A great stroller for running and rough terrain
August 22, 2013
This is my first BOB stroller, but being an avid mountain biker I have been familiar with the brand for some time. The quality of the BOB Sport Utility Stroller is flat out amazing especially considering the price (on top of that. Albee Baby has the best price anywhere, making it a true steal).
The stroller is really simple to assemble. and has worked very well so far.
I did upgrade the tires to full mountain-bike knobby types and custom installed a bicycle odometer ... we've got about 75 miles on it now.
People tend to think this stroller is hard to turn. Well, yes in certain situations it can be, like when you are stopped on very grippy terrain. But this the thing that people overlook is that this really is more the model you use for running on uneven surfaces as opposed to one with a swiveling front wheel. Another thing that swayed me to this one is I wanted this one due to the 16" front wheel which allows it to roll over obstacles more easily compared to the 12" wheel. Whether you are walking quickly, jogging or running flat out, this stroller turns with light pressure. It also is STABLE at running speeds over sidewalk cracks and the like! This stroller wants to naturally stay on track, so managing that while exercising with this unit is easy.
One other thing about the turning (sorry to beat it to death, but from my research this was the main topic of comments)- my child is three months old and uses the carseat adapter. This places a much higher amount of weight on the front tire which adds to the turning difficulty. Although it doesn't bother me, I am looking forward to seeing what the Bob Sport Utility Stroller handles like when my son is not in the carseat adapter and actually sitting in the stroller.
I'm 6'1" and about 190lbs. If you are very small or not very strong, or just want a stroller that takes zero effort to turn, the BOB stroller with the the movable front wheel might be a good option for you.
Cons:Not for the mall