Compact, lightweight double all-terrain strollers don't exist, but the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double comes close. Parents who want a double that can handle more than pavement without being a beast to carry or fold should give this one a close look. However, the GT Double isn't the best choice for serious off-roading or jogging. It's also pricey, and accessories can boost the price tag even more.
Potential wheel issue. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double has five-point harnesses with shoulder pads and buckle covers, as well as a hand brake. Several owners have reported a safety issue, saying one or both front wheels sometimes spontaneously switch from swivel to fixed mode, stopping the stroller short.
Good, except for the lock. At less than 30 inches wide, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double can fit through standard doorways. Baby Joggers are known for their easy folds, and reviewers say the GT Double is no exception. While the stroller does boast an automatic lock, owners say it can be tricky to properly engage. The stroller does not have a standing fold. Reviewers like the easy-to-use hand brake and say the straps are easy to adjust. The infinite recline means owners can adjust the seatback to any angle instead of predetermined positions. The fabric is machine washable. At 32.5 pounds, the GT Double is one of the lighter all-terrain doubles on the market.
Versatile, but not for jogging. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double offers a smooth ride on moderately bumpy turf, but it's not the best stroller for serious off-roading, reviewers say. The 8-inch forever-air tires, while smaller than others, won't go flat. The front wheels swivel for maneuverability but can be locked for stability. Baby Jogger does not recommend parents use the GT Double as a jogger. The stroller folds relatively compactly for a double, but it still takes ample room in trunks, owners say.
The GT Double's basket is a decent size, but owners say it's hard to access. The canopies are large and have two peek-a-boo windows each. The handle is adjustable to accommodate shorter or taller parents. Reviewers wish the stroller came with cupholders and parent or child trays. Optional accessories include a rain cover (*Est. $65), belly bar (*Est. $45), child tray (*Est. $25) and glider board (*Est. $80). Owners say the seats are nicely padded and like the separation between seats for preventing squabbles between kids.
The GT Double has a near-flat recline. Parents of newborns can use a car seat with a car-seat adapter (*Est. $110) or the compact prams (*Est. $170). The stroller will accommodate two prams but only one car seat at a time. One reviewer says the stroller handled very well with a 5-year-old on one side and an infant on the other. Each seat has a 50-pound weight limit, for a total of 100 pounds.
Good warranty, good service. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a limited one-year warranty on textiles and other components. Baby Jogger has a good reputation for customer service, and owners say the company is quick to respond to problems and send needed parts.
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Review Credibility: Excellent Horton names a number of top double strollers for every lifestyle after testing several models with several moms in real-life use. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double gets her nod as one of the best doubles for all-terrain and jogging. She loves the forever-air tires, adjustable handlebar, hand brake and easy, compact fold. She says the stroller is a great pick for parents who want a lightweight all-terrain stroller, but parents who want a jogger or real all-terrain beast should pass.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent After expert and parent tests, Bayless gives the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double a nod as one of iVillage.com's best double strollers of 2012. It scores 5 stars, along with the Bumbleride Indie Twin and BOB Revolution SE. She likes its large canopies, full recline, adjustable handlebar, hand brake, and forever-air tires for maneuverability and handling on rough surfaces. She also loves the easy, compact fold. However, she says the cargo basket is tricky to access and wishes there were included accessories, such as consoles and cupholders.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Double Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, June 14, 2012
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Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including a variety of strollers, and top rankings of all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. It's a particularly useful source for learning about the overall quality of stroller brands, including Baby Jogger.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double gets an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in more than 30 reviews on Amazon.com. It wins praise for its roomy seats, forever-air tires, handling on bumpy surfaces, adjustable handlebar, hand brake and large canopies. Reviewers also love the easy fold, which some say is compact for a double, and the easy-adjust harness and easy push. However, many say the automatic lock is difficult to engage, and several have had the front wheels lock into fixed mode on their own. Reviewers also dislike the lack of accessories and the price.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Horton picks the best new double strollers of 2012, and gives the Baby Jogger City Mini GT a nod along with seven others, including two all-terrain strollers from Mountain Buggy. She loves the rugged tires, hand brake, easy fold and padded seats, but notes no cons and doesn't compare strollers.
Review: New Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, April 26, 2012
Review Credibility: Good This double stroller roundup looks at the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double and seven other doubles, including several all-terrain models. However, it does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the GT Double's forever-air tires, padded seats and adjustable handle.
Review: The Double Stroller Showdown, Christina Holt, April 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Fair This video from baby-product site StrollerMama.com outlines several improvements to the GT from the regular City Mini Double, and lauds the large, independently adjustable canopies, adjustable handles, easy-access basket, flat recline, padded seat, hand brake, front-wheel suspension and quick fold. However, it does not note any cons.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller, Editors of StrollerMama.com, May 1, 2012