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- Stroller weight: 23 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 70 pounds, 31.8 kg
- (3) 16-inch pneumatic tires with lightweight alloy wheels
- Fixed front wheel
- Coil spring suspension system, with adjustable shock absorbers
- Adjustable tracking knob
- Foot-activated parking brake
- Hand brake
- Two-step folding design, and lightweight high strength aluminum alloy frame
- Padded, adjustable reclining seat, adjusts down to 70 degrees from vertical.
- 5-Point adjustable child safety harness
- Multi-position canopy with 5 positions, also includes a large viewing window.
- Under seat storage, large seat-back pocket, and internal seat pockets provide plenty of storage.
- Padded handlebar with wrist strap, aka safety tether
What I Like
Coil Spring Suspension System – Ssssmooooth. That’s really all I have to say, but because I love detail, let me explain why coil spring suspension is so much better than spring-air suspension. Over time, as your child grows and get’s heavier, the spring air suspension has a tendency to lose its resistance, and therefore bottom out. Coil springs are just the opposite. The more weight that you add, the more the springs will compress, and the more that they compress, the more resistance you get. It’s just the nature of the coil. Plus, the BOB Ironman also offers adjustable shock absorbers on top of that. So, you can alleviate any excess suspension movement, and adjust them according to the weight of your child. In other words, you can make them softer, or harder.
Adjustable Tracking – The BOB Ironman is a running stroller, and running strollers perform best when they track in a straight line. You shouldn’t have to worry about your stroller veering one direction of the other. The tracking knob allows you to fine tune your straight line.
Multi-position Canopy – Not only is the canopy big, but you also get 5 positions to choose from. In all, you get a 125 degree range of protection. Plus, it also has a large viewing window.
Lightweight – The BOB Ironman only weighs 23 pounds, which compared to most running strollers, is considered to be lightweight.
Storage – Most running strollers come with minimal storage, however, the BOB Ironman has one of the largest under-seat storage baskets, plus you get the large pocket on the back of the seat, and the internal mesh pockets for toys, snacks, and drinks.
Two-Step Fold Design – Okay, so it’s not the one-handed fold that the Baby Jogger offers, but it’s pretty darn close. Several reviewers even commented that they could do it one-handed.
Non-Adjustable Handle Bar – It would be nice if you could adjust the handle bar, that’s all I’m saying.
Price and Lack of Accessories – Seriously, this is one of the MOST expensive running strollers on the market, and the fact that you have to purchase all of the accessories separately just makes it even more expensive! On the other hand, running strollers are designed to be lightweight. You start adding parent trays and child trays, it just get’s heavier, and the lighter the stroller, the better the performance.
BOB Ironman owners love their running strollers. 21 out of 26 reviewers rated it 4 to 5 stars, that’s an 81% customer satisfaction rating. It should have been higher, however there were a few reviewers that gave it a low star rating purely because it doesn’t offer a swivel wheel. I guess they didn’t understand the difference when they made their purchase. The BOB Ironman is designed for running, and high speeds. If you’re NOT a serious runner/jogger, than a fixed wheel running stroller is not ideal. If you’d prefer a swivel wheel, I suggest taking a look at the BOB Revolution SE. Now, those that purchased the BOB Ironman Stroller with the intention of running, where EXTREMELY pleased. They loved everything, especially the smooth ride, and the fact that you feel like you’re pushing air!
As for complaints, well aside from the price, and the non-adjustable handle bar, the only other thing I found was regarding the tracking. A couple reviewers had trouble adjusting the tracking knob so that it wouldn’t pull one direction or the other. I feel it’s important to mention that tire pressure has a lot to do with it. For the BOB Ironman, it is recommended that your tires all have 60 psi. If it’s not even, it may pull one direction or the other. I would also suggest checking your tire pressure regularly, just to make sure there are no issues.
All in all, the BOB Ironman is at the top of the list as far as I’m concerned. If you are a serious runner, this is what you’re looking for! Now, I would like to mention that the BOB Ironman offers semi-slick tread on its tires. They are perfect for pavement running. If you are more interested in running off-road, then I highly suggest taking a look at the BOB Sport Utility Stroller.
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