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BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Review

A rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and running
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Price:   $450 List | $450 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  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 35% 9
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 7
  • Maneuverability - 20% 8
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 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. 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.


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Pros More storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsEasy to push and turn, compact for small spaces
Cons No self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHarder to lift and carryDoesn't track as straight, harder to adjust harness
Bottom Line A rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useNice maneuvering but hard to use and keep on track
Rating Categories BOB Revolution... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Bumbleride Speed
Run Ability (35%)
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Specs BOB Revolution... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Bumbleride Speed
Weight 27.3 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 26.6 lbs
Rolling Resistance 144.7 Feet 144.3 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet 132 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 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"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: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None 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 Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Pipa
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
Chicco
Keyfit 30
Graco
Click Connect Snugride 30 or 35
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 34.5"/48" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 28"/47.5"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes Yes No
Included Accessories None None None None Bell
Setup Time 4:26
min:sec
5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 13:10 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. Searching for a stroller, they could jog with or move off the beaten path; the two men created the first fixed wheel jogging stroller. Over time, the company went on to create a variety of joggers including the first locking swivel front wheel that increased the versatility of the once awkward stroller. Britax now owns BOB. The Revolution Flex 3.0 is the latest iteration of this locking, swivel front-wheel jogger and comes with increased parent storage on the back of the canopy and a slightly longer footprint.

Performance Comparison



The 3.0 is a smooth runner with adjustability for better running ergonomics.
The 3.0 is a smooth runner with adjustability for better running ergonomics.

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 actually 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 it run straight and avoiding veering while at speed.
The handlebar on the Flex 3.0 rotates on a pivot point for height adjustment.

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. Our stroller ran straight, and we didn't have any difficulty keeping it on track.

Ease of Use


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


The initial folding step for the 3 0 includes releasing the frame lock by way of simultaneous dual-lever lock release.
The second fold step involves pulling the handle located under the seat from behind.

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 rear axle. The pedal is easy to use but we had some difficulty acquiring complete engagement of the brake teeth on the wheel.
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.

Brakes


The 3.0 has single action brakes that engage by pressing the rocker pedal in the middle of the brake bar on the back of the stroller. 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 to ensure that the brake is completed engaged before letting go of the stroller.
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.

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. Without this wiggle adjustment, the stroller often moved forward 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 average for the group.
The Flex 3.0 storage bin has a maximum allowance of 10 lbs, which is average for the group.

Storage


The 3.0 has under-seat storage on par with previous Flex options, which is accessible from the back and somewhat form the sides. The bin is open and has a weight limit of 10 lbs. The BOB also comes with interior passenger pockets for snacks and water bottle storage.

The seatback on the Flex includes a mesh pocket with an elastic top good for storing water bottles  a weather shield  or jacket.
The zipper pocket on the back of the Flex canopy is the first convenience pocket BOB has offered with a zipper for smaller items.

The new 3.0 has additional pockets on the back of the canopy and seat back and instead of only a single or double mesh pocket (above left), 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 but offers mesh ventilation for an equal viewing range to previous Flex models. This peek-a-boo cover has a silent magnet closure.
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.

Sunshade


The Sunshade is still large and covers little ones to the knees. It can rotate forward for low sun or use as a windshield. The peek-a-boo window is somewhat smaller than previous years, but it also has ventilation in addition to the 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 pulled taunt.

The BOB harness is straightforward and easy to use and adjust.
The BOB harness is straightforward and easy to use and adjust.

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

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 adapters are a two-step process of click-in and strap on.
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.

Car Seat Compatibility


The 3.0 is compatible with a variety of 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 of the competition, and 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 to assemble. 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 and uneven surfaces  and it can also swivel for negotiating small spaces and tight turns while strolling.
The 3 wheel design of the Flex 3.0 and large rubber pneumatic tires provide this stroller with superb maneuverability and off-road capabilities.

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 challenging to lift  carry and stow as it lacks a carry strap and self-stand properties.
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.

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 really practical for everyday use, the smaller fold could be useful for longer trips or smaller trunks.

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.
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.

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 of use. 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 weight and the type of terrain you plan to cover.
The suspension on the Revolution is adjustable based on passenger weight and the type of terrain you plan to cover.

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.

Manufacturer Video




Accessories


BOB offers some accessories that make life easier.
  • The BOB parent console has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for smaller items.
    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 holder and shallow snack compartment.
  • 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 what the weather brings.
    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.

Other Versions


BOB offers a variety of strollers for jogging, though most are all very similar in design both for form and function.
  • BOB Blaze — The Blaze is a fixed front wheel option designed for serious runners. It has spoke wheels and a handbrake to help slow the stroller when running on hilly terrain. This running powerhouse also sports adjustable tracking, handlebar, and suspension for superb running ergonomics.
  • BOB Rambler — The Rambler appears to be a paired down Revolution with a slightly smaller stature and lower weight. It is somewhat more agile and sports a lower price. This BOB has less storage and a non-adjustable handlebar so it might not be suitable for very taller users. This smaller, less expensive option might be the right option for you, depending on your goals.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz