Updated March 2019
With beauty and brains, a Bumbleride stroller is the rare Miss America contestant who also studies microbiology. She climbs Kilimanjaro for fun, speaks Mandarin fluently, and she has no cellulite. We hate her, but we secretly want to be her.
Check out our 2014 video review here.
The 2019 Bumbleride Indie
The 2019 Bumbleride Indie is a beautiful, compact, lightweight, all-terrain stroller and yes-you-can-jog-with-it.
The Bumbleride Indie is the lovechild of the BOB Revolution (a super technical, all-terrain stroller with sporty, masculine colors) and the UPPAbaby Cruz (compact, highly-functional with a fantastic canopy and storage).
While no stroller is perfect, this one is an overachiever.
Size & Weight
The fabrics on this stroller are simply amazing.
The interior of the fabric is a bamboo/nylon blend, which helps wick away sweat and regulate temperature, while the exterior is 100% recycled PET (plastic bottles and such). It’s a win for everyone.
The seat reclines completely flat and folds up on both ends to create a snuggly enclosure. New for the 2019 model – Bumbleride updated the backrest adjuster, resolving previous model issues where the recline mechanism would be sticky. In our experience, the stiffness would loosen up after a few uses. Gotta love Bumbleride for listening to their customers!
The only thing the seat can’t do (that you may wish for when spending this much) is reverse to face the rear, but all-terrain jogging strollers typically do not have a rear-facing option. In fact, a fixed seat is what gives it stability over heavy terrain.
The seat has comfortable shoulder pads and an elegant 5-point breakaway harness (above).
Car Seat Compatibility
*Another option for your 0-3 month-old is to buy a bassinet.
An aside: you do not need to remove the seat fabric to attach the car seat adapter (or bassinet). It is optional 🙂 The seat fabric is removable without tools!
Canopy, Storage, Accessories
Bumbleride nailed the essential things that are must-haves for parents: a huge canopy (even taller for 2019), a large storage basket, a lay-flat recline — you can even take it for a jog. Check, check, check!
The huge UPF 45 canopy has a magnetic peekaboo window that can stay open for better air flow.
The handle bar swivels up and down to accommodate people of all heights, but it does not telescope. Thus, for you really tall people (taller than 6’2″ ish), I would look for a stroller with a telescoping handle bar because, in all honesty, you’ll probably end up kicking the back of the stroller with the handle bar rotated all the way up.
New for 2019 – Bumbleride added additional storage pockets throughout the stroller; in the cargo basket for the pump, in the stroller seat for your kiddo and behind the backrest. While it doesn’t come with a parent storage tray, you can buy one separately.
The Indie has three 12″ air-filled tires (pump included) and all-wheel suspension. This is in contrast to dad (BOB), which has giant 16″ tires in the rear — and mom (UPPAbaby Cruz), who has dainty 8.25″ tires in the rear.
The downside to air-filled tires is that you may have to deal with the occasional flat.
This stroller floats along like a cloud and can easily be steered with one hand.
If you lock the front wheel, you can do some light jogging with the Indie, but keep in mind it is not a distance running stroller. For you marathoners and distance runners, you need a running stroller with a fixed front wheel, like the Schwinn Arrow or the BOB Blaze.
Folding & Carrying
The Indie has a one-step fold (most all-terrains have a two-step). Once you close the frame, it auto-locks on one side and even stands in place.
Again, at 24 lbs, the weight is great for an all-terrain. It also fits into even the smallest of trunks and YES, I would not hesitate to fly with it (outside of damage concerns).
Bottom line: They nailed the biggies with this stroller: the great ride, one-handed steering, a large canopy, a large storage basket, lightweightey-ness, a full recline, and the BEAUTY factor. Yes, you can (almost) have it all! The quality of construction is obvious in every component of this stroller. Our only complaint is the non-telescoping handle bar, which could cause a problem for tall parents with a long stride.
See the full video review here:
Mom and Dad, you made a beautiful baby — congrats! Just don’t tell the grandparents. 😉
*You can still find the 2017 Bumbleride Indie for a good price!
*Note the Indie 4 has been discontinued.
*This stroller was provided by Bumbleride at our request.