BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller Review

In a Nutshell

 
Versatile and rugged, the BOB Rambler is a durable jogger that also functions well as an everyday stroller. While small in stature, the Rambler doesn’t give up ground to its larger jogger counterparts. Its price is good for a product that offers this much functionality, plus it doesn’t seem to sacrifice anything – an indicator of great value.

Overall Score (100%) 73.2%
Value For Money (22%) 72%
Ease of Use (22%) 70%
Portability (17%) 60%
Maneuverability (17%) 85%
Safety & Quality (22%) 79%

Get to Know the BOB Rambler

The BOB Rambler offers functionality as a jogger and everyday stroller, hence an attractive option for its price tag. It’s popularly known as the smaller brother to the BOB Revolution Flex. It is impressive in terms of maneuverability and quality, therefore challenging some of those high-ranking strollers. This contender looks to be a tough one to beat!

As a heads up for serious runners though, the Rambler lacks key components like an adjustable handlebar. This could be a big factor especially for parents with a big height difference.

We analyzed feedback from over 100 parents, and the clear conclusion was that the BOB Rambler jogging stroller is a handsome option that is worth its price.

To start, this stroller has large rubber tires on durable plastic wheels. Its swivel front wheel provides ease in turning; it can be locked in place for running and off-roading too. Due to its slightly narrower footprint than other jogging strollers, it can navigate crowded or tight spaces with relative ease. The Rambler will get you where you need to go – parks, trails, your local farmers’ market or grocery store, and more.

The BOB Rambler scored a respectable 73% in our tests, and it is definitely a recommended buy for those looking for a stroller that would serve well for jogging and everyday use.

Read on for the full details of our analysis.

How It Compares

Type: Jogging Stroller
No. of wheels: 3
Type of wheels: Pneumatic
Fixed/swivel wheels: Front wheel swivel
Lockable wheels: Front wheel
Weight: 25.1 lbs |11.4 kg
Unfolded Dimensions: 24.5”W x 39.5”H x 45”L | 62.2cm x 100.33cm x 114.13cm
Folded Dimensions: 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L | 64.3cm x 34.3cm x 97.8cm
(It's about one-and-three-tenths times as big as a bathtub)
Age Range: No max, Based on Weight/Height
Capacity Limits: Walk Only: Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk. | Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo. | Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Direction of Seat Unit: World-Facing
Included Car Seat Compatibility: BOB Gear/Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Maxi Cosi
Car Seat Adapters: Yes, sold separately
Ride-On Platform Compatible: No
Recline: Infinite possible positions
One-Handed Recline: Yes
Storage Basket Capacity: 10 lbs. | 4.5 kg.
Canopy/Sun Shade Size: Large
Folding Method: Scissor
One-Handed Fold: No
Locking Fold: Manual
Self-standing Fold: No
Handlebar height: 39.5" | 100.3 cm, non-adjustable
Cup holder: No; parent console with cup holders sold separately
Sandal-friendly Brake: Yes
Included Accessories: None
Setup Time: 5-10 mins.

The Company

In 1994, Beast of Burden, or BOB, was founded in California. Airline mechanic Philip Novotny and bicycle industry expert Roger Malinowski started with trailers for bikes. After starting their own families, they noticed the need for a new kind of stroller, particularly a jogging stroller that could handle greater adventures with their tots. In 2005, the founders offered new technology with its locking swivel wheel that revolutionized the jogging stroller industry. In 2011, BOB was purchased by Britax.

Test Results

Value for Money: 7.2/10

 

How much bang for your buck are you getting with this model?

The $ for $ value you get from this stroller is one of its strongest features, and the Rambler scored 7.2 out of 10 in this category. Based on our stroller survey, most respondents are happy with its overall functionality. It does come with a few compromises, though.

Compared to the more expensive strollers, the Rambler lacks features like an adjustable handlebar and essential accessories like the air pump, child snack tray, and parent console. What’s great is that it bounces back strong with its offerings such as a large storage bin, generous canopy, pneumatic tires, lockable swivel front wheel, and mountain bike-style suspension system – all of which help provide parent and baby with that smooth ride they look forward to each day.

