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BOB Revolution Flex Review

Rugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outings
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $500 List | $390 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to run with, responsive turning, high quality
Cons:  Won't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carry
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 30% 9
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 6
  • Maneuverability - 15% 8
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 8

The Skinny

The BOB Revolution Flex earned a high rank and Editors' Choice award in our jogging stroller review. With a top score for run-ability and solid scores in maneuverability and quality, the BOB impresses by being a great running stroller that adeptly navigates crowded spaces and rough terrain. While the BOB has lower ease of use and weight and folded size scores than the Thule Urban Glide 2, it shares the Urban Glide's smooth run-ability and offers a more rugged look. This makes it a great choice for those that value the proven durability of a BOB over smaller size and lighter weight. We would recommend this stroller for families who love being outside and plan to move off the beaten path regularly.

While widely considered one of the best jogging strollers, the Flex is also a capable everyday option, as demonstrated in our full-size stroller review where it earned its second Editors' Choice award.


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Pros Easy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and useEasy to push and turn, compact for small spaces
Cons Won't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standHeavier, bulkyHarder to turn in small spacesDoesn't track as straight, harder to adjust harness
Bottom Line Rugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useGreat fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turnNice maneuvering but hard to use and keep on track
Rating Categories BOB Revolution Flex Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2 Bumbleride Speed
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Specs BOB Revolution Flex Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2 Bumbleride Speed
Weight 27.3 lbs 24.4 lbs 25.06 lbs 24.4 lbs 26.6 lbs
Rolling Resistance 150.5 Feet 144.3 Feet 139.7 Feet 141 Feet 132 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"L 25"W x 15.4"H x 34.5"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: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None 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 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
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Pipa
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
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
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
Chicco
Keyfit 30
Graco
Click Connect Snugride 30 or 35
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 34.5"/48" 30"/46" 38.8" 37"/44.7" 28"/47.5"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes No No
Included Accessories None None None None Bell
Setup Time 5:21 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:30 5:24 min:sec 13:10 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1994, Roger Malinowski and Philip Novotny formed the Beast of Burden Company, which is now called BOB, in San Luis Obispo, California. The bicycle industry professional and the airline mechanic started BOB with Yak bike trailers. They saw a need for a new kind of stroller, and the BOB Sport Utility jogging stroller was born. In 2005, the men continued to revolutionize the stroller world creating the first locking swivel wheel on a jogger, making it more versatile and user-friendly. In 2011, the company was acquired by Britax which offers a full line of strollers for every lifestyle.

The sunshade on the BOB Revolution Flex 2016 is very large and covers more of your little one than the competition.
The sunshade on the BOB Revolution Flex 2016 is very large and covers more of your little one than the competition.

Performance Comparison


This bar chart includes the overall scores for the jogging strollers we tested. The BOB Revolution Flex (in blue) earned the second highest score.


The sections below provide details on how the Revolution performed during testing for each metric.

The BOB Revolution Flex is very easy to run with adjustable suspension  tracking  handlebar  and locking front swivel wheel. These features also helped it earn a high score for maneuverability.
The BOB Revolution Flex is very easy to run with adjustable suspension, tracking, handlebar, and locking front swivel wheel. These features also helped it earn a high score for maneuverability.

Run-Ability


The Revolution scored a 9 of 10 for run-ability, earning the highest score for the metric and tying with the Thule Urban Glide 2. This stroller sports a locking swivel front wheel, a design that seems to be supplanting the fixed wheel options for serious runners in our tests.


The Revolution's locking swivel front wheel and adjustable tracking are both easy to use. The tracking keeps the BOB running straight, and in our experience doesn't need adjustment often.

The adjustable tracking on the Revolution Flex is easy to operate and holds the stroller straight and true for a long time.
The adjustable tracking on the Revolution Flex is easy to operate and holds the stroller straight and true for a long time.

Despite being on the heavier side, the Revolution is easy to tip back and turn while running, with one of the lowest rolling resistance in the group. The Revolution moves smoothly with rubber air-filled tires and adjustable suspension, and our professional runner feels it is a good option for frequent transitioning from one surface to another.

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 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 Flex offers an adjustable handlebar with an 11-inch range that helps parents maintain proper running biomechanics. The foam covered handlebar has a wrist strap near the middle that works well with both hands. The handlebar shape is not as ergonomic as the bar on the Thule Urban Glide 2, but it is still nicer than those that don't adjust.

The Revolution Flex is easier to use than the previous version of this BOB stroller with a larger storage bin and easier to use recline adjustment feature.
The Revolution Flex is easier to use than the previous version of this BOB stroller with a larger storage bin and easier to use recline adjustment feature.

Ease of Use


The Revolution earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use.


This score makes it about average for the group.



The first step of folding the BOB Revolution is squeezing dual levers on either side of the frame to unlock the stroller.
The second fold step for the BOB Revolution is pulling the red fold handle located under the seat bottom. The entire fold process is easy  but will require two hands.

Fold and Unfold


The fold on the Revolution is somewhat convoluted. It has a two-handed fold that requires squeezing the levers on both sides of the frame (above left) to initiate and pulling the handle under the seat to fold (above right). The Revolution does not auto-lock or self-stand, and the manual locking mechanism is sort of hard to use and requires pulling straps together to connect.

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).
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).

Storage


The large storage bin is positioned relatively far under the stroller and can be hard to reach. It has access from the back and sides, and we were able to fit our large diaper bag in both ways, but it is easier to use from the side. The bin has a maximum capacity of 10 lbs, which is average for the group. The Flex also has a mesh pocket on the back of the seat with an elastic top and inside mesh passenger seat pockets.

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 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.

Sunshade


The canopy is extra-large and covers children over their knees. It is adjustable with a large vinyl peek-a-boo window with a cover that has a hook and loop closure and a stow pocket to keep it open. The shade is made with water resistant canvas and has reflective materials on the corners.

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 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.

Harness


The Flex has a 5-point, lightly padded harness that is easy to put on, take off, and adjust. It offers shoulder height adjustment, an adjustable crotch strap, and waist straps with red pull rings that make them easy to tighten. The buckle snaps together easily and opens readily when the button is depressed without the need for excessive pressure or two hands.

The sling style seat on the Revolution Flex is comfortable and adequately padded with an almost flat recline and more upright posture for better viewing.
The sling style seat on the Revolution Flex is comfortable and adequately padded with an almost flat recline and more upright posture for better viewing.

Seat


The Revolution has a sling style seat with a non-adjustable leg rest that extends down to a plastic footrest. The seat bottom is lightly padded but has a seam that runs across the bottom behind the knee bend that could cause chafing to exposed skin. The seat back reclines to a nap happy almost flat, and it has a more upright position. Reclining the seat is easier than the previous version with a one hand button to recline as opposed to two hands. Once the seat is reclined, a ventilation gap opens at the top for increased airflow.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Revolution is compatible with several different infant car seats. All of the adapters are a two-step process that includes click-in and straps for proper installation.
  • Other Adapters — BOB also has adapters for a variety of Britax and BOB infant seats, as well as an adapter for some Graco seats.

Ease of Setup





The Revolution Flex is relatively easy to assemble, taking 5:21 minutes to put together. It requires a Phillips head screwdriver, and the manual is longer and more detailed than most, but this version is easier than the previous version.

The Revolution Flex rolls smoothly from place to place with tight turns and an impressive ability for quick navigation from a larger jogger.
The Revolution Flex rolls smoothly from place to place with tight turns and an impressive ability for quick navigation from a larger jogger.

Maneuverability


This BOB scored an 8 of 10 for maneuverability, which is one point lower than the Thule Urban Glide 2.


The Flex is easy to push on flat surfaces, but it is 2 inches wider than some of the competition, so you need to go a little slower in tight turns and smaller spaces. Moving on rougher terrain is just as easy as flat, with a relatively smooth transition from one surface to another. This makes it a good option for all-terrain pushing and outdoor adventures.

The BOB Revolution has an adjustable suspension that is easy to use and improves the quality and comfort of the riding experience for passengers.
The BOB Revolution has an adjustable suspension that is easy to use and improves the quality and comfort of the riding experience for passengers.

This stroller offers a relatively comfortable ride with a sling style seat, thermo-molded padding, pneumatic rubber tires, adjustable suspension, and padded shoulder straps.

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.
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 Revolution weighs 27.3 lbs, which is 2 lbs heavier than the previous Flex and the similar BOB Rambler. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is significantly less with a weight close to 22 lbs, which makes it a light jogger.


The Flex is 14,497 cubic inches. It can be made smaller with the removal of the quick release wheels. The awkward fold and heavier weight make the Revolution a harder stroller to lift and carry, but the smaller size means it might fit in smaller spaces. The Rambler is even small by over 1000 cubic inches.

While utilitarian in looks  it is hard to find any flaws with the materials or construction of the Revolution.
While utilitarian in looks, it is hard to find any flaws with the materials or construction of the Revolution.

Quality


The Revolution is a high-end option with impressive quality earning 9 of 10 in this metric tying with the Thule Urban Glide 2.


The Revolution's fabric is a thick, durable canvas with a thermo-molded seat and some reflective edges for night time visibility. The fabric doesn't snag, is water resistant, and easy to care for. The aluminum frame has no flex and is utilitarian with tight connections and hinge points. The fabric fits the frame by wrapping around and doesn't look quite as finished or sleek as the Thule Urban Glide 2 that attaches via a groove in the frame. The overall look is somewhat unkempt, and a little rumpled, but the materials are top notch.

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Accessories


BOB offers several accessories for all the BOB strollers that make it easier to use or increase versatility.
  • The BOB parent console has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for smaller items.
    BOB Parent Console — Some might argue that a great console is a must-have for easy strolling. The BOB console is well designed and provides deep cup holders and a zippered pocket. It has a tighter more secure fit to the handlebar, which could mean it is less likely to shift or result in falling items.
The BOB Snack Tray is removable for easy seat access and has a cup holder and shallow snack compartment.
  • BOB Single Snack Tray — While potentially not useable while running, a snack tray is a great way to improve the passenger experience and keep little ones satisfied during longer outings. This snack tray includes a cup holder and shallow snack compartment.
  • BOB Single Weather Shield — Depending on how you
    The BOB weather shield is a great way to keep baby cozy no matter what the weather brings.
    plan to use your jogger, a weather shield can vastly increase the opportunities you have to get out and get running by protecting baby from the weather while you run.
  • Infant Car Seat Adapters — BOB makes a variety of car seat adapters for attaching infant car seat carriers to the stroller.
    This is the Revolution car seat adapter for Chicco infant car seats. It is compatible with the award winning Chicco Keyfit 30.
    This allows you to use your stroller for walking when your baby is too young for jogging. Which adapter you need depends on the kind of car seat you own and BOB offers a nice tool for determining which seat works with which adapter. There are four adapters offered by BOB including the BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Peg Perego, BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Graco, and BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Britax & BOB.
  • Stroller Strides Fit 4 MOM for BOB is a nice addition for upping the ante in your workout stroller game.
    BOB Single Fitness Kit — The fitness kit is a collection of resistance bands designed to be used with your BOB so you can increase your workout options while you stroll. This kit attaches to the handlebar and takes the place of the console with a cup holder and pocket for the bands to store in.

Other Versions


BOB makes several different strollers for jogging. We tested multiple BOB options in this review and others including the following:
The BOB Ironman is a fixed wheel stroller with aluminum spoke wheels
  • BOB Ironman — The Ironman has a fixed front wheel and is designed for serious runners that need an ultra-light stroller with no frills for dedicated running. The wheels are spoked aluminum, it has a handbrake on the handlebar and similar features to the other BOB strollers.
  • BOB Rambler — The Rambler is very similar to the Revolution but it has some key differences that make it both more agile and less expensive. The Rambler has fewer storage features and a non-adjustable handlebar, but it has a smaller footprint and wheels negotiating small spaces with ease. Depending on your needs, this small and less expensive BOB may be a better fit than the Revolution.
  • BOB Revolution Flex Duallie — This two-seater version of the Revolution Flex brings everything you love about the Revolution to a two-seater variety.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers