We were recently given a every exciting opportunity to review the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller. If you’re a bit of a pram nut like me you’ll know the super compact buggy market is about to explode. These kinds of stroller are the latest must-have, especially for space conscious parents. So many of us live in apartments, drive cars with small boots and love to travel so space is always at a premium.
The Baby Jogger City Tour takes these challenges facing modern parents and laughs in their face. The stroller is super compact, extremely quick to fold, has its own storage bag and is light enough to carry with one hand. Somehow Baby Jogger have also managed to include fab features such as great suspension, reasonable basket space and a fantastically large hood.
I’ll admit, the first time I saw one of these next generation prams advertised in a Facebook video I was smitten. I absolutely had to see one of these bad boys in real life! Unfortunately, when I next visited a baby store, I was left feeling very unimpressed. The particular brand I saw did not live up to my lofty expectations. The pram was shallow, the frame flimsy and the whole thing just felt a bit… cheap.
Despite my disappointing first experience the Baby Jogger City Tour still caught my eye for all the right reasons and I was quietly confident we’d love it. Oh how I love to be proven right…
When the pram arrived I was amazed by how compact it was, it genuinely is smaller than the carry-on suitcase I travel everywhere with. I did consider making a video of the assembly process but it was so simple I decided it would be the most boring video of all time.
All you need to do is pop the four wheels on and you’re good to go. There are no tools required and no PhD in engineering either. One thing that was deeply satisfying was the absence of any annoying cable ties, toggles or even tape in the packaging. Hats off to Baby Jogger, no-one has time to wrestle with that rubbish.
As the name suggests the City Tour is designed with the urban parent in mind and it’s easy to see why. The pram is slim so it’s easy to maneuverer around shops but there’s ample room for a chubby toddler in a snow suit. The front wheels can swivel or lock for use on rougher terrain. And of course, it can be folded and put up with one hand and stowed in even the smallest car boot or tightest spot on the train.
So far we’ve taken the Baby Jogger City Tour to a few different places. I’ve used it out and about in the local area, to the shops, into town and round the garden centre. We’ve even had it off-road at the park and I was really impressed with how it handled. The suspension is impressive considering the size of the pram, I really didn’t anticipate it being so good.
Because the City Tour is so light it handles like a dream, I found it very easy to push and steer with one hand as the wheels are very responsive. Just today I has Luisa out with the dog in tow and had no problem staying on course even going up and down hill. This will make it the perfect addition to our trip to New York this month as I’ll need a spare hand for luggage, passports, cameras etc.
You can see from the picture below there’s a clever viewing panel on top so you can peek in and keep an eye on your little one. This is a super feature for me because Lu often falls asleep in the pram and if I peek round the front to check she sometimes detects the change in pace and wakes again. That’s the last thing I need after marching around for half an hour to get her to sleep in the first place. Thanks to this peep hole I can look in discreetly and if she’s asleep I’ll recline the seat and march on with a spring in my step!
The thing I am most chuffed about is that when you pop the buggy in its bag it meets the dimensions for a carry on with most airlines. This is a huge bonus in my opinion because I am someone who hates leaving their valuable possessions to the suffer the wrath of the airport!
The carry bag has a handle on top with a rubberised grip and straps on the back so you can wear it like a backpack. It’s shockingly light to carry which I’m thrilled about as I can manage it myself and leave Matt to lug the heavy stuff through the airport.
Another aspect I really like is the texture rubber of the handle. I’m used to a pram with a foam handle and much prefer the style on the City Tour as it feels robust and is easy to grip. One slight drawback is that it isn’t multi position so if you or your partner are over 6’4 you might find it a little uncomfortable, although I daresay that’s the case with most prams when you’re very tall.
It’s worth mentioning the City Tour doesn’t come with a buggy bar, rain cover or cup holder but they are all available to purchase separately.
Baby Jogger City Tour Vital Statistics
- Suitable from 6 months – 3 years
- Forward facing
- Four wheels (front two can swivel or lock)
- Weighs 6.6 kg (That’s 14lb in old money)
- Multi position recline
- One handed quick fold
- Carry bag included
- 5 point harness
- Large hood with SPF 50 protection
- Washable seat unit
The Baby Jogger City Tour is bloomin’ ace! You can open and close it with one hand, it does fit in it’s own bag without a struggle. It’s strong enough to feel safe and secure but light enough to carry on your back or in one hand. There’s plenty of room for a growing toddler, a huge canopy and a reasonable basket. So far we’ve loved our new set of wheels and I’m confident the City Tour will make our holiday to New York even more of a dream.
You can purchase the Baby Jogger City Tour from tonnes of different places, just use the tool on their site to find your closest stockist.