Updated July 2018
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 2018 Bumbleride Indie
The 2018 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 Indie weighs in at 24 lbs, which is very lightweight. In comparison, the UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution Flex weigh 26.6 lbs and 28.5 lbs respectively. The UPPAbaby Cruz (the mom, remember?) is 21.5 lbs.
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. Some reviewers complain that the recline mechanism is very difficult, which was my experience as well AT FIRST. But, once I did it several times, the stiffness loosened up and now the seat reclines with ease.
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
You can purchase an optional car seat adapter for the Euro seats: the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Cybex Aton Q, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton, Nuna Pipa, Nuna Pipa Lite and Nuna Pipa Lite LX.
Adapters for Chicco and Graco seats are now available that fit the Graco Click Connect Snugride 30 or 35 and the Chicco KeyFit 30.
*They are currently in development of additional adapters for release this year – stay tuned!
*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, a large storage basket, a lay-flat recline — you can even take it for a jog. Check, check, check!
The huge SPF 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.
While it doesn’t come with a parent storage tray, you can buy one separately (which I encourage everyone to do, even if you get a generic one).
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 Ironman or SUS.
Folding & Carrying
The Indie has a one-step fold (most all-terrains have a two-step). My only complaint is that it DOES take some muscle to get the frame locked, but once you do, it stays snugly locked 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.