If you want one of the best jogging strollers available, Bob Revolution SE may be the one you are looking for. Currently Bob Revolution SE is number 2 bestselling Jogging stroller in Amazon. Many customers praise Bob Revolution SE for being a sturdy, yet offers very smooth ride. Yes, the price tag is considered high though – at almost $449 RRP.
Buying good quality strollers has triple benefits. First it can last for years. Second, you can enjoy every movement you are doing with your loved one in the stroller. Last point that some customer made, is that good quality stroller has good resale price. Even after several years of use, you would still get few hundred dollars of your Bob Revolution SE. Let’s have a look in detail why so many people praise Bob Revolution SE as their favourite jogging strollers. There are some drawbacks as well that we will discuss during the review.
Is it Easy to Fold?
Bob Revolution SE boasts easy folding system. The stroller can be folded by two easy steps. There are two easy accessible handles on the top forward. Once we press these handles, the stroller would collapse instantly. There is a belt that we can strap the stroller together when folded, so it does not come apart. One interesting feature of Bob Revolution SE is that the wheel is easily removable. This would make storing the stroller handy, especially in smaller cars. One customer who has VW Beetle mentions that Bob Revolution SE fits well into her car.
Is it Easy to Assemble?
Assembling Bob Revolution SE jogging stroller is a breeze. For novice user, it takes at most 15 minutes to assemble. One user mentions that Bob Revolution SE stroller comes with a very clear manual with a lot of picture illustrations.
Weight and Dimension
Bob Revolution SE is made of strong aluminum alloy. This makes the stroller light, yet durable. Being a jogging stroller and having weight of only 25 pounds (11.34 Kg) has made Bob Revolution SE as one of the lightest stroller among jogging strollers’ category. The dimension of Bob Revolution SE is 51.6 x 25.4 x 40 inches.
The most important factor in choosing Jogging stroller is how good the maneuverability is. We don’t want to jog 5 miles with a stroller that is difficult to steer, or keeps on steering to one side of the track. Bob Revolution SE boasts the feature of swiveling front wheels for easy movement. When the stroller is being used in jogging or heavy soil, the front wheel can be locked forward. The front wheel locking adds the stability when we push the stroller while running. Simply push the red knob on the front wheel to move between the two modes. Many customers praise this feature as enabling them to use Bob Revolution SE in jogging and city walk without having two different strollers. Many jogging strollers only have fixed front wheel which makes the stroller difficult to move during city walk. However, if you only want to use the stroller for jog, BOB has a different model that has a fixed front wheel. It is called Sport Utility model.
The rear wheels are wide and firm. The rear wheels are 16” size, which is considered as a fairly large rear wheel. Many customers mention that the wheels keep air for a long time. This is because BOB uses Schrader valves as the tubes.
Bob Revolution SE uses a foot activated parking brake. The parking brake is one touch and stroller wide, makes it very easy to activate the brake. Some older strollers use two parking brakes: one in each side of foot. The handle bar is padded with easy grip material, which makes it comfortable to hold, even though our hand is sweating while jog.
There is a wrist strap as extra safety feature on the handle. The purpose is to prevent the stroller from rolling away from us. Bob Revolution SE has been tested and earns ASTM F833-10 and SOR/85-379 (Health Canada standard) safety certificate. This is really important factor when getting stroller, especially when buying jogging stroller. Do not buy unknown cheap stroller from internet that has not earned some American or Canada safety standards.
Our baby will be very comfortable being inside Bob Revolution SE stroller. The stroller has adjustable suspension system (as pictured). This ensures our baby would still enjoy the ride in rocky jogging track.
The seat can be reclined up to 70 degrees from vertical. Note that Bob Revolution SE is not designed for newborn baby. Therefore we won’t need fully flat reclining seat.
The stroller comes with extra large canopy. Even though it has large canopy, the canopy length is very adjustable. The canopy can be adjusted to higher child. In older model, some users reported when the visor retracted back, the clear plastic hits the child’s head. This has been fixed in the latest 2011 model.
The canopy comes with large viewing windows for us to keep an eye of our baby. One user reported though that the viewing window is positioned too ahead. Therefore the customer is only able to see the child feet. However, this is surely depends on how tall our child is.
Bob Revolution SE has four storage compartments. Two are inside the seat as interior seat pockets. There is one at the seat-back. The biggest compartment is at the underneath seat. Customer loves this underneath seat. It is considered larger than any other jogging stroller in the market. They can store diaper bag or some shopping baskets. One drawback though – the space between the seat and the bag is not quite large. It takes a bit of pushing to get our bag down at the underneath compartment.
Car Seat Adapter Option
You can get BOB car seat adapter at around $60. This enables us to place car seat from various different brands. Note that for Chico car seat, BOB has specific adapter. This is compatible with Compatible with Chico Key Fit, Chico Key Fit 30. The regular single stroller car seat adapter is compatible with the following car seats : Britax Companion 2003 and newer, Graco Snug Ride 2003 and newer Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 2003.
Age / Weight Requirements
Bob Revolution SE is compatible for baby over 8 weeks. The weight capacity – without the use of infant carrier or storage – is 70 pounds or 31 Kg.
Bob Revolution SE comes with five year warranty on frame and one year warranty for other items and fabric. Warranty must be made at authorized BOB agent. Bob can advise the authorized agent through customer service, which we can reach them at (800) 893 2447.
Bob Revolution SE has four different color options: Black, Navy, Orange and Plum.
Large number of reviews suggest that Plum is the best colour among the four. Not only has it offered fresh and vibrant colour Not only offers fresh and vibrant colour, Plum is also gender neutral. Therefore we can use them for later kids. If you wish to put them on eBay at later years, strollers with gender neutral colour may get you a better selling price, due to more people would bid on your listing.
Bob Revolution SE has a unique wheel alignment system. From time to time, if the stroller does not roll in straight line, we can simply do a wheel alignment procedure found in the manual. Another additional feature of Bob Revolution SE is the shock absorber which is adjustable. This is a really cool feature; enables us to adjust the cushioning of the stroller depending on our child weight.
Bob Revolution SE comes with several accessories as added purchase. One biggest complaint from customer is the cup holder, which costs extra $20 to purchase. Considering the high price tag that Bob Revolution SE has, Bob should have include the cup holder as standard accessories.
Anyway, the $20 cup holder is not a bad cup holder. It has a sturdy plastic and clip on easily. It is a worth to spend. Another accessory that may be good to have is Bob Warm and Fuzzy. Warm and Fuzzy has a thick fleece panelling and padded quilting. Warm and fuzzy certainly will keep baby cosy, especially during the winter.
The weather bubble is also good to have. It is a specially designed enclosure to the Bob Revolution SE that enables baby protected from rain. The enclosure has a wide viewing window for the baby still to be able to see through.
If you travel a lot with your Bob Revolution SE, the Bob Revolution SE Travel bag may be your excellent companion. The Bob Revolution SE travel bag not only protects your expensive stroller, but also makes it easy to carry as a checked in luggage in aeroplane.
To summarize, here are the Pro of Bob Revolution SE jogging stroller:
- Bob Revolution SE has light yet sturdy frame
- Assembling takes a very quick time – 15 minutes at most
- Folding/unfolding is very easy. The front wheel is removable to fit smaller car.
- A bit expensive, yet worth the purchase
- Comes with good 5 points harness and passes American and Canadian safety standard
- Five years warranty on frames
- Large storage compartment – four compartments in total
- Good adjustable suspension for easy ride
- The cup holder should comes as a standard accessory without the need of additional purchase
- The handle bar is not adjustable – This may pose a problem for tall parents. The handlebar is 40″ height
- Some customers report that reclining is a bit difficult to do
- Purple is the favourite colour. Not only it is a fresh colour, but also gender neutral.
- The Bob Revolution SE jogging stroller also has the dually stroller model
- Number two bestseller among Amazon Jogging strollers category – at the current review (April 2012).
- 4.5 star ratings, made by 77 reviewers
Few Customer Comments
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… read more…
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… read more…
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