Stroller Review: BOB Alterrain PRO Jogging Stroller
The BOB Alterrain Pro is BOB’s most recent offering. It comes with high-end functionality and a fresh appearance that puts it on par with some of the more expensive competitors. The new stroller has a simplified folding procedure, covered storage, a taut canopy, and improved suspension. A lockable swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking and handlebar, and an aluminium frame are still included. Unfortunately, because to its higher weight and larger dimensions, it suffered in testing compared to the competitors, and we encountered more rolling resistance. Overall, this is a good stroller with some remarkable features, but we believe there are better alternatives available for a lower price. BOB (Beast of Burden) was founded by two new fathers who wanted to take their children off-road. They created the first fixed 3-wheel jogging stroller in their quest to discover the ultimate stroller. The business later developed the first lockable swivel front wheel for enhanced adaptability in everyday situations. Britax, a firm that specialises in car seats and strollers, now owns BOB.
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BOB Alterrain PRO Jogging Stroller Review
The BOB Alterrain Pro is BOB’s most recent offering. It comes with high-end functionality and a fresh appearance that puts it on par with some of the more expensive competitors. The new stroller has a simplified folding procedure, covered storage, a taut canopy, and improved suspension. A lockable swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking and handlebar, and an aluminium frame are still included. Unfortunately, because to its higher weight and larger dimensions, it suffered in testing compared to the competitors, and we encountered more rolling resistance. Overall, The Pro has customizable tracking, which we had to get exactly perfect with a little practice. It rolled true and straight after that without a hitch. It also has a handbrake, suspension, and a handlebar that can be adjusted to fit the height of the pusher. All of the running features function nicely, and the locking front wheel is ideal for running. We believe that most runners will like using the Pro as long as they do not compare it to the competition.
The weight of this stroller makes it more difficult to push and may induce early tiredness when jogging. In our tests, it also had higher rolling resistance than some of the competition, which reduced its total running score. It didn’t get the lowest score in the portfolio, but it couldn’t match up with other BOB goods and similar high-end options.
The Pro is one of the most user-friendly joggers in our series. In comparison to the competitors, it performed admirably in our testing.
The Pro folds up more like a Thule than a BOB. The bottom of the leg rest flips up, and the handle folds the stroller in half with a slide and twist. It’s a simple fold that results in a product that rolls up like baggage. It doesn’t have a carrying handle, but it does stand up. In general, joggers are huge and heavy, but even with that in mind, the Pro is a massive beast in comparison to the rest of the pack. This stroller is one of the heaviest in the bunch, weighing in at 31.4 pounds, limiting its capacity to sprint. While we enjoy the beefier wheels and other enhancements that undoubtedly contribute to the increased weight, we’re not certain the trade-off is worth it when competing manufacturers provide similar features without the added weight. The folded BOB has a volume of 17,357 cubic inches, making it one of the biggest swivel front wheel choices. While this may not be a deal breaker for everyone, it may be a problem for some parents who are unable to lift or fit the stroller in their trunk.
The Pro sports a circular bar brake “pedal” with a brand-new brake mechanism that we haven’t seen before. To activate the brakes, the bar pushes “pins” into holes. The brakes are easy to use, single-action, and function effectively.
For dedicated runners, the handbrake on the Pro is a must-have since it helps decelerate the stroller downward. The handbrake works well, and we’re glad it was included in a group of joggers that didn’t all have it.
A cover is included with the Pro’s storage bin to protect things from falling or weather damage. If the bin is insufficient, there is a zippered pocket on the rear of the canopy that is ideal for cellphones.
It also has two mesh pockets on the back of the seat, as well as passenger storage pockets on the sides.
The Pro sunshade offers UPF 50+ protection, is windproof, and waterproof. It includes a big peek-a-boo window and a magnetic closing on the cover. We appreciate the new bold appearance of the shade, which is considerably less frumpy than the canopy on previous BOBs. It features a wide canopy that extends almost to the knees, offering excellent weather protection.
BOB has improved the design of its buckle and harness. The no-rethread shoulder height straps are comfortable to wear and are pleasant to the touch. Unfortunately, the buckle is rigid, which may be an issue for certain people.
A sling-style seat with minimal cushioning is included with this stroller. Any passenger should be comfortable thanks to the spacious seat and cushioned leg rest. The seatback virtually flattens out and is easy to modify to your liking.
Car Seat Compatibility
With the purchase of an extra adaptor, the Pro may be used with a number of baby car seats. Combinations of Britax, BOB, Graco, Peg Perego, and Chicco seats are all conceivable. The adapters come with three pieces that you’ll need to keep track of, however unlike earlier BOB stroller models, there are no straps.
Whether you’re jogging on the trail or navigating the grocery store, manoeuvrability is essential. This stroller is capable of handling any situation. It makes tight bends and is a fast navigator around the closest of places with the swivel front wheel freed. It’s simple to tip and turn when running thanks to the 3-wheel jogging design with a locking front wheel and suspension. This stroller has pneumatic tyres and larger wheels to limit the bumps along the way and we had no difficulties during testing over grass, gravel, asphalt, carpet, wood bridges, roots, rocks, curbs, and more. The Pro includes a rotating handlebar so each parent can adjust the bar to the best height for them. Finding the right height can prevent fatigue that leads to discomfort.
The Alterrain Pro is no exception to BOB’s heritage of producing high-quality goods. This stroller has a strong aluminium frame with few fastener connection points and less flex. For a completed look, the fabric and design secure the cloth to the frame, canopy, and basket without bunching or errant stitching. While this stroller does not have adjustable suspension like other BOB strollers, it does feature suspension and an adjustable handlebar for improved jogging ergonomics. In comparison to its BOB siblings, the Pro’s overall fit and quality are outstanding, with a streamlined appearance that seems current. The stroller we purchased was free of flaws and seemed to be up to the task.