Good Double Stroller for Jogging/Travel
I am the father of a two-year-old as well as a one-year-old. I purchased the BOB Strides Duallie after researching a large number of double strollers both online and in person. My family was preparing to fly to Hawaii for my sister's wedding, and I didn't feel comfortable using our more expensive Chariot CX2 double stroller for the journey (we love the Chariot, but wanted something more low-key for the trip).
I was apprehensive about purchasing the BOB Strides Duallie due to a few negative reviews I found regarding the BOB Revolution Duallie (the BOB Strides Duallie is identical to the Revolution so reviews can be applied to both models - for the additional cost of the Strides model you receive everything the Revolution includes with the addition of 1) the BOB Handlebar Console, 2) a stroller workout manual, and 3)a set of two resistance bands for the workout program all for less than the retail cost of just the Handlebar Console). It turns out that the majority of the negative reviews are for the pre-2011 model, so when researching for yourself I recommend you observe the review date.
Unpacking the BOB was a snap - essentially, I just opened the large box it came in, unwrapped everything (four pieces: the stroller and three wheels) and attached the wheels which use a quick-release style mechanism. Then I grabbed the handlebar and sort of shook the frame out like I would a bed sheet on laundry day and everything snapped right into place.
The stroller right out of the box has a good high quality look and feel. I like the material, and the padding on the seats looks sharp. I like the vibrant red color too, and everything just felt solid that first day. My two year old climbed up into the stroller almost immediately, and sat patiently while I played with the canopies and adjustment straps (all pretty intuitive). The manual itself is poorly written, but a quick YouTube search revealed much more helpful overviews of the features. For example, you notice pretty quickly a couple of mystery velcro straps underneath the flap of the peek-a-boo windows. It turns out that these straps help to gather the extra canopy material to keep it off of baby's head when the shades are not fully extended. A few helpful YouTube videos clearly outline this - the manual does not.
Even though my babies and I seemed to love the stroller that first day, I didn't want to review the product until I had really put it through the paces, and let me tell you: I can think of no better way to put a stroller through its paces than taking it on vacation involving air travel. I have used the stroller in many locations, from beaches to hiking trails to city streets to shopping centers. I have flown on multiple airlines and have visited multiple airports of various sizes. And I have had to stash the stroller in multiple vehicles (rental cars to my Jeep). The BOB has taken its licks, from rough handling by airport staff to rough handling by yours truly (when the trails got tough, I wouldn't always take "no" for an answer... and my baby girls giggle when I jump off of curbs or steps with them :D). Chilling rain and scorching sun, desert to rainforest, I have utilized this stroller in just about every condition imaginable. It has consistently met and even exceeded my expectations.
--High quality look and feel
--Easy folding - collapses in on itself more than you would think
--Wheels easy to remove for more challenging (smaller) packing spaces
--Shocks are great and take serious punishment from adventurous dads
--Larger-than-average wheels help you over obstacles that would stop lesser strollers
--Angled tire valves make pumping up tires easy (though I haven't had to do much pumping yet - high quality wheel set/tubing holds its air very well)
--No problems checking stroller at the gate for free when traveling via airplane
--Fits surprisingly well through most commercial doors - won't fit through most household doors however
--Great coverage from canopies - protected all but the babies' feet from the sun (they now have tan lines from their sandals despite liberal sunscreen applications). Love the peek-a-boo windows to check on babies when canopies are fully extended.
--Decent amount of storage pockets for small items (handlebar console included with Strides package provides on additional pocket and two cupholders for mom/dad)
--Great padding on the kids seats - they seemed to be comfortable the entire time
--Seat recline is nice (something missing with the more expensive Chariot CX2)
--I like the separate canopies and individual bucket seats for the kids - it would be nice if our Chariot had more of a partition in the cockpit, but it's kind of an apples/oranges comparison (I only mention the CX2 because I have a lot of experience with it)
--The BOB is a little bulky, but it's not necessarily bulkier than other double strollers on the market. If it's a double, it's going to be bulky. It is light for its size, I would say.
--Another reviewer mentioned that the canopies are slightly crooked (I confirmed that they seem to slope toward the middle). I think they slope due to the tension created by the retention strap underneath - without this buckled, the canopies look more even. Since the retention strap is a safety feature, I think we're just going to have to be stuck with slightly askew canopies.
