Gear Review: Bumbleride Indie Twin 2016

    The updated for 2016 Bumbleride Indie Twin is a stroller not to ignore! While I loved our single Bumbleride, there were some great updates made for 2016/17 that made me appreciate it even more.

     

    The Indie series is made for parents looking for a great stroller that is easy to push, lightweight, folds relatively small, protects their child and is eco-conscious. While we do use it running, smaller wheels make it not ideal for super long distances. Though for the average runner going up to 5 miles at a time, it’s great!

     

    Bumbleride Indie Twin 2016

    Bumbleride Indie Twin 2016

    A quick list of why Bumbleride Strollers stand out:

    -Lightweight (36 lb.) with a 90 lb. weight limit

    -Adjustable seats let children lay completely flat

    -The best sun shade

    -Great for light running (~1 – 5 miles)

    -Locking swivel wheel

    -Eco-conscious

     

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    This fall Bumbleride launched their Camp Collection, which is my absolute favorite! There’s something about that “camp green” that makes you feel just a little more connected to nature. However, if that’s not your style, the Indie does come in 7 different colors.

     

    What we love about the updated Indie Twin:

    -Seats lay completely flat for napping and young babies

    -The mechanism for adjusting the seats was greatly improved this year allowing it to be a fully one-handed operation

    -Sunshades are THE best I have seen with full coverage and then an added pop-out extension

    -On the Twin, the seats recline separately

    -Locking front swivel wheels (dual)

    -Adjustable handlebar (SUPER adjustable – it goes low enough for the 3 year old to push!) and footrestsBumbleride Indie Twin 2016

    – Pockets in the seats for kids’ water bottles, snacks, etc. and in the back of the seats (perfect for mail, etc.)

    -Folds quickly and easily

    -The seat straps disconnect from the upper part to allow you to easily buckle….and use just the bottom part when they’re fully loaded in snow gear like they often are around her this time of the year!

    -The handle bar is comfortable and durable (another improvement for this year)

    -It pushes very smoothly, turns on a dime and fits through standard doorways

    -Large, easily-accessible storage basket

    -Numerous pockets for all your necessities (some of which have a zipper closure)

     

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    Bumbleride Indie Twin 2016

    What we would love to see improved:

    -While Bumbleride does make a stroller model more equipped for running (SPEED), it does not come in a double model. I would love to see the Indie have slightly larger wheels.

    -Bumbleride strollers are certainly not cheap, but they ARE worth the money if you’re looking for a fantastic eco-conscious stroller!

     

    Recommended Accessories:

    The Parent Pack and Footmuff and Seat Liner are ones I highly recommend getting right away!

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    The Bottom Line

    Bottom line? I love this stroller and think the improvements made for 2016 made all the difference from the previous model (which I also loved, but had some quirks). It's my go-to for a double and works for just about every condition (except long distance running).

    Highly recommended by us!

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      Comments

      1. Hello,
        We have 7-month twins and wondering which stroller would be the best between the 2016 Bumbleride Indie Twin and the Thule Urban Glide. We usually do light jogging (less than 5 miles) and are looking for a multi-activity stroller for all terrain.

        We’re concerned about the super easy fold, the height adjustment (I’m 5″3 and my husband is 6″), the smoothest ride, comfort for the twins, great storage and best build quality. We have stairs in front of our home, so every time we get back, we need to fold first the stroller before getting home. We currently have an umbrella stroller MacLaren Twin Triumph, which is easy to manoeuvre but not that great for long strolls on the terrible streets of DC. We’ve also looked at the Cougar, the Chariot Lite, the Burley D Lite, but we fear they’re may not be comfortable enough for everyday use.

        • HI Juanita,

          So….the Bumbleride is a better all-around stroller, and the Urban Glide is a better running stroller. So, if you’re not running a ton, I would do the Bumbleride. It’s a fantastic stroller. That said, we use the new Chariot Cross (which has an adjustable handlebar) for everyday use and it’s awesome. Great for when it’s raining and nasty out!! Keep asking questions – happy to help! Feel free to email me too!

