UPPAbaby is company started and maintained in American. They have over a decade's worth of experience in the juvenile industry and families of their own where they draw inspiration for designs that would work well. The UPPAbaby Family is on constant alert for innovative ways to create products that are lighter, easy to use, safer without sacrificing convenience or style. UPPAbaby makes several styles of strollers and a car seat.
The G-Lite has an easy to use smooth shoulder carry strap that isn't as comfortable as the strap on the Quinny Yezz, but more user friendly than strollers that only have a handle.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Lite was above average in the weight and folded size category. This stroller has an overall weight of 11.8 lbs and a volume of 6,105 cubic inches when folded. Only a few strollers are lighter the G-Lite, but several options fold smaller making it a tough one for parents that favor light and small. It does offer a shoulder carry strap for easy transport.
Ease of Use
The G-Lite isn't the easiest to use with fewer features than some of the competition.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Lite fold requires two hands and is initiated by pushing a button on each side and pulling the loop simultaneously (above left). If you engage the loop first, you won't be able to push the button or continue the fold, which is surprisingly common when folding. Once folded this stroller self-stands and has an automatic lock (above right).
The G-Lite brakes are average to set and release with some stiffness and pressure required to ensure they are engaged. The pedals are sandal foot friendly and double action.
Because the G-Link seat back does not recline, the storage bin is always easy to access.
The G-Lite storage bin holds up to 10 lbs of supplies and fits our medium size diaper bag. The G-Lite seat doesn't recline, so the bin is always accessible from the back and sides. This stroller also has a removable parent cup holder.
The G-Lite canopy is one of the nicest in the group with SPF 50 and a pop out visor, but there is no peek-a-boo window for spying on baby.
The G-Lite has a nice size canopy with pop-out visor and SPF 50. While the canopy covers to the knee, it does not have a window to see the baby and this means you can't spy on baby while strolling with the canopy fully open. However, the canopy looks nice and is easy to use.
While the G-Lite harness straps are smooth and feel nice, they do not tighten enough for smaller babies and the buckle is somewhat stiff.
The G-Lite harness is a 5-point harness with silky smooth straps, and a stiff but relatively easy to use buckle. The shoulder straps are easy to adjust and slide into place up or down. Rethreading requires pushing the strap end through the slots in the netting, which is stiff enough to accept the strap without folding.
The G-Lite seat is made primarily of mesh fabric that is very breathable, but it does not recline. It also doesn't have a leg rest, but there is a small footrest that sits somewhat under the end of the seat bottom.
Ease of Setup
Setting up the G-Lite took 3:39 minutes and we didn't need any tools. The stroller only has a few components to assemble and the manual is fairly helpful.
The G-Lite has plastic wheels and a dual front wheel design that translates into hard to push and turn over uneven terrain and veering off course when one wheel hits a bump or obstacle. The stroller is easier to push on flat surfaces, but it still isn't as responsive as it could be and there is some rubbing in the wheels that increase rolling resistance.
The G-Lite has small dual plastic wheels on all four legs. They have what feels like additional rolling resistance that made them harder to turn and less responsive.
This stroller has all-wheel suspension and ergonomic foam covered handles. While the sling-style seat and the suspension will help give the baby a smoother ride, the lack of padding, adjustable leg rest and the reclining seatback will leave baby uncomfortable if the adventure lasts too long.
The G-Lite has a similar quality to other UPPAbaby products (typically high), but the thin, plastic feeling mesh back is not that friendly to the touch and the smaller plastic wheels would probably be easier to push if they were larger or higher quality for better rolling resistance. This stroller has a nice frame and most of the components are nice enough, but overall it has a cheaper feel and limited functionality.