Review: Bumbleride Flite 2010 Lightweight Stroller
While traveling, the umbrella stroller is our go to set of wheels for toting our youngest daughter. The con to umbrella strollers however is that most lack in quality and comfort which doesn’t bode very well with fussy babes – especially when you are running around the airport for hours!
Weighing in at 13 lbs, the new Bumbleride Flite is the latest member of the Bumbleride family and their first lightweight stroller. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been putting this stroller to the test with my little ones and I have to say it has impressed me in many different ways.
After taking the stroller out of the box, assembly took no more than 10 minutes from start to finish. You simply unfold the frame, pop on the wheels and make the proper seat adjustments according to the height and weight of your child. Definitely not complicated.
Once assembled the first thing that struck me was the width. Unlike your average umbrella stroller, the Flite has a very comfortable padded seat with a nice roomy girth. Most umbrella strollers are quite narrow, however the Bumbleride Flite measures 13″ wide, allowing for a more roomy fit, and in combination with the padded seat cover and shoulder pads, this really is a very comfortable ride! After assembling the stroller, my 18-month-old daughter climbed in with her book and wouldn’t get out for 30 minutes!
The quick release five point safety harness is super easy to fasten and unfasten with a quick press of a button. Now, the multi-adjustable backrest is a little different than what I am used to. Unlike a regular bar recline, this adjusts with a strap. You simply press the adjuster with your thumb and push upward or pull down for sleeping baby.
One of the greatest features of this stroller is that it works as a lightweight travel system as well with it’s optional carry cot (sold separately) and infant car seat adaptor bar which is compatible with the:
- Graco Snugride
- Graco Snugride 32
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
- Chicco Keyfit 30
- Combi Shuttle
- Baby Trend Flex Loc
- Britax Chaperone
The canopy is a nice size for an umbrella stroller and features a peak-through window. It can also be unzipped and opened up to let the breeze through on super hot days. A cup holder comes with the stroller and a neat snack pack that hooks on to the front of your stroller, holding your child’s favourite munchies is available to purchase separately.
I really liked the padded handles which are curved inward slightly for a comfortable hold while pushing your child, but the one feature that I wasn’t so fond of was the bar between both handles. If you push the handles together the bar pops up . This does not affect the stroller’s performance or safety in anyway, it’s just a little irritating. I spoke to Bumbleride about this and they said that the design is meant for faster and easier folding as it eliminates one extra step. I do agree that folding is much simpler because of this, but I wouldn’t mind that extra step just to eliminate that little annoyance.
Because of it’s lightweight design, the Flite is not meant for all-terrain or rough roads. It is more suitable for sidewalks, trips to the mall or walking through the city. The ride is surprisingly more smooth than my other umbrella stroller as it isn’t as “jarring” . My 3 1/2 year-old daughter pushed her sister in this stroller over grass and gravel without any trouble, in fact, so far this is the only stroller she was able to handle while taking her little sister for a ride.
The basket underneath is quite small and I do wish it was a little larger. Although it wouldn’t hold a bag of groceries, you can get a small or medium sized diaper bag underneath with no problems.
The carrycot is a nice size and clicks in the same spot you would put your car seat adapter. I really liked this bassinet! When you are strolling around with a newborn or young baby, chances are they will fall asleep by the time you get home. Instead of waking them up, you can simply remove the bassinet from the stroller as the bassinet is equipped with carry handles. Loved this!
With one swift movement, the stroller folds up and is ready to tote around. I love the carry handle as this makes it much easier to carry to and from the car!
The Bumbleride Flite 2010 retails for $244.95 through Amazon.com and is available in five smart colors: Lava, Seagrass, Vita, Ruby and Spice. It comes with the standard accessories:
- Rain Cover
- Removable Carrying Strap
- Cup Holder
- Headrest and Shoulder Pads
- Infant Seat Adaptar Bar & Safety Belt
The following optional accessories are also available:
- Snack Pack
- Carry Cot
- Jam Pack (matching stroller/diaper bag)
- Footmuff & Liner
Specifications & Dimensions:
Standing: 32L 19W 39.5H
Folded: 41.5L 10.5W 9H
Total Weight: 13 LBS
Weight Capacity: 50 LBS
If you are looking for a lightweight travel system that will take you from infancy to preschool then the Bumbleride Flite is a really great option to consider! For a list of retailers or for more information, please visit Bumbleride.com.
*Thank you to Bumbleride for sending us this stroller in order to facilitate this review!*