Funny story. On the advice of another twin mom friend, I registered for the Bob Revolution SE Duallie double stroller, which she said was the absolute best pick for an active lifestyle with twins — great for jogging, hiking, beach walks (so basically, my life — or at least, the life I want to live).
We received the stroller as a very generous shower gift from my husband’s company, where his team even assembled it for us and tied it with a big bow, a la a Christmastime car commercial. Only problem was: It didn’t fit in our car. Matter of fact, we’d soon discover that nothing we’d need for twins fit in our compact hatchback — not any double stroller, and not even my husband when the two car seats were installed. So in my 36th week or so of pregnancy we copped to reality and bought an SUV.
So flash forward to now, when I have a car big enough and finally also babies big enough to test out the Bob. And oh my gosh, you guys, I am in love.
It wasn’t so long ago that I couldn’t have even imagined being in love with a stroller (and it wasn’t so long before that that I couldn’t imagine being in love with something like a backsplash, but life does tend to surprise us), nor certainly being able to discuss its finer points passionately with nuance. But when you have two infants, and a Los Angeles neighborhood filled with horrible sidewalks — you start to care about these things real quick.
For the first 12 weeks of our twins’ lives, we’d been using a basic frame stroller into which we snapped their car seats. The thing cornered like a Winnebago and was so long, I wondered about the weather on the other side. It took all of my energy (and in my post-op days, that wasn’t much) to lift the thing over the cracks in our horrible L.A. sidewalks, and my shoulders ached after a long walk in the park.
By comparison, the Bob practically wheels itself. As my husband put it, “You just breathe on it, and it goes.” We now compete for who “gets” to push, instead of who reluctantly has to. Apparently due to some kind of fancy suspension system, the action is so unbelievably smooth, I’ve been calling it the Lincoln Navigator of strollers. (In fact, I’m more excited about it than I am about my aforementioned SUV, which falls in the luxury category.)
BTW, I don’t jog or run per se (unless chased), but I’d consider this the best active-lifestyle stroller for twins, not just the best jogging stroller for twins.
Some key features:
- Conveniently, each seat is flanked by two mesh pockets, for bottles or binkies or the like.
- There are generously sized sun-cover canopies that snap into multiple positions, and even a moon roof-style clear panel to check on the babes. (I’m sure there are many cold-weather and precipitation benefits here too, but I live in L.A., so…)
- The cargo compartment underneath is sizable and easy to access. There’s more space in the seat-back pockets too. This makes our Sunday trips to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market (pictured above!) way more comfortable. Hey kids, hold my kale while I drink the hell out of this organic, fair-trade coffee!
- The parking brake is large and easy to set or release with the toes of one foot (instead of getting hands grubby and jacking up the nails, like I had to do with our previous frame stroller).
- The all-terrain wheels and tires go anywhere, including sand, thick dirt on the track at our local park where I walk, crappy L.A. sidewalks in dire need of repair, or grammy and grampy’s house in the wilds of Topanga.
Yes, the thing is substantial in weight (34 pounds) and large — but honestly? If you have twins (or two stroller-age kids), you’re not really traveling light anyway, so you might as well at least be comfortable. Beyond that, it folds in two simple steps, so it’s not like a crazy schlep.
I could go on with my Bob Revolution SE Duallie double stroller review, but how about you try one for yourself? (Wait for it…)
The awesome folks at Bob have reserved one of these bad-ass double strollers — the brand new 2014 model — just for one of my readers. Hooray!
To enter to win, just “like” the Homebody in Motion Facebook page, and write a comment here or there telling me why you want to win. (You’re eligible if you live anywhere in the U.S or Canada, except Quebec.)
I’ll pick a winner on December 1.
Good luck, my friends!