Spotlight Product Review: Orbit Baby G2

Want to feel like you are getting the star treatment?  Push an Orbit Baby G2.  The Orbit Baby G2 is truly a celebrity stroller!  Of all the strollers that we have reviewed, we have gotten the most attention from the G2! 

The G2 is the second generation Orbit Baby Stroller that was released to the market in 2010.  This luxury stroller has stand-out and unique features that you will not see on any other stroller cruising by. 

Let’s start with the seat!  First, if you live a green lifestyle, you are going to love the fact that the seat is covered in an eco-friendly fabric.  Second, the seat is large and roomy with a weight capacity of 40 lbs.  It is 13” wide, with a 21” seatback and a measurement of 25” from seatback to canopy.  Our 1 and 3 year old testers fit in the seat comfortably.  The seat comes with a removable, reversible infant insert that is great for newborns to 15 lbs.  With an adjustable, padded 5-point harness your little rider will be secure in the seat. 

The G2 seat has a removable baby bumper bar that sports a great covered baby snack tray.  We did find that the snack tray was rather easy for our one year old tester to remove, dump the contents on to his lap and then throw on the ground.  We wish it really locked on the bumper bar to avoid this.  We love the 3 position footrest that is super easy to adjust with one hand and accommodates your growing child. 

The seat has 3 recline positions including what we would consider a flat recline which is great for a newborn.  A unique feature to the Orbit Baby is that the seat also swivels 360 degrees on the chassis so your child can ride facing forward, facing sideways or facing you.  Orbit Baby does not recommend or encourage placing the seat sideways whether strolling or standing!  They don’t even recommend turning the seat sideways to push up to a restaurant table as an impromptu highchair!  It has to do with passing tipping regulations. Do we turn the seat sideways and stroll illegally?  Absolutely!!  It’s just too fun not to!  Sideways strolling is great for window shopping, trips to the zoo and strolling along the beach.  Our little testers loved sitting sideways as we strolled on the beach boardwalk so they didn’t have to lean forward and turn to see the water.  Even though Orbit Baby does not recommend the seat in this position, if you decide to put the seat sideways, make sure that your child does not use the footrest to try to climb into the seat.  This is where the potential tipping hazard comes into play and that is why Orbit Baby does not recommend it. 

And that’s not all!  The seat features a state-of-the-art ventilation system that uses perforated seat shell, airflow channels, and wicking fabric! There is a ventilation panel on the back of the seat that can be unzipped to cool your child in the seat.  (Note:  Magnets in the corners of the panel holds it open.)

There are separate, adjustable, ergonomic handles that go from 39”-46” from ground to handlebar to accommodate the tallest of parents.  These are some of the tallest handlebars out there!

So, let’s talk canopy!  The G2 has a full coverage canopy!!  It extends so far that they call the front piece the “Paparazzi Shield” but it does lack a peek-a-boo window.  The material is very thin and breathable but the mocha/khaki option has such a light colored canopy that it still is very bright inside the stroller on the sunniest days.  We found our little tester squinting quite a bit when his stroller was in direct sunlight and very bright places such as on the beach.  We would love to see Orbit Baby darken the canopy or use a bit thicker fabric to keep the seat from being so bright on those sunny days. 

The G2 sports a removable Cargo Pod that is unique to the G2.  It slides under the seat and when removed can be used as a shoulder bag with the included shoulder strap.  It has a one-handed open, features two bottle pockets and a roomy interior.  This pod is meant to hold lose essentials like you would place inside a diaper bag.  We would then hang our actual diaper bag on the handles of the stroller.

This luxury stroller sports 10” rear, non-air-filled tires!  No tire pump needed!  The 7” front swivel wheels lock straight for bumpier terrain and all the wheels pop off easily for storage.  There is a one-step brake that locks both rear wheels at the same time though it isn’t flip-flop friendly because you have to use the top of your foot to release it.   

Another unique feature that you’ll only see on the Orbit Baby is the QuadShock™ suspension.  There are four shock absorbers on EACH wheel!  That’s why they call it “QuadShock”!  That gives the stroller a total of 16 shock absorbers to give your baby the smoothest ride!

The maneuverability is great on the G2.  We were able to navigate it one-handed with a small baby aboard but had to use both hands with a child near weight capacity.  We were able to easily navigate the stroller on playground mulch, cobblestone, grass and cement though locking the front wheels handled the bumpier terrain better.  Just so you know, for those who live in fun locations, the G2 did not handle well in beach sand though.   

To fold, you have to remove the seat from the chassis but then the chassis has a super easy one-handed fold.  It is a “twist and lift” fold!   Just make sure you lift the chassis as you twist the fold handle to avoid scraping the handles on the ground!  The seat and the chassis can be nested together to make a compact package that will fit in the smallest of trunks.  You can even pull the nested package behind you like luggage as long as you lock the front swivel wheels.  To drag the stroller behind you with seat attached, you have to put the handles all the way down.  Even in this position – just be careful not to scuff or drag the handles on the ground!!  Plus, the chassis stands when folded!  (Note:  The handles need to be in position 2 to have the standing fold.) 

Unfolding the stroller is no problem.  Unlock the automatic lock and pull the chassis open until it locks.  Then reattach the seat to the chassis and you are ready to go. 

The G2 turns into a travel system with the addition of either the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat or Toddler (convertible) Car Seat. Yep, Orbit Baby is the only stroller that can accommodate a convertible car seat.  We are talking a travel system that will last you a long time!  The stroller ONLY works with the Orbit Baby car seats but they are completely awesome if you have a chance to check them out! 

There is also a gorgeous Orbit Baby Bassinet Cradle G2 sold separately to turn your stroller chassis into a pram.  Other accessories that are sold separately for the G2 are: Stroller Travel Bag, Green Edition Footmuff (sizes Small and Large), Toddler Seat Accessory Pack, and Stroller Panniers.  The Stroller Panniers are a pair of removable storage bags that fit on your Orbit Baby Stroller.

The Orbit Baby G2 is a luxury stroller and, of course, is going to cost you a luxury price.  In fact, it is one of the most expensive single strollers on the market!   But if you are looking for a luxury, head-turning stroller with fabulous unique features that will have you feeling like a celebrity (and you have the moola to spend!), the G2 is a great stroller!

To watch our full video review of the Orbit Baby G2, click on the video link below:

SHOP Orbit Baby G2 Stroller at BabyEarth.com

SHOP Orbit Baby G2 Infant System at BabyEarth.com

*Thanks to Orbit Baby for sending the G2 for us to review!

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Marcia
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I wouldn’t recommend orbit baby !! Faulty clips !! I had to purchase 3 different seats due to clip breaking. Has happened again and not prepared to spend anymore money on this stroller.
Be aware, this is a quality stroller, but major problem with the clips that take the seat on and off the pod !!!!

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