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Great stroller for tough winter conditions.
on February 20, 2017
Update 5/18/2017 :
I originally made a gripe about the suspension being pointless off road. After the last week of doing what I would consider, trails that would break most strollers to pieces, I have come to love the suspension. We did about 15miles of rough trails involving deep washouts, logs, and a few miles of really deep mud that the stroller managed to float across while I ended up in over ankles. The only time this got hung up was when there was two obstacles back to back spaced enough that both front and rear wheels were hung up; that involved a little lifting to get unstuck. Also the brake was a life saver on some of the descents, and the tires while sometimes would lock up still provided great traction with a little modulation. I'm pretty sure this is way more than 99% of buyers will ever use this before, but if you're like me and go overboard at times this will take it.
After a complete winter testing in one of the harshest winter states in the US, I've come to the conclusion that yes, this is a great stroller for outdoors type people with harsh conditions and/or rough terrain. However it's big so traveling with it is tough, however it's a big part of what makes it good for it's intended purpose.
I bought this with the expectations of being able to navigate through the city when the snow starts falling. In Minnesota we get a good deal of snow, and while the cities do a decent job of clearing the streets, homeowners don't do a great job clearing their sidewalks. Because of this I needed something with big wheels that would easily make it through 6+ inches of snow without getting stuck. This stroller succeeds in making trips around town without drama, as it will easily roll though a foot of snow, albeit it being a little harder to push, and will tackle going over plow mounds at sidewalk exits with just a minor amount of work.
So what else does it do? It's a great running stroller, even with the knobby tires and suspension it doesn't feel heavy and mine tracked perfectly straight out of the box. As physics would dictate the brake only really works when going downhill and having weight on the front tire, but when else would you need a brake on a stroller right. The brake was adjusted properly and I haven't needed to mess with it. Since I'm 6'6" I really have a hard time with most running strollers; they are too short and usually don't provide enough room for even a modest jogging stride. I have yet to kick the back side and I'm cruising along at a nice 6min/mile pace; so props to BOB for thinking about us tall guys. The handle also has an excellent range of motion and will go high enough for me comfortably.
(suspension complaint removed after update)
So far quality seems top notch. There has only been two issues I have. One, the female strap attached to the frame with a bolt was installed backward upon delivery and needed to be turned around to work properly (this was not a big deal for me). Second, and really my only peeve, there is no positive locking on the canopy when it is opened fully. Meaning when it is windy out, which is all the time in Minnesota, the canopy will blow back to it's almost fully opened state.
Overall it’s great stroller, a little expensive but compared to the competition it's at the top for best bang for your buck and I would buy it again. Oh one more thing, the mud guard is great, nothing gets kicked up on my daughter, even when running through several inches of mud and slush. Also the composite wheels are perfect for the salty conditions we have around here.
By the way, I'm not a vine reviewer and didn't receive any discount or perks for this review. I paid full price and am giving my honest opinion.