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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

Baby Jogger City Tour 2Zoe XL1 V3
Folded Dimensions (in)
L W H
17" x 7" x 21.6"20.25" x 7.5" x 26"
Open Dimensions (in)
L W H
36" x 19 x 40" 31" x 20.5" x 40.25"
Stroller Weight (lb) 14.311
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)4550
Storage Weight Capacity (lb)15

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2Zoe XL1 V3
Wheel Size (in)
5 front, 5.9 rear5.3 front, 6.25 rear
SuspensionFront wheelFront wheel

 

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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  • 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 


 

 

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