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Move over BOB.
on March 24, 2015
I’m a dad and I picked this up. It’s too bad that Graco picked to only sell these at a specific retailer at first, because it’s such a great jogger.
If they sold this at other retailers, it would definitely take a lot of BOB clientele. BUT NOW BEING ON AMAZON, it will finally get some attention!
I encourage others to purchase this if they were looking for a true jogger, but don’t want to pay premium BOB prices.
Well, this actually ALSO has a premium price, but you get a lot more. Esp for new parents who will need to get an infant car seat. Amazon has a great price for the BLUE color.
The GRACO click connect 35 infant car seat just clicks right in. That is what I have. I got the all black colorway. What people should know is this stroller also has a high COOL FACTOR! It looks darn sporty and cool. The other "CLICK CONNECT" series will click into this.
No need for adapters to click Graco click connect infant seats. Has a parent tray (or pockets) and has a child bar/cup holder. I would have to spend an extra $100-150 with BOB in accessories to do that.
BOB had it’s time, but now they are getting exposed on being overpriced. Yea its great product, but to pay all that extra.
What is nice about BOB and Chicco Activ3/Tre joggers are the 2 setting shocks. One stiff and one soft setting. The stiff setting, at least in the Chicco is pretty much like having no shocks, it did have some bounce but very little and required a lot of force. The all terrain setting is on par with and all comparable among the 3. Good travel and bounce when needed. The dual setting is nice, but not necessarily required, but almost asked to be included since those aforementioned cost significantly more.
The Graco does not have adjustable handlebars, but unless you have the BOB Flex, most bobs or highly touted joggers don’t either. Personally, I think someone complaining about the handlebar height is a minority–or just insanely anal and picky. I'm 5'10 and my wife is 5'3 and have had no problems. Would adjustable handlebars be nice? Sure, but not at the cost of having to increase the price. As you know there will only be a few would actually need to worry about the handlebar height. If this was more an issue, more strollers would have adjustable bars. Hence the minority of the folks who would need such a feature. So it would be a luxury and luxuries come at an extra cost.
The canopy coverage on the Relay is superior to Bob’s. But the Chicco line of Joggers Active3/Tre can’t be beat in there. Their canopy almost makes the stroller a moving caccoon. But the Graco has a pretty good amount of coverage. Once you have the Graco Relay canopy fully out, there is ANOTHER visor that you can pull out from inside part of the canopy to add another 1-2" coverage.
The parent tray on the Relay is not the best, but its way better than Bob’s—– which is NONEXISTENT! Unless you pay extra lol. It’s not really a tray, more so a pockets. It is usuable and can accomodate most current smartphone sizes–even your ridiculously big iphone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 4. There is one “BOTTLE” holder. I don’t think its meant to carry open cups/drinks/beverages the way it just hangs. But if you have a water bottle it fits right in there. If you wanted to know, it DOES fit a Venti Starbucks cup in there. But watch out if its full as the way it sits tilts.
Folding and opening this is a breeze too. Compared to the Bob or Chicco Active 3/Tre. You just pull a strap and it will fold close. To open same thing, pull the strap and open. I know BOB you have to do like a 2-3 step process.
This stroller DOES have a locking front wheel. It also has that fine tune straight line tracker to make sure it is running straight so you can tune it. The wheels can be removed as well easily.
My only real complaint is once it is folded, it is difficult to really pick how it should be laid down. Natural reaction will have most people having it lay where the handle bar is on the floor. Which makes it dirty. BUT, this does SELF STAND. Look at the attached picture. Once you have it folded, turn it around so that baby kickstand/bar (with the cup holder) is on the bottom. You will see that it does self stand, and the handle bar of the stroller is up so it doesn't get dirty touching the ground, and you can easily pick it up from there as well. I don't think the BOBs self stand.
As far as performance, I actually run. It moves smoothly and freely. The shocks are a big plus. It makes the stroller feel light once its moving. If you have tried other strollers that don't have shocks and aren't built in this sporty manner, you can tell the difference easily. There are built in 3M reflector lining in the stroller so you can be seen at night. I may have mentioned it before, but it also looks darn cool! You won't look corny using this stroller.
I highly recommend this instead of the BOB for the price.