The BOB Revolution SE is the ultimate stroller for active and outdoorsy types. The American brand revolutionised the world of jogging buggies in the 1990s, taking inspiration from bike mechanisms to create strollers with a patented suspension system and tough polymer wheels, ensuring maximum comfort for both parent and baby. Since first arriving on the market, BOB have come up with some fantastic pushchairs, including the original Revolution with the world’s first swivelling front wheel and the Ironman, made famous by the gruelling Ironman contest – these are not buggies for the faint-hearted then!
The Revolution SE is no exception to this, bringing cutting edge technology to parents leading an active lifestyle, who don’t want baby to miss out on the fun!
Retailing at £405, this might not seem to be the cheapest option available, but, considering everything it’s got to offer, this is undeniably money well spent. On top of the state of the art adjustable suspension system and pneumatic tyres, designed to provide the perfect jogging experience even on rough terrain, the Revolution SE doesn’t compromise on other important features, such as a full reclining seat, parking brake and shopping basket. BOB recommends that the stroller is suitable from 8 weeks if you’re walking, with a special insert needed for younger babies who can’t yet support their heads, and 8 months if jogging. The Revolution SE really is a versatile pushchair, and is equally suitable for popping to the shops as it is for cross-country running.
What is in the box?
Stroller Strides Fitness Kit (Handlebar Console, exercise manual, exercise tubing), adaptor for car seat
Are there any additional extras?
Single handlebar console, travel bag, single sun shield, single weather shield, single infant car seat adapter, single handlebar console with tire pump, single snack tray, warm fuzzy, single fitness kit
Any standout features?
The sunshade is huge and really does protect your little one. The thick material of the hood keeps the air beneath it cool on an extra hot day and it has a window in the top so you can check up on your little one without having to break your stride and peer around the front.
It also has a soft padded handle, complete with wrist strap for added security, and a solid, foot activated bar brake that runs the whole width of the back of the stroller which is very easy to activate and holds perfectly.
Is it travel system compatible?
Yes. Compatible with Britax, Graco, Chicco & Peg Perego series of infant car seats (BOB infant car seat adapter required, sold separately)
Does it work well as a jogging buggy?
Along with the unique suspension system and pneumatic tyres, this is, without a doubt, the smoothest ride ever! You can actually push and steer it with just one finger, even with baby on board (and a pre-schooler sat at baby’s feet!). The front wheel is lockable, which makes it perfect for when out jogging or on rough terrain, but can be used in swivel mode when out walking on the pavements, meaning that it steers very easily and takes corners well too.
How compact is it?
While everything about the Revolution SE seems large – large wheels, large seat, large hood, large shopping basket – it is actually deceptively compact and easily fits through my narrow front door with no one-wheel-in-one-wheel-out manoeuvres and expletives required! It’s also super lightweight despite its size and sturdy feel, and folds down to a pretty tiny size.
How did the buggy fold?
It is so easy to collapse (and unfold again) and I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn’t necessary to remove the wheels when put in the boot of my Citroen Picasso.
What about storage?
A slight quibble would be the shopping basket, which, although large, is not very easily accessible. However, this is a very minor issue. And another bonus when it comes to the seat is that it has internal pockets on either side, which are perfect to tuck toys and snacks into. Just brilliant.
What’s the seating position like?
The seat’s most upright position is still quite reclined compared to other strollers, which might be a problem for parents with older toddlers who want to sit up straight. At the same time, it doesn’t recline completely horizontally, which is a nice feature for newborns, which can be found on some other models on the market at the moment.
However, unlike so many other pushchairs that claim to last into the toddling years, I have no doubt that the Revolution SE actually would last a child up to the age of four. This seat is very big indeed and, when the canopy is open, there is plenty of room for even the tallest of pre-schoolers to sit in it comfortably.
Who is the BOB Revolution SE best for?
This is the perfect pushchair for active parents who want to take their babies on all sorts of adventures with them! Equally suitable for weaving your way through busy city streets as it is for jogging, this is a truly versatile stroller.
Smooth and easy to push, this buggy is perfect for those walking or running in the great outdoors. For a jogging pushchair, it is also light and compact (even with the wheels on) and despite the hefty price tag, should last into toddlerhood. Our reviewer found the limited reclining positions and storage access to be small issues, but may be a problem for some.