Thursday, January 17, 2013

BAM Gear: BOB 'Revolution Duallie SE' Stroller

Yeah you knew this was coming. The BOB Revolution Duallie SE Stroller is the side by side double stroller version of the very popular BOB Revolution. The BOB is what most would consider a jogging or active lifestyle stroller. That means if you would rather be sitting on your ass watching ricki lake reruns, than be outside doing stuff, this isn't the stroller for you.

The double, fills a niche market where both kids are not of the age to walk and do stuff on their own yet. Say, if you have twins, or kids who are about 2 or 3 years apart. However, there comes a point where the elder kid just won't fit in it anymore, even my 4 year old is starting to not like sitting in it. Having said that, even though the time frame for using this would be relatively short, what you get out of it, is worth it in my opinion.

Having a dual stroller is a force multiplier in that it enables the bad ass mom or dad get their exercise or take two kids to the park or even yes, stroll through the mall with a latte, without having to take two strollers, or strap one kid to the back. You can even think of the duallie as a load carriage system. There's a grocery store about 2km's away that we walk to. One evening we were able to load in no less than 7 grocery bags - and that's with 2 kids sitting inside. It made for an awesome uphill workout. There's a basket underneath capable of holding a few grocery bags - normally we keep the duallie weather shield, plus an extra diaper pail, and all the jackets. 

I was at first extremely adverse to even entertaining the thought of buying a $600 stroller. That kind of money can buy you a few shares in Lululemon which would offer better returns. It can also buy a crate and a half of 5.56mm NATO rounds. But the way I see it, if there was a way for me to integrate an active healthy lifestyle with child rearing while instilling some life lessons to these kids about being outside, then $600 is an investment. Now note, we did not buy it at that price point. NO WAY IN F*CKING HELL. Tech saavy BAM used the facebook and found a used one at a local mom swap shop group and probably paid about half. That's about 3/4 crate of 5.56m NATO rounds.
So some of the features and specs as listed by BOB are:
  • Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability when jogging or if the terrain turns tough.
  • Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
  • State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Accessory Adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray.
  • Ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seats for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harnesses help keep your children comfortably secure.
  • Independent multi-position canopies adjust for protection against the elements. Large viewing windows let you keep an eye on your babies.
  • High-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic tires and tubes take on tough terrain.
  • Low Boy Cargo Basket provides plenty of undercarriage storage. Additional space in large seatback pockets. Internal seat pockets provide a great place for snacks and toys.
  • A simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knob keeps you rolling straight.
  • When engaged, the parking brake helps secure a stopped position. 
  • Padded handlebar for comfort; wrist strap helps you secure stroller when strolling and provides handy fold lock when folded.
  • Weight (Net): 34lb, 15.3kg
  • Capacity: 100lb, 45.4kg (occupants plus luggage weight). Maximum occupant height is 44in or (112cm). Do not exceed the maximum weight or height, as stroller will become unstable.
  • Frame Materials: High strength chromoly and aluminum.
  • Seat Material: Poly and Dobby weave fabrics with water repellent coating and open cell foam padding.
  • Seat Care: Sponge area with a solution of lukewarm water and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap and allow to dry. DO NOT USE DETERGENT.
  • Seat Harness: Padded 5 point harnesses.
  • Safety Features: Padded 5 point harnesses / parking brake / wrist strap / seat retention strap.
  • Seat Recline: Adjustable seatback recline, down to 70° from vertical.
  • Suspension: Coil spring and elastomer core shock absorbers provide three inches of wheel travel. Adjustable shock release knobs allow for two shock positions to fine-tune suspension for varying occupants and cargo. Position 1: 0-50 lbs. Position 2: 51-100 lbs.
  • Tires: Pneumatic tires. Rear 16" x 1.75", Front 12.5" x 1.75".
  • Tubes: Pneumatic with schrader valve.
  • Hub: Quick release axle with sealed cartridge bearings.
  • Wheels: High-impact polymer composite.
  • Bearings: Sealed cartridge ball bearings.
  • Spokes: High-impact polymer composite.
  • Rear Brake: Foot-activated parking brake.
  • Wrist Strap: High strength, polyester fabric webbing attached to stroller handlebar. Also used to secure stroller in folded position.
  • Canopy Adjustments: 5 position toggle system with a 125° range of coverage provides ample protection from the elements.
  • Canopy Window: 85 sq. in (54.8 sq. cm) clear viewing window.
  • Handlebar Release Lever: High-impact polymer composite.
  • Swing Arm: High strength aluminum alloy.
Some of the things I appreciate about this stroller include the ability to one-hand manipulate the steering, using the padded handle bars.

Some other notable features include a cross bar that locks the rear with just a kick of the foot. The wheels are attachable/detachable using a lever to tension the axle in place. I prefer inflatable tire over the solid rubber ones found on most non-activity-based strollers, as they won't wear out.

The front wheel is mounted using a lever camming system to a fork, much like a quick detach wheel on a bike. It has 360 degree full swivel, and can be locked in place for added stability on hard terrain or straight stretches. You can also use the adjuster knob to fine tune the trueness of the straightness (if that makes sense)

The built in shades are dual, and operate independently of each other, giving full customization ability for both kids. The seat back also operates independently enabling the BAD or BAM to recline one seat or another. This is ideal for when one kid likes to nap during the stroller jogs.

So typically BAM likes to take the BAKs to the local forest trails and just bomb up and down them to the lake. The big tires, and the ease of steering really makes traversing some of these areas as smooth as hot knife through butter.

 I've kicked it, dropped it, hit it (haven't shot at it yet), and its endured some hard use with only minor scratching. Its tubular chromoly/aluminum structure is the same as those found on higher end hardtail/softtail mountain bikes. The built-in rear suspension makes the ride comfortable, and dampens much of the roughness normally experienced if using regular hipster strollers.

This is a piece of equipment that is designed for hard use. Don't be afraid to rock the shit out of it. Don't baby it, don't coddle it, don't put it in protective wrap. When my BAK's grow out of this beast, I plan on using it as a range cart. But for now, it pretty much goes where we go.

There are other kinds of double strollers, some are the same SxS, others are tandem, but few I have seen is designed for outdoorsy shit. A comparable product the Chariot. I haven't been able to put my hands on one yet, but I did see one on the ski hill. But all the lady did was drink coffee and mull around the lodge. She wasn't badass at all. She had bratty little kids whom I wished my BAK would push into the snow.


Full Disclosure: Unless noted, Bad Ass Dad has not been compensated in any means to review this gear. It is all his own, procured through pro-channels, retail, or issuance.