The BOB Sport Utility

By Donna June 22, 2017 Jogging Strollers

BOB Sport Utility

BOB Sport Utility
7.7

Handling

7.8/10

Weight

7.0/10

Safety

8.8/10

Design

7.2/10

Pros

  • fixed front wheel swivel for jogging
  • 16" Pneumatic air filled wheel
  • adjustable handlebar
  • reclining seat for various positions
  • adjustable suspension

Cons

  • big dimensions (thight spaces)
  • no adjustable handlebar
  • no closing lock when folded

The BOB sports utility stroller is yet another popular release from the BOB Gear brand, known for its quality and outdoor features. I have already reviewed the Revolution Pro in an earlier review. I wanted to review this model too as it has differentiated features from the other strollers that may be exactly what you are looking for. Let’s get to the details. 

Design

The look and feel are very similar to the Revolution, with high-end materials and quality finish. Lovely design, modern and fresh colors are available. I went with Meadow green.

I very much liked the utilized materials. As with the BOB Revolution Pro, the manufacturing quality seems very high. No open or damaged seam, all connecting elements are in place. The look itself is even more “sporty” than the Revolution Pro. Myself, I like it more understated and elegant, but to each their own.

 

Handling

The framework on this stroller is a high strength aluminum alloy. The child’s seat is 15 inches wide, 21 inches long and 10 inches deep. The stroller makes a very sturdy impression. It does not bend or warp quickly and definitely, can take a lot of shocks from running on uneven terrain.

The framework on this stroller is a high strength aluminum alloy. The child’s seat is 15 inches wide, 21 inches long and 10 inches deep. The stroller makes a very sturdy impression. It does not bend or warp quickly and definitely, can take a lot of shocks from running on uneven terrain.

The best feature of this jogging stroller is by far the dedicated suspension. These shock absorbers are fully pneumatic and absorb almost all impacts on the rear wheel axle. Having great suspension is essential when jogging with your stroller as you will come across cracks or holes in sidewalks for urban routes, and most definitely roots or stones on gravel trails when off-track.

Storage includes two interior seat pockets perfect to keep juice plus toys for your little one within arms reach of both you and your child. Other options are the easily accessible storage pouch on the back of the seat as well as a roomy cargo basket underneath the seat. This stroller can hold 70 lbs. In daily usage, I have found the storage to be adequate. It’s not through the roof but sufficient to carry your belongings for everyday errands and long-running sessions. It is also easily accessible as the frame is not obstructing the access to deposit or remove.

Safety

As with the Revolution Pro, the wrist-strap is a must have security feature in my opinion. If you’re going downhill fast, you want to be sure the stroller is safely attached to you in case you trip and fall.

Check out the individual features on the right. Special mention should be the adjustable pneumatic suspension. Out of all my tested strollers so far it’s the first I encountered with it. I like it! I thoroughly checked it on gravel and off-road tracks. The rides were perfectly smooth and enjoyable for both my kid and me.

Suspension

Pneumatic adjustable suspension.

Harness

5 point harness to secure your passenger safely.

Added padding to give even more comfort.

Brakes

Parking brake (foot activated) to secure while stationary.

Handbrake to stop momentum when jogging or going downhill.

Strap

Wrist strap to attach the stroller to yourself – in case you lose grip or trip and fall.

Testimonials

Let’s see some reviews from online retailers. What do other parents think about it?

★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

Great product, excellent on trails, sturdy, and the shock absorbers provide a smooth carriage ride. I gave it 4 stars, due to the front tire does not offer a turning feature unlike other Bob models; if you find yourself just pushing it around on the sidewalk you may quickly realize that want to have a front wheel that turns. This model does have a Braking system which I only use once in a while but found it handy when going down hills jogging. If you are a runner you won’t be disappointed with this product, however, if you plan to stroll around get one that has a turning front wheel. Also, there is a car seat adapter which allows for infant use! If you have limited storage space as I do, it is not the easiest product to conceal and still have not found a way to securely hang it out of the way. With all that said, the drawbacks are minimal and I highly recommend this product.

★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars

So far we love this. I don’t maneuver in tight areas as well as our City Select but we got this for being active outdoors, not for maneuvering downtown or in stores.

★★★ 3 out of 5 stars

I love this, but it’s impossible to turn. I know guides front wheel can be helpful when running, but it would be nice to be able to take the guidance off.

Bottom Line

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