If you’re looking for a top-end convertible stroller, and money is no object, you may want to consider the UPPAbaby Vista and the Orbit Baby G5
In this comparison guide, we take a closer look at both these superb, feature-packed strollers so that you can see just what your dollars will buy you.
First of all, let’s introduce the two manufacturers we’re going to look at.
Table of Contents
- 1 Orbit: Sophisticated Design, Smart Functionality
- 2 UPPAbaby: Stylish, Feature-Packed, and Fun
- 3 Orbit Baby G5 Convertible Stroller
- 4 Orbit G5 Stroller – Features That Matter:
- 5 UPPAbaby Vista Convertible Stroller
- 6 UPPAbaby Vista – Features That Matter:
- 7 Wrapping Up
Orbit: Sophisticated Design, Smart Functionality
When Orbit Baby announced a few years ago that it was closing down its operation, many parents and baby gear fans were hugely disappointed. However, in 2018, Orbit Baby reappeared with the launch of its newly upgraded G5 convertible stroller.
In addition to strollers, Orbit Baby produces a bassinet, car seat, and associated accessories, including a ride-along board, footmuff, pannier, and covers.
UPPAbaby: Stylish, Feature-Packed, and Fun
UPPAbaby is a well-established U.S. kids’ gear manufacturer that’s been around for over 30 years. They produce a good range of top-end baby products, including several styles of strollers.
Everything produced by UPPAbaby is well-designed, cleverly thought out, and packed with practical features. UPPAbaby’s products are extremely popular with parents who love their reliability, ease of use, and stylish looks, not to mention excellent value for money!
Now, let’s take a look at these two super strollers in detail.
Orbit Baby G5 Convertible Stroller
The Orbit G5 stroller is the epitome of chic style for the mom strolling about town with her little prince or princess. Likewise, this is a stroller that’s guaranteed to turn heads for all the right reasons. Not only is it built for high-performance, but it looks great too!
Orbit uses premium materials to create the G5, including a durable, anodized aluminum frame, and mélange textiles. In addition to this, Orbit’s patented QuadShock™ Suspension system ensures that your passenger will have a smooth ride. Furthermore, the 3DRotation™ design enables your child to engage with the world around them.
To see a video of the Orbit G5 stroller in action, click this link.
What we like:
- Large canopy
- Roomy seat
- Deep recline
- Adjustable handlebars
- Enormous storage basket
- Adjustable leg rest
- Front-wheel suspension
- Automatic wheel lock
- Five-point harness
- 360-degree rotating seat
- Two-year warranty from date of purchase
- Can be used for a newborn
- Can be converted into a double stroller
Room for improvement:
- Very pricey and only works with the G5 infant car seat, which you have to buy separately
- Weighs 29 pounds with main seat, frame, and cargo basket compared with the UPPAbaby Vista that weighs in at a modest 27 pounds
- No peek-a-boo window
- Two-handed seat recline, compared with the Vista’s one-handed operation
Orbit G5 Stroller – Features That Matter:
The Orbit G5 has SmartHub technology that allows parents to rotate the stroller’s seat without having to remove their child. This ring system gives you the option to position your baby in a side-facing position. That’s great for times when you’re lunching in a café or restaurant, and you want to move your child right up to the table quickly and comfortably.
The rotating seat is also brilliant for times when you want to show your child festive window displays or cute animals at the zoo.
The seat is generous, and it’s lined with a memory foam padding for extra comfort. Likewise, with the addition of the included reversible infