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July 3, 2010

2010 Bumbleride Flite Stroller Review

Bumbleride strollers are beautifully made. While the chic designs draw a lot of attention from moms everywhere, I am also in love with the bright colors that I haven't seen on other strollers. When I was offered the chance to review the newest addition to Bumbleride, I could not be more trilled. For the first time ever, Bumbleride has released a compact stroller that has all of the
great qualities one associates with its full size counter parts. The 2010 Bumbleride Flite Stroller is pretty awesome! At $249.99, the 2010 Bumbleride Flite Stroller is more affordable but still offers everything a mom would look for in a great stroller. To begin with, the stroller comes in 5 different colors. I chose spice because I love how the color really stands out in the crowd. As you know, we visit amusement parks such as Disneyland regularly. If you have been there, you know that there is a sea of strollers out there. Sometimes, I would park my stroller and have a hard time finding it because it looks like everyone else's stroller. Worst yet, there had been times when there are 2 exact same strollers parked side by side and the only way I could identify my stroller was by DD's lunch bag hanging off it. I took the Bumbleride Flite Stroller for a test drive at one of our Disneyland trips and I was so excited that I could spot my stroller so easily and quickly because of its unique color.

I received this stroller over a month ago and since I was one of the first people with this brand new product, we got a lot of attention at Disneyland because of it. We were stopped by several moms who commented on how cute the stroller was and they wanted know all of the features on it. DD was very excited by the attention her stroller received. Every time we got stopped, she would proudly announced, "It's my stroller."

Even though this is a compact stroller, the company designed it very well so that it is still wide and tall. DD, at 4 years old and almost 44" tall, is able to sit in the stroller very comfortably. The top of her head is no where near the canopy. There is plenty of room to spare on top. The weight limit for this stroller is 50 lbs. Since DD is at the height and weight of average 5 year old (yes, she is a very big 4 year old girl), I think that you can use this stroller until your child is about 6 years old -- assuming that your 6 years old child would still want to be in a stroller.

The handles on the stroller are not adjustable, but they are pointed upward to give you that comfortable grip. I am 5'4" and I was able to push the stroller comfortably. DH, at 6'5", also did not have any problems pushing the stroller using its handle bars.

There is a storage basket under the stroller. Now, because this is a compact stroller, you are not going to find a large, oversize baskets. It is big enough to hold a small size diaper bag or some toys and blanket for your child, but you should not expect to store a cooler or an oversize diaper bag in it. What I really like about the basket is that you can access it from the front. When DD is napping in a reclining position and the basket is blocked from the back (as it would be even on full size strollers), you can still access the basket from the front.

There is no parent tray which is not a big deal to me since the back of the stroller does have a zipper pocket where I can store my wallet, cell phone and keys. The Flite does come with a cup holder and it is great for holding my coffee or water bottle. For the child, there is no snack tray, which also does not bother me since DD has no need for it. It would just be another thing I need to clean up. However, when DD was a toddler, she really needed a snack tray to hold her food and drink, so I would recommend picking up a snack pack and attach it to your stroller if you have a toddler.
To fold down the stroller, you will need 2 hands. There are 2 levers (one one each side). Pushing the bottom bar on the stroller upward with your foot, then put your hands on the levers. As you push the levers up and fold it forward to push it down. When it is fully folded, there is a lock that automatically locks your stroller shut so there is no chance of it opening as you carry it around. There is handle on the stroller that allows you to carry it in your hand. There is also a strap that will allow you to carry the stroller over your shoulder. At 13 lbs, the stroller is light enough for me to carry on my shoulder while we are on the Disneyland transit system.

The stroller has been tested out with infants, toddlers as well as preschoolers (thanks to all of my mommy friends who came over to help me test it). Because this is a compact stroller, the wheels are not large. This is not an all terrain stroller. We noticed that it is not easy to push the stroller on grass (especially with a preschooler in it). If you lock the front wheels, it is easier, but not without some effort on your part. If you are looking for a stroller that can handle grass, dirt road and walks on the beach, I would recommend picking up the Indie. Although I do not personally own a Indie stroller, a friend of mine does use it as a jogging stroller and she loves it. With that said, I think that the Flite stroller is perfect for a mom who needs a stroller for trips to the stores, for walking her child to the park or even trips to the amusements parks like me.

The only minor problem I have with the stroller is that I wish the canopy is bigger. As you know, DD has a medical condition associated with her skin. We like to keep her out of the sun as much as we can. Even though she wears sun block daily, we still like to have large canopy on the stroller that will help protect her skin from the sun. In the future, I would love to see maybe a larger canopy for the next edition or perhaps a larger canopy as an accessory a consumer like me can purchase. Again, this is a very minor issue for me. It is not something that would prevent me from buying the stroller or from recommending it.
The stroller has a reclining option -- which is awesome because after a long day at Disneyland, the only thing DD wants to do is nap all the way back to the car. To recline the stroller, you would pull on the strap on the back of the seat. You can adjust how far the seat reclines back by far you pull it back.

My favorite feature on the Bumbleride Flite Stroller is that it is car seat compatible. Yes, you heard me right, car seat compatiable! I bet you did not think that a compact stroller could be car seat compatible.

The compactible infant carseats are:

- Graco Snugride
- Graco Snugride 32
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
- Chicco Keyfit 30
- Combi Shuttle
- Baby Trend Flex Loc
- Britax Chaperone

When you purchase the stroller, it will come with a car seat adapter. You just need to snap the bar into place, snap in the belts, and then set the seat over the bar & secure it. I know it sounds like many steps, but it is actually really easy to do. Since I have the Britax Chaperone, I used it with the Flite stroller to test it. It worked really well and I love that you can create a travel system with a compact stroller!

As mentioned earlier, I had some mommy friends over to test out the stroller with me. The first thing all of them commented on was how chic and sleek it looks. A couple of them commented that they had not look into Bumbleride strollers in the past because the strollers were a little out of what their budgets allow. The retail price for the new 2010 Bumbleride Flite Stroller is more affordable for some moms. A great thing about the Flite stroller is that even though you are paying less for a Bumbleride brand stroller, you are still getting a great quality stroller with some fantastic features.

Would I recommend this stroller? You bet I would! Without a doubt! I love, love, love that you can convert a compact stroller into a traveling system. Depending on what your budget is, some moms might think $249.99 is a bit much to spend on a stroller. Let me tell you, not so! Here's why. When your child is an infant, you can use the stroller as a traveling system with a car seat (everything you need to do this easy conversion is included with the stroller). When your child is older, you just need a snack tray (which you can pick up from the Bumbleride store). When your child is a preschooler, you can continue to use this stroller because its weight limit is 50 lbs. Almost all of the moms I know have 2 or more strollers. One full size and one compact one. With the Bumbleride Flite stroller, you don't need to buy and store 2 strollers in your garage. The Flite stroller will work for your child from infancy to preschool age. As such, you will only need to pick up 1 stroller that will meet most if not all of your needs. You can either buy multiple strollers over a period of years (buying different strollers at different stages of your child's life) or just pick up a Flite stroller that will last you for years. You do the math :).

Please visit Bumbleride to check out and purchase the Flite stroller.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


susan said...

We have a Bumbleride and love it! Although I am tempted to get the Flite because of how compact it is compared to the one we have now. I do agree with the sunshade as it was not adequate for our little one either so we purchased an additional shade to make sure our little one is protected.

Bailey said...

This is an amazing stroller, I always see it in South Beach.

Kristi said...

my re-used stroller died so i am researching to buy a new one. this one seems to have what i am looking for: light, easy to fold/unfold, foot rest (i have tall kids) and love the look - especially in Vita/hot pink now that I have a girl.

Kristen said...

Great review! i really do love this stroller, but just can't afford it. :( My mom has one and my daughter loves to ride in it, I think she should just let me keep it!! :)

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