Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Review

 Still in our festive Spring mood, we head off to our elementary school's current fund-raiser, the Jog-a-thon. And what better to bring to the Jog-a-thon, than a bunny in a Baby Jogger?

 On your mark, get set, go! It's the new City Mini GT! For years, people have been asking me for a stroller that has a big seat and big canopy, is easy to fold, folds on the small side, has a deep recline, is fairly lightweight, and has A/T wheels. Now you would think that all these features wouldn't be that hard to find in one stroller. And you would be wrong.
   Until now, that is. The arrival of the GT has been so eagerly anticipated, that BJ's biggest problem is how to supply the demand. Oy, we should all have such problems! 
   As I mentioned in the "2012 BIG Stroller Roll-Out!", BJ's president said they listened to everything people said they liked, or didn't like, about the City Mini and City Elite. So they decided to "marry" the two, and the City Mini GT was born.  
   The idea (as we would all hope for our children), was to combine the best features of both. Think of it as the next generation. So you wind up with the more A/T wheels and bigger seat than the City Mini, but at a lighter weight and smaller size than the City Elite.
 The GT also incorporates the Elite's height adjustable handlebar, and flip up brake on the handlebar. 
  Like the Elite, it has "forever air", or foam-filled tires, with only one front wheel. But the Elite has 12" tires, whereas the GT and Mini's are around 8" diameter. 

 The GT does not have the raised "kicker", or legrest, of the Elite. There is no handlebar console. It's wheels are smaller, and it has a 65 pound weight capacity, vs. the Elite's 75 pounds (vs. the Mini's 50 pounds.) Weight-wise, and price-wise, it falls between the two.

  It retains the best features of both, including accessory brackets (so you can attach a snack tray, front bar, etc.) padded harness, auto lock, and quick release wheels,
 with a lock to swivel or fix the front wheel.
  There's the big net pocket on the back, and  a basket that you can actually get into, if the seat is reclined.
  The canopy is so huge that it features two peekaboo windows.
The back of the canopy rolls up, to reveal netting for air flow.
And the fabrics  are very easy to clean.
And then, there is that stellar fold.

So how do you decide which one is best for you? Basically, if you are mostly indoors, are of average height, and want a fairly light stroller for in and out of the car, choose the Mini. If you are outdoors more, want the smoothest ride possible and the most features, and don't mind a heavier weight, pick the Elite. If you are doing a combination of both, but need a bigger seat and height adjustable handle, then the new GT will give you "a run for your money"! 
  Baby Jogger City Mini GT
Weight: 21.5"  pounds
Width:  23"
Length: 34"
Height:  31"-45"
Seat Width:  15"
Seat Depth:  10.5"
Seat Back:  21"
Seat to Canopy:   25"
Drop to Footrest: 10.5"
Seat to Floor:  20"
Folded:  24" x 11" x  32"


  1. Nice sharing here. Its really good for new parent who looking for baby stroller.There are so many brands baby stroller available in the market with good quality. We can easily fold it and it also available in light weight so easy to carry any where.

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  2. Do you know if you can attached the 'Snap & Go Diaper Bag' to the mini gt? The website for baby jogger says not, but I can't figure out why it would fit on the mini, but not the mini gt.
    Your help would be appreciated because I can't seem to find a diaper bag small enough to fit in the basket underneath.