If you are looking for a great umbrella stroller with a few extras, the G-LiTE Umbrella by UPPAbaby is it! My nine-month old baby girl, Dani, and I recently tested it out in the beautiful blue “Brooke” color. We loved that it was lightweight, but had so many features of a full size stroller.
Assembling the G-LiTE could not have been easier. In the box, you will find the stroller frame, canopy and two front wheels. Simply slide on the front wheels, open the stroller and snap on the canopy. I referred to the manual only to confirm I was assembling it correctly. It was great — no tools or small pieces.
The G-LiTE seat is fantastic. Living in South Florida a breathable seat is a must, and this is one of the best I have seen. The mesh seat cover is very similar, if not the same material used in athletic wear (which makes sense to me). Between the roomy seat and comfortable padded cover, Dani makes herself at home every time she sits in it. The best thing about the seat, besides the material, is how quickly you can remove the cover to wash it (it honestly takes about a minute. Just slide the shoulder harness fastener off, push all harness straps and buckles through the holes in the pad, undo the top Velcro strips and remove the pad. The seat pad it is machine washable. And while you are washing it, the G-LiTE stroller is still usable with a bottom mesh, breathable seat. The seat offers two shoulder harness heights, which is great for a growing baby. And older children will enjoy the freedom of the lap belt only option. I love the convenience of the single buckle release. It makes taking Dani out a breeze.
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The G-LiTE frame is aluminum and weighs a mere 8.3lbs. It is perfect for those errand days when you have to go in and out of half a dozen stores. The stroller is recommended for babies 6 months and older who weigh up to 40 lbs. The storage basket is a nice size with great accessibility. I did wish that the basket sides were a little higher. Please note there is a five pound limit for the storage basket. Like so many umbrella strollers, hanging a heavy diaper bag on it will make it tip. I tested it with 5 lbs in a diaper bag on the handlebars and it tipped. So.. take your diaper bag off the stroller, then take your child out or put her in. Another convenient feature is the removable shoulder strap. It adds to its great portability — perfect for public transportation or when you need to go up a huge flight of stairs, while still juggling baby
Opening the G-LiTE was a little more challenging than expected. First, release the latch lock on the side of the frame and the whole stroller opens. This was the easy part. It was a little harder to lock the stroller in place. You are supposed to push down on the pedal until you hear a click on each side of the frame. When my husband and I pulled up on the handle bars while pushing down on the pedal, it was easier to lock it into place. Folding the stroller is easy. Simply lift the metal safety tab and the lock tabs on each handle. Then, fold the stroller in half and it will lock into place. I love the automatic locking feature. The kickstand is also a great feature which is unusual for umbrella strollers. When folded, the stroller stands in a 慥’.
As mentioned, we live in sunny South Florida so you can only imagine the importance of a good canopy — especially since Dani has my fair skin. The canopy on the G-lite folds down further than any umbrella stroller I have seen. However, there is one drawback. When the canopy is extended all the way down, on each back corner there is an exposed triangle opening. Depending on which direction we were facing, the sun’s rays pass through this opening (a little extra material could have come in handy here — I would have liked the canopy to have full coverage). The canopy is manufactured in a bathing suit material that is easy to clean. Like the padded seat cover, the canopy is also effortless to remove. In a pinch, a lightweight blanket can cover the opening in the back (but unless you use a binder clip or something, it will fall right off). Or you could always attach a shade (one of those tie-on ones).
We test drove the G-LiTE at the mall and on a walk to the gym which includes a variety of terrain. We rode on sidewalks, paved streets, grassy patches and even over railroad tracks. I was impressed with the ride. The 4-wheel, shock absorbing suspension and extra wide wheels made for a smooth ride and effortless steering. Dani even fell asleep on the way home. The non-slip, cushy handle bars are a winner. They are comfortable to grip and the height is perfect. When pushing the stroller, I never felt hunched over, nor did my big feet get in the way.
The G-LiTE is an excellent on-the-go stroller. It is extremely portable given its weight, size and shoulder strap. I am a big fan of the breathable seat and washable seat pad. It is a stroller that is easy to clean and maintain. Just remember when opening — pull up on the handle bars while pushing down on the pedal until you hear the locks click.
Weighs only 8.3 lbs
Stands on its own
4-wheel, shock absorbing suspension
Removable carrying shoulder strap
Breathable mesh seat
Quick removable, washable padded seat cover
Non-slip grip handle bars
Elevated handle bars
Automatic closing latch
Challenging to open at first
Canopy needs a little more fabric in back to cover sun when tilted down
Low basket sides
Shop: You can get your G-LiTE at Letsgostrolling.com.
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Seat Features: 1 position recline
Standar Accessories: Shoulder strap, seat cover
Optional Accessories: Travel bag, rain cover
Min. Age: 6 months