We had the pleasure of meeting Paula and David at Run She Is Beautiful in Santa Cruz, CA. Below is an excerpt from their recent post about Stroller Running during their visit to San Diego, CA for the Rock N Roll Marathon.
“Let’s chat about a stroller for a hot minute. It’s not a secret that 99% of all my running is done with a stroller. Fact. However what I don’t share enough about is that I have tried quite a few strollers, either because I own quite a few (ummmm Dave thinks I have a stroller hoarding problem. I refuse to talk about it) or I have been able to borrow a stroller. I use the stroller for running errands to long runs to all kinds of training workouts. My strollers get put through a lot! Not only with the miles that I put on them, but also with Asher and his behaviors that come along with his disability. Let’s not forget that he was able to literally break a stroller seat less than a year ago because of said behaviors…”
“Most recently someone reached out and she was very detailed on her needs, upcoming races and so on. I did my long spiel but in the end I did something I don’t typically do and I gave a one stroller recommendation: the Bumbleride Speed. This stroller is a strong choice for an avid stroller runner and a once in a while stroller runner. It is multi-purpose, filling this gap in stroller running thinking. Stroller running is not all-or-nothing where you either run with a stroller and try to get faster, better, stronger or you just don’t like it at all. This stroller welcomes in those runners who don’t necessarily want to be a stroller runner, but perhaps need it for necessity on certain days or for easy runs. With all the running strollers on the market, this stroller checks a lot of boxes that no other stroller I have seen or tried addresses and when I was recently asked “If you could pick one stroller…” my answer was confidently Bumbleride.” – Read More
Thank you for your support and recommendations Paula and David!
Fit Family 6 is about a family of six living a healthy and fit lifestyle. “Having four boys is enough to keep you moving and on your toes but we feel there’s more to being fit than just chasing kids around. We are always aware of what goes into our bodies. We hold each other accountable for staying active, eating clean and most importantly having a good time.”
We’re honored to be named one of Chrissy’s favorite baby products and we are so thankful for her support! Read an excerpt of her post below or learn more about Chrissy in her Bumbleride Adventurer bio, here.
“This is round 3 for me gathering all the goods for a newborn… in some ways I feel like I’m starting all over and in other ways I feel the most relaxed and prepared for our third baby. I kept a few things from when Zeke (our second child) was a baby, but I gave away a lot of baby goods too. We were so indecisive on whether or not to have a 3rd child. If you want to hear more about how we decided to add one more member to the family I recorded it on my podcast Sure Babe in episode 11.
This ain’t my first rodeo… I know now more of what I really need for baby so I thought it would be fun to share what items I feel are essential for a new baby. As a thank you for following our journey I’m GIVING AWAY an item and or shop credit for each baby essential item below!!! Head to my instagram @chrissyjpowers to enter and leave a comment here for extra entry points!
#1 Bumbleride Stroller
I’ve tested out my share of strollers and I have to tell you the Bumbleride is my go to for ease of use, style, and comfort. I’ve taken our Bumbleride Indie and Speed strollers on several airplanes, trips, into plenty of stores, beaches and runs and it has held up great. We just upgraded to the Indie Twin. I plan to get back into shape with this bad boy once baby girl is here! One of my favorite ways to squeeze in workouts as a mom is to run or walk with a jogging stroller like this one.”…. Read more.
CR’s take: “This duo perfectly highlights what you can get by mixing and matching brands. It’s the most expensive of the three travel systems designed by CR’s experts, but it still costs less than some strollers in our ratings. Bumbleride makes a number of top strollers, including the Indie, which gets some of the best marks of any traditional stroller in our ratings, thanks to its nimble handling and easy-to-use features. But the company doesn’t make car seats.
Using the Bumbleride adapter, we partnered it with the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, a stellar car seat that proves exceptionally easy to use in our tests, and which attaches securely in a variety of cars, whether using the LATCH mechanisms or a seat belt.”
(2011 Jet Black Indie at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville Florida still in use today)
We design each Bumbleride with durability and easy maintenance in mind, to ensure your stroller lasts beyond your family and stays out of landfills. As part of our commitment to offering awesome Customer Care and reducing our impact on the environment, we strive to stock parts online for purchase (in Canada, through our Customer Care) that are easily replaced using household tools. Since caring for your Bumbleride properly is essential to the life of the stroller, we have created support videos to help with reattaching fabrics, folding, using the included air pump and maintenance.
Hear from Bumblerider’s on how their strollers are built to last:
“I am at least the 3rd owner of this stroller but I love it so much that when it was time for a double I bought a new indie twin. I love how well these strollers hold up. The ease of use features on my 2017 twin are great but my 2011 still has a great push and works beautifully – Bethany (photo pictured at top)
“I previously had an Indie stroller for my first daughter in 2013. It was perfect for us in Southern California where we often used it for hiking on dirt trails, jogging on the boardwalk, and just cruising the neighborhood. We particularly loved the generous cargo space and full sun coverage. We gave that stroller away when we moved to Europe last summer and now pregnant with our second child, we looked exhaustively for a new stroller only to come back to the newest version of the Indie… ” – Susan
“We purchased the Indie 5 years ago. Hands down the most versatile, practical and classy stroller around. I love the chic and timeless form, the light weight, the easy way it folds down and the fact that ecological considerations are being used during the production process. The quality is great. Stains can easily be removed. Despite regular use the stroller still looks great…” – Elke
Not sure which part you need or having trouble finding it on our website? Contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or message us here.
