The Baby Jogger City Mini GT has been one of the top rated models for a while now. Parents love it’s ability to tackle any terrain, quick compact one-hand fold, and light weight.
The deep recline and travel system option allows you to use it from birth and up to 65 lbs. If you don’t care about reversible seat, this easily could be your ONLY stroller.
The maneuverability on GT is FANTASTIC, even better than on a regular model. The forever-air tires together with front-wheel suspension make it very easy to push. It is truly an one-hand stroller!
Now, many people think that because it has three wheels and made by Baby Jogger it can be used for jogging. This is NOT a jogging stroller. This is an every day stroller that is great for running errands or power walking in the park. It will handle tougher terrain like grass, gravel or mulch, much better than a regular model. When folded, it is very compact and will fit in the smallest trunk. The double version is also available.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I absolutely love the huge canopy, roomy seat, adjustable handle bar and the easiest fold in the world. The only two things I would change: I would make the basket larger and more accessible, and I would make the wheels a little larger, so it can handle rougher terrain. The City Mini GT 2016 can be purchased for about $349 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
-Huge canopy. This is one of my favorite canopies. It is giantnormas! It has three panels and two peekaboo windows. Your child will always have a great sun protection. A good size canopy was on top of my list of features when I was choosing a stroller. The only thing I don’t like is that peekaboo windows have a noisy Velcro closure. I wish tit had a magnetic closure instead like they have on the City Elite model.
-Adjustable handle. There are a lot of complaints from parents about City Mini not having an adjustable handle bar. Well, GT model does. It goes from 30″ up to 42″ from the ground.
-Roomy seat. The seat is a little larger than on City Mini model and has more padding. It is 14″ wide and 26″ high from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. You can fit a very tall child in it. It is also a very deep seat with 10″ from the back of the seat to the where the knees bend. The leg drop is 11″ high.
-One-hand recline. The seat has infinite one-hand recline operated by a strap system. To recline the seat, you need to pull the clip that is attached to the strap, and the seat will go down and stop where you stop. To bring the seat back, you will need both hands. It goes down to nearly a flat position. You can put a baby into the stroller starting from 6 months. It is not recommended for a newborn.
-Mesh window. Once you recline the seat, you can see a large mesh window in the back which allows for better air circulation to keep your child cool on a hot summer day. If the weather gets cold, you can cover it with a material attached above the mesh.
-5 point harness. It has a 5 point adjustable padded harness. It attaches to the back of the seat with small clips, so there is no need to re-thread the straps for a taller child. Very convenient. The buckle is a little tricky for a toddler, but a three-year-old will be able to unlock it.
-Large pocket. There is a large mesh storage pocket in the back of the seat that is very handy especially since there is not parent console included. You can store little things in there like your keys, cell phone, shades and valet. Since there is not cup holder included, I would get a parent console, because it has a cup holder and two additional storage compartments. BTW, this one is universal so you can use it on your other strollers too.
-Basket. This basket is just ok. In the latest model, they curved the cross bar making it more accessible, but it still takes a lot of effort to get things in and out. I find it easier to access things from the sides.
-All-terrain wheels. These are 8.5″ forever-air tires, that are actually inflated with a lightweight foam instead of air. That means you will NEVER get a flat. These tires are not for jogging, but they will handle all-terrain like grass, playground mulch or gravel. Because they are only 8.5″ it makes the stroller lighter and more compact. It is worth mentioning, that all three wheels are the same size. The back wheels can be easily removed with a push of a button for compact storage. It has single swivel front wheel that can be locked straight for tougher terrain. All you need to do is push a gray button and the wheel is locked.
-Suspension system. Just like a regular model, GT has a front wheel suspension system that will absorb some of the bumps.
-Hand parking brake. Unlike City Mini which has a foot brake, GT model has a hand brake that is located on the side of the stroller. You just need to pull it up to lock the stroller in place. I like the hand brake more because it is flip-flop friendly and won’t leave scratches on your shoes. :). With the hand brake, you can unlock the stroller no matter what shoes you are wearing.
-One-hand fold. The easy one-hand one-step fold is what sells this stroller. It’s one of the easiest folds I’ve tried! (and I tried a lot of them…). All you need to do is to pull on the strap in the middle of the seat and the stroller will quickly fold. It has an automatic lock. I’ve also noticed that when the fold is compact, you don’t feel the weight as much. While GT is not a heavy stroller (only 21 lbs), it feels lighter to me when I lift it up.
-Travel system option. The City Mini GT can be converted into to a travel system with a purchase of a car seat adapter. Each car seat needs it’s own adapter. Here is a car seat adapter guide that should help you.
-Hard to access basket. They did improve the basket, but I am still not crazy about it. I wish it was a little easier to access.
-No accessories included. I would like to see a bumper bar and a cup holder included.
Here is a video overview from Baby Jogger.
Stroller weight: 21 lbs
Weight limit: 65 lbs
Folded dimensions: 24.5″W x 31.5″L x 10″H
Seat width: 14″
Seat to canopy height: 26″
Handle bar height: 30″ – 41.5″
Wheels: 8.5″ (all three the same size)
Overall length: 44″
Overall width: 24.5″
Baby Jogger gives has a lifetime warranty on the frame of the stroller and 1 year on small parts and fabric. Here is more information on the warranty.
For 2017 this stroller is available in five color combinations: gray and yellow, gray, teal, red, black, green, and sand.
City Mini GT has the same great accessories as City Mini model. They can be purchased separately.
-Snack tray. This tray has one cup holder and durable easy to clean surface. It is one of the must-have items. To put your child into the stroller, you don’t need to remove the whole tray, because it swings open if you push a button on the side.This tray can be used with City Mini, City Classic, City Elite and Summit 360 strollers. You can find it for about $20.
-Universal parent console. I wish this item was included. GT has a back pocket that can fit a lot of small items, but having a parent console is more convenient It has one cup holder and two deep separate. compartments. A cup holder can fit a large drip. If you have a super large cup or bottle, you can put it into one of the compartments. You can purchase it for about $27.
-Glider board. This is a cool item if you need to keep your older child occupy. It is a good quality board that will go over uneven retain like cracked pavement, gravel, grass, hills. Kids absolutely love this little scooter and are much more exited to go for a walk. I think it is a little overpriced at around $58.
-Belly bar. Many parents prefer this soft padded bar over the snack tray, because snack tray sits a little too high. This belly bar can be adjusted to the height of your child and has removable cover. It is very easy to attach toys to the bar to keep your little one entertained. The stroller can be folded with the bar attached. It costs around $28.
-Car seat adapter. If you want to transform your stroller to a travel system you can buy this car seat adapter. It works with most popular car seats like Britax, Evenflo, Graco, Nuna, Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, and Chicco. Here is their car seat adapter guide. This adapter can be used on City Mini, City Mini GT, City Elite, Summit XC and FIT models. It can be purchased for about $60.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get City Mini GT in one of the six beautiful colors for around $349 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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