My husband and I are attachment parents. We didn’t always know that’s what we’d be, but John and I quickly figured out 3 1/2 year ago, that’s exactly what we are.
He outgrew his infant stroller system (car seat facing us in the stroller) at 7 months. So I went on a mission. I’m a bit of a research hound when I’m interested in something. John calls me The Research Queen. For months I was stroller obsessed. I couldn’t stop reading reviews, checking out strollers in stores, talking to friends, and stalking stroller owners I didn’t even know. I wanted to find the perfect stroller for us and my dear sweet shy boy.
Anyway, the point is, what I really wanted was a stroller with a reversible seat or handle so Ronin could happily face us when needed. Most options were exceedingly expensive, well over $500. But then I discovered the Flyer, a stroller with a reversible handle created by family-owned company Bumbleride. Parents Matthew and Emily Reichardt launched the company in 2004 after the birth of their first child. (They now have 3!)
The Flyer is not inexpensive by any means at over $300. But I can honestly say it has been, and continues to be, one of the best purchases we’ve made. Well worth the investment. And John agrees my stroller obsession paid off. We own the 2009 Bumbleride Flyer in Seagrass, purchased in April of 2009 when the new model was just released.Ronin & Ellie Enjoying Our Flyer During the Past 2 Years
First of all, I love the styling. This is one great looking stroller. The color choices are very fun. Ruby (All Red), Vita (Fuchsia & Grey), Seagrass (Green & Light Teal) and Lava (Black & Grey). The reversible handle is absolutely ingenious. I love this aspect of the Flyer so much. It quickly and easily converts by flipping the handle and locking/unlocking the wheels. As a mom of 1 (at the time) I
It has a large canopy, which I’ve been told they’ve enhanced for the newer 2010 & 2011 models with even more sun coverage, and a new UV mesh viewing window. The basket underneath is a really great size, and access is easy. It can hold a diaper bag, a couple of jackets and supplies. There’s also a very handy zippered pocket on the back of the canopy to hold small items like keys, cellphone, wallet, etc. The new models have a newly positioned handle adjuster and footrest adjuster. The wheels are rubber and have double foot locks.
One minor complaint is that it’s not a quick one-step or one-handed fold. But once I got the hang of it, it’s never been an issue. This is not an off-road stroller by any means, but the ride is smooth on sidewalks, streets and indoor surfaces due to its suspension.John & Ronin