One of the interesting strollers I saw at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 was the new GB Lyfe model. The GB Lyfe will be sold as a travel system together with Asana35 AP infant car seat. The stroller features a reversible seat that turns into a bassinet using the same seat fabric. No additional kits needed.
It also can be easily turned into a travel system replacing the infant car seat with Asana35 AP car seat. As of right now, I am not sure if it’s going to work with any other car seats. Since this model is not out yet, I only have some of the information and can give you just a short overview of the product.
The stroller features large canopy with a mesh panel, removable swing-away bumper bar, rear-wheel suspension, very large basket, and never flat EVA wheels.
The fold is super easy and can be done with the seat attached facing any direction. It has an automatic lock and standing fold.
You can get GB Lyfe 2016 Travel System in one of the two beautiful colors for around $349 on Amazon. I think it’s a good deal for a car seat and a stroller.
-Large canopy. It has a large canopy with zipped-in mesh panel that provides good ventilation on a hot day. The canopy goes all the way to the bumper bar providing a great coverage. There is no peekaboo window, but you can use zipped mesh panel to look at your child.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. The handle bar is not adjustable and is located 40″ from the ground. This is an average height if compared to other strollers.
-Reversible seat seat. The seat is 12″ wide with 17″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. As it happens with most reversible seat models the seat is really designed for younger kids and doesn’t have a lot of head room for an older toddler. My 3 year old could probably fit in, but it’s not going to be a comfortable ride because he legs are way to long for that foot rest. Now, many older toddlers (2.5- 3 year old) don’t really need a stroller anymore. And for those who do, parents usually get a lightweight umbrella stroller so I don’t think this should be a problem.
-Bassinet-like environment. The Lyfe model can also be turned into a pram by releasing two belts underneath the seat. One belt is located at the knee level and another one is at the neck level. By simply unclipping the buckles, you can turn it into a bassinet-like environment that is perfect for a newborn. I am saying ‘bassinet-like’ environment because in the real bassinet the sides are solid and the bassinet keeps it’s shape whenOf course this is not the same as a carrycot and can’t be used as a stand-alone, but this is a great option for a newborn. I wish there was a cover for the top portion of the bassinet like you can see on many stand-alone carrycots.
-Swing-away bumper bar. INCLUDED! There is a removable swing-away bumper bar.
-3 point harness. It has an adjustable padded 3 point harness with a center release buckle. BTW, most strollers have 5-point harness.
-Large basket. The basket is large and can be easily accessed from all the sides even if the seat is fully reclined.
-Never-flat wheels. It rolls on four EVA never-flat wheels with 7.5″ wheels in the front and 9.5″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. This is an average size wheels for strollers in this category.
-Rear-wheel suspension. It helps to absorb some of the bumps.
-Parking brake. The foot brakes are located near each rear wheel and are not flip-flop friendly.
-Easy fold. You can fold the stroller with the seat attached. The seat can be facing any direction when folded, but when it’s facing forward the fold is more compact. You can even fold it in a bassinet mode without taking it off. There is an automatic lock and a standing fold. Because of the seat designed with non adjustable leg rest, the fold is very bulky. In most other strollers with a similar fold like Uppababy Cruz, you can make the fold a little more compact by also adjusting the leg rest that sticks out.
-Cup holder. INCLUDED!
-Travel system option. You can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. I don’t have information on what car seats it will work with, but I know it will be sold as a travel system with the new Asana35 AP Infant car seat.
-Non-adjustable leg rest. Most luxury strollers have an adjustable leg rest, but Lyfe does not. I think because of the bassinet option the designers couldn’t make that part of the frame adjustable.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. The handle bar is located at a good height of 40″ from the ground, but I still would like to see an adjustable handle bar since this is a full size stroller.
Here is a quick video overview from ABC Kids Expo 2015.
Stroller weight: 24 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Handle bar height: 40″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Rear wheels: 9.5″
Front wheels: 7.5″
The GB has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
Where to buy it
My favorite place for buying strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. You can get GB Lyfe 2016 Travel System in one of the two beautiful colors for around $349 on Amazon.
~Susan Brian P.S. If you like my review, please click “like” button below.