BumbleRide Indie Seagrass Standard Stroller
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2010 Bumbleride Indie fits my family's active lifestyle and small car
Apr 20, 2010 (Updated Jul 15, 2010)
Review by gustopher
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Bumbleride's fantastic customer service is responsive, friendly, knowledgeable, rounding out an already great stroller.
Cons:Nothing that is a deal-breaker. Love this stroller!
The Bottom Line:
Lighter in weight, more compact fold than competitors. Stylish, comfortable, highly maneuvrable. Excellent customer service!
Recommend this product?
2010 Bumbleride Indie stroller is a smart, stylish all-terrain stroller that fits our active lifestyle and small car. Thoughtful accessories round out an already well-designed stroller. Highly recommended!
We love our Indie in Spice. Lots of research narrowed down our options to the Valco Trimode and Bumbleride Indie. The Indie won because of its lighter weight and more compact fold (has to fit beside our large dog in the back of our station wagon). Aside from practical considerations, I preferred the Indie's sleeker design (the Valco Trimode seemed ponderous and bulky), and the option of sunny, happy colours. The fact that many accessories were included for free was a huge bonus. We opted to purchase a couple of the optional accessories too, as described later.
We were not expecting to fall in love with the Indie as much as we have! There are many pros: Super-comfortable for our baby (it's the first stroller we've had that she gets into willingly), stylish and smart-looking, well-balanced and steers easily (even one-handed on smooth terrain), effortlessly traverses virtually any terrain (long daily dog walks on unpaved dirt trails), goes up and over kerbs without a missing a beat, multi-adjustable handlebars to fit both me and my taller husband, and of course the useful accessories.
Living in Canada, the footmuff accessory proved itself to be a wise purchase in our cold early spring. The footmuff's zipper is a bit finicky to do up at first but we got used to it after a couple times and have no trouble anymore even when our baby is squirming away inside the footmuff. I had second-guessed my order of the Snack Pack accessory because it seemed frivolous but after only the first use, the Snack Pack has become our most-liked Bumbleride accessory. It has completely revolutionized how we deal with our baby's stroller snacks by keeping everything in one secure, compact space so that our baby can get to her snacks easily, we keep mess to a minimum, and no more lost or dropped snack and sippy cups, and tangled ties and clips. So many parents, even strangers, have commented on the Snack Pack when they see it in action and asked us where to get one. Having had such positive experiences with the footmuff and Snack Pack, I am considering getting the Jam Pack because we now have so much confidence in Bumbleride's design.
We were on vacation out of the country for a week so had to use our travel stroller, and I can tell you we were relieved to come home to the Indie after a week of fighting with our travel stroller's--let's call them--"quirks". My husband has a bad back now from the travel stroller's too-low handlebar.
Now for the cons:
1) The Indie doesn't let our baby sit up as upright as we'd like. She is not a tall baby so she needs to sit upright to be able to get a good view as we walk but the slope of the Indie's backrest is just too low for her. Is there an adjustment we are missing?
2) The adjustment strap to lower and raise the seat back is awkward and needs two hands to operate, which just isn't an option sometimes!
3) The included rain cover isn't as durable as we like. Unfortunately, we get very cold winters here but we are an active family that goes out daily regardless of the temperature so when the plastic cover freezes, it becomes brittle and has started to crack.
These next few items are not cons but rather nice-to-haves:
4) Handlebar brake for going downhill. We live in a hilly area so a handlebar brake would be really, really, really handy for slowing down.
5) This would require a major redesign but perhaps some day when the Indie is folded, it can stand upright and the front wheel will not touch the stroller's body (to minimize mud from wheels spreading to the stroller).
6) Storage bag for the back of the stroller. Right now, we use a generic stroller bag made from black netting but a stylish Bumbleride bag that matches the stroller would be a big hit because we hate ruining the look of our beautiful Indie. We are hoping buying the Jam Pack can solve this "matching" issue--if anyone knows whether the Jam Pack can be securely attached to the handlebar, please share your tips. UPDATE 15 July 2010: Have been using the Bumbleride Jam Pack for the past couple months on the back of the Indie, hanging off the handlebars. Works great--size is a good fit and because we bought the same colour Jam Pack as the Indie, they look like a unit. I would say the Jam Pack is a small to medium bag with room for a couple cloth diapers (more diapers if using disposables), change of clothes, sippy cup or bottle, snacks, wallet, keys and a few other smallish items. I thought I would miss having a bottle pocket on the side but really haven't noticed it so far. Haven't used the conversion- to-backpack feature yet but looks like it would work fine (I have a Lands End bag that offers the same conversion idea).
UPDATE JULY 15, 2010: As suggested by a commenter to my review, I'm adding below more info to my original review:
My husband and I have had no problems opening up the stroller. Initially, we felt the Indie was difficult to fold, however, because the sliding mechanism on both sides of the stroller was an awkward reach for both my husband and me (him tall, me average height). Then to our embarrassment, a friend (who also owns an Indie) pointed out that we were using the wrong sliding mechanism. The correct mechanism was located farther up, at about level with the cupholder, but we had been mistakenly using another set of sliders that was halfway down the stroller. No wonder we found it awkward! Once we got that cleared up, folding the stroller was a breeze! We tend to keep our Indie pretty lightly stocked so that is probably why folding and opening isn't an issue for us. I can see how if the Indie's basket is loaded or if there is a bag hanging off the back, folding and opening would be affected. One thing I should mention, which is related to folding: My husband finds the clips that hold the Indie shut while folded too fiddly for his hands. He would love to see those clips redesigned for bigger hands.
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Amount Paid (US$): 460
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months
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