Living / 18 June, 2018 / Ellie Thompson
Baby Jogger has always been a steadfast favourite brand among the My Baba team, so we were very excited to road test their new upgraded City Tour™ LUX. The City Tour™ LUX is a lightweight, compact stroller now available in a pram and stroller bundle (carrycot sold separately), catering for newborns up.
So what’s new? Why the upgrade we hear you cry?
Well, the City Tour™ LUX differs to the original City Tour™ by offering much more in terms of bang for your buck.
There are two main differences:
The City Tour™ LUX stroller is of course, a one-hand fold. Once collapsed, the stroller locks automatically, so you can fold and go. Its carry straps and shoulder straps make this a brilliant option for travel; in fact, it’s probably even compact enough to class as hand luggage – depending on the airline (always check!). What’s more – the pushchair can be folded WITHOUT having to remove the carrycot or seat unit first.
The carrycot’s adjustable hood with 3-fold canopy, peekaboo window and UV 50+ fabrics match that of the seat unit on the LUX, but the bassinet also comes with a removable apron and adjustable storm flap for colder weathers.
The nifty carrycot (no adaptors required) can fold down to half its original size both on or off the pushchair, which makes this stroller a serious contender for those with the littlest of babas looking to do some serious travelling.
Enjoy a choice of either rear or forward facing travel with the City Tour™ LUX’s main seat unit. The seat’s hood offers ultimate shade with a 3-panel canopy and flip-out sun visor. The magnetic flap on the peekaboo window is a nice touch – avoiding noisy velcro.
The seat itself is luxuriously padded and offers a multi-position recline, including a near-flat position (great for naps on the go!) and comes complete with an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a centre release button.
The seat can be raised and lowered effortlessly via a lever with just one hand, which is a big plus if you need to change positions when out and about. There’s also a one-handed adjustable leg rest for added comfort.
It’s worth noting that the seat measures in at 10 inches, as opposed to the average 13, the smaller seat enables this stroller to be as compact as it is.
The City Tour™ LUX’s rubber handlebar located 38 inches from the ground and is not adjustable. I would advise taller parents too road test this stroller in store before purchasing online to check it’s a comfortable fit.
We love that the LUX has a flip-flop friendly hand brake, making it perfect for summer weekend cruises about town, picnics in the park and trips to the beach.
The LUX’s polyurethane tyres are fairly small, but both lightweight and durable. The front wheels can be locked to handle difficult terrain, while the all-wheel suspension makes for a comfortable ride for both baby and parent.
The City Tour™ LUX’s storage basket isn’t the biggest on the market, but for a compact pushchair it’s a really decent size. You can access the basket from the front or back, and it should easily house the changing bag, which is the only accessory sold as part of the pushchair.
While there are no provisions to turn this compact stroller into a double, there is the very handy option to attach a buggy board to the back of the stroller, so older siblings can enjoy the ride too.
The City Tour™ LUX qualifies as a complete travel system with its car seat compatible chassis.
The City Tour™ LUX is not only the perfect travel companion, it’s a brilliant option for city-dwelling families looking for a smart option from birth. Baby Jogger have carefully future proofed this stroller, so not only is it compact and lightweight, but it’s well-thought out and should last for years.
If you’re looking to use the City Tour LUX as part of an entire travel system, it’s worth considering investing in Baby Jogger’s first i-size car seat, the City GO™. It’s a rear facing seat suitable from birth to 18 months, locked in place with the stay-in-care Isofix base (sold separately).
The City GO™ i-Size properly secures baby via the no-rethread 5-point, front-adjust harness, and is kept super-safe via the in-built front, rear and side impact protection. The base cleverly grows with baby with its memory foam inserts on the side wings and seven adjustable positions. The seat is also machine washable – perfect for those refluxers!