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BOB Rambler Combo Review

Strap car seat attachment make this great jogger a poor combo choice
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Price:   $360 List | $360 at Amazon
Pros:  Jogger, good for everyday use
Cons:  Strap in car seat connection
Manufacturer:   BOB
By BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 1
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 5
  • Maneuverability - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 2
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 4
  • Quality - 5% 8
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 9

The Skinny

The BOB Rambler is a jogging style stroller you can use with infant car seats with the purchase of an adapter. While the Rambler is a great smaller jogger with useful features that is easy to push and turn, the two-step process of car seat attachment that includes straps make it one we think parents should skip. Why? We worry parents will think the click onto the metal adapter is connection enough or that parents may forget or intentionally skip the strap that is a must for safe carrier connection. This potential for injury and the size and weight of the Rambler make it a poor choice for carrying your infant car seat. We think parents will be happier with a simple frame stroller during baby's first nine months before choosing the Rambler as your primary or jogging stroller.


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Pros Jogger, good for everyday useSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Strap in car seat connectionLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Strap car seat attachment make this great jogger a poor combo choiceBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories BOB Rambler Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs BOB Rambler Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 25.8 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 75 lbs (says to check car seat manual for max passenger weight)
Maximum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.

Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
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
None None None None
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 38.8" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 5:30 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rambler accepts certain car seats with the purchase of the applicable adapter.
The Rambler accepts certain car seats with the purchase of the applicable adapter.

The Beast of Burden Company (BOB) was launched in 1994 by making Yak bike trailers. New fathers, Roger Malinowski, and Philip Novotny started the company in California when they identified their need for a quality jogging stroller prompting the development of the BOB Sport Utility Jogging Stroller. BOB continued to modify the design and was the first to develop a locking swivel wheel for joggers which was a game-changing addition for the jogging stroller industry.

Performance Comparison


The BOB Rambler is a nice little jogger, but it isn't the best to combine with an infant car seat carrier.


The information below details the performance of the Rambler and why it can work as a car seat combination, but maybe why you don't want to bother.

The Rambler car seat connection includes the metal bar and the red attachment straps seen here.
The Rambler car seat connection includes the metal bar and the red attachment straps seen here.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Rambler is compatible with a variety of car seats with the purchase of an adapter. The Rambler works with some seats from the following brands: Britax and BOB (Britax owns BOB), Chicco, Graco, and PegPerego. Popular individual seats include the Chicco Keyfit 30 with the BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 using the BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Peg Perego. We tested our Rambler with the Britax B-Safe 35 using the BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Britax & BOB.

The car seat adapter for the Rambler requires some assembly and is not easily removable on the fly as it requires tools.
The car seat adapter for the Rambler requires some assembly and is not easily removable on the fly as it requires tools.

The Britax/BOB adapter for the B-Safe is snap on and has some screws to connect the straps to the frame. You can use the adapter with the toddler seat and canopy in place. To attach the carrier, you need to press down hard, and even after it clicks, it may not be connected. The straps then go over the leg portion of the carrier to firmly secure the carrier to the frame. Once installed it is stable and secure. You can install it incorrectly if you fail to use the straps. The Rambler's car seat attachment score is low with a 1 of 10 because of the strap step in the connection process and the potential for it to go intentionally undone or potentially forgotten.

The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.
The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.

Weight and Folded Size


The Rambler is heavy and large for a car seat stroller which is why it earned a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size. It is on the smaller and lighter side for a BOB stroller and compares well to the other joggers with a weight of 25.8 lbs and a folded size of 13,150 cubic inches. The size is good for a jogger, but compared to other frame and full-size options it isn't great and could be frustrating to transport.

The tires on the Rambler are air-filled rubber and they help it move smoothly over almost any surface.
The front wheel on the Rambler is a lockable swivel wheel with adjustable tracking.

Maneuverability


The Rambler is an easy mover with a score of 9 of 10 for maneuverability and no stroller scoring higher. This stroller moves well over any surfaces and transitions from flat to off-road with ease. The rubber tires and adjustable suspension provide a comfortable ride, and the swivel front wheel lets it negotiate small spaces and crowded places with ease considering its size. While you shouldn't jog with children under 8-12 months old and infants are better kept on flat surfaces, this stroller will serve you well into toddlerhood when maneuverability is more important.

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.
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.

Ease of Use


The Rambler only earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use thanks to features that aren't as user-friendly when used in combination with an infant car seat.

The Rambler has a two-hand fold that initiates by releasing the frame lock by squeezing the levers on both sides of the stroller.
The Rambler folds with the pull of a handle under the seat.

Fold and Unfold


The Rambler requires two hands to fold and has a manual lock and no carry strap. This product does not self-stand and is rather bulky when folded. Unfolding is also easiest with two hands and requires picking up the stroller to shake it loose.

The large brake pedal on the Rambler is a rocker style that is foot friendly.
The large brake pedal on the Rambler is a rocker style that is foot friendly.

Brakes


The center plastic brake pedal on the Rambler is easy to access, and the rocking motion makes it friendly and pain-free to use no matter what shoes you wear.

The storage bin on the Rambler is large enough for diaper bags  but the weight limit is only average with a 10 lb capacity.
The storage bin on the Rambler is large enough for diaper bags, but the weight limit is only average with a 10 lb capacity.

Storage


The large storage bin has okay access from the sides and back and holds up to 10 lbs of supplies. We fit our large diaper bag inside, but it may not hold everything you'll need for a newborn.

The Rambler canopy works in conjunction with the car seat carrier  but it doesn't open wide enough to utilize the peek-a-boo window.
The Rambler canopy works in conjunction with the car seat carrier, but it doesn't open wide enough to utilize the peek-a-boo window.

Sunshade


The sunshade will work when a car seat carrier is attached. It has a limited ability to open, and there is a chance you can't use the peek-a-boo window to see your little one.

Ease of Setup




The Rambler took 5:30 minutes to assemble and comes with average documentation. It does require an Allen wrench, but this comes with your Rambler and is only for the front wheel attachment.

BOB is known for long term durability and the Rambler is no exception with quality materials that feel sturdy and look good.
BOB is known for long term durability and the Rambler is no exception with quality materials that feel sturdy and look good.

Quality


The Rambler is made with durable parts and has a sturdy frame that doesn't flex which helped it earn an 8 of 10 for quality. It isn't up to par with the BOB Revolution, as it lacks the thermo-molded seats, but it is still nice with the same canvas and similar though smaller features. This stroller has pneumatic tires and plastic wheels. It comes with a foam covered rounded handlebar. The handlebar isn't adjustable, but the height is good for most pushers. The Rambler has adjustable suspension and tracking that both work well, and the sling style seat makes for a comfortable ride.

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