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.

 

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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.

 

 

 


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