The Rambler is a jogging stroller to be desired. Its smaller size is great for everyday errands. Its lower weight makes jogging somewhat easier. It maneuvers well in tight spaces and offers impressive run-ability. There’s a lot of things right with the Rambler; it’s most likely that anyone who owns it will be pleased.

Is it long-lasting?

Is it suitable for a wide age range? Will you get a good few years’ of use out of it?

In terms of durability – the BOB Rambler’s lightweight aluminum frame is high-quality – it is sturdy without flex or connection problems. The quality of its components implies durability and long-term use.

Its maximum child age limit is based on height and weight. One parent says that the Rambler accommodates her nine-year-old who is within the 75lb. weight limit comfortably. That’s some mileage there!

Usability 7/10

The score of 7.0 in this category is due to the Rambler’s light weight, its reliable brake system that’s foot-friendly, its harness that is easy to clip on/off and adjust, its large canopy, and easy maintenance..

Assembly/Set-up

 

How easy is it to assemble out of the box?

Setting up the Bob Rambler is relatively easy – it just takes about 5-10 minutes to get it up and running.

Here’s the assembly process: unfold, snap two rear wheels into place (no tools needed), and then insert and tighten axle through front wheel which requires one Allen key (included).

In some cases, this stroller arrives basically assembled. All that’s left to do is to make sure all three wheels are locked in, double-check if they’re properly inflated, and you and your baby are off to your next adventure!

Parent Tip!

One parent says it was relatively easy to assemble but not particularly intuitive. It would be best to read the instructions.

Is the manual clear and helpful?

Some parents find the BOB Rambler’s manual confusing (especially when it comes to the direction in which the tires should be installed) and seek for answers in how-to videos on YouTube instead.

We do agree that the illustrations in the manual can be a bit overwhelming, but there’s not a lot to go wrong and installation should go fine in the end.

For a closer look at how to install the Rambler’s wheels, check out Page 6 of the product manual.

Given the above factors, we gave a total score of 8 out of 10 for assembly/setup.

Weight

 

Is it heavy to push, carry up the stairs, put in a car trunk, get on the bus, etc.?

This stroller weighs in at 25.2 lbs. (about two times as heavy as a gallon of paint), smaller and lighter than other BOBs and much of its competitors.

The Rambler’s air-filled rubber tires contribute to a one-handed light and smooth push. Parents say that it is easy to push in the park, at the beach, and in the mall.

In terms of handling and carry-bility, one parent says that it easily fits into her small SUV, and that it is easy to collapse and lift into the car (even while pregnant!).

Due to its light weight, this stroller can easily be carried onto buses, trams, and other forms of transportation.

Folding and Unfolding

 

How it works

Folding this stroller takes more steps than the average stroller and requires two hands, but it is fairly easy to do with practice. Kindly take note that it does not self-stand or have a carry handle. The red lock mechanism needs to be attached manually.

Folding the Rambler has five steps:

  1. Raise the handlebar.
  2. Set the parking brake.
  3. Squeeze the levers and fold the seat forward.
  4. Tug the red handle.
  5. Connect the red buckles to lock.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this BOB video which shows the process of folding the Rambler. For those who like reading manuals, please refer to Page 7 and 8 of the product manual on how to fold and unfold this jogger.

Making the overall package more compact is almost effortless – its “easy-remove” function makes the rear wheels come off easily. This is one of the helpful features of the BOB Rambler and it scored 6.8/10 for this feature in our analysis.

As for unfolding, it has one less step and could require some strength to open it up.

Here are the four steps:

  1. Unlock the red buckles.
  2. Lift the red handle to open the frame.
  3. Unfold the seat until it snaps into position.
  4. Lower the handlebars.

Watch this BOB video on how to unfold the Rambler.

Folded size

This stroller has a folded size of 25.3″W x 13.5″H x 38.5″L or 13,150 cubic inches. That’s about one-and-three-tenths times as big as a bathtub.  

The Rambler is smaller and lighter than most joggers – important factors to consider if you’re looking for a reasonably sized versatile jogger.

Handlebar

 

Is it comfortable to use?

The Rambler’s handlebar is covered with thick foam and is non-adjustable at 39.5”. This height seems to help most users maintain good running ergonomics.

Parents feel that the thick foam isn’t exactly the world’s most durable material.

This stroller seems more suitable for parents from 5’ onwards, and not for tall parents (6′ onwards). The handlebar height could be a real concern for parents with a vast height difference, or those who are taller than average.

Be gently reminded that opinions may vary on the comfort and ease of use in relation to the handlebar height of the BOB Rambler.

Car Seat Adaptability

 

Can the Bob Rambler accommodate other car seat brands?

Yes, it can! It is compatible with car seats from the following brands:

Britax B-Safe 35 / B-Safe 35 Elite / B-Safe Ultra / Endeavours / B-Safe Gen2 / B-Safe Gen2 FlexFit / B-Safe Gen2 FlexFit Plus Compatible adapter: S12045300
Graco Snug Ride 35 Elite / Snug Ride 35 LX / Snug Ride 35 Platinum Snug Ride Click Connect 30 / Snug Ride Click Connect 30 LX / Snug Ride Click Connect 35 / Snug Ride Click Connect 35 LX / Snug Ride Click Connect 4 Snug Ride Snug Lock 30 / Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 / Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 DLX / Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Elite / Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum / Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum XT Compatible adapters: S02984100 / S12045400
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 / Primo Viaggio / 4-35 Nido Compatible adapters: S02984200 / S12045500
Chicco KeyFit 30 / KeyFit 30 Zip / KeyFit 35 / KeyFit Zip Air / KeyFit Magic / Fit2 Compatible adapters: S07416200 / S12045900
Cybex Aton Q / Aton M Compatible adapter: S10810500
Maxi Cosi Mico AP Compatible adapter: S10810500
Source: BOB Gear Compatibility Chart for Adapters

One parent finds the Chicco Keyfit car seat compatible with this stroller. Another parent uses the Graco Snugride Snuglock car seat with this stroller and says that it fits nicely.

We find that a lot of parents purchase the BOB Rambler travel system where a Britax car seat is included, just like this one

Here are some factors that we’re sure parents would appreciate knowing in advance: 

Car seat adapters for BOB and other brands are sold separately. 

The Britax/BOB adapter is snap on and has some screws to connect the straps to the frame. This process could give it potential to go intentionally undone or potentially forgotten, hence a possible safety risk

All of the adapters above require a strap-in attachment which we aren’t so excited about. It is worrying that parents could think the click onto the metal adapter indicates a proper connection, or that parents could forget to attach the strap, which is necessary for a safe carrier connection.

To get an idea of how to install a car seat onto this jogger, please check out BOB Gear’s YouTube video at 0:54.

If wanting to consider connecting car seats from brands that aren’t mentioned above, please remember to exercise due diligence. It is always best to double-check if these car seats indeed attach securely before placing your little one in it.

Storage Basket

 

Is it big enough and easy to access?

The BOB Rambler features a large under-stroller storage basket. It can fit items such as a large diaper bag or an extra blanket for when your little one gets chilly.

It can accommodate a maximum weight of 10 lbs. and is easily accessible from the back and sides, but not from the front.

Everything will have to fit in the storage bag, as this stroller doesn’t have any other storage features.

One parent wishes that this stroller would have a back pocket – she says that while there is ample storage underneath the stroller, it would be nice to have an easy access back pocket for a phone, keys, etc.

Despite the lack of extra storage space, the Rambler’s available storage area is of a respectable size and proves to be useful; the storage compartment scored a fair 5 out of 10 in our test.

Brakes

 

Are the brakes secure and easy to apply?

The Rambler features a large center pedal that rocks forward and back; it is very easy to set and release. Alongside, there’s no need to worry about hurting the top of your feet or damaging your fancy shoes – it’s sandal/fit-flop friendly.

