The City Mini was my original love — I was horny for this stroller the first time I laid eyes on it: so compact, sleek, sporty, easy to fold. Mmmmmm mmm. Since I lived in the city (SF) and had to walk up a flight of stairs to get to my apartment, I needed something lightweight that also had some suspension. A 28-pound stroller the size of a small golf cart (sneeze: BOB) was not going to fit the bill. It’s stood the test of time and remains one of our favorite all-around strollers. But in 2022, Baby Jogger replaced the City Mini 2 with its all-terrain counterpart, the City Mini GT2. Here’s our review.
So what’s so special about this stroller, you ask?
Fold and Portability
Here’s the thing: like the City Mini, the GT2 collapses into a neat, easy-to-carry package with one lift of the arm (see my quick demo here, previous model). That’s it! Oh and it auto-locks… and it’s only 21.5 lbs (not the lightest, but for an all-terrain stroller, it’s pretty damn good)! It really does rival many urban strollers out there, making it a great match for families in the city on a budget. Trust us: when you’re at the subway station and you realize the elevator is out of service, this is the stroller you wish you had. (Everyone else has since mimicked their fold, but they were the original.)
This stroller folds flat – like flat as a pancake. Unlike with reversible strollers, there’s no messing with removing the seat, yada, yada. It’s just easy.
You can also carry the stroller around by the strap.
Wheels and Maneuverability
The City Mini GT2 has forever air rubber wheels with an all-wheel suspension, which makes it easy to steer with one hand (you are so demanding!) — it scoffs at bumps and curbs. You can also lock the front wheel for rougher, uneven surfaces. Most people agree: they love that it’s compact yet still gets around easily. There’s a hand-operated brake for extra control.
The seat lies down flat for a napping baby (what I call the “first class” position) and sits up for “coach” — and every position in-between. Note however that some parents complain that the seat doesn’t have a true upright position, though this is true with many 3-wheeled “sporty” strollers. The new adjustable calf support (again) raises and lowers for added comfort. At this point, forget about the “first class” position, your babe is basically in a private jet.
The seat is roomy and comfy (padded), and it can hold up to 65 pounds of baby meat. That’s pretty impressive for a stroller that’s relatively compact (for comparison, the BOB Revolution can hold up to 70 pounds — not too far off!).
Since the GT2 lies nearly flat, you can use it with your baby as long as they have head/neck control. For extra comfort (and if you want to face your newborn), you can buy a pram (sold separately). You can also opt to create a travel system — a great option if you know you’ll be commuting a lot by car.
The seat’s fabric is also easy to wipe clean.
Car Seat Compatibility
If you really want to skip the stroller frame phase, you could easily just get this stroller with the appropriate car seat adapter and be done with it. You can also buy the complete system (Stroller + City GO 2 infant seat) for $699 and you’ll be sitting pretty.
The City Mini’s canopy, which is UV50, is beautifully designed and has a fabulous sun shade that pulls alllll the way down. Parents rave about how big it is and that their little ones are well protected from the sun. Another thing we enjoy is the large peek-a-boo window, which allows you to keep an eye on your baby while still keeping him or her shaded. Whenever you want to take a look, roll up the flap, and voila!
Storage is not the City Mini’s strong suit. While large(ish), many parents complain that the underseat basket is too hard to access.
You can access it from the front, where the leg support adjusts and goes up and down, but the opening remains fairly small. Bottom line, you won’t be able to put a large diaper bag down there without a struggle.
People also wish the stroller came with a compartment for smaller belongings (like phone, wallets etc…), though there is a pocket behind the seat for smaller items.
In one word, the City Mini GT2 is easy: easy to fold, easy to maneuver, easy to clean… it’s just easygoing. And it won’t break the bank. Not to mention, it’s compact and lightweight and all-terrain, and still has most of the bells and whistles of a full-size stroller. Not too shabby for a stroller that retails for under $300.
The only major drawback is the lack of storage versatility. If you want one easy stroller that can do it all, we think the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 remains a surefire (and affordable) choice.