Rarely am I excited about a new stroller, so it should mean something that I’m really excited to share my review the BOB Blaze Performance Stroller. It seems to me that manufacturers create excitement about a new stroller only to discover that it’s really last year’s model with two different colors and one small change. It’s disappointing.
However, when I first saw the BOB Blaze Performance Stroller, I knew this review would be different. Why? you might ask. What makes this stroller so special?
As BOB advertises, this running stroller is truly for the serious, hardcore runner. It is designed to perform well and last for years.
Having a handbrake is genius! Every time I have to go downhill, I hate the stress and strain my body feels trying to maintain control of the stroller.
With a handbrake, hills become much easier to manage. This particular stroller has a front caliper handbrake. By controlling the speed of your front wheel, you can better control the speed of the whole stroller.
BOB’s Revolution Pro jogging stroller also features a handbrake which is attached to rear drum brakes. The Blaze brake controls a caliper style brake on the front wheel.
Stroller handlebars can kind of be a Goldilocks situation. What feels perfect and comfortable for one person can be too low or too high for another person. That’s why an adjustable handlebar is a great idea!
With 9 positions to choose from, the handlebar will always be at a comfortable height for you or anyone else who operates it.
If you’re wanting a stroller that will be able to handle unpaved surfaces, you really want to get air-filled tires. Plastic wheels just won’t cut it when you’re on uneven surfaces.
There are three 16″ air-filled tires on the BOB Blaze Performance Stroller. When all three tires are the same height, it actually creates more stability. Plus, these tires are designed to resemble road bike tires, so you can be sure that they’re built for speed.
Mountain Bike-Style Suspension System
One way to ensure your stroller rides as smoothly as possible is to put a mountain bike-style suspension system on it. According to the BOB Blaze page, this stroller “offers 3 inches of travel and 2 stages of weight support for an ultra-smooth ride.”
Personally, I have no idea what this means. However, I included it because I thought people who mountain bike understand what that means.
As a mom, I like having storage for my water and phone back by the handlebar. I don’t want to fish underneath my child just to get a sip of water. Apparently, the designers at BOB feel the same way that I do.
Back by the handlebar is a handlebar console with two cup holders and a center storage pouch. This means that you’re easily able to keep your water, phone, and keys nearby.
Additionally, there are four mesh storage pockets throughout the stroller and a large, zip-top cargo basket. This ensures that all of your belongings will actually stay in your stroller, even if you hit a bump in the road. As someone who has bounced the contents of her storage bin out onto the road, I can attest that this zip-closure is an important feature.
The designers at BOB are obviously concerned with your child’s comfort. The air-filled tires and mountain bike-style suspension will help make the ride less bumpy, but the comfortable seat will help your child actually enjoy the ride.
The BOB Blaze Performance Stroller has a very padded compression seat with ventilation and a five-point harness. These features ensure that your child is in a safe yet comfy seat that doesn’t trap heat.
Also, your child can sit fully upright or recline. To let your child recline, simply squeeze a button.
UPF 50+ Canopy
This UPF 50+ canopy helps shield your child from the sun and weather. On the top, there is a peek and chat window for you to check on your child without having to stop. This window offers magnetic closure.
Also, there are reflective accents for safety.
Travel System Compatible
Use the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter (sold separately) to attach your car seat. Although the manufacturer recommends using the BOB B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat by Britax, they also note that the adapter should help you pair your stroller with any other major brand car seat.
This stroller offers an easy two-step fold for convenient transportation and storage. Also, they have designed the stroller so that all the wheels can release without the use of a tool. This should help make transporting the stroller easier.
This stroller also offers a foot-activated parking brake and easy, adjustable front wheel tracking.
- Stroller Weight: 27lb
- Handle Bar Height: 435 in (109.2 cm)
- Tire Size: 16 in x 1.5 in
- Overall Width: 24 in (61.0 cm)
- Interior Seat Width: 14.5 in (36.8 cm)
- Folded Length and Height, wheels on: 38 in (96.5 cm) x 24 in (61 cm)
- Folded Length and Height, wheels off: 35 in (88.9 cm) x 16 in (40.6 cm)
- Minimum Child Age: 8 weeks
- Maximum Child Height: 44 in, 112cm
- Maximum Weight: The combined weight of the child and the cargo should not exceed 75lb, 34kg.
Right now, the manufacturers say that this stroller will retail at the upper end of the jogger price range. That’s a pretty significant chunk of change and a possible obstacle for potential buyers who might be unsure of whether it’s wise to splurge on a stroller.
How Do You Feel About Yellow?
There is currently only one color scheme–yellow and black. If you’re not a fan of yellow, this stroller might be visually off-putting to you.
No Kids Snack Tray
There’s no included snack tray for your child. However, they do have one available to purchase. It has one cup holder and one snack area.
Although it’s not terribly expensive, it still really annoys me when people create a pricey item and don’t include all the components. You know I want the snack tray, so why don’t you just charge $30 more and include it?
Other Jogging Stroller Choices
The Blaze Performance stroller is truly top of the line, but to get a sense of how it compares to other jogging strollers see our full review of the best jogging strollers.
How to Choose the Right Stroller
Personally, I think a good stroller is worth its weight in gold. If there is only one area where you’re going to splurge on baby items, I recommend that you spend your extra money here. However, before you start spending your money, you need to figure out which stroller is right for you and your baby.
Here are some important questions to ask while you’re stroller shopping:
- What surface are you going to be using your stroller on? If you only plan on using your stroller on paved roads or surfaces, you may want to have a four-wheeled stroller. These strollers are known for their smooth turns and navigation. However, if this stroller is ever going to be on an unpaved surface, you will want the stability and suspension system that a three-wheeled stroller offers.
- How will you use the stroller? Of course, you’ll use the stroller as a stroller, but you may also use the stroller to help transport your baby through the airport. Another popular use of the stroller is to use it instead of a shopping cart in the store. If you’re planning on these types of usage, the storage bin and other storage areas will be particularly important to you.
- What kind of car seat do you have? It is essential that your car seat be compatible with your stroller. When your baby is little, it is quite a bit easier just to click the car seat on to the stroller than it is to try to five-point harness your baby into it. Also, this click-and-go style of operation makes it very convenient to use the stroller after your baby has fallen asleep in the car seat.
- What is your budget? When I got my stroller before my first baby, I didn’t have a big stroller budget. We got a travel system that lasted through my two kids. Although the car seat has long since expired, the stroller is still going. We didn’t spend a lot of money on any of it, and it all worked really well. Still, if I had it to do over again, I would have splurged and gotten a nicer stroller.
If I were in the market for a stroller, I would probably get the BOB Blaze Performance Stroller. As a reviewer, I know that I’m really critical of strollers. Often, I feel that manufacturers offer a slightly modified version of last year’s model and slap a fat price tag on the new model.
With this stroller, I see design and innovation. I love the handbrake, the suspension system, and the tires. Sure, it’s important for my child to have a smooth ride; but it’s also important for me, too. I believe that this stroller would allow me to go anywhere I wanted to go and not feel any stress or strain at my shoulders from maneuvering.
Although I would internally grumble about it, I would even buy the snack tray.