Common Landon, a stroller review? You’re kidding right? Well, no I’m not kidding. As you know I love running and am constantly working to better my running fitness. As you likely also know I have a two year old with another one on the way. So finding the right stroller that allows me to run and train while still spending some time with Paityn is important. Luckily for me, and for Paityn, I recently had the privilege of working with BOB Gear strollers to test and review the BOB Revolution Flex.
The BOB Revolution Flex is classified as an off-road/on-road fitness stroller. It’s a lightweight but durable stroller with some awesome features aimed at getting every level of runner out on the trail.
The BOB Revolution Flex has a number of great features, but lets start out with just a look at a few of my favorite features.
– Swivel/Locking front wheel. This allows for super maneuverability or more stability when locked on rough terrain.
– Adjustable Suspension System. This provides exceptional comfort not only for Paitynm but also for my hands as I’m pushing.
– Polymer Composite Wheels. These puppies are tough and lightweight.
– Foldable and Packable. The BOB Revolution Flex folds in half which makes for easy storage, especially in a small apartment.
BOB Gear prides itself as being an industry leader and after using the Revolution Flex for a few months on varying terrains it’s easy to see why. From my first run with the BOB Revolution Flex to my most recent run I have been very impressed. The stroller floats easily down pavement and even rolls easily along moderate trails. The suspension helps ease the bumps of more rigorous trail, but I generally steered clear of the more difficult terrain. The BOB Revolution Flex weighs in at 26.2 pounds which coupled with Paityn’s weight of nearly 30 pounds it’s a bit difficult to push on a more rough trail with more elevation gain.
While the BOB Revolution Flex may not be your fix for trail running with a little one, it is perfect for moderate trails with minimal elevation gain and on the road of course. Given how much easier to push the stroller on the road even with the oversized tires I have logged most my miles with the stroller on the road.
It’s important that I note Paityn’s take on the stroller as well. Her favorite feature is the canopy that regardless of time of day or weather she prefers to be pulled down all the way. She enjoys the peak through window that allows her to look up and my sweaty face as we run along together, both enjoying the outdoors. Paityn’s overall take, however, is extremely positive. I cannot tell you how many times she has stood by the stroller pointing and begging “up, up, up!” There’s no doubt, even in her early speech what she means and how she like the BOB Revolution Flex.
While I love the BOB Revolution Flex my only preferred change would really mean a whole new stroller that would require some significant changes; I’d prefer a super lightweight stroller that would be more suitable for hills. Although I realize that this presents a huge issue for developers who are seeking to maintain my aforementioned favorite features., not to mention Paityn wouldn’t be too stoked on a suspension-less and bumpy ride.
So take my “preferred change” with a grain of salt. The weight of this stroller is relatively low given all of the tradeoffs with necessary and important features.
My bottom line on the BOB Revolution Flex is that this stroller is awesome. Kyra and I generally just keep the stroller folded up in the back of our Ford Fiesta as we prefer to be on the go and it makes things easy to keep Paityn happy in so doing, did I mention she loves the stroller? So if you are in the market for a stroller to fit your family and running lifestyle I strongly recommend checking out the BOB Revolution Flex and the BOB Gear line in it’s entirety.