The BOB Revolution

June 11, 2013

When I was pregnant and listening to the Pregtastic podcasts, I remember hearing the women call themselves “BOB snobs” whenever the stroller topic came up. Now that I am a BOB owner myself, I understand what the hype is about. Admittedly I haven’t pushed that many other kinds of stroller, but I can tell you that as an active mama the BOB is one incredible set of wheels.

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We decided to buy the BOB Revolution CE. There are several models of the BOB to choose from: the CE has the smallest wheels and therefore folds up the smallest. It’s for “city” use (hence the C). The SE is just like the CE but with bigger wheels, which makes running a bit easier but transport a bit more difficult. I believe on both the SE and the CE the front wheel can swivel for walking or lock for running, making the strollers great for either. The last model we considered was the Ironman, but with big wheels and a front wheel that doesn’t unlock, I ruled that one out pretty quickly. I knew I’d be doing loads of downtown walking, a fair amount of running and some traveling, so since the BOB was going to be our primary stroller we went with the CE. Thanks to Papa and Mimi for the wonderful baby gift!!

When Mazen was young we did a lot of walking with the car seat adapter, especially when it was very cold outside. We had a cozy shower-cap-style cover to go on the car seat that kept him snug as a bug. When spring arrived we got the clear from our doctor to begin running with him in the main seat and haven’t used the car seat since.

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The 5-point harness is super easy to use (unlike a car seat harness which is much harder to get around the arms). Mazen always seems very comfortable.

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He seems to love our walks and runs and rarely complains. If he does, it usually means something else is wrong like he is ready to nap. I give him toys to play with, but most of the time he likes to pick one toy to hold onto tightly and goes into a relaxed state taking in the world.

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The BOB’s features are great – the sun shade is huge and has multiple positions for cloudy and very sunny days. Everything but his little toes can be shaded, and I keep sunscreen in the back pocket to put on his legs on sunny days.

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Peeking in:

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There are multiple pockets for parent and baby storage – one on the back for gloves, sunscreen, etc. and some on the inside for baby things. Mazen likes to store his cell phone in there : )

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I bought this awesome Diono console for $10 on Amazon and love it. I often put my phone on the left, keys and sunglasses in the middle and water bottle on the right. The Garmin lives in my stroller now too : )

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The basket underneath could definitely be bigger. Just another inch or two would make getting the diaper bag in and out SO much easier. But I suppose the stroller is made for running more than it is shopping, so I can’t blame them. A lot of times I just end up clipping my diaper bag to the handlebars, and if fits well there even with the console.

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The brake is big and very sturdy (especially compared to other strollers I’ve handled), although it’s hard to do when you’re wearing flip flops.

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Folding the BOB up for car transport or storage is easy, although I wouldn’t say it’s one-handed easy. But it’s easy to figure out. I’d say the size of the stroller is its only downfall – considering we want to bring it on vacations it takes up more of our trunk than I’d like. In our Highlander it’s easy to get in and out, but in our Accord we couldn’t fit much else in with it because the front wheel was so tricky to tuck away.

As for running with the stroller, it’s great!! It’s much easier than I though it would be thanks to physics. Objects in motion stay in motion. Of course physics comes in to play on hills too, so to be honest I usually walk up most of our steep hills in town. Running with the wheel locked had a bit of a learning curve, especially if there are turns in your run, but it’s something I’ve gotten used to. The shocks on the BOB are amazing – I can go over bumps and sidewalk cracks and with a slight downward press on the handlebars barely interrupt the ride. And it did fabulously on the beach at low tide!

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My favorite part of stroller running is that I can take so much gear with me. I don’t have to carry my water bottle, I can take my fleece off after I warm up and store it below, and I can carry my phone, some fuel, sunglasses, a raincoat and more – all ready if I need them. I actually prefer stroller running for this reason alone now!

I am not affiliated with BOB – just love my stroller and wanted to share why.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie June 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

I just ordered my BOB SE & I’m so glad to read your review :) Now I know spending the extra money will be worth it! Thanks :)

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2 Lindsey June 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thanks for sharing! We are about to buy our stroller and are 98% sold on the BOB Revolution SE so I am happy to hear you really enjoy this stroller.

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3 Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

We have the exact same stroller and love it. We are on the exact same page as far as our complaint goes. I was just frustrated yesterday as I was trying to get my diaper bag in and out of the bottom carriage at the zoo. But if that’s the only thing I have to complain about then I’m in good shape.

We are taking ours to the beach this summer too so it’s nice to see it does well in the sand too.

LOVE my BOB!

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4 Nikki June 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

I have the BOB Rev SE and I love it!! Great brand of strollers.
I’m with you on the stroller running with some where to put all your stuff!

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5 Lisa June 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

I just ordered my BOB! Sounds like I chose the right jogging stroller :-)

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6 Kate June 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

Is that a bike (eh, stroller?) lock tucked away? What a great idea! I never thought to lock up a stroller but it makes sense!

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7 KERF June 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

Yes, just in case we ever have to leave it outside to go in a restaurant/shop

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8 whitney June 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

A friend told me how much she loves her BOB Rev SE so that’s what we decided to get as our jogging and everyday stroller. Our little girl will be here in 5 (give or take) weeks and I am SO excited to use it!! :)

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9 Erika June 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

I personally have never pushed a Bob – I think the hype has made me stay away from it. I have a BumbleRide and love it.

Just curious if you have the wheel turned when you fold it up. It seems to save some room if you do, but I’m sure you know that already :)

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10 KERF June 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

I do : )

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11 Mary June 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Ok this is a totally non-stroller related question, but I love the shoes you’re wearing in the picture of the brake. What are they/where did you get them? I could use some cute, comfortable summer sandals :)

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12 KERF June 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Marshall’s! They are my second pair of their kind and I absolutely love them. They’re so comfy!

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13 Emily L June 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Brand? Seriously adorable!

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14 KERF June 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Modabella!! (Sorry it took me so long to reply)

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15 Christin@christinjoyful June 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I’ve just started my journey of stroller shopping…and the BOB was also recommended by my co-worker…thanks for the great review!

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16 Lindsay June 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

I love my BOB (we have the SE) and it’s great for running but I lust after the UPPAbaby Vista for more everyday/around town use.

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17 Mary June 12, 2013 at 7:57 am

We have an UPPAbaby Vista, I love it. Especially the enormous basket!

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18 Lindsay June 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

I need to hook my garmin to the BOB-did you use a special attachment?

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19 KERF June 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

No just wrapped it around with charger base for more thickness

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20 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) June 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

When I was a nanny the family I worked for had a BOB. It was awesome!! We don’t have a BOB, but the BabyJogger and love love it! Glad your stroller choice is working well for you.

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21 Mandy Pierce June 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yes! We love our BOB, too. We have the Revolution SE. I haven’t tried packing it up and taking it anywhere (mostly because it Is monstrous), but we use it every day to run the trails in our neighborhood. This stroller alone may have saved my sanity those first few months after baby was born when I just needed to get outside and move my body.

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22 Connie June 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

We have a BabyJogger too and we love it. It’s the Summit X3, and it has a lot of the same features the Bob does that make it so great. it rides like a cadillac and the baby loves it. I DO wish it had the pocket on the inside like the Bob though because James has no place to put his cell phone. But it has a one-hand fold which I love, and I havent had any problems with the basket. I had a really hard time deciding between the Bob and the BabyJogger but in the end, either is a great option!

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23 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength June 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

HAHA! I love walking with my son bc I can bring so much too. I always pack him a few snacks, water, my phone, my water, keys, etc. I have only run a few times with the stroller and it’s HARD work!! Go you mama!

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24 Nancy June 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thanks so much for the review. I’ve been considering a BOB since I am a runner. Just wondering, how far do you typically run with it? I’m trying to find one suitable for the distances I run.

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25 KERF June 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

3-4 miles. But I’m sure people have ran marathons with them. Visit Hungry Runner Girl!

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26 Sarah June 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’ve read reviews of strollers on a women’s running forum, and the BOBs all always come out at the top. They are great for any distance. The main complaint I’ve ever heard about them is that the handle is not adjustable, so some taller parents prefer other brands. Other than that, they get rave reviews.

I’m a pretty slow recreational runner and have done some stroller running but mostly use our BOB for walking, errands around the neighborhood, etc., and it’s awesome for all of that, too.

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27 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

I wish I had heard about this stroller before I bought mine…I HATE mine!

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28 Kathryn B June 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

My parents house is behind you in one of those pics :) Ahhhh BHI.

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29 KERF June 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

No way!! Can I come join you on vacation?!

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30 Kathryn B June 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I live out west and can’t find time (vacation days) to make it there this summer, which makes me so sad – no where else compares!!

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31 KERF June 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Sadness! Maybe we will be there at the same time sometime in the future : )

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32 lauren June 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

I live in a South Jersey beach town, which was pretty devastated by Sandy, and during the entire storm I kept saying to my husband, “Are you SURE the BOB is going to be ok??”

btw, BOB’s customer service is amazing. My stroller did get some damage from the storm, and their customer service sent me a new stroller, no questions asked.

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33 Kelly June 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

We love our Bob! We have the SE because we do a lot of trail running here in Austin. Any tips on cleaning the Bob? :)

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34 Jen June 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I’m a big fan of your blog :)
We love our BOB too! Our daughter is 5 months old and we are still using the car seat and adapter for our daily walks. Do you remember how old your son was when your doctor gave you the ok to stop using the car seat?

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35 KERF June 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

The Bob manual says at 8 weeks to start walking. We waited longer because it was winter and the car seat was warmer, but definitely by 5 months or so we were walking without it.

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36 Katie J June 17, 2013 at 5:37 am

I know this a stroller post, but I have to say, you are positively Glowing Kath!! Motherhood sure does suit you x

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37 Julia June 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hi Kath! I’m a long-time reader but I think this is the first time I’ve ever commented! My husband and I learned recently that we’re expecting! We’re also trying to not go crazy with buying too much baby stuff! I was wondering whether you/other readers would recommend the BOB if it were to be the ONE AND ONLY stroller we purchased. Lots of reviewers comment that they have two, but I’d really like to keep it as simple as possible. Thanks!

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38 KERF June 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

If you are active and plan to do lots of walking and running, then yes. I might suggest getting the BOB and then a cheap (under $50) umbrella stroller to keep in your car. If you aren’t planning to ever run with the baby or you live in a remote area that will require putting the stroller in the car everytime you go out, then I’d consider something else.

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39 Jill June 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I have the BOB SE and I do love it but it is a bit of a behemoth, even when folded and I can’t seem to find a way to stay put folded in the closet so we tend to leave it out in the back hall but it is always in the way. Could you elaborate on the wheel turned/saving room when folded thing.
Have you ever flown with the BOB and gate checked it? Not sure I could get the baby out of the stroller and fold it one handed while holding him when I’ll be traveling solo.

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40 KERF June 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I think they just mean turning the wheel so it’s parallel with the stroller. We keep ours open all of the time though. I haven’t flown with the BOB

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41 Pam June 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

We just recently purchased the CE. Wondering which car seat worked best with this stroller?

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42 KERF June 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

I think most of the infant seats will with the right adapter. we had the KeyFit

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43 Heather June 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I have a BOB question for those of you who have one. I have the SE. I’ve only been using it since March and just for walks. A couple of weeks ago I noticed the right wheel started creaking. Like I said, no running yet – just neighborhood walks. The creaking drives me crazy!

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44 KERF June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Ours has creaked some too and Matt readjusted it and it got better. Maybe it’s out of allignment?

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