--Underneath storage is a pain. There is a middle strap (in addition to the retention strap) that interferes with getting anything sizable (like, say, a loaded diaper bag) stowed underneath. It can store about two diaper-bags worth of stuff, but good luck getting it in there
--Crotch straps seem to be a little far back on the seat - it wasn't ever a comfort issue for my babies, so I might be off-base here
--Wrist strap is too short. With a jogging stroller, the wrist strap is a must as you never know when you might inadvertently lose your grip on a hill etc. (especially since there is no handbrake). The strap also serves to keep your stroller closed when it is collapsed, so the length is heavily dependent on this dual feature. But try drinking water with your right hand and you'll end up looking pretty stupid on the go with only 5 inches or so of slack. You learn pretty quickly to use your left hand for drinking and reaching because your right hand is stuck where it is.
--Padding on harness straps slides down too easily, and when I try to slide it up I have to be careful or I tend to pinch my babies necks/cheeks
--Ridiculously priced accessories – take a look at the Duallie Snack Tray prices. Seriously?
The bottom line is I really like the BOB. It's attractive, it's durable, and it has done very well for our little family. It pushes like a dream on our walks/jogs, is crazy maneuverable even in airport situations when you're trying to juggle bags, car seats, and babies (at one point I had two car seats stacked on the handle bars, and was dragging two carry-on bags behind me - I was steering with just my thumb and had no problem nudging it where I wanted to go). I am very pleased with my purchase, and it has become our go-to jogging stroller (we're still a little more in-love with our Chariot CX2 since we can take it biking/skiing etc. and think it has superior UV protection flexibility and features like a handbrake, but the BOB seems nicer on a jog since we're not big fans of fixed-wheel jogging (the Chariot's jogging kit is fixed-wheel though you can use the Chariot stroller wheels for swivel-style jogging: the BOB's front wheel can be fixed or swivel. Since Chariot doesn't recommend the stroller wheels for jogging, the BOB seems to give the best of both worlds if you want to swivel when you jog). I'm no fitness guru, so maybe fixed-wheel is the way to go – I just know what I like better).
This is a great stroller. With the right coupon or sale, I say go for it. If you're looking for something that can do everything (biking, skiing, etc.), Chariot wins. If you want the better strict jogger, the BOB wins.
Excellent Double Stroller!
We owned the BOB Revolution single stroller and simply loved it. Now with 2 children we finally decided we would benefit from a double stroller. After extended research on types of double strollers, you really can't beat the BOB duallie. Yes, it's a lot of money. And after searching the internet for the best price, REI was the winner when the BOBs went on sale. Plus it's from a trusted company, so I was happy to purchase from REI. (rather than some internet company i'd never heard of).
BOB made several upgrades in 2011, the carseat adapter now simply clicks on and off, rather than requiring tools. As well as the tray adapter. So that is really handy when going back and forth between using the carseat for my 5 month old, and letting her just ride in the stroller next to her 2 year old brother. The other great upgrade they made is a strap from the handlebar, that clicks to hold the stroller closed when folded. Lastly the canopies have more of a viewing area.
You can fit through all standard doorways with this double stroller, (just go slow) unlike other common double strollers. Friends have a baby trend, and Instep, and they couldn't fit through the normal doorways I can.
The only things I would improve about the product are the weight and bulky-ness, and cost, I wish the add-ons were included in the price. And it's pretty heavy, 34 lbs I think. But as far as double strollers go, it's pretty average. And still worth it for me. Because this stroller seriously rocks. My kids love it, it's comfortable for them and for me. And I love the dual canopies, and dual adjusting seats. So one can nap and the other can sit up.
The last thing I wanted to note, the Stroller Strides and the Revolution are the EXACT same thing. It's just that one is marketed for a fitness class called Stroller Strides. BOB's website and customer service confirmed this for me before I purchased this. This one comes in Red, which I liked, and the handlebar console is included (because it also comes with exercise bands). Those are the only differences between the stroller strides duallie and the revolution duallie.
Hope this helps your decision! We love ours, and it makes us want to use it every chance we get to get our money's worth out of it! :)