When I was first in the market for a stroller I was shopping purely based on easy fold-and-go travel systems that would make sense for our travels abroad. For my first stroller, I had the JJ Cole Broadway 360 and as a first time mom I thought this was the bees knees. It folded down easily and it had the ability to click into a base as a car seat or used as a bassinet that also transformed to a toddler seat. You can read a little bit more about this stroller system here. I did love certain features the JJ Cole had but as my daughter grew and outgrew her car seat, it was no longer a convenient system and it felt big and bulky. To be fair the JJ Cole had also traversed 15 countries over 4 continents. It was tired and time to find a better solution.
The GB Pockit
I saw this video circulating Facebook via the Baby Guy and it featured the GB (GoodBaby) Pockit stroller being folded down in seconds and then opened again just as quickly. It fit into a tote bag that could easily slide in overhead bins or under the seat in front of you – no more gate checking. I was sold.
How to Buy
Getting your hands on one of these strollers when they came out wasn’t easy, at least not for those shopping in the U.S. It would be a good six to nine months before they were expected to launch in the US. and I knew there would be a lot of travel for us before then. I couldn’t (wouldn’t) wait that long so I did some research and found that “Toys R Us” in Hong Kong (HK) had them available for about $140 USD. We would have a couple of days in HK on an upcoming trip and would try to score one if these highly coveted strollers. We decided to order the stroller online and have it sent to our hotel in HK for ease instead of trying to find a store with them in stock. We ordered the stroller with a delivery address of the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin and notified the concierge to accept the package. Some hotels charge for acceptance and holding a package, however, Sha Tin has always treated us well and there was no charge for holding the package. It was waiting in our room when we arrived.
Now available in US
Unlike our experience (nefariously purchasing in Hong Kong and importing without paying duty for a product not yet licensed to be sold in the US), the GB Pockit is now available for sale here in the US. The price comes in around $179-$250 which is on par or under-market for an everyday stroller, but more expensive than a traditional umbrella stroller. In my opinion, it is worth every penny.
When folded into it’s most compact size, the Pockit measures 12″ x 7″ x 20” and was named “The World’s Smallest Folded Stroller” by the Guinness Book of World’s Records. The newer models are able to hold a child up to 55lbs and 11lbs of “cargo” below the seat in the storage area. The seats harness is also adjustable which helps the stroller to grow with your child.
What I love about it
- The size is easily one of the most attractive features about the GB Pockit. When it’s folded away, placed in the bag, it will fit easily under the seat in front of you regardless of cabin. This is an important fact to know, because gate agents will not believe you, they will insist on tagging it (my husband may have gotten into an argument about this after a long trip.) Just prove it if they challenge you by folding it into the bag.
- The Pockit is also incredibly light. The website lists the weight at 9.5 pounds but that sounds a lot heavier than it feels. I frequently throw the bag over one shoulder when we are out and about. It’s also worth noting that the Pockit’s light weight is helpful when pushing our daughter around too, especially on cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces.
- It is easy to clean. The fabric makes spot cleaning the inevitable stains of a toddler no problem.
- We can take it everywhere – and we do.
- Folding it away really is as easy as they say. While there are two ways to fold it away, one takes a little more effort (tucking the back wheels inside first) to get it into its smallest fold, but the time difference is negligible. You can unbuckle your child and have it in a bag in less than 60 seconds with ease.
While I love the stroller, there are a couple of drawbacks. The stroller is very light, but that’s because the supports are hollow. Usually this isn’t an issue, but it’s so light that for really difficult terrain you might be better off having your child walk than struggle with the roads. The Pockit is just fine for cobblestone roads, but off-road, dirt paths are a different story. The canopy of the stroller is one small square piece, which is conveniently lightweight, but it is mostly ineffective.
The price is also a little high for some consumers. If you have a regular stroller and the Pockit is just for travel purposes then its value may be diminished for you. That being said, if you have ever tried to fold one of those larger strollers or waited at the baggage carousel for an extended period of time – it pays for itself.
Do you have a family travel item that you swear by?