The BOB Ironman Duallie earns high praise as an excellent choice for serious runners with two children, including from parents of twins and parents with young children of different ages. As reviewers point out, this is a serious running stroller for people who run every day or run long distances. It gets kudos for ease of pushing.. Some of those runners with children of differing ages say the seat back/canopy combination is short for their older child, so it may be best to try before you buy.
As safe as it gets, but two recalls in one year. The BOB Ironman Duallie has a five-point padded harness, one-touch heavy duty linked parking brake on the back wheels, and a handle brake made to carefully slow the stroller on hills, something parents appreciate. There also is a wrist strap in case the stroller slips out of a parent's hands, but at least one owner says the wrist strap is fixed on the right side and is rather short. She'd like to see it made longer or made to move from one side to another so she can switch hands. The wrist strap doubles as a manual fold, so the stroller does not open when carried.
BOB single and double strollers manufactured between April 2002 and February 2011 were voluntarily recalled in February 2011 due to a strangulation hazard from the drawstrings on the strollers. Another voluntary recall for strollers manufactured between November 1998 and October 2011 was issued in October 2011 due to a possible choking hazard if the stroller canopy's embroidered logo patch detached. No injuries were reported in either recall. BOB responded quickly, offering fixes based upon reports from consumers. If you have a stroller within those manufacturer dates, discontinue use and contact the manufacturer for repair information.
Runners love its easy push. Experts and owners praise the BOB Ironman for its ease of pushing due to its 16-inch, high-pressure tires. The fold and the recline are two-handed, but reviewers says it's easy to do. It is bulky when folded, but the wheels pop off easily to make it more compact. The seat can be spot cleaned. It is also heavy at 34 pounds, so it may take some muscle to lift in and out of car trunks.
The stroller for serious runners. The BOB Ironman Duallie has a fixed front wheel without a swivel option, so it's not a good choice as an everyday stroller. However, it's not supposed to be an everyday stroller; it's a stroller for long-distance or everyday runners.
The Ironman Duallie takes a car seat with optional adapters (*MSRP $85), but it only takes one at a time, so it won't accommodate two newborns or babies under 8 months old. Also, it should not be used as a running stroller with the car seat in place. According to the manufacturer, newborns up to 8 weeks old can ride in the stroller only with the car seat in place. After 8 weeks, they can ride in the stroller without a car seat, but they may need additional head and neck support if they cannot hold their heads up. Until the child is 8 months old, the stroller should be used only for walking, not running.
After 8 months and up to 100 pounds (total for two children), experts and parents say this is a very safe, comfortable stroller for jogging with children. It features extra back support, good padding, leg support with a bumper to keep children's feet from the front wheel and two side pockets for snacks or drinks. The tracking and suspension are adjustable, with suggested settings for children of different weights on the suspension. The seat is roomy, but taller children may hit their head on the canopy due to a lower clearance. The large canopy is split and can be adjusted independently; both canopies have a large peek-a-boo window. There is a large under seat basket and two large pockets on the back of the seat. There is no parent cup holder, but a handlebar console (*MSRP $29) is sold separately, as is a child's snack tray (*MSRP $50).
The BOB Ironman Duallie is bulky, so it may not fit in all car trunks, and it's heavy at 34 pounds. Both are to be expected from a double stroller. The tires do pop off for a smaller footprint. The handlebar is not adjustable, but taller parents say it fits them well.
Solid stroller, solid warranty. The BOB Ironman carries a five-year warranty on the frame, one year on small parts and fabric. BOB and Britax have excellent reputation for customer service
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1. Baby Bargains
Review credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including jogging strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. The authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, assigning them grades for reputation and quality.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
Review credibility: Very Good Editors of BabyGizmo.com put the BOB Ironman Duallie on their list of Top 5 Jogging Strollers. There is no review of the Ironman Duallie, merely a list of product features, but BabyGizmo.com is such a credible source that if they say it's in the Top 5, it's probably a good pick.
Review: Double Jogging Strollers Editor's Choice Top 5, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Not dated
Review credibility: Very Good The BOB Ironman Duallie earns an overall 4.9 stars out of 5 in a handful of reviews. Owners say The Duallie is a great stroller, particularly for serious runners. Runners say its performance as a running stroller is flawless. The few quibbles are that the seat back/canopy is short for older kids, and it's bulky and awkward to fit into trunks, although better with the front wheel removed.
Review: Untitled, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Very Good Buzzllions.com has nearly 20 reviews of the BOB Ironman Duallie, but they are not all in one place. Overall the stroller gets close to perfect ratings, with owners saying it's a perfect running stroller, sturdy and easy to push. The only complaint is that it's expensive.
Review: Untitled, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of October 2012
5. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review credibility: Good This is an older review, submitted by a reader of Pregnancy and Newborn's online site, but it's thorough. "Tim" details running with the stroller with his two children, and he says the Duallie is effortless to push and the suspension is smooth. He's also amazed at the "absurd" amount of storage space. He says it doesn't fold compactly but says he wouldn't expect a jogging stroller to do so.
Review: BOB Ironman Duallie, "Tim", Aug. 15, 2010
Review credibility: Fair Christine Luff, the running guide for About.com, offers her picks for the best jogging strollers, including the BOB Ironman Duallie. It appears that most of the strollers were not tested, and her overviews of the strollers are very brief. Also, several have been discontinued, making this review dated. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Double Jogging Strollers, Christine Luff, Feb. 15, 2012