Orbit Baby G2 Pushchair – Review

Orbit Baby G2 Stroller Seat

The Orbit Baby G2 Stroller, Pushchair, Travel System, Pram (whatever name you wish to use!) is now on sale in the UK, available from John Lewis and a selection of other independent stockists (click to view what’s currently available)

Orbit Baby have been selling their G2 pushchair and travel system in the USA, Singapore, Sweden, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal and Russia, to name but a few, in great numbers and to much critical acclaim. Jessica Alba, Alicia Keys, Kourtney Kardashian, and Heidi Klum  – to name a growing army of celebrity clients – all adore their G2. So what is it and why is so talked about?

 

Bryan White and Joseph Hei founded Orbit Baby with the mission of creating better and smarter transportation, based on their own experiences and the gathered opinions of parents, from all over the world. The result is a very different looking pushchair with some very clever technology, the G2.

 

The white coloured frame is four wheeled (two rear large and two small and lockable at the front, all non-air filled), and is very maneuverable with its celebrated Quadshock suspension providing a smooth ride.  So what is Quadshock? Each of the four wheels has four shock absorbers, resulting in a pretty impressive suspension system. The handles and wheel area are black, as are parts of the seat. Being objective, it is not as sleek looking as some competitors’ frames (definitely not as pretty as some more traditional offerings) but it is minimalist and unique which – to me – is part of the appeal. I suspect you’ll either love it or hate it (no prizes for which camp I’m in!)  The nine colour packs for the G2 are beautifully bright and attractive and cover the seat and bumper bar for a customised model. The frame and toddler seat weighs in at nearly 13kgs, so worth bearing in mind that it is not the most lightweight on the market, though the one-handed fold helps considerably in this regard.

 

G2 Travel System Fold

G2 Travel System Fold

The frame of the G2 folds in half at the centre giving a very compact end product to get into your boot. To fold (it is easier to remove the seat and underseat storage bag first) you simply unlock the switch on the horizontal bar between the two handles, then twist and lift the frame. It is better to lift so that your handles do not scrape the floor, but once folded the automatic lock and handles allow you to store the pushchair freestanding; which is a plus if your storage area is inside the house. You can store the pushchair with the seat included by turning it upside down and hooking it over the frame; a fantastic feature for travelling.

 

360 Degree Rotation

360 Degree Rotation

The G2 seat sits on a round aluminium pod in the frame, and allows you to rotate the seat around without lifting it, whilst at the same time able to recline the seating position. The seat rotates all the way around 360 degrees which gives you four possibilities for interaction with your child, forward and rear facing, and sideways left and right (useful for trips to the zoo or beach-side walks!). Orbit Baby do not recommend moving with the side position, but users report that it works and is fun! To rotate the seat you squeeze a small lever at either side of the seat and just move the seat to one of three positions. To recline the seat you can use either of the same levers (and only need to use one). This is a great, simple feature, particularly if you are small or suffer with back problems, or just share a frustration with clips and levers and having to ‘get used to it’. The seat sits high enough on the frame for use as a high chair, and the sideways position means that this really is an option, as you can put the frame in any direction and have little one facing the table.

 

Parental comforts on the G2 include a parent tray with a large drinks holder and key compartment, and extremely adjustable handles. The handles adjust between 101cm and 117cm so this should suit all heights. The brake is operated by one push on and off lever by the left rear wheels which increases striding room for the long-legged. The carry handle on the seat has a soft feel to it rather than the hard alternatives available and the underseat storage bag slides off for use as a shoulder bag. Lovely.

 

G2 Stroller Travel System

G2 Stroller Travel System

So what of the seats themselves? The car seat pod is ingenious. It mirrors the design on the frame with the circular docking shape, with the addition of a knob that you turn which tightens the seat belt to secure it safely. The infant seat is docked in the same way as on the pushchair, using the levers either side of the seat. The high sided infant car seat has removable and washable padding and includes a sun canopy with a huge pop out sun visor or Paparazzi shield extension. Because, obviously, isn’t everyone’s baby a little superstar? ;o)

 

G2 Bassinet (carrycot) Cradle

G2 Bassinet (carrycot) Cradle

For your newborn, the G2 offers a bassinette as an alternative to the infant seat. The bassinette is lightweight and can collapse flat to fit into a small storage area. The fabrics are breathable and look lovely, with the colour extending to the included canopy and apron; the former of which includes the same pop out sun visor or Paparazzi shield as the seats. The apron and mattress are washable and comfortable. The downside is that the bassinette has to be purchased and stored separately to the car seat or, more significantly, the toddler seat, but the upside is its ability to also be docked to the G2 rocking stand, the Rocker, which supports all the seats too. This gives you a useable alternative to a Moses basket in the home, protecting your investment a little.

 

The toddler seat is impressive. The seat feels wide and tall so will last your little one until they are ready to walk everywhere. The adjustable footrest has three positions to reinforce that. There is also a little storage for their favourite toy. The reversible padded liner has a fabric side and fleecy side for all weathers, and is incredibly easy to remove and wash. The back of the seat is ventilated and can be lifted up to increase ventilation in the warmer weather. Also suiting the all weathers is the impressive large canopy. The canopy extends to almost cover the whole seat. The pop out UV visor or ‘Paparazzi Shield’ provides complete protection. There is a removable bumper bar with a further removable, snack tray (two compartments and one lid).

 

My only concern is wondering whether the G2, though providing flexible underseat bag and parent tray, lacks storage. The side panniers the G2’s accessory range goes some way to address this, but they are expensive. The list of accessories is predictably pricey, but they do ooze quality. The weather pack is reasonable as it includes a rain shield and mosquito net, and the side panniers attach effortlessly to the frame, include their own raincovers and can be folded with the frame. The travel bag for the stroller even includes clear labeling, optimistic that the result will be more careful handling by your airline. And the Sidekick buggyboard can be personalised, which is sure to be a hit with toddlers throughout the land.

 

Travel Collection Car Seat & Infant to Toddler Stroller

Travel Collection Car Seat & Infant to Toddler Stroller

So is the G2 a cut above the rest and worth the price tag? With a price point of £1000 including colour pack, it’s definitely up there with the likes of the Stokke Xplory and Bugaboo Cameleon. But is it worth it?

 

The G2 has a very desirable unique feature of the 360 degree movement and easy recline, and the frame really is no fuss. Unfortunately I think this feature will also divide the nation. Some might feel the frame looks a little clinical, though the colour packs go quite some way to address this. However, and it’s a big however, I love the functionality and seating on the G2. It is very clever and simple and the absence of lots of clips and additional fittings for car seats or the bassinette is most welcome. I can definitely see the appeal. And when it comes to finding the right pushchair for you, as evidenced by the range and variety on our lovely High Streets, love is very much  in the eye of the beholder.

 

The Orbit Baby G2 Stroller, Pushchair, Travel System, Pram (whatever name you wish to use!) is now on sale in the UK, available from John Lewis and a selection of independent stockists

Orbit Baby at John Lewis – click to view what’s currently available

 

 

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