After 15 years of focusing on the jogging stroller, BOB has introduced their first compact, four-wheel, lightweight stroller for everyday use – the BOB MOTION. Whether you are looking for the quality of a BOB stroller but aren’t necessarily a jogger yourself or you have a BOB jogger and you want a lighter-weight option to compliment it, the Motion is a fabulous choice. Stocked with full-size features, the Motion is going to be a huge contender in the world of strollers.
The roomy seat on the Motion accommodates a newborn up to 65 lbs and measures 14″ wide with a seat back of 18″, and a 23″ seat back to back of canopy measurement. (The seat to the tallest center of the canopy is 26″.) Our 18 month old and 3 1/2 year old testers fit in the seat with room to grow. A padded, no re-thread, adjustable harness will keep your little one safely in the seat and the long foot well that measures 11″ is great for the leggy toddlers.
The seat has a strap recline system that can be done with one hand to recline but you’ll need two hands to put the seat back upright. We love that the seat has a deep recline (just about flat) for our little ones to take a nap. When the seat is fully reclined, you can lift the back of the canopy fabric to expose a giant mesh window to allow air to flow through the seat.
The Motion canopy is huge! As in full-coverage-huge! It sports a large peek-a-boo window that not only lets you to peek in at your child but also allows air to circulate through the seat because the window is mesh.
To accommodate both shorter and taller parents, the Motions sports an adjustable handlebar that goes from 32″ to 42″ from ground to handle.
There is a large zipper pocket on the back of the canopy to hold parent and baby essentials. Underneath the seat is a roomy basket that you can easily fit a large diaper bag but we found the easiest access for larger items is from the side.
The Motion rolls on four air-filled tires. Did you catch that?!? Yep, AIR-FILLED tires! Even though this stroller is not for jogging use, these air-filled tires it will definitely tackle a bit all-terrain such as playground mulch, small rocks and grass with no problem. The rear wheels are 10″ and the front wheels are 7″ swivel wheels with the ability to lock straight. And if that wasn’t enough, the rugged independent spring suspension system is going absorb some of the bumps to give your baby a smooth-like-butter ride.
Since it has air-filled tires, you know what we are going to ask, right? Yep, where is our included tire pump?!? Sadly the Motion does not come with a tire pump. Not that big of a deal because strollers rarely come with tire pumps these days and you can purchase one for about $7-$10.
You know we like to fold our lightweight strollers like a ninja because you never know when the baby is going to have a meltdown and things need to move fast. All you have to do is push a grey button down on the side of the seat (it stays down so that you don’t have to hold it down), pull up on the folding strap in the seat and the stroller folds flat. (FYI: The button on the side is an extra safety step so that the stroller couldn’t be folded on accident.) Plus, since it is only 23 lbs, this is one of those strollers that you can remove the baby and fold the stroller with one hand while holding your baby, diaper bag and possibly a drink. A cold drink.
If it is a travel system you long for, the BOB Motion does that too. It comes with two Click N Go car seat adapters that work with the matching BOB B-Safes or any of the Britax Infant car seats. There will be an additional universal car seat adapter for other brands of infant seats coming in February.
Since moms love to accessorize, BOB will offer additional, sold-separately accessories for the Motion starting in February. A child tray, weather shield, sun shield and travel bag will all be available next month.
Overall, we love the BOB Motion. It retails for $349 starting today and is an REI exclusive. That means you can only purchase it on REI.com but you do get FREE shipping if you do in-store pick-up!. We think it is a great travel-friendly addition to the family of BOB strollers and has all the features we look for on a great lightweight stroller.
*PROMO: Through Friday, Jan. 18 (yep, only THREE DAYS!), customers who buy a BOB MOTION stroller can get a free BOB B-SAFE infant car seat during BOB’s FREEdom in Motion event. Parents simply add both the BOB MOTION stroller and the BOB B-Safe infant car seat to their carts at REI.com, then enter the code “SOHO-MOTION” at checkout.
*Disclosure: Thanks to BOB for sending us a Motion for our review. As always, all our statements, opinions and thoughts are our own.