Living in Norfolk we’re host to quite a few types of terrain whether that be stony roads, your typical pavement or some seriously pretty country lanes and I think we’ve found the perfect stroller. Yes, a one stroller fits all terrains – the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.
We’ve been reviewing this for around three weeks and it has been the perfect partner for a trip to the shops or a nice long walk down the back roads, I absolutely adore it! Toby hasn’t really used it, although he’s always the first to jump in it when I get it out of the car, but Teddy has been making the most of it.
When I first got it out of the box, I managed to unfold it and put it together without any instructions which is always a bonus. My initial thought was about just how huge the seat is; suitable for up to 15kg and super spacious and wide, this stroller will suit babies from around six months right through to five years old. I’d say that was absolutely true for an ‘average’ sized child (Toby fits in this really well and he’s just turned 3) but I’d say if you had a tall child that you could expect them to outgrow it sooner. The seat can not parent face which, personally, I wouldn’t like when the baby is still so young.
The seat is really well padded and offers a five point harness for extra safety. The straps are adjusted from behind the seat which are hidden by a panel of material to keep everything a bit more streamline. The seat offers a pretty deep foot rest, which is awesome as it means the kids’ feet won’t be dangling out. The City Mini GT can recline almost horizontally and can be done pretty quickly. For me it was a two hand job just to do it and to make sure Ted didn’t fall back quickly. Once reclined there are vents and a retractable weather cover which is great because it doesn’t compromise on safety or comfort.
The hood comes in really handy here, which is also absolutely huge and covers almost all of the seat. The hood has two windows which you can look through so that you can see when half way out and then again when it’s fully extended. It’s SPF 50+ and it offers an almost ‘cubby hole’ type of space when fully opened. The hood also works really well on the recline, which I was impressed with as this is a feature on other strollers that I hate!
This three wheeler stroller comes in a range of colours, although we’ve had it in the black, and it’s just a really simple design. It looks really good without looking too complicated and I was impressed with the sturdiness of the frame. The frame is forgiving enough, but doesn’t flake under bumps in the lanes and doesn’t shake Ted around too much either, which is great if he’s fallen asleep on our walks.
The City Mini GT is an absolute dream to push around. While it may seem big at first, navigating it is so easy. I can do it one or two handed because it’s so light. The handlebar is height adjustable (non telescopic) and the highest height which I usually use on my other pushchair is too high for me, and I now have to have it totally horizontal so this is perfect if parents of different heights want something amicable. To the right of the handlebar is the brake which is a pull up mechanism to lock the wheels and then a push in and release movement to get moving again. I really like this feature especially during the summer because trying to do a foot brake with flip flops on is not good!
It transitions from one terrain to the other without any trouble and there’s a constantly smooth ride, and an easy push too! All three wheels have “forever air tyres” which is an inflatable rubber air tyre designed to prevent punctures because of the all terrain use. They feel super sturdy and the suspension is really good too. The front wheel is lockable if you prefer it not to swivel round, but I keep it free flowing as I feel it adds to the agility of the pushchair which, by the way, I can turn in a circle without having to move much at all – it’s amazing for small spaces.
Moving further down the City Mini GT the basket underneath is really spacious and impressively sturdy. However, I do feel it could’ve potentially been a little bit bigger if the frame was a little more angled. It won’t fit a weekly shop in if you plan on walking to the supermarket but it will fit in a fair amount for a day out with the kids. The stroller suggests that you don’t hang any bags from the handlebar but I’ve been hanging my changing bag from there for the last three weeks and it’s been fine. I think as long as it’s balanced out then it’s perfectly fine to do so. There are no other hooks or other storage facilities, so a buggy buddy might be handy for carrier bags, or you can buy a storage console from Baby Jogger which will fit a few things in there.
The thing that really sells the City Mini GT has to be the one handed fold. It’s just crazily simple and amazing. Once you’ve popped it up, it all clicks into place and to get it down you simple just pull the strap in the seat and voila, it pops into its folded down state and it’s flippin’ beautiful! It’s so compact and literally takes up half the space in my boot than my old pushchair! It’s almost square like so it makes fitting other things in the boot easier too!
The City Mini GT has a one handed easy fold and it really is that easy. You just grab the handle in the middle of the seat and the stroller folds instantly. You can easily lift it with one hand as for it’s size I think it’s noticeably light and you can then pop it in your car in one move. The wheels easily pop on and off as well making it possible to make the stroller smaller to make more space. It’s not heavy to lift and you can use the strap to carry it, or you can also buy a Baby Jogger bag to put it in and carry it that way – yes really!
So what else should you know?
- You do have to pay for extra accessories. Personally, my favourite would have to be the plush handmuff, it looks so warm and comfy and I’ll definitely be investing in this for the Winter months.
- It doesn’t come with a rain cover as standard. This is probably one of the more disappointing features, but the City Mini GT redeems itself with so many other features that I can barely complain.
- Once it’s popped up into position there’s a red safety strap that should be used just in case there was any reason for it to fold unexpectedly. I’ve not yet used it, but think it’s an important feature to be aware of.
- This is a single stroller only and can not be changed to a double. However, it does have the option of becoming a travel system but for me, it looks pretty awful with a car seat attached.
- Other accessories include everything from a parent console, to a buggy board to belly bar and carry cot.
- If you’re stuck for storage in your house, this is the pushchair for you. It’s so angular when it’s folded that it’ll fit beautifully into a corner and not be much in the way. Plus it gets through the front door really easily.
- I initially thought the material looked a bit cheap online but that’s not the case at all! It’s really high quality and for me it’s all about the function of a pushchair anyway, not how fashionable it’s going to look.
My overall impressions are “why didn’t I get this sooner?”, “why didn’t I know about this sooner?” and “who can I tell how amazing this is?”. I absolutely love this pushchair. It’s right up our street and is perfect in every way for our family.
*I was sent the City Mini GT for the purposes of this review. All views and opinions are my own.