Parent Tip!

One parent strongly recommends setting the brake when not in use, because it doesn’t take too much for it to start moving. A strong breeze or a slight slope could set the stroller into motion.

We gave a score of 8/10 for this stroller’s brake system.

Footrest

 

Are the child’s feet safe and comfortable?

The Rambler has a padded fixed leg rest and a narrow footrest. There is ample leg room – a child’s feet are safe and comfortable.

According to one parent, she likes the ample leg room as it allows her to see her child’s feet and knowing that he hasn’t lost a shoe, sneaker, or sandal.

With the footrest being narrow, there’s a possibility that a child’s feet could dangle off the side though. As a result, we’ve scored the Rambler’s footrest an eight out of ten.

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Conveniences

 

Parent Console

A big gripe for this relatively expensive stroller – the parent console (with integrated cup holders) is sold separately.

For a Handlebar Console for Single Jogging Strollers, it’ll cost an extra $29.99. A Deluxe Handlebar Console with Tire Pump for Single Jogging Strollers costs $44.99.

The Rambler’s parent console is made of canvas and easily attaches to the handlebar of the stroller using Velcro. It has a center pocket that can hold most smartphones plus two cup holders that can accommodate tall water bottles.

While these cup holders are a good thing to have, please be mindful of one safety concern. Since they are located high on the stroller behind the baby’s head, whatever’s in the cup holders can fall onto his/her head especially during those bumpier rides.

Child Tray

The Snack Tray for Single Jogging Strollers costs $34.99 – another possible added expense.

Parents wish that this stroller came with more accessories instead of having to buy them separately – for its price, it’s a shame that the Rambler doesn’t come with essentials such as cupholders or a child snack tray. 

It’s only a four out of ten for the Rambler on stroller conveniences.

Seat Recline

 

Does the seat recline into multiple positions? Is it easy to go up and down with it? Can you do it one-handed?

The Rambler seat has an adjustable recline. 

Pinching a plastic toggle allows you to recline this stroller’s seat with one hand. Enjoy infinite angle options plus an almost-flat final position, perfect for the coziest of child naps. 

Raising the back of the seat and pulling the side straps requires two hands.

 

With the Rambler’s adjustable seat recline, your baby can either sit up and see the world, sit back and relax when in the middle position, or grab a nap in the lowest position.

We gave the seat recline an 8 out of 10. 

Parent Tip!

One mom says that adjusting the seat recline could prove to be challenging with a child in the seat; making seat adjustments before going on any trips would be of great benefit to you and your child. It’s always best to be prepared!

Harness

 

Is it easy to clip on and off? Is it comfortable for the child? Is it safe and secure?

The BOB Rambler features a 5-point harness with an easy-to-press buckle and simple pull-to-tighten red loops – parents appreciate that the whole mechanism is a breeze to use. 

The center release buckle, unlike some other strollers, doesn’t feel like a jigsaw puzzle. 

A child should feel pretty comfortable with the shoulder padding.

As for the waist straps, these can easily be attached to the shoulder straps to save some time while on the go. These are easily adjusted by pulling on the two red loops.

Its crotch strap is adjustable. 

The Rambler’s no-rethread harness allows for easy adjustments – your little one is sure to be safe and secure. :c)

It’s an EIGHT from our scorers here.

Sunshade / Canopy

 

Is the sunshade effective at protecting the child? How adjustable is the sunshade? Is it rain-resistant?

The Rambler has a large canopy which comes down over baby’s head and keeps the sun out; it covers to the knee and can be rotated forward. Also, what parents want is a sunshade that covers the (often bare) knees of the child, and this one does just that.

This stroller’s canopy provides UPF 50+ sun protection for your little one. What’s more, it is weather-resistant – you and your child will always be ready to face the sun, rain, and wind while on your adventures!

Expandability

 

Can you adapt to a growing family with ride-on boards, etc.?

Our research suggests that the Lascal Buggy Board Mini and Britax Stroller Ride-On Board are compatible with the BOB Rambler.

