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All-Terrain Jogging Strollers: BOB Revolution Flex vs. BOB Revolution SE

November 7, 2016
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For active parents, a jogging stroller is a great option. It keeps baby in place but is built to handle cross-country treks.

BOB has two models of off-road jogging stroller, the Revolution Flex and the Revolution SE, to keep pace with families on the go. These strollers share similar attributes, so figuring out which model is for you can be confusing. To help you decide, we compared the Flex and SE side by side.

At a glance

 BOB Revolution FlexBOB Revolution SE
Price$399.99$368
Weight28.5 pounds25 pounds
Handlebar height34.5 to 48 inches (adjustable handlebar)40 inches
Safety featuresFive-point harness, wrist strap, hand brake, front-locking wheelFive-point harness, wrist strap, hand brake, front-locking wheel
FoldingOne-handed, two-step foldingOne-handed, two-step folding
AccessoriesSold separatelySold separately
Car seat compatible Adaptors sold separatelyAdaptors sold separately
ColorsBlack, meadow, canyon, lagoon, red (Target exclusive)Black, navy, orange
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Up close and personal

Design

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BOB Revolution SE

The Flex and SE are nearly identical. Both feature a three-wheel system paired with BOB’s top-of-the-line suspension to give a smooth ride over any terrain. The strollers are easy to maneuver, and the front-locking wheel prevents drifting when you’re out on a run.

Baby sits comfortably in the strollers’ large reclining seat, and a large canopy protects her from the elements. Parents carting around an infant can buy a BOB car seat adapter to latch the carrier onto the stroller.

One significant difference between the two is that the Flex’s padded handlebar is adjustable. It’s not a groundbreaking feature, but taller parents may appreciate the ability to angle the handle to their liking.

Safety

A parent’s first priority is safety, and BOB strollers excel in this category. Both joggers feature a five-point harness, handlebar wrist strap and easy-pull hand brake to keep baby secure and within mom or dad’s reach.

Size and weight

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BOB Revolution Flex

BOB’s Revolution strollers have high safety and durability ratings, which make them a great investment for your baby. On the flip side, however, some parents may find getting these strollers into and out of the car is a workout. The SE weighs 25 pounds, and the Flex checks in at 28.5 pounds. The strollers have a one-handed, two-step folding mechanism for easy lifting, but heavy wheels and a durable frame make them bulky.

Storage and accessories

The Revolution strollers have ample storage for all the essential baby equipment. In addition to the cargo basket, these joggers have backseat pockets plus internal ones for extra storage.

The strollers don’t come with any accessories, but parents can buy them separately. Cup holders, snack trays, weather shields and more are available.

Ready to roll

The BOB Revolution Flex and Revolution SE strollers are similar in design and features and are relatively close in price (about a $30 difference). You can buy the Flex at stores such as Target and Amazon. The SE may be harder to find since it’s an older model, but we were able to locate a few at third-party retailers.

If you’re an active parent, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Tall parents may prefer the Flex simply for the adjustable handlebar. It also comes in more colors. If you don’t mind a fixed handlebar, choosing the SE over the Flex can save you some money.

Nina Tabios is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: ntabios@nerdwallet.com.