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Great for jogging and off road use, but not my choice for everyday use
My grandchild is one year old and I bought this stroller for jogging and hiking on dirt trails in our local parks. It does a superb job for each. However this is not a stroller that I would buy for everyday use, especially if you live in the suburbs rather than a big city, where people walk most places and don't need to constantly take a stroller in and out of a car trunk. Let me describe the stroller, which I bought at my local REI store since it came fully assembled and because they have a lifetime return policy in case I run into any problems.

1. The construction is first rate, the fabric used is high quality, and it takes literally seconds to open and close, which is very simple. Just pull a red handle to lift the stroller into the open position. To close, just push two levers on the top forward and the stroller collapses (I disagree with the leading negative review that this is at all difficult). There is a wrist strap on the handle to be used when jogging that can be buckled to keep the stroller closed when it is folded. I NEVER use the wrist strap while jogging. I know that its purpose is to prevent the stroller from getting away from you if you lose your grip, but I think it is dangerous to use. If I tripped while jogging and had the wrist strap on, not only could I break my wrist from the force of the stroller with a child in it, but the odds are that I would flip the stroller too. If I felt myself going down I would rather just hold onto the handlebar and try to slow the stroller down. Just my opinion.

2. The stroller has two modes--walk (the front wheel swivels) and jog (the front wheel is locked into position and stays straight). There is a simple red knob on the front wheel that allows you to easily switch between the two positions, and it literally takes just two seconds to switch.

Note: If you are ONLY going to jog, and don't mind having the front wheel permanently locked, then you can buy a less expensive BOB stroller known as the Sport Utility model, on which the front wheel does not swivel at all. Yes you can turn the stroller with a locked front wheel--but you have to lift the front of the stroller to do so. I did not want to be so limited, especially hiking on trails, which is why I bought the Revoution SE instead.

3. This rides very smooth for jogging, and handles off road surface well when walking. The reason is that this is a very heavy stroller (24 pounds--I weighed it on my luggage scale, which makes it heavier than any of the other strollers that my grandchild has, which I discuss below) and has very large wheels--again larger than on her other strollers. Unlike other strollers, these wheels are inflatable just like bicycle tires. They need to be kept at 30psi for best performance. Of course jogging with a seriously under inflated wheel could be dangerous; ordinary walking would just be more difficult. You don't have to check tire pressure all the time, but ask yourself if you want to bother having to check it at all if you are considering this as an everyday stroller. You might not want to have to deal with an unexpected flat tire just when you need to use the stroller.

This takes up a lot of space in a trunk, and is heavy to put in and take out. Yes, each of the wheels has a quick release lever (just like bicycle wheels), so you can take them all off to save trunk space. This might make sense on a long trip, but I can tell you from experience that this is not something you would want to do on a regular basis, especially with a cranky young child or in inclement weather. Plus, using quick release wheels takes some getting used to. As the directions point out, if the "quick release lever does not leave a visible imprint in the palm of your hand" after you put the wheel back on, then you have not done it right.

4. I do agree with the leading negative review that there is no soft padding on the seat, though I disagree that the crotch strap is too short (it is adjustable) or that buckling your child in is any more difficult than on any other stroller. When the canopy is fully extended, there is a "window" on top that lets you see your child. There is also ample storage underneath. You can adjust the seat to a reclining position using two straps, though for jogging you need to keep it fully upright (the further back it is, the less stability you have).

However I would not use this as an everyday stroller. My grandchild (who lives in Manhattan) started out with the Bubaboo Cameleon stroller for local neighborhood walking (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer), and then at about nine months also started using the Maclaren Quest Sport stroller (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer) for traveling in cabs and subways, as well as day trips out of the city (like visiting me and my wife) since it is more light weight, easier to fold and close, and easier to carry with a carrying strap. And at my house she sometimes used the Graco Infant Car Seat stroller frame (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer).