          =) Amelia

      2. I’m expecting twins and I’m torn between the mountain buggy duet and the Bumbleride Indie Twin. The bumble ride Indie twin caught my attention because I read that you can put newborns in the reclined seat without a car seat but the mountain buggy duet came out with a pretty cool print for 2017. They seem like comparable strollers. Really I’m looking for the one that’s the easiest to maneuver. Are you familiar with the mountain buggy duet?

        • Amelia says:

          Congratulations! So, while I haven’t used the Duet, I have used Mountain Buggy strollers and they are great, along with the Bumbleride. However, I did find the Mountain Buggy to be heavier and less maneuverable. If you love, love, love the print, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the MB….but I personally prefer the Bumbleride strollers. Does that help?

      3. Hi Amerli,
        Great article, thanks! I was wondering if you knew if there are any differences between the Bumbluride Indie Twin 2016 model and the new 2017 model? Also did they come out with the chicco car seat adapter yet (I read it was in the works) and will this adapter work with both models (2016 & 2017)? Any info is appreciated. Thank you!

        • Hi Joanie,

          Let me just confirm with Bumbleride and let you know! Thanks!
          -Amelia

        • Hi Joanie,

          From Bumbleride: “The 2016 Indie Twin is unchanged for 2017. We have not been able to release another adapter so we only offer car seat compatibility for Maxi Cosi, Cybex and Nuna. We do hope to release another Twin compatible adapter before the end of the year but it will be very close to the end of year.” Hope that helps!

          -Amelia

      4. Yes, very helpful! Thank you so much

      5. Thank you for your in depth review of the Bumbleride Indie Twin – initially I was sold on this all-terrain option but then started shopping around when I found out they did not offer a Chicco car seat adaptor for the 2017 model. In my ongoing search I also fell in love with the Thule Urban Glide 2 – much more lightweight (only 32 lbs), easy fold, sleek and “more” jogger friendly so I’ve read. However, the Thule Urban Glide 2 seems to be lacking in the accessories department compared with the Bumbleride and if we have a 3rd child one day the kick board attachment with the Bumbleride Indie Twin seems ideal for errands around town. Also, the Thule Urban Glide 2’s canopies are not as large and I’m not sure if the covered storage compartment would be helpful or more annoying when running errands around town. Also, the Thule Urban Glide 2 seems to have a more stiff foot break which would be challenging to use with sandals. I’ve only made these assumptions from online reviews and videos. Unfortunately, there are no stores within 100 miles that have these on the floor to try out.

        I am not a long distance runner but would possibly go for a light jog up to 10K distance. I will have a 2.5 year old and newborn at the time that I need to start using a double stroller. So my main uses will be running errands and light outdoor exercise. Our area is flat so hills and run away strollers are not usually a concern.

        It sounds like you prefer the Bumbleride overall for multi purpose but maybe the Thule Urban Glide 2 for running?

        What do you think about the Bumbleride accessories compared with the Thule Urban Glide 2 – the child’s snack pack on the Bumbleride seems odd being cloth and sitting quite high in front of the child? I just imagine that it is difficult to keep clean and not very easy for toddlers to access?

        Have you used the kick board attachment at all on the Bumbleride Indie Twin? Is it really that useful?

        Do you have any comments about the ease of adjusting seat/shoulder strap height as the child grows? I haven’t read much about this on either stroller from online reviews?

        I apologize for the extent of my post/questions. But thank you so much!! I have been really struggling with this decision and would appreciate any direct feedback from someone who has used the product personally!!

        • HI June,

          Yes, you’re right that I prefer the Thule for running and Bumbleride for all-around use. But, if I had to choose just one and I planned to run more than a couple miles, I would go with the Thule. I find that the accessories don’t matter as much really. The pockets do, but I am not crazy about the snack cups, etc.

          I have used the kickboard, but it annoys me after a while. I would rather just have a kid on a bike, etc. if they couldn’t ride in the stroller. But, that’s just personal preference!

          Easier to adjust the THule! 🙂

          Does that help at all??

      6. Hi, Thanks for the review. I have a tall 3 yo and a 1 yo. Does this strolller accommodate older toddlers? Thanks!

        • Yes! IT’s not THE tallest one out there, but if they’re ok with not being able to see past the sunshade, it’s just fine 🙂

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