It is always best to check the corresponding manufacturer websites for proper compatibility to ensure your child’s safety.

Aesthetics

 

Is the stroller nice-looking / stylish? Is there a selection of designs to choose from?

Parents say that the Rambler looks sleek and beautiful to look at. 

This jogger only comes in one design and one color – black. As per Henry Ford’s famous quote about the Model T, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black.” :c)

Our survey gives a score of 7/10 for its stylish, handsome looks.

Maintenance

 

How easy is it to clean the material, frame, storage, etc.?

In general, the BOB Rambler is easy to clean. 

It features poly and dobby weave fabrics with reflective print, a water-repellent coating, and open cell foam padding.

Parents say that these fabrics are nice and easy to wipe or clean as needed. It’s a breeze to clean the quick-release rear wheels and frame, too.

Here are some seat care tips:

  • Use a sponge with a solution of mild soap and cold water (maximum temperature of 100˚ F / 38˚ C). 
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap, then air dry. 
  • Do not use detergent or abrasive cleansers. 
  • Do not pressure wash.

The Rambler scores an eight out of ten for maintainability.

Portability 6/10

Weight

 

Is it easy to lift in and out of a car trunk?

The Rambler weighs 25.2 lbs.

As per most jogging strollers, it is on the heavy side but that’s one of the compromises for having a rugged all-terrain frame.

Our observations – it can be quite heavy to lift but it’s not so difficult to place in the trunk due to its compact size when folded. Parents in our survey have also said the same thing, where this stroller was a bit heavy to lift, but they could place it easily in the trunk of their sedan, minivan, and SUV.

With weight mostly being the reason, the BOB Rambler got a 66% score in this category.

Parent Tip!

One parent says that she was able to store it in the trunk of her Ford Focus with a bit of room to spare – and this was without taking the tires off.

Public Transport

 

Is it easy (ish) to use on trains, buses, etc.?

The BOB Rambler fits inside trams and other transportation used to and from parking at parks such as Disney and Universal Studios.

Its swivel front wheel and rubber tires allow it to maneuver easily in small spaces despite its bulkier size. Also, it has a slightly narrower footprint than its competitors, which helps it to navigate crowded or tight spaces.

Folding and Unfolding

 

Is it easy to lift and move when folded?

This jogger doesn’t have a self-stand feature, which can prove to be quite challenging when needing to store in smaller spaces.

Some parents say that lifting the folded Rambler feels like picking up a big, bulky flat box with tires. They feel that for lesser hassles, it might be better to just always store it in the car trunk or store it under the bed.

Its swivel front wheel and rubber tires allow it to maneuver easily in small spaces despite its bulkier size. Also, it has a slightly narrower footprint than its competitors, which helps it to navigate crowded or tight spaces.

Parent Tip!

One parent seems to have things figured out with the folding – he recommends popping off the side wheels with an easy press of a button, then put in the front wheel first and turn the front wheel so it’s folded in. When planning to use it, make sure to reattach the side wheels properly before placing baby in the stroller.

Folded Up Dimensions

 

Is it easy to store in a standard family car? At home?

Based on our research, parents can fit the Rambler into their trunks of their small cars, such as the Chevy Spark EV, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Focus, thanks to its origami-like fold-flat design.

Folded Up Dimensions

 

Is it easy to store in a standard family car? At home?

Based on our research, parents can fit the Rambler into their trunks of their small cars, such as the Chevy Spark EV, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Focus, thanks to its origami-like fold-flat design.

On the home front, the Rambler might not be ideal for compact spaces such as studio or 1-bedroom apartments. It is very helpful that its rear wheels can be removed easily, which helps when storing in cramped spaces. 

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Maneuverability 8.5/10

The BOB Rambler’s best category performance was in Maneuverability – scoring a nice 85%.

How maneuverable and easy to push is it?

 

One-handed operation/control

The Rambler’s swivel front wheel allows for easy one-hand control. As parents say – it turns on a dime and is easy to maneuver. This feature is truly an advantage, as it helps parents to multitask when necessary.
 

Pushing around obstacles

The Rambler’s swivel front wheel and rubber tires make it easy to handle obstacles with ease. It can be pushed with one hand and makes the transition from one surface to another without any trouble.

Is frame width a problem in narrow spaces?

Majority of parents in our survey find that this stroller easily negotiates sharp turns and obstacles without hitting anything, thanks to its slighter narrower footprint. It is a breeze to maneuver through the crowds at the theme parks, too.
 

How about stairs and escalators?

We haven’t received any feedback about parents using it on stairs and escalators. Hope we won’t get any! :c)
 

Is it easy to get up and down pavements and curbs?

This jogger is outfitted with 12″ air-filled tires and awesome treads. On uneven terrain, the Rambler’s high-impact wheels and durable tires nonetheless give your little one a smooth ride.

How easy is it to push on rough surfaces?

 

How is it on uneven surfaces?

The Rambler’s rubber pneumatic tires help it move over uneven terrains easily. It moves smoothly on gravel and sand as well as muddy terrain.

Good for rough ground

One family says that this stroller makes it so much easier to navigate the hills in their neighborhood than their previous stroller. Parents who live in the countryside say that it easily maneuvers over any terrain.

A mom who lives in Montana said that she wanted a stroller that could get through snow, over bumpy gravel roads, a nice leisurely walk, hiking, shopping, and to all the local events – the Rambler proved to be the perfect all-rounder for her family’s needs.

Parent Tip!

One concerned parent says to always check for tire pressure when planning to go out – especially on hikes and rough terrain – to avoid any inconveniences along the way.

Is the front wheel lockable?

The front swivel wheel on the BOB Rambler is lockable. Just push on the red lever to keep the wheel in the fixed position. This increases the stroller’s stability while on the occasional jog or traversing rough terrain. Check out this Rambler YouTube video from 0:08 to see the swivel front wheel in action.

If specifically planning to go on a jog, please always remember to lock the front wheel to avoid any tire wobbles and the like.

One parent loves how the front wheel can be adjusted from ”walk mode” to ”run mode” – when in “run mode”, the front wheel is locked and doesn’t swivel, which keeps the stroller steady on both concrete and uneven terrains during runs. She said that being able to adjust the front wheel makes her feel that she’s in complete control of all the stroller’s movements.

Safety & Quality 7.9/10

The Rambler jogger is compact, functional, and attractively priced. As with all other strollers, there are some areas for improvement but overall, you won’t feel any lack with it – hence we have given it a ranking of 79% for Safety and Quality.

Material

 

Is the seat fabric good quality? Does it feel durable?

The water-resistant canvas sport fabric – poly and dobby weave fabrics with water repellent coating and open-cell foam padding – is durable and of good quality. There is no errant stitching or material bunching.

The fabric is breathable and easy to clean.

The downside – some moms have complained that the Rambler’s seat fabric can be a little rough on baby’s skin, and that it can get quite hot and uncomfortable for baby when in the sun. Others have also commented about it looking a bit cheap.

Does it feel well-padded and comfortable?

This stroller has a sling-style seat that is padded. Combined with the Rambler’s suspension system, it assures a pleasant ride for the baby and the person pushing the stroller as well.

We scored 6.6 out of 10 for the Rambler’s seat material quality.

Is it a robust, well-designed piece of equipment?

 

Frame construction

The BOB Rambler has a durable, lightweight aluminum frame with mountain bike-style shocks. It is sturdy without flex or connection problems. The accompanying fabric is tough and resists snagging.

There’s just one thing – there is no padding on the sides where babies rest their heads. This could pose as a safety risk, as a baby or child could hit their heads hard on the frame especially when napping or riding on uneven terrain.

We give it a 7 out of 10.

Suspension

The BOB Rambler’s suspension system is patterned after mountain bikes; it provides up to 3 inches of travel for an ultra-smooth ride. Thanks to this feature, your little one won’t be woken up from sleep by any bump in the road, and rough terrain won’t be enough to ruin their pleasant days out.

