GB Lyfe Travel System ~ $249
When I first saw the GB Lyfe at the 2015 baby show, I was viscerally excited.
You know me: I love a great value.
The GB brand is owned by Goodbaby, which has international offices in Shanghai and a U.S. office in Boston. They’ve been manufacturing products for other juvenile brands for 25 years and recently started producing their own brand. They have tons of experience with product design and manufacturing—and it shows.
Their products are luxury “seeming” without the luxury price tag.
The Lyfe is the perfect stroller/travel system for the everyday mom. For $249, you get an amazing infant car seat (the Asana 35 LTE) and the stroller itself. The stroller is modular, which means the seat comes off to forward-face or rear-face. This is a feature that people usually pay big bucks for. See also: Best Reversible Strollers.
The cherry on top is that the seat also becomes a pram-style bassinet, which is perfect for the 0-6 month’ers. Note that bassinets for most other strollers are typically sold separately and run somewhere in the $150-$200 range.
The Asana 35 LTE Car Seat
The car seat is the fabulous Asana 35 LTE. It’s very similar to the DLX version ($199), except it lacks the load leg (an anti-rebound feature). The car seat comes with one base—extra bases can be purchased separately.
It has a sturdy lock-off feature that makes seatbelt installation a breeze.
Remember, for baby #1, most parents opt to install the car seat in the center position because it’s the safest spot; very few cars are equipped with LATCH connectors in the center seat. So, seatbelt it is!
The headrest contains the energy-absorbing foam for side impact protection (pictured left), which is a key safety feature.
A preemie body support pillow is included.
So. Let’s recap the equation: the price tag for the car seat alone is about $225.
$340 – $225 = $115 for the stroller. And how much do we love this stroller? Let me count thy ways…
The Lyfe Stroller
The stroller itself is a high-quality, modular stroller—and you get the bassinet functionality too. Crazytown!!
Seriously, it’s an incredible bargain. Similar strollers, such as the UPPAbaby Cruz, run about $550 — and you still have to buy the car seat and bassinet.
Here is an overview video we shot at the baby show.
I’ve been using the Lyfe stroller all week with Alice, who is an older, bigger 3-year-old (at time of publish). She had such fun making faces at me while we walked – it’s quite a different experience from a fixed-seat stroller!
I dig the seat fabric — it’s very silky and well-made. Note that the seat itself is not as tall as seats on other strollers, so I would not expect it to last past your child’s 4th birthday. It has a nice 5-pt harness to keep your kiddo secure.
Canopy, Braking, Storage
The canopy is fab, although the loosey-goosey feeling took some getting used to.
The basket, y’all… the basket is HUGE and so very accessible. You can get at it from the rear (like normal) or from the front! Regardless of how your seat is oriented, you can always get in there.
The brakes are two individual foot brakes, which are easy to use.
The wheels are 7″ in the front and 9″ in the rear — with suspension in the rear. All four wheels are made of EVA foam and have a nice little give to them. Note that this is not an “all-terrain” stroller, although the wheels ride fairly nicely over uneven terrain.
This stroller weighs 22 lbs with the seat/bassinet attached, which is typical of a modular stroller. Remember that modular strollers are typically heavier than compact, fixed-seat strollers like the City Mini.
The fold is typical of a modular stroller, which means it’s a two-handed fold. No, you aren’t going to get that quick, one-hand “seat fold” you find in Baby Jogger and Britax strollers.
The folded size of the stroller is larger than most, but again, par-for-the-course for a modular stroller (comparing it to a non-modular stroller is comparing apples and oranges).
This stroller stands on its own when folded, which keeps the seat fabrics off the ground. Again, this stroller will take up more space in your trunk than a fixed-seat stroller, which will have more of a compact, square fold.
All in all, this is a stupendous value for a travel system (translation: car seat, stroller and bassinet package). The rear-facing seat is a wonderful feature that people pay big bucks for. The car seat is very high-quality—and you get a bassinet! If you’re a first time parent, the GB Lyfe is a no-brainer. Enjoy!
*Available in “Merlot” and “Windowpane”. Sorry, they did not end up making the green color you see in the demo video.