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Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Combo Review

Generally average choice that isn't as good as the cheaper City Mini 2
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Price:   $400 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Multiple brand car seat compatibility, lightweight, unique handbrake
Cons:  Poor storage access, heavier, tipping potential
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Jun 9, 2020
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RANKED
#11 of 27
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 6
  • Maneuverability - 5% 9

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a full-size stroller with all-wheel suspension rubber no-flat tires all around and an adjustable handlebar with handbrake on the frame. We like the front storage bin access and the new improved way the fabric attaches to the frame. We are impressed with how many popular brand car seats are compatible with this stroller (adapter sold separately). However, overall we aren't impressed by this option as a car seat stroller. Many of the adapters require strap attachment second steps and the car seat in our tests didn't feel super secure once connected. While not terrible we think there are better options out there and if you want a Baby Jogger for the long haul, we like other products better.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Jogger was the brain-child of two new dads who wanted to job with their babies. In 1984, the two struggled to find the right product and thus decided to create their own, launching the Baby Jogger brand of products. Baby Jogger also makes a variety of other products besides jogging strollers, including full-size strollers, car seats, and more.

Performance Comparison



The GT2 works with a variety of popular brand car seats when you purchase the compatible adapter. We tested ours with the Chicco Keyfit 30.
The GT2 works with a variety of popular brand car seats when you purchase the compatible adapter. We tested ours with the Chicco Keyfit 30.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


This Baby Jogger is compatible with a variety of different infant car seat brands with the right adapter (sold separately); these include Baby Jogger seats, Britax; Chicco including the Chicco Fit2, Chicco KeyFit 30; Cybex including the Cybex Aton 2, and Cybex Cloud Q; Graco; Maxi Cosi; the Nuna Pipa; the Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, the UPPAbaby Mesa; and Clek. We tested our seat with the Chicco Keyfit 30.

The Chicco adapter for the GT2 is a loop style adapter you need to assemble yourself.
The adapter fits to the GT2 frame on the fold points and rests inside the toddler seat. This requires the canopy to be removed or it will get in the way of the carrier attachment.

The Chicco adapter is a loop style adapter (above left) the carrier sit in and clicks onto. The adapter requires some assembly but is straightforward and you don't need tools. It attaches to the frame at the fold points on the stroller (above right), which are typically hidden with elastic fabric. The carrier fits in the loop easily with some pressure required to get the click, but you also need to strap the carrier in place which isn't our favorite method of carrier connection as some parents will forget or intentionally skip this critical step. Once installed the seat doesn't feel as stable as some of the competing pairs.

The GT2 folds fairly compact but is still much larger than the previous version which is a bummer.
The GT2 folds fairly compact but is still much larger than the previous version which is a bummer.

Weight and Folded Size


The GT 2 is 18.1lbs which is a little heavy but not too bad considering the competition that often weighs over 20. However, for new moms, it might be a bit much, so it is worth considering how much you want to carry.


it is fairly small however compared to the full-size competition at 9,462 cubic inches when folded. Both the weight and the size are below the average for the group which includes frame strollers and strollers made for two.

The GT2 has all-wheel suspension and rubber no flat tires which help it move better than its plastic wheeled competition.
You can lock the front wheel on the GT2 in a forward position to help traverse uneven terrain without going off course.

Maneuverability


The GT 2 has rubber tires all the way around that never go flat (above left). It also sports all-wheel suspension which are two of the most significant upgrades from the smaller City Mini 2. the front wheel can also ock in place for straight pushing over uneven surfaces (above right). These design choices translate to easier to push and turn on flat as well as off-road. This doesn't mean it is great for gravel roads or getting off the beaten path, but if you need to pass a greenbelt or navigate a fair on grass every now and then you can do that.

This stroller sports an adjustable handlebar for slight customization for different height parents. The rotating design, unfortunately, places taller users closer to the rear axle which can potentially result in axle kicking while strolling.

The seatback on the GT2 has an elastic open pocket for quick access items under 2 lbs total.
The seatback on the GT2 has an elastic open pocket for quick access items under 2 lbs total.

Ease of Use


The GT2 offers better than average ease of use compared to the competition.

Possible Safety Concern
If you are using the toddler seat in the recline mode on the GT2, you should be aware that our test results show an potential for back tipping of the stroller. While the concern is less so in the new GT2 than it was in the older model, we still were able to get the stroller to tip back when the baby's weight moved close to the top of the seatback. We did not see this tipping issue in the City Mini, non-GT version.

The GT2 fold swiftly with a yank on the pull to fold handle on the seat bottom.
The GT2 fold swiftly with a yank on the pull to fold handle on the seat bottom.

Fold and Unfold


The GT 2 has a quick fold with a one-handed pull loop on the stroller seat. Once you unlock the frame snaps, you can quickly have the stroller folded in the blink of an eye. Once folded, it locks automatically closed, can stand on its own, and sports a carry handle.

The handbrake on the GT2 is unique and friendly for feet  but it snaps on the release so quickly it makes us nervous.
The handbrake on the GT2 is unique and friendly for feet, but it snaps on the release so quickly it makes us nervous.

Brakes


The GT 2 is one of the few full-size strollers with a handbrake, something typically reserved for jogging style products. The brake is foot-friendly but snaps into place when you release it in such a way that makes you think your finger will get caught, though ours never did.

The GT2 storage bin has a new weird crossbar that prohibits good access to the bin  making it difficult to get a diaper bag inside.
The GT2 storage bin has a new weird crossbar that prohibits good access to the bin, making it difficult to get a diaper bag inside.

Storage


The GT 2 storage basket is fairly large holding up to 10 lbs, but the new design makes it difficult to fit a full-size diaper bag through the opening point. Even with the new front access, it's going to be hard to get a bag of any size into the bin from either side. It also sports a pocket on the seatback with a 2 lb weight limit.

Sunshade


The canopy needs to be removed for this stroller to work with an infant car seat carrier.

Ease of Setup


This stroller is easy to set up with an assembly time of 4:47 minutes.



It comes in the box virtually assembled with only a few parts to snap on. It requires no tools and has a fairly easy to follow user manual.

The GT2 is average quality for the price  but we think the older version was a smidge nicer.
The GT2 is average quality for the price, but we think the older version was a smidge nicer.

Quality


The GT2 quality feels slightly less than the older model. Much of the changes are the same between this option and the Non-GT versions with softer fabric on the GT2 seat. The quality is average for the price range and what we typically see with Baby Jogger, so if you are familiar with them you will get what you expect. Unfortunately, compared to the competition some of the details are lacking like a poorly placed crossbar that inhibits storage bin access and toggle style seat recline that you usually find on cheaper products. The new frame feels strong and the shape lets the fabric look better.

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Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team