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Win your own Indie Twin and read the full issue here, http://philafamilymag.com/strollergiveaway/.
Lightweight, functional, and compact are qualities I’d use to describe my idea of the perfect travel stroller. The 2013Bumbleride Flite stroller met all of my criteria and a whole lot more. With an ultra-slim fold and handy carrying strap, it’s the perfect travel companion for road trips and air travel.
I tested our Bumbleride Flite in hoards of parks, waterparks, museums, and on a road trip from Illinois to New York. It took up very little space in our mid-sized car’s trunk, leaving plenty of room for luggage. Instead of fitting it in our trunk like a jigsaw puzzle, the Flite filled in the gaps as opposed to hogging prime real estate.
At just 14 pounds, Flite’s features are impressive. Unlike most umbrella strollers, the backrest lays down for a snooze on-the-go and Flite’s SPF-45 UV lined canopy is extra-large for maximum sun coverage. The footrest can be adjusted to prop up tired legs allowing for a natural sleeping position.
Flite’s dual front and rear wheel suspension allows it to turn quickly and efficiently. The 5-point padded breakaway harness keeps children secure, yet comfortable. For parents, it comes with padded handles that wick away moisture. There’s even a convenient cup holder that doesn’t fall off. Hooray!
Flite’s fabric options are both gorgeous and functional. We received the vibrant Cayenne Red stroller and were impressed with how soft, durable, and moisture-absorbing the material proved to be.
Flite is a faultless stroller for all types of weather; it even stands up to wet-bottomed kids fresh out of the pool! The stroller is so comfortable that my son crawls inside it for a ride, even when we’re at home!
What impressed me the most when I opened the Flite box was all of the accessories that came standard. In addition to the great stroller you’re expecting to unpack, you’ll also receive a universal car seat adaptor, comfortable shoulder straps, and a cup holder! Additional accessories can be purchased to turn this all-in-one into a serious workhorse.
Could Be Better:
Storage space is at a minimum, enough for a small bag beneath the stroller and a zippered compartment in the canopy to store your cell phone and keys.
Maybe it’s having a 17-month-old and being pregnant, but putting the stroller together with the difficult and darkly pictured instructions was not a simple process. What I expected to take about 5 minutes ended up being around 30 minutes. It doesn’t help that my toddler insisted on “helping” in the construction, but even without his interference, I can’t imagine it would’ve been much quicker.
In the compact stroller market, Bumbleride Flite is top of the line. I feel posh and proud to be pushing around my son as we head to the children’s museum, along the riverwalk, or through airport security. My husband even commented to me that Flite is definitely the nicest “umbrella” stroller he’s ever seen—he’s not even sure if it should fall into the same category of those lower tiered umbrella strollers with far fewer bells and whistles.
The Flite fits the needs of families with children ranging from infancy to elementary. From our traveling family to yours, this stroller will not disappoint, no matter how many miles you log.
This complimentary product was received from Bumbleride to be reviewed by Trekaroo. I received no other compensation, and was not required to express any particular point of view.
Brandy Wilson writes more about her life and travels at http://windywilsons.blogspot.com
Parents of a new baby are faced with a number of decisions, not the least of which is deciding on the best and safest products for their baby. Strollers rank high on the list of necessary items because parents often use them when they’re out and about with their child. To help you choose a stroller, Hollie Schultz, founder and CEO of BabyGizmo.com, shares her insights on some of the top strollers available today.
By WAm on July 16, 2013
By Zoe Wedel
I thought I had found the holy grail of strollers with the BOB Revolution SE. However, I have to admit that my “faith” was tested when Women’s Adventure gave me the Bumbleride Indie to review. In the past month, I’ve really gotten to know the Indie, and I like it. So now I’m not sure what to do. Which should I keep? Here’s a side by side comparison of the two strollers so you can make the hard decision for yourself.
Let’s face it. These two urban, all-terrain vehicles are similar in more ways than one. Aside from the basic form (three wheels, not four), the way the two strollers open and collapse is almost identical. Both have a locking front wheel and tires that have to be regularly inflated using a bicycle pump. Both have large canopies to cover your precious cargo from the sun.
The Indie feels like a luxury cross-over SUV, while the Revolution SE is more like a rugged Jeep Wrangler. In my opinion, the Indie triumphs over the Revolution SE in a number of areas: weight, footprint, infant comfort, storage, and very important–curb appeal. The Indie weighs in at 20 pounds, five pounds lighter than the Revolution, which makes it easier for me to get it in and out of the car. It also feels more compact, in part due to smaller dimensions, but also because of the shape of the canopy. The Indie’s canopy is rounded whereas the Revolution’s is boxy.
