Recently, BOB has released two new jogging strollers Revolution Flex and Revolution Pro. Both models are an upgrade to the beloved Revolution SE. The updated models have such minor changes, that I don’t know why BOB felt the need to give them new names.
Now, I think it’s even more confusing with so many similar models out there. Anyways, the main change that both Flex and Pro have is an adjustable handlebar with nine different positions.
Aside from different colors the Pro model has a hand brake attached to the handlebar while Flex does not. That’s it! The addition of the adjustable handlebar did increase the weight a little. Other than that it stayed ABSOLUTELY the same.
Just like SE, the Pro model features a huge oversized canopy, roomy seat, large basket, and adjustable 5-point harness. The large basket underneath the seat is not the only storage. It also has two mesh pockets inside of the seat for your child to store his toys and a large mesh pocket in the back for parents to store their essentials.
The seat can accommodate a child from 3 months and up to 70 lbs. If you want to use it from birth you can turn it into a travel system by purchasing a car seat adapter.
The most important feature of Pro is the wheels. It rolls on large air-filled tires with an adjustable state-of-the-art suspension system that provides a VERY smooth ride. From my experience, BOB has one of the best suspension systems on the market. The front wheel is swivel but can be locked straight. The fold is very easy and as compact as it can be with a jogger.
This buggy weighs 28.2 lbs which is 3 lbs more than the SE model. I think the adjustable handlebar and the hand brake added some weight. For comparison, Flex weighs 26.2 lbs.
Having a hard time deciding between Pro and Flex models? If you think you will be going off-road and running up and down the hills a lot, then you should get a Pro model.
The attached hand brake will give you the ability to slow down quickly. If you prefer jogging in the park at an even pace, then I would get a Flex model to avoid having a hand brake getting in the way.
BTW, the Flex model has more fun colors than the Pro and comes with a black frame while the Pro comes only with a silver frame. I absolutely love the black frame. I think it makes the stroller look more modern and stylish.
Just like Flex, the Pro model got 5 out of 5 stars from me because it’s simply the best jogging stroller on today’s market. One of the things I would change would be adding an automatic lock.
Less important changes would be replacing a noisy Velcro closure for the viewing window with a magnetic one and replacing the double strap recline with a one-hand lever recline. Other than that it’s an AMAZING stroller.
The Pro comes in three colors and retails for around $499. Since this is a new model, there are not many sales. I did see it selling for $480 the other day, but I don’t know how long this sale will last.
It has a large multi-position canopy that will provide your child with full sun protection. There is also a large viewing window made out of clear plastic. Unfortunately, the closure still has a noisy Velcro. Of course, I would like to see a magnetic closure instead.
Just like the Flex model, the Pro has an adjustable handlebar with 9 different positions. It goes from 34″ all the way up to 45″ from the ground. Shorter and taller parents will be happy.
It has a runaway strap attached to the handlebar that you can use as extra security to prevent your stroller from running away from you while you are jogging. This strap doubles as a lock when the stroller is folded.
The seat is very roomy and can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 70 lbs. On BOB’s site, it says that you can put a child into the seat starting at 8 weeks. I would recommend using an infant car seat instead till your baby is 6 months old because the seat will not provide needed support for a baby. It has a very deep recline operated by strap recline.
This is a little different from the regular strap recline where you need only one hand to recline the seat. On the Pro model, you will need to adjust two straps, one on each side using both hands. Not my favorite recline.
I prefer a one-hand lever recline that is much easier and faster to use. What I really like about ALL of the Revolution models is how durable and well-padded the seat is. It’s made out of high-quality material with water water-repellent coating that makes it very easy to clean.
There is a lot of storage on the Pro model. There is a large mesh pocket in the back of the seat where parents can store their essentials and two mesh pockets inside of the seat where your child can store his stuff. My daughter likes to keep her sippy cup in one of the pockets.
It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. I really like the thick padded on the shoulder straps.
It has a large easy-to-access basket that will fit your large diaper bag. It’s very easy to access even when the seat is reclined.
When it comes to Pro, it’s all about the wheels! It rolls on large air-filled high-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic tires that can handle ANY terrain while providing your child with a VERY smooth ride.
The rear wheels are 16″ while the front wheel is 12.5″. The front wheel is swivel with the ability to lock straight.
The state-of-the-art suspension system adjusts to two positions depending on the weight of your little passenger and the terrain. I’ve tested a lot of joggers and BOB Revolution has the BEST suspension system hands down.
The hand-activated rear drum brakes are great for when you are jogging down the hills & inclines. This is why the Pro model weighs 2 lbs more than the Flex and doesn’t have the hand brake.
There is a single-foot parking brake located between the rear wheels. One step on it will lock both rear wheels in place. It’s not flip-flop-friendly.
It’s not a one-hand fold, but is easy to do. Unfortunately, it does not have an automatic lock and there is no standing fold. To lock the stroller after folding, you need to put it on the ground and use a strap with a clip attached to the handlebar.
Bending down to the ground to lock it is very annoying. Especially if you like me have back pain. As with any jogger, this package is very bulky. The folded dimensions are 39″L x 25.5″W x 16″H.
-Bulky. Like most joggers the Pro is bulky. You can remove the rear wheels to make it more compact.
-Heavy. The SE model wasn’t heavy weighing 25 lbs which is an average weight for a jogger. With all the upgrades Pro weighs now 28.2 lbs which is really on a higher end.
-Double strap recline. I would like to see a one-hand lever recline instead.
-No automatic lock. You will need to bend down to the ground and use an attached strap with a clip to lock it manually.
Here is a short video review from BabyGizmo.
Here is a comparison video of Flex vs Pro by BabyGizmo.
Stroller weight: 28.2 lbs
Weight limit: 70 lbs
Folded dimensions: 39″L x 25.5″W x 16″H
Overall Length: Swivel mode 46″ / Jogging mode 51.5″
Overall Width: 25.5″
Handlebar height: 34″ – 45″
Seat to canopy height: 23″
Bob Revolution SE vs Flex vs Pro
The main difference between the two is that Pro has a hand brake while Flex does not. That hand brake adds 2 lbs extra pounds to the weight of the stroller.
|Adjustable Handle bar
BOB has a 5-year limited warranty on the frame and 1 year on small parts and fabric.
It comes in 3 colors: green, orange and black. All of them come with a silver frame.
Where to buy it
You can get BOB Revolution Pro model in one of the three beautiful colors for around $499.