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BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Combo Review

Car seat attachment is not a Flex strength
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Price:   $500 List | $450 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to maneuver, easy to use, good quality
Cons:  2-step car seat attachment w/ straps, heavy and bulky
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 2
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 7
  • Quality - 5% 8
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 9

The Skinny

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a jogging stroller that can be combined with a variety of infant car seats with the purchase of an adapter. The adapters require assembly and screw onto the frame and car seats require two steps for attachment including straps we worry parents will skip. While we love this BOB, and many things about it, it isn't the best for combining with a car seat as a result of the two-step design. The Flex is a great jogger, versatile enough for to use as your primary stroller, and easy to push, but there are better options (even joggers) if a travel system is what you want to create.

If you think the 3.0 is the option for you, the 2.0 is similar and you might be able to find it online for a significant discount over the 3.0. It has been discontinued, but until they are all sold, you could save some money without sacrificing much.


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Pros Easy to maneuver, 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 2-step car seat attachment w/ straps, heavy and bulkyLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Car seat attachment is not a Flex strengthBest 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 28.1 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"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: 74 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/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
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 4:26 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

Roger Malinowski and Philip Novotny began the Beast of Burden Company, (BOB) in 1994 with Yak bike trailers. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the bicycle pro and airline mechanic saw a need for a new type of stroller after having babies of their own which prompted the creation of the BOB Sport Utility Jogging Stroller. The men continued to advance their stroller designs and in 2005 were the first company to put a locking swivel wheel on a jogging stroller. BOB was acquired by the Britax company in 2011.

Performance Comparison



The carrier nestles into the BOB 3.0 and works well with the canopy  but parents need to ensure they always use the straps for car seat attachment as described in the user manual.
The carrier nestles into the BOB 3.0 and works well with the canopy, but parents need to ensure they always use the straps for car seat attachment as described in the user manual.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Flex 3.0 can be combined with a variety of infant car seat brands with the purchase of an adapter.

Car seat adapter for the Flex 3.0
The adapter for the Flex 3.0 clicks into the adapter hole on the fold joint.

The adapters are largely frames you need to assemble using a screwdriver before connecting to the stroller frame. Once connected to the stroller, the carrier clicks onto the adapter and requires a second step of strap connection to finish the combination.

The second strap step of the Flex 3.0 adapters hurt its overall performance results in the combo review as we worry parents might skip the step  leaving little ones open to potential injuries.
The infant car seat carrier clicks onto the adapter frame but also requires strap attachment for proper attachment.

It is this second step that hurt the Flex's 3.0 performance in this metric. We worry parents will intentionally skip the second step or forget making the combination potentially dangerous for little ones. That being said, if a jogging stroller is what you want and you don't want to invest in a different stroller for the first 9 months of your baby's life, then the adapters work well, but please follow directions.

NO Running Before 8 Months
Experts agree you should not take infant running until they have full head and neck control and can sit up unassisted, which typically occurs around 8 months. We suggest you consult your child's pediatrician before taking your little one over bumpy terrain or jogging.

The fold on the Flex 3.0 is bulky and large making it harder to lift and carry for new moms who may have weight limits.
The fold on the Flex 3.0 is bulky and large making it harder to lift and carry for new moms who may have weight limits.

Weight and Folded Size


The Flex 3.0 is a bulky and heavy stroller for a car seat stroller combination. While about average for a jogging stroller at 28.1 lbs with the car seat adapter attached, this could be prohibitively large for a new mother to lift. Folded, it measures 14,748 cubic inches, which isn't small and could be problematic.

The Revolution 3.0 has a lockable swivel front wheel that helps it traverse bumpy terrain without veering off course.
The Revolution 3.0 has a lockable swivel front wheel that helps it traverse bumpy terrain without veering off course.

Maneuverability


The Flex 3.0 is a breeze to push and turn with large rubber tires and a lockable swivel front wheel that makes tight turns with ease and can traverse almost any surface smoothly.

The front wheel on the Flex 3.0 is large with a rubber pneumatic tire that helps it maneuver easily and over most terrains.
The front wheel on the Flex 3.0 is large with a rubber pneumatic tire that helps it maneuver easily and over most terrains.

The 3.0 has adjustable suspension and handlebar making it somewhat customizable for pusher and passenger which can affect how challenging it is to move in small spaces or over bumps in the road.

The under-seat basket has room for a large diaper bag but only has a 10 lb weight allowance.
The under-seat basket has room for a large diaper bag but only has a 10 lb weight allowance.

Ease of Use


The 3.0 received top marks for ease of use in this review with no other being easier to use.

Releasing the stroller frame for folding requires squeezing both levers (one on each side) simultaneously.
Folding the Flex 3.0 requires a quick pull on the handle under the seat.

Fold and Unfold


The BOB fold has more steps than some of the competition but it is isn't hard to accomplish. It has 3 steps and includes frame release levers, a pull handle, and manual lock. The stroller does not self-stand or have a carry strap.

The brake pedal on the Revolution 3.0 is large and easy to press. With a rocker style design  it can be engaged and released without hurting your shoes or feet.
The brake pedal on the Revolution 3.0 is large and easy to press. With a rocker style design, it can be engaged and released without hurting your shoes or feet.

Brakes


The Flex 3.0 has single action brakes with a center brake pedal on the back above the rear axle. The pedal is an easy to use rocker-style pedal that is friendly on feet. In our testing, we had difficulties with the brakes on our 3.0 that they didn't want to completely engage with the teeth on the brakes not fully engaging with the slots on the wheel. We had to jiggle the stroller a little to get the brakes to properly engage. We haven't experienced this with BOB brakes in the past.

The new 3.0 has more storage pockets than previous iterations and now includes 2 zippered pockets in addition to a large mesh pocket on the back of the canopy and seatback.
A small top pocket on the Flex 3.0 has a zipper to keep items safe and free from debris.

Storage


The 3.0 has an under-seat basket that holds up to 10 lbs, and fit our large diaper bag inside with access from the back and sides. It also has inside passenger pockets, back seat pockets, and pockets on the back of the canopy including a zippered pocket for phones or keys.

The canopy on the Revolution 3.0 has a smaller peek-a-boo window than previous models but the new ventilation is see-through and has the added perk of increased airflow. The cover is now silent magnet closures instead of the louder Velcro.
The canopy on the Revolution 3.0 has a smaller peek-a-boo window than previous models but the new ventilation is see-through and has the added perk of increased airflow. The cover is now silent magnet closures instead of the louder Velcro.

Sunshade


The new 3.0 canopy is still large like a traditional BOB sunshade but it has a smaller peek-a-boo window to make room for mesh ventilation. It also has upgrade closures with silent magnets instead of Velcro. The window is still large and easy to see through.

The canopy on the Flex 3.0 worked well with our Britax infant car seat.
The canopy on the Flex 3.0 worked well with our Britax infant car seat.

Ease of Setup


Set up for the 3.0 is simple with very little to add or do. It took about 4:30 minutes to assemble and the tools you need come in the box.

The Revolution 3.0 is a quality stroller with the versatility to be your only stroller.
The Revolution 3.0 is a quality stroller with the versatility to be your only stroller.

Quality


The Flex 3.0 is a high-quality option that looks and feels sturdy with attention to detail and an impressive overall fit and finish. We like the materials BOB uses and the frame is stable with few rattles or flexing.

The handlebar on the Flex 3.0 rotates on a pivot point to adjust the height up and down.
The handlebar on the Flex 3.0 rotates on a pivot point to adjust the height up and down.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz