April 10, 2018

They See Me Rollin': BOB Revolution Stroller Review

We’re pretty set in our daily routine when it comes to daycare. Dad drops Morley off in the morning and leaves the stroller for me to then pick her up at the end of the day and take the bus home - that’s how a typical day looks.

But, when a morning instead turns into a battle with above mentioned toddler to put her socks and boots back on before walking into school, sometimes, things can change. Sometimes, things get forgotten. Like the stroller. Also known as my lifeline for getting home safely and in a decent amount of time.

That’s how last Friday turned out anyways. Luckily, I was able to dust off our cheapy, and wonky-wheeled, Target umbrella stroller (that we obtained for the sole purpose of getting Morley through the airport efficiently on our fall adventure to Alaska). It worked in getting her home, but it wasn’t pretty. 

Long story short, you really come to appreciate the good things in life when you don’t have them. Strollers included.

When deciding which stroller was right for our family, we knew we needed something that was durable, something that was rugged and something that we could take on our outdoor adventures. It needed to be comfortable enough for baby, but also safe for baby. After plenty of research, we opted for the BOB Revolution SE stroller

This “cadillac of strollers” is designed for all of your adventures - perfect for jogging or walking over pavement, sand or bumpy trails, the all-terrain Revolution SE is a way for families to be active together, no matter where you end up. 

BOB Revolution SE Stroller Review

While we may refer to this stroller as the “cadillac of strollers", the pros do come with a few cons. Here is what we love, and what we don’t love, about the BOB Revolution SE.

What We Love
  • The swivelling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability, and can be locked forward for increased stability when jogging or if the terrain is rough. We took the stroller with us to Cuba, and it easily handled the cobble-stone streets and sandy beach.
  • It is easy to fold and unfold. While the two-step folding may take both hands, unfolding can actually be done with one hand - perfect when baby won’t let you put her down!
  • The large multi-position canopy adjusts for protection against the elements. It also has a large window on the top, so you can view your child while pushing.
  • It can hold up to 70lb. and fits the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter for infant car seats and a compatible snack tray for toddlers, meaning we will get quite a few years of use. 
  • The ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seat and five-point padded harness make for enhanced seating, or reclining, comfort. Perfect for an impromptu nap.
  • The cargo basket underneath the seat provides plenty of storage, perfect for grocery shopping.
  • The padded handlebar adds comfort for the pusher and also adjusts to different positions depending on activity (or when you need to squeeze into a busy elevator).  You can also easily hang your diaper bag off the handles.
  • The foot-activated parking break is easy to take on and off.

What We Don’t Love
  • Air-filled tires do require inflating every so often.
  • Despite folding for storage, it is larger than other strollers and takes up the majority of our Ford Escape’s trunk space. 
  • We purchased both the sun-shield and weather-shield accessories. While the sun-shield came in handy on our trip to Cuba, we rarely use it. We have definitely got more use out of the weather-shield, as it protects her from wind, rain, snow and cold. The instructions that came with the shields were pretty vague, so [embarrassingly] it took us a few attempts to figure out how to fasten it correctly (i.e. the sun shield is actually upside down in the photo below, but still worked).
BOB Revolution SE Stroller Review

Tech Specs

  • Weight: 25 lb.
  • Capacity: 8 weeks to 70 lb. (Maximum occupant height is 44’’)
  • Overall length: Swivel-mode 46’’; Jogging-mode 51.5’’
  • Overall width: 25.5’’
  • Folded length (wheels on): Swivel-mode 39’’; Jogging-mode 43’’
  • Folded height (wheels on): Swivel-mode 16’’; Jogging-mode 16’’
  • Frame material: High strength aluminum alloy
  • Tires: Air-filled
  • Seat material: Poly- and dobby-weave fabrics with water repellent coating and open cell foam padding
  • Safety features: Padded five-point harness; parking brake; wrist strap
  • Storage: 2 interior mesh seat pockets; 1 large pocket on seat back; large cargo basket underneath seat

Compatible BOB Accessories:

Price (MSRP): $599.99 CDN (Available online or in-store at most baby/child retailers.)

Bottom Line

Don’t let the price fool you. Yes, you may be paying a little more for this stroller, but you are also paying for quality. And that is not something to cheap out on when it comes to the safety of your child.

The BOB SE is a great all-around stroller for both city and active lifestyle, including the ability to handle variable terrain, jogging, hiking and keeping baby protected. It may not be the slimmest stroller on the market, but it is incredibly stable and accommodating to children of a variety of ages and sizes.

And, if our toddler can fall asleep in it - that's a win-win for us!

What is one baby/child item that you can't live without? I'd love to hear!

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