Check out the Rambler’s latest prices on Amazon.

Seat

The Rambler’s roomy seat has an adjustable recline. With one hand, you can achieve infinite angle options just by pinching the plastic toggle behind the seat. To raise the back though, you’ll need two hands to pull the side straps – this could be challenging with a child in the seat.

The seat’s padding is pretty nice and thick; its material is durable and easy to wash.

It has a removable head cushion which provides extra protection for those playful small riders from hitting their heads.

When reclining the seat, you’ll see a big window in the back made of mesh, which provides baby with ventilation while napping on the go.

It lacks side cushions for the baby’s head, though. When asleep, children tend to lean to the left or right of the stroller frame and bump their heads onto it. As discussed in an earlier section, the absence of padding on the sides where babies rest their heads could pose as a safety risk. A baby or child could hit their heads hard on the frame especially when taking a nap on when travelling on uneven ground.

In its most upright position, the seat is quite upright – a factor which most parents consider to be very important.

Canopy

The durable ratcheting design of the Rambler canopy offers a good deal of sun coverage; it is larger than average compared to its competitors.

The canopy can be rotated to come down over baby’s head and cover to the knee. Most parents want a sunshade that covers the (often bare) knees of the child, and it’s great how this stroller’s canopy does the trick.

Apart from providing essential UPF 50+ sun protection for your little one, the Rambler’s canopy is weather-resistant. No sun, rain, and wind will stop you and your child from bonding during those fun adventures!

On top of the canopy is a vinyl peek-a-boo window which helps parents to check on their little ones regularly. Its window cover is made of cloth and secures with Velcro; this can be tucked in a pocket to stay open.

Our survey shows that parents would like to see a mesh window instead of plastic, and a magnetic closure instead of noisy Velcro, so as not to wake the little ones.

Also, some parents may find the canopy a bit low-hovering – one mom says that her one-year-old’s head hits the sun canopy and that he is not tall.

Footrest

The Rambler’s footrest is narrow and triangular, which can sometimes cause a child’s feet to dangle off it. Please be mindful of this potential safety concern.

What’s helpful with the footrest is it allows a child to keep their footwear on. This is important as there are strollers where feet can’t be seen while pushing – one parent says that the Rambler’s footrest helps her to see her child’s feet and check if he has lost a shoe or sneaker.

Quality of tires/wheels and wheel assembly

The BOB Rambler has three durable 12” high-impact composite wheels with air-filled rubber tires which complement its suspension system nicely and make pushing the stroller much easier.

High quality air-filled Kenda tires – common on dirt bikes and scooters – are installed on this stroller.

Parents love that the tires are “real”, as these are made of rubber and are pneumatic. Also, its easy-remove wheels offer much convenience especially when travelling or when in a hurry. These features seem to be major buying considerations.

Its fully enclosed bearings will prevent you from getting stuck somewhere in the dirt.

As for the wheel assembly, the Rambler’s swivel locking front wheel allows for easy handling of narrow corners. When going jogging or off-road, this wheel can be locked in place using a convenient red lever to make it more stable.

The rear wheels simply snap in. The front wheel comes with an axle, securing nut, and a hex wrench for foolproof assembly.

Also on the rear wheels, these can both be locked using the foot-activated brake in just one step.

You might have heard of reports where BOB strollers had occasional issues with front wheel detachment. The hazard states, “The modified thru-bolt on the front wheel can fracture, allowing the wheel to detach from the stroller, posing fall and injury hazards to children in the stroller and adults operating the stroller.”

Here are the details as per CPSC:

This recall involves the modified thru-bolt axle provided by Britax free of charge as one of the available incentives to eligible consumers in connection with the BOB Information Campaign announced on January 10, 2019. The model number of the modified thru-bolt axle is S11393700 and it was manufactured for use with BOB Jogging Strollers made between 1/1/2009 to 9/30/2015.

Not to worry, parents! The above concerns specific models – the Revolution FLEX, PRO, SE and CE, as well as Stroller Strides Fitness, Fixed Front Wheel, Sport Utility, and IRONMAN.

