Bumbleride Indie Stroller: Free-Wheelin' Three-Wheeler

06/12/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

The Bumbleride Indie stroller ($460) offers high style and fantastic maneuverability, plus it comes with a bunch of accessories including a rain cover and a cup holder!

We love the seagrass color scheme that we tested, a green and turquoise combo.

It also comes in black, hot pink, red and a happy orange-and-turquoise combination.

We got lots of questions and compliments on it when we trotted it out in New York.


Assembly and Fold
Assembling the Indie is quick and easy but the fold takes a little getting used to. It’s a two-step fold that isn’t very intuitive. It’s not difficult, just different, and after a few times it gets easier. (There’s a video on the website to help you.) It doesn’t stand while folded, a feature I prefer so you don’t have to lay the stroller down in wet or snowy weather. The latch that holds the stroller tightly closed is not automatic and required some fumbling to get it snapped at first.

Ride and Maneuverability
The Indie’s ride is really terrific. (We know. It better be for $460!) The large, air-filled tires handle curbs and bumps easily and the suspension system gives a bit of flex to the ride. One brake stops both rear wheels with ease. Steering is truly a one-finger effort and the strong frame feels nice and stable, though I scratched the unpainted aluminum while moving it around when folded. It manages doorways with ease, though at almost 25″ wide it was too wide to fit among the racks in several mall stores. I had no problems with tipping backward, even when I hooked my diaper bag to the handle.

Seat and Recline
The Indie has a very wide, roomy seat with a strap-and-buckle recline system that goes back to nearly flat. Like most all-terrain strollers, the seat does not go straight upright. The fabrics are wipeable and it comes with an infant headrest and pads for all the straps in the 5-point harness system. The buckles are lightweight and feel a bit fragile, but I had no trouble buckling and unbuckling them quickly. I did discard the pad for the crotch strap after it fell off several times when we lifted the baby out. The crotch strap is adjustable, which makes it more comfortable for larger passengers. The adjustable kicker is easy to move but clicks as it passes through each set position. It might be loud enough to wake a light sleeper but it’s certainly not a deal breaker. The Indie is compatible with many infant carseats and an adapter is included.

Sun Protection
A nice-sized sun shade has a clear-plastic window and a cover that secures with Velcro. The hinges can pinch little fingers so watch that carefully. A weather shield zips on the back of the sun shade for more protection.

Storage
The sun shade has a small, zippered pocket for parents’ keys or phone and the spacious and accessible basket accommodated a large diaper bag with ease.

Bells and Whistles
The adjustable handle pivots easily. I’m 5’6″ and pushed it comfortably and it would work well for taller or shorter parents. The Indie is not as tall as other all-terrain strollers I’ve reviewed so I didn’t feel self-conscious pushing it. It comes with cup holder, tire pump, jogging strap and rain cover, which add value.

Pros: Terrific maneuverability. Unusual and attractive colors. Wide seat and many included accessories.

Cons: Fold is awkward but not difficult. Wide wheel base is challenging in tight spots.

The Final Verdict: The Bumbleride Indie offers a great ride and a lot of value for the price.

Kristen

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Shelby on

The family that I nanny for has this stroller and I really enjoy it. We usually only use it on walks or to shop around the area so I don’t know firsthand about the folding which would seem a little difficult. Maneuvering it through local shops can sometimes be difficult especially with smaller framed doors. However, the ride is great, love the style and is manufactured nicely. Overall, from my experience this is a great stroller!

Strolling In Style on

The adjustable footrest should not click when being moved. There are two buttons on either side of the footrest which, when pushed up allow the footrest to glide whisper smooth into any position. Great review otherwise. I agree that the Indie is definitely one of the hottest strollers of ’09 and a great value for the price!

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