I always really wanted something like the City Tour by Baby Jogger when I was pregnant with Baby E. The one hand fold was just so appealing and they always look like such nicely designed buggies don’t they? I already had a pristine looking Quinny that I’d bought 5 years ago though and it had hardly been used so, in the end, my head won over my desire for a new stroller and I parked the new buggy dreams. I have to say I was delighted when we got sent the City Tour by Baby Jogger to review.
It is a very stylish piece of baby strolling kit. I thought I would persuade the husband to assemble it for me when it arrive and he did it within a couple of minutes. Mainly as there’s no assembly whatsoever. You pop the wheels on and that’s about it! We have the onyx one which is perfect for us but you can also get it in a Juniper (close to teal) and a lovely violet. I think one of the things that defines Baby Jogger is the way the seat goes all the way from top to toe. So they have a good head rest as well as a good foot rest. That’s not always available in all strollers and this is one the first things that struck me; that he’s going to be quite comfortable in it.
Spec and Measurements
Dimensions folded up: H45.7 x W25.4 x L55.8cm
Dimensions opened up: H98.8 x W45.5 x L90.9cm
Weight: 6.4kg (14.1lbs)
Warranty: Lifetime on the frame and 1 year for textiles
Colours: Available in Black, Onyx and Juniper
The City Tour – Our favourite features
Baby E pretty much wanted to try it out straight away and climbed into it to acquaint himself. Then he sat as if he was in his favourite armchair and watched Bing on CBeebies whilst I took some photos of all the little features. The five point harness is such an excellent thing for little wrigglers, especially my wriggler. Our current stroller has a five point harness too but he always manages to loosen it up just by leaning forward. The City Tour has good quality and sturdy straps that stay in place (thankfully!!), so we’re not forever adjusting the straps back again to keep him snug and secure.
The recline and the hood
My other favourite bit was the reclining back. There is a toggle on the back which lets you adjust the height easily. You can alter the recline quite quickly, and it doesn’t suddenly plummet, so your baby won’t get a shock. It’s a great thing to see your baby leaning against what looks like a nice padded frame as you know he can snooze in it very happily. It also means we can do long walks and days out and he can nap on the go.
The hood is another really good and practical feature. Its a four panel, large, SPF 50+ extendable hood that has a peep window at the top and extends out in a similar fashion to a robust slinky. It can be retracted all the way back too when you’re not using it, or when you need to collapse it back down.
The two point collapse
Putting the stroller up and collapsing the stroller back down again is easy once you know how. You do need to take a few minutes to just familiarise yourself but there are clear instructions on the buggy and you probably need one or two practice runs and you’re away. You pretty much press the button on the top your handlebar, fold it over, press the red release button, which is just under the seat, and then pull the correct handle in the seat. This will fold the stroller up umbrella style. It took me a few attempts but I can now do it! Baby E is now getting too heavy for the baby carrier on school runs so this stroller has come at the perfect time for my poor back.
You can store the whole thing in a Baby jogger rucksack style bag and its great to carry on your back. Personally, this is not something I think I’ll ever do it, as mine lives in the boot of my car, but its a great way to carry it if you ever need to.
Its light and you can take it on a flight!
As I’m 5 foot nothing in height I love anything that’s compact and anything that’s light. The City tour is Baby Joggers lightest and most compact stroller yet at 14lbs. My Quinny takes a bit of effort to dismantle and then pack into the car boot of my Volkswagen golf. The city tour folds down so neatly in comparison and it doesn’t feel like you’re wrestling it into a small space.
AND its small enough for the overheard compartment on flight! Whilst we haven’t had chance to test this out on a flight just yet, I LOVE this fact, as it means we won’t be waiting about on our next holiday looking for our stroller on a separate conveyor belt to the rest of our luggage, which is what happens, more often than not. I saw a couple recently on our Abu Dhabi holiday with their Baby Zen Yoyo and they look similar in structure, and it fit into the overhead quite nicely so I have high hopes for our next trip.
Just a word of caution…the airline will only let you take it on IF their policies allow it. We went to Turkey early on this year and that particular airline still didn’t allow them on board. I’m hoping all airlines will be ok with compact strollers by early next year…which is when we hope to escape abroad again!
There is something about me that loves 3 wheeled strollers. I’m not sure why, but I think it makes them look like they are very streamlined. I’m slightly hesitant when I see a 4 wheeled one but then I realised something in testing the City Tour. It’s not the number of wheels. It’s the high powered maneuverability that I love. The pushing about one handed whilst you’re on the phone. The changing direction in a nano second because you’re in a rush and having your stroller keep up with you. The smooth turning of corners without any kind of jarring. That’s what I love about a good quality stroller and the City Tour has them all. You can lock the wheels to roll straight if you need to and then unlock just easily at the base of the wheels.
the City Tour by Baby Jogger – Overall
I can’t wait to take this on our next road trip and holiday abroad. It’s such a comfortable stroller and I will no longer have to support Baby E’s head once he falls asleep by popping his blanket under his chin. Its a brilliant space saver in the car too which means the Quinny will now go into storage whilst this becomes our main buggy for all trips. As it lasts from 6 months to 3 years I can see how this would be worth the price if you buy it early enough. It’s been designed to a really high standard and its something that’s already serving me well on school runs. I’m not quite sure how it might fare on sand or snow…but time (and our many photos of our trips) will tell!