After losing a couple of pounds and a couple of inches, the newest version of the G-Link double umbrella, the G-Link 2, is out. We like the lighter weight, design, and ease of use, but there are still some flaws to discuss. That’s why we wanted to get this UPPAbaby G-Link 2 review out to you. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Compared to the previous model, the G-Link 2 is lighter by about 2.5 lbs (now weighing 22 lbs) and narrower by 2 inches. It may not sound like a lot, but every pound matters when it comes to lugging these things around — and this stroller wins in the weight department. And yes, it’s Disney approved for their parks.
The G-Link 2 also has an updated look, a larger three-panel canopy to better shield kids from the sun, and a bigger, more accessible under-seat basket that can hold up to 10 lbs.
With its lightweight aluminum frame, the G-Link 2 is one of the easiest double strollers to schlep up and down the stairs [like. we. do.].
The width is also something to note: at 28.5″ (much narrower than most), it’s sure to fit through any doorway. And despite becoming lighter, each seat can still hold up to 55 lbs of baby meat (for a total of 110 lbs), which is very generous.
We also love that each seat operates and reclines independently. You know, for when one kiddo wants to sit up and see the world while the other one wants to snooze the day away.
The biggest downside with the UPPAbaby G-Link 2 is that the heavier your kids get, the harder the stroller will be to push. This is generally true for all double strollers (especially the lighter-weight ones), but it’s especially so with the G-Link because it only has 2 sets wheels (4 wheels total). This saves in weight, but it hurts in maneuverability. In fact, lack of maneuverability is the biggest complaint of this stroller.
By comparison, most double umbrellas have 6 wheels (one set of wheels in the middle, between the two seats), which makes them a little heavier, but easier to push and turn.
The canopies on UPPAbaby strollers are awesome, as you might know, and these are no exception. The G-Link 2 has extra-large, multi-paneled canopies and pop-out UPF 50+ sunshades. But it’s not the only double umbrella stroller with great canopies. The canopies on the Maclaren Twin Triumph are equally as awesome if you’re comparing them side by side.
There’s a pocket behind each seat for your essentials. The G-Link 2 also comes with one cup holder (if you want two, the second must be purchased separately).
The stroller has a simple, quick fold with no foot action required — one advantage over the Maclaren Twin Triumph. You’ll be happy to hear this if you wear flip flops! Yes, the folding on this stroller is pretty awesome.
However, a downgrade from the previous model: the stroller no longer self-stands when folded. That’s because they removed the metal standing mechanism to bring the stroller’s weight down — an instance where you take the good with the bad…
The brakes are flip-flop friendly, though many people complained about them brake jamming up and freezing on the previous model. According to many an UPPAbaby G-Link 2 review, it seems that this problem persists, which is very disappointing.
Check out the video that we shot at the 2015 ABC Baby Show (note – this is an older model of the G-Link, but the main points still apply):
Bottom line: We love the light weight and narrow width — and the features are there, but all in all, I don’t think the quality is on par with other UPPAbaby strollers. The two sets of wheels (instead of three) make it lightweight, yes, but you sacrifice ease of push and maneuverability. This is good for parents with two small children (infants and young toddlers), but those with older, heavier kids should look elsewhere. However, tall parents will appreciate there being no middle wheel to kick in the back (as in Maclaren strollers). Thus, this stroller is ideal for taller parents whose top concern is weight/portability and perhaps whose babies are lighter/younger.