The G-Lite is sure to become your most indispensable "accessory". With a removable seat pad and Stain Defend fabrics, the lightweight and compact G-Lite is perfect for quick trips or anywhere space is limited.
I took my G-Lite for a full day trip to NYC today and I'm overall very impressed with it. My trip involved two New Jersey Transit trains, a subway ride, and a long walk.
Pros: Super lightweight. At 4 months pregnant I was able to carry my 25lb son (in an Ergo Carrier), my backpack diaper bag, and the stroller up the train steps with no problem. Easy unfold. A lot of umbrella strollers I looked at involved annoying levers and clips. The G-Lite flops open with the release of one clip and locks into place by stepping on one foot petal. Generous storage (for an umbrella stroller). I fit my ergo carrier and my diaper bag in the storage net. The diaper bag didn't completely fit but the shoulder strap (which runs down the center back of the stroller) doubles as a luggage strap keeping oversized items contained. Handles like a dream. I was able to steer it with one hand, pop over curbs, navigate gaps between the train and the station platform, and walk at a NYC pace with no problem. Thin profile. My everyday stroller is the Britax B-Agile. I was really bummed when it didn't fit down New Jersey Transit train aisles. The G-Lite fits with room to spare. Height. I'm 5ft 10 and I never felt hunched over.
Cons: No recline (minus 1 star). This really made me hesitate when buying the stroller but in the end I needed a quality stroller that was lightweight so I went for it. I finally got my son to fall asleep in the G-lite (it took a lot more work than in a reclining stroller). Once he was asleep his head flopped over and to the side and he looked very uncomfortable. Next time I'll pack a small blanket that I can roll up next to his head. Single shoulder strap. This is more nitpicking than anything else but I wish there was a double shoulder strap so I could wear the stroller like a backback.
G-Lite vs G-Luxe: The G-Luxe retails at 70 bucks more than the G-Lite. For the extra cost you get recline and an adjustable leg rest. There are some other small things like nicer wheels, etc but those are the two major differences in my eyes. These features also come with an extra 5lbs. If recline is a deal breaker for you then I would look at the G-Luxe. I was thisclose to getting it but lightweight won out in the end.
Extra note: I've seen some reviews for both the G-Lite and G-Luxe complaining about the lack of a peek window. I found it helpful to detach the shade from the back of the stroller (very easy to do, just undo the velcro loops) and push the shade forward a click or two. The reviews for the G series weather sheild are terrible. I bought the Jeep Deluxe Stroller Weather Shield and it fits perfectly.
We bought this stroller because I wanted a higher quality, lightweight umbrella stroller to transition to from our cheap (read: crappy) skeleton stroller. After reading the reviews, we decided to go with the G-Lite over the G-Luxe because I wanted the lighter weight stroller. I definitely received what I asked for with this stroller. It is really lightweight. I can easily pick it up with one hand. It's not hard to open or close. It steers very easily with one hand (learned that lesson the hard way with struggles fighting a stroller that would NOT go straight in the airport by myself with the baby). It's as smooth of a ride as you can get with cheap plastic wheels. I have to agree with the others in that the wheels are less than stellar especially considering the price tag. It appears to be a high quality, solidly constructed piece. The back of the stroller is all fabric. There are no cross bars or anything hard pressing against his back (different than other umbrella strollers I've seen). The amount of padding seems to be nice and comfy. The black and white color combo looks very smart and modern. I'm not sure if the lack of recline will be an issue for us or not. Time will time, I suppose. One potential issue we might have is fitting it in the back of my car. It folds up compact, but still lengthwise. The seat is a little large for my (23 lb. 30 in.) 6 month old. He sits a little awkwardly because he can't bend his knees since his thigh bones are on the small side for this stroller. This isn't a big problem for me. We bought this as a stroller he can grow into.
We've had the stroller a couple of months now, and I am still happy with it. It's lightweight enough for my to easily carry and stow away by myself. It's held up well thus far. Even the cup holder has managed to stay intact after being gate checked for separate 4 flights. My biggest gripe is that if you are traveling through the airport by yourself with the baby, it's difficult to get the stroller folded up and on the conveyor belt at security. I really struggled, and even got my little guy's arm caught in it while trying my best to rush all our stuff through. A stranger rushed to our aid after hearing him shriek. I was able in every other scenario to sit him down while I folded the stroller and packed it up. It's not hard to operate, but it's just not quite one handed operation.
Pros: super lightweight, easy to use, easy to steer, high quality, good amount of padding for baby
Cons: seat and back not adjustable, cheap wheel material, folds up lengthwise - potential issue fitting in small trunks, not one-handed operation
The stroller itself is great. Aside from being a little tricky to open and close (but not too difficult), it functions well and fits our needs for an extra lightweight stroller. My main complaint is with the fabric. We bought the stroller in July, used it for a week on a trip in NY, brought it home in August and stored it on the front porch next to our UPPAbaby Cruz (which we love but don't want to fly with). In October (two months later), I went to use it again and noticed the black fabric was now purple because the sun had faded it. Because part of the top cover was collapsed, the color is inconsistent and looks really bad. I am going to contact the company and see if they can replace the fabric on top because it shouldn't have faded this much in such a short period of time (even in LA). Aside from that, the stroller is a high-quality umbrella stroller. I purchased the UPPAbaby travel bag with it and really liked how easy it was to fit into it. The sun shade is nice. There isn't a reclining function, but my baby slept fine in it. If this were to be your everyday stroller, I'd recommend getting the L-Luxe instead. It reclines and appears to have a more substantial basket.