The City Lite has the classic Baby Jogger Quick Fold Technology. However, the City Lite is the first Baby Jogger with a hammock seat to have a secondary lock fitted. This is a tiny round red button which is situated down the left hand side (from the rear) of the pushchair underneath the seat. We have to confess, when we first saw it there, we thought that we would be fumbling around to find it. However, in use, it has been quite easy to locate. The button holds itself in when depressed which allows you then to move round to pull the handle in the centre of the seat firmly. The pushchair will then quickly fold neatly into your hand and will autolock! I have added an exclamation mark there on purpose because this is the first of this type of Baby Jogger which actually will autolock without the fabric getting in the way, or without an additional push. The autolock is a new departure from the previous Baby Jogger locks. It is much more decisive and firm.
One word of warning though, the small red secondary lock button, once depressed, can not be released unless the pushchair is folded. Keep your eye out for curious little fingers. One reason for this caution is because unlike the pre 2013 Baby Jogger pushchairs, the new 2014 pushchairs all have harnesses which easily break into 5 pieces. The City Lite harness being the easiest to break. At one point during our outing I spotted that Mr BB had done Master BB up wrong (!). I thought that I could unpopper one side to rejig the harness, but no…the entire harness pinged into 5 pieces. Master BB saw opportunity to make a break for it. I held him in position, but he had moved enough so that the harness had fallen behind him. So with one hand on Master BB, I scrabbled around underneath him for the side harnesses, and I accidentally pulled the fold handle instead. This would never have happened with the old 3 attachment point harnesses. It is good that there is the secondary lock on the City Lite or else I may well have folded the pushchair by mistake.
The brake is a curiosity! It is nothing like the other Baby Jogger centrally placed, flick on /off brakes. Instead, the brake is situated on the rear right hand wheel which makes it easier to find when the seat is reclined, and under the hood fabric. There is a good step on / step off red brake pedal. The strange thing about this brake, and the rear axle is just how similar these are to the Britax B-Agile. In fact all round the City Lite seems to echo the B-Agile more closely than it does to its fellow Baby Jogger’s.
We took our City Lite along paths, various hard surfaces, on mown grass, through several inches of mud, and through sand, and it fared really well. It definitely coped with mud better than we did! We were coated! The City Lite managed fine on hard sand, and on slightly loose sand. It needed a bigger push across loose sand, but it managed it!