I mention these different strollers because all of these provide more comfortable seating, and are lighter and more compact (except maybe the heavier and bulkier Bugaboo) than the Revolution SE, which for me is a special purpose stroller for jogging and off road use. Yes, it can be used as an everyday stroller, but its strength lies not in lots of comfortable padding or a light weight compact size when folded, but rather in great stability while jogging or walking off road.

For walking only the recommended age range is 8 weeks-8months; for jogging/off-road use it is 8 months-5 years. The stroller can accommodate a child up to 70 pounds.

5. This stroller comes with a very clear and well illustrated manual that explains everything. Among the advanced features is a simple form of wheel alignment in case the stroller does not roll in a straight line (which could occur after off road use, the same as when a car goes over lots of bumps), and a shock absorber setting.

Bottom line: This is a special use stroller that works great for jogging and off road use. For everyday use I would get something else whether you live in the city or the suburbs.

Update February 23, 2012: This past weekend I went jogging with my 13 month old granddaughter in Manhattan and really appreciated how this stroller performed on lots of different surfaces and terrain-- smooth paved roads, uneven asphalt surfaces, sidewalks with bumps, street curbs, and some moderately steep uphill and downhill paths. It was a breeze using this stroller and more importantly my granddaughter enjoyed every minute of it. Since it is critical to keep the front wheel in a locked position while running, anytime that I needed to make a turn (like at a street corner after we left Central Park), I easily just pulled back on the handlebars to lift the front wheel up and move it into the new position. Very easy to do and no big deal.

Update June 10, 2012: The instruction manual contains the following warning in bold letters: " Never jog with the stroller in walk mode. Doing so could result in loss of control and serious injury." Nevertheless my daughter and son-in-law went running with my granddaughter in Central Park in Manhattan with the stroller in walk mode. My daughter said it worked fine, and made the stroller much easier to maneuver going back and forth to the Park and running inside the Park. I am not recommending this, but am simply pointing out someone else's experience.

Update June 2, 2013: Still in perfect condition and working great.

Update September 22, 2013: This stroller is easy enough to use one handed. Let me explain. My 2 year 8 month old granddaughter wanted to go to the playground in her Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe Ride-On. I wanted to bring my 5 month old grandson in the Bob stroller, but grandma was not available to wheel the stroller. No problem. I wheeled the stroller with my left hand (my weaker one) and my granddaughter's toy car right behind it with my right hand. The Bob was so easy to use that it was effortless even with just my left hand (and I am not a lefty) to navigate broken and uneven sidewalks while pushing my granddaughter at the same time.

Update October 20, 2013: I took my 6 month old grandson for a walk on a beautiful sunny fall day. Even walking with the sun directly ahead of us, he was shaded down to his shoulders by my extending the canopy all the way. I was also able to see and talk to him through the opening between the canopy and handlebars, and to see his entire body by pulling back a flap on the top of the canopy that reveals a clear plastic shield. I mention these features because I think they are important.

Update February 11, 2014: If you live in the suburbs and have an SUV, then transporting this stroller might not be a problem. On a recent weekend morning the family went out to breakfast and afterwards walked around a suburban downtown. I knew there would be patches of snow and ice on the sidewalks (the storms in my area this winter seem never ending) and packed the BOB for my 10 month old grandson. It fit easily into the back of my SUV, though there was no room for anything else. This stroller worked just as well on snow and ice as it does on grass and dirt.

Update February 25, 2014: Because of all the snow this winter, sometimes the path that my neighbors have shoveled on the sidewalks is just too narrow for the BOB to make it through without at least one of the rear wheels having to cut through the snow. No problem. I just went walking down the sidewalk with my 10 month old grandson as if I were driving an SUV--and I did it using only one hand because I was pulling my 3 year old granddaughter behind me in a wagon with my other hand. This really is an all terrain stroller.

Update March 13, 2014: I received the Thule Chinook 2, which I would never have bought on my own because it's so expensive. But since the Bob Revolution SE accommodates only one child, I now use the Thule for running with my 3 year 2 month old granddaughter and 11 month old grandson. However, had I not received the Thule, I would have purchased the Bob Revolution Duallie--which costs 2 1/2 times less.

BOB saved my son's life. Really.
I was out the other day and my son was asleep in his BOB. I have loved my BOB since I bought it but now I have even more reason to!
I was loading my son in the car. I had it pulled up alongside my car and was turned slightly putting my purse down so I could lift him out and put him into his carseat. I heard a weird noise and looked behind me.. the car next to mine was backing out and was crushing my stroller between my car and hers. My son was asleep in it. I started screaming and she stopped. I motioned for her to pull forward.
She felt terrible when she realized what had happened. She did not see me or my son when she looked she said. (My son I felt was in a safe spot out of the way of traffic btw, I am very safety concious.)
She had a Chevy cavalier. The bumper on her car crumpled/formed AROUND the steel frame on the BOB. The steel frame on the BOB saved my sons life. If he had been in a cheaper, less sturdy stroller he might have been crushed.
BTW my stroller is fine and my son slept through the whole thing. I am so thankful for the sturdy construction of this stroller. I realize this is a freak accident, but again, THANK YOU BOB! And God of course : )
It happened SO FAST!

Also:
I love the way it takes up less room in my trunk than our old Chicco stroller. I love the large shade on it that allows my son to sleep for hours in it while I shop. I love the recline, it's fabulous! I've had it for well over a year now with my 2.5 year old and wish I had known about it when I was originally buying a stroller.. would have totally done this instead of the Chicco stroller to accompany my Chicco Keyfit 30 carseat!

I purchased the BOB Warm Fuzzy and love it year round. It's cozy. And I bought the cupholder and love it as well. Purchased the weather bubble too- like it but a little complicated to put on in the pouring rain when getting out of the car- I get drenched : )
I also purchased the "travel bag"- the suitcase specifically for this stroller and we flew our BOB to Las Vegas with us on vacation. I just checked the stroller in that bag as a piece of luggage- it was GREAT. It protected the stroller so well. I was able to put all our diapers and other baby/kid? supplies in around the stroller.

I love the black color, the easy steering that pushes like a DREAM, the easy brake, the easy fold/unfold, the shocks, the easy wash fabric, the durable everything on it; I love running with it or just taking it to the mall.
I've had to air up the tires once in a year. It has held up amazingly to some abuse!

Pros/Cons/some advice
PROS
-sturdy construction, good materials
-durable. I probably put about 35 miles on my BOB every week and it's held up! Through rain, snow, mud, etc, it sometimes gets a little dirty but then I hose it down and it's gleaming again. No issues with rust or looking worn.
-pushes and turns extremely well. No other stroller on the market, jogger or not, turns and pushes as well as the BOB.
-really really good suspension, which is a must especially in the newborn stage. The other strollers were all bumpier.
-comfortable, breathable seating
-large canopy/shade
-seat recline is adjustable (I like how it's straps and not a lock mechanism where you only have 3 recline options)
-imo, it has enough storage pockets and the basket is large enough. This is a jogging stroller and I wouldn't want a huge basket. I'm running, not going shopping with this.
-accessories are also very good quality. I like that the car seat adapter is also metal and when the car seat is on, it is tight and solid. Many other strollers out there also have car seats that snap it, but they always shook and it made me nervous!
-definitely the BEST jogging stroller out there. Not the best day-to-day stroller, but if you are a runner, this is IT.

CONS
-Price = it's probably the priciest jogger out there. I've found that if you are patient and wait for a sale either on OnlineShopDealer or another retailer like albeebaby.com, you can usually knock off 15-20% of the retail price. It also helps to buy it online as they may not charge you tax depending on where you're having it shipped (which can be another saving of 5-8%!) As much as I mulled over the price before I got the stroller, I have to admit now that I'm willing to pay even twice that for the BOB! It beats having a gym membership (and ha, who would watch the baby?)
-Size = even when it's folded, it's still a BIG stroller. If you have a small, compact car, forget it, you're not getting it in. Even with a mid-sized car it takes up the majority of the trunk. I definitely would not take the BOB for travel, and I only use mine from home.
-Heavier than some other joggers = part of the reason is that the materials they use are denser and probably better (ie, BOB uses metal where others might use plastic parts).
-Accessories not included = which means more $$ and annoying. Even for a weather shield, cup holder, etc, it's all extra, and it's not cheap. Most of the accessories are not compatible between the single and dualie BOBs which is annoying, and it means you'll have to repurchase all the accessories if you upgrade to a dualie.
-Front swivel = check it after purchase! I realized later it doesn't lock straight on mine and I've tried adjusting it. I should have sent it back in the beginning to get it fixed, but it's been too long now (and it's really not a big deal, I'm pretty comfortable pushing it with the swivel on)
-Will squeak after prolonged use = I noticed that the main hinge/piston area does tend to get squeaky after a few months, but it can be easily fixed with a spray of WD-40 (obviously, air it out well afterwards before putting the baby in!)
-Material is not waterproof = for the price, I thought it would be. One day we got caught in the rain without the weather shield, and I am disappointed to report that the rain dripped through the canopy.

****SOME TIPS in using BOB. This is just my advice so take it with a grain of salt:
BOB recommends using the adapter and only walk for the first 8 weeks, to only walk from 8wks to 8months without the adapter, and to jog after 8 months. Of course they say this to prevent accidents and lawsuits, but any mom trying to lose pregnancy weight is not going to sit around on her butt or only walk for the next 8months. I was walking after a few days and gradually increased the distance and pace, and I was jogging after 2 weeks with the car seat adapter. I actually kept the baby in the car seat until 16wks as it was wintertime and he seemed more snug in the car seat than in the stroller. My baby was pretty big from birth (by 2wks, he was more than 10lbs) and the terrain I jogged was very flat and familiar. Use your own common sense...if your baby is preemie, or if you usually don't jog so you don't know every turn in the road, or if the road is bumpy...then wait a few more weeks/months. But if you have a healthy baby and you're a normal jogger who knows her jogging route in her sleep...then go for it! My baby actually sleeps the entire time when I run...sometimes if I stop to walk he wakes up and starts crying!
If you want a weather shield for the car seat adapter, I'd get the Jeep System Weather Shield, it actually fits over the entire carseat +Bob perfectly: http://www.onlineshopdealer.com/Jeep-Travel-System-Weather-Shield/dp/B001CUPT3K/ref=sr_1_4?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1337724645&sr=1-4
****I also went to BRU on several occasions and compared the BOB to other joggers:
-Phil&Teds = was the main contender for me. Optically it looks more compact and the main pro is the ability to add a second seat. However, it definitely did not push or turn as well as the BOB, and in the end that mattered the most to me. P&T may work better as a day-to-day stroller if you have two kids, but it's not a jogger.
-Baby Jogger City Mini = more of a day-to-day stroller. Cheaper than the BOB but still good quality, but the wheels were smaller and it just didn't push as well.
-Jeep Jogger = is designed for jogging, but it is poorly constructed and the materials are inferior. Definitely a lot cheaper, but for a reason
-Baby Trend Expedition = also a cheap stroller for a reason. Convenient because the travel systems come with the car seat, but it just doesn't seem sturdy. The car seat clips into the plastic cup holders but the car seat will still wobble!

BOB is the Best!
I read hundreds of reviews on the BOB Revolution before purchasing ours and now I am adding my review to help out if you're considering buying a BOB. We purchased the 2011 Revolution in black and we LOVE it! Purchasing the BOB is like buying a BMW or Mercedes - it's the best! My husband and I are not necessarily runners, but we do a lot of power walking on trails, the track, and streets. The BOB also goes everywhere with us in the back of our Mitsubishi Montero Sport so that our baby can be comfortable where ever we are going.

