Still selling like pancakes on Amazon as of this writing, the GB Pockit Plus, has proven that size is king when it comes to travel strollers. Having recently came out with a travel-system ready model in GB Pockit Plus, a lot of its loyal consumers did not hesitate to purchase the new one. But just recently, Baby Jogger came out with a promising new model, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. This stroller challenges the features of one of the top-selling strollers as of the moment but with a few compromises.
Which is better – GB Pockit Plus or Baby Jogger City Tour 2?
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two.
|Baby Jogger City Tour 2||GB Pockit Plus|
|Folded Dimensions (inches)||17 x 7 x 21.6||12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9|
|Stroller Weight (lb)||14.3`||12.3|
|Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)||45||37|
|Storage Weight Capacity (lb)||15||11|
Size and Portability
The GB Pockit Plus is a 2014 Guinness World Record holder for being the smallest folded stroller and it is hard to argue with that. It has a folded size of 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 (inches) and weighs only 12 lbs which makes it small and light enough to be carried inside a tote bag.
The Baby Jogger City Tour 2, on the other hand has a folded dimension of 17 x 7 x 21.6 (inches) and weighs about 14+ lbs. It’s definitely bigger and heavier than the GB Pockit Plus but is still small enough to pass as a carry-on luggage in most airlines.
It’s a shame that both strollers do not have carrying straps. The GB Pockit Plus has an attached loop handle at the middle for carrying, while the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 comes with a backpack-style bag which is somehow more convenient to use because it frees both hands. GB Pockit Plus has a carry bag that is sold separately as an accessory.
The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is slightly heavier but with a good reason. It can carry a heavier cargo with a maximum weight limit of 45 pounds or about 5 years old in child age. The GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, can only support a cargo of up to 37 pounds or about 4 years old in child age. The difference in weight capacity is actually significant.
Both strollers can be paired with a bassinet and an infant car seat which make them suitable to use from birth. Baby Jogger has its own version of bassinet, Tour 2 Bassinet for GB Pockit Plus it’s GB Cot to Go.
GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following car seats:
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is compatible with
- Baby Jogger City GO
- Graco Click Connect
Six-month old babies or those who weigh 19 lbs or more can start using both strollers without the bassinet.
Maneuverability and Suspension
|Baby Jogger City Tour 2||GB Pockit Plus|
|Wheel Size (in) ||5 front, 5.9 rear||4.5, dual wheels|
The GB Pockit Plus has one of the smallest wheels that I’ve seen with just 4.5 inches in diameter. It is not recommended for strolls on bumpy roads. It has a lot of hinges and very light which makes it feel fragile to drive. It also does not have suspensions on any of its wheels so it is best to avoid uneven roads with this one.
The GB Pockit Plus has dual front wheels that swivel which makes it agile when strolling in malls, airports or other places with even terrains. The front wheels can be manually locked for a more stable ride.
The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 easily wins this round with its 5-inch front wheels and almost 6-inch rear wheels. The front swivel wheels can also be locked for stability. It has a front-wheel suspension which makes it more adaptable to less desirable terrains.
Ease of Fold
GB Pockit Plus’ commercial success is because of its lightness and very impressive compact fold. There are 2 ways to fold it, the Everyday Fold and the Ultra Compact Fold.
Watch the GB Pockit Plus’ fold demo below.
This video made it looks so easy but I tried folding and unfolding it myself in the shop and it took me a lot of attempts to finally get used to it. The fold would require some handwork from your part, not just your hands but even your legs! It is not the easiest to fold a but ironically I felt a sense of fulfillment to see that I was able to fold it so tiny successfully.
Watch the Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s fold below.
If you’ve watched the video, it’s pretty obvious that Baby Jogger City Tour 2 takes less sweat in folding and unfolding it. To unfold it, you just have to pull the handlebar up to pull it away from the rest of the stroller.
Folding it just requires one hand to push the button at the handlebar, slide the slider, push the stroller down and pull up the fabric handlebar located somewhere between the seat and the back rest.
Both strollers are suitable for long hours of strolls. Both the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and the GB Pockit Plus have seats that recline to as low as 145 degrees. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a slight advantage because of its built-in leg rest which will give smaller babies a more comfortable sleeping position. The seats of both strollers are spacious and well padded. Pads are not too thick which is nice if you are in a place where climate is warm.
The canopy of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has three panels and a pop up sunvisor. It is larger than that of the GB Pockit Plus. It also has a large, mesh peek-a-boo window at the top and a retractable cover at the back to let more air in.
As for the GB Pockit Plus, it has no peek-a-boo window at the top but the design of the backrest is open at the sides.
Both canopies are made out of UVF50+ fabric for extra protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
The 5-point harnesses of both strollers are secure enough to keep your baby safe all throughout the ride. The Baby
Jogger City Tour 2 and the GB Pockit Plus do not have built-in bumper bars. But, the City Tour 2 has an available belly bar accessory that you can avail in Amazon for less than $30.
Both strollers have a one-step brake at the back that are intuitive to use.
Both have non-adjustable handles that are 38-39 inches from the ground. The GB Pockit Plus has 2 handles on both sides that are easy to maneuver. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 1 horizontal handlebar that can be pushed with a single hand. People who are average in height won’t have a problem pushing both of these strollers.
There is not much difference in the price points the two strollers. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is slightly higher by about $30 dollars than the GB Pockit Plus. But if you are buying the stroller with a bassinet, the GB Cot to Go bassinet is pricier at almost $200 while the Tour 2 bassinet is just about $100.
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 comes in 3 different colors – Jet (Black), Seacrest (deep blue) and Slate (light grey). GB Pockit Plus comes in 2 tones – Laguna Blue and Satin Black.
If you intend to buy a spare stroller that is just for traveling or short trips to run errands, I recommend that you get the GB Pockit Plus because it really is so small and is highly likely to be allowed inside airplane cabins.
But, if you are looking for a primary stroller that is durable for everyday use but also portable for traveling, I would say that the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is a wiser buy.
Check out what other customers have to say about the GB Pockit Plus and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.
If you have other questions about these strollers, leave me a message below and I’ll try me best to answer quickly. 🙂