BOB Revolution SE ReviewAugust 26, 2013
- Sturdy construction can take off-road miles
- Car seat compatible
- Adjustable suspension system
- Plenty of cargo room
- Accessories not included
If price is no object, or you’re willing to invest in a stroller to use for years, the Revolution SE is an excellent off-road stroller (with one of the best suspensions we’ve seen) and it is also appropriate for around-town use. The high quality comes with a surprisingly steep price tag, however.
The Revolution SE is the Subaru Outback of strollers: rugged but comfortable, even a little stylish in an REI, après-ski kind of way.
The foam grips on the straight handlebar are easy to grab for extended periods, although the built-in safety strap (which holds the stroller closed when it’s folded) is fixed in place on the right-hand side, which can be annoying if you’re left-handed or just don’t want it there.
One handy design feature is that the triangular front end, over the wheel, can work as a second seat for a larger child in a pinch. With an extra adapter, the Revolution can fit cars seats by Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego, and Britax.
Equally at home on a sidewalk or a trail, the Revolution SE handles both pavement and off-road surfaces well. With its high clearance and stable footprint, it’s maneuverable yet heavy enough to keep vibration to a minimum. The front wheel has a fine-tuning knob so it tracks straight when locked in “jog” mode, a feature not found on all convertible strollers.
The Revolution SE has one of the better suspension systems tested, with three inches of travel and two settings depending on the weight of your passengers. The seat reclines almost horizontal, and has padded safety straps and two mesh side pockets. Even at its most upright, though, it’s still pretty reclined (a holdover from pervious models).
It’s not a light stroller, but the Revolution SE folds easily with two handlebar levers, and the handle strap holds together. Accessories like car seat holders and a plastic snack tray click on and off the accessory adapter, and there’s a large seatback pocket and cargo basket underneath.
From its aluminum frame to its polymer wheels, the Revolution SE boasts quality construction from top to bottom. If anything, it’s over-engineered.
Quality doesn’t come cheap: the Revolution is an expensive stroller, especially considering accessories—like rain cover, snack tray and handlebar console—are all extra. Even with the extra high quality, this stroller is close to double the average price of the other strollers in our test.