The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip Review

October 06, 2015
The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip Review

Tinitrader was thrilled to have the chance to review the lightweight Baby Jogger City Mini Zip pram which is Baby Jogger's most compact folding stroller.

The City Mini Zip weighs only 7.6kgs and folds up to 50% smaller than a traditional umbrella stroller making it super easy to carry on-the-go and store in small spaces.

This stroller is perfect for parents with minimal storage space around the home or in the car, yet still want the full Baby Jogger experience. This stroller has loads of great features to accommodate your baby comfortably including a large canopy, roomy seat with a deep recline, and adjustable leg rest.

However baby isn't the only one comfortable, your journey with baby will be more enjoyable with features such as adjustable handle height, convienent travel bag, cup holder, easy to carry lightweight frame and a highly manoeuvrable turning circle.

Keep in mind, that despite it’s name ‘Baby Jogger’ this is NOT a jogging stroller. I know many parents get confused by the name of the brand. This stroller is designed for running errands, quick trips to the store and traveling.

Read on to find more about the Baby Jogger City Mini Zip's specs and pram features.

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE

$429.99

WEIGHT AND SIZE SPECS

  • Type: 4 Wheel pram, Single

  • Suitable for: Birth to 25kgs

  • Unfolded Dims: 100cm X 100cm X 49cm

  • Folded Dims: 78cm X 27cm X 32cm

  • Weight: 7.6kg

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SEAT SYSTEM

Suitable from birth due to its full seat recline, The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip will take your child from birth to about 3 years (depending on the child). The padded seat unit has a 5-point safety harness and includes chest pads in the matching colour to your stroller.

A multi-position strap recline is easy to use and means that you can keep one hand on the pram handle and one hand changing the recline. For a sleeping baby this is ideal as you can gently lower them to their desired recline position. The back panel that is revealed when reclined can be rolled up to reveal a mesh like material. This is great for hotter weather and allowing air to flow through the stroller seat.

The City Mini ZIP has a handy adjustable footrest which is great for both shorter legs that don’t want to dangle or taller children that want to explore.

CANOPY

With three separate sections, Baby Jogger City Mini Zip's sun canopy fully shades the child sitting within the stroller. The canopy is super large and provides multiple positions and gives extra piece of mind with it’s SPF 50+ rating. There is no standard peekaboo window included, however when in full recline position you have got a mesh window, which can be opened to allow air flow and viewing or closed for a dark sleeping environment for baby.

HANDLE BAR

The non-adjustable handle bar is slightly lower than some of the other Baby Jogger models. It works well for most average height parents, however if you are tall then it would be worth testing the height prior to purchase. The handle bar is covered with rubber and has a large buckle in the middle because of the compact 3D fold.

WHEELS

Front wheel suspension makes every journey comfortable with the Baby Jogger City Mini Zip. At 5.5”, the lightweight front wheels are lockable making rougher terrain or longer walks easier. EVA tyre Tread means the wheels are never going to deflate nor get a puncture.

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SAFETY FEATURES AND BRAKE SYSTEM

The brake system is an easy tap-on, tap-off system, plus it’s even colour coded red so anyone using it will definitely know where the brake is.

The brake is a hand brake located to the right side of the handlebar. It’s much easier to pull and click into place than attempting to find a footbrake.

FOLD/UNFOLD

The new quick-folded technology developed by Baby Jogger has been incorporated into the City Mini ZIP. In the handle there is a button hidden below the rounded nodule in the centre, click this up and push the button inside and you have started the fold. With the pull of a strap located in the seat the ZIP folded easily. Once we got the hang of it, we could certainly do this one handed!

This stroller is super compact when folded. Not only does it fold in half but it also folds inwards on itself too. The City Mini ZIP is 50% smaller than a traditional umbrella fold stroller. We love this feature and couldn’t quite believe how small it folded until we saw it!

Once folded there is an auto-lock to keep it in place and as small as possible, plus it can even free stand.

STORAGE

This nifty stroller has more than enough storage. The under seat storage basket is large enough for all baby essentials, plus there’s a pouch on the back of the seat unit for anything you need close to handy.

TRAVEL SYSTEM COMPATABILITY

This stroller can become a travel system with a purchase of an adapter. It works with most popular car seats

(NB: Adaptors and Infant Carriers are sold separately)

ACCESSORIES

Included:

  • Chassis/Frame

  • Stroller seat (includes storage pockets)

  • 5 Point Safety Harness

  • Canopy

  • Shopping basket

  • Rain cover

Accessories (sold separately):

  • Carseat Adaptors

  • Footmuff

  • Travel bag

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WRAP-UP

The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip is super lightweight and folds into a backpack style carry bag that is perfect for travel.

Many of the features you would expect from Baby Jogger have been included in this compact pram including the easy fold and a convenient hand brake. You won’t be disappointed if you invest in this stroller for around town trips.

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