This week on Kidoinfo we are taking a Walk on the Stroller Side.
By Maura Keating
During my son’s first ride in the Bumbleride Indie, two people stopped to compliment the stroller. When my husband took the stroller out later, he was surrounded by neighbors who wanted to know all about it. Then, they were disappointed that he didn’t know much. I should also note–the throng was all guys. The Bumbleride Indie will do that.
In a perfect world, a stroller would be the perfect fashion accessory. Like a well-planned ensemble, Bumbleride uses original color styling mixed with fabulous patterns to lure you in.
We love the Bumbleride. Everyone who tested the Indie was sad to see it go–even my son loved the Bumbleride. It is a pleasure to drive everywhere we tested–from the worst that city streets could offer to the beach and beyond. The Indie has a wide wheel base, so it got caught up in some very narrow store aisles. And to my son’s dismay, it also didn’t stroll though my house very well. Most surprisingly, the Indie is also a great stroller for casual jogging. Attach the included safety strap and you’re ready to run. The Indie handles a jog around the park as well as a stroll around the mall.
The Indie’s sun shade is large enough to completely cover a sleeping baby–a feature that both napper and Mom appreciate. If you don’t need full sun coverage, the canopy can zip off for a smaller profile or be removed entirely. The canopy can also be pushed behind the stroller frame for a better view of Baby if you forget to take it off. If you need the shade, a Velcro window enables you to check in on Baby and a clip allows the fabric to be rolled back if you want to keep the window open. One of my favorite features on the Indie is an easy to reach pocket that is sewn into the back of the sun shade. Big enough for my wallet, keys, and cell phone, I didn’t have to drag the diaper bag out for a quick ride around the block.
The Indie also comes standard with a coordinating foot muff, an insulated blanket that zips on to keep Baby warm. This was a feature that everyone loved since it seemed that Spring would never arrive this year! The foot muff zips on to the seat fabric and can be snapped into place at the top. The foot muff also builds in extra storage, perfect for little hats and gloves. Everybody needs more storage and I love that Bumbleride understands this. Bumbleride also understands that everybody loves cup holders, so they’ve included one of those too. The Indie also includes a universal car seat adapter (check www.bumbleride.com/faq.php to see a list of recommended car seats). If you’re still not satisfied, additional optional accessories include a car seat cover, plush seat liner, rain cover, and a snack pack.
The removable bumper bar has soft, foam padding and can be folded down to collapse with the stroller. There is a flap of fabric attached to the Indie’s seat that can be snapped to the bumper bar, through a child’s legs. (My son never liked this feature.) The footrest has a rubber bottom and adjusts with a lever below the footrest.
All testers liked the Indie’s adjustable five point safety harness. It was easy to get kids of all sizes in and out of the Indie quickly and adjustments were easy with or without the removable shoulder straps. The vertical straps clip into the side buckles. Once you get the proper adjustment, you only need to use the main buckle to get a good fit. The Indie also comes with a removable matching infant headrest that was cute, but did not provide enough padding for Moms of the youngest testers.
The Indie has a four position recline–from horizontal to upright. Toddlers were happy with the upright (and Moms were happy that there was no slouching) and the full recline makes the Indie suitable for newborns. To recline the seat, you have to pull up on a bar at the back of the seat and pull back. A smooth recline for kids who have already fallen asleep. The removable seat fabric can be washed in cold water in the delicate cycle. The height of the handlebar goes from 45” tall to 32” small by pushing two buttons at either side of the handle bar. The unified design of the handle is great for one handed (cell phone using) steering. Because the handlebar tilts to extend, it also helps to prevent kicking.
The Indie’s fold takes some practice. To fold the Indie, you have to pull up on two triggers on the lower handle, pull the backrest bar up to release the seat from the frame, then squeeze the backrest adjuster bar while folding the stroller down. Two locking clips keep the Indie folded securely while folded, and a padded carrying loop makes the Indie easy to tote. The Indie fits well into most trunks, with a more compact fold than most strollers. I appreciate that there was room in my trunk beside the Indie so that I didn’t have to pile groceries on top of the stroller.
The Indie also wins big points for having a great storage basket, roomy enough for a day’s worth of shopping. The foot brake is a long bar with a wide bar of plastic traction in the middle, easy to put on or off. The Indie’s three pneumatic tires give this stroller a smooth ride with good maneuverability and (of course) Bumbleride includes an air pump. The front wheel is lockable for jogging, etc.
We’ll miss the Indie. In the world of babies, details count, and Bumbleride has been paying attention to what parents like–giving them a beautiful stroller that rides great with features of a more expensive stroller. It’s hard not to fall for that.
The Bumbleride Indie, 399.99. To find a Bumbleride stroller near you, click on the “Retailers” link at www.bumbleride.com.
Will It Fit In My Car*?: Folded dimensions: 32″L 24.5″W 15″H; Stroller Weight: 20lbs.
Baby Must Be: Suitable from birth; Weight Limit: 45lbs.
Color Palette: Ruby, Koa, Seagrass, Spice.
DEAL: Mod Mama is offering 10% off the Bumbleride Indie. Mention KIDOINFO to receive discount. Expiration date is May 31, 2008
locally: 16 S. Angell Street, Providence, RI
* Information provided by manufacturer