A First Time Mom’s Guide to Buying the Perfect Travel Stroller

As a first time mom, I did not realize how much our lifestyle should be a major consideration in our decision to buy a stroller. I thought all strollers were created the same. They are just for transporting babies.

Knowing nothing about strollers, my husband and I were smooth talked by a salesman to buy a full-size, travel system that had all the features that we would ever need.

I thought he knew better so we paid a couple of hundred dollars and took it home. Fast forward to 6 months, nobody in the family wanted to bring the bulky and heavy stroller. We realized that it was an expensive rolling piece of mistake.

When we flew to Hong Kong days before my daughter turned 2, we hurriedly bought a cheap umbrella stroller and we never looked back ever since.

I don’t want you to make the same mistake, so if you love to travel, here are some tips to help you narrow down your options. I encourage you to look at the figures and features closely so you can get the most out of your money.

Here’s a Checklist to Help you Search For the Perfect Travel Stroller

1) Is it Small and Lightweight?

Lightweight is a term that is used loosely these days. One of the lightest ones as of this writing is the GB Pockit which is less than 12 lbs. To spare your back and shoulders from carrying a supposedly lightweight-but-otherwise-heavy stroller, consider buying one that is about 12-15 lbs only.

 

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If you are a frequent flyer and you are looking for a stroller that can roll with your globetrotting lifestyle, it’s best to get a stroller that folds small so you can hand carry it inside the airplane. Again, GB Pockit has the tiniest fold of all with a size of 11.8 x 7 x 13.7 inches. There are other strollers that are also small enough to fit inside airplane overhead bins. You can consider them too, just try to limit your choices to the ones that are more or less 20 inches in length and height and less than 11 inches in width. A smaller fold gives your stroller a bigger chance to be approved as a carry-on luggage in most airplanes.

2) Is it travel-system ready?

Buying a travel system is different from buying a travel-system ready stroller. A travel system is a stroller set that comes with its own infant car seat and base. Most of these travel systems are loaded with features, such as a snack tray, a parent tray, a cup holder, a leg rest, a foot rest etc. Those things make it heavy and huge and that’s the last thing you want to bring when you are traveling.

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Babyzen Yoyo Plus

I recommend that you buy a travel-system ready stroller instead. Travel-system ready strollers are designed to accommodate a

bassinet and an infant car seat that you only have to buy when you need to. If you like to add the features that I mentioned earlier, most of them can be bought online as attachable accessories.

If you intend to buy a bassinet for your newborn, know that bassinets cannot be used interchangeably with other stroller brands, at least for now. For example, if you buy a Mountain Buggy stroller, the bassinet must also come from the same brand.

You have more freedom to choose infant car seats because many travel-system ready strollers are compatible with most car seat brands. The Mountain Buggy Nano is one good example because of its universal adapter that comes with the stroller. You just have to choose which car seat you like, know if it is compatible with the stroller and check if it requires additional adapters to be installed.

I always advise first-time parents to not settle when it comes to buying a stroller. After all, the bassinet and the infant car seat will only be used for a few months but the stroller is what’s going to be stuck with you for the long haul.

3) Does it Have a High Weight Limit?

This is very important in determining how long you will be able to use your stroller. A stroller with a higher weight limit is perceived to be stronger and more durable. Ideally, you should look for a stroller that can carry a maximum weight limit of at least 40 lbs or higher. A good example of this is the Uppababy Minu, which has a weight capacity of 50 lbs.

 

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4) Is it Portable and Easy to Fold?

Fold is one of the first things i look for in a stroller. If a stroller’s fold is too complicated, I usually do not recommend it. There are many options in the market that have folds that require less learning curve and less handwork too. I go for strollers that have a one-hand fold feature like the Uppababy Minu, and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

 

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These features are so convenient to use especially when you’re rushing in an airport or just trying to make a grab of your active toddler.

5) Is it an All-Terrain Stroller?

Exploring different places with your baby calls for a stroller that is adaptable to all terrains. Unlike jogging strollers, most  all-terrain strollers have front swivel wheels that make them agile. However, small strollers usually comes with a small set of wheels that are about 5 inches or less. The problem with small wheels is that they tend to be shakier on rough surfaces while bigger wheels drive steadier on rough surfaces.

Some manufacturers make up for the small wheels by installing built-in suspensions on the wheels to absorb mild shocks. To ensure that your baby enjoys a steadier ride, I recommend that you go for a stroller with front or rear-wheel suspensions. Even better if it has suspension on all 4 wheels. As a general rule, the more suspensions there are, the steadier the ride will be. The best option in terms or maneuverability in my opinion is the Babyzen Yoyo Plus.

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6. Is it Comfortable for the Baby?

Sometimes even the most exciting sights won’t be enough to keep your baby awake during your trips. A stroller with a low-recline that is about 140 degrees to a near-flat position will give your little one a comfortable sleep while you proceed with your itinerary. An adjustable leg rest like the one in Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also a bonus.

 

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Check if the stroller also has an adequately-sized canopy. This is important if you intend to stroll for long hours outdoors. You may also want to get a stroller with a canopy which is made of UPF50 fabric. That would give your little one extra protection from the sun’s UV rays. Additional accessories like parasols or other canopy extensions can also be bought online.

 

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Strollers vary in seat padding. Some are thick and cushiony, which are great when you are traveling to cold places like Europe, Canada or the US. Some strollers have thinner and more breathable padding that is perfect for travel in Asia and other countries with warmer climates. Depending on your location and where you will mostly travel, it’s really up to you to decide which will best suit your baby’s needs.

With that checklist in mind, know that you may or may not find all those things in one stroller. No stroller is perfect but determining your priorities and non-negotiables will help you find the stroller that’s perfect for you.

BEBEROAD R2 STROLLER REVIEW – IMPRESSIVE FEATURES AND POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKERS

Since sale season is coming up, I am sharing with you what you need to know about Beberoad R2, one of my recent stroller discoveries that I wanted so badly to put inside my cart. Here is my Beberoad R2 stroller  review: its impressive features and possible deal breakers.

 

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Measurements

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How big and heavy is it?

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Basically, with its open stroller dimension of 24.8″L x 16.1″W x 40.5″H, the Beberoad R2 stroller is narrow at the base and has a high handle. It’s stroller width is a little narrow as well. Its static handle is 40.5 inches from the ground which is a bit high for a short lady like me. But for taller people like my husband who is 5’10” this height works well. So I’m willing to compromise.

 

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My goal for next year is to travel a lot now that my daughter is a little grown up. I like that Beberoad R2 turns into a compact square when folded. It measures 17.9″L x 10.6″W x 22″H, not as thin as I want it to be like the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. But it is still small enough to fit into most airplane overhead bins and even under the seat. However, please double check this with your airline as they have different aircraft sizes and policies for carry-on luggages.

Parents who have weak backs like me would find Beberoad R2 very manageable to carry around. It weighs only 13.6 lbs. Not as light as the GB Pockit Plus but is still fairly light.

I wish it had a carry strap but it has a cushioned bumper bar that you can sling over your shoulder instead.

 

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The package includes a travel bag which is good to use especially during travels. Based on my experience, airplane cabin crews are more lenient with strollers when they are neatly packed inside a travel bag.

 

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Beberoad R2 fits inside most airplane overhead bins

 

How long can your baby use it?

Beberoad R2 boasts of being a True Newborn Lightweight Stroller. That means, you no longer need a bassinet in order to use it.  Your newborn can use the stroller without the bassinet starting day 1, as long as it is fully reclined of course!  Beberoad R2 can be used from birth until toddlerhood,  45 lbs to be exact.

 

Ultra Compact Lightweight Baby Stroller 2019 for Newborn R2 - BebeRoad Baby

 

What car seats are compatible with the Beberoad R2 Stroller?

Beberoad R2 is also compatible with the following infant car seat brands and models:

Other car seats that has the same plug as Maxi-Cosi and Cybex may also be compatible with R2.

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Bonus Features of Beberoad R2

Older kids below 45 lbs. can hitch a ride on Beberoad R2’s Glider Board (sold separately). Carefully designed to make the ride comfortable even for your older tot, this patented Glider Board has an all-wheel suspension, rotating cushioned seat and height adjustment feature.

Beberoad R2’s glider board is compatible with a lot of other strollers such as Nuna Triv, Ergobaby 180, Silver Cross Jet, Joovy Qool,Maclaren Triumph and more.

 

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Beberoad R2’s Glider Board

 

Beberoad R2 also has a pocket at the back for storing little items and comes with a free rain cover and detachable cup holder.

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Beberoad R2’s back pocket

 

 

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Free rain cover

 

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Free Cup holder

 

 

Is Beberoad R2 comfortable for the baby?

The Beberoad R2 is Beberoad R2’s Glider Board can sit your baby as upright as 110 degrees and reclines to a near-flat angle of  152 degrees, making the position safe for your newborn’s fragile neck and spine.

With its near-flat recline, you can even use this to change your baby’s diaper especially when you are in a public place where changing areas are difficult to find.

 

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Beberoad R2’s flat recline

 

Beberoad R2 also has an adjustable leg rest with a nice footwall feature that is like a mesh cover that prevents your baby’s feet from dangling on the sides.

 

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Footwall Feature of the Beberoad R2

 

If there is one thing that about the Beberoad R2 that wish they could improve on is its very short seat- 5.25 inches to 9.2 inches with the leg rest propped up. I’m afraid that the seat is too short and may not be able to sit older tots. Despite Beberoad R2 having a heavy weight capacity of 45 lbs. the short seat may be a major deal breaker for parents of toddlers.

Check out other customer’s reviews  here.

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How big is the canopy?

One of Beberoad R2’s amazing features is its CRAZY HUGE, UNZIPPABLE CANOPY.  It also has a nice peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy with a nice magnetic closure.

 

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Not only is it huge, it is also made of Anti UV50+ material for extra sun protection and it is also WATERPROOF.

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Waterproof, Anti-UV50+ Canopy with Peek-a-boo window – BEBEROAD R2

 

The back cover of the Beberoad R2 has a small pocket for storing small items. You can also lift and clip the back cover  to expose the big mesh window, letting more air to circulate especially during the summer.

 

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Is it easy to maneuver?

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As I mentioned earlier, Beberoad R2 has a narrow base that allows navigating in small spaces a breeze.

Wheels are made of rubber (EVA) and high-quality plastic (Polyutherane) which gives it a nice traction. It also is easy to maneuver, quiet and durable. The wheels measure 5 inches at the front and 6 inches at the back which is the usual size for travel strollers.

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It also has a 4-wheel suspension that makes it more resilient to minor bumps so your baby won’t feel the vibrations.  The front wheels are also equipped with swivel features that you can lock for a steadier ride on bumpy surfaces or unlock to make the stroller more nimble on smoother surfaces.

This is not an all-terrain stroller so using this often on bumpy roads may not be recommended.

Taller people might appreciate Beberoad R2’s high handlebar more. It is a little high at 40.5 inches from the ground. Unfortunately for shorter people like me, it is not adjustable.

Is it safe to use?

 

The overall frame of Beberoad R2 is made of strong but lightweight aluminum. It can carry a child safely until 45 lbs.

I like that it has 5-point harness that has  shoulder and pelvic pads to secure the child without putting much strain on those areas. There is also the standard center lock-and-release button to keep your child safe during the ride.

 

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However, some users complained about the pelvic pad constantly falling off, I suggest that you secure it by gluing or stitching it so you won’t lose it.

The red brake between the rear wheels is a no-brainer and intuitive to use.

 

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Flip-flop friendly brake

How does it Fold?

Watch how it’s done.

Price

 

Considering its features, Beberoad R2 is quite affordable at around $200-220 USD online. That includes the stroller, a travel bag, a rain cover and a cup holder.

I like that they went for classy, gender-neutral color options: Blue Jeans, Light Grey and Dark Grey.

Warranty

All Beberoad products have a 1-year warranty. Just get in touch directly with beberoad@buffalobaby.hk. I have been in touch with them regarding my inquiries and they have been very accommodating and fast with their responses.

 

My 2 Cents

The short seat is a major deal breaker, so I will not really recommend the Beberoad R2 for toddlers. It seems to be designed for younger babies despite its heavy weight capacity, so for expecting moms or moms of young babies, I think it is something that you can still consider.

Beberoad R2 has essential and exciting features at a very attractive price point.

Ready to check out Beberoad R2 on Amazon? Click here.

Hope this helps you in your search for your next stroller. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

 

Sheila

 

Check out my other stroller recommendations:

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BABYZEN YOYO PLUS – IS THIS STROLLER OVERPRICED?

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You have probably spotted a Babyzen Yoyo Plus in airports, malls, parks and practically everywhere where there are babies and tots. Being one of the first to strollers to be accepted as a carry-on luggage in most airlines combined with cool features and accessories, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus continues to be a hot choice among parents today.

But with its very steep price, is the Babyzen Yoyo Plus really worth it?

 

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Measurements

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How big and heavy is it?

 

I actually found Babyzen Yoyo Plus rather huge when I tried to use it. As a petite, Asian lady, it was a bit awkward for me to push.

It measures  39″L x 17″W x 41″H  when it is open which makes the base a bit wide and the handle is a bit high than usual travel strollers. Parents who are taller may find this comfortable to use.

But once folded, it turns into a compact square that is very portable to carry around. Weighing only 13 lbs, although it is not the smallest and lightest stroller in the market, like the GB Pockit Plus, it is pretty manageable to carry around for hours without breaking your back.

With its folded size of 17″L x 7″W x 20.5″H, Babyzen Yoyo Plus easily fits inside airplane overhead compartments or even under the seat. However, some airlines may have stricter carry-on luggage policies and some aircrafts vary in compartment sizes, so it’s always best to check this with the airline staff prior to your departure date.

You may also want to purchase an airline-certified Yoyo Plus Travel Bag for your convenience.

How long can your baby use it?

 

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Newborns can use it from day 1 until baby reaches toddler-hood, 40 lbs to be exact. It is travel-system ready, which means you can set it up to different configurations : 1) with a baby bassinet 2) an infant car seat 3) toddler seat and 4) with a  Yoyo Plus board.

 

What are the Different Configurations of the Babyzen Yoyo Plus?

 

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Babyzen Yoyo Plus is compatible with its own brand of bassinet, called the Newborn Pack. It is a soft, comfortable, parent-facing flat nest for infants that is installed onto the base of the frame. This is recommended to be used by newborns until he or she reaches 6 months. If you want to fold the stroller, no need to take out the newborn pack. Just fold the stroller and it would still be compact to carry.

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus – Newborn Pack (Bassinet) for 6 months below

 

This is not included in the package though and would cost around USD 200 more which is a bit pricey, in my opinion. Check out the latest price here.

 

Watch how to set up the Bassinet of Babyzen Yoyo Plus. Feel free to skip this portion if you find it too long. 

 

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What car seats are compatible with the Babyzen Yoyo Plus?

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus with an infant car seat

 

Clip your car seat onto the Babyzen Yoyo Plus stroller with Babyzen’s very own car seat adapters- BZ10205-02 & BZ10205-03. 

Depending on the adapters that are available in your country, these are their compatible car seats:

With BZ10205-02 adapters – Available in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia and South America
      • BABYZEN iZi Go Modular
      • Cybex Aton Q
      • BeSafe iZi Go
      • BeSafe iZi Go X1
      • Bébé Confort
      • Maxi-cosi Pebble+
With BZ10205-03 adapters – Available in North America

 

There is no need to remove the adapters when folding the stroller.

As I mentioned earlier, Babyzen Yoyo Plus can also be paired with a Yoyo Plus board. This allows your older tot to hitch a ride so he or she won’t get left behind.

The Yoyo Plus board can carry an additional weight of up to 44 lbs. It also has a removable saddle that your child can sit on while on board.

Yoyo Plus Board

 

Is Babyzen Yoyo Plus comfortable for the baby?

 

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Babies 6 months and older can already use the stroller without the  bassinet. Its seat is well-padded, deep and wide enough to accommodate your fast-growing baby.  The height from seat to canopy is 26 inches which gives even taller toddlers a good head room.

By adjusting the strap at the back, the seat can do a 110- 145-degree recline. It does not go totally flat but the recline is deep enough for your little one to rest his head and back comfortably while napping.

It has no built-in leg rest but it has a narrow foot rest. If you wish to install a leg rest, you can buy the Babyzen Yoyo Plus Leg Rest separately on Amazon.

Babyzen Yoyo Plus has a decent-sized canopy that is made out of UPF 50+ material. It has two panels and a pop out sunvisor.

For additional shade during very hot days, you may want to order a Babyzen Parasol online.

For better air circulation, you may lift the back cover of the stroller. There is also a small peek-a-boo window on top but is covered with clear plastic so it does not really help in letting more air in.

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ Parasol

 

A Babyzen rain cover  and an attachable cup holder come free when you purchase a Babyzen Yoyo Plus stroller. You may also want to add another layer of protection against insects and other elements, with Babyzen Yoyo Plus Insect Shield

 

Is it easy to maneuver?

 

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Babyzen Yoyo Plus boasts of its Soft Drive System, which allows easy steering and stability without the need to lock the front swivel wheels.

This model is also equipped with a 4-wheel suspension that enables it to glide smoothly on uneven pavements and absorb impacts and vibrations when navigating on grass and cobblestones.

What I like is that its wheels are made of hard rubber wheels which provide better traction especially on damp or slippery surfaces.

However, because they are small, about 5 inches, and narrow, the wheels sometimes get caught up in surface cracks and could be a little annoying.

You can also steer the Babyzen Yoyo Plus with just one hand. The non-adjustable handle bar is positioned high at 42-inches from the ground.

Tall people will find this a joy to drive because the handle won’t force them to slouch.

Is it safe to use?

The overall frame is strong made of aluminum, stainless steel and high-quality plastic. It can carry a child until he or she is 40 lbs.

It also has a 5-point harness with shoulder and pelvic pads to make sure that your child stays in place.  It has a center lock that releases all straps when pressed.

It does not come with a bumper bar but if you wish to have one, you may buy it on Amazon as an additional accessory.

As for the brake, it is a standard, no-fuss, push pedal design that you can easily lock and unlock by foot.

How does it Fold?

To be honest, Babyzen Yoyo Plus’s fold takes a lot of getting used to.

Procedure: Start by using your two hands to press the buttons located at the sides of the frame simultaneously. Then, pull the canopy down towards the back of the seat. Then grab onto the bottom of the seat and locate the red handle. Pull the handle towards you and grab the metal bar to fully fold the stroller.

Unfolding is easier, just pull the handle bar up to separate the handle from the base and that’s it.

Watch how it’s done.

 

Other Yoyo Plus Accessories:

A Yoyo Footmuff  to keep your child safe and warm during colder seasons.

The Rolling Bag comes with a small rolling base to help you carry heavy loads while you leisurely stroll. Just place your items inside the bag, hook the bag onto the back of the stroller. Attach the rolling base and let the bag sit on the rolling base to give you ease from your load. It can carry up to 22 lbs.

Price

Price is almost $500 for the stroller. If you want to purchase the stroller with the bassinet bundle, it would be around $720 – $740.

Price also varies depending on colors. Color options: Air France, Black, Grey, Toffee.  Red, Taupe,  Ginger,  Peppermint and a lot more.

Check latest prices here. 

 

Warranty

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus has a a 2- year warranty that starts from its purchase date. But, only the registered original owners of the product will have warranty claim.

 

My 2 Cents

Babyzen Yoyo Plus is one of the strollers that has almost everything that you would ever look for in a travel and everyday stroller. But to be honest, those features are not enough to make me pull the trigger given its very steep price.

I would recommend that you check out strollers with similar features that give better value for half the price like Baby Jogger City Tour 2 , Mountain Buggy Nano   or the Beberoad R2  which even looks very similar to the Yoyo Plus.

