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BOB Revolution Flex 2.0 Combo Review

Infant car seat attachment is not one of the Flex's many strengths
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Price:   $480 List | $370 at Amazon
Pros:  Great maneuverability, easy to use, good quality
Cons:  Heavy, two step car seat attachment w/ straps
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 8
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 9

The Skinny

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.

While possibly not the best for car seat attachment, the Flex still impresses in other categories, including both the Full-Size Stroller Review and the Jogging Stroller Review.


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Pros Great maneuverability, easy to use, good qualitySuper 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 Heavy, two step car seat attachment w/ strapsLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Infant car seat attachment is not one of the Flex's many strengthsBest 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 Revolution... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs BOB Revolution... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 28.9 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"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:
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: 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 34.5"/48" 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 5:21 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

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.

Performance Comparison



The Revolution car seat adapters all require the use of strap attachment  in addition  to click in place.
The Revolution car seat adapters all require the use of strap attachment, in addition, to click in place.

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 Britax adapter works with both side attachment and a bar to rest on. This is technically the native brand adapter for the Revolution and works with both BOB and Britax options.
Some of the car seat adapters for the Revolution are loop style adapters that require some assembly before use and allow the infant carrier to nestle inside.

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 Peg Perego adapter attaches to the sides of the Revolution frame and the carrier sits in the loop where it clicks in place.
The adapter for the Chicco Keyfit 30 is the loop style adapter that attaches to the sides of 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 adapters slide into the side of the frame in the designated adapter location on the Revolution.
The adapters slide into the side of the frame in the designated adapter location on the Revolution.

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.

The BOB Revolution Flex is both heavy and bulky compared to other options.
The BOB Revolution Flex is both heavy and bulky compared to other options.

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.

The locking swivel front wheel on the Revolution is part of the equation that helps it perform so well in our tests for maneuverability.  Left to swivel the Revolution can make tight turns and quick responses to traffic and course changes. Locked in place it can traverse uneven terrain without going astray.
The locking swivel front wheel on the Revolution is part of the equation that helps it perform so well in our tests for maneuverability. Left to swivel the Revolution can make tight turns and quick responses to traffic and course changes. Locked in place it can traverse uneven terrain without going astray.

Maneuverability


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 front wheel on the Revolution can lock in place with the flick of a knob and somewhat on the fly.
The front wheel on the Revolution can lock in place with the flick of a knob and somewhat on the fly.

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 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 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.

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.

To read more in-depth details on maneuvering the Revolution, check out our Jogging Stroller Review.

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).

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.

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 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 BOB Revolution brake pedal is plastic and large enough to be easy to set  release and pain-free for sandal feet.
The BOB Revolution brake pedal is plastic and large enough to be easy to set, release and pain-free for sandal feet.

Brakes


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 Revolution has good rear storage access and limited side access. The back seat pocket will be available for small item storage as the infant car seat attaches with the toddler seat in the upright position.
The Revolution has good rear storage access and limited side access. The back seat pocket will be available for small item storage as the infant car seat attaches with the toddler seat in the upright position.

Storage


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 large Revolution canopy has a giant peek-a-boo window that makes it easy to spy on your baby in an infant carrier or the toddler seat.
The large Revolution canopy has a giant peek-a-boo window that makes it easy to spy on your baby in an infant carrier or the toddler seat.

Sunshade


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.

With the use of high-end materials and a nice design  the Revolution earned an impressive score for quality.
With the use of high-end materials and a nice design, the Revolution earned an impressive score for quality.

Quality


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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team