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: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs./42"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/5 yrs
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None None Mountain Buggy
Protect
Phil & Teds
Alpha
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 32, 35
Chicco
KeyFit
Cybex
Aton
Chicco
KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 35, 40
Maxi-Cosi
Mico NXT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
UPPAbaby
Mesa
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
Britax/BOB
Britax® Chaperone®, B-Safe®, B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, Endeavours™, B-Safe® 35 Ultra, BOB® B-Safe®, BOB® B-Safe® 35
Chicco
Fit2, KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Cybex® Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco
SnugRide­ Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35LX, 40, SnugRide­ Classic Connect, SnugRide ­Classic Connect 30, 32, 35, SafeSeat
Maxi Cosi
Maxi Cosi® Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Nuna® Pipa, Pipa Lite
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, SIP, SIP 30/30
Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
None None
One-handed Fold No No No Yes No
Locking Fold Manual Manual Manual Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No No Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 38.8" 34.5"/48" 41" 37"/49" 41"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No Yes No
Included Accessories None None None 12" Wheel Pack Tire Pump
Setup Time 5:30 min:sec 4:26 min:sec 6:30 min:sec 8:52 min:sec 5:51 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

Beast of Burden, or BOB, was founded in California. In 1994, an airline mechanic and bicycle professional started with trailers for bikes but moved on to jogging strollers after starting families. The founders continue to offer new technology in 2005 with a locking swivel wheel that revolutionized the jogging stroller industry. BOB was purchased in 2011 by Britax.

Performance Comparison



BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the bob rambler has a cozy almost flat seating area good for napping...
The BOB Rambler has a cozy almost flat seating area good for napping with ample protection from the elements with a larger than average canopy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Run-Ability


The BOB Rambler is easy to run with earning results similar to other BOB options and just below the top performers.


The Rambler has a locking swivel front wheel with adjustable tracking that is easy to use and keeps the stroller running straight on any surface. While this option lacks an adjustable handlebar, the height is good for most users to maintain good running ergonomics. Both the BOB Alterrain Pro and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 feature adjustable handlebars if that is a priority for you.

Adjustable tracking on the Rambler ensures you have a straight...
Adjustable tracking on the Rambler ensures you have a straight running stroller no matter what.
The suspension on the Rambler is adjustable like most BOBs.
The suspension on the Rambler is adjustable like most BOBs.

The adjustable suspension can help create comfort for the passenger and less fatigue for the pusher. This option has limited rolling resistance and is a pleasure to push at speed. While it isn't as smooth as some competitors, casual and serious runners will enjoy the price and its run-ability.

The Running Details


We "run" multiple tests within the run-ability metric that are weighted and add up to the overall score for run-ability. These detailed tests help create a more complete picture of each jogger and how they compare to the competition. This information can help you select which jogger is right for you based on details you might find important or valuable when picking a product in your price range.

Running Tests

Our running tests encompass ratings and information from our running testers as they use and compare each product side-by-side. Running test results make up 35% of the run-ability final score.


Rolling Resistance

Testing the rolling resistance of each jogger helps provide information on how challenging it might be to push each jogger or how much fatigue you might experience from one product to another. The wheels on each stroller have natural friction and resistance built-in from the design of the product and the manufacturing process. Theoretically, the farther a stroller travels in this test, the less resistance it has and the easier it is to push, making it better for serious runners. This test is 20% of the overall run-ability score.


BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the quick release of the rear wheels can help you create a smaller...
The quick release of the rear wheels can help you create a smaller folded package for stowing in tight places.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Rambler, much like other joggers, lacks some useful features, making it more challenging to use than some of the competition.


The features it does have are easy enough to use, it won't cause frustration.

The Rambler fold initiates with two hands on dual side levers.
The Rambler fold initiates with two hands on dual side levers.
The folding handle is located under the Rambler seat.
The folding handle is located under the Rambler seat.

Fold and Unfold


The Rambler has a traditional BOB fold that requires two hands and some practice. While not difficult it has multiple steps and isn't as straightforward as that of the Thule Urban Glide 2. It does not self-stand or have a carry handle, and the locking mechanism is a manual connection that gets you up close and personal with your stroller. Unfolding has fewer steps, but it requires some strength to shake it open.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the brake pedal on the rambler is a rocking style that rotates to...
The brake pedal on the Rambler is a rocking style that rotates to set and release. This pedal is easy to access and friendly to sandaled feet.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The parking brake is a large center pedal that is easy to set and release as it rocks forward and back. it is friendly for sandal feet.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the rambler storage bin is slightly smaller than that on the...
The Rambler storage bin is slightly smaller than that on the Revolution Flex, but it is still large enough to hold most diaper bags.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The bin is large and holds our large diaper bag. It has a weight allowance of 10 lbs and rear and side access. There are no other storage features.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the canopy on the rambler is large with a useful peek-a-boo window...
The canopy on the Rambler is large with a useful peek-a-boo window, but you may not be able to use it when you attach a car seat to the stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Rambler's sunshade is large and has a small but useful vinyl peek-a-boo window nicely placed for easy viewing. The window cover is Velcro and it can be folded away in the open position. This canopy covers to the knee and can be rotated forward.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the bob buckles and harnesses are always a breeze to use.
The BOB Buckles and harnesses are always a breeze to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Rambler is straightforward with easy to tighten and adjust straps. This stroller has an adjustable crotch strap and shoulder height adjustment for a good fit.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the recline toggle on the back of the rambler seat can adjust down...
The recline toggle on the back of the Rambler seat can adjust down with one hand but it requires two to raise.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The seat is a sling-style option with stationary leg rest and a narrow footrest. The back reclines almost flat for cozy napping and the thermo-molded seats help increase breathability and support little bodies.