But of course, we’d always advise to be on the cautious side, so even if the Rambler isn’t included in the issue above, please make sure that the front wheel of your stroller is properly installed – kindly check out Page 6 of the product manual for guidance.

Stroller stability – is it likely to tip or topple?

As with any three-wheeled vehicle with a single wheel in the front, it has a tendency to tip over, especially if not paying attention to it.

The Rambler has more chances of toppling over if placing a heavy item (e.g. backpack diaper bag) on the handle with the stroller empty – again, this can happen to any stroller.

Its wheels may be small for a jogger, but that doesn’t seem to affect the ride.

One parent reports that the Rambler can feel a bit tippy when used with a heavier child. The maximum allowed weight is 75lbs., so this stroller may struggle with weights heavier than that. But he said that it’s something you get used to quickly, as the other useful features of the Rambler outweigh it, like the bump-absorbing shocks, generous canopy, and great maneuverability.

Harness

 

5-point functionality and shoulder straps

The BOB Rambler 5-point harness is a breeze to buckle/unbuckle. Its center release buckle is easy to press doesn’t make you feel like you’re tackling a jigsaw puzzle.

The shoulder straps have padding and have a good range for adjustability. Your little one should be comfortable when strapped in.

To save some time while on the go, the waist straps can easily be attached to the shoulder straps. Also, these can be quickly adjusted by pulling on the two red loops.

It comes with an adjustable crotch strap, too.

Kindly note that this stroller is not a rethread style – the straps slide up and down the main straps that are sewn to the seatback.

Tether strap

The Rambler comes with a durable safety-conscious tether strap. Attached to the handlebar, this run-away strap provides additional security in case of the stroller suddenly running away from you while you’re jogging, or if a fall occurs for some reason.

Parent Tip!

One parent says that the tether strap can also double as a lock for the folded stroller, considering this stroller’s lack of an automatic lock.

Anything else I need to know?

As per Disney, strollers should be no larger than 31” (79 cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long when measured across the widest and longest points. The BOB Rambler’s dimensions meet Disney requirements, with its width at 25″ and length at 45″.

Should I buy it?

The BOB Rambler offers great functionality as a jogging and everyday stroller.

Its unique design offers convenience, comfort, and style. Its durable air-filled wheels make it easy to navigate crowded streets and handle various terrain. In terms of safety for your child, the Rambler offers a five- point safety harness that is a breeze to use. Its slim design allows it to maneuver narrow spaces, plus its aluminum frame only weighs 25 lbs. This stroller can be folded and placed in tight spaces after removing the rear wheels. The seat with its comfortable padding provides protection for children up to 75 lbs. On top of that, the BOB Rambler can work with majority of car seats with the appropriate car seat adapters.

Be reminded though, that there are points of compromise such as the non-adjustable handlebar – which could be a concern for parents of varying heights – and lack of essentials such as the parent console and child tray; these can be bought separately but with a bit of a price tag.

The bottom line – if you’re looking for a durable, functional jogger that can meet your everyday strolling needs too, we think that the Rambler is an attractive choice that is well worth its price.

Check out the latest prices of the BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller on Amazon.

BOB Rambler Parent Reviews

Ask Us a Question

Is the Bob Rambler’s stroller handle adjustable for Mom’s height?

Unfortunately, the Rambler does not have an adjustable handlebar. If an adjustable handlebar is a must-have, you may want to check out the BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 or the BOB Gear Alterrain Jogging Stroller.

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Where to Buy

Amazon In stock Bob Rambler standalone unit
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Contact BOB Gear

Phone:

1.888.427.4829

1.704.409.1699 (If calling from outside the USA or Canada)

Hours of operation:

Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:15 pm (ET)

Friday: 9:00 am – 4:45 pm (ET)

Address:

BOB Gear

4140 Pleasant Road

Fort Mill, SC 29708

USA

Email:

Please use their Britax contact form to reach them via email.

For urgent matters, please contact them via phone rather than email.

https://www.bobgear.com/