Baby Center – Bumbleride Flite Stroller Review

June 6th, 2014

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Bumbleride Flite Travel Stroller
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Baby Center – Bumbleride Flite Stroller Review

Baby Center Editors recently reviewed our lightweight, travel ready Flite stroller. Here are highlights from their review:

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“The Bumbleride Flite travel stroller is as light as an umbrella model, but great features make it much more sturdy and versatile.” – Baby Center

  • “At a mere 14 pounds, the Flite is firmly in umbrella-stroller territory, but has numerous features that make it worth its pricier-than-an-umbrella price tag. For instance, the Flite comes with an included car seat adapter (almost unheard of for umbrella strollers) that fits popular models from half a dozen major manufacturers.”
  • “The Flite’s fabric seat is also much nicer than those found in most umbrella cheapies. With exterior fabric made from recycled PET plastic and interior fabric that’s 50 percent bamboo, the Flite’s seat is cushy-soft, durable and eco-conscious. Oh, and machine-washable, crucial for any fabric intended to hold an infant.”
  • “Many strollers with similar features come standard with 3.5 inch wheels; the Flite’s 5-inch wheels are just plain better on rough terrain and with both front and rear suspension systems it rolls smoothly over practically any surface. It turns on a dime, reclines to an almost-flat position, and, when folded, is tiny enough to shove even in a minuscule trunk and light enough to carry for blocks.”

Read the full review at, http://www.babycenter.com/103_bumbleride-flite_10392527.bc

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Pastranas

June 6th, 2014

The Pastranas - The Bumbleride Life

Bumbleride Ambassadors - The Pastranas

Lyn-Z and Travis can most often be found in the air. Lyn-Z is a professional skateboarder and Travis is a professional auto racer and motocross rider. New parents to Addy, the Pastrana’s took a break from their Nitro Circus Tour stop in Australia to share how their Bumblerides help navigate life on tour. This is the first post in a new series named Bumbleride Ambassadors where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

“We have always lived a very hectic, fast pace, constantly on the move life. Having a baby generally slows you down but our lives just don’t permit that. We have to be able to scoop our daughter up and bring her along on our worldly adventures. Our Bumbleride strollers have been a huge part in making it a smoother transition into traveling with a baby.

The Indie is the ultimate all in one, all terrain vehicle for our daughter. We are able to push her around the back yard to the motocross track, out to the skatepark, on the rough uneven cobble stone European roads, on a jog, and it maneuvers so well through a city. She could be in the attachable bassinet to sleep when she was younger or if we didn’t have room to bring that along and now that she’s a bit bigger we can lock the footrest up and lay the back down flat creating a cozy bassinet on its own.

At 8 months old our daughter Addy has been on tour about half her life. We traveled a month in Europe, a month all over North America, and now we are in Australia for a month. My husband and I perform in and tour with the Nitro Circus Live, where I skateboard and he rides freestyle motocross. It is great to be able to have the space under the stroller to load it up with everything Addy could possibly need and wheel her into the locker room for a babysitter to watch her while we perform. I take comfort in knowing she has a place to sit and play or sleep.”

~Lyn-z Pastrana

Keep up to date with Lyn-Z and Travis here, https://www.facebook.com/LYNZSKATE and https://www.facebook.com/TravisPastrana.

Bumbleride Life Addy Pastrana and Bumbleride Indie

Bumbleride Life Addy on Ramp with LynZ

The Pastrana’s were given their Bumblerides and their opinions above are their own.

 

Baby Gizmo – Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller Review

June 4th, 2014

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Baby Gizmo Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller Review

Hollie at The Baby Gizmo Company recently reviewed our new all terrain Indie 4 stroller and also included a great video review. Here are a few highlights from her review:

  • “The seat of the Indie 4 is roomy and accommodates up to 55 lbs. It measures 13″ wide, with an 18″ seat back and a 25″ clearance from back of seat to top of canopy. A padded, adjustable, 5-point harness keeps your baby safe in the seat, the included bumper bar gives them something to hang on (and hang toys on!) and the adjustable calf/footrest keeps them comfy. The Indie 4 sports a deep recline powered by a one-handed strap system that is great for nap time.’
  • “Full coverage is where it’s at with a good canopy and the Indie 4 has that down. The SPF 45 canopy is large and even sports a mesh peek-a-boo window that allows air to circulate through the seat. The peek-a-boo window has a cover with a magnetic closure so there is no loud velcro on this! If you know me, you know that I LOVE that!”
  • “The wheels are where you are going to find the most difference between the standard (and original!) Bumbleride Indie and the Indie 4. They both have air-filled tires but the difference is in number, size and suspension. The Indie 4 has four, off-road-ready wheels, complete with shock-absorbing all-wheel suspension and sturdy air-filled tires. The front 8 1/2″ wheels are swivel wheels with the ability to lock straight for improved stability over rougher terrain. The rear 12″ wheels are air-filled and can be removed easily for a more compact storage.”
  • “The wheels and suspension give the Indie 4 amazing maneuverability whether you are cruising the streets, shopping the mall or hitting the trails. It is important to remember that the Indie 4 is NOT a jogger and is not suitable for jogging. If you want to jog with your little one, you will want to stick with the original Indie.”
  • “The Indie 4 comes complete with a new parent-facing bassinet to turn it into a pram. The bassinet sports side straps for carrying and a roomy interior for baby. It conveniently installs easily into the seat so no fabric or seat removal is necessary to use it.”

Wrap Up

“The Indie 4 comes in 7 fun colors – Aquamarine, Green Papyrus, Cayenne Red, Jet Black, Fog Grey, Lotus Blue and Lotus Pink – and retails for $599. Remember that INCLUDES the bassinet! Overall, we think Bumbleride did a great job with the Indie 4 offering parents who don’t jog, but want to go off the beaten path, an amazing stroller.”

You can read the entire article here, http://blog.babygizmo.com/2014/05/baby-gizmo-spotlight-review-bumbleride-indie-4-stroller/ . Thanks Hollie!

Baby Center – Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller Review

June 4th, 2014

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Bumbleride indie jogging stroller review
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Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller Review

“Description: An agile all terrain stroller suitable for jogging or maneuvering around the city.” -Baby Center Editors

Baby Center recently reviewed our Indie jogging stroller! Their editor’s had a hard time imagining a better stroller to deal with life’s bumps in the road thanks to “its spacious seat and generous length” and “…because it weighs only about 20 pounds, and has a swiveling front wheel, it’s also an adept city stroller.”!

Editor’s appreciated the lockable front swivel wheel, large sun canopy with SPF protection and the included universal infant adapter, which they noted most stroller manufacturer’s do not include as standard.

Read the whole review here, http://www.babycenter.com/103_bumbleride-indie_10392526.bc .

Tales of a Mountain Family – Gear Review: Bumbleride Indie Stroller Review

May 30th, 2014




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Gear Review: Bumbleride Indie Stroller Review

Tales of a Mountain Family recently put Indie to the test around their home in Yellowstone National Park . Here are a few of the highlights from their review:

  • “The stroller weighs only 20 pounds, which is relatively light compared to other jogging strollers on the market.”
  • “The Indie is unique on the market because it does fit children from birth (using the included car seat adapter) through preschool age (weight limit: 45 pounds) AND adapts to those “in between” infant/toddler ages with a seat that reclines completely flat for easy napping. “

What I loved

  • “Very light (20 pounds) and maneuverable.  The front wheel that locks with a simple mechanism makes switching between strolling and running very easy”
  • “The reclining backrest can be set at almost any height to allow for comfort for any ages of child.  It can be reclined to lay completely flat for comfortable sleeping too.”
  • ” The adjustable foot rest also allows for the best comfort I’ve seen for multiple ages of kids”
  • “The adjustable handlebar is AWESOME for switching between different heights of pushers.  In fact, it can be lowered far enough down that the 4 year old can reach it to push.”

Another Opinion

“We love to share our gear and let others test and report back to us too.  Here’s what Wendie and her 6 month old daughter (about 13 pounds) thought of it:”

“I was very impressed by how adjustable/customizable this stroller was. It was very easy to snap into place, and it had a lot of “bells and whistles” that I loved. It handled well during our 3-mile run which was mostly on pavement, and Alex was still smiling when we finished. For someone who wants one piece of equipment to serve as both an everyday stroller and a jog stroller, I think it has a lot to offer. I wouldn’t take it out running on gravel roads or overly rough surfaces, but I think I would be fine running with it on a smoother trail system (i.e. finely crushed gravel).”

The Bottom Line

  • “The Indie is a great stroller that fits most families that want to be able to stroll over most terrain, do some running and have it be lightweight and comfortable for their child. It is one of the lightest on the market and fits easily in the back of a car. It truly is all-terrain and we have easily strolled through snow conditions, along with dirt paths and paved roads, of course.”
  • “We love how it is possible to have the child reclining at any angle and that , on the Indie Twin, kids can recline separately.”
  • “We wish the straps were easier to change heights for different kids (because we are always switching out who is riding.) This is the reason we only gave it 4 stars (though if we could, we’d give it 4.5.”

Read the entire review here, http://talesofamountainmama.com/review/bumbleride-indie-stroller-review.

