STROLLER WAR: GB POCKIT PLUS OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

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.

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER?

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two.

 

 

Size and Portability

Baby Jogger City Tour 2GB Pockit Plus
Folded Dimensions (inches) 17 x 7 x 21.612.5 x 7.8 x 14.9
Stroller Weight (lb)14.3`12.3
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)4537
Storage Weight Capacity (lb)1511

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.

 

gb Pockit Plus 2018 Satin Black
gb Pockit Plus 2018 Satin Black
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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.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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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 its own bag which is convenient to use because it frees both hands.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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GB Pockit Plus has a carry bag that is sold separately as an accessory.

 

gb Pockit and Pockit PLUS travel bag black
gb Pockit and Pockit PLUS travel bag black
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Weight Capacity

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.

Travel-System Ready

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GB Pockit Plus Configurations

 

Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact, Lightweight Stroller | Quick Fold Baby Stroller, Jet
Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact, Lightweight Stroller | Quick ...
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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. 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Carry Cot, Jet
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Carry Cot, Jet
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gb carry cot TO GO for gb Pockit Plus and gb Qbit Plus SAPHIRE BLUE
gb carry cot TO GO for gb Pockit Plus and gb Qbit Plus SAPHIRE BLUE
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GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following car seats:

 

CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, Black Beauty
CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, Black Beauty
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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is compatible with

Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat and Base - Black/Grey
Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat and Base - Black/Grey
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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 2GB Pockit Plus
Wheel Size (in)
5 front, 5.9 rear4.5, dual wheels
SuspensionFront wheel X

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.

 

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GB Pockit Plus’ 4.5 inch wheels

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.

Comfort

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.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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gb Pockit Plus 2018 Satin Black
gb Pockit Plus 2018 Satin Black
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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.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
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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.

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Peek-a-boo window of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2

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. 

 

 

Safety

The 5-point harnesses of both strollers are secure enough to keep your baby safe all throughout the ride.

 

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Baby Jogger Belly Bar

 

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.

 

Steering

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.

 

 

Price

There is not much difference in the price points the two strollers. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is roughly about $230 – 250 USD. Check latest price here.

GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, retails at about $200 – 230 USD online. Check the latest price here.

City Tour 2 comes in 3 different shades : Jet (Black), Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

GB Pockit Plus comes in 2 tones – Laguna Blue and Satin Black.

 

Check out what other customers have to say about the GB Pockit Plus and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.


 

20 thoughts on “STROLLER WAR: GB POCKIT PLUS OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

  • March 25, 2019 at 9:45 am
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    Thanks for the well detailed look at these two strollers! They are important details when travelling. I particularly liked the info on the wheel size as i hate the feel of fragile…or not sturdy feeling to a stroller. I also liked the highlight about the weight of the stroller and the age of the child because that impacts how long they would last for me!

    I was looking at them both but neither have a cupholder and for me that has been a lifesaver in the past…having a top cup holder AND a space for bags. So do they not provide one …am I missing this detail?

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:34 am
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      Hi, Liz! Great question. Thanks for pointing that out. The GB Pockit Plus has its own attachable cup holder accessory  https://amzn.to/2UTBQZd while the Baby Jogger City does not seem to have its own cup holder for this model yet. But, as an option, you can get a Baby Jogger organizer that can hold your cup plus a few more items. Check it out here. https://amzn.to/2CD28Id   🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Its amazing to know that you said the GB Pockit Plus still sells like pancakes (giggles). Your review on the GB Pockit Plus, is really well explicit and top-Notch. It gives one a proper guide on if its actually worth it to either buy or not. Also the features you reviewed to me are very much okay, and its worth giving a trial. Thanks so much for this post. It has really been helpful

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:24 am
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      Thanks, Dapoach! Glad to be of help. Have a great day! 🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Baby strollers have been a great help to a lot of mothers all over the world and until today, will keep selling due to its importance. I will prefer the new Baby Jogger City Tour 2 because of so many reasons. It is easy to maneuver and it fits easily to my car seat. The weight is also better for me

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:28 am
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      Great choice, Linus! Thanks for sharing your insight. 

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    An interesting review on both GB pockit plus and baby jogger city tour2.i must commend you for taking your time to review each of the two stroller without taking side.from my own point of view two of them serve different purpose if you look very well. One is for traveling while the other is for everyday usage.over all of it all is the this two are the best we have in the market for now 

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:26 am
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      Thanks, Ajibola40. Just sharing my passion. Glad that you got something from it. More power. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    As a mother, I appreciate everything  that has to do with my baby’s comforts and of course my comfort too. I would rather go for a light and compatible equipment . This reason I prefer the GB pockit plus.

    its easier to  carried about and that makes it my choice. Thanks for this honest review. Go and succeed.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:21 am
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      Hi, Olanike. I agree with you. Happy mommy = happy baby.  Thanks for taking the time to read. It’s always a pleasure to share. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    The review was awesome. I prefer the GB Pockit Plus because it is more convenient for traveling and can be allowed inside airplane. The portability is just so cool and I will love to buy it for my sister as a gift in no distant time. The City tour 2 is good as well but I don’t really like it so much. It’s heavier than the GB Pockit Plus and the basic thing I personally look out for is portability and the GB plus has it. 

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:19 am
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      Hi, Kenechi! Great choice for a gift. You are such a generous brother. 🙂 The GB Pockit Plus indeed has its charm and its size is really its strongest selling point. Your sister will love the gift for sure. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    All the products are designed so well and find that it’s hard to choose one from them. I think you are right about the portable size of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 would be best for travelers. Rich information you have in this article along with so many clear pictures and videos. Hence, it easily differentiates among the products. Thanks a lot for this resourceful post on strollers.
    Have a great day!

    Rgpratap.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:14 am
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      Thanks for taking time to read It’s my pleasure to share my passion for strollers. Have a great day! 🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Thank you for such a helpful and comprehensive review. Overall, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 seems more durable for everyday use that it will definitely be a first choice. The fact that you have tried folding the GB Pockit Plus and it doesn’t seem easy for folding makes me feel if it’s a good choice for traveling as well. Love your reviews with such details. Thanks again!

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:42 am
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      Thanks Rmjia. Glad to share. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    I really want to appreciate you for this post on stroller war;  GB pockit plus or baby jogger city tour. I am really glad I stumbled on this informative article. Because my elder sister just gave birth to a baby boy. And she has been searching for a particular stroller to buy. Seen that she is a very busy woman,and comes from work in the evening, please I will like to ask, which stroller will be recommended for her. I will also bookmark this page for future use, she has to see it

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:41 am
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      Hi Barrywesley, congratulations to your sister! Both are actually great strollers that her baby can use from birth. It all boils down to her design preference. If she won’t be traveling by air too often, I would recommend the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 simply because it can be used longer by her child. Weight capacity of Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is 48lbs versus GB Pockit Plus’ 37 lbs.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Very insightful article. I really love that you took your time to point out about these wonderful strollers. From the article, I would right say that they are built with great modern technology especially the GB Pockit Plus, winning Guinness world record in 2014. This is a great fit for that smart piece and worthy of recommendation. The fact that it has a high likelihood of gaining entrance on an airplane is also great applause. It’s size and compatibility, weight capacity and other nice features of it makes it just awesome. Those make me want to buy.

    Thank you for bringing this great review my way.

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    • March 25, 2019 at 10:36 am
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      Glad to share, Chikiding88. The GB Pockit Plus has really earned it. God bless!

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