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BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Review

A rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and running
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
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Price:   $550 List | $549.99 at Amazon
Pros:  More storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runner
Cons:  No self-stand, awkward to lift and carry
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 4, 2021
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  • Run-ability - 35% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.4
  • Maneuverability - 20% 8.3
  • Quality - 10% 8.9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 6.7

The Skinny

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is an impressive jogging stroller with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar that keeps it running straight and improves runner ergonomics. This high-quality stroller is well-constructed using durable materials that give an appearance of rugged capability that does not disappoint. We like the ample storage, passenger comfort, and improved canopy features on this BOB that make it a potential contender for everyday use as well. The 3.0 has a bulkier fold than some of the competition and its inability to self-stand can make it challenging to store in smaller space. However, if your space allows and you love to run or head off the beaten path, then the Flex 3.0 is a jogger we definitely recommend.

Editor's Note: The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 review was updated on December 5, 2021, and includes details related to our testing for run-ability. We've added charts to offer an alternative comparison of the test metric results.

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Pros More storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and useEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsSuper easy to maneuver, low price
Cons No self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standHarder to turn in small spacesHarder to lift and carryHarder to run with, lower quality
Bottom Line A rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningOur favorite jogger that also makes a great everyday stroller, which can save you moneyGreat fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turnA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useAn affordable jogger, but not the best option for serious runners
Rating Categories BOB Revolution Flex... Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Glide 2 BOB Rambler Baby Trend Expedition
Run Ability (35%)
8.0
9.6
8.7
7.7
5.2
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.4
7.7
7.3
5.7
6.8
Maneuverability (20%)
8.3
9.2
7.1
8.0
8.3
Quality (10%)
8.9
9.2
9.6
8.6
6.1
Weight Folded Size (10%)
6.7
7.0
6.5
7.2
7.2
Specs BOB Revolution Flex... Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Glide 2 BOB Rambler Baby Trend Expedition
Measured Weight 27.3 lbs 24.4 lbs 24.4 lbs 25.1 lbs 23.6 lbs
Rolling Resistance Test 145 Feet 144 Feet 141 Feet 140 Feet 124 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 23.5"W x 16.75"H x 33.75"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: 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: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs./42"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
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
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 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
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
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
Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
One-handed Fold No Yes Yes No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Auto Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 34.5"/48" 30"/46" 37"/44.7" 38.8" 41"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Fixed Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No No Yes No
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 4:26 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:24 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 6:30 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

The BOB (Beast of Burden) company began when two fathers craved something different for getting their baby out and about. After searching for a stroller they could jog with, the two men created the first fixed wheel jogging stroller. Over time, the company created a variety of joggers, including the first locking swivel front wheel that increased the versatility of the once awkward stroller. Britax now owns BOB.

Performance Comparison



The 3.0 is a smooth runner with adjustability for better running...
The 3.0 is a smooth runner with adjustability for better running ergonomics.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Run-Ability


While fixed wheel strollers have traditionally outperformed their swivel wheel counterparts, in recent years, we've seen a shift and find that a locked swivel wheel is easier to run with, and our professional runner feels the same about the Flex 3.0.


The front wheel on the Flex 3.0 has adjustable tracking that helps...
The handlebar on the Flex 3.0 rotates on a pivot point for height...

With useful adjustable tracking (above left), handlebar height (above right), and suspension, the 3.0 allows for some custom settings to improve running ergonomics, making it a comfortable option to push and tilt for turning. The Thule Urban Glide 2 offers similar adjustability. Our stroller ran straight, and we didn't have any difficulty keeping it on track.

The Details


For run-ability, each product undergoes multiple weighted tests to obtain the overall run-ability score. The tests help tease out what helps create a picture of how one jogger compares to another. The testing details can help you determine which stroller has the functionality and performance you need for your running goals. We include detailed charts to show a side-by-side comparison of how the Revolution 3.0 measures up to the competition.

Running Tests

The running tests we perform make up 35% of the total score for run-ability. Running tests include multiple ratings from various runners on their experience running with each jogger. The chart below shows the Revolution's running results compared to the competition.


Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance is 20% of the overall run-ability score. How freely the wheels spin with weight in the stroller can influence how easy it is to push a stroller while running. With a longer rolling distance test result, you can infer that the wheels have less natural resistance and require less energy to push. A longer distance in the rolling test is better.