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine – Bumbleride Indie 4 All Terrain Stroller Review

May 29th, 2014



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Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine Bumbleride Indie 4 All Terrain Stroller Review

 

Bumbleride Indie 4 All Terrain Stroller Review

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine was one of the first to review Indie 4. Here are some of the highlights from their review:

  • “We live in Bend, Oregon, which is widely considered to be an outdoor wonderland. As such, we were very excited to have a chance to take a look at the Bumbleride Indie 4 because it’s touted as an all-terrain stroller for urban and off-road settings.”
  • “Assembly was a cinch. Everything goes together in an intuitive fashion and does not require any tools. I must admit, we were pretty amazed the process was so easy.”
  • “It does fold flatter than many comparable strollers, and when the stroller is collapsed, there are clasps to hold it together to keep it in the closed position. The Indie 4 stands on its own when folded, which is convenient when stowing in a closet or garage.”
  • “The sunshade on the stroller provides a lot of coverage and is easy to operate. In fact, it provides the most sun coverage of any stroller we’ve owned. A very nice feature!”
  • “The swivel wheels have nice tread and roll very well. We have gone on walks in our neighborhood, around local shops and on trails near our house. The stroller does great in snow, too! We took a walk in about four inches of snow, and the Bumbleride Indie 4 performed great! The fourth wheel adds stability and makes this a pretty universal stroller option.”
  • “Now to the bassinet. When I first saw this feature I thought it was a brilliant idea. The bassinet attaches pretty easily, the sunshade rotates to provide adequate shade, and seems to provide a nice spot for an infant or newborn to relax on a walk. Plus, it’s included with the price of the stroller!”

“Overall, the Bumbleride Indie 4 is a great all-purpose stroller that we use almost every day. It’s great!

Read the entire review here, http://www.pnmag.com/h-s/bumbleride-indie-4/ .

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

May 23rd, 2014

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

Read these great tips from Bumbleride owners on flying with Indie, Indie Twin, Indie 4 and Flite. We’ve included a few of the most popular airlines’ stroller policies to help prepare you for your trip. Bon voyage!

  • Since you are going to need to fold your stroller at some point to get on the plane, bring an extra empty tote or bag to hold your cargo basket and other goodies.
  • Label your stroller with name and contact information. There are usually tags at the gate or check in if you need one.
  • Buy a stroller travel bag to protect your stroller or at least bring a trash bag to help protect the fabric while it’s loaded and unloaded.
  • “A travel bag is awesome if you plan on checking the stroller. If you use a bag at the gate you will have to either carry the stroller in the bag or carry the empty bag…” - Kendra R.
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Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

May 9th, 2014




Bumbleride Parents - Founding Family - The Reichardts

Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

We love getting to know our customers so we thought we would share a little about ourselves and the families that bring you Bumbleride. We are passionate about the momentous occasions in life but it’s all the small ones that make up most of our days. Here is a glimpse into the daily adventures called Parenting.

We begin this series of posts with Emily Reichardt. Emily and Matt Reichardt are the founders of Bumbleride.

It has been 10 years since my husband Matt and I launched Bumbleride. A large inspiration for us at the time was our baby girl, Ella. She is turning 11 this summer and as parents, we have the same feeling about our fast growing children as we do about Bumbleride. Where have the last 10 years gone?

Now with three kids ages 10, 8 and 4 years old, it’s all about balancing family life and Bumbleride life. Running our own business can be all encompassing and become the conversation at breakfast, lunch and dinner if we let it. Our business is dedicated to families but from the beginning Matt and I agreed to never let work crowd out our family time. I predominately work at home and Matt works from home on Fridays. We feel strongly about creating quality time together and that happens most when we are all outside. We live in San Diego where the weather makes this possible most of the year. Evenings in our yard and days at the beach when the weather is warm puts smiles on all of our faces and washes away daily stress. It’s also a great way to transfer the volume of three kids outdoors, along with their energy!

Our children inspire us to remember why we do what we do. They influence us to design in practical ways. We understand that parents need things to be as easy as possible and to make their lives simpler. Getting our kids involved is part of the fun whether it’s a day at the office, testing new products or helping with a beach clean up. This way they learn by experience.

Something that has surprised me the most about being a parent is the way children have a way of teaching us. When I first became a mother I thought of all the things I could share with my kids and in the end, they have taught me more than I expected. Our son Koa, is eight and he has always had a great appreciation for animals and nature. He picks the littlest flowering weed and notices all the colors and detail. He has influenced all of us to slow down, notice the birds and clouds, and just look up more. Our youngest daughter Auni, politely says when she doesn’t like something “I don’t love it” (As “I don’t love this sandwich” rather than a child’s typical response of dislike). It has now become a household phrase that always makes us laugh. Keeping a sense of humor is essential in life.

For us parenting is always a daily learning process but here are a few things that work for us.

Family Tips:

  • When deadlines at work and kids homework/reports become stressful share a bottle of wine at dinner!
  • Take time out to have some hobbies of your own. I go one night a week to a pottery studio. Matt has kids fed and in bed by the time I get home which is an extra plus. Good hubby!
  • We have our kids do many chores around the house that are age appropriate. They learn responsibility and appreciation for things but also so we can appreciate not doing all the work.
  • We have tech-free Sundays in our house. This applies to all of us and it’s refreshing to not remind the kids to turn off the iPad.
  • At the dinner table we all share the “Best & Worst” things that happened in our day. This is a great way to get them to share about activities that we otherwise might not hear about and sometimes we just can’t get them to stop talking. We find it also teaches them to listen to everyone and show interest in each others day. Always good to get communication rolling.

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Huff Post Parents – How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body by Sarah Koppelkam

May 2nd, 2014


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As parents, we can always use extra inspiration and advice. This article is a great reminder of how our actions can encourage/empower our children to be healthy and confident. -Bumbleride

“How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.

Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.

If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.

Or how about, “You’re looking so strong.”

“I can see how happy you are — you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.”…..

This post originally appeared on hopeave.wordpress.com.

Huff Post Article Link, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-koppelkam/body-image_b_3678534.html

Talking with Michael Downes – Bumbleride Product Designer

May 2nd, 2014




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“Great design is at the core of everything we do at Bumbleride and working with creative people adds color and fun to our work. That would be an understatement for our high energy, creative Product Designer, Michael Downes. We work on a daily basis together and spend a lot of time talking about parents, how they use our products, product strategy and design.

I recently sat down with Michael to talk about “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design” and gain a little background on Michael with his South London accent.”

Matthew Reichardt
Co-Founder/CEO

Matt:
You grew up in England riding bicycles and working as a bike mechanic. How did you end up in California as a product designer?

Michael:
A combination of luck and love. I met a woman and we fell in love. She was from California but had been living in London for over ten years. When she got accepted to the Art Center College of Design In Pasadena, California to study photography, we got married and moved to the States. Art Center College of design also happens to be one of the top five schools in the world for product design. When I saw the student work in the gallery at ACCD I knew then and there I wanted to be a product designer and Art Center was where I was going to study. We initially planned to stay three or four years and return to England. That was seventeen years ago.

Matt:
We know you love design and bicycles but how did you transition in to designing baby strollers?

Michael:
After I graduated I went to work for Giant Bicycles Inc, which was a fantastic first gig out of school, and I learned a lot. In the intervening years I have worked for Raleigh America, Diamondback, Ibis, TI Cycles of India and many more so I suppose I got bicycle design out of my system. I am still passionate about bicycles but I have come to the understanding that the bicycle is an incredibly mature product so radical innovation does not happen very often. Incremental change is the norm and much of that evolution is happening in the technology of components which is typically an engineer’s domain and not something a product designer is involved in. What appealed to me with strollers was the challenge of overcoming the constraints inherent in the product. It has to be comfortable and safe for the child, big enough to carry all the gear needed for parenthood, easy to push and maneuver but still fold compactly, quickly and intuitively. That is a pretty long list of basic functional requirements and many of them are in contradiction with each other. This presents a delicious challenge to product designers, something we can really get out teeth into.

Matt:
What’s the idea behind “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design”?

Michael:
The Bumbleride Promise encapsulates our philosophy, ethics and values and this in turn feeds into Responsible Design. Parenthood is one of the most aspirational things we do. As parents we have the opportunity to nurture and guide the next generation and make a positive impact on the future. At Bumbleride we see ourselves as partners in this project, helping our customers by providing well designed tools. But it goes deeper than that. Creating great products counts for nothing if it ends up in a landfill. How can we design the product holistically, not only with a view to its function and purpose but to the entirety of the product cycle? Where are the materials sourced? Who builds our product and what kind of quality of life do those workers have? How can we make our product easy to service to extend its life? And when it really has come to the end of its life, how can we make it easier to recycle? Is there a way to pack the product in a smaller box and save space (and energy costs) in transportation? Can we make our packaging re-useable? Can we design a single part that has multiple applications?

Matt:
What informs your design and Bumbleride design?

Michael:
I was greatly influenced by Dieter Rams, chief designer at Braun in the 70′s and 80′s, and his Ten Principles of Design. Good design, according to Rams, is simple, uncluttered and intuitive. In his words: ‘Just enough design’. I think this resonates with Bumbleride’s design philosophy and for many people living as we do in an increasingly hectic and complex world. The ideal product is the one we never have to think about because it does what it was designed to do, every time, without drama. As we say in the Bumbleride Promise: ‘we give you everything you need and nothing you don’t’.

Matt:
With so many options in Little Italy where’s your favorite place to get a bite to eat and a beer?

Michael:
We are spoiled for choice but for my money Underbelly (ramen noodles & craft beer) is pretty awesome as is Mexican Fiesta, a true “hole in the wall” and the best place to get a carne asada burrito. Also impressive is the food at Ballast Point Brewery on India Street. I recommend the Cuban sandwich with a Longfin Lager.

Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers

Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers