BumbleRide Indie Seagrass Standard Stroller
14 consumer reviews
Average Product Rating:
Good, sturdy stroller, with only a few negatives
Feb 26, 2009
Review by itspoppet
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Smooth smooth ride, feels sturdy.
Cons:Annoying to fold; potential to tip if not careful when using carseat with it.
The Bottom Line: I like the stroller, and would recommend it with the warning that people be really careful turning the stroller when using it with their car seat.
I purchased the Bumbleride Indie online, sight unseen. I was a little concerned about doing this, but my options to try out strollers of this type where I live was extremely limited.
Recommend this product?
The selling points for me on the Indie were that: it is suitable for newborns as the seat reclines almost completely flat and will also hold an older child; the mechanism for reclining the seat is metal rather than the strings used on other similar strollers; it came with a car seat adapter that allows it to hold many different types of car seats; it is shorter, lighter and folds smaller than most other jogging/all terrain strollers and, the closer for me, it comes in green :).
These features have all been appreciated with my use of the stroller, although I do consider it to still be rather large when folded, as is to be expected with strollers of this type. I cannot fit it into the back of my Ford Explorer when the 3rd row of seats is up, although that is rather a tiny space there anyway and I was incredibly overly optimistic that it would fit.
Another selling point when I was considering the Indie vs. the Rocket was that one of the things often complained about by Rocket owners in reviews was that the basket capacity under the stroller was limited by the bar that went across the top of it. This is not present in the Indie. The basket capacity is reasonable, although I cannot fit my diaper backpack into it (Columbia diaper backpack). It is close though, I may be able to fit it if I shoved and crammed it, but I have not had the desire to try that yet.
My stroller is sturdy and well built, the brakes are good and, so far, I have not experienced the problems that other reviewers have. The ride of the stroller is very smooth. I purchased it as I live on a farm and wanted something that could handle bumpy ground but that would also work well anywhere else. I did not want to buy two strollers! So far the ride for the baby in the stroller on walks around the farm has been decent. It handled ok over grass that has been partially excavated by my dogs - it felt a little bumpy in my hands but it did not disturb my baby. On the blacktop it is an incredibly smooth ride and a pleasure to use. It turns on a dime. On a trip to the mall it handled tight corners very well. It also has handled bumpy, uneven brick side walks in town well, again without waking or disturbing my baby.
As noted in other reviews, the sun shade/rain hood is excellent and almost covers the entire stroller area. The pocket on the back of the hood is also useful. The foot cover is nice also.
I have had problems when collapsing the stroller and feel that this is one area where the instructions are not clear. There is an additional step on my stroller that needs to be done with 2 spring loaded catches before it will fold flat that is a little awkward and took me a long time to figure out. It does open up like a charm and I can do that one handed.
When I used my car seat with the car seat adapter I have to be really careful when turning - it is very top heavy and tight turns nearly tipped the entire stroller over (this happened on a very slick surface and again on a very smooth surface). I guess it needs to be handled like an SUV when the car seat is being used with it. This is a rather substantial negative for me - I do not attempt tight turns now as a result and go very slowly when turning - although I was Not going quickly when the stroller nearly tipped - I was 4 weeks post c-sec and not going Anywhere fast. I am Very cautious about using the stroller with the car seat now (my car seat is on the list of compatible seats to use with the stroller).
The locking mechanism for the front wheel was also a pain to unlock so the wheel could move freely, I had to partially unscrew the screw and really jam it up to unlock it.
Not sure whether this one thing is a positive or negative - I have been stopped A Lot by many people to be asked about the stroller. I have not been out yet and Not been stopped by someone asking about it. Perhaps I just look personable, but I never had this issue before :)
Overall I do recommend the stroller. I like it, and it handles really well without the car seat on it.
Amount Paid (US$): 360
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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