The Doyenne of Double-Wide Strolling, A BOB Ironman Duallie Review
By stephaniechivis on April 08, 2014
I am a mama. I have two boys… that I know about. So it is my firm belief I should buy things that say “Mama of 2" on them at every available opportunity. But not those stick-people decals for rear windows on cars that say "stick mom, stick kid & other stick kid". I would rather light my ear lobes on fire with a Bic travel lighter. However, I do love, love, love this BOB Ironman Duallie run stroller because it’s the doyenne of double-wide strolling. It's bright sunshiny yellow, and it says "Super Mama of 2". If it said "Distant-3rd-Cousin-Twice-Removed" on it, I would still think it’s neat but I probably wouldn’t want it as much depending on the price. This one is from bobgear.com.
You can buy this regular priced for $559 if you like. Sure you’re going to be eating ramen noodles for a month, but sometimes you just have to do something for yourself.
First off, let me say there's no place for a BOB Ironman Duallie like Florida in 90-100 degree heat. So I thought I'd personally test this stroller to see if it could keep the kids high and dry and help them stop hollering and/or brawling. Now I can say that the BOB Ironman Duallie is one of my favorite running items. Deciding on this stroller was not a decision I took lightly when I learned my second boy was on the way, however. When I read stroller reviews, so many of them would start off listing all the strollers they had previously owned that didn't work and how they wish they had just gotten a BOB stroller in the beginning.
My neighbors said this brand was about as reliable as a 99 Cent Only plastic container in the microwave.
So when selecting a two-seater stroller to run with, I thought I'd do it right the first time. I knew I wanted a BOB because of the reputation, and because I only planned to use it for running, I chose the Ironman Duallie, which is designed strictly for runners since the front wheel is locked and not completely collapsible when folding for storage and travel. Original and retail pricing ran upwards to around $700! As a stay-at-home mom on a budget I have to pay attention to spending, budgeting, and saving money. Just like fun-sized Butterfingers, money doesn't grow on trees. So I snagged a prior year's model much cheaper. Sometimes you can find them for $235 on eBay "gently used" but only if you keep an eye out for them. It’s kind of like the ice cream truck. You know it’s gonna stop by sometime during the day, but if you wait to get the money out, throw on a decent sports bra and flip flops, and unlock your front door, that dog-gone thing is going to be long gone before you even get out of the house. So it's always best to put your future marathon and ultra race running career ahead of the game by being prepared for any opportunity that might arise to get that BOB stroller during the day and night.
Xavier chose a bottle over a cone. I guess I could've made ice cream from breast milk but that would've been an udderly bad idea.
So, why the BOB Ironman Duallie?
Honestly, the Duallie was just too big and bulky to really use as an everyday stroller but if I weren't using the stroller as an everyday one anyway, I figured I should get the stroller intended specifically for running. Plus, this double-wide held a massive amount of storage for kid and dog snacks and running stuff that I like to pre-pack the night before a morning run. I'm a ditz at 6am, about as flaky as pie crust, so I have to pre-pack. Cell phone, keys, wallet, the dog - I have to keep an eye on her as well.
I also have to check to make sure I've got that leash latched before I take her out for a run. One good thing has come out of my ditziness. I've finally gotten to see what everyday life is like for Hugh Hefner's wife.
Oh, and the color is nice and cheery for a long run. This Caution light yellow #41 makes me feel good inside, as if I’d eaten a ray of sunshine or swallowed a butterfly.
Please know I would never actually swallow a butterfly because that would be insect cruelty and these boys are cute and need their mama at home instead of in a lockup facility. So please don’t report me to Citizens Against Butterfly Cruelty.