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Is the GB Pockit Stroller the Perfect Travel Stoller? My Honest Thoughts.

Before settling on the perfect travel stroller, I did loads of research. I knew from chatting with friends that we definitely wanted a stroller that could fit in the overhead compartment in order to avoid waiting during tight connections or having the stroller getting broken.

There could be no better option than the smallest possible stroller, right? This had me to looking into the GB Pockit stroller, the world’s smallest folding stroller.

Since then I’ve tested over 10 strollers, and there’s something to love (and not love) about all of them. Here’s everything to know before you buy a GB Pockit:

Which GB Pockit Stroller to Get

When I looked into it more, I realized that there was not just one GB Pockit stroller, but THREE with different functions, sizes, and weights. Although they all fit into the overhead bin, are narrow and easy to maneuver, and are on the more affordable end of the travel stroller spectrum, there are several key differences to consider:

When I looked into it more, I realized that there was not just one GB Pockit stroller, but THREE with different functions, sizes, and weights.

Although they all fit into the overhead bin, are narrow and easy to maneuver, and are on the more affordable end of the travel stroller spectrum, there are several key differences to consider:

GB Pockit Air

The smallest and cheapest of the GB Pockit lineup, the Pockit Air folds down to 11.8 in x 7.1 in x 13.8 inches and weighs only 10.4 lbs. It’s impressive, and currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s most compact travel stroller. It comes with car seat adapters that connect to any CYBEX car seat and its double wheels are meant to aid in maneuverability. It’s also affordable at only $199.

That said, you lose some functionality by going that small. There’s no handle bar, which I could live without, but what I can’t live without is a decent sun shade and recline ability, neither of which this stroller has. The only sun protection is a flat visor at the top that doesn’t provide much coverage, and without being able to recline, it’s not ideal for naps, which is part of why we like having a stroller. I would honestly not recommend this one.

GB Pockit+ All Terrain

The All Terrain is the next ‘level up’ from the Pockit Air in terms of functionality and features. Although it’s slightly larger at 13.4 in x 7.9 in x 16.5 inches folded and 12.3 lbs, it’s still within overhead bin limits and is still quite compact and lightweight.

Unlike the Air, the All Terrain has a full SPF 50+ sun canopy, can recline the most out of the GB line (though is not completely flat), and has a larger under-seat basket with an 11lb capacity. It also has an adjustable footrest and double wheels. To fold it up, you’ll have to push in the back two wheels first, which isn’t a huge deal, but means you’ll need both hands to do so and it’s not able to fold down in seconds or with just one hand like some competitors, which we’ll talk about below. It comes in at $279.99.

GB Pockit + All City

Though similar to the Pockit+ All Terrain, the All City has a few differing features. Instead of the double wheels, it has single wheels, but the suspension is better. It also has sturdier lower construction using aluminum rather than plastic.

The sun canopy is also reinforced with metal wiring as opposed to the plastic on the All Terrain. It’s also completely sealed around your child even in full recline while the All Terrain has some large gaps around their head. Overall, it feels much sturdier and more stable than the All Terrain and Air.

It also has a larger basket. Despite all of the added features, it’s still not that much larger than the all-terrain at 12.6 in x 7.9 in x 18.9 inches and 13.2 lbs. It is, however, pricier at $329. or $299 for this velvet black version.

If I were to pick a Pockit, I would have gone with the All City. That said, we actually ended up with the Qbit. Heres why:

GB QBit All City

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Why did we end up with the QBit All City after I was so sold on the Pockit line? Honestly, I got so confused by all of the different kinds that I bought it on accident and couldn’t return it to Rebelstork. That said, it’s a happy accident now that we put it to the test in New England and Portugal for 2 straight weeks.

This is the only stroller out of all of them that can be folded with one hand while holding your baby with the other. We don’t have to fold the wheels in like we would with the Pockit Air and All Terrain, and it can stand on its own unlike the latter two.

