Well, it seems we’ve another stroller to take a gander at today. And look out, all of you fancy European strollers, for a brand that has established itself in the space as a contender of quality has released a terrific new option:
The Bumbleride Indie Natural.
Based on their original Indie stroller, the Natural is a great new alternative for parents wanting a “greener” option in stroller upholstery. The seating surfaces are made of 50% bamboo, which is incredibly breathable, wicks moisture away and is anti-bacterial. I know that bamboo can cause a stink amongst those in the eco-movement due to the processing involved turning it from cane to a fiber you can actually sew with, BUT as a basic source, bamboo is incredibly sustainable. Hopefully, one day there will be better methods to make the whole process more eco-friendly. The canopy on the Bumbleride Natural, as well as all exterior fabrics, are made from 50% recycled materials, which is another terrific feature. I know what you’re all thinking: “Does Jamie like it?”
Yes. Yes. I. Do.
The Indie gives you terrific maneuverability and one-handed steering due to the combination of a height-adjustable handle and 3 12-inch air-filled tires. That being said, I do with this stroller came with an air pump, but finding one is a small price to pay. The Indie is incredibly smooth, and took the terrain of NYC sidewalks and parks with ease. The seat has a wonderful recline that is nearly flat, and is easily adjusted with a strap mechanism to infinite positions between reclined and upright. The GIGANTIC canopy has a peek-a-boo window AND is UVF-45—KICK ASS!!! The leg rest is easily adjustable (a HUGE plus) and allows for lanky kids to sit comfortably due to its low-profile foot support (this allows kids to stick their legs out, instead of keeping them bent, which can mean knees-in-face-effect for tall kids). The fold is quite easy, although not one-handed, and the chassis-lock is manual, but you cannot win them all. Take the wheels off, and it’s VERY compact for a stroller of this class. The rain shield is a separate purchase, but it’s not PVC, which is GLORIOUS!!! The belly bar is included, and Bumbleride has great accessories—including a wonderful Snack Pack that snaps onto the frame that acts as an organizer tray for your wee one. Storage is also wonderful for parents, because the undercarriage basket is huge and easily-accessible. Also included is a Universal Car Seat Strap that makes this a great travel system that works with Graco (Snugride, 32,35), Peg Perego, Chicco Keyfit 30, Combi Shuttle, Baby Trend Flex Loc, and Britax Chaperone car seats. If you’re interested in a Maxi Cosi—OR CYBEX ATON—you can use an option Maxi Cosi adapter. In the car seat department, your bases are covered. ***(UPDATE: Bumbleride doesn’t recommend using the Aton on the Car Seat Adapter Bar–the Maxi Cosi Adapter is different)***
The Bumbleride Indie is a TERRIFIC stroller that is suitable from birth-45 pounds, and at a retail price of around $489.99, you’re getting a well-made stroller and a LOT of bang for your hard-earned buck.
The Bumbleride Indie Natural is available at Magic Beans and other fine retailers.
However, one of you isn’t going to have to pay because you’re getting it for free. The lovely folks at Bumbleride have generously donated this amazing stroller to one of my readers. That’s right—get into it!!!