The BOB is more expensive, but it's worth every penny you pay!!! I knew that I did not want a travel system stroller because the wheels are not durable on those strollers. Those strollers are also not made for exercising. I can take my BOB to the mall and power walk for a while and then go into any store and the stroller will turn on a dime around merchandise racks and tight spaces.

Here are some great features:
1.) The canopy is HUGE and I love the look-through window to see your toddler! Our baby is not that big yet but with the car seat attached, the canopy will fold over the car seat and protect our infant from wind or sun.

2.) The BOB folds and unfolds so easily. With one flip the stroller is open and standing! It's fairly light and even I at 125 pounds can lift it into the back of the car.

3.) The new 2011 model has the belt that straps the stroller together when folding it down so that it doesn't come apart when you're lifting it into the car. I REALLY like that!!! I think that was one of the biggest complaints on the older model.

4.) For a jogging stroller, the basket underneath is still a good size. I've seen strollers with bigger baskets underneath, but they are travel system strollers that are meant only for going to the mall, etc, not for working out. I can fit the diaper bag and some purchases in the lower basket on the BOB. There is also the flat pocket on the back of the stroller that will hold flat purchases or things like diapers and wipes.

5.) The shocks and suspension on this stoller are amazing! It smooths the ride for our infant and when we roll over uneven pavement, rocks or branches you can hardly feel it.

6.) Lots of other little features like the parking brake at your foot, removable wheels, ultra padded handle bar, reclining seat, safety belt for the infant car seat and extra durable material.

The makers of the BOB throught of EVERYTHING! I know the $400-$500 price seems like a lot, but it will last forever. I didn't mind praying that price for a stroller that will give me all the freedom I need as a new mommy to get out there and tone back up from having a baby. Having such a high end stroller is motivation to me versus using a cheep one that I really hate how it pushes or how the baby rides. You will love using the BOB!

We also purchased the Infant Car Seat Adapter for our Graco Snugride 30 car seat and the Handlebar Console. Don't get the BOB without the console - you are going to need it! When spending so much money for a stoller I wish the console came with it, but really, what's another $20 so that you can have drink holders and places to put sunglasses, phone and keys? I like having all those things up top at my fingertips.

The BOB Revolution is worth it! If you put the money out now for the best stroller, you won't have to put out more money later.

Amaaaaazing
I have had my eye on the BOB stroller for quite awhile now, but just didnt know if it was feasible enough to spend all that $$$$$...well it is!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stroller, it rolls like a dream! Before this stroller, I was using a Baby Trend Expedition, which does the job, but just wasn't the cadillac I wanted.

The great points about this stroller are the sun shade, the ability to turn on a dime, my little man has plenty of room to grow and he LOVES going out on walks. If you are not a jogger this stroller is still GREAT! But if you are a jogger this stroller is truely amazing and makes pushing a stroller much easier! One thing that I wish could be changed, is the size of the basket, but it's really not that big of a deal since it's about the same size on the Baby Trend. The stroller is also on the bigger side of sizes, but I like that it is sturdy. It is fairly easy to fold up, just make sure you read the instructions before you leave ;)I know some people have complained about the sun shade drooping, but if you close it correctly then there should be no problems and there will be plenty of room above the head area. I also read somewhere that someone thought that the middle buckle, between the legs is too short...um its adjustable!!!!! If you open it to the biggest size there is plenty of room!!!

So if you are skeptical whether you should spend the $, its totally worth it, so go for it!!!!

A review from a woman who hates to run...
I absolutely hate to run. I am not graceful, it hurts, and I rank running up there with sticking sharp objects under my fingernails. However, I have a one year old and about thirty pounds left to lose. (Did I mention that I jiggle when I run?)
I was using a ten-year-old fourth-hand jogging stroller that was so far beyond it's 'better days' that it was actually a liability. I did tons of research, and every time I looked at the price tag, I thought to myself that I couldn't justify spending that much money on a jogging stroller that could end up being a bra-hanger like my old elliptical. On top of that, I don't have endless liquid assets to dump into a stroller, and even if I charge myself $5.00 per run, that's a WHOLE LOT of torturous turns through the neighborhood before this thing will break even!

My review:
This was the best decision I've made for myself since Kaitlyn was born. It is lightweight, easy to fold, easy to open and it's such a smooth ride!
- Unexpected benefits: This stroller is AWESOME on the grass at baseball games and the park! I wasn't expecting to use it so much!!!
- Safety wrist strap: When I'm hauling myself, sweating and panting through the neighborhood, it's nice to know that Kaitlyn won't zoom off into the sunset without me.
- Inside pockets are ingenious! I tuck Kaitlyn's water bottle into the pocket, and she takes it out when she wants it. She still can't put it back, but as she grows, it's nice not to have to stop running to hand her things. Lord knows how hard it is to get started again!

Negatives:
- I wish there were a pocket closer to me to put my phone in. I use running apps and music apps, so it would be nice to have a strap or pocket right in front of me. Instead, I have to rig the phone up in the mesh pocket above the window using the window cover (rolled) to keep it in place.
- The back flap. What the hell is this thing?!??! I know it needs to stay open when the weather shield is on, but when the seat is fully inclined, how the heck is this thing supposed to work? I definitely don't think I'm doing it right, but it's such an awkward construction that I'm not sure that there IS a right way. I usually roll it up and velcro it in place using the velcro that is supposed to hold down the window flap. Unfortunately, when it's super sunny and the sun is beating on Kaitlyn's head, I have to make this awkward flap work for us...

Just note how petty my two negatives are. That pretty much sums up how happy I am with this stroller. It was the best investment I've made for myself since Kaitlyn was born, and I'm absolutely thrilled that I made the decision to buy it. While I still hate running, I can at least say that I enjoy my time spent running with Kaitlyn. She is so comfortable that she will often nap while we're out, and I'm finding this stroller to be a motivator to get out there and be active with her.

Great for jogging and hiking but not my choice for everyday use
My granddaughter is now seventeen months old and I have been using this stroller for the past seven months. I bought this for jogging and hiking on dirt trails in our local parks, and for running in Central Park in Manhattan where my granddaughter lives. It does a superb job. However this is not a stroller that I would buy for everyday use, especially if you live in the suburbs rather than a big city, where people walk most places and don't need to constantly take a stroller in and out of a car trunk. Let me describe the stroller, which I bought at my local REI store since it came fully assembled and because they have a lifetime return policy in case I run into any problems.

1. The construction is first rate, the fabric used is high quality, and it takes literally seconds to open and close, which is very simple. Just pull a red handle to lift the stroller into the open position. To close, just push two levers on the top forward and the stroller collapses (I disagree with the leading negative review that this is at all difficult). There is a wrist strap on the handle to be used when jogging that can be buckled to keep the stroller closed when it is folded. I NEVER use the wrist strap while jogging. I know that its purpose is to prevent the stroller from getting away from you if you lose your grip, but I think it is dangerous to use. If I tripped while jogging and had the wrist strap on, not only could I break my wrist from the force of the stroller with a child in it, but the odds are that I would flip the stroller too. If I felt myself going down I would rather just hold onto the handlebar and try to slow the stroller down. Just my opinion.

2. The stroller has two modes--walk (the front wheel swivels) and jog (the front wheel is locked into position and stays straight). There is a simple red knob on the front wheel that allows you to easily switch between the two positions, and it literally takes just two seconds to switch.

Note: If you are ONLY going to jog, and don't mind having the front wheel permanently locked, then you can buy a less expensive BOB stroller known as the Sport Utility model, on which the front wheel does not swivel at all. Yes you can turn the stroller with a locked front wheel--but you have to lift the front of the stroller to do so. I did not want to be so limited, especially hiking on trails, which is why I bought the Revoution SE instead. However, after months of use I have found that lifting the front wheel when it is locked to change direction is not a big deal unless you are hiking in the woods on an uneven trail.

