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.

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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

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Mountain Buggy Nano
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.

 


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