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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 : )
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 : )
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.
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.
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!
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.