Over the years we have tested many different materials which have led us to using 100% recycled PET Oeko-Tex certified fabrics, TPR in our handle, a C6 DWR on our fabrics and a solution dye for our black colorways, which conserves water and energy. We continue to look for new ways to improve our materials while reducing our environmental impact from manufacturing. Through our material testing, we’ve had to learn many new words. Below you’ll find a glossary of terms related to our materials. We hope you find it helpful!
What is rPET?
rPET is recycled polyethylene terephthalate better known as the materials for plastic water bottles. Each Bumbleride single stroller fabric uses 28 plastic bottles that have been recycled into a fiber and spun into polyester thread. Using rPET saves energy and water in comparison to virgin polyester, a petroleum based product.
What is Polyester?
Polyester is a synthetic fiber known for being durable, quick drying and offering strong color fade resistance. Synthetic polyester is made using a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum, air and water.
What is OEKO-TEX certified?
Oeko-Tex is an independent product certification for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances. Oeko-Tex offers various types of certifications and classes. Standard 100, Class 1 is the strictest of class which is designed for baby and children’s products. Through working with our small family-owned factory in Taiwan and their many small sub-contractors for over 13 years, we’ve found that 3rd party certifications do not always mean the most sustainable, efficient or free from harmful chemicals since smaller factories often cannot afford certifications despite them being well above standard criteria.
What is TPR?
TPR is Thermoplastic Rubber, which is known for being durable, recyclable and taking little energy to produce. Bumbleride’s handle grip material is made of TPR. This replaced our handle foam in 2012, which is still found on most strollers. We found foam to be a less durable and sustainable material over time.
What is DWR?
DWR is Durable Water Repellent. Textiles or fabrics that need to stand up to weather require a DWR treatment to help make them water resistant or water proof. Bumbleride’s fabrics are water resistant to help prevent mold, prevent stains and to keep you moving in case you get surprised by rain on your adventures. For 2018, we have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent treatment to a C-6 treatment, which is more eco-friendly as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity to living things over time.
Being that the Era is Bumbleride’s FIRST reversible seat stroller, they wanted everything to be perfect on it before they put it out to the world. Well, we finally got our hands on this new stroller at JPMA, and I have to tell you, it’s pretty cool. It’s what we expect from Bumbleride – a quality, well-made stroller with the features that moms and dads want.
The Bumbleride Era is like a Bumbleride Indie 4 but with a reversible seat and a different fold. They haven’t announced a price or a weight limit on the buggy yet but we do know that it will come in all the current Bumbleride fashions and will be available for purchase in late 2018.
“If you’re getting ready to expand your family or preparing to welcome twins, you’ll probably be looking for baby gear that will make your life easier. That’s where the double stroller comes in. But just like with all baby gear, there are so many options, and the info to sift through is endless! Should you go with in-line or side-by-side, splurge-worthy or budget-friendly, lightweight or full-feature? It really depends on your children’s age and lifestyle.” – Well Rounded NY
Bumbleride Indie Twin, $769 “For those who prefer eco-friendly baby gear, the Bumbleride Indie Twin will be an obvious choice. The fabrics on this side-by-side double stroller are made from 100% recycled polyester and are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class I certified, which means it is free from harmful chemicals. With its car seat compatibility and 90-pound weight limit, the Indie Twin will be with you for the long haul; and its large air-filled tires (pump included!) and narrow frame makes it the perfect stroller for adventuring with your two littles.” – Natalie Gentile
Have you heard about the plastic pollution problem? Being based in San Diego, CA we see the problem first hand at our local beaches and waterways. Plastics are particularly damaging to the marine environment, as they do not biodegrade, and are easily mistaken as food and ingested by wildlife. While there is no immediate solution, we can all help by taking small steps in reducing our family’s use of single-use plastics for example: plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags, coffee cups and to go food packaging. For the plastic we do buy, try to re-purpose it and lastly, recycle it.
2. Eat & Shop Local
Head to your local farmers market for fresh air, good food and local vibes like our friend Megean from @ZeroWasteNerd pictured above. Taste an apple or orange that was picked a few days ago vs. many months ago and reduce the amount of energy/petroleum it takes to ship food across the world. Support your local agriculture and meet the farmer that worked hard to produce the food you are eating. Don’t forget to bring your own basket or reusable bag to haul your goods home.
Straws are one of the top 5 items we pick up at our park and beach cleanups. One simple, “No straw please” at a restaurant can set a great example for our children, friends, family and bring awareness to the straw problem. Straws often cannot be recycled due to their size, material and shape. Paper and reusable straws are now available in many options, check out Simply Straws for awesome reusable straws.
Durability, safety and function are top of mind when choosing the materials for our products and environmental impact is always a big part of that discussion. Our mission is to continue to get you out doing what you love, while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share.
With each new collection, we continue to evolve and progress our eco story. Our materials feature:
100% recycled polyester fabric (RPET)
OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I Certification (the strictest of test classes for baby products)
Innovative dye process (for black colorways)
Polyurethane foam free
Harmful chemical and fire retardant free
Starting this year, we have added a new water repellent treatment to our fabrics. We have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent to C-6, which is more eco-friendly, as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity over time to living things.
Feel good knowing our rPET fabrics have kept over half a million water bottles out of landfills since 2011. It’s not an option, not an upgrade; just the right thing to do. Learn more about our fabrics.