Mom Trends recently awarded Indie their Mom Trends Must Have: Suburban Stroller title. Here is their review of indie:
“From Target aisles to park trails, suburban moms need a stroller that can handle a variety of terrains and look good doing it. With its perfect blend of style and performance, the Bumbleride Indie takes the cake. The Indie’s rugged, all-terrain wheels provide a smooth ride for baby whether you’re on sidewalk, mulch, gravel or grass. An over-sized underseat basket (that you can actually access!) makes it easy to bring lunch to the park or load up at the farmer’s market. Suitable for infants to kids up to 45 lbs., the Indie’s interior fabrics is made of an eco-friendly bamboo blended fabric that naturally absorbs moisture and regulates temperature. Parents will love the adjustable handlebar, large canopy with peekaboo window, and ability to maneuver the 20 lb. stroller with one hand. The Indie also comes with a cup holder, foldable bumper bar and universal car seat adapter bar. Yes, it can work as a jogger, but serious runners may want to check out our Must-Have Jogging Stroller instead.”
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.
The Bumbleride Indie had a minor makeover for 2013. It hasn’t changed that much in a couple years, but this year is different, so we thought it was time for a new full review! First, we will highlight the changes and then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty.
NEW FABRICS: The entire Bumbleride collection will now come in the Natural fabric. That’s right, the “Movement” and the “Classic” are out and the eco-friendly fabrics are all in. We’re really happy with this change because we like the Natural fabrics. The interior of the stroller is made of a bamboo, nylon blend that will wick away moisture from the little rider’s body and the exterior fabric on the Natural Edition strollers is made of a recycled polyester blend.
NEW COLORS for 2013: Jet Black, Aquamarine, Cayenne Red, Fog Grey, Green Papyrus, and Lotus (pink/blue)
BUMPER BAR: Included Bumper Bar (adjusts down just for fold)
FOOTREST: New footrest and foot well making it better suited for larger toddlers and jogging.
CAR SEAT ADAPTER: Universal Car Seat Adapter Bar now included
NEW HARNESS: A new harness features a stronger center release button and 3 to 5 point breakaway shoulder straps which help with a faster connection and prevents entanglement.
IMPROVED PEEK-A-BOO WINDOW: Dark mesh peek-a-boo window
The Bumbleride Indie is one of our favorite all-terrain strollers. It combines sport with style and gives you all the features you need in an everyday stroller.
Let’s start with the new fabrics. The “Movement” and “Classic” fabrics of yesteryear are out and the Natural fabric is in. The Indie is only available in the eco-friendly fabrics that consist of a bamboo, nylon blend interior to wick away moisture from the little rider’s body and recycled polyester blend exterior.
The seat is roomy and accommodates up to 45 lbs. It measures 13″ wide, with a 19″ seat back and a measurement of 23″ from seat to canopy. The adjustable, padded 5-point harness has been modified for 2013 with a stronger center release button and 3 to 5 point breakaway shoulder straps which help with a faster connection and prevents entanglement. While the harness does “break away” (which can be annoying on some strollers!), we are happy that the Indie’s harness does stay clipped together when we want it to so that it doesn’t come apart every time we take our child out of the seat.
The seat reclines nearly flat with a one-hand strap system. (You need two hands to put the seat back up though!) If you raise up the leg rest, snap it to the seat fabric and recline the seat fully, you can create a bassinet-like environment for your newborn. Yes, this is a stroller you can use right home from the hospital.
Speaking of the leg rest, the Indie sports a new footrest and foot well making it better suited for larger toddlers and jogging. There is a easy-to-clean foot well that is 11″ from the seat (I call that the “leg drop measurement” in the video!) with an adjustable leg rest for the comfort of your little rider.
Under the seat, the Indie has a very large, accessible basket to accommodate a bunch of baby essentials or a very large diaper bag. There is also a small zipper pocket on the back of the canopy and a bottle holder on the side of the handle.
The adjustable handle is great for both short and tall parents. It adjusts from 25″ from ground to handle to 43″. Since it is a one-piece solid handlebar, it makes for easy one-hand maneuverability.
We have always loved the Bumbleride canopy and we are still very happy with it. It’s a full-coverage, 45-SPF canopy that sports a new darker mesh peek-a-boo window.
WHEELS and FOLD:
The Indie’s three 12″ air-filled tires combined with the stroller suspension provide a very smooth ride for baby and a super easy push for mom. The front wheel is a 360 degree swivel wheel that has the ability to lock straight for rougher terrain. A brake bar locks the stroller into place easily with just one step.
The Indie folds in half, making transporting this stroller convenient regarding the size. There are three easy steps to folding the Indie. Fold down the baby bumper bar, lift two levers on the sides of the handlebar, push the handlebar forward and then pull up on the large strap that is behind the seat to fold the stroller. It basically folds in half. There are two manual locks on each side of the stroller that keep it closed and secure while folded. We aren’t going to lie though, we are hoping for an automatic lock for 2014!
The Indie comes standard now with the baby bumper bar and the universal car seat adapter that works with Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Combi and Baby Trend infant car seats. Check the Bumbleride website to make sure your seat is compatible.
There are other accessories sold separately for the Indie that include a footmuff/seat liner, travel bag, carrycot, rain shield, Parent Pack and Snack Pack.
As we expect from Bumbleride each year, there are new colors. The colors for 2013 are: Cayenne Red, Fog Grey, Jet Black, Papyrus Green, Aquamarine, Lotus Pink and Lotus Blue.
Overall, the Bumbleride Indie is a sporty alternative to the traditional 4-wheel stroller and has more convenience features than a jogging stroller. If you are looking for a beautiful, head-turning, all-terrain stroller friendly for everyday use, then the Indie might be the stroller for you.
If 2012 was the year of techy stroller innovation, 2013 is looking to be the year of practicality. Many of our favorite stroller companies — Mountain Buggy, Stokke, Chicco, etc. — are coming out with lighter, simpler, easier strollers. And that’s my kind of innovation.
Here are 10 of the coolest new stroller releases coming in the early months of 2013:
2013 Bumbleride Indie
The 2013 version of Bumbleride’s popular Indie will reaffirm their commitment to natural, earth-friendly materials and practices. 50% of the frame is made from recycled material, and 50% of the fabrics are made with sustainable bamboo. It’s also better for joggers than previous versions, and it comes with a ton of accessories — like a car seat adapter, foldable bumper bar, cup holder, and jogging strap. Read more about the newest Bumbleride Indie
This 20-pound all-terrain stroller combines off-road capability with the agility of an urban jogger. Featuring a 360-degree swiveling front wheel with forward- and rear-facing locking positions, the Indie adjusts to accommodate newborns and toddlers. This stroller can tackle any terrain busy parents throw at it with rear suspension, a height-adjustable handle and removable cup holder.