Look out parents, here comes the 2010 Bumbleride Flite!

Posted: July 6th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

This, ladies & gentlemen, is the stroller that made me kick my Maclaren Volo to the curb. Say hello to the 2010 Bumbleride Flite, their most compact stroller yet.

I read somewhere that someone called this “the Lexus of umbrella strollers” and really, I couldn’t agree more. The Flite, while small, is decked out with all the bells & whistles: cupholder, car seat adaptor, adjustable footrest, adjustable backrest, super easy fold, carry strap, zipper pocket, rain shield, zip off canopy and shocks that are better then the ones on my car (I’m not kidding). And most of all, it doesn’t tip when you take baby out and still have your bag on the back. Did you hear that? It doesn’t tip!

Bumbleride is a California based company that has been churning out great strollers for years. Not only to they come in the most exquisite colors and sport some seriously great design, they seem to have a lot of thought put into them. And now, with the addition of the Flite, they have a great range of strollers for any of your needs/wants.

The nice folks over at Bumbleride sent us a Flite along with a carrycot, that is compatible with the Flite (!!!) and we took it with us when we vacationed on Block Island. Not only was the Flite an amazing travel stroller, but the carrycot provided us with a nice little pram for Clementine to sleep in that was up off the ground. She was instantly comfortable in it and we were able to shade her with the hood from both the carrycot and the stroller. At a mere 13 pounds, It was so much better than lugging a heavy pack & play with us. She loves to go for strolls in the carrycot and often climbs in it to “hang out” when we’re at home. She just loves it that much I guess…

A few things that I love about the Flite are:
1) It has a 50lb. weight limit and a nice tall back. This means I can use it for both Clementine (8 months) and Violet (3.5 years). This stroller lives in the back of our car and we use it all the time for both kids all the while taking up very little space in the back of our car thanks to it’s nice compact fold.
2) It comes standard with a car seat adaptor! I’m pretty sure that Bumbleride is one of the only companies that don’t charge you an additional 50 bucks for an adaptor bar (total ripoff!). Big points to Bumbleride for this one. The Flite is also an excellent replacement for the dreaded but useful snap frame.
3) The adjustable footrest. We had a Peg Perego stroller when V was small that had an adjustable footrest and she *loved* it. We haven’t been able to find a decent stroller with this feature since. More big points to Bumbleride for that.
4) The recline. With the press of a button, this stroller has almost a full recline. Clemetine sleeps in the Flite like a champ.

The only two things I am medium about with the Flite are that the sun canopy falls a little short. I wish it had one more panel on it and then it would be *perfect*. However, I can quickly unzip the canopy & adjust it accordingly. The other concern is the top bar between the handles pops out of it’s straight position often. It doesn’t affect the structural integrity or safety of the stroller at all, it’s just mildly annoying. Although, it’s designed like that for easy folding purposes so i’m willing to put up with it. I’ve heard people that aren’t happy with the basket size, but I’ve had no problem loading it pretty full of groceries during a quick trip to the market.

I know a lot of parents who have a bigger, everyday stroller and they almost always also have an umbrella stroller for quick trips, etc. People, do yourself a favor and get a Flite if you are in the market for an umbrella stroller. It’s been said that good things come in small packages & in the Flite’s case, it’s totally true. You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Bumbleride Flite (which is not something I can say about a lot of other pricey umbrella strollers that shall remain nameless…). This stroller rules.

For More information on the Flite, visit www.bumbleride.com

3 Comments on “Look out parents, here comes the 2010 Bumbleride Flite!”

  1. 1 Tanya said at 3:19 am on July 9th, 2010:

    Some people have mentioned that when top bar between the handles pops out of it’s straight position it makes it more difficult to steer and I just wanted to double check if this is true.

  2. 2 Taryn James said at 3:50 am on July 9th, 2010:

    Hi Tanya, I didn’t have a problem with it. I mean, if you don’t pop it back to straight I can see it being problematic. After strolling it for a while I’ve learned to hold it a certain way and that keeps the popping to a minimum.

  3. 3 Bumbleride - The Ride Of Your Life - Little Whirl takes Flite out for a spin said at 4:55 pm on July 15th, 2010:

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