Spotlight Product Review: Bumbleride Indie Twin 2010

Indietwin2010BumbleRide was started by a couple in San Diego that wanted to offer the sleek stylings of the European designer strollers for half the price. BumbleRide strollers come in vibrant, designer colors and are very attractive accessories for the modern parent.

The Indie Twin is their double side-by-side stroller perfect for not only twins but siblings of different ages. It is basically the Bumbleride Indie but twice the fun (luckily not twice the weight though). The Indie Twin 2010 has some notable improvements from the 2009 model that we will highlight in this review.

As most moms of two children know, finding the perfect double stroller for you can be a daunting task. This all-terrain stroller has some outstanding features that could possibly make it the double stroller for you.

The Indie Twin 2010 is the same size and weight of the 2009. At 29  inches wide, we are still very excited how narrow this stroller is for a side-by-side. As always, it glided right through our single front door. A side-by-side full size stroller that easily fits through a doorway – we are on board already!

Even though we consider this a narrow side-by-side stroller for a doorway’s sake, it still has two very roomy seats. Each seat is wide and tall enough for our 8 month, 3 and 5 year old testers to fit with no problem. The seats are 12 ” wide and have a 19″ seat back and a measurement of 23″ from seatback to canopy that will accommodate taller children. Our 5 year old tester at 42″ fit in the seat without her head even hitting the canopy. There are padded 5-point, adjustable harnesses for safety and adjustable footrests for comfort. The footrest adjuster buttons have been moved to the inside of the footrest to make them easier to adjust on the 2010 model. There is a one push harness buckle release that makes taking the child out faster than undoing multiple clips. Yes, it is easy for mom but way to easy for our naughty little toddlers to do so that they can escape. Think how quickly a two-year-old can master a one touch button?

Each seat is padded with unlimited recline positions, including flat. We think that Bumbleride made the seat recline even flatter which is great for your newborns. The seats recline with a two-handed strap system and Bumberide changed the strap button a bit for 2010. The seats are not hard to recline but definitely not as easy as a one-handed bar recline.

Bumbleride listened to their customers (and us!) and they not only gave us back the baby bumper bars with the Indie Twin but have the bars doing double duty as the car seat adapter as well. All you have to do is remove the fabric from the bumper bar to use it as the car seat adapter. That way you never have to remember where you put the adapter! Love that!

There are no baby or parent trays on the Indie twin but there is a great accessory called the Snack Pack that is sold separately. The Snack Pack is very quick and easy to install and comes with its own adapter bar that fits into the slots on the sides of the seat in place of the bumper bar. The Snack Pack is a soft pouch that zips closed and is divided in two compartments inside. We use the smaller side for bottles or sippy cups and the larger side for snacks and small toys. The Snack Pack works for one seat and can be used on the Bumbleride Indie, Indie Twin and Flyer. Note: You can use two Snack Packs at the same time (one on each seat).

The Indie Twin also features two independent, huge canopies. We loved the canopies on the 2009 model but we love the new 2010 ones even more! They made the canopies larger so that they provide an additional 9 inches of sun protection. Plus, they changed the canopies so that they can fold forward more so that they go all the way to the bumper bars. These canopies are huge and no question adequately shades your child. Both canopies have a peek-a-boo window, two convenient back pockets for storage and back zipper openings that allow air to circulate through one or both of the stroller seats. Bumbleride also changed the peek-a-boo window for 2010 and got rid of the plastic and replaced it with a UV mesh that allows air to circulate through a bit.

The adjustable handle is wonderful for parents of different heights. It’s easy to operate with two push buttons on the sides and can be set at any position including all the way up for taller parents and all the way down so that other siblings can “help” push the stroller. The handlebar adjusters were moved to the inside of the handlebar (so you now do it with your thumbs) to make it more ergonomic for 2010. The handle bar extends out far enough that we never kicked the back of the stroller even when exaggerating our stride to test it. There is also a very much appreciated cup holder that fits a water bottle for mom on the side of the handlebar that is very secure yet is detachable if need be.

The storage basket underneath is GIGANTIC, easy to access and can easily accommodate at least 2 large diaper bags. The overall stroller fabric is well-made, tightly woven polyester that is easily removable for washing. The foot rests are full-size, mounted over the wheels, and has multiple positions, including upright, allowing more room for sleeping babies.