The Revolution is relatively easy to use even if some of the...
The Revolution is relatively easy to use even if some of the features are more convoluted than competitors.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The 3.0 is slightly easier to use than the previous version of Flex, with an increase in storage options that improve parents' day-to-day experience, especially those who want to use their jogger as their everyday option.


The initial folding step for the 3,0 includes releasing the frame...
The second fold step involves pulling the handle located under the...

Fold and Unfold


The 3.0 has the traditional BOB fold and requires two hands and three steps, including release levers, a pull handle, and a manual lock. This stroller does not self-stand it doesn't have a carry strap. The larger size and bulky fold mean it can be awkward to lift and carry. Unfolding also requires two hands, and it simply unfolds and locks in place.

The Flex 3.0 brake pedal is located in the center of brake bar above...
The Flex 3.0 brake pedal is located in the center of brake bar above the rear axle. The pedal is easy to use but we had some difficulty acquiring complete engagement of the brake teeth on the wheel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The 3.0 has single-action brakes that engage by pressing the rocker pedal in the middle of the brake bar near the rear axle. This pedal used to be metal and has grown in size and is now plastic. The pedal is sandal foot friendly and easy to set and release.

Given our test results, we suggest you wiggle the stroller somewhat...
Given our test results, we suggest you wiggle the stroller somewhat to ensure that the brake is completed engaged before letting go of the stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

During testing, our brakes had difficulty staying or engaging thoroughly, and we found that we had to jiggle the stroller somewhat to ensure that the teeth on the brakes engaged fully with the slots on the wheel. The stroller often moved forward without this wiggle adjustment when slightly bumped or on an incline. This brake issue is something we haven't seen in the BOB strollers of yore.

The Flex 3.0 storage bin has a maximum allowance of 10 lbs, which is...
The Flex 3.0 storage bin has a maximum allowance of 10 lbs, which is average for the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The 3.0 has under-seat storage on par with previous Flex options and is accessible from the back and somewhat from the sides. Unlike the covered storage on the BOB Alterrain Pro, the bin is open but shares the same 10 lb weight limit. The BOB also has interior passenger pockets for snacks and water bottle storage.

The seatback on the Flex includes a mesh pocket with an elastic top...
The zipper pocket on the back of the Flex canopy is the first...

The new 3.0 has additional pockets on the back of the canopy and seatback. Instead of only a single or double mesh pocket (above left), it now has a zippered pocket for a phone or keys (above right) and larger pockets for other convenience items. This additional storage means you could potentially do without a parent console.

The newly designed canopy on the Flex 3.0 has a smaller vinyl window...
The newly designed canopy on the Flex 3.0 has a smaller vinyl window but offers mesh ventilation for an equal viewing range to previous Flex models. This peek-a-boo cover has a silent magnet closure.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The sunshade is still large and covers little ones to the knees. The peek-a-boo window is somewhat smaller than previous years, but it also has ventilation and a vinyl window. The new canopy has a magnet closure on the window cover, which is a much-desired improvement over the loud Velcro used in the past. The shade is sturdy, even if it looks a little frumpy when open. While the shade is extensive and useful, it doesn't look as taunt as the canopy on the BOB Rambler.

The BOB harness is straightforward and easy to use and adjust.
The BOB harness is straightforward and easy to use and adjust.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The harness on the BOB is easy to put on and take off with dual red loop pull tabs to tighten both shoulders and waist. This simple system is easy to adjust, and the shoulder height adjustment is the non-rethread style we prefer. The buckle doesn't require excessive finger strength, and the clips pop out, making it a quick and smooth operation.

The Flex 3.0 seat is sling style, lays almost flat, and has a padded...
The Flex 3.0 seat is sling style, lays almost flat, and has a padded stationary leg rest.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The 3.0 seat is a padded and molded canvas with a sling-style design. The seatback reclines almost flat, and the leg rest is stationary but padded and extends to a rubber-covered footrest. Overall, the seat is cozy enough for napping.

BOB offers a variety of infant car seat adapters for the 3.0. All...
BOB offers a variety of infant car seat adapters for the 3.0. All adapters are a two-step process of click-in and strap on.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


The 3.0 is compatible with various infant car seat carriers with the purchase of an adapter. Most of the BOB adapters require a small amount of assembly with a screwdriver and need to be attached to the stroller using tools as well. The adapters are a to step process that requires clicking the car seat in place and then securing it to the stroller with side straps. The two-step process leaves more room for error or negligence than the single-step process found on some competition. We worry parents will forget or forgo the second step leaving little ones open to potential injury. So while you can pair it with a car seat, it isn't our favorite.