This winter I went jogging with my then 13 month old granddaughter in Central Park in Manhattan and really appreciated how this stroller performed on lots of different surfaces and terrain-- smooth paved roads, uneven asphalt surfaces, sidewalks with bumps, street curbs, and some moderately steep uphill and downhill paths. It was a breeze using this stroller and more importantly my granddaughter enjoyed every minute of it. Since it is critical to keep the front wheel in a locked position while running, anytime that I needed to make a turn (like at a street corner after we left Central Park), I easily just pulled back on the handlebars to lift the front wheel up and move it into the new position. Very easy to do and no big deal.

So depending on your needs the extra expense of having a front wheel that swivels may not be necessary. I am not sorry that I purchased a stroller with this feature because I never know for what future use it may come in handy, but it is not a critical necessity for jogging, walking, or hiking.

3. This rides very smooth for jogging, and handles off road surface well when walking. The reason is that this is a very heavy stroller (24 pounds--I weighed it on my luggage scale, which makes it heavier than any of the other strollers that my grandchild has, which I discuss below) and has very large wheels--again larger than on her other strollers. Unlike other strollers, these wheels are inflatable just like bicycle tires. They need to be kept at 30psi for best performance. Of course jogging with a seriously under inflated wheel could be dangerous; ordinary walking would just be more difficult. You don't have to check tire pressure all the time, but ask yourself if you want to bother having to check it at all if you are considering this as an everyday stroller. You might not want to have to deal with an unexpected flat tire just when you need to use the stroller.

This takes up a lot of space in a trunk, and is heavy to put in and take out. Yes, each of the wheels has a quick release lever (just like bicycle wheels), so you can take them all off to save trunk space. This might make sense on a long trip, but I can tell you from experience that this is not something you would want to do on a regular basis, especially with a cranky young child or in inclement weather. Plus, using quick release wheels takes some getting used to. As the directions point out, if the "quick release lever does not leave a visible imprint in the palm of your hand" after you put the wheel back on, then you have not done it right.

4. Unlike other strollers, there is no soft padding on the seat. There is an adjustable crotch strap and buckling your child in is no more difficult than on any other stroller. When the canopy is fully extended, there is a "window" on top that lets you see your child. There is also ample storage underneath. You can adjust the seat to a reclining position using two straps, though for jogging you need to keep it fully upright (the further back it is, the less stability you have).

However I would not use this as an everyday stroller. My granddaughter (who lives in Manhattan) started out with the Bubaboo Cameleon stroller for local neighborhood walking (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer), and then at about nine months also started using the Maclaren Quest Sport stroller (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer) for traveling in cabs and subways, as well as day trips out of the city (like visiting me and my wife) since it is more light weight, easier to fold and close, and easier to carry with a carrying strap. And at my house she sometimes used the Graco Infant Car Seat stroller frame (which I have reviewed on OnlineShopDealer).

I mention these different strollers because all of these provide more comfortable seating, and are lighter and more compact (except maybe the heavier and bulkier Bugaboo) than the Revolution SE, which for me is a special purpose stroller for jogging and off road use. Yes, it can be used as an everyday stroller, but its strength lies not in lots of comfortable padding or a light weight compact size when folded, but rather in great stability while jogging or walking off road.

For walking only the recommended age range is 8 weeks-8months; for jogging/off-road use it is 8 months-5 years. The stroller can accommodate a child up to 70 pounds.

5. This stroller comes with a very clear and well illustrated manual that explains everything. Among the advanced features is a simple form of wheel alignment in case the stroller does not roll in a straight line (which could occur after off road use, the same as when a car goes over lots of bumps), and a shock absorber setting.

Bottom line: This is a special use stroller that works great for jogging and off road use. For everyday use I would get something else whether you live in the city or the suburbs.

