The brand BOB makes three fantastic strollers for off-road jogging and hiking: the Revolution Flex 3.0, Alterrain and Alterrain Pro. Here’s what you need to know to decide between the three strollers.
The biggest differences between the strollers are that the regular Alterrain has one-handed folding and the Pro model also has a hand brake. The Revolution Flex 3.0 costs significantly less. It folds with two hands but this means the fabric folds inwards.
- Choose the Alterrain Pro if: You go on hilly terrain often.
- Choose the regular Alterrain if: You want one-handed folding.
- Choose the Revolution Flex 3.0 if: You have a lower budget or would rather have two-handed folding than the fabric folded outwards.
What’s the Strollers Have in Common
The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 and Alterrain strollers have a lot of similarities. These are the major ones:
- Wheel size: The strollers use the same wheels. The front wheel is 12.5 inches and the back two wheels are 16”.
- Air-filled tires: The tires have good traction and tubes
- Max weight: 75lbs
- Foot brake: Flip-flop friendly
- Lockable front wheel: It can be in locked or 360 degree swivel position
- Adjustable handlebar: You can put the handlebars in multiple positions
Differences between the Revolution Flex 3.0 and Alterrain Pro
1. One-Handed Folding
The both Alterrain models have one-handed folding. However, as with other off-road strollers like the Thule Urban Glide 2.0, the method means the fabric is outwards when folded. By contrast, you need two hands to fold the Revolution Flex 3.0 but the fabric is inwards.
Note you’ll probably need two hands to get the stroller into your car anyway, so the one-handed folding might not be that useful for you.
Folding the BOB Revolution (Above)
Folding the Alterrain (Above)
2. Hand Brake
The Alterrain Pro stroller has a hand brake. The regular Alterrain and the Revolution Flex 3.0 do not. You probably don’t need a hand brake if you only go on flat terrain. However, the hand brake comes in handy if you are on hills though as it allows you to slow down.
Keep in mind that strollers get HEAVY with bigger babies or kids sitting in them. A hand brake helps you control speed on the downhill or snowy weather.
3. Suspension System
The Revolution Flex 3.0 has an amazing suspension system that is similar to the ones found on mountain bikes. For both Alterrain models, BOB updated this system to the Smoothshox. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the technical differences are – just that the Smoothshox suspension apparently handle bumps better.
Is the Smoothshox suspension really that much different? If you primarily walk go on smooth terrain, it probably doesn’t matter. If you run on bumpy terrain though, it might be worth paying more for an Alterrain stroller instead of the cheaper Revolution Flex 3.0.
4. Size and Weight
The Revolution Flex 3.0 is slightly lighter and more compact than the Alterrain strollers when folded. There isn’t much of a size difference with the wheels removed though. It is incredibly easy to remove the wheels on both strollers, and you’ll probably do it frequently to get the strollers into your car trunk.
Check the measurements carefully to make sure the stroller will fit in your car trunk! An inch could actually make a big difference!
Revolution Flex 3.0:
- Folded (wheels on): 39″x24.5″x16″
- Folded (wheels off): 35″x20″x10″
- Weight: 28.5lbs
- Folded (wheels on): 25″x25.5″x16″
- Folded (wheels off): 33″x20.5″x13″
- Weight: 31.3lbs
- Folded (wheels on): 3″x25.5″x17″
- Folded (wheels off): 33″x21.5″x13″
- Weight: 32.3lbs
IMO, the Alterrain strollers look more sleek and attractive than the Revolution Flex 3.0. The Alterrain also comes in several different colors. If you are using a jogger as your everyday stroller, I completely understand why you’d pay more for the more attractive stroller!
The Alterrain Pro has a few extras that the Revolution Flex 3.0 does not have. These include:
- Waterproof fabric
- Zippered basket
- Extended canopy
- Extra vents
- More reflective strips
Note that the regular version of the Alterrain doesn’t have these features. Read about the differences between the Alterrain and Alterrain Pro.
The Alterrain Pro is the most expensive of the three strollers. The regular Alterrain is slightly cheaper. The Revolution Flex 3.0 usually costs at least $100 less and can often be found on sale or secondhand. The Alterrain is the newer model so is harder to find on sale or used.
Revolution Flex 3.0 vs. Regular Alterrain
BOB also makes a regular version of the Alterrain stroller. Unlike the Pro version, it does not have a hand brake, waterproof fabric or zippered basket. So, the only real differences between the two strollers are that the regular Alterrain has a slightly better suspension system and can be folded with one hand.
The prices of the regular Alterrain and Revolution Flex 3.0 are almost the same (though you can often find the Revolution on sale at Amazon). So, it basically comes down to whether you want to pay a bit more for the regular Alterrain to have one-handed folding and a slightly better suspension system. If you don’t care about these features (or don’t want a stroller which folds with the fabric outwards!), then the Revolution is the way to go.
|BOB Revolution Flex 3.0||BOB All Terrain Pro||BOB All Terrain|
|Folded Size, Wheels On||39"x24.5"x16"||39.3"x25.5"x17"||39.25"x25.5"x16"|
|Folded Size, Wheels Off||35"x20"x10"||33"x21.5"x13"||33"x20.5"x13"|
|Folds with Fabric||Inwards||Outward||Outward|
|Buy At||Amazon, REI||Amazon,REI||Amazon, REI|