Bumbleride Flyer: A Reversible Handle Plus Good Looks

06/17/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

We reviewed the Bumbleride Flyer ($360) in the vita color scheme, a great-looking hot pink.

At first I was reluctant to push my 1-year-old son Egan around in a pink stroller, but once I got the hang of the Flyer I was sold. I really like this stroller and if people think he’s a girl, so be it!

The Flyer is a full-featured stroller with a reversible handle. Just push two latches and it flips right over so you can look at the baby. Then you just lock the back wheels and unlock the front wheels so they swivel instead. This is important because we tried pushing it with all four wheels swiveling.

The effect really resembles a dog on roller skates — pink roller skates.

Assembly and Fold
The Flyer came together in about ten minutes and folds quite easily. Push two latches on the sides of the seat and the frame drops down and latches snugly in place. The handle is adjustable and would accommodate really tall or petite parents comfortably. It does stand when folded, a feature I like to have. The stroller weighs 19 pounds and will hold up to a 45-pound child.

Seat
The seat is wide and has an adjustable 5-point safety harness. The buckles are easy to work but seem a little fragile, though we had no problems with them. The print on the gray lining is subtle and chic and the fabric can be easily removed for cleaning. The recline goes fully flat and fully vertical, with three set positions in between. It’s easy to adjust the recline with one hand. We like that toddlers can sit upright and see the world.

Ride
Eight rubbery wheels with suspension make for a nice, smooth ride. I did experience some give in the handle that made it feel a bit less stable when I rocked it back to go over a curb, but it didn’t seem to be a danger. The roomy seat is well padded and Egan rode comfortably for several hours.

Sun Coverage
The sun shade on the Flyer is big enough to make me happy, though I did pinch my son’s fingers in it once.  I just have to ensure that they’re out of the way when I move it around. There’s a large, plastic viewing window and a weather-resistant panel that covers the baby’s head when the stroller is reclined. With the weather shield unzipped, you can pull the sun shade even farther forward.

The Flyer comes with a rain cover and we used it with ease. There’s even a little hatch where you can reach in to feed the baby snacks and tussle his hair. The poor kid looked like the boy in the bubble, but he was warm and dry on a freezing day!

Storage
The basket underneath is large and easy to reach and the frame really doesn’t get in the way. I felt that the diaper bag was secure there. There is no storage on the handle but there is a small, zippered pocket in the sun shade for cash or keys. An included cup holder snaps to the side of the stroller. When you’re pushing it so the baby faces out, the sun shade keeps it out of the baby’s reach, but when Baby is facing you, it might be reachable. It’s a good idea to stick to cold liquids in those anyway. I’m always glad to have a cup holder included. It also has a toddler bar that Egan likes to pull up on. The baby has no place for snacks or a sippy cup unless you buy the matching snack pack for $40.

The Verdict
The Bumbleride Flyer is up there with my favorite strollers I’ve reviewed. It’s roomy but not bulky and it comes with a cup holder and rain cover for under $400. It’s nice to have the reversible handle, too.

Pros: Reversible handle;  tough, good-looking fabric and easy fold and unfold. Comes with a cup holder, bumper bar and rain cover.

Cons: The sun shade can pinch fingers and the buckles seem a bit fragile.

–Kristen

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Shira on

I read a few reviews that said it is tough to handle and has poor maneuverability. Does anyone have this stroller? Otherwise its the most affordable light weight reversible stroller on the market. Just wondering if its too good to be true.

CBB Kristen on

I wrote the review and didn’t find maneuverability to be a big problem. The large, air-filled tires on the Indie made it more maneuverable than the Flyer, but we really loaded it up with baby, gear and diaper bag and didn’t have complaints.

Carrie on

I have this stroller and I do find it very hard to maneuver. I always thought its because I am comparing it to my other stroller-a bugaboo- which is so easy to handle. Its a great stroller for quick trips and to take on vacations and I love all the features, I just wish it handled a bit better. Sometimes I feel like I am fighting with it!

Heather on

Carrie is right, if you have another stroller that is easily maneuvered then yes this stroller feels a bit stiff in the tires, my husband lubed up our wheels and it’s still tough, though now I am used to it. I also find it’s a bit of a pain in the neck every time you have to switch the handle you have to change the swivel on the front/back tires Other then that I love love love this stroller!!! My 22 month old is super comfortable in it with plenty of room to grow! Also in the picture it makes it look like the canopy is lacking but there is another zippered part to the canopy that gives plenty of coverage. I highly recommend the carryyou.com products with this stroller. I won’t own a stroller without a parent and child snack tray and the carryyou products fit the bill on this one.

Taryn on

I had this stroller & I hated it. It was definitely too hard to maneuver. I had to lift the stroller over almost every crack & the thing damn near flipped over on me a few times. I also noticed that the handlebar felt really flimsy when I was lifting it over cracks. For such an expensive ride I expected a lot more (and the fabric seemed really cheap too). I hope that they’ve stepped it up a bit since then.

Shira on

Perhaps the newer model worked out some of these kinks

Grace on

I love this stroller! I have it in the new 2009 model which I hear is much easier to manuever than models in the past. I think it is great deal and unique compared to the boring, typical Graco’s and others like it. I also love the color I have-seagrass. Great stroller and recieve many compliments on it. The extra you spend on it is well worth it!

Carrie on

I have last years model and besides it being a little difficult to handle I do love it. I never had any problems with the handlebar nor have I felt like it would tip over. I did spend the money and bought the snack pack but was disappointed as I thought it would be something that just attached to the bar but its a whole separate bar so I havent used it yet. Otherwise I get alot of compliments on it too and like I said before you get alot of great features for a good price. I like that the seat fully reclines and even the footrest is moveable. Its very roomy and easy to fold down and put up. My son seems to like being in it too.

Strolling In Style on

The Flyer is great you just have to know how to work it properly i.e, locking the wheels nearest your feet in whatever position the handle is. It is relatively simple once you know! The author did not mention the carry cot attachment, new for ’09, which looks especially cute on the Flyer. It turns the stroller into a pram for an extra hundred, and it is the only stroller that I know of (correct me if I am wrong) that can fold with the bassinet still attached. Yes, it isn’t as easy to steer as the Bugaboo but what is? For a beautiful stroller with reversible handle, the Flyer is a great value..

Janelle on

I bought this stroller just recently and love it. I love the look (have the hot pink) and the 90 degree angle seat for toddlers than like to sit upright. I don’t find this year’s model to be difficult to maneuver, however, just today I noticed that the little black piece that secures one of the wheels (so all four aren’t swiveling at once) fell out. I’ve contacted BumbleRide on how to handle and am waiting to hear back. I was interested in buying the snack pack but someone says its a totally different bar – does it come with that bar? I’m just curious why ‘Carrie’ wouldn’t have swapped them out. I’ve taken the bumper bar off several times with ease but if I have to buy another bar, forget the snack pack.

carrie on

the snackpack comes on a completely different bar. i thought when I purchased it that it would just attach to the bumper bar. I have finally used it and it works very well. you just have to plan if you want to have the snack pack when you are going out.

rebecca on

i had this stroller… its horrible!! it had some nice features (ability to push baby forward or backward, baby can lie flat – great for diaper changing, removeable fabric for cleaning), but didn’t steer very well, and it’s bulky. turning inbetween aisles in the stores at the mall were impossible. i ended up having to leave it at home most of the time and get a different stroller. don’t waste your money. it may look pretty, but it’s not practical at all.

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