Don't run under 8 months
Experts recommend that you do not run with your baby until they are at least 8 months of age. We suggest checking with your pediatrician before taking your baby over rough terrain or moving at any speed over a walk.

Ease of Setup


The 3.0 is easy to set up with clear instructions and limited parts. It took about 4:30 minutes to assemble, and the Allen wrench you need to tighten the front axle comes in the box, but we did need to use pliers to hold the other side to tighten.

The front wheel on the Flex 3.0 can be locked in place for running...
The 3 wheel design of the Flex 3.0 and large rubber pneumatic tires...

Maneuverability


The Revolution 3.0 is easy to maneuver with a swivel front wheel you can lock in place for traversing rough terrain or uneven surfaces.


The large pneumatic rubber tires go over almost any surface with ease, and the three-wheel design makes tight turns a breeze. Despite the larger size of this stroller, it is easy to navigate in crowded spaces, and we think it outmaneuvers the competition on bumpy surfaces. This BOB can be pushed one-handed and moves smoothly without a hiccup.

A folded Revolution 3.0 is no small package and it can be...
A folded Revolution 3.0 is no small package and it can be challenging to lift, carry and stow as it lacks a carry strap and self-stand properties.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The 3.0 is 27.3 lbs and measures 14,748 cubic inches when folded. These measurements make the Revolution about average for the group.


It can fold smaller if you remove the wheels, giving you a folded size of 10,672 cubic inches. While not practical for everyday use, the smaller fold could be helpful for longer trips or smaller trunks.

The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even...
The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even when fully deployed, but you can easily overlook the wrinkles when you see how well it covers little ones.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The 3.0 has similar quality construction and parts to the rest of the BOB lineup though not much has changed over the years, and things that have changed didn't necessarily improve.


The BOB uses thick canvas for the fabric that gives the impression of durability and longevity. The thermo-molded seat is padded and easy to clean with a liquid-resistant coating. The frame is sturdy and has little flex or rattle, and the plastic wheels are dense and look off-road ready.

The suspension on the Revolution is adjustable based on passenger...
The suspension on the Revolution is adjustable based on passenger weight and the type of terrain you plan to cover.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The overall fit and finish are nicer than the 2.0, with a few more features and better canopy detail. We appreciate the adjustable suspension (a rare treat in joggers) and the ability to adjust the tracking and handlebar height.

Should You Buy the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0?


We love the Revolution and think it offers a lot for most families. This stroller is a good runner with high scores in our detailed tests for running, plus, it is good for going off-road hiking and running errands. While this stroller is somewhat big and heavy, and some competitors are easier to fold and lift, we think most families will love what the Flex offers and will find it meets their needs for years to come.

What Other Jogging Strollers Should You Consider?


While we adore the Revolution and it is hard to find a flaw, we do think some runners will prefer the sleek style and lighter weight of the Thule Urban Glide 2. This similarly priced stroller has a one-hand fold, rolls like luggage, and has fewer exposed connection points. The Urban Glide 2 offers slightly better performance for ease of use and maneuverability than the Flex and could be a possible contender in a side-by-side shootout.

Accessories


BOB offers some accessories that make life easier.

  • The BOB parent console has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for...
    BOB Parent Console — A great console is useful for keeping supplies close at hand. The BOB console has deep cup holders and a zippered center pocket good for phones or keys. It fits nicely on the handlebar, with little movement, which can translate to a lower potential for items to fall out when strolling.
The BOB Snack Tray is removable for easy seat access and has a cup...
  • BOB Single Snack Tray — This useful snack tray for passengers provides locations for cups and snacks that can make longer trips more enjoyable for little ones. While this tray isn't great for running, as items can fall out when moving at speed, we think many parents and passengers will find it useful when strolling.

  • BOB Single Weather Shield
    The BOB weather shield is a great way to keep baby cozy no matter...
    Depending on your local weather patterns, a weather shield can increase how often you can use your stroller by protecting your baby from the weather. This cover creates a protected bubble good for rain, snow, wind, and even general cold.


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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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