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Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Baby Stoller Review

baby jogger city mini gt double baby stoller review
baby jogger city mini gt double baby stoller review

The  is an all-terrain, pimped out version of the regular City Mini Double – and we love it! In fact, everyone loves it! I visited a local children’s store and asked the stroller specialist to tell me her all-around favorite side-by-side; you know what she said? You guessed it.

* Please start by reading the review for the regular City Mini Double – everything else is the same, except for what’s stated below. No, the stroller hasn’t changed from 2014, so you’re not missing anything new.

Best All Terrain Double Strollers – Baby Jogger City Mni GT
The City Mini GT Double is a compact, nimble side-by-side all-terrain double and serves an important niche for city dwellers who still desire all-terrain capabilities to roll through parks, over brick, cobblestones, old sidewalks, cable car tracks… and whatever else city living throws your way. This stroller is a bit heavier than the regular version at 32.5 lbs (compared to 26.6 lbs), but not unmanageably heavy. The width is the same, roughly 30” wide. At this width, you’ll be able to get through doorways pretty easily.

The GT version has many bells and whistles not found on the regular City Mini: the all-terrain tires, an adjustable handlebar, extra padded seats that are easy to remove and throw into the wash, and a convenient hand brake on the side. The seats themselves are also taller, which will give you longer use as your kids grow older.
We *heart* Baby Jogger Canopies
The wheels are 8.5” forever air, foam filled tires, which never need to be pumped yet still feel and ride like air-filled tires. This is a major upgrade from the regular City Mini. Believe me, not having to pump your stroller tires every month is HUGE. It’s always such an annoyance.

While still not made for jogging (despite the brand name; it’s confusing, I agree), this is a great stroller to take power walking with your girlfriends through the neighborhood.

 

This is my fully independent and objective Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller review.

The GT is basically the all-terrain version of the Baby Jogger City Mini series of strollers. It comes with 8.5 inch forever-air quick-release wheels that makes it much easier to negotiate uneven terrain than a stroller with standard hard rubber tires. In case you are wondering, these forever-air wheels mean that the tires are filled with foam and so won’t puncture like regular tires.

When my twin boys were born, we chose the non-GT version of the City Mini Double since we live in a very urban area and didn’t plan on doing much in the way of off-road exploring.

However, there were some occasions when it would have been nice to have had the extra benefits of the all-terrain wheels. We live quite near the coast and our boys were born in the summer. We live quite near to the coastline of the North East of England and, whilst the weather is usually a little cold and wet, it would have been nice to have been able to push them along the beach in the GT version rather than having to park at the edge of the sand in the non-GT version.

This stroller is also very easy to manoeuvre. The baby jogger company boasts that it can turn on a dime and they are absolutely right. This the perfect stroller for getting in and out of tight spots and can be turned/spun around with one hand!

I should point out that, while this is a great all-terrain stroller, it is NOT suitable for parental jogging. Having said that, there is no reason why you can’t use it for a post-natal buggy-fit class. If my wife can manage to keep up with the other class participants using the non-GT version on grass, this sort of activity ought to be an absolute breeze with the GT’s enhanced wheels and suspension.

Baby Jogger have improved the accessibility of the basket underneath the buggy. It is still not the best, but perfectly adequate nonetheless. You can also buy clips to hang your shopping bags that work much better than any basket on any stroller. Ours was called a “Mamma Clip” and it was great.

At 75 cm / 29.5 inches wide, this stroller is one of the narrowest on the market and should fit through any standard sized doorway. This was certainly one of the main reasons that my wife and I bought the non-GT version of this stroller since we had a very narrow victorian front door that many double strollers simply wouldn’t fit through.

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT’s Other Great Features

Adjustable Handle

The non-GT version of the Baby Jogger City Mini series has a fixed height handle (107 cm / 42.1 inches off the ground). I have to say that this didn’t cause my wife and I any problems since we are both fairly average in height, but I can imagine that this might be a problem for those parents that are very short or very tall. It is certainly one of the most few complaints that you hear about the non-GT version.

The GT version, however, comes with an adjustable handle to suit parents of all shapes and sizes. It adjusts between 76 cm and 110.5 cm / 29.9 inches and 43.5 inches.

You simply press the buttons at the side of the handle (see image) and move the handle up or down to the perfect height for you.

Easy Recline Mechanism

The recline mechanism is very easy to use.

In order to recline, you simply squeeze the clip with one hand to release the strap and ease the seat back down.

To make the seat more upright requires 2 hands but is just as simple – you just squeeze the clip with one hand and push it up whilst holding onto the strap with the other hand.

Canopies

The canopies on this stroller are great. They are absolutely huge and fold down easily in 3 separate panels. They also come with UV50+ sun protection, but have 2 peek-a-boo windows in each canopy so that you can keep any eye on your babies when you want to.

Hand Brake

Unlike the non-GT version, this stroller comes with a hand brake instead of a foot brake. Again, for most people this probably won’t be much of an issue, but for those parents that have difficulty operating a foot brake this will be a welcome addition. It would certainly make it easier to secure the stroller in a parked state if you were wearing certain types of footwear.

To operate the brake, you just pull up the lever at the side of the handlebar. obviously, you just release it back down when you are ready to go again. Since the brake is positioned on the handlebar, you can actually operate it from the side and from in front of the stroller, rather than needing to be behind it.

Large Mesh Window

There is a large mesh window at the rear of the upper part of the seat that can be revealed or covered up depending upon the weather. This helps to keep your child cool and comfortable during the hot summer months – if you are lucky enough to live in such a nice climate!

5-Point Harness

The 5-point harness on this stroller (and the non-GT version) is very easy to use and adjust. Rather than have to rethread the whole harness as your child grows, you simply unclip the top of the harness from the current section and clip it back onto the next one up.

More Spacious Seats

One of the best features of the GT as against the non-GT stroller is that the seats are larger both in terms of shoulder room and leg room. It is about 1 inch larger in both respects.

Easy Folding Mechanism

The Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller must be regarded as one of the easiest to fold down and up. It is hard to describe in words just how easy it is to do it, but I will try.

To fold down, you simply grab hold of the straps on the seats and pull upwards – the stroller then collapses into a very compact and flat unit that can easily fit into the rear of most vehicles.

 

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Baby Jogger Vue Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger Vue Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger Vue Baby Stoller Review
Baby Jogger Vue Baby Stoller Review

The Baby Jogger Vue is the FIRST  umbrella stroller with a reversible seat. The unique features of the seat is that in order to reverse it you don’t need to take it out. All you need to do is to push the back of the seat forward. That’s it!

The innovative design also includes a reversible canopy that easily works in both modes. This is not you typical flimsy umbrella stroller. The thick lightweight aluminum frame makes this stroller so sturdy, it can even be transform into a travel system.

The seat has a deep recline that is suitable for a newborn. It can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. It also features a large canopy, 5 point harness, adjustable foot rest and compact fold. The small double 5.5″ wheels perform best on flat surfaces, but can handle some mommy terrain like grass, mulch, or uneven pavement.

The basket is very small and hard to access, so you won’t be able to go grocery shopping with it. But, since it’s very sturdy stroller, I think you can hang the dipper bag off the handle bars.

This baby weighs 17.5 lbs which is a little more than your average umbrella stroller. Keep in mind, it’s important for the stroller to weigh a little more in order to have travel system capability.

BabyCenter Editors’ review*

What it is
The original City Mini (not be confused with the City Mini 4-Wheel or the City Mini GT) is one of the most popular standard strollers among BabyCenter moms, and it’s no mystery why. It steers and maneuvers like a dream, even on uneven terrain, it comes with an absolutely huge SPF-50 sun shade, and it has a lovely narrow silhouette. Especially lovable: It’s so easy to fold you can do it while holding a squirmy baby. The pull strap to collapse the stroller becomes a carrying handle, and away you go. You can use infant car-seat adapters to transform it into a travel system that’s compatible with many different seats (we stopped counting at 20 ). And with the newest version, you get lots of snazzy colors to choose from.
What to watch out for
Despite the name, the City Mini is not meant for jogging. The new harness system for 2014 feels floppier and flimsier than we like (but it is easy to adjust). And as a travel system, it doesn’t feel quite as stable as a four-wheel model. Some parents have complained about the cargo basket’s tearing after repeated use.

Features

  • Revolutionary – First reversible umbrella stroller to face parent or face the world!
  • Becomes a travel system with your infant car seat (car seat adapter sold separately)
  • 1-Hand action to recline the seat or switch seat direction without removing the seat
  • 5 point adjustable safety harness, Rear Parking Brake
  • Safe to use from birth (with padded neck support) up to 55 lbs.

Additional Info

BJ26453

55 lbs

Light Weight

1

With Adapter (Sold Separately)

Cup Holder(s),Adjustable Head Support,Adjustable Canopy

City,Walking,Shopping,Travel

17.5

17.5 pounds

42.0 x 32.5 x 19.0

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Baby Jogger F.I.T Single Jogging Baby Stroller Review

Baby Jogger F.I.T Single Jogging Baby Stroller Review

Baby Jogger F.I.T Single Jogging Baby Stroller

Baby Jogger F.I.T Single Jogging Baby Stroller
Baby Jogger F.I.T Single Jogging Baby Stroller

A closer examination of the Baby Jogger F.I.T stroller reveals though that it is not just all looks, serious joggers and runners will like how the fixed front wheel and 16 inch molded polymer pneumatic tires make the stroller easy to push along straight tracks and rough terrains. The handlebar is wide and ergonomic so it can be firmly gripped without straining your arms. And if you are just out for a stroll with your baby in the Mall, you will have no problem going through narrow doors with the jogging stroller.

Baby comfort has also been carefully designed into the stroller with a seat that is generously padded and can be reclined in many positions to give better viewing angles, or nearly flat so babies can easily doze off when they are tired. The seat top is vented to allow good air circulation and there is retractable weather canopy to protect your baby from the elements.

I was pleased to observe that Baby Jogger has preserved my favorite feature in the F.I.T, which is the ability to fold and unfold the stroller in one single step and with one hand. This is a feature that made the Summit XC very popular and is also used in the later version, the Summit X3. Priced at under $300, Baby Jogger F.I.T is a stroller to seriously consider.

Baby Jogger F.I.T Jogging Stroller is currently unavailable. It’s had a good run as one of the top jogging strollers for runners. The Summit X3 though not a fixed wheel jogger, is a newer version of Baby Jogger with all features in the F.I.T, and enhanced additions for runners and joggers. It is a swivel front wheel jogging stroller that converts to fixed front wheel jogger by a simple flick of a switch.

How Easy to Fold & Carry
If you have struggled to fold or open a stroller while carrying a baby, you will love the Patented Quick – Fold Technology of the F.I.T Baby jogger that will allow you to fold the stroller with one hand, in one simple step. This leaves your other hand free to safely hold your baby. The stroller folds into a small size and has a strap to keep it folded so it is easy to transport or store.

Baby Safety Features
Baby Jogger F.I.T has many safety features to protect your baby while you jog, starting with the padded adjustable 5 – point harness that keeps babies firmly secure in the seat. The multi position sun canopy will shield your baby from harmful UV rays and direct wind blasts.

The rear parking brake on the jogging stroller is foot operated and very effective at keeping the stroller stationary at a spot when you come to a stop. You can be confident that the F.I.T baby jogger will not slide off with your baby when it is parked.

With the universal accessory mounting bracket, you can add optional features like MP3 console with built in speaker to the Baby Jogger F.I.T that will increase the comfort and your enjoyment of the stroller.

Storage space in the undercarriage cargo is large, and a compartment is also conveniently provided within easy reach at the seat back to hold items you take along for jogging.

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Baby Jogger City Mini GT Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Baby Stoller

 Baby Jogger City Mini GT Baby Stoller
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Baby Stoller

Taking the City Mini to the next level, the City Mini GT gives you the ability to pave your own way. All-terrain wheels let you decide how far you want to go off the beaten path. And with little touches like an adjustable handlebar to adapt to the parent’s height, and a hand-operated parking brake, the City Mini GT is very accommodating. The City Mini GT is not intended for jogging.

Despite the company name, Baby Jogger, the City Mini GT is just a regular day-to-day use stroller, not designed for jogging. But, don’t let that drive you away. It is a very nice all-purpose stroller. Boasting a sturdy and fun look-and-feel, it is a comfortable, fully functioning stroller that can handle everything from running errands around town to a light day hike. It’s small enough to put into your car trunk, but large enough to pack several smaller bags in, which is particularly helpful when shopping in the neighborhood.

Performance Comparison

Ease-of-Use
This stroller rated tops, 9 out of 10, for overall Ease-of-Use along with the Britax B-Agile and the City Mini Single. In fact, we found ourselves continually comparing these 3 strollers along with the Bugaboo Bee. The GT is a compact, light stroller.

Very Easy Folding and Unfolding
It opens and collapses very efficiently with its very easy one-hand, quick-fold technology – you pull on a handle that’s centered on the seat. Once you learn how to do it, it’s a pretty cool maneuver. However, the extra material on the side can get in the way of locking it in place, making the Britax B-Agile a slightly easier fold. Although it doesn’t stand alone very well, it does a fantastic job of fitting into a car trunk because of how thin it is when folded.

Baby Jogger’s Quick Fold Technology

Unfolding is also very easy, simply unhook the side lock, and then flip the stroller up by the handlebars. Once it is open, the red safety straps should be snapped into place on each side to ensure that the quick-fold mechanism doesn’t become engaged.

Once folded, it is very easy to load and unload from a car as it is both light and folds compactly with a locking mechanism. It does self stand when folded, but the front wheel needs to be in the correct position, so it can be a bit tricky.

Supportive and Comfy Seat
It offers a padded, supportive seat that reclines back to an almost fully horizontal position, and is tall enough at 24″ to accommodate older, taller children. In addition, we like that the foot well helps older children feel more comfortable, too. It provides the best padding compared to the City Mini Single and the Britax B-Agile. When reclined, the seat is vented at the top providing good airflow. Although if the seat is fully upright, there is no venting unless you undo the canopy velcro from the seat.

Though there is a large under seat storage basket, ease of access can be tricky; with a large diaper bag, you may find yourself stuffing into the basket. There is a large pocket as well behind the seat.

The sunshade is large and provides full coverage, spanning in many positions over the stroller. There are two velcro peek-a-boo windows that provide visualization of baby while strolling.

We wish that this stroller came with a parent and child tray, but at least you can buy them separately, along with many other accessories.

Maneuverability
Overall, the GT scored a 7 out of 10 in maneuverability. It maneuvered fairly easily on smooth terrain, although we found that the rear wheels stick out past the frame and had a tendency to catch on things.

While easier to control in general and over rougher terrain compared to the Britax B-Agile, the Baby Jogger City Select, and the Bugaboo Bee, we feel the BOB Revolution SE does a better job than all of them.

All of the tires are 8.75″ foam-filled “forever-air” (so the tires will not flatten), have a quick-release, and have sealed ball bearings. The front wheel suspension and lockable swivel allow walking a long distance with baby to be more enjoyable.

The adjustable rubber handlebar allows users of varying heights to feel comfortable when strolling.

Front wheel comparison. Single on left, GT on right

Safety
The GT scored the lowest in our Safety metric, a 3 out of 10, in particular because there is one glaring red-flag issue. In our culmination of testing which included our backwards tip over test as well as comparing the GT to other strollers when going up hills, curbs, stairs, and rough terrain, it had the most severe back tippy issue in our testing to the point that we can not recommend using the seat in its fully reclined position (14 degrees).
Risk of Back-Tip
We found this stroller to have one of the lowest backwards tip over weight. With the seat fully upright, it took 16 lbs 15 oz of weight hanging off of the back handlebar to tip it backwards. Although we commend Baby Jogger for clearly labeling on the back of the stroller fabric (the only one we tested that does so): “Do not hang bags from the handlebar”. We unfortunately found some Amazon user reviews that cited a related problem. That is, when their baby was lying with the seat fully reclined without extra weight on the handlebar or in the seat, the stroller fell backwards. Frighteningly, in the event of a back tip like this, there is significant risk that baby’s head hits the ground potentially causing serious injury.

We really like the handbrake and find it both easy-to-use and well-functioning. There is also a removable auto-lock that keeps stroller in place when folded.

The 5-point harness though not really that easy to adjust, has nice padding, and is pretty easy to buckle and unbuckle. There is crotch padding that covers the buckles nicely if you have a curious toddler. It has an easy shoulder strap height adjustment directly on the seat via clips. Some user reviews mention that this can be a bit of a comfort nuisance when baby turns his/her head to nap, we find that by just moving the shoulder pads over the hard clips, this can be remedied.

Quality/Durability
Made of 47% Nylon/43% Polyester/8% Polyurethane Foam/2% TPU, its fabric is durable, but it can stain easily, while the black plastic on the exterior can show marks over time. Luckily, it’s easy to clean. The rubber handlebar is also durable. The velcro securing the sunshade’s peek-a-boo windows can be a bit loud when in use, so you may want to leave the Velcro alone when baby is asleep.

Weight/Folded Size
The GT scored an 8 out of 10 in Weight/Folded Size. Relatively lightweight at 21 lbs 8 oz, it is small enough folded to fit in the average car trunk. It is designed to carry children from birth up to 5 years with a high max weight of 65 pounds. It has a generous seat height of 44″, which is in the higher range of strollers we tested.

Fully folded, the GT is compact. It does self stand, but the front wheel has to be in the exact right position, which can make this tricky.

Ease-of-Set-up
The GT was the easiest-to-set-up out of all 21 strollers we tested in this review. It took us 5:17 (min:sec) to get it ready-to-roll. It mainly consisted of unfolding the body and attaching the wheels and canopy. Documentation was outstanding and very easy-to-understand with step-by-step instructions guiding the assembler the entire way. This middle-of-the-road stroller is simple to set-up: just unfold, attach the wheels and canopy, and it’s all ready to go.

Best Applications
Although the this stroller is not intended for jogging, it works very well on many terrains, from concrete sidewalks to grassy areas to dirt roads. It’s a quality stroller that can take a lot of wear, but is still compact enough to tote around in your car.

Value
This stroller is a good value for its moderate price; its cost is closer to the least expensive strollers than the most expensive strollers on the market, which makes it a good buy considering its overall high-level of functionality.

Conclusion
The City Mini GT meets most parents’ fundamental needs. It is a stylish, quality stroller that folds and swivels well, forever-air tires that will never go flat, is typically suitable from birth to 5 years or 65 lbs with a tall seat height, and is in a medium price range. However, we recommend, taking a good look at both our Editors’ Choice Award-winner, the BOB Revolution SE, and our Top Pick for a Light and Compact stroller, the Britax B-Agile, before making a purchasing decision.

The Britax B-Agile (left) and the City Mini GT (right) were both very easy to use.

Other Versions and Accessories
It does not come with several essential accessories, like a parent tray, a child tray, or cup holder. However, they are available separately which can increase the overall cost considerably.

Available accessories include: child tray, cup holder, parent console, parent console with room for an MP3 player, belly bar, console that attaches to the belly bar, car seat adapter, glider board (for an older child to stand on), umbrella cover, plush stroller hand muff, foot muff, compact pram/bassinet, single carry bag, and cooler bag.

There are 6 other City Mini stroller models, with 3 of them (the City Mini, the City Mini GT, and the City Select) available as double strollers. The Baby Jogger City Select also has the impressive ability to add on a second seat or car seat after initial purchase.

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Baby Jogger City Mini Baby Stoller Review

Baby Jogger City Mini Baby Stoller Review

Our Innovative and most Award Winning Stroller

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baby jogger city mini baby stoller

A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear you’ll buy. And as your baby grows, you might end up with more than one. If you’re looking for information about strollers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ stroller reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our stroller buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and stroller reviews to help you choose the best stroller for your needs.

What it is
The original City Mini (not be confused with the City Mini 4-Wheel or the City Mini GT) is one of the most popular standard strollers among BabyCenter moms, and it’s no mystery why. It steers and maneuvers like a dream, even on uneven terrain, it comes with an absolutely huge SPF-50 sun shade, and it has a lovely narrow silhouette. Especially lovable: It’s so easy to fold you can do it while holding a squirmy baby. The pull strap to collapse the stroller becomes a carrying handle, and away you go. You can use infant car-seat adapters to transform it into a travel system that’s compatible with many different seats (we stopped counting at 20 ). And with the newest version, you get lots of snazzy colors to choose from.
What to watch out for
Despite the name, the City Mini is not meant for jogging. The new harness system for 2014 feels floppier and flimsier than we like (but it is easy to adjust). And as a travel system, it doesn’t feel quite as stable as a four-wheel model. Some parents have complained about the cargo basket’s tearing after repeated use.

 

 

Running errands and getting around with your child has never been easier, thanks to the City Mini. This stroller is the essence of urban mobility: lightweight, compact and nimble. Its sleek and practical design makes it the perfect choice for traversing the urban jungle. The City Mini is not intended for jogging.

Welcome to the Fold™

Lift a strap with one hand and the City Mini folds itself: simply and compactly. It really is as easy as it sounds. And the auto-lock will lock the fold for transportation or storage.

Seat

Our seat reclines to a near flat position with vents and a retractable weather cover to make sure that your child is comfortable and safe as they watch the world go by or kick back and relax.

Wheels

You can set your 8” lightweight front wheel to swivel for your daily obstacle course or lock for long distance strolling. The front-wheel suspension provides a smooth ride for your little one.

Travel System

The City Mini can become a travel system in a heartbeat using the Car Seat Adapter. Just choose the adapter compatible with your car seat and you’ve got a customized travel system for your infant. You can also add a pram to handle even the littlest of passengers. (Car Seat Adapter and Prams sold separately).

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