I work in the midtown East/Upper East area of Manhattan. I can tell you that alllllll I see is the UppaBaby Vista stroller every single day. If you're a mom in Manhattan, and you live on the East Side, you have an UppaBaby. The Uppababy's seem nice and looks like a great stroller. But there were a number of other strollers out there that I was drawn to as well, and not just because their price tag was much more reasonable.
I still go back and forth almost daily on my decision. But I am pretty confident that the stroller I like the best is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT in Gray/Green.
Here is what I liked about the Baby Jogger City Mini GT:
Honestly, the wheels were kind of what sold me on this stroller. I initially was looking at the City Mini and the Britax B-Agile - both lightweight, easy to use strollers. My main concern with them was their plastic, lightweight wheels. If they break, you have to send away for new wheels, and they easily wear down over time. The City Mini GT has All-Terrain foam filled tires. They won't go flat like air-filled tires, and they won't wear down like the plastic. This stroller will be good on grass, dirt, hopefully sand, and other types of terrain.
The front wheel locks into place for long walks, and unlocks for easy swiveling and manuevering around corners. Many people seem to think that since this is a "Baby Jogger" stroller it is a jogging stroller. Despite the brand name, this stroller is actually not technically intended for jogging, though I think it will be perfectly fine for some light jogs around my neighborhood, and from what I can tell, many people seem to use it as a jogging stroller.
I love that I can put the break on or off with just a small hand lever on the side of the stroller. No need to mess up my pedicure on a foot-break, or bend down to lock and unlock it!
The really big sun canopy: Really, it's just a large, large sun canopy offering full coverage to my little one.
At 22 pounds, this is not as light as the regular City Mini (17 pounds), but still lighter than many strollers on the market and certainly lighter than a jogging stroller. And with the quick release feature, I can fold it up with one hand.
Fully reclining seat: Many mom friends told me that this was something they wish they had in their stroller and to make sure I got one that could fully recline. It's comfortable for the child if they fall asleep and makes it suitable for a newborn to lay down flat in it if I feel so inclined to use this for that purpose. (I don't intend to fully use this stroller until 6 months or later.)
Adjustable handlebar: Anyone from my 4'11" mom to my 6'3" dad can adjust this stroller to suit their height.
Watch the Baby Gizmo review on the stroller here, and the Baby Jogger official video on the stroller.
Of course, when all is said and done...Chris would rather that I just register for this stroller instead: The VRS Mega-Man Pram
Tomorrow I'll share my car-seat and snap-n-go frame decisions.