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Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review}

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com


This post was sponsored by GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the gb Pockit to facilitate my review.

By far, the most difficult part of traveling with a little one is the amount of stuff that we have to pack for her. While we've streamlined the process a bit over the last 2.5 years, I still find myself hauling around her travel cot, her toddler backpack and leash, our bulky stroller, and her beloved Frozen luggage.

Thanks to the gb Pockitd stroller, I've found another way to get that pile of stuff even smaller. Before I received this stroller, we had three options when we were traveling: take her large but accommodating and easy to steer Graco stroller, her unwieldy but prepared-for-anything jogging stroller with all-terrain wheels, or the small but flimsy cheap umbrella stroller. It wasn't an easy choice, and it seemed as if my husband and I were never fully happy no matter which one was selected to come along for the ride.

Before I was chosen to work with gb Pockit for this campaign, I'd seen a video going around Facebook of this super cool stroller that was tiny when it was folded up. I remember thinking, "That's a cool concept, but I'm sure we'll never have one since it's probably a prototype." Imagine my surprise when that exact stroller showed up on my doorstep just a few weeks later--and in a box that was about the size of your standard boot box from the shoe store.

When my husband saw the box, he assumed that I had ordered some sort of stroller accessory since it was so small. When we opened the box and saw this impossibly configured stroller folded up, I think we were both wondering if this was for real.

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com
Who needs a stroller check when you can just fold it up and take it to the table with you?!

In the two weeks that I've had the gb Pockit, I've put this thing through the motions: we've traversed downtown Charleston (and all of the cobblestone streets and broken sidewalks that come with that territory), in the fishing village of McClellanville (where all of these photos were taken), the stadium at Clemson University and the fields around it for tailgating at the spring football game, and several of the parks here in South Carolina.

Here's what I've found after field testing it:

PROS

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com

-The size. It really is so small when it's folded up! I've got a large backpack that I could put it into if we were out in a big city and wanted it out of the way.

-The weight. A stroller that folds up and stores into a backpack isn't much help if it's still heavy! Thankfully, the stroller is also very lightweight at 9.5 pounds.

-The handles. There is nothing more that I hate on a stroller than tiny handles that cause me to hunch over (ahem, I'm looking at you, umbrella stroller). These are nice and tall so that I never feel as if I'm having to do my best Hobbit impression in order to get a good grip on my stroller.

-The age range. Since it holds kids from 6 months to around 55 pounds, you could use this baby for a long time. My toddler weighs in around 35 pounds, so I can see us still getting many years of use out of it.

-The ease of movement. As I mentioned earlier, we did a bit of all-terrain pushing on this stroller in the time that we've had it, and it moves like a dream. You can choose to have the front wheels static or in swivel mode, which allows for more flexibility.

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com
Enjoying McClellanville's Jeremy Creek at sunset


CONS
-When we collapse the stroller, the back wheels sometimes don't stay where they're supposed to, which causes issues when we're trying to fold it down. It would be helpful to have a way to lock the wheels into the folding position to avoid this.

-The basket underneath isn't very big, but I don't feel like I can complain about this too much since it is such a compact stroller. Just know that you'll probably have to carry an extra bag if you need lots of extra clothes, diapers, etc.

-The sun shade is a great feature, but it seems like the fabric is a bit thin to hold up over time. After just two weeks of use, ours has two small holes in it.

All in all, this is now our go-to stroller for traveling (it's headed to Disney World with us later this month!), and it such a cool piece of engineering, too. We've had several people stop and ask us about it when they've seen us folding it up in public: it's definitely something that will start a conversation!

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com

If you want to add one to your kid's must-pack list, the gb Pockit stroller is available at Babies R Us stores and online here.

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