The Indie Twin has four 12-inch air tires and rear suspension that offer a wonderful, smooth ride for baby. The front wheels pivot a full 360 degrees, making it one of the easiest double strollers to maneuver, even fully loaded with one hand. The construction is solid enough to handle minor off-roading and definitely earns the title “all-terrain” because it easily glides through grass and over mulch and small rocks. The front wheels lock for jogging, and even though it is great for jogs (what most moms would do), we wouldn’t consider this a suitable full-time jogging stroller (not a marathon stroller) but definitely an all-terrain-great-for-everyday use stroller.

The Indie Twin folds in half, making transporting this stroller not too bad regarding the size. There are three steps to folding the Indie Twin. Fold down the baby bumper bars, lift two levers on the sides of the handlebars, push the handlebar forward and then pull up on two large straps that are behind the seats to collapse the stroller. It basically folds in half. There is also a manual lock on each side of the stroller to keep it closed while transporting. Now we love that it has locks but automatic locks would be better.

As all side-by-side double strollers can be awkward while lifting into a vehicle, we found that the locks on the Indie Twin insure that the stroller won’t open up on us when we are picking it up and putting it in our trunks. (Note: Just like most double strollers, the Indie Twin probably will not fit in a small vehicle trunk.) There are carrying straps (the same straps you use in the folding process) that makes carrying and lifting the Indie Twin a bit easier but because this is a standard side-by-side stroller, it can still be very awkward to get in and out of a vehicle.

Unfolding the stroller is a cinch. You unlock the locks on each side, lift the handle bar, shake open, and the stroller locks into place and is ready to go. Couldn’t be easier!!

A great feature of the Indie Twin is that it accepts a few different brand infant car seats with the included car seat adapter. The car seat adapter accepts Graco, Peg Perego and Chicco infant seats.

One of our favorite optional accessories (besides the Snack Pack) available for the Indie Twin is the Carrycot. The Carrycot was new in 2009 and combines the luxury of a bassinet with the ease of a baby carrier. The Carrycot is not only beautiful but roomy and suitable from newborn up to 19 lbs. The Carrycot lets you transform one of the seats in the Indie Twin into a rolling bed for your infant. (It also works with the Bumbleride Flyer & Indie). The Carrycot is easy to attach to the adapter slots on either side of the seat and features great carrying straps that are durable so that we feel secure carrying the Carrycot with our precious cargo aboard. There are also quick release straps under the Carrycot mattress for easy collapse and storage. Another nice feature of the Carrycot is that it comes standard with the Bumbleride Footmuff & Seat Liner accessory. The Carrycot was changed a bit for 2010. The Carrycot now comes with a canopy and fits into the seat with the baby facing mom. We love the changes because unlike the 2009 carrycot that had the child facing out, the 2010 model allows us to take the stroller canopy and put it up and over the carrycot canopy to completely block the baby from the sun (or paparazzi!).

Like all Bumbleride strollers, the Indie Twin is stocked with style as well. With five-color options, Lava (black), Vita (hot pink), Seagrass (green), Ruby (red), and Spice (orange),there is a choice for everyone.

Weighing in at 34 lbs, and accommodating a combined 90 lbs of passenger weight, the Bumbleride Indie Twin 2010 has some fabulous features and great optional accessories to make it a double stroller you should sit up and take notice of. With huge canopies and basket, all-terrain tires, adjustable handlebar and great maneuverability, this is a top-notch double stroller.

To watch my full video review of the Bumbleride Indie Twin 2010, click the video below:

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About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. this is an awesome stroller. all terrain type stroller. and still very portable for a twin stroller. i love it

  2. this stroller rocks. one of the best all terrain strollers in teh market. great for rough terrain, jogging, and maneuvering in the grocery store. performs very well

  3. Oh I just love that imperfect diamond! And the hidden diamond is so cool… very anti-Olympic (in an excellent way)

  4. Thanks for the review….we just ordered the 2010 model because we did not think the 2011 model came with enough new features to justify another $100.00….you review confirmed and answered alot of my questions.

  5. Joanna says:

    Do not buy this stroller if you live by water or plan on going to the beach. I have rust everywhere from wheels to snaps on fabric. Its horrible, I have only had for 1 year and the wheels wont move anymore. I contacted bumbleride and they told me there is nothing they could do and i should wipe down after water exposure. so remember any time your out in the rain – wipe it down bc otherwise you will be out the 700.00

  6. Danielle says:

    I think that Joanna got sand in her bearings, because I used my indie twin in the rain spring, summer, fall and the in snow all winter long for more than a year and they spin perfectely. I have never wiped them. I recomment this stroller to any one who needs to tote two children around.

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