Cybex Libelle vs. GB pockit plus (Cybex for the win!)
Reviewed in the United States on 4 April 2021
I absolutely LOVE this Cybex Libelle stroller. It is perfect for travel, especially if using public transportation, or going places where there are stairs (because then it can be easily folded and carried). It is what I wanted my GB pockit plus all terrain to be, but the pockit missed the mark in so many ways. If you are trying to decide between the two, here are my observations:
The pockit is lighter than the libelle, but only by about a pound and a half. Cybex put this extra weight to good use, as the libelle is far more sturdy than the wobbly pockit. I do not hang things from the bars of the pockit because I'm afraid of the weight breaking the stroller. In contrast, we walked for miles with the libelle completely loaded with picnic supplies hanging from both sides, and I wasn't at all concerned.
The sunshade on the pockit (and the reason I spent more money to buy the pockit plus in lieu of the cheaper pockit) is a joke. It is made of a thin fabric that even the lightest of breezes blow backward, and it won't stay put even indoors. The cybex has a nice sunshade that does a fair job of coverage (see my photos).
The brakes for the pockit are located on a wheel, and can be accidently stepped on while walking (my husband is 6 foot 3, and it happens to him while pushing the pockit). The Cybex has the brake pedal located on a bar behind the stroller basket. It can't be kicked while walking, and is easily pressed off or on (I even used my hand at one point while sitting on the train to prevent the stroller from rolling, great design).
The Cybex has an adjustable (up or down) leg rest, the pockit does not.
The wheels on the Cybex are VASTLY superior to the pockit. The pockit's wheels are tiny, and don't do well on gravel or going up curbs. I found the Cybex libelle to be perfect in the city and in the parks we visited, even with some light off-roading.
The baskets are similar in size, but the libelle's is easier to access.
And a BIG one: size.....
As you can see in my side by side photos, the pockit has two folds. In its first fold, the pockit and the libelle are basically identical in size. BUT you can do an extra step for the pockit (fold in the back wheels), and get an even smaller fold. While in theory, this sounds awesome (a stroller I can fit in an oversize tote bag?!!!), in reality, it isn't. That extra step is a pain, it is time-consuming, and it definitely requires both hands. Which leads me to the next big thing, and the main reason the Cybex Libelle is replacing my GB pockit, and why I would NOT recommend the pockit to anyone:
Do you want your child to know some really good curse words? Then get the GB pockit stroller. You will be swearing; you may even start inventing new words of frustration. When it comes time to fold the pockit, especially if you are in a hurry, using public transportation, or some other inopportune moment, it will get "stuck", and refuse to fold. Ask me how I know...
Folding the pockit requires skill, strength, patience, luck, and the correct moon phase to be occurring. The brake needs to be on, the front wheels need to be locked, the seat needs to be in the right position, and even then, sometimes it just. won't. fold.
Enter my glorious new Cybex libelle: folds the first time. Every time. Even if I forget to apply the brakes, whether the seat is up or down, doesn't matter. It folds.
So, to conclude:
The Cybex libelle is a terrific travel stroller with a recline, nice canopy, leg rest, great brakes, smooth wheels, and an easy, compact fold. While the GB pockit might sound better because of the smaller fold, this Cybex libelle is superior in every other way. The libelle really is an awesome travel stroller that I highly recommend.
I do recommend buying a scooter/ balance bike carrying strap for ease of transport (attach like in my photo). It is so nice to be able to sling the folded stroller over your shoulder while carrying your kid, and it doesn't affect folding the stroller. I purchased this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019BH5EIA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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