Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller
The Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller is one of the best strollers in the market today. While no stroller is perfect, this one is an overachiever for sure. It is lightweight, beautifully made with quality materials and it caters for parents who want a four-wheeled stroller instead of a three-wheeled.
The truth is, a four-wheeled stroller is more stable and easier to navigate in tight spaces but they weigh more and occupy more space in the trunk, therefore, you have to figure out what is more important for you, the stability or the size? The following review analyses the pros and cons of the Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller to help you make an informed decision.
· A huge canopy.
The canopy on this Bumbleride stroller is extremely large, you can extend it all the way to the bumper bar completely shielding your baby from rain, wind or sun. Another amazing feature is that you can unzip it from the back to increase circulation of air when it gets too hot. There is also a peekaboo mesh window at the top of the canopy with a magnetic closure meaning that you can open and close silently without making waking the child.
· Adjustable handle bar.
The handle bar can be adjusted from 25-43 inches above the ground which is great for parents with different heights. It is also covered with a soft foam which enhances manoeuvrability.
· A removable cup holder.
The cup holder can fit a normal sized cup and you can put it on either the left or the right side of the frame.
· Run-away strap.
Baby’s safety is the utmost priority of every parent and the run away strap enhances safety when going down a steep hill. It is a great back up in case anything distracts you from the stroller.
· Roomy seat.
The Bumbleride Indie 4 seat is 12 inches wide and 24 inches high measured from the bottom of the seat to the peak of the canopy. It also has a deep recline meaning that it is suitable for a newborn in case you do not want to carry the bassinet. The recline is strap operated and you recline it with only one hand.
When it comes to comfort, the seat is great. The seat’s fabric is ecologically friendly; it is made using 50% of recycled PET and 50% bamboo. The seat can also be removed and washed in a washing machine. It can accommodate a newly bone baby up to 55 pounds.
· Storage pocket.
This is a small zipper pocket at the back of the canopy where you can put small items like glasses, wallet or keys.
· Bassinet-like space
This feature is unique to only this stroller so far and any parent will certainly love it. The canopy like space can be made by lifting the leg rest and attaching some pieces of material beneath the leg rest to the sides. It helps to keep the baby cozy and warm during cold weather.
· 5 point harness.
This stroller comes with an adjustable and padded 5-point harness. As an additional safety feature, it also has a break away shoulder straps. Though some parents may not find it necessary to use the shoulder straps, they are a good idea when using the stroller on uneven surfaces.
· Bumper bar.
The bumper bar is made using the same material used on the seat. You can easily remove it by unzipping the fabric and clean it.
· Adjustable leg rest.
You can adjust the position of the leg rest to an almost vertical position. Similar to the bumper bar, it is fabric used on the leg rest s durable and can easily be cleaned.
· A Large lower basket.
The generously sized basket located beneath the stroller is a big advantage when you want to carry a lot of stuff such as groceries, diapers or even clothes. You can reach it easily from the back of the stroller but it is hard to reach from the sides.
This stroller has 4 air filled tires hence the 4 in its name. The two rear wheels are 12 inches in diameter while the two front wheels are 8.5 inches in diameter. The front wheels swivel naturally but they can be locked to enhance stability like when of-loading it.
The most amazing thing about this stroller is that it can be used on almost all terrain from grass, grave, rock, mud to stand with no worry. Due to its four wheels, it is very stable with unmatched maneuverability.
· All-wheel suspension.
Unlike other terrain or jogging strollers whose suspension is limited to only the rear wheels, this stroller has an all wheel suspension which provides your baby with an extremely smooth and comfy ride.
· Parking brake.
This is a standard feature in most high end strollers today. In this stroller, it is located between the rear wheels.
· Easy fold system
You will need both hands to fold this stroller. It has an automatic lock on both sides but the cup holder and the wheels have to be positioned right in order for it to engage.
The bassinet sets this stroller apart from almost all other strollers in the market today, it is an amazing bit of baby gear. It looks good when placed on the seat and it is collapsible which helps to increase travel space.
The bassinet is 10.5 inches high, 31.75 long and 15 inches long while its dimensions when it is folded are 15 inches wide, 6 inches high and 31.75 long. This bassinet is also light weighing about 4 pounds and it can hold kids weighing up to 19 pounds
This stroller is quite bulky when folded, it can be difficult to carry it to the trunk when holding your baby. It also occupies a lot of space in the trunk.
· No Automatic lock.
This is a con with almost all strollers besides the classic and navigator strollers. An automatic braking system helps to make the stroller stop automatically if you are no longer in contact with it which is lifesaving when the stroller rolls away from you.
This stroller is certainly a great ride with almost everything you want in a stroller. In addition to the above features, it has a 3 years manufacturers warranty from the good folks at Bumbleride from the date of purchase.