 

Hope this helps you in your search for your next stroller. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

 

Sheila

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX – WHICH IS BETTER?

If you ask me to list down my most-recommended lightweight strollers for travel, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 would effortlessly land high on my list. It simply has every important feature that I think a parent, like me, would ever need, not just for travel but even for daily use.

 

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However, another noteworthy release from Baby Jogger, the City Tour Lux, made me think twice about City Tour 2. It is lightweight and boasts of several delightful features that the City Tour 2 does not have.

 

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BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX – WHICH IS BETTER?

Portability

 

City Tour 2 City Tour Lux
Folded Dimensions (inches) 17.7 x 7.1 x 21.6 17.71 x 9.05 x 22.04
Stroller Weight (Lb) 14.3 lbs. 19.82 lbs
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb) 45 lbs. 45 lbs.
Underneath basket Weight Capacity (lb) – 15 lbs. 15.4 lbs

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2, being the newer model, clearly was designed to be lighter and portable, weighing only 14.3 lbs.

City Tour Lux weighs 19.8 lbs! That’s almost a 6-lb. difference in weight.

 

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As for the folded size, The City Tour 2 appears to be a bit slimmer than City Tour Lux. It is also smaller when folded at 17.7 x 7.1 x 21.6 inches.

 

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The underneath basket’s capacity is also about the same for these strollers. They can both carry around 15 lbs. of additional cargo.

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City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux are can be folded to a compact square and should have no problems fitting inside most overhead bins of airplanes.  However, please ask your airline ahead of time to be sure as some airlines have stricter policies.

From my experience, it is best to put the stroller inside a stroller bag so they will just see it as a regular luggage.

Good thing both strollers come with their own carry bags. City Tour 2 has its own shoulder tote bag.

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Baby Jogger City Tour Lux, on the other hand, has a backpack-style bag. It is pretty snug so putting other bulky items inside may not be advisable. It also comes with an integrated shoulder strap and a hand strap which City Tour 2 does NOT have.

 

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Weight Capacity

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Both strollers will retire at about the same time for your child. Each stroller has a maximum weight capacity of 45 lbs. CDC standards indicate that 45 lbs. is the average weight of a 6 year old. Meaning either stroller will last your child well into toddlerhood.

 

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Ease of Fold and Unfold

One of the things I look for in as stroller is an easy folding and unfolding process. I am usually out with my daughter alone so if the stroller takes a lot of effort to open and fold, I would not even consider.

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What I like about Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is its true One-Hand Fold.

Flick the brakes on before you start to fold to keep the stroller steady. Then to fold, simply slide your thumb across the handlebar, to release the lock. Push the handlebar down to collapse the chassis.  Last step to completely fold the stroller is to pull it up by handle strap located between the seat and back rest to finish the folding process.

To see for yourself how this goes see this video.

 

Unfolding Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also very easy. Just pull up the handlebar to separate the rest of the stroller from its base.

 

Folding the City Tour Lux is a bit more complicated.  There are three steps to the Lux’s fold. First, bring the canopy in, folding it in towards the handlebar and folding it down onto the seat. Then second, locate the grey button on the handlebar. Then simultaneously push the button and push the handlebar down to collapse it, folding it down. Third, grasp the hand strap located right where the seat is folded. Pull the entire thing up so it folds in on itself automatically.

 

You can also check out the video below to see how the folding and unfolding process go on the City Tour Lux. Start at 1:12 if you are in a hurry.

You can find the unfolding demo of the City Tour Lux starting 1:47. Unfolding City Tour Lux is a little tricky compared to City Tour 2 and I am honestly not a fan of it.

While I would say technically you can also fold the City Tour Lux using just one hand, the simpler, continuous process of folding the City Tour 2 is what won me over in this aspect.

 

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Travel- System Ready

Both strollers were made to be paired with bassinets and car seats so your child can use it from birth. Baby Jogger designed specific bassinets that fit each of these stroller models perfectly and are travel ready. For the City Tour 2, Baby Jogger has the City Tour 2 Bassinet, which is a collapsible bassinet ready to be paired with the City Tour 2.

 

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Meanwhile for the City Tour Lux, Baby Jogger designed the City Tour Lux Foldable Pram, which can be folded along with the City Tour Lux stroller.

 

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You can also pair the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 with these car seats:

 

Meanwhile the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux can be paired with these car seats:

 

Bonus Feature of Baby Jogger City Tour Lux

Baby Jogger City Tour Lux can also be installed with a glider board that you attach at the back can so your older kid can hitch a ride while you stroll. The maximum weight capacity of the glider board is 60 lbs.

 

So while the City Tour 2 by itself is more lightweight and portable, it appears City Tour Lux makes up for it by having more options for pairing. It seems Baby Jogger was really going for more design features when it comes to the City Tour Lux.

 

Comfort

Strolling using both strollers should not be a problem no matter the season your baby is in. City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux have reclinable seats that you can recline during nap times. City Tour 2’s seat can recline up to 145 degrees and it is recommended to use it starting 6 months without a car seat or a bassinet.

 

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Meanwhile the City Tour Lux has a near-flat recline making it more newborn-friendly as it can be used without a bassinet or a car seat starting 3 months old. It is really flat that some users even use it to change diapers.

 

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But what’s really special about the City Tour Lux is its modular seat that allows both forward-facing and parent-facing positions. This is really a great feature especially for really young babies. You do not have this options with the City Tour 2.

 

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Both these strollers seats have light padding so as not to be too bulky but not uncomfortable either. The seats are both about 17 inches wide so they should be plenty spacious for your little one.

 

The canopies are both 3-paneled canopies with solid sun visors and peek-a-boo windows. The sun visors on both strollers have a flick out function and are made up of UV 50+ material. 

 

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So either stroller offer significant sun protection for your child while allowing you to quietly check on them whenever you want. 

 

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Another common feature of the City Tour Lux and City Tour 2 is the adjustable leg rest. Both strollers’ leg rests can be adjusted to provide more support for your little one’s legs.

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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Wheel Size (inches) Front: 5

Back: 5.9

Front: 5

Back: 5.9

Suspension Front wheel All-wheel

 

Similarly, City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux have front swivel wheels that are the same size, with both strollers’ front wheels slightly smaller than the rear wheels. Both strollers also have detachable wheels, so you can pack them away separately if you want to.

The difference of the wheels is seen in the materials they are made of. The City Tour 2 has lightweight rubber tires, while the City Tour Lux’s wheels are made of hard plastic.

The City Tour 2’s rubber wheels make for better bump absorption and gives it better traction. Therefore, it is more adaptable to different kinds of terrains.

Meanwhile, I would not recommend the City Tour Lux if you will be using it mostly outdoors. The hard plastic material of the City Tour Lux’s wheels may not be suitable for slippery or bumpy tracks. However, it did beef up its wheels by installing suspensions on all 4 wheels for a more stable ride.

 

Safety

Both the City Tour 2 and the City Tour Lux have a standard 5 point-harness to secure your child in place. The harness is simple and easy for parents to use, but not easily undone by children.

Belly bars can be bought separately as an accessory for City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux.

 

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When it comes to the brakes however, these strollers have different mechanisms.

The City Tour 2 has the standard flick on and off brakes on its wheels that are flip-flop friendly.

On the other hand, City Tour Lux comes with a hand brake for parking. It has a simple flick on and off mechanism as well but is literally more handy.

 

Steering

Since the City Tour Lux allows its modular seat to switch positions, there is more space between the handlebar and the seat than there is on the City Tour 2.

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But both handlebars are made of high-grade plastic and metal. They also both have the standard button located on the handlebar for easy one-hand folding, which I said earlier.

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The City Tour Lux’s handlebar is at 39 inches from the ground, while the City Tour 2’s handlebar is 38.9 inches high. Meaning both handles are of the same height and can be driven easily by average height or even taller persons.

Since both strollers are lightweight strollers, they are fairly easy to push with one hand.

 

Price

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 can be purchased online. Depending on where you buy, the price ranges from $230 to $250 USD on Amazon. Click here to check latest price.

The Baby Jogger City Tour Lux stroller however, is a bit pricier. It retails at almost $300 USD. Click here to check latest price.

The City Tour Lux comes in a variety of colors. You can get it in Rosewood (Purple), Granite (Dark Grey), Ash (Grey), Slate (Light Grey) and Iris (Blue).

City Tour 2 has 3 color variations: Jet (Black), Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

 

My 2 cents

City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux are both practical and sound purchases. However, I must say, if you have to choose one over the other, it would help to base it on what stage your child is in. If you are still expecting, I would say that you go for the City Tour Lux because you do not have to spend extra for a bassinet. Also, the modular seat that you can position either forward-facing or parent-facing is really an important feature to keep in mind.

Also, the City Tour Lux is more ideal if you have an older tot in tow because of its glider board option. But then again, it is a bit pricier than the City Tour 2.

STROLLER WAR: BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS BEBEROAD R2 – WHY YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE R2

 

I recently stumbled upon a nice-looking stroller called Beberoad R2. This lightweight baby gear is one of the lesser known, underrated brands despite its promising features.  If you have been looking for a stroller this could possibly end your search.

 

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There is also Baby Jogger City Tour 2 – still one of the most reliable lightweight strollers in the market according to Amazon sales, but if there is anything that I do not like about this stroller is its design. But what it lacked in flair, it somehow made up in functionality.

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has all the practical features without putting much strain on the pocket so let’s see if Beberoad R2 could offer the same or even more.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS BEBEROAD R2 – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

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Size and Weight

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Side-by-side, Beberoad R2 and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 have almost the same height and width. However, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 appears to be longer at the base, 39 inches long, compared to Beberoad R2, 24.8 inches long. Turning and maneuvering in narrow spaces would be easier with the Beberoad R2.

Both strollers can be folded to a compact square. When folded, Beberoad R2 is a bit bulkier at 17.9 x 10.6 x 22 inches compared to Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s folded size, 17 x 7 x 21.6 inches.

 

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Beberoad R2 folded

 

 

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In terms of stroller weight, both are very light to carry with Baby Jogger City Tour 2 weighing only 14.3 lbs. and even lighter is Beberoad R2 which is only 13.6 lbs.

 

Are they easy to carry around?

These strollers are very small and lightweight which makes them perfect for traveling. When folded, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and Beberoad R2 would fit inside most airplane overhead bins. But check first with your airline as some have stricter carry-on luggage policies. Both come with free shoulder tote bags for portability. Based on my experience, cabin crews are more lenient when the stroller is packed inside a bag.

 

R2’s free travel bag

 

 

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However, Beberoad R2 and City Tour 2 do not come with their own carry straps which could have been a useful, little detail for parents-on-the-go. Instead, Beberoad R2 comes with a cushioned belly bar that also serves as a handle for carrying. Just sling it over your shoulder and off you go.

 

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Beberoad R2 belly bar

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2, on the other hand, has a strap handle which you can find somewhere near the intersection of the seat and the backrest. It also has its own  City Tour 2 belly bar  that you have to buy separately.

 

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 folded

 

 

What is the maximum weight capacity of the strollers?

Ideally, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and Beberoad R2 strollers must only be used until the child is 45 lbs. That is around 6-8 years old in child age according to CDC. That said, both strollers were built to last until your child no longer needs a stroller.

 

What are their configurations?

 

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Both strollers can be used from birth until toddlerhood. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is travel-system ready and can be paired with its own bassinet, Tour 2 Bassinet.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is compatible with the following infant car seats:

 

Babies 6 months and older can safely use Baby Jogger City Tour 2 stroller without the bassinet and car seat.

 

Ultra Compact Lightweight Baby Stroller 2019 for Newborn R2 - BebeRoad Baby

 

On the other hand, Beberoad R2 boasts of being a True Newborn Lightweight Stroller. That means, your newborn does not need to be placed inside a bassinet to use it.  The backrest of Beberoad R2 reclines to as low as 152 degrees, making the backrest’s angle flat and safe for your newborn’s fragile head and spine.

 

Beberoad R2 is also compatible with the following infant car seat brands and models:

Other car seats that has the same plug as Maxi-Cosi and Cybex may also be compatible with R2.

 

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Bonus Features of Beberoad R2

Older kids below 45 lbs. or lighter can hitch a ride on Beberoad R2’s Glider Board (sold separately). Carefully designed to make the ride comfortable even for your older tot, this patented Glider Board has an all-wheel suspension, rotating cushioned seat and height adjustment feature.

Beberoad R2’s glider board is compatible with a lot of other strollers such as Nuna Triv, Ergobaby 180, Silver Cross Jet, Joovy Qool, Maclaren Triumph and more.

 

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Beberoad R2’s Glider Board

 

Beberoad R2 also has a pocket at the back for storing little items and comes with a free rain cover and detachable cup holder.

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How about the seat and recline positions?

Baby Jogger City Tour 2, being a modified version of the earlier City Tour, has an approximately 8-inch seat that is deep enough to sit your child comfortably for long hours of stroll. Whether your child wants to watch the world or take a nap, the backrest can be adjusted from as upright as approximately 110 degrees to as low as 145 degrees, which is a good near-flat position already.

 

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As I mentioned earlier, Beberoad R2 is a newborn stroller that is adequately padded and has a backrest that you can recline from 110 – 152 degrees. That is the flattest stroller I’ve seen so far! You do not need to find a changing table in public areas when you have the Beberoad R2 with you.

However, Beberoad R2 has a very short seat of 5.25 inches and 9.5 inches when the leg rest is lifted up. That’s not really a good news when you are considering this stroller for an older toddler.

 

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Beberoad R2’s flat recline

 

Another interesting detail of the Beberoad R2 is its footwall feature which is like a mesh wall that keeps your baby’s feet from flailing or dangling on the sides.

 

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Beberoad R2’s footwall

 

Just a bit of a red flag though, some users of Beberoad R2 complained about its narrow seat and incline that seems to cause the child to kind of slip forward from the seat. However, you can also take it with a grain of salt as there are also a lot of very satisfied Beberoad R2 users who swear by the product. Check out their reviews here.

 

Do they have adjustable leg rests?

Yes to both.

 

How about their canopies?

Both strollers have UV50+ canopies for extra protection from the sun’s UV rays. City Tour 2’s three-paneled canopy with a tuck-away sun visor offers decent shade.

 

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However, Beberoad R2’s 3-paneled canopy is HUGE. Like crazy huge!

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Beberoad R2’s canopy

 

It is also zippable and waterproof and if that’s not enough, Beberoad threw another rain cover in the package.

I also like that the back portion has a mesh window with a retractable lid which is perfect during hot days.

 

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Beberoad R2’s back mesh window

How about their Peek-a-boo windows?

Located at the top of the canopies are the peek-a-boo windows. Both City Tour 2 and Beberoad R2 ’s mesh windows are big enough to give you a nice view of your little one.

 

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Peek-a-boo window of Baby Jogger City Tour 2
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Waterproof, Anti-UV50+ Canopy with Peek-a-boo window – BEBEROAD R2

 

One tiny detail that I like more about Beberoad R2 is its peek-a-boo cover’s magnetic closure. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 still uses velcro snaps  which they could have improved on this latest model.

 

Are they easy to fold and unfold?

Here’s a demo on how to fold and unfold Baby Jogger City Tour 2. Start at the :50 mark.

 

Now here’s a quick demo of the Beberoad R2. Start at :46 mark

 

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Folding and unfolding Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and Beberoad R2 are practically the same. Both can be done by using just one hand.

To fold, slide the slider located at the handlebar to disengage the chassis, then, push the stroller down to fold the stroller.

Unfolding is easier. Just pull the handlebar up to separate the base from the rest of the stroller. It could be a little tight at first especially when the stroller is still new, but after many uses, the hinges loosen up making the processes easier to do.

 

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How about the handles?

Both stroller’s handles are non-adjustable, horizontal handlebars that are coated with high-quality plastic. Nothing fancy but still durable.

The height of Beberoad R2’s handlebar from the ground is 40 inches while Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s handlebar is 38.9 inches high.

If you are taller than the average person, you might want to consider Beberoad R2 so you won’t have to hunch while strolling.

 

How are the wheels and suspensions?

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s solid rubber tires

 

I love that Baby Jogger City Tour 2 sports solid rubber wheels and has some ridges for more traction making it more adaptable to different kinds of terrains. This is ideal if you plan on using it a lot for outdoor strolls or is situated in a place where climate is usually rainy or snowy.

 

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Beberoad R2’s wheels are made of mixed rubber (EVA) and plastic (Polyutherane).

They also have front swivel wheels that make them agile but can also be manually locked if you want the stroller to run more stable.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is designed with front suspensions that help absorb minor shocks.

But Beberoad R2 took it up a notch with its all-wheel suspension that promises a smoother ride for you and your child.

 

How safe are they to use?

Supported by aluminum metal frames, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and Beberoad R2 are lightweight yet strong enough to support your growing child.

They both have 5-point harnesses to keep your child in place while you stroll.

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Both strollers have pelvic and shoulder pads. However, some users say that Beberoad R2’s pelvic pads keep falling off. You might want to glue it to avoid losing it.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 2 brakes that are located on each rear wheel, Beberoad R2 has only one that can be found also at the back, between the rear wheels. Both are very intuitive to use.

 

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BebeRoad R2 brake

 

Price

Beberoad R2 is cheaper and is priced at around $200-220 USD online.

Color options: Blue Jeans, Light Grey and Dark Grey.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 retails at around $ 230-240 USD.

Color options: Jet (Black), Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

 

Click here to check out the latest deals on Beberoad R2 and Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2  VS  BEBEROAD R2 – WHICH IS BETTER?

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has always been at the top of my list. It is practical, durable and affordable. In my opinion, it is a safe choice. But if you want more excitement in terms of style and up-to-date features, you have the Beberoad R2.

However, personally, I will still go with a Baby Jogger City Tour 2 because of the seat. Beberoad R2’s seat is just too short, City Tour 2 will obviously serve me longer.

Feel free to say hi and share your thoughts below.

 

Sheila

 

STROLLER WAR: BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 OR ZOE STROLLER XL1 V3 CLASSIC – WHY ZOE V3 COULD BE THE NEXT BEST THING

The Zoe XL1’s 2019 version, also known as the Zoe V3 has dubbed itself as the best lightweight stroller around. Given its new and improved features, matched with its price, it seems there is some truth to that.

 

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Although there is nothing extra about the features of Baby Jogger’s City Tour 2 , it is still one of the hottest-selling strollers on Amazon for good reasons. My guess is because of its proven quality and reliability.

 

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Hence it’ll be interesting to compare these two so you can have a detailed comparison to help you decide which stroller is best for you and your baby’s lifestyle.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 OR ZOE STROLLER XL1 V3 – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

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Zoe’s V3 claims to be the ultimate lightweight stroller. While we can’t say for certain, its got some new and exciting things going on in this new version.

 

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At only 11 lbs. the Zoe V3 is lighter than Baby Jogger’s City Tour 2, which weighs 14.3 lbs. It is even slightly lighter than GB Pockit, the world’s smallest folded stroller according to Guinness Book of World Records. GB Pockit weighs a little less than 12 lbs. Check out GB Pockit here.

 

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However, when it comes to folded size, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is smaller and more compact at only 17.7 x 7.1 x 21.6 inches while Zoe V3 is bulkier and bigger when folded.

 

Both strollers fall under the standard size allowance for carry-on baggage for most airlines but to be sure, it is best to check with them first as their policies vary from time to time.

 

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When it comes to portability, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 does NOT come with its own carry strap. The package includes a travel bag though which you can easily sling over your shoulder.

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Zoe XL1 V3 is light, foldable and portable however the package does NOT come with a carry strap and bag. The  ZOE XL1 travel bag and the carry strap can be bought as an accessory on Amazon.

 

Weight Capacity

 

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The Zoe V3 is a lightweight stroller but do not underestimate its carrying capacity. Zoe V3’s maximum weight capacity is at 50 lbs.

According to the CDC, the average weight of a 6 year old is at 45 lbs so even bigger children can continue to use the Zoe V3.

That’s 5 pounds heavier than the capacity of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, which has a maximum capacity of 45 lbs.

 

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Ease of Fold

 

Both strollers have a one-hand folding process.

To fold the Zoe XL1 V3, you simply need to grab one handle strap. The strap is located somewhere between the seat and the backrest. Simply grab the strap, pull up and let the stroller fold and lock into place.

To unfold it, just grab the handlebar and lift it high up and allow the stroller to unfurl below.

To see for yourself how the Zoe V3 folds, check out this video:

 

 

 

Now to fold the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, first, make sure the brake is locked before you start to fold. Then, slide the slider sideways, this one is located at the handlebar. Next, press the lock located just behind that slider. Then, push the handlebar forward all the way down to partially fold the stroller. Look for the strap handle located just between the seat and the back rest, pull it up to fully fold the stroller.

Unfolding the City Tour 2 is the same as Zoe V3’s. Just grab the handlebar and lift it up.

You can also view this video for a visual play by play on folding the City Tour 2:

 

 

Folding the Zoe V3 seems to be quicker and simpler than folding the City Tour 2, especially since you will still have to detach the wheels from the City Tour 2 to be able to fit it inside its bag.

 

Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

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Comfort

 

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Each stroller is capable of a near full recline. The Zoe V3 can recline as far as 165 degrees and the City Tour 2 can recline up to 145 degrees.

 

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Both strollers also have an adjustable leg rest which  gives you more options to find the most comfortable positions for your baby.

While the recline on the City Tour 2 is shallower than that of the Zoe’s, it is designed to be newborn-ready. Just attach the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Bassinet or any of the listed compatible infant car seat models.

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This is something that Zoe XL1 V3 will not allow you to do.

 

Travel System Ready

 

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As I mentioned earlier, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is travel-system ready which can be paired with a Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Bassinet and a couple of infant car seat models:

  • City Go Infant Car Seat

 

 

 

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Babies 6 months and older can safely use Baby Jogger City Tour 2 stroller without the bassinet and infant car seat.

 

On the other hand, Zoe XL1 V3 IS NOT TRAVEL-SYSTEM READY. Zoe V3 boasts of being a stroller that DOES NOT NEED ANY ACCESSORY FOR NEWBORNS.

That is because of its new newborn-ready features:

 

  • A headband at the top of the seat that secures baby’s head when reclined

 

  • A cradle wrap at the bottom of the seat that keeps the infant from sliding out.

 

That said,  it was not designed to be paired with any bassinet of car seat model. However, it is still recommended to start using the Zoe V3 when your infant is at least 3 months.

 

SURPRISE FEATURE

 

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Zoe XL 1 V3 has another surprise : a TANDEM ADD-ON SEAT feature that easily converts it into a double stroller.

 

ZOE XL1 V3 DOUBLE (WITH TANDEM SEAT)

 

This is good news for parents with twins or children close in age! With its one-of-a-kind, add-on expansion, your Zoe V3 can go from a single to a double to match your growing family.

Not only that, ZOE XL 1 V3’S CANOPY IS ALSO QUITE IMPRESSIVE.

HERE’S WHY:

 

  • Zoe V3 has a full four-paneled canopy, with a zip/unzip feature. Meaning you can zip the panels when you want to retract it or unzip it if you want to fully extend it.
Zipped Zoe XL1 V3 Canopy

 

 

Unzipped Zoe XL1 V3 Canopy

 

 

  • It’s made of UVF 50+ material.  The fabric material is thicker than most lightweight stroller canopies, but still fairly light.

 

  • The sun protection flap covers the entire back of the stroller so your baby has more coverage even from behind.

 

  • You can also roll the flap up and clip it for air to circulate well.

 

  • The back flap has a built-in small pocket where you can put your phone, keys or any tiny items.

 

  • The Zoe V3’s canopy also comes with a peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy, hidden by a magnetic snapped flap. This is great if you want to check on your little one without the noise of the good old velcro.

 

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 also has a peek-a-boo window on its canopy. It’s canopy has only  3-panels with a flick out solid sun visor.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s Mesh Peek-a-boo window with flap

 

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Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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The maneuverability and suspension features of both these strollers are very similar. Both the Zoe V3 and the City Tour 2 have front swivel wheels with front-wheel suspensions to allow the strollers to turn on a dime on smoother surfaces. The front wheels can also be locked to make it more stable on rougher road conditions.

 

Safety

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2
  • Both strollers come with a 5-point harness for securing your baby in place.

 

  • Engaging and disengaging the brakes on both these strollers is also pretty easy. Simply flick the brakes on the back wheel into place and reverse to disengage.

 

  • Zoe V3 comes with a belly bar that you can attach accessories on like a snack tray and child-cup holder on.

 

  • Baby Jogger City Tour 2 does not come with a free belly bar but it can be bought separately as an accessory. It can also be attached with a snack tray and a cup holder on the side.

 

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Belly Bar – Sold Separately

 

Steering

 

The Zoe V3’s handlebar is made of durable high-grade aluminum, while Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s handlebar is made of high-quality metal and plastic.

 

ZOE XL1 V3 BACK

 

However, the Zoe V3 has another surprise feature: a parent cup holder. It’s a little, thoughtful reminder for parents to stay hydrated (or caffeinated) while you stroll.

 

There are also little deer rings attached to the handlebar’s side meant for the carry straps to be attached to. But users may also use these also to hang light bags.

 

The Zoe V3’s handlebar height is at 40.25 inches from the ground and comes with a recessed rear axle, allowing for extra kick space for taller drivers.

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2

 

Meanwhile the City Tour 2’s handlebar is only slightly lower at 38.9 inches from the ground, and should also be easy to handle for people of average height.

Price

ZOE XL1 V3 AQUA –Click photo to see other colors.

Zoe XL1 V3 is priced at around $170 to $180 USD.  Check the latest price here.

On the other hand, the price of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is higher. It ranges from $230 to $250 USD online. Check the latest price here.

The Zoe V3 comes in the classic black but it has more color variations to choose from: Aqua (Blue), Eloise Plum, Lime Green, London Navy (Blue), Noah Grey or Red.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 SLATE –Click photo to see other colors.

Meanwhile, Baby Jogger’s City Tour 2 is available in  3 colors: Jet (Black), Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 OR ZOE STROLLER XL1 V3 – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

The Zoe V3’s lightweight frame, nifty accessories and add-on seat feature certainly seem to make it a more interesting option. Not to mention its more affordable price.

However since it is NOT travel-system ready. Many expecting parents or parents of newborns may find that to be a deal breaker. BUT the ADD- ON TANDEM SEAT  of the Zoe V3 could also be a bigger advantage if you are using it for twins or siblings and could be a better purchase in the long run.

 

Click to find out what other verified purchasers have to say about ZOE XL 1 V3 and the BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2.

 

 


 

 

STROLLER WAR: BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO

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Baby Jogger has released a new stroller: the new and improved Baby Jogger City Tour 2! Now made to match any traveling parent and baby’s needs for a much longer time,

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 boasts of being the ultimate travel stroller. Given its latest features, it appears that there’s some truth to that.

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However, Mountain Buggy has also come up with a worthy contender for the title of ultimate travel stroller : Mountain Buggy Nano.  It is also small but wonderful – lightweight, compact, spacious and rich in features.

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

Size and Portability

 

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The Mountain Buggy Nano weighs only 13 lbs while the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is just heavier by a pound. Next to GB Pockit, the Nano is one of the lightest strollers in this category.

Not to be easily dismissed, the City Tour 2 is flatter and more compact when folded at 17.7 x 7 x 21.6 inches.

 

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Both strollers fall under the allowed size for carry-on baggage of most airlines. You shouldn’t have a problem fitting either of them inside the overhead compartments or under the seats of most planes. It’s best to double check this with your airline first as they have different carry-on luggage policies.

 

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The Nano also comes with flexible options for carrying. 1) You can use its carry strap to fling it over your shoulder like a shoulder bag or 2) use the strap handle located between the seat and the back rest to carry as a briefcase.

 

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The City Tour 2 does not have an attached shoulder strap. It does come with a travel bag so you can carry it around with ease. 

 

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Weight Capacity

Both Baby City Jogger City Tour 2 and Mountain Buggy Nano can hold up to about 44 – 45 lbs.

 

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That means they can still be used even by older tots. In terms of longevity of use, the Nano and City Tour 2 would most likely retire at the same time, about when your child is 4 or 5 years old.

 

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The Nano’s underneath basket is smaller than that of the City Tour 2. The weight capacity for Nano’s underneath basket is only 11 lbs

 

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whereas the City Tour 2’s underneath basket can take up to 15 lbs.  and is quite roomy.

 

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Ease of Fold

 

One of the great things about the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is its one-handed fold.

To fold the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, first, make sure the brake is locked before you start to fold. Then, slide the slider sideways, this one is located at the handlebar.

Next, press the lock located just behind that slider. Then, push the handlebar forward all the way down to partially fold the stroller.

Look for the strap handle located just between the seat and the back rest, pull it up to fully fold the stroller.

To unfold it, you just have to pull the handlebar up,  give it a little shake it so the stroller unfurls

 

To see how it’s done you can watch this video:

 

 

To view how to fold the Nano, watch this video:

 

 

Folding the Mountain Buggy Nano is easier.

To fold the Mountain Buggy Nano, using both hands, pull back the canopy and push the back seat forward all the way down. What I don’t like about the Nano’s fold is it requires both hands to do the work which would not be convenient if you are alone with your little one.

To unfold the Nano, just unlatch the lock by the side of the chassis and pull up the handlebar.

Since the wheels remain attached, the Nano can stand on its own even when it is folded. To put it inside its travel bag, simply put the bag over it with the wheels sticking out.

Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

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Comfort

Both the Mountain Buggy Nano and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 are capable of a deep recline, about 145-160 degrees.

 

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Both strollers also have an adjustable leg rest so babies can nap more comfortably.

Both strollers have padded seats that are not bulky. The Nano’s seat is more spacious at 13.5 inches wide with a height of 18 inches. The height from the seat to the top of the canopy of 27 inches. That means it should be comfortable to sit on even for taller and bigger toddlers.

 

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Meanwhile, the City Tour 2’s seat appears to be narrower, about 12 inches wide, and the height of the back rest is only about 16.5 inches.

The Mountain Buggy Nano comes with a two-paneled sun canopy and a flick out solid sun visor. Meanwhile the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 comes with 3-paneled canopy, a flick out solid sun visor that is made up with UV 50+ material. 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a nice peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy which the Mountain Buggy Nano does not have.

However, Nano’s  back rest is covered by a layer of synthetic fabric that you can retract to allow more ventilation from behind.

 

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Travel System Ready

 

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and the Mountain Buggy Nano have the same set of configurations that are suitable from birth to toddlerhood. 

The City Tour 2 can be paired with Baby Jogger’s compatible bassinet, the Tour 2 Bassinet

 

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and the Nano can be paired with its own bassinet called the Cocoon. 

 

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It is strongly recommended for parents to wait until your babies are 6 months or older before these strollers can be used without a bassinet or a car seat.

 

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As I earlier wrote, the two strollers are identical in configurations but the Mountain Buggy Nano has a bonus feature that I will discuss in a bit.

 

But first, here’s a list of infant car seats that are compatible with Baby Jogger City Tour 2 :

 

  • City Go Infant Car Seat

 

  • Graco Click Connect

 

 

 

The Mountain Buggy Nano can be paired with the following car seats:

 

  • Mountain Buggy Protect

 

  • Phil & Teds Alpha

 

 

 

  • Maxi-Cosi Pebble

 

  • Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix

 

  • Maxi-Cosi Mico

 

  • Safe ‘n’ Sound Unity

 

 

As of this writing, the Mountain Buggy Nano is compatible with more infant car seat model models. Thanks to its built-in universal adapter that comes with the package.

Meanwhile the City Tour 2 has nooks on the sides where the compatible car seat adapters should fit.

Remember the bonus feature that I told you earlier? The Mountain Buggy Nano has a neat, little feature that allows it to be installed with a Freerider Scooter Board. This is best for older tots who want to hitch a ride.

 

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Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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Wheel Size (inches) 5 inches front, 5.9 inches rear 5.5 inches front and back
Suspension Front wheel Rear wheel

 

The Mountain Buggy Nano wheels are EVA tires and they are 5.5 inches in front and back. The front wheels have a 360 degrees swivel that makes it agile. If you want it to be steadier, you can lock the front wheels straight. It also has a rear-wheel suspension, for better bump absorption.

 

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Meanwhile the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has lightweight, durable rubber composite tires and front swivel wheels that are also lockable. It also comes with a front-wheel suspension to give your baby a smooth and steadier ride.

 

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Since both strollers come equipped with suspensions and locks for the swivel wheels, users should be able to adjust the ride according to terrain. It is recommended to lock the swivel wheels when using these strollers on rougher surfaces.

 

However, the Mountain Buggy Nano has quite a reputation because of its wobbly rear wheels. Some users have complained about the rear wheels falling off from time to time. But of course, there are also users who are very satisfied with the Mountain Buggy Nano’s driving performance. From their end, the manufacturer, Mountain Buggy, have been responsive to complaints by sending necessary repair kits to complainants.

Click to read more reviews of verified users of the Mountain Buggy Nano here.

 

Safety

 

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The City Tour 2 makes sure that your baby stays safe with its adjustable 5-point harness with a center lock and release button. The Nano’s harness is also pretty secure. It requires a two-step process so that even toddlers can’t easily unbuckle themselves.

 

Both strollers have an easy one-step brake system. All you have to do is step on the protruding brake to flick it into place or to do the reverse release motion.

Steering

 

The handlebar of the Nano is padded with foam and the City Tour 2’s handlebar is made from metal and high-quality plastic. The foam-covered handlebar of the Nano makes it more comfortable to push but City Tour could be more durable in the long run.

The City Tour 2’s handlebar is at 38.9 inches from the ground, while the Nano’s handlebar is about 41-42 inches. Both should be at average height and can be easily handled by people of average height or taller.

 

Price

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s price ranges from about $230 to $250 USD online. Mountain Buggy Nano can be bought cheaper for as low as $200 USD for the plain-colored ones and $220 to $280 USD for the Year of the Rat edition strollers.

Check out Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s price here  and Mountain Buggy Nano’s price here.

For the Mountain Buggy Nano, the color and design options are Nautical (Blue), Ruby (Red), black  and Year of the Rat (floral print). For the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, the color options are Jet (Black),  Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

In terms of features – It’s a close call for me. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is a good, reliable stroller that has the essential features to last you long. However, Mountain Buggy Nano is also a good option because of its flexibility and more attractive price point. The only hesitation I have with the Nano is the wobbly wheels issue, although it may just be a case of bad batch.

 

Click to find out what other verified purchasers have to say about the Mountain Buggy Nano and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

 


STROLLER WAR: BABYZEN YOYO PLUS VS SUMMER INFANT 3D LITE CONVENIENCE STROLLER

 

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Since it came out, both the Babyzen Yoyo Plus and the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller have been a top of mind choice for parents who are looking for lightweight stroller options.

 

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The difference in price points of these 2 are worlds apart, with the Babyzen Yoyo Plus being on the high-end spectrum while the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller can be purchased for less than $100.

BUT! Don’t be quick to judge because the Summer Infant 3D Lite has been the top selling stroller in Amazon for the longest time. Do you ownder why? Let’s compare them shall we?

 

BABYZEN YOYO PLUS VS SUMMER INFANT 3D LITE – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Weight Capacity

 

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Comparing these 2 strollers is a challenge because are different in a lot of aspects. In terms of size, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus appears to be bigger with open dimension of approximately 39″L x 17″W x 41″H  while Summer 3D Infant Lite’s 27″L x 18″W x 43″.  

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Both strollers  are fairly light at 13 lbs. But Summer Lite Infant 3D Lite, despite being smaller, can hold a weight of 50 lbs. while Babyzen Yoyo Plus can only hold up to 40 lbs. That means, your child can use your 3D Lite longer.

 

If you are a fan of strollers that fold small, Babyzen Yoyo Plus might win you over. It  is small enough to to be hand carried inside airplane cabins, trains and doesn’t take up much space in your car trunk.

 

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The Summer Infant 3D Lite, on the other hand, has a standard umbrella fold and won’t be allowed as a hand-carry luggage inside airplanes. I

Consider buying a padded stroller bag for your 3D Lite to keep your luggage safe during flight. Both strollers have carry straps which make them easy to carry around.

 

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Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

 

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Ease of Fold

To fold the Babyzen Yoyo Plus, pull the canopy backward. Then, using both of your hands, press the buttons located at the sides of the stroller frame. The buttons unlock the backrest so you can fold the backrest all the way back.

Next step is to reach under the lower part of the stroller where there’s a red lever. Pull the lever towards you, lift it up and watch it automatically fold itself.

To unfold the Babyzen Yoyo Plus , pull the red lever out to disengage the lock, grab the handle of the stroller, lift it up, give it some shake and watch it unfurl.

 

Watch the demo below to get a better idea of the process.

 

Folding the Summer Infant 3D Lite is an entirely different process.

 

To fold the Summer Infant 3D Lite, you have to step on the lever located at the side of the stroller. Then, pull up the handle located at the back.

Once it disengages, push the seat forward all the way down to the ground. You will hear a snap that signals that the stroller is already locked.

To unfold, unlatch the hook at the side of the stroller, pull the handle upright and step on the lever located below the handle at the back.

 

Watch demo below.

Travel-System Ready

 

One major disadvantage of the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller is it is NOT travel system ready.

You have to wait until your baby is about 6 months and older to be able to use it.

On the other hand, if you are shopping for a stroller that could be used from birth until toddlerhood, Babyzen Yoyo Plus is a better option because it is travel-system ready.
For smaller babies, you can pair it with its bassinet called a  Newborn Pack . It is also compatible with BABYZEN iZi , Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex car seats.
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Bonus feature:

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus can be attached with a Babyzen Yoyo Plus Board  at the back of the stroller. This is perfect if your older child would like to hitch a ride.

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Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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Both strollers drive well on smooth surfaces. The Summer Infant 3D Lite’s bigger 6-inch wheels and rear-wheel suspension makes it easy to maneuver.

 

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However, Babyzen Yoyo Plus, added a neat feature called the Soft Drive system which makes it lighter to push.

Aside from making the stroller more agile, this feature automatically stabilizes the front swivel wheels as it touch minor bumps. That means you there is no need to stop and manually lock the front wheels as you push.

 

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Comfort

 

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As for the seats, I find the Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ seat to be more padded and soft than the Summer Infant 3D Lite’s. Given the price difference, it should not come as a surprise.

Babies and toddlers can nap comfortably in both strollers. Babyzen Yoyo Plus and Summer Infant 3D Lite recline to as low as 140 degrees.

The Summer Infant 3D Lite does not have a peek-a-boo window, while the Yoyo Plus has one at the top of the canopy.

 

Safety

Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness that has a center lock and release button which secures the child in place.

What’s cool about Summer Infant 3D’s buckle is it has a flap cover to hide the buckle from the child. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.

 

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Babyzen Yoyo Plus has a one-step brake that you have to step on to engage and lift to disengage. As for the Summer Infant 3D Lite, it has individual brakes on both rear wheels that are very intuitive to use.

 

Steering

Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ horizontal handlebar makes one-hand pushing more possible as compared to Summer Infant 3D Lite’s vertical handles.  Both are non-adjustable.

 

The height of Yoyo Plus’ handlebar is about 41 inches from the ground, while the Summer Infant 3D Lite’s handles are about 43 inches high.

 

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Price

Babyzen Yoyo Plus stroller is way more expensive at almost $500. Prices vary depending on the shade. You may choose from different shades such as : Taupe, Grey, Ginger, Peppermint & Red.

CHECK OUT LATEST PRICE HERE.

On the other hand, Summer Infant 3D Lite costs just less than $100. Color options are: Black, Pink, Teal, Blue, Grey and Green.

CHECK OUT LATEST PRICE HERE.

 

BABYZEN YOYO PLUS VS SUMMER INFANT 3D LITE – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

It all boils down to how much are you willing to shell out for a stroller.

As you would have expected, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus has amazing features hence the price 1) it is  travel- system ready 2) it is more compact and portable 3) it pushes really well.

If I have the budget, I would definitely go for the Babyzen Yoyo Plus.

But, if you are just looking for a basic, reliable stroller for everyday use, the Summer Infant 3D Lite is a sensible choice as well.  And many practical parents can attest to that.

 

Check out what other users have to say about the Babyzen Yoyo Plus and the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller.

 


STROLLER WAR: GB POCKIT PLUS OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

 

After some much-needed modifications to the  GB Pockit stroller came another model that zoomed right at the top of Amazon’s best selling strollers list, the GB Pockit Plus. Still very compact like it’s earlier version, the GB Pockit Plus offers more features that makes it a candidate for an everyday stroller.

 

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But just recently, Baby Jogger also came up with a newer version of its City Tour, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and it also has complete features that makes even high-end strollers a run for their money.

 

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BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

 

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The biggest selling point of GB Pockit Plus is its compact size. After all, it is still the Guinness world record holder for being the stroller with the smallest fold of 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches. 

 

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Not only that, GB Pockit Plus weighs just about 12 lbs, which makes it a favorite among frequent traveling parents.

 

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On the other hand, Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s compact fold, although not as small as the Pockit Plus’,  is pretty easy to carry at 17 x 7 x 21.6 inches. It weighs about 14 lbs, a 2-pound difference from Pockit Plus.

 

Both strollers are usually allowed to be hand carried inside planes as they fit inside airplane overhead bins.

One downside to these two is that they both do not have carry straps attached to them, unlike the Babyzen Yoyo Plus, Mountain Buggy Nano and Uppababy Minu. 

 

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However, one advantage of the City Tour 2 is it comes with a travel bag for storage and carrying.

 

Weight Capacity

There’s actually some confusion about GB Pockit Plus’ maximum weight capacity.

A lot of posts online say it is 55 lbs but when I checked the manual, GB Pockit Plus’s official weight capacity is up to 37 lbs

On the other hand, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 can carry up to 45 lbs.

That said, you can expect GB Pockit Plus to retire sooner if your child is a bit on the heavy side.

As for the the underneath storage of these two strollers, Baby Jogger City Tour can hold more weight with a capacity of 15 lbs while the GB Pockit Plus can only hold up to 11 lbs.

 

Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

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Ease of Fold

Now which stroller is easier to fold?

I actually find GB Pockit Plus’ fold to be one of the most complicated folds among others that I have tried. So here goes.

Watch the demo below to get a better idea of how it’s done.

 

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s folding mechanism requires only a hand to fold but unfolding it is another story as it requires two hands to separate the base from the handle. Check out the video below.

 

Watch the demo below.

 

GB Pockit Plus’ fold would take some getting used to and you have to somehow break it in to loosen the joints so it becomes easy to joggle and unfurl. For me, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is hands down, better in this area.

Comfort

Whether your baby wants to watch the world or take a nap, both GB Pockit Plus and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 have multi-position reclines that goes as low as 145 degrees.

 

As for the canopies, GB Pockit Plus’ canopy is quite short compared to the City Tour 2’s 3-paneled canopy.

But if you’ve seen the earlier version, the GB Pockit, this is definitely a leap forward.

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s Peek-a-boo window

 

Aside from the canopy sizes, GB Pockit Plus do not have a peek-a-boo window at the top.

It does have an open space for peeking at the sides of the back rest. As for  Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it has a large, peek-a-boo window at the top with a flap cover.

I find that more ideal because you don’t have to bend low to check on your little one.

The height of the canopies from the seat is almost the same at about 25-26 inches. That is still enough head room for taller tots.

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Travel-System Ready

What’s great about these two strollers is that they can be used no matter the season in your baby’s life.

Both can be used from infancy to toddlerhood as they are both travel-system ready. You can use them with a bassinet and an infant car seat.

 

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You can pair the GB Pockit Plus with its own bassinet called GB Cot to Go  and for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, its called a Tour 2 Bassinet.Both bassinets can be used until your baby is about 19 lbs.

 

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The GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following car seats:

 

  • GB infant car seat Idan

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

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As for Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is compatible with the following infant car seat models:

 

 

  • Graco Click Connect

 

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Maneuverability and Suspension

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Both strollers drive well in malls, airports or any place with smooth surfaces, however, the City Tour 2 gets extra points for its bigger wheels, 5 inches at the front and 5.9 inches at the back.

The bigger the wheels, the steadier they are even on less desirable terrains.

GB Pockit Plus’ less than 5-inch dual wheels somehow compensated for its small wheels but the City Tour 2  just feels steadier to push.

Not only that, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also equipped with a front-wheel suspension which makes it more comfortable for your baby to ride on even as you cruise on slightly bumpy surfaces.

The GB Pockit Plus has no suspension at all and because of its small fold, the Pockit Plus has a lot of joints and hinges that makes it feel fragile to drive.

 

Safety

 

The safety features of both strollers are pretty standard.

Both strollers have an adjustable 5-point harness with a center lock and release button to make sure that the child stays in place.

Both strollers also have a one-step brake that you have to step on and lift by foot to lock and unlock.

 

Steering

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The GB Pockit Plus has 2 separate short handles while the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 1 handlebar.

Both handles are about 38-39 inches high from the ground and are non-adjustable. People of average height can comfortably steer both strollers.

Price

GB Pockit Plus retails on Amazon at around $230.  Color options are:  Laguna Blue, Satin BlackSilverfox Grey.

Price of Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is around $260. Color options are: Jet (Black),  Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

Check out recent prices of GB Pockit Plus here  and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 here.

 

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

The GB Pockit Plus and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 are both reasonably priced.

Having weighed all the features, despite my love for really compact strollers, I would go for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. It’s just sturdier and more cost effective as it can serve as both a travel and primary stroller.

Check out other customer reviews about  GB Pockit Plus and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 on Amazon.

 

 

 


STROLLER WAR: UPPABABY MINU OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

 

If you’ve been eyeing the Uppababy Minu for your baby’s next stroller, know that you are not alone in appreciating this wonderful and well-thought of gear.

 

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It has been my current favorite since it came out but Baby Jogger City Tour 2 offers almost the same features for only half the price.

 

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BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS UPPABABY MINU – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

Size and Portability

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Babies and toddlers are already a handful that’s why every parent needs a stroller that are not burdensome to carry around.

The Uppababy Minu and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 are great gears to bring along as both can be folded into a compact square and doesn’t take much space in car trunks, train compartments or airplane overhead bins.

 

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a slight advantage in terms of fold size, 17 x 7 x 21.6 inches, a bit smaller compared to the Uppababy Minu’s fold size of 20.5 x 11.5 x 23 inches. 

 

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One advantage of the Uppababy Minu is its carry strap that is quite convenient for parents to use.

 

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On the other hand, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 does have its own travel bag for storage and carrying.

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The are both lightweight, Minu weighs only 14.8 lbs and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is 14.3 lbs.

If you are a frequent flyer, these strollers will serve you well during travels.

They are small enough to fit inside airplane overhead bins. Hence there’s a big chance that both will be permitted to be a hand-carry luggage.

Uppababy also has its own travel bag which you can buy separately. The Travelsafe bag is not only for storing your stroller but also acts like an insurance for your Uppababy cargo.

All you have to do is register your gear and your Travelsafe bag here -UppaBaby Travelsafe Registration before departure.

 

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The manufacturer will cover any damage incurred during the flight as long as your gear is still under warranty. Find out more about Travelsafe bag here.

 

Weight Capacity

The Minu can hold up to 50 lbs while the City Tour 2 can hold a child until he or she is 45 lbs heavy.

 

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Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

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Ease of Fold

One good reason to consider the Uppababy Minu is its true one-hand fold.

If you are without company, this one-hand fold feature is super convenient as it allows you to hold your child on one arm and fold your stroller using the other.

 

Watch the folding demo of the Uppababy Minu below.

 

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s folding mechanism requires only a hand to fold but unfolding it is another story as it requires two hands to separate the base from the handle.

 

Check out the video below.

 

The difference of both strollers is their unfolding mechanism, Uppababy Minu unfolds in a way that it springs back to position unlike the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, which needs a little more assistance. 

Comfort

 

Uppababy Minu and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 both have reclinable back rests that are great for babies who love to nap while strolling.

 

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Both can recline as low as 140-145 degrees so your little one’s back and neck are fully supported as he or she sleeps.

 

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Both gears also have adjustable leg rests which is a nice feature especially for younger babies.

The seat and canopy of the Minu and the City Tour 2 are roomy enough to accommodate growing tots up until they no longer need a stroller.

 

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Similarly, both have 2-paneled canopies with pop-out sun visors that are made out of UPF 50+ material.

As for the rest of your baby’s body, I recommend that you get an additional canopy extension to provide him or her with more shade.

 

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Their peek-a-boo windows are also very similar.

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s Peek-a-boo window

 

Both have large peek-a-boo mesh windows at the top that has a flap cover.

 

 

But I prefer Uppababy Minu’s magnet flap closure more than Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s velcro closure because velcro just sounds noisy and could wake up a sleeping baby.

 

Travel-System Ready

I love travel-system ready strollers because they are very versatile to use from birth until your baby becomes a toddler.

These types of strollers are more cost-effective in the long run. Most people I know who bought a heavy travel system, including myself, ended up buying a lightweight stroller eventually.

If you have a newborn and you prefer to use a bassinet, both strollers can be attached with a compatible bassinet to give your baby a flat-lie position. For Uppababy Minu, it is called a From Birth Kit.

 

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and for Baby Jogger City Tour, it’s called a Tour 2 Bassinet

 

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However, I give plus points to the Uppababy Minu because its stroller seat can accommodate an infant as early as 3-months old. Just make sure that you fully recline the back rest so your baby’s spine and head are protected.

Some parents add infant inserts to provide more support for the baby.

As for  Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is recommended for babies to use, without a bassinet or car seat, starting 6 months onwards.

Both strollers are non-reversible and only allow world-facing position.

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the car seat models :

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

 

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As for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is only compatible with

 

  • City Go Infant Car Seat

 

  • Graco Click Connect

 

 

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Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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Cruising on smooth and rough roads won’t be a problem with both strollers. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 5-inch front wheels and 5.9-inch back wheels that make it perform well even off-road.

It also has a  front-wheel suspension that absorb mild shocks so baby will feel less vibrations while strolling.

 

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As for the Uppababy Minu, although it has smaller back wheels, (5-inch front and 5.7-inch back) the all-wheel suspensions make it also easier to maneuver and adaptable even on less desirable road conditions.

Both strollers have front swivel wheels that make them agile. They also can be manually locked for a more stable ride.

 

Safety

Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness to ensure that baby stays in place while you stroll.

The 2 strollers have different braking mechanisms.

Uppababy Minu,  has 2 color coded levers on each rear wheel. The red lever on one side is for engaging the brake, the green lever on the other side is for releasing it.

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Uppababy Minu Rear

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a basic one-step brake that is very intuitive to engage and disengage.

Steering

Adding a stylish touch to its gear is Uppababy Minu’s horizontal handlebar which is covered with 100% genuine leather that looks better as it ages.

The height of the handlebar is about 41-42 inches from the ground. Tall parents need not hunch while pushing the Minu.

 

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Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 also has 1 horizontal handlebar with a height of approximately 38-39 inches from the ground.

If you are of average height, this stroller’s handle is at a comfortable level to push but if you are a taller person, the Uppababy Minu might suit you better.

 

Price

 

Minu retails close to $400 on Amazon. Color options: Jordan (Charcoal),   Teal (Ryan)  and  Jake (Black)

Check the latest price here.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 costs just around half of Minu’s price. It ranges from $230 to $250 USD online. Color options: Jet (Black),  Seacrest (Blue)   or  Slate (Grey). 

Check the latest price here.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS UPPABABY MINU – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

The Uppababy Minu is definitely a big purchase. In terms of materials used, it feels and looks more premium than Baby Jogger City Tour 2 which is more of a budget stroller.

Buy with the 2 having almost identical features, I would say that Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is not a bad option at all if you find Uppababy Minu a little pricey and impractical.

 

 

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

 

 


 

STROLLER WAR: Uppababy Minu or Mountain Buggy Nano

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The Uppababy Minu and the Mountain Buggy Nano  are worlds apart when it comes to price points but both gears are equipped with great features, lightweight and perfect for travels.

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In short, these can be the only strollers that you will ever have to buy for your baby.

 

If you’ve read other reviews about the Mountain Buggy Nano, you know by now that there were some complaints about its wobbly rear wheels. If you haven’t, you can read more about it here.

 

With that said, does Mountain Buggy Nano even come close to Uppababy Minu’s quality and features? Read on.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

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Strollers that fold into a small, compact square are all the rage these days to a lot of parents. If you are short, like me, you will also love carrying the Mountain Buggy Nano and Uppababy Minu around because of their folded size.

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Both strollers also have carry straps which is perfect for parents on the go.

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Uppababy Minu and Mountain Buggy Nano would easily fit into airplane overhead compartments as they are tinier than most small, carry-on suitcases.  However, some airlines have stricter carry-on luggage policies so it’s best to check with them first if they will allow. 

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As for its weight, the Mountain Buggy Nano is lighter than the Uppababy Minu at only 13 lbs while the Minu weighs almost 15 lbs.

 

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Ease of Fold

Uppababy Minu boasts of its true one-hand fold.

As a mom of an active toddler, I know how important this feature is. Folding the Uppababy Minu is easy while holding your little one. To fold, grab the handlebar, slide the slider, press the button that is also located at the handlebar and push the stroller down to fold.

To unfold the Minu, just release the latch which you can find at the side of the frame and pull up the handlebar to unfold the Minu.

It’s so easy to do and a great feature especially when you are in a public area and you don’t want to let your little one go for even a second.

 

Watch the folding demo below.

Folding the Mountain Buggy Nano is not as easy but is definitely not rocket science.

Its fold is similar to the Babyzen Yoyo Plus. All you have to do is, with both hands, pull back the canopy and push the back seat forward all the way down.

What I don’t like about the Nano’s fold is it requires both hands to do the work which would not be convenient if you are alone with your little one.

Unfolding the Nano is the same as the Minu’s. Just unlatch the lock by the side of the chassis and pull up the handlebar.

 

Watch the video to see the demo.

Comfort

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No need to cut short your itinerary if your little one decides to sleep while strolling. The Mountain Buggy Nano and the Uppababy Minu guarantees to give your little one a comfortable nap with its reclinable seats that go as low as 145 degrees approximately. 

 

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For more support, both strollers have adjustable leg rests that you can lift to keep your baby’s legs from awkwardly dangling.

 

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If your baby happens to grow tall and large, you don’t have to buy a bigger stroller as both strollers have spacious seats and ample head room to accommodate your growing kid.

Both strollers have decent-sized, 2-paneled canopies with tuck-away sun visors to cover your little one’s head from the harsh sun.

 

Weight Capacity

The Uppababy Minu may be heavier but it actually can support a child until he or she is 50 lbs heavy.

On the other hand, the Mountain Buggy Nano has a maximum weight capacity of 44 lbs which is also not bad for its stroller weight.

 

Travel-System Ready

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If you are still expecting a baby or has just recently gave birth, I would recommend that you get travel-system ready strollers, like the Nano and the Minu.

These strollers are very versatile because you can pair them with a bassinet or an infant car seat.

 

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For the Uppababy Minu, you can purchase its bassinet called a From Birth Kit, for the Mountain Buggy Nano, it’s called a Cocoon. 

These bassinets can be used from birth until baby is 6 months old.

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Uppababy Minu’s  stroller can be used, even without a bassinet or a car seat, by babies starting 3 months old. That means, you have the option to not buy the bassinet  if you will not be going out a lot on the first 3 months after giving birth.

For the Nano, you will have to wait for the baby to turn 6 months before making him or her ride the stroller without

the bassinet.

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following brands

 

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

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As for Mountain Buggy Nano,  there’s no need to buy a separate adapter. It comes with its own universal adapter that is compatible with a lot of infant car seat models such as the ones listed below: 

 

 

 

  • Graco Snugride Click Connect 22

 

 

  • Maxi-Cosi Pebble

 

 

 

  • Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity

 

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

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Minu’s superior driving performance will definitely leave the Mountain Buggy Nano behind. Equipped with bigger wheels, 5 inches at the front and 7 inches at the back, the Uppababy Minu will surely perform better even in slightly bumpy surfaces.

 

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It also has an all-wheel suspension which is designed to absorb minor bumps. Your little one will experience less vibrations when strolling on grassy and cobblestone streets while riding a Minu.

 

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Mountain Buggy Nano, on the other hand, has a standard 5-inch EVA wheels with a rear-wheel suspension. EVA wheels is a rubber material that is also used in bikes which gives it traction and zero maintenance is required.

However, the Mountain Buggy Nano has quite a reputation because of its wobbly rear wheels.

Some users have complained about the rear wheels falling off from time to time. But of course, there are also users who are very satisfied with the Mountain Buggy Nano’s driving performance.

Check out other Mountain Buggy Nano users’ reviews here.

Safety

Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness that will ensure that your baby stays in place while you stroll.

The 2 strollers have different braking mechanisms. The Uppababy Minu has 2 color coded levers on each rear wheel. The red lever on one side is for engaging the brake, the green lever on the other side is for releasing it.

As for the Mountain Buggy Nano, it has 1 color-coded lever on one side of the rear wheel. Using your foot, just step on the red part of the lever to halt and step on the blue part to release the brake.

 

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Nano’s brake

 

Just a red flag, there are some users who complained about the Mountain Buggy Nano’s brake that sometimes goes on and off by itself.

From their end, the manufacturer has been helpful in addressing the issues by sending repair kits or sometimes replacing parts to troubleshoot the problems.

 

Steering

 

Uppababy Minu's 100% Full-grain leather handle
Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

 

The Uppababy Minu’s horizontal handlebar is an eye-catcher with its 100% genuine leather cover. It is high enough for tall parents to push without hunching at 41-42 inches from the ground approximately.

The handlebar of Mountain Buggy Nano is pretty standard. It is covered with foam for easy grip and positioned at about 38-39-inch high from the ground

 

Bonus Feature

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The Mountain Buggy Nano can be attached with a Mountain Buggy Nano Freerider Stroller Board at the back. This is perfect treat if you have an older kid who wants to hitch a ride. The Freerider Stroller Board can carry another 44-lb child.

 

Price

 

Now here’s a possible deal breaker for some. If you are eyeing the Uppababy Minu, it might make some dent on your budget. The Minu retails at around $400 on Amazon.

Check latest price here.

while the Mountain Buggy Nano costs just half of that, around $200.

Check latest price here.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

I have been wishing to get an Uppababy Minu but it is too pricey for me. With this product, it is true that you get what you pay for, that is, high-end price = high-end materials and design.

The Mountain Buggy Nano is not too bad either.  It also has pretty much everything that the Minu has. I wouldn’t mind buying this for myself as well. Guilt-free purchases are always a good thing.

 

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu.