Babyjogger's roots are exactly as the name suggests – they originated in jogging pushchairs. In their more recent evolutions they have been designing ultra-practical solutions to child transport. We are taking a look at one of their solutions to carrying more than one child – The Babyjogger City Select.....
I love the idea of having a pushchair that meets your every need, such as; it has a compact fold, can handle rough terrain, has a large basket, can expand to a double and can hoover and wash up at the same time....sadly, no such pushchair exists.
But chosing a pushchair that has longevity built-in is surely a wise decision. Remember the old saying, ‘Buy cheap – pay twice', well buying the right pushchair from the start is a decision that can be ill-informed resulting in a ‘pay twice' situation.
Babyjoggers catchphrase for the City Select is ‘For parents on the grow' which sums it up perfectly. A nimble pushchair with a great capacity to change to suit your needs as your family expands. Initially, you are most likely to buy this pushchair as a single, then invest in accommodating a second child if and when it happens.
What's in the box?
The RRP of the Babjogger City Select is £489.99
In the UK the Babyjogger City Select comes in three colours: Onyx (black), Amethyst (Purple) and Ruby (Red).
So, although you're ambitiously planning ahead, how does the City Select fare as a single pushchair? Assuming twins aren't imminent, then it's this configuration that you are going to use for the longest period.
The frame on the Babyjogger City Select is brushed aluminium with black, contrasting, functional parts. The handle is a super-grip rubber that gives ultimate control. I know not everyone likes the feel of rubber, some are even allergic to it, but it affords a phenomenal grip and you seem to connect so much better that you do with foam. The handle height is adjustable from 100.5cms to 107.5cms using the central button.
Moving down the frame, the brake is mounted on the right shaft of the handle. Being hand-activated it is easy to apply irrespective of what shoes you are wearing. Pulling it towards you applies the brake to the back wheels which grip a firm hold on any surface due to the fact that they have 30.5cms pneumatic tyres called forever-air, that eliminate the worry of getting a puncture. A combination of pushing the small grey button mounted on top and flicking the lever forward will release the brake.
A little further down the handle shafts are the first of two sets of brackets that mount the seat unit, giving you the option of a higher or lower seating position. The frame then extends forward to a shallow scoop, upon which is mounted the two 20.5cm wheels that have lightweight rubberised foam tyres. As you would expect, these 360 degree swivel wheels can be locked off to be unidirectional or removed at the press of a button.
Between the front and rear axles is slung an enormous basket, expandable at the back and accessible from the front, it will accommodate the largest of changing bags.
In true Babyjogger style, the fold on the City Select is conspicuous due to the word ‘FOLD' being embossed on the central hubs. Lift each bracket and the whole pushchair folds in half, the handle and the front wheels meeting at the back axle. Fluid, apparent and brilliant, it is a no-nonsense, immediate fold.
It doesn't have an auto-lock but does have a manual bracket that can be applied to ensure it stays folded, however, to be fair, the frame is relatively obedient and stays closed quite well on its own. Unfortunately, regardless of strategy, we could not make the frame stand vertically independently and it is a little on the large side, especially if you fold it with the single seat in place (front facing). Opening is simply a matter of shaking out the frame until it gives you a ‘click', an audible acknowledgement that it's ready-to-go.
As I mentioned before, the seat unit can be mounted in one of two heights and either rear for forward facing. The lower, forward facing option is likely to be preferable when your child is a little older and more adventurous and the higher parent facing option when they still need to keep their eye on Mummy.
The seat is 20cms deep and 29.5cms wide with a back height of 48cms and a further 11cms headroom in the canopy if it is clipped to the seat frame in the higher of the two clamping positions. The canopy consists of three large segments, the middle having a peephole window that is elegantly covered with a magnetic flap closure.
The five point harness clips into a choice of three shoulder heights and can be conveniently adjusted by simply unclipping and repositioning.
The long leg rest is 23cms and can be angled at four positions between 0 and 90 degrees. Similarly, the recline function, a button on the rear of the seat, will angle the seat in four locations, from sitting to fully reclined. Also on the rear of the seat is a net basket for all your vital essentials, to keep them close at hand.
Chair to chassis
The seat attaches to the frame by simply dropping into one of the two sets of brackets. To remove it, the grey buttons can be pushed with your thumbs as you lift the seat off. It's a very natural, fluid, uncomplicated movement.
I love the Babyjogger City Select, in single mode it is brilliant in many ways. It feels super-stable, thanks to the long wheel base. The tyres give excellent grip on any surface and in conjunction with the rubber coated handlebar it feels like you have full control over every aspect of this pushchair. The options of seat height and orientation give you fantastic flexibility and the size of the seat will accommodate the largest of toddlers.
The functional elements, such as the seat recline, the handle adjustment and the seat release are all unambiguous and elementary to perform.
The expanding basket is the cherry-on-the-cake, giving you enough room to carry enough gubbins to last you a week away, let alone a day out!
Altogether, the Babyjogger City Select is a well engineered, uncomplicated pushchair that has been designed to give parent and child the best possible experience when getting out and about.
We give the Babyjogger City Select (single mode)
5 out of 5 stars
Open size: 110 x 65 x 105cms
Open size as tandem: 135 x 65 x 105cms
Folded with wheels: 83 x 65 x 32cms
Weight: 12.7kg (single)
Weight: 15.5kg (tandem)