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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
How about their Peek-a-boo windows?
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Beberoad R2 is cheaper and is priced at around $200-220 USD online.
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 retails at around $ 230-240 USD.
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.