Trekaroo- Kids.Trips.Tips- Reviews our travel ready Flite and offers a lucky reader the ride of their life


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When families with young children travel, a good stroller becomes a crucial part of the entire experience. I have had the not so enjoyable experience of trying to drag a heavy, beat-up, and beaten down stroller through airport security and it made for a very stressful experience. I am often amazed at just how far stroller technology has come in the last few years. Recently, Trekaroo had the opportunity to test out the Bumbleride 2011 Flite stroller. We decided Heather Reed, Trekaroo’s Texas Destination Guroo, would be the perfect person to take on the job. With a 13 month old and an on-the-go lifestyle, we knew she would be able to give this stroller a run for its money. Here is what she had to say about the Bumbleride Flite:
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When I unpacked Bumbleride’s 2011 Flite, I almost thought they had given me the wrong stroller. “No way can a sturdy, single stroller be this light!” I thought to myself as I tugged on the wrapping revealing the warm grey fabric with bright persimmon lining. The stroller came with it’s wheels disassembled, but easily snapped right on. I took a few moments to familiarize myself with it, trying to savor its newness before my burly gang of 4 got a hold of it and tested it themselves. And test it they did. My 5 year old spun it’s wheels, my 7 year old tested it’s maneuverability while racing around the house, my 3 year old dropped grape jelly on it’s water-resistant sport’s fabric (it wiped right off), and my 13 month old climbed in (with help), laid back against the reclined seat and drifted in and out of sleep. All this and we hadn’t even left the house yet! Luckily for us, taking the stroller out of the house was just as wonderful. We went on a mommy and daughter date in town for shopping and dining. The stroller’s wheel suspension gave my daughter a smooth ride over gravel and grassy terrain through the park and the large sun canopy kept the sun’s scorching rays off her little face. There are so many fun features that offer comfort, like the well-padded seat and adjustable footrests- I almost wish I could have climbed in myself!

Heather’s Favorite Features:

  • SPF 45 Sun Canopy Reclining Backrest
  • Adjustable Footrest Water-Resistant Fabric
  • Cushioned Seat with 5-Point Harness
  • Cup Holder
  • Car Seat Adapter Bar
  • Folds Up Flat Like An Umbrella Stroller
  • Front & Rear Wheel Suspension
  • Storage Basket Underneath
  • Easy To Maneuver Lightweight & Has A Carrying Handle
  • Extra Options Like A Rain Canopy & Snack Pack (To Name A Few)

Ways They Could Improve:

  • Users Have To Remove The Car Seat Adapter To Fold It
  • Storage Basket Is On The Smaller Side
  • Cup Holder Tips Easily (They Have A Parent Pack Coming Out Soon That Will Solve This- Yay)!

And since Trekaroo is all about travel with kids, Heather is happy to report that the Flite is great for road trips, public transit, and air travel since it only weighs 13 pounds and folds compactly! If this sounds like the ideal stroller for you, then check out our steal below!

http://blog.trekaroo.com/2011/08/15/monday-madness-win-a-bumbleride-stroller/

Trekaroo puts Indie Twin to the test- “Bumbleride’s Indie Twin Stroller, Movement Edition- I Cannot Get Enough Of It!”


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“Whose stroller is that? Yep, that’s mine,” I think as I strut myself confidently down the street pushing my two young kids! Not only do heads turn when you own this stroller, but I actually had a few people come up to me, ask me questions, and tell me how much they want one! The creators of the Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller knew exactly what they were doing. It’s not only a travel necessity, it’s a fashion statement!

Pro’s:

· Turns Effortlessly
· Super Stylish
· Folds Easily & Has A Latch To Secure It
· Comfortable For Kids
· Fixed or Swivel Wheels
· Large Sun Shade
· Repels Water
· SPF 45
· Pockets For Holding Keys/Cell Phone
· Large Storage Basket
· Adjustable Handlebars/Foot Rests
· Sturdy Metal Frame
Con’s:

· Cup Holder Is In A Bad Place
· The Footrests Don’t Hold Much Weight And Won’t Stay Elevated For Toddler & Up.

First Test: Hotels, City Streets, & Shopping
Moving through crowded streets can be a challenge of its own; let alone pushing two kids in a double wide stroller. Lucky for me, the swivel wheels create an effortless turning ratio, and the frame is slim enough to fit through boutique and restaurant doors! I could even talk on my cell phone and push the stroller at the same time! That’s a definite test to its maneuverability. The large storage basket underneath is the perfect place to put your diaper bag, purse, and shopping bags. I was a little worried about how we would fit the stroller, our stuff, our other two kids, my husband, and me all into an elevator, but we had plenty of room! The cup holder, however, is in somewhat of an awkward place on the outside edge of the frame, and I did have to remove it once to fit through a door.

Second Test: Testing Its Claims
The Bumbleride Indie Twin has a few claims. First, it promises an SPF protection of 45. Although I don’t have a way to ensure this, I can say that my daughter fell asleep in the seat for a few hours and didn’t get sunburned. The second claim is its’ water resistance. For that, I can definitely attest too. What better way to test out how well it resists water then to take it to a splashing paradise, a water park! We drove it through puddles, got the bottom of the storage basket wet, drove it under sprinklers, and didn’t move it out of the way when kids splashed on it nearby. With all of that use, I was sure the clothing in the storage basket would be wet, but it wasn’t! Also, it was really neat to watch the beads of water pool together, sit on top of the fabric, and then roll off!

Third Test: Running & Hiking
One of the things I love best is how well the Indie Twin accommodates different types of terrain. Locking the front wheels are incredibly easy, it’s just a matter of moving a small pin above each wheel. Whether off-roading through dirt and rocky terrain, or locking the front wheels and jogging on paved streets, I know my little passengers are safe and secure, enjoying their ride. They do bounce a little in their seats on rough terrain, but it’s comparable to other joggers, and they seem comfortable.

Overall Assessment:
I LOVE this stroller! It’s so easy to use, folds up decently, turns impecably, keeps my kids secure, and glides gingerly over multiple terrains! The style, functionality, and maneuverability keeps me wanting more. I’ve actually planned a few trips out of my house just because I love pushing my kiddos around in it! I would highly recommend Bumbleride’s Indie Twin Stroller to any mom who has an active outdoor lifestyle.

As a mom who depends on my stroller every day, my only recommendations for the Indie Twin is that perhaps they move the cup holder to the inside middle bar, and add a second one to the other side of the same bar. Also, I would love it if the snack trays were included in the original purchase price of the stroller. To me, both of those features are completely necessary for every outing with kids!”

http://www.trekaroo.com/traveltips/tip/bumblerides-indie-twin-stroller-movement-edition-i-cannot-get-enough-of-it