In 2007, BOB introduced a sister model to its top-rated Revolution stroller, the compact BOB Revolution 12-inch AW (*Est. $399) stroller. Like the full-sized Revolution, the Revolution 12-inch AW features a lockable 12-inch front wheel, a durable welded frame, full-canopy and quick two-step fold. Where the Revolution 12-inch AW differs, however, is in its wheel size. At 12-inches, the back wheels are noticeably smaller than the original Revolution's 16-inch back wheels. Reviewers say that this means better maneuverability around corners and in tight spaces. The smaller wheels also mean a smaller fold. Testers praise the stroller's ability to fold more compactly than traditional joggers, making this stroller easier to stash in the back of a trunk or in a small closet. One drawback of the smaller wheels, however, is that the rims and spokes are made of aluminum alloy -- more like bicycle wheels. The original Revolution features rims and spokes made of high impact composite polymer, which tends to be more durable than aluminum alloy. Reviewers say that the Revolution 12-inch AW's wheels will need to be adjusted over time -- a problem not encountered by the more solid wheels of the Revolution. The 22-pound 12-inch AW is also slightly lighter than the 23-pound Revolution.
Most reviews of the Revolution 12-inch AW stroller are user generated. Amazon.com features the most comprehensive reviews, with JoggingStroller.com coming in a close second. This stroller does not appear on many best-of stroller lists, and formal reviews are limited. Stroller Review Guide and JoggingStrollerRatings.com offer fairly comprehensive reviews, but they don't say how the stroller was tested.
Nearly 30 owners weigh in on the BOB Revolution 12-inch AW Stroller. Most give it exceedingly high marks, earning it an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviewers say that the stroller is an investment, but that the excellent maneuverability, durability, smooth ride, and large canopies make it well worth the price. The only drawbacks, reviewers say, are that the stroller lacks a handlebar console and that the under-seat storage is limited.
Review: BOB Revolution 12-inch AW Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
Like other user reviews, the 12 contributors to JoggingStroller.com say the BOB 12-inch AW stroller features excellent maneuverability, can handle rough terrain with ease and is easy to fold and unfold. However, several reviewers say that there is a distinct curve in the seatback, which can be very uncomfortable for children. They also note that the seat doesn't have much padding.
Review: BOB 12" AW Stroller, Contributors of JoggingStroller.com
The editors of Stroller Review Guide give a fairly comprehensive review of the BOB Revolution 12-inch AW, but it's unclear how or when the stroller was tested. The reviewer notes that while this stroller has many of the features of the top-rated Revolution, its wheels must be adjusted over time. They also note that the stroller is not suited for air travel.
Review: Editor's BOB Revolution 12" AW Stroller Review, Editor of Stroller Review Guide
The editor of JoggingStrollerRatings.com gives high praise to the BOB Revolution 12-inch AW. The reviewer is particularly pleased with its compact fold, smooth ride, large canopies and durability. The only criticisms are that the storage is slightly limited, and it can be difficult to tote along the necessary baby essentials.
Review: BOB Revolution 12" Aluminum Wheel Jogging Stroller Review, Editor of JoggingStrollerRatings.com, Dec. 18, 2009
Viewpoint.com offers only a few reviews of the BOB Revolution 12-inch AW stroller. The reviews are very positive and recent, but are relatively short. Reviewers note the excellent maneuverability and durability, but they lament the lack of a parent console.
Review: BOB Revolution 12" AW Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com