The Bumbleride Indie 2016 is a third generation of the beloved Indie model with some pretty cool improvements. Since this model just got updated in 2016, they kept it the same for 2017.
It’s designed for active parents who enjoy light jogging and want an everyday stroller with the off-road ability and LUXURY features. Indie is perfect for moms like me, who is not a serious jogger, but still wants to go for a jog once in a while.
Since I am a huge Indie fan and thought the previous model was almost perfect, I was excited to see what improvements Bumbleride came up with.
The new and improved Indie have added front-wheel suspension, so now it has all-wheel suspension instead of just rear suspension. The new eco-friendly fabrics are made using more recycled materials than before.
It’s still has strap recline, but it got much smoother and easier to bring the seat back. Thankfully they’ve added an automatic lock, something I was complaining about. The fold got also a little easier since the rear wheels slide back when you unlock the frame. The standing fold is another great feature as well.
I only update I was not crazy about is the canopy. It used to be huge and went down to the knees covering my daughter like a cocoon. For 2016, Bumbleride decided to attach the back of the canopy to the frame so you can’t really bring it down anymore. It’s still a great canopy that provides plenty of coverage, but I didn’t see the need for the change.
Despite the upgrades, Indie 2016 still weighs only 22 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. It can also turn into a travel system with most popular car seats.
It rolls on large air-filled tires that glide through any terrain. This is a great jogging stroller that you can take off road. Easy to pushed even with one hand. Some other features that parents will enjoy are: adjustable leg rest, adjustable handle bar, large basket, mesh window in the seat, adjustable 5-point harness, and run away strap.
I gave the new Indie 5 out of 5 stars since I really like the new updates and think that this is an outstanding jogger. It retailing for around $529 and comes with an air-pump and a bumper bar.
-Large canopy. As I’ve said above, I didn’t like the back of the canopy being attached to the frame of the stroller, but it’s still a great large canopy for a jogger that are known for not paying attention to the canopies. Now, it has two large panels and a large pop-out sunvisor that goes almost to the bumper bar. There is also a large dark mesh peekaboo window with a magnetic closure instead of a noisy Velcro that my older model has.
-Adjustable handle bar. It goes all the way from 26″ up to 45.5″ from the ground. Great for shorter and taller parents. The handle bar is now covered with thermoplastic rubber instead of foam which is PVC free. Easy to clean. There is also a convenient grip in the middle for one-hand navigation. BTW, that grip comes quite handy when I am on the phone or have a dog leash in the other hand.
-Roomy seat. The seat is a little roomier now. It’s 14.5″ wide with 19″ seat back and a measurement of 23″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. It has one-hand infinite strap recline, but you will need both hands to bring the seat back. I am not sure why on Bumbleride site they are saying it’s a lever recline. It’s a regular strap system.
The recline is very deep and goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn. I didn’t put my newborn daughter into the seat because I felt like she needed more support, but I did use it as a travel system with my Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat.
The weight limit has also increased to 55 lbs which is what most of the joggers have.
-Bassinet like environment. The unique thing about this seat is that it converts into a bassinet like environment for your little one. Recline the seat all the way back to a flat position and bring the leg rest all the way up. You don’t even need to remove the bumper bar.
There are two small pieces of material underneath the leg rest that you can clip to both sides of the seat to create a bassinet-like environment for your baby. There also a thick piece of material that goes all the way around the top of the seat to prevent your baby from falling if you decide to unclip the canopy in the back.
You can also purchase a real bassinet and turn this stroller into a pram. Not many jogging strollers has a bassinet as an accessory.
-Protective mesh. There is also a new mesh in the back of the seat that provides better air circulation while protecting your child from sliding out when the seat is fully reclined. This is an upgrade from the previous version that only had a small piece of material.
-Eco-friendly fabrics. One of the biggest updates for Indie was the new more eco-friendly fabrics. The fabrics for the seat is now using 28 recycled bottles vs 14 that they’ve used before. They’ve also used an innovative fabric dye process that uses 89% less water and energy.
-5 point harness. It has a padded adjustable 5-point harness with a new center release button in the middle. To release the harness, you will need to push a little harder on that button. I have to tell you, that buckle is a puzzle piece. It took me a few times before I got it. But, my mother still hates it!
The harness has 4 different positions. What I like about it is that you can separate the shoulder straps from the waist straps. It is easier to get younger kids out of the harness and a lot of times, older children don’t like to use those shoulder straps because they constrain them.
-Small pocket. There is a small zipper pocket in the back of the canopy that can fit items like keys or a cell phone. More storage!
– Bumper bar. INCLUDED! It comes with a removable bumper bar. Finally! For all the money we are paying for this stroller, I definitely expected a bumper bar if not a child tray. It does sit under an angle, not like the regular bumper bar we are used to. It’s covered with the same fabric as the canopy. It folds with the stroller so no need to remove it.
-Adjustable foot rest. The adjustable foot rest has multiple positions including an infant mode for the bassinet-like environment. It provide child with plenty of stretch room during naps or diaper changes.
-Large basket. The basket is still large and very easy to access. The only thing they’ve added is a small zipper pocket where you can store the included air-pump. It will fit a large diaper bag plus bunch of other stuff.
-Wheels. It rolls on three 12″ air-filled tires that provide a very smooth ride. The rear wheels pop off with a push of a button to make the stroller more compact when folded. The front wheels are 360 degree swivel wheels, but can be locked straight for jogging or for rough terrain.
-All-wheel suspension. Before there was only rear wheel suspension. Now it’s all-wheel. Love it!
-New automatic lock. I’ve complained about lack of automatic lock from day one. The manual lock takes a lot of effort to secure. I’ve broken a few nails over the years.
-Parking brake. There is a foot parking brake located between rear wheels. It’s not flip-flop friendly. I did scratch a few shoes and broke quite a few nails with this one.
-Easy fold. The fold is one-step now instead of two-step process. You still need to pull on both lever on the side of the frame and bring the handle bar forward, but now when you pull on the levers it unlocks the frame bringing the rear wheels forward. So it’s a very smooth fold.
I didn’t mind the two step fold that they had before because I could just pull on the strap underneath the seat without bending down to the ground. The folded dimensions are 32″ x 24″ x 11.5″.
-Air pump. INCLUDED! This is a great addition since you have to get an air pump anyways for the tires.
-Travel system option. You can convert your stroller into a travel system for your newborn. It works with most popular car seats.
-Bassinet option. Not many joggers have a bassinet option. Sold separately.
Here is a short video overview of the updates.
Stroller weight: 22 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 32″ x 24.5″ x 11.5″
Handle bar height: 26″-45.5″
Seat to canopy height: 23″
Overall length: 37″
Overall width: 24.5″
Bumbleride provides 3-year warranty from the original date of purchase. That’s it. Here is more information on the warranty.
Where to buy it
My favorite place for buying strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. You can get Bumbleride Indie 2016 in one of the three beautiful colors for around $529 on Amazon. It comes with an air-pump and a bumper bar.