Update June 10, 2012: The instruction manual contains the following warning in bold letters: " Never jog with the stroller in walk mode. Doing so could result in loss of control and serious injury." Nevertheless my daughter and son-in-law went running with my granddaughter in Central Park in Manhattan with the stroller in walk mode. My daughter said it worked fine, and made the stoller much easier to maneuver going back and forth to the Park and running inside the Park. I am not recommending this, but am simply pointing out someone else's experience.

Fantastic vs. Ironman
We had read a lot about this model versus the Ironman which is, in theory, designed for the more 'serious' runner.

We decided to spring for this model due to its versatility, and couldn't be happier. For everyday use, it's like the SUV of strollers: street, grass, supermarket, dirt path, no prob. For running, it was better than I thought it'd be. I had some reservations because I have sub-50 second 400M speed (if you don't know what that means, I'm really, really fast) and the Ironman is supposed to be more well-suited for speed demons. Well, the Revolution has taken everything I've thrown at it -- I'm glad we chose this model.

To be fair, I could see the Ironman being better for someone who isn't as strong (maybe an expecting mother or others for whom shaving ounces would make a critical difference). Also, I believe the Ironman has a hand-brake. The Revolution does NOT. It does have a wrist strap (which is fine for me), but this could be a big deal for someone who isn't strong enough to dig in and stop the stroller at speed if need be...

Words of warning:

You will also need to buy a pump (I got one with an electronic pressure gage for about $25). Keep those tires inflated to the manufacturers specifications.

This thing is HUGE. Folded, there is barely room for this and groceries in the trunk of our large sedan.

I've read posts where people say that they run with the front wheel unlocked for whatever reason. The warnings that come with the stroller advise that this could make it prone to tipping at speed -- DON'T IGNORE THE MANUFACTURER'S WARNING. Please lock the front wheel when you run with this stroller. Hitting a stick, rock, or curb the wrong way with the front wheel unlocked could conceivably cause the stroller to flip out of control. I've found that I have excellent control over this stroller with the front wheel locked as long as I keep the tires properly inflated. If you find yourself tracking, or if you find that the stroller is tough to control at running speed, adjust the trim and check the tire pressure.

Awesome stroller
At first I thought my husband had lost his mind spending $400 n this stroller and the car seat adapter, but its worth every penny. If you are a mom or family who likes to jog or even go for walks in a park this is the greatest stroller. Its the cadillac of strollers! Its such a smooth ride and turns easily.
Its a large stroller so I have the small car seat frame type stroller or quick everyday type of use, but if we are going anywhere for a longer time or outdoors the bob stroller is great.
It folds up easily and pretty small, fits in my midside sedan trunk without an issue. Not extremely light to lift but surprisigly lighter than other large dumpy 4 wheel strollers.

Love it ;-)
Love the stroller. Bought it last week and took it for a nice 5 mile jog today. I was contemplating getting the older model as it is way cheaper, but I am so happy I didn't the new back/seat cushioning is great I saw the older model in the store and think the 2011 definitely holds kids better in position especially younger ones. It rides nice and smooth and navigates with ease. My baby loves it and loves to nap in it. Don't like that the cup holder is still not standard, but not a deal breaker. Anyway it is a great stroller we have a secondary one from Germany which I love for nice walks so the BOB is for working out only for now. Great purchase and I would definitely recommend it to anyone else.



Features

  • Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability, locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough
  • Easy, two step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage
  • State of the art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride
  • Accessory adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant car seat adapter or snack tray
  • Ultra padded, adjustable reclining seat for enhanced seating comfort, five point padded harness keeps your child comfortably secure

Description

With the latest innovative features, the Revolution SE is perfect for any sport experience. From the zoo to the beach, zip through congested areas and around tight corners with the revolutionary swiveling front wheel or lock it in place for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough. Easy fold, lightweight design means this BOB is ready to stow, go or roll wherever life moves you. The state of the art suspension ensures baby will have a smooth ride on the journey. If your little one is not quite ready for the roomy, comfortable seat, the Accessory Adapter feature quickly secures a BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray when he's older. Also available in a Duallie two seat model.

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