We compare all the best BOB Gear jogging strollers | the Rambler | Revolution Flex 3.0 | Alterrain | Alterrain PRO
There are three groups of parents who will choose a BOB Gear stroller: joggers, walkers, and car-free families. So, what separates one BOB Gear model from another, and which is best for your family?
The best part of BOB Gear jogging strollers is that they are all excellent choices. Truly there isn't a dud to be found. The foundation of every BOB Gear jogging stroller is the same engineering, air-filled tires, premium suspension system, reinforced joints, and perfect steering. It’s obvious why a runner would choose a jogging stroller, but too often non-running parents are swayed away from a jogger for the wrong reasons. In fact, most BOB Gear jogging strollers are purchased by active, non-runners and car-free families who use the BOB Gear as their “vehicle”. These days, BOB Gear jogging strollers have the best long distance walking experience of any stroller, and their performance is easily reliable for a good 5-10+ years lifespan. Even among the highest tier strollers, BOB Gear jogging strollers are more likely to give you a better return on performance vs cost. Let’s talk about what separates each of the BOB Gear jogging strollers and how their features help make the best family adventures possible!
BOB Gear Rambler
$449.99 | 12” wheels | 25.3 lbs.
Best Feature: Cost effective
Worst Feature: Small tires offer lower performance
There’s a strong inclination for parents to choose the BOB Gear Rambler because it is more compact than the other models. With only 12-inch wheels, it offers a slightly lower performance on rugged terrain than the other three BOB Gear jogging strollers. Not a bad performance, just lesser. You’re more likely to feel the ground’s debris and bumps. The Rambler’s seat is an inch shorter than the others and it doesn't include the reflective safety accents. The handlebar is also fixed in place at 39.5 inches tall, and there aren’t any pockets except for the storage basket. This is a good opening price point option for the BOB Gear line of jogging strollers. It also adapts to many of the popular infant car seat brands, like the Nuna Pipas, Britax B-Safe, Cybex Cloud Q Sensorsafe, Uppababy Mesa, Maxi Cosi and more. The Rambler is best suited for parents in neutral weather climates with smoother surfaces.
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0
$549.99 | 12” & 16” wheels | 28.5 lbs.
Best Feature: Loaded with features, adapts to the most infant car seats
Worst Feature: Two-handed fold with an old “backpack buckle” locking mechanism
It cannot be overestimated just how buttery smooth the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0’s steering is. This jogging stroller can be steered with a one handed light grip, while you're sipping a drink or walking a dog with the other hand. The steering on the BOB Gear Alterrain and BOB Gear Alterrain Pro are also extraordinary, but we’ll admit that the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0’s slightly shorter frame (front to back) is just a touch faster to react. The adjustable mountain bike-style suspension is a treat as well, the stroller seat almost floats above the wheels and gently sways over every bump. You can run over the bumpiest terrain and the only thing your little passenger will feel is the wind in their hair!
Adding to the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0’s benefits are reflective accents, 5 pockets, a huge storage basket, and water resistant fabrics. The Revolution Flex 3.0 is well suited for most runners, walkers, and car-free families. But daily runners who prefer soft terrain like earth may be better suited to the heavier and more suspension focused BOB Gear Alterrain and BOB Gear Alterrain Pro.
Just like the BOB Gear Rambler, the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 adapts to several popular infant car seats, like the Nuna Pipas, Britax B-Safe, Cybex Cloud Q Sensorsafe, Uppababy Mesa, Maxi Cosi and more. Have multiple little ones? The Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie is the double version with the same great features! If you’re looking to attach an infant car seat to the Duallie, be sure to check the compatibility chart.
BOB Gear Alterrain
$599.99 | 12” & 16” wheels | 31.3 lbs.
Best Feature: A one-handed fold
Worst Feature: Fewer storage pockets *admittedly this really isn't a fault
The BOB Gear Alterrain and BOB Gear Alterrain Pro are sister strollers, identical except for the Pro’s added hand brake and under-seat storage cover. The Alterrain and Alterrain Pro jogging strollers are BOB Gear’s premium strollers with a one-handed quick fold, a very welcomed upgrade over the two-handed/ two-step fold of the BOB Gear Rambler and BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0. The stroller frames on the Alterrain and Alterrain Pro also received chassis makeovers for a sleeker appearance.
All BOB Gear jogging strollers have easy-remove tires, but the Alterrain and Alterrain Pro offer standing fold frames. Families with small living spaces will love how it breaks down and easily stores away in under a minute. BOB Gear’s smart engineering and design touches appear all over the Alterrain in its stronger suspension, sleek chassis shape, more reflective accents, 5 pockets (vs the 6 pockets on the Revolution Flex 3.0), water-resistant fabric, and their largest storage basket yet. But where the BOB Gear Alterrain really shines is for jogging and running. The BOB Gear Alterrain offers a SmoothShox suspension, a more robust and stronger suspension system than the non-Alterrain models making it perfectly suited for running over uneven ground and frequent walks over ice, snow and grass!
Just like the other models, the Alterrain is compatible with many infant car seats on the market, like the Nuna Pipas, Britax B-Safe, Cybex Cloud Q Sensorsafe, Uppababy Mesa, Maxi Cosi, Peg Perego and more.
BOB Gear Alterrain Pro
679.99 | 12” & 16” wheels | 32.3 lbs.
Best Feature: A hand brake for complete downhill control
Worst Feature: You may not need the hand brake
The hand brake and zippered cover on the basket are really fantastic premium features. It’s handy to not have to remove all your belongings from the basket every time you fold it down. The Hand brake isn’t a necessity for everyone though, depending on the elevation in the areas you plan to use your stroller. The addition of the Pro’s hand brake is helpful when you’re heading down a steep hill and want to make sure the stroller doesn't roll downhill faster than you. But if you live on a steep hill or neighborhood or are a frequent long-distance runner, then the hand-brake is a safety necessity.
Just like the other models, the BOB Gear Alterrain Pro is compatible with many infant car seats on the market, like the Nuna Pipas, Britax B-Safe, Cybex Cloud Q Sensorsafe, Uppababy Mesa, Maxi Cosi and more!
So is there a BEST BOB Gear Jogging Stroller?
Officially, no, but for most parents it will come down to the middle two: the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 and the BOB Gear Alterrain. Both have excellent capabilities for frequent runs and walking to errands. New parents looking for a durable everyday stroller with the option of running will love the BOB Gear Rambler. And the hardcore runners who can’t wait to get back out there with their new running buddy should head right over to the BOB Gear Alterrain Pro!
BOB Gear recommends limiting use of their strollers to walking activities for children less than 8 months old. From 0-8 weeks, or as recommended by your pediatrician, the use of an Infant Car Seat & Adapter is encouraged. Children are unique and develop at different rates. Most don’t have the neck strength for jogging motion until 8 months. Consult your pediatrician prior to any stroller activity, happy running!
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