When it comes to baby strollers, lightweight umbrella strollers that can fold compactly for transportation are much appreciated. That’s why we got excited at the news that two new ultra-light umbrella strollers – the GB Pockit and the Babyzen Yoyo – were making their way into the market.
Both the Pockit and the Yoyo are lightweight pushchairs that can be folded up small enough to be transported as cabin baggage when on a plane, train or vehicle. But do they work as expected, or are we in for a rude shock? Stick around for the review of GB Pockit vs. Babyzen Yoyo review.
Introduction to the GB Pockit and Babyzen Yoyo strollers
According to the 2014 Guinness World Records, the GB Pockit stroller that folds into 11.8 by 7 by 13.8 inches is the smallest and most compact stroller ever. It is small yet strong enough to hold a 55lbs weight child. Its light material makes it the quintessential choice for city-based parents who like to travel and explore. It only takes two steps to transform the Pockit pushchair into a package small enough to be transported as cabin baggage in planes and on trains.
Features of the GB Pockit include:
•Record-breaking compact fold
•UPF50+ sun canopy but smaller than Babyzen Yoyo’s shade
•Flimsy front wheels but be can be locked for stability when on rough surfaces
•Convenient one-hand push
The Babyzen Yoyo, on the other hand, is a take-it-easy one-hand driving stroller that folds up to 20.27 X 17.32 X 7.08 inches. Like the record-breaking GB Pockit, the Babyzen too is designed to go anywhere. It folds and unfolds without any hassles. But while not as compact as the GB Pockit, the Babyzen is the most feature-rich stroller in the market. It’s designed such that the baby lies while facing the parent to encourage those connections. It comes with:
•A flat nest where your infant can rest
•Better shade than GB Pockit
•Sandal-friendly single-foot action pedal
Now that you are familiar with the basics of GB Pockit and Babyzen strollers, let’s see how they compare. Since both are designed for city-based mothers, who love to travel and explore. How do you decide which one to buy?
GB Pockit Vs. Babyzen Yoyo – What to Consider when buying?
While both GB Pockit and Babyzen are marketed as ultra-lightweight umbrella strollers, the Pockit, which folds up to 11.8 X 7 X 13.8 inches, surely is the winner when it comes to portability. You don’t need much room in the cabin, compartment, or trunk. Additionally, it only weighs 10.5 pounds thanks to the super-light Wight construction materials; it can be lifted with minimal effort. One caveat, though, is that you’ve got to get your straps and carrying bag.
The Babyzen Yoyo, on the other hand, folds up to 20.27 X 17.32 X 7.08 inches and weighs 14 pounds. While not as compact as the GB Pockit, it features integrated carrying straps.
Both strollers can be transported on a plane as hand luggage or cabin luggage. The Yoyo, however, is easy to sling over the shoulder while the other hand holds the child. The Pockit, on the other hand, doesn’t have a strap, and you may need help with your child if you travel with the Pockit.
• Ease of Folding
Mothers are always multi-tasking, so it makes sense to get a stroller that can be folded with one hand while the other hand holds the child. Otherwise, what is the pint of having a super light umbrella stroller if it’s a hassle to use?
For GB Pockit, switching between pushing and carrying is a two-step process that requires the use of both hands. While the Babyzen Yoyo can be folded and unfolded using one hand.
To Fold up and unfold the GB Pockit – press the buttons on the frames, so the stroller loses volume and folds in half. Then set the manual lock to keep the stroller folded.
To unfold, release the lock then flick up the stroller to decompress it. Just ensure that the frame is locked in place properly before putting your child in the stroller.
To Fold up the Babyzen Yoyo – Start by folding the handlebar then press a button to make the stroller compress into a nice carry-on package. The auto-lock mechanism is automatic, so you don’t need to set up anything. Once you get used to the Yoyo, you can fold and unfold it using one hand.
To unfold, set free the clip that’s holding the package together, then shake the package, and it will decompress into full form.
• Capacity and comfort
In terms of capacity – GB Pockit can hold a child of 55 pounds while Babyzen Yoyo can hold a 40 pounds baby. Gb Pockit is the most durable of the two strollers with the manufacturer saying it can last for up to 8 years. But since both strollers are small, expect to use them only until the toddler ages.
Poor Shade from GB Pockit – While the GB Pockit features padded straps for comfort, it lacks the infant insert, and the seat doesn’t recline. Additionally, it’s not compatible with infant car seats. It features an overhead canopy that’s also not big enough to completely shield toddler from sun and rain. Therefore, it’s not the most comfortable stroller around. It’s only suitable for 6 months and above toddlers.
Better shade from Babyzen Yoyo – The Babyzen Yoyo makes use of a reclining seat, but it’s also not suitable for newborns as seat fails to reach a flat position. But it’s more comfortable than the GB Pockit as it features an extended canopy and well-padded seat. Expect better shade, and you can use an adaptor to make it compatible with infant car seats.
GB is easy to push but unstable on rough terrains – GB Pockit is lightweight so it can be pushed effortlessly, but its flimsy wheels make it suitable only for smooth surfaces. The front wheels get unstable when on rough terrains. Additionally, expect a stiff brake that’s also not easy to access as it’s rather small. It’s thus suitable for whizzing through those smooth airport surfaces.
Babyzen Yoyo performs well on all surfaces – While designed for city-based mothers, the Babyzen Yoyo moves smoothly on rough surfaces with minimal vibration. It features a sandal-friendly single-foot action pedal well-positioned for easy access. It’s, therefore, suitable as an everyday baby stroller.
In retrospect, while both the Pockit and Yoyo are marketed as ultra-lightweight umbrella pushchairs, there’re apparent differences. Depending on your child’s weight, the durability you want, and ease-of-use, you can make up your mind on the GB Pockit vs. Babyzen Yoyo debate.
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