This all becomes a big deal when having to quickly fold and unfold when going through security, putting the stroller in an overhead bin, or quickly folding and unfolding with one hand, which becomes essential if you’re traveling solo with your baby. I love the ease of the QBit.

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The QBit also offers four-wheel suspension, a mesh back opening for ventilation, decent recline, mostly aluminum construction, a sturdy sun canopy, adjustable footrest, and a lap bar. The handle bar is also a nicer grip. Overall, this feels like a sturdier stroller and the maneuverability is great.

My biggest concern was since it is slightly larger than most overhead bin regulations at 19 in x 21 in x 13 inches and 17 lbs, we wouldn’t be able to board with it. I’m pleased to say that with the exception of smaller prop planes, we have had no problem bringing the stroller on with us and putting it in the overhead bin. If the flight attendants ask us about it, they usually are fine with it if we tell them it folds up small enough for the bin.

It’s also the most expensive at $379.99, but still comes in cheaper than its competitors (discussed below).

My Honest Thoughts After Testing GB

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Pushing it on cobblestones in Portugal

I love this stroller for the airport. It’s narrow, lightweight, easy to use, and I love that we can carry it on with us. It can easily fit through the x-ray machine at TSA, and having a stroller that was so small was key for our Europe trip where we had one small car trunk to work with. Our trunk at home isn’t that big, either, and our Nuna Mixx takes up almost the whole thing.

Although the GB QBit is sturdier than the Pockit series and has all-wheel suspension, it’s still not anywhere near as good as our true all-terrain Guava Roam, which I love for use at home and on road trips. I’m sure that the cobblestones were a bumpy ride for Felix, which would have been much less the case with our Guava Roam. That said, it cannot fit in the overhead bin and we would have really struggled with fitting everything in our European car rental with a bigger stroller. I would also prefer a smaller stroller for public transportation.

I also wasn’t impressed with the amount of storage space, but I also didn’t expect much a smaller stroller like this.

Alternatives to the GB

What else is worth getting? These are the other strollers we tried:

Babyzen yoyo2

People seem to love the Babyzen Yoyo stroller (read my full Babyzen Yoyo2 review), which is compatible with a wider range of car seats (with the right adapters). It unfolds with one hand, but you’ll need two in order to fold it up. It is mostly constructed with aluminum, weighs 13.6 lbs, and folds up to ‎20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 Inches.

It’s quite small as well, and the smallest stroller I tested outside of the Pockit range.

The color canopies come in a wider range of colors, and you can also switch it out for the bassinet kit for smaller babies. It’s a day-to-day stroller that also happens to be a great travel stroller, and I see it the most often when we travel. That said, I ended up selling mine. I don’t like the curved handle and think the canopy is awful with the tapered top. Read my comparison between the Babyzen and Metro+ and the Babyzen and Joolz Aer.

Ergobaby Metro+

The Ergobaby Metro+ would be my #1 if only it had a larger canopy and a one-handed fold. It has everything else going for it, including an amazing recline – one that’s even newborn appropriate – adjustable handle, comfy seat, leg rest and lap bar, and a nice storage capacity.

When I’m traveling solo with my baby, I like this one since I can reliably wheel it down airplane aisles right to our seat. I just really wish it had a one-handed fold. Still, for as versatile as it is, it’s nicely priced at $299. Read my Metro+ review.

Joolz Aer

The Joolz Aer was also highly recommended by my Instagram community, and I eventually bought one off of Mercari and can confirm, it’s a great travel stroller (read my Joolz Aer review). It also has a simple, one hand fold, is made out of 100% recycled fabrics, and folds up to 21 x 17.7 x 8.5 inches and weighs 13.4 lbs.

However, it still doesn’t recline as well as the GB Pockit+ All Terrain or the QBit and also costs $449.

Overall, I’m glad that I was able to test the GB and although not the Pockit, the very similar QBit that I think is worth springing for. If you’re wanting one that can definitely fit in the bin I like the GB Pockit All city and the Joolz Aer the best, with the Ergobaby Metro+ a close second.

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