Car Seat Compatibility


The BOB Rambler is compatible with several infant car seats with the purchase of an adapter. All of the adapters require strap-in attachment which isn't our favorite but can be functional and secure. You can purchase adapters for several Britax and BOB infant car seats including the Britax B-Safe 35; Graco SnugRide Click Connect and SnugRide Classic Connect seats; Peg Perego car seats including the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35; and Chicco car seats including the Chicco KeyFit 30, Chicco Keyfit 35 and Chicco Fit2.

Ease of Setup




The Rambler is easy to set up with an assembly time of 5:30 minutes. While it requires the use of an Allen wrench the instructions are easy to follow. The manual could be more direct and concise but it is easy to understand.

The front wheel on the Rambler is slightly smaller compared to the...
The front wheel on the Rambler is slightly smaller compared to the Revolution and the footprint is slightly shorter, but it still works well over any surface.
The front swivel wheel on the Rambler can be locked in place for...
The front swivel wheel on the Rambler can be locked in place for running or moving over uneven surfaces easier with more stability.

Maneuverability


This BOB is easy to push and turn on all surfaces with impressive maneuverability results.


The swivel front wheel and rubber tires make it easy to move in small spaces despite the bulkier size. It can be moved with one hand and makes the transition from one surface to another without any trouble. The rear wheels are somewhat smaller than other BOBs but it still manages well.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging...
The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The BOB Rambler is smaller and lighter than other BOBs and much of the competition.


This stroller is 2 lbs less with a weight of 25.1 lbs and one of the smallest in the review with a folded size of 13,150 cubic inches. These measurements make it a good choice if your vehicle is smaller or you are worried about how you will lift your jogger.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the rambler is a pared down version of the revolution but the...
The Rambler is a pared down version of the Revolution but the quality of the materials and construction is much the same.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The BOB Rambler is similar in quality to other BOB products with solid construction and better materials.


This product has thick durable canvas and molded portions for increased airflow and comfort. The parts align well and we don't see any manufacturing defects or lack of attention to detail. The frame is sturdy with no flex and the wheels spin with little resistance. The brakes work well and the pedal is solid and smooth.

This stroller has a padded sling-style seat with a giant canopy and adjustable suspension. The plastic wheels have rubber air-filled tires and the handlebar is foam covered and not adjustable. We think passengers will be comfortable in the Rambler and most pushers will find it useable as well, but taller users might wish for a taller handlebar.

Should You Buy the BOB Rambler?


The Rambler is a smaller more compact BOB with a few less features than the BOB Revolution Flex 3 and the BOB Alterrain Pro. It moves well in tight spaces and offered impressive test results in run-ability. We like the smaller size for everyday errands and the lower weight makes running somewhat easier. There is nothing wrong with the Rambler and a lot of things right. We suspect anyone who owns it will be pleased.

What Other Jogging Strollers Should You Consider?


This BOB is missing some key components serious runners might want like an adjustable handlebar, which could be a real concern for parents with a vast height difference or those who are taller than average. If you have more money to spare and budget isn't a huge restriction, you might consider the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 or the Thule Urban Glide 2, as both offer better run-ability and a few more features that make the easier to use.

Accessories


BOB makes a variety of optional accessories from fitness add ons to car seat adapters.

BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the bob's optional handlebar console has a zippered pocket and two 5...
The BOB's optional Handlebar Console has a zippered pocket and two 5 inch deep cup holder pockets. Caution never put hot drinks in cup holders because they could fall out and land on baby.
Credit: BOB Gear
  • BOB Parent Console — This console is canvas and Velcros to the handlebar of the stroller. It has two cup holders and a center pocket. It is easy to attach and quick to remove. The cup holders are deep enough for tall water bottles and the center pocket will hold most smartphones.
BOB Rambler jogging stroller - the bob weather shield is a great way to keep baby cozy no matter...
The BOB weather shield is a great way to keep baby cozy no matter what the weather brings.
Credit: BOB
  • BOB Single Weather Shield — This weather shield is a useful cover to protect little ones from the elements. It is a potential must-have option if you plan to run no matter what the weather, or if the weather where you live can be unpredictable.

  • BOB Single Fitness Kit — If you want to get a good work beyond the jogging option, this kit is the one for you. Made specifically for BOB strollers, it has resistance bands of various strengths for a total body workout on the go.




Before purchasing any adapter, double-check your manual and with BOB to ensure compatibility.

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