With a super padded seat that can be adjusted to support his legs and feet, my 6-month old is more comfy in the Indie (as long as we’re just pounding pavement). When he’s in the Revolution, his short legs tend to stick straight out over the edge of the seat. Another bonus is that my little one stays asleep longer in the Indie after we’re finished with our walk.
Important for grocery and beer runs is storage. The Indie also does better in this category. The storage capacity of the two strollers may be similar, but good luck getting anything as big as a carton of juice in the Revolution. The Indie’s storage is much easier to access and therefore more shopping-friendly. And last but not least, the Indie just looks better. It’s got nicer lines and a better selection of bright, appealing colors. One passerby actually told me that she thought my Green Papyrus Indie looked “happy.” The dark, muted Revolution SE colors, on the other hand, are a snooze fest.
So what about the BOB? With its big back wheels and awesome shocks, the Revolution SE is, hands-down, better for more serious running and for trails.
Long story short, if you are a casual road runner, running a 10+ min mile, a couple times a week, the Bumbleride Indie is a sleek alternative to the Bob Revolution SE. As for which I plan to keep–we’ll see. If only I had the space for both!
Zoe lives in Boulder, CO and is a full-time baby mama, part-time business analyst and would be triathlete. Her passions include the Russian language, swimming, and local grassroots conservation (check out rareconservation.org where Zoe used to work to learn about a really innovative environmental non-profit).
As a busy mom of two who has just started training for my first 5k, the Bumbleride Indie was just the motivation I needed to take my training from the treadmill to the outdoors.
I was elated when the box arrived on my front porch. I was even more excited when I opened the box and found the stroller to require little assembly which I did not need any tools to complete. The manual had no written instructions for assembly and the pictures were dark and sometimes hard to follow but with just a few snaps, clicks, twists and less than 10 minutes of my time, there it was. Sitting in my living room was a bright, luxurious, sleek jogging stroller. My 3-year old son immediately climbed in and demanded a ride.
The stroller frame is sturdy and the fabric is both soft and durable. The seat is easy to clean with a baby wipe or towel and is also removable and machine washable. The single-passenger stroller has a weight capacity of 45 pounds. It easily folds and unfolds and the air filled tires snap off for more compact storage. The folded stroller with the tires still attached easily fit into the trunk of my mid-sized car. And weighing only 20 pounds it is easy to lift in and out with little effort.
I love the large canopy with SPF 45 protection. It is fully adjustable and has a peek-a-boo window so you can keep your eye on your little one. With the seat in the fully reclined position, the “bassinet flaps” and the fully extended canopy make it a dream ride for my infant son. The padded seat is firm yet comfortable and the shoulder pads and adjustable foot rest both add an extra level of comfort as well. It’s perfect for a jog while the baby naps! The five point harness is adjustable and has a seat-to-canopy headroom of 23 inches. It also comes standard with a universal car seat adapter so it fits both my growing children perfectly. The only thing I found difficult was the adjustment strap on the seat. It is easy to pull the strap and adjust the seat into the recline position but a little more tricky to get the seat back into the inclined position. If I had an extra hand, I would not be complaining.
The front wheel can be locked into the fixed position which I found to be ideal for jogging. I first thought it would be too difficult to steer in the fixed position so I went for my first jog without locking the front wheel. The front wheel began shaking and making the stroller very unstable. I immediately switched to the locked position which remedied the problem and I found that it was still a breeze to steer. The stroller also has a large, easy to use foot brake. It handles all terrains well and provides a smooth ride for baby with its rear wheel suspension.
Not only does the stroller fit both my children, but it also fits both my husband and me. There is an adjustable, padded handle so it’s comfortable for my 6’1” husband to run without having to lean forward and hunch down. And if you’re like me, you’ll be thankful for the large cargo basket to hold your multiple bags, jackets, toys, and snacks that you cannot leave the house without! The stroller also comes standard with a flexible cup holder that attaches to the side of the stroller. It is sturdy enough to hold drinks over bumpy terrain but I would prefer for it to attach to the rear of the stroller for easier access while on the go. Other standard accessories include a bumper bar, wrist strap, and travel strap to make carrying the stroller more comfortable. Optional accessories include a snack pack, foot muff and liner, travel bag, rain shield, and carry cot. The stroller is also available in seven beautifully rich colors.
There is not much that I don’t absolutely love about this stroller. It provides a safe and comfortable ride for my child and I can take it to the mall while I shop or take it outside for a great workout. I recommend this stroller to all parents as both an everyday stroller and a jogging stroller. It is a high quality item that I expect to last through both my children. Its strong features are ideal for men yet it’s chic and elegant for women at the same time. It has a pretty steep price point but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
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Read their recent in-depth Indie review here, http://www.pnmag.com/h-s/bumbleride-indie/.
“There is not much that I don’t absolutely love about this stroller. It provides a safe and comfortable ride for my child and I can take it to the mall while I shop or take it outside for a great workout. I recommend this stroller to all parents as both an everyday stroller and a jogging stroller. It is a high quality item that I expect to last through both my children. Its strong features are ideal for men yet it’s chic and elegant for women at the same time. It has a pretty steep price point but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.”
My fourth and final baby is currently on the eve of taking his very first steps. My guess is that sometime this week it will happen, and hopefully I’ll be present to see him hit this milestone.
And wouldn’t you know it, as my youngest grows increasingly older, our one and only (10 year old) stroller recently died on us. She was a hard workin’ lady, but after four children and hundreds of miles under her wheels, she was tired. Her wheels literally started to fall off her crumb covered body.
Clearly, a mom to four young kids cannot be without a stroller! So I naturally started shopping and doing my research. And to nobody’s surprise at all, my heart landed directly on Bumbleride. Specifically, the Flyer.
When the stroller arrived, I waited for my husband to get home so we could put it together as a team. I do a lot of things well, but baby gear assembly is typically not one of those things. But from start to finish, the stroller only took around 10 minutes to assemble. Super easy, and without an ounce of frustration from either of us, which is always a nice bonus.
Once put together, we took her outside (strollers are female, right?), for her maiden voyage. And then I heard it, the compliment of all compliments:
“Wow, this thing is actually really nice.” – said my husband.
You guys, he never EVER says nice things about baby gear. My husband complains about ALL baby gear. The way it’s constructed, the lack of functions, everything is always flawed in some way, shape, or form. But in one short walk around the neighborhood (where he stopped every few minutes to test out a feature or make an adjustment), our lady Bumbleride had won him over.
So yeah, it’s a slick ride. But what else makes the Bumbleride Flyer THE stroller to rule above all strollers?
Let’s take a minute to “talk stroller”:
You can can catch up on the details and tech specs here, but I would love just for a few minutes to touch on a few specifics that personally sold me on the Flyer:
1. The handlebar is reversible. Basically, by switching the way the handlebar is orientated (which is so easy to do), baby can either be facing you (oh hello mommy) or facing the world. Additionally, the height of the handle bar is adjustable, making it super nice for anyone of any height to use the stroller (I’m 5’3″ and my husband is 6’3″, so this feature is key).
2. The ride is exceptionally smooth, and it turns on a dime. Because both the front and rear wheels swivel independently, maneuvering the stroller is a cake walk. And on that same note, both front and back wheels can effortlessly be locked and unlocked with the quick release wheel locking system. Making whatever terrain you’re covering a smooth ride and handle.
3. The canopy is generously sized. We took the Flyer with us on vacation to the beach, and because of the large adjustable sun canopy, I was able to keep baby Paul out of the sun at all times.
4. The back seat reclines all the way back, to a flat position. Translated: impromptu naps on the go are not problem at all. And reclining from sitting to laying flat is a very smooth and quite transition if you have a baby that falls asleep in the upright position.
5. It’s compact. While there are smaller/lighter/tighter strollers on the market, in my opinion the Flyer is still very compact, without sacrificing any of the truly wonderful bells and whistles (like my favorite feature, the adjustable footrest). The stroller fits really well in the back of my minivan, with plenty of cargo room to spare. Also worth noting, it only weighs 19 pounds!
Basically, we are in huge love.
Good design + amazing function = one happy set of parents.
So what do you think? Have I convinced you that you need a Flyer, regardless of if you’re adding it to your first child’s baby registry or swapping it out for a decade old ride like me?
Bumbleride Flyer stroller :: $420 (although right now it’s listed at $299 on the company’s website!)
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|Robust, big pneumatic wheels, great suspension, lightweight design, carry cot doubles up as bassinet|
|Wide wheels take a little to to adjust too, opaque rain cover, no padded lining in carry cot|
New to the UK from the US, the BumbleRide is the perfect town-to-country buggy – truly all-terrain. It’s robust enough, with its big pneumatic wheels and great suspension, to handle woods and parkland in even the wettest and muddiest of conditions. It’s still light enough to use on public transport, though – even negotiating the London Tube, escalators and all, can be done!
It’s not the smallest buggy (it looks and feels rather long when in carry cot mode – when front-facing, it’s much neater), but it’s just as nippy and brilliantly manoeuvrable as smaller models thanks to the swivel function of the front wheel. It’s also really easy to steer one-handed – useful, if, like me, you have a dog on a lead in the other hand, or just like to sip a cup of coffee while you stroll. The sturdy suspension means the baby stays asleep even when I run with the buggy, and a really roomy basket underneath makes supermarket trips a cinch. A comfy handle and easy fold-down mechanism make this really practical, and the carry cot clicks on and off easily in one simple move. I don’t use this in front-facing mode yet, as my baby is only 12 weeks, but sturdy straps will make this a secure ride when the time comes, and there are various recline options for optimum comfort. A big hood protects from the elements. Folds down neatly to store in the hallway – I have a small flat and it works perfectly.
What we love
The carry cot doubles up as a bassinet that the baby sleeps in when we’re at the grandparents.
What to watch out for
It’s easy to misjudge the width of the back wheels – it takes a while to get used to how wide they are. Rain cover is opaque rather than clear, which makes it hard to see the baby when in carry cot function – also not a very secure fit when it’s very windy. No padded lining in the carry cot – I put a sheepskin in and it’s really snug that way, but a bit barren without…
The chassis and carry cot mean this is a bit of a beast to get in the car – I have a WV Polo and the chassis just about fits in the back, but the carry cot has to go on the back seat. Bear in mind if you have a big family / dog etc – you can’t squeeze too much else in there!
Perfect for what I need – I tend to walk more than drive, so space in the car not too much of an issue, and I love how robust this model is. It’s great to feel that my baby is so safe. Really like the easy collapse function and the one-handed ‘pop up’. Looks sleek and elegant. Love how zippy and manoeuvrable this is – and everyone who’s used it (husband, mum, mum-in-law) has said the same.
Available from Little Saints.
Ease of folding/unfolding: 4.5
Ease of pushing and steering: 4.5
Comfort for baby: 4.5
Value for money: 4.5
They say that it’s hard to improve upon perfection, but the newest Bumbleride Indie stroller has found a way to buck that concept. We have always loved this line of super sturdy and stylish wheels, and with the newest features, there’s even more to get excited about.
The Indie actually shouldn’t just be called a stroller. It’s more like a stroller system that lets you stroll, jog, run, and most importantly, keep your precious cargo in the comfiest of settings.
I was immediately attracted to its overall look. Sporty and sleek at the same time, especially this new aquamarine shade. But there are so many features that you’ll come to expect as standards for any other stroller to follow because they just make sense and make you (aka, head pusher) the most comfortable.
Let’s start with the set-up. Right out of the box, it’s nice to know that there aren’t too many parts. Just the main body, the wheels and a couple of add-ons like an infant carrier accessory. The visual instructions (admittedly they initially scared me due to its lack of written words) are actually quite clear and will get you putting the stroller together with a few clicks, a turns and forceful pushes.
The ride is incredibly smooth, turning corners easily with its front swivel wheel (that also locks for when you’re jogging) and the cushy adjustable handlebars will suit pushers of any height (my daughter really enjoyed giving her doll a spin around the house).
The level of stroller sophistication you have come to expect from Bumbleride is evident throughout, with a few great updates. It’s still easy to fold down and is lightweight (around 20 lbs), but the entire frame has been redesigned for improved stability, which is always important, especially when you are pushing around littler babies. Plus I like the new footrest for kids which is one of those details you don’t care about until you have one. Plus? Good way to catch all those goldfish they’ll be dropping.
I also love that the stroller has become a little more eco-friendly, with all fabric being comprised of 50% recycled polyester and 50% bamboo charcoal.
The stroller’s canopy has an SPF of 45, which doesn’t get you out of putting on sunscreen, but it does add extra protection on those super sunny days. Now I did find the huge canopy a little tough to pull down; it felt at times to me like something was stuck. But I think it’s just designed to withstand the 8,405 times your kid grabs it and pulls it up and down herself.
The 5-point harness has also been redesigned to offer various points of buckling and unbuckling to make it easier to get your baby out with one hand– a feature that’s tormented so many of us in other strollers so I’m glad this one works easily.
While all these updates are grand, the new colors like Aquamarine, Green Papyrus and Cayenne Red will make you want to get one in every color. Well, not really, but it’ll be fun to choose from all the options.
Is the stroller pricey? Well, it’s not in Bugaboo territory, but the $500+ price tag certainly makes it an investment beyond the mass market brands. That being said, you definitely get what you pay for. While this probably isn’t the stroller that you’ll keep in the back of your car for grocery shopping and general errands, it’s the one that could certainly be the most reliable and robust of your stroller inventory, and will log hundreds of miles of good use over the years it will last (up to 45 lbs).
Just watch out: introducing this awesome Bumbleride Indie to your baby from the beginning will set them up to expect any and all future rides to be in the lap of luxury. -Jeana
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The Bumbleride Indie is available at a variety of stores and online retailers including Babies ‘R Us, Stroller Depot, Magic Beans, Amazon and much more. Check out thewebsite for more information on where to purchase near you. The model shown above in Aquamarine is available from our affiliate Amazon for $529.99.