This year, I was lucky enough to be able to go to ABC Kids Expo 1015 where I saw a lot of amazing new strollers for 2016. One of the strollers that blew me away was GB Pockit. Since this stroller is not out yet and I can’t do a full review on it, I decided to give you a small overview with much information as I could get so far.
The new GB Pockit model is the most compact stroller in the world. In fact, it has been named the ‘world’s smallest folding stroller’ by the Guinness World Records. How cool is that? Its folded dimensions are only 12″ x 14″ x 7″. Tiny!
Weighing only 9 lbs, this model is perfect for traveling and public transit. It will easily fit into overhead compartment of the train or the plane. It can be taken as a carry-on on ANY airline because its folded size is much smaller than the maximum carry-on size. I think that Mountain Buggy Nano, Babyzen Yoyo 6+, and GB Qbit have a serious competition now.
Since there is no recline, you can use it from 6 months and up to 55 lbs. Very high limit for such a compact stroller. Obviously, it does NOT take a car seat, but I didn’t expect it to for such a light model. The canopy is very small and I think could be improved. Surprisingly the basket was a decent size and very easy to access.
Another thing that I really liked were the wheels. While being only 4.5″, the wheels provide a pretty smooth ride and the stroller felt very stable and sturdy. Overall I was very impressed with this stroller. It offered a lot of great features while being so compact and light. This model comes in six colors and retails for around $199.
-Small canopy. The canopy is tiny and not going to provide much shade. It would be a great idea for GB to make a removable canopy with large sunvisor. That way, it wouldn’t effect the compactness of the fold while providing good sun protection.
-Handle bars. It has interesting handle bars that are looking more outward and forward than usual. They are covered with nice soft foam. As you probably have guessed they are not adjustable. They are located 39″ from the ground which is an average height for non-adjustable handle bars.
-Roomy seat. The seat is very roomy and since the canopy almost non-existent, you can fit in a very tall child. The seat is 11″ wide with 21″ seat back and a measurement of 25″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. Because there is no recline, you can use the seat from 6 months and up to 55 lbs.
-5 point harness. There is an adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release buckle in the middle and a crotch padding.
-Great basket. The basket is a really good size for such a compact stroller. You can probably fit your medium size diaper bag. You can easily access it from the back and it can hold up to 11 lbs!
-Foot brake. There is a one-step brake located on the right rear wheel that will lock both of the rear wheels in place. It’s not flip-flop-friendly. I really like that they’ve made all of the action pieces like brake, folding buttons, and front wheel locks white color so they stand out. This reminds me of a Bugaboo design where all of the action pieces are also white.
-Small wheels. It rolls on 4.5″ EVA wheels with swivel front wheels that can be locked straight. These wheels are designed for flat surfaces and not going to handle rough terrain that well.
-The most compact fold in the world! The fold is super compact. You can almost put it in your pocket! It will definitely fit into my large diaper bag. This is a great news for traveling parents since now they will be able to take this stroller on board on ANY airlines.
The Pockit is way below the maximum size for the carry-on. It has folded dimensions of 12″ x 14″ x 7″. Weighing only 9 lbs, it’s very easy to carry it on your shoulder when not needed. I think my purse weighs 9 lbs. Ha! There is no automatic lock, but there is a manual one. There is also standing fold which is probably not going to be used much since it’s just easier to hold it in your hands than bending down to the ground.
Here is me holding it without breaking a sweat.
-No recline. There is no recline so you have to use if from 6 months. This is a very basic model that doesn’t have that many features. It’s designed for getting you from A to B. This model is probably best for an older baby that is already walking.
-Small canopy. The canopy is tiny! I wish it had a removable canopy with a large sunvisor. Maybe you could remove that canopy before folding the stroller and roll it into a small package that can attach to the stroller with a Velcro. That way it won’t take that much space and there will be no additional weight. Or, maybe a softer canopy that would fold like a sunvisor into the seat. Just a thought.
-No suspension. I am not expecting for the smallest stroller in the world to have a suspension, but I just want to let you know. Some umbrella strollers like Maclaren have suspension.
-No automatic lock. There is a manual lock that you can use to keep the stroller secure.
Here is a video review from BabyGizmo.
Stroller weight: 9 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 12″ W x 14″ L x 7″H
Handle bar height: 39″
Seat to canopy height: 25″
The GB has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
GB Pockit will be available in six colors. All models come with a black frame. The colors look very bright and fresh.
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 sometimes no sales tax. How great is that? You can get GB Pockit in one of the six beautiful colors for around $199 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns).