GB Pockit: Review of the World's Smallest Travel Stroller

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GB's Pockit stroller has gotten a lot of buzz -- it is even in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most compact stroller.  It is so tiny that it fits under an airplane seat! 

 My son woke up in the morning, saw the new addition to his fleet and wanted to climb right in.  He was also excited by  the new book  that is in all the photos.  

My son woke up in the morning, saw the new addition to his fleet and wanted to climb right in.  He was also excited by the new book that is in all the photos.  

Does it merit all the hype?  Yes, there's no denying that it is ultracompact and impressive.  But whether it is the right stroller for you depends on your needs.

In this post I go through my experience with it, some pros and cons, anecdotal feedback that I picked up from online mom groups, and finally my recommendations of circumstances for which this stroller could be the right fit.

My First Impression

The stroller comes fully assembled, which is super convenient.  I've seen hat boxes larger than the box that the stroller was packed in.  The fold/unfold is pretty intuitive, though you may want to read the instructions to understand that there are two ways to fold it (compact and ultra compact). For a second I thought that the handlebars were crazy low but then realized that they extend to a really nice height.  The push seemed really rickety and at first made me uncomfortable about my son's safety, but I got used to it quickly.  I also have the GB QBit stroller (see my review here) and I actually prefer that the Pockit allows my son to sit more upright than the  QBit . 

Our first outing with the Pockit was to breakfast at a french bistro in our neighborhood.  The staff at this restaurant is super baby friendly (my son and the waitresses have exchanged lots of kisses and shared giggles) but the restaurant layout is not.  There is no place to store a stroller.  The last time that we brought my son they stored his stroller  at the bottom of a staircase outside leading to the cellar.  This time I folded it to compact (not ultra compact) size up and stuck it under our table.  I was more comfortable doing this than leaving our $1,000+ stroller outside and out of our view.   

 i was glad not to have to leave my stroller at the bottom of this staircase outside.

i was glad not to have to leave my stroller at the bottom of this staircase outside.

The push on smooth sidewalk was pretty good once I got used to it, certainly much better than the push of a super cheap umbrella stroller.  Mainly to be able to report back to you, I pushed it on a cobblestone street and it was doable but not the most pleasant thing.  Even on that bumpy stretch, however, my son seemed pretty happy.

 I don't recommend pushing it on a street like this one.

I don't recommend pushing it on a street like this one.

On our walk back from the restaurant my husband and I chatted about whether and when we would use the Pockit. We decided that we would use it for restaurant outings, certain travels, and on days that he takes my son to day care. The day care is a 15 minute walk from our home.  My husband usually drives and parks a block away from the facility for morning drop off as it is en route to his work.  He said that he would take this stroller because he could stick it in the trunk of our SUV without folding it, which would save him a precious minute or two.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • the fold
    • two ways to fold - compact and ultra compact (for ultra compact you need to first lock the front wheels)
    • folds down to 12 x 7 x 14 (this is about the size of a large handbag or small carryon, and I was able to fit it in the basket of my Chameleon)
    • fits under an airplane seat (or restaurant table).  While the QBit, Nano and Yoyo  all fit in the overhead, it isn't always practical to put it there -- flight attendants may force you to gate check or there may not be any space available. You won't have any issue bringing this stroller onto the plane.
  • weighs only 9.5 lbs
  • storage basket holds up to 11 lbs (though it is small)
  • high weight limit of 55 lbs (which is more than the average weight of a five year old)
  • removable and washable seat fabric (because even if your kid doesn't eat in the stroller, sunblock gets everywhere in the summer)
  • locking swivel front wheels
  • simple one-touch rear brake
  • ability to hang a bag from the handlebars without a stroller hook (this is just my experience and probably not recommended, so definitely keep it light to avoid tipping)
  • I liked my son's posture in the stroller

Cons (these are really just tradeoffs for the size):

  • no recline
  • push feels  wobbly (though I got used to this quickly)
  • sun shade provides minimal coverage (per below, this sunshade may solve the issue) 
  • two handed fold.  The fold isn't difficult but requires two hands.  If you need to fold this while alone with your toddler you may need to put him on a leash so he doesn't run away.  I've been spoiled by the QBit, which has the easiest one-handed fold. 
  • small basket.  This is expected, considering the size.  It's still big enough to hold a pouch with diapering essentials and some snacks, and it's shaped and angled to maximize capacity.

Anecdotal Feedback from Other Moms

These are more or less direct quotes about the Pockit from moms on Facebook

  • the Summer Infant Ray Shade  works great to extend the Pockit's sun shade
  • I've seen the Pockit with a fully loaded Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. diaper bag and the stroller didn't tip, even without the kid in it
  • I have absolutely no use for the Pockit, but I kind of want it just because it would be so easy to hide from my husband
  • the Pockit is great to use on a cruise ship
  • it's 9 pounds of engineering genius, I love the Pockit for what I use it for
  • I own a Pockit and love it... if you have a use (i.e., travel, city, or boat like us...) it's a good choice... if you are looking for a daily work horse, there are clearly better options
  • I tried it with my 40 lb kid and it was wobbly, but it pushed okay for what it was
  • It's a wobbly push compared to the Yoyo 
  • the Pockit is great as an airport stroller but not to be used for more than a couple of hours
  • it's great on smooth floors and sidewalks, but horrible on any rough or terrain surfaces
  • The fold takes a few tries to get it mastered
  • last week I took my Nano on a trip to Tokyo and the whole time I was wishing that I had my Pockit instead 
  • my biggest issues with the Pockit are the lack of recline, a worthless sunshade and how tippy it gets with anything hung from the handles
  • I have taken the Pockit on four trips to three countries and it has earned a permanent spot in my fleet

Circumstances for Which I Recommend the Pockit

  • You live in a walkup and have a hard time carrying a big / bulky stroller up and down the stairs
  • You travel a lot and your child doesn't need a recline
  • You fly frequently to visit your parents and they have a full sized stroller for you

The Pockit is available on Amazon.  Click here to purchase.  

I hope this was helpful.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on this stroller.  What is yours?

This post was sponsored by GB.  All opinions (besides the anecdotes) are my own.  

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