The BOB Revolution Flex 2.0 is a great jogging stroller that performed well in our full-size and jogging stroller reviews. It is easy to maneuver, has adjustable tracking, suspension and handlebar, and it is a quality product with rubber pneumatic tires. What the Revolution doesn't do so well is car seat attachment. While the Revolution works with a large variety of brands, it does not come standard with any car seat adapter. Also, the installation of all carriers requires the use of attachment straps that we think could be forgotten or ignored resulting in an improperly and potentially dangerous situation for a baby. The Revolution 2.0 is one of the worst in this review for car seat/stroller combinations. However, depending on your long-term strolling needs, the Revolution might be a good fit further down the line.
BOB Revolution Flex 2.0 Combo Review
Pros: Great maneuverability, easy to use, good quality
Cons: Heavy, two step car seat attachment w/ straps
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Beast of Burden Company (BOB) was started in 1994 in California with Yak bike trailers. The bike professional and airline mechanic were looking for a different kind of stroller. After becoming fathers, they created the BOB Sport Utility Jogging Stroller. The two continued to develop new designs and were the first to use a single lockable wheel on a jogging stroller.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Revolution 2.0 struggles when it comes to combining with an infant car seat as a result of the 2-step attachment process.
The Revolution does not come with a car seat adapter or attachment capabilities. BOB offers adapters that work with the Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and Chaperone and Britax Affinity Bassinet); Chicco Keyfit 30 (below right) and Chicco Keyfit; Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 and 40; and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (below left). We used the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 in testing with the Revolution.
The adapter for these seats requires some assembly, but it clicks easily in place. You need to screw on the restraint straps to the frame with a Phillips head screwdriver making it one of the most complex adapters. You only need to do this once, but the straps require removal when your baby is ready for the toddler seat. You do not need to remove the canopy to attach the car seat, but you might not be able to use it either.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 scored the same during testing for ease of attachment, but the Peg edged out the Chicco for stability. The Chicco requires more pressure than the Peg to attach because the canopy gets in the way, but the Peg still has canopy trouble that prevents both sides from connecting every time. We often found that after the click, only one side engaged.
Once both sides are connected, it still needs the restraint straps attached. Given that many seats will feel adequately connected to the stroller without them, we think it is highly likely that parents will potentially forget the belt, choose not to use it, or become distracted before they complete the process. Skipping the strap leaves the baby open for potential injury. Given that many strollers in this review offer adapters and attachments without straps, we think it is safer to find a car seat/stroller combination that does not require this step.
Weight and Folded Size
The Revolution is large and heavy. It is one of the heaviest and largest folded product in the group, which makes it a poor combo option. We think it is best to find the lightest stroller that will meet your needs when your baby is still in an infant carrier.
It isn't a surprise that the Revolution 2.0 is a standout for maneuverability. With components and a design built for jogging, it has what it takes to make pushing and turning a breeze no matter what the terrain.
The Revolution performed well on pavement and rougher surfaces like grass and gravel. The air-filled rubber tires and adjustable suspension make even the most significant bumps manageable for baby. The solid plastic wheels spin well with little to no resistance or wobble. The swivel front wheel makes negotiating tight corners a snap.
The handlebar on the Revolution is adjustable with a dense foam cover that feels good. It adjusts by rotating on a pivot point, which we don't like as much as the telescoping because it means taller users will be more likely to kick the rear axle.
Ease of Use
The Revolution isn't the easiest to use as a car seat stroller, but none of the options in the review fared well in this metric.
Fold and Unfold
The Revolution is harder to fold than most of the competition with dual side unlock (above left) and a folding handle (above right). The process is a two-hand operation with four steps, has a manual lock, and it does not self-stand, and cannot be rolled when folded. Unfolding the Revolution is marginally easier with only two steps and a single hand.
The Rambler has single action brakes. The pedal has a central location on a bar near the rear axle. The pedal is wide and requires little pressure and is sandal foot-friendly.
The storage bin is quite roomy, and we fit our large diaper bag inside with back and side access. It has a 10 lb weight limit, which is average. It also has a large storage pocket on the seat back for convenience items or a bottle of water, and passenger pockets.
The sunshade is large and has an SPF rating of 50+. It is one of the nicer options with added ventilation and a vinyl peek-a-boo window with cover. The canopy is compatible with the car seats, but it doesn't fully open with every adapter, and it can get in the way when you install the carrier.
Ease of Setup
This stroller comes almost entirely put together with only a few parts to add. It took us about 5:30 minutes to put together. The documentation is good with clear instructions and a picture for every step.
The Revolution is a quality option with attention to detail and quality materials. The frame is sturdy with no flex even with more connection points. The fabric wraps nicely with no pinching or scrunching. The overall fit and finish of the stroller are good, but it hasn't changed much, which leaves us wondering if it has stayed the same while others improve. It is still a beautiful ride that functions well and doesn't have any identifiable missteps in design or execution.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team