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GB Pockit Review

It may be the smallest and one of the lightest, but it is so difficult to use it isn't worth the space you save
gb pockit umbrella stroller review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $200 List | $199.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to lift, fits in small spaces
Cons:  Hard to push and turn, tiny canopy, awkward fold, no recline
Manufacturer:   gb
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 16, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 9.4
  • Ease of Use - 30% 2.7
  • Maneuverability - 25% 2.0
  • Quality - 10% 4.0

The Skinny

The GB Pockit is a very lightweight and compact folded umbrella stroller. This stroller has the best weight and folded size score, but it earned the lowest scores for ease of use and maneuverability. In short, it is difficult to navigate even with two hands, and moving over uneven surfaces is so difficult we wanted to pick it up instead of push it. If that isn't enough of a reason to look elsewhere, the Pockit is one of the hardest strollers to use with limited or non-existent features. The only reason to potentially purchase the Pockit is if you need to fit it in the overhead bin on an airplane, and even then, there are other options that can do that without sacrificing performance. We encourage you to check out other strollers before making a purchase.

Editor's Note: The GB Pockit review was updated on December 16th, 2021. We added more info on what we would buy and more specific comparisons between tested products.

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Pros Easy to lift, fits in small spacesReasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldEasy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownInexpensive, easy to useInexpensive, hands only fold
Cons Hard to push and turn, tiny canopy, awkward fold, no reclineBrake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadHard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldPoor quality, harder to maneuverPoor sun protection, wobbly wheels
Bottom Line It may be the smallest and one of the lightest, but it is so difficult to use it isn't worth the space you saveA high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadUpright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainThe cheapest option with disappointing functionalityDifficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Rating Categories GB Pockit Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight/Folded Size (35%)
9.4
7.2
6.8
5.8
6.0
Ease of Use (30%)
2.7
6.2
5.1
6.2
4.7
Maneuverability (25%)
2.0
4.5
5.1
4.5
3.4
Quality (10%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
2.0
4.0
Specs GB Pockit Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight 10.5 lbs 12 lbs 11.8 lbs 12.6 lbs 13.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 14"W x 7.3"H x 19.6"L 17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L 13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L 18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L 13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
Folded Volume 2,003 cu in 5,233 cu in 6,105 cu in 7,551 cu in 5,921 cu in
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Auto Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes No Yes Yes No
Carry Strap No No Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.5" 40.5" 42.3" 38.9" 43"
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes No No
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Goodbaby International Holdings Limited is a company that is new to the US but began over 25 years ago. They make products for some of the most recognized childhood brands. They feel that they set the standard for safety, innovation, and design. Gb is one of their recognized baby products brands.

Performance Comparison



Weight and Folded Size


The Pockit weighs 10.50 lbs and measures 2,003.12 cubic inches; the Pockit is the smallest and the lightest stroller in the review. If you absolutely must have the smallest stroller, this is one to make your shortlist.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the pockit folds in on itself to create the smallest folded stroller...
The Pockit folds in on itself to create the smallest folded stroller in the review.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Pockit is one of the hardest strollers to use in this review. Its minimal frame with a compact fold lacks a few features that make other strollers, like the UPPAbaby Minu, easier to use.

The Pockit fold is initiated by pressing in on the buttons on the...
The Pockit fold is initiated by pressing in on the buttons on the handles.
If small folded size is a priority, you may want to consider the GB...
If small folded size is a priority, you may want to consider the GB Pockit. It is remarkably small when folded and very lightweight. It earned the highest score in our Weight and Folded Size tests, due to its unique combination of the smallest folded size and the 2nd lightest weight. However, this stroller is difficult to use and requires a trade off for the size.

Fold and Unfold


The Pockit folds like no other stroller we have seen before. It is initiated by pushing buttons on both sides of the frame on the handles (above left). The stroller collapses in on itself like a telescope and then folds in half for a smaller final product (above right). The fold is two-handed, has a manual lock, and can stand independently. The unique nature of the fold makes it more complicated and awkward than most strollers, but it does create the smallest folded package.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the tiny brake pedal on the pockit is really difficult to operate...
The tiny brake pedal on the Pockit is really difficult to operate both because it is small and because it is stiff and can feel like it is set when it isn't.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Pockit brake pedal is tiny and tucked between the double rear wheels on the right, making it very difficult to get your foot on the pedal. The single-action pedal is stiff, making it hard to lift and not sandal-friendly.

Possible Safety Concern
The brakes on the Pockit can feel engaged when they are not. Parents should take precautions and double-check that the brakes are properly set before letting go of the stroller.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the pockit storage bin is too small for a diaper bag, and you will...
The Pockit storage bin is too small for a diaper bag, and you will likely need to carry a bag if you plan to be out longer than a couple of hours.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Pockit has one central storage bin that is tiny and doesn't fit a diaper bag. However, it will accommodate up to 11 lbs and has easy access from the front and rear.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the canopy on the pockit flips forward to provide very minimal...
The canopy on the Pockit flips forward to provide very minimal protection from the sun.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Pockit canopy isn't really a canopy and only covers over the passenger's head. While this might keep the sun off the top of the head, it will do nothing for the rest of the baby. Overall, it is flimsy and ineffective.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the pockit harness is hard to use, as a result of both form and...
The Pockit harness is hard to use, as a result of both form and function.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The Pockit has a no-rethread harness that adjusts by sliding up and down the straps sewn on the back. It can be difficult to slide, and you'll need to remove the padding and fold the excess strap under the pads. All of the straps are stiff and hard to adjust.

Seat


The Pockit seat is a minimalist as the rest of the stroller. It has an upright back and does not recline. The only other non-reclining stroller we tested is the Dream On Me Coast Rider. The footrest is tucked under the seat, making it hard for little feet to find, and there is no leg rest. The edge of the seat is not curved and is under padded, so it feels like it could cut off circulation for legs hanging over the edge or at least be annoying.

Ease of Setup





The Pockit comes assembled and only needs unfolding. It is the easiest stroller we have ever put together with an "assemble" time of 1:45 minutes that consisted mainly of reading the instructions.

Maneuverability


The Pockit is not the best mover with small flimsy wheels and a dual front wheel design. Because of all the fold hinges, there is a lot of flex when strolling, and it feels rickety and rolls with friction no matter what the terrain. You need to use both hands for turning, and we kicked the back wheels when strolling. It is so difficult to push over rougher terrain that we think it would be easier to pick the baby up and walk than try to maneuver the stroll without it breaking in half.

gb pockit umbrella stroller review - the pockit moves so poorly over uneven ground that you are better...
The Pockit moves so poorly over uneven ground that you are better off picking it up instead of fighting it to stroll where you want it to go.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Pockit has plastic wheels, a sling-style seat, and no shocks. The handles are hard plastic and arranged more for fold than for ergonomic placement. This stroller feels like a child's play toy, and pushing for a long distance is likely uncomfortable for pushers and passengers.

Quality


The Pockit has a lot of flex in the frame, and the components are flimsy, giving the entire stroller the feel of a fragile umbrella resulting in a low score for quality. While the design is obviously unique and advanced, the execution feels like a less expensive product, and we think the designers sacrificed quality for the sake of size and weight.

Should You Buy the GB Pockit?


The Pockit is a very unique product that, if executed well, could be an excellent on-the-go strolling solution. However, we feel that the design still needs some work before wholeheartedly recommending it. We acknowledge that it has a folded size that is significantly smaller than the next best product, the BabyZen Yoyo2. The ability to fit this stroller in a large tote or backpack may be desirable to parents who don't want to lug around a stroller if they only plan to use it sporadically during outings. However, we don't think this is the right choice for most families.

What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?


Suppose you are looking at strollers in a similar price range. In that case, the Inglesina Quid is a bit more expensive but offers a host of convenient features that significantly improve its useability. Although it can't fit in your backpack, it is still small enough to fit in an overhead bin on an airplane easily. If an extremely compact stroller is attractive, the Zoe Traveler also earned one of the top scores for weight and size and still offers some paired down ease of use features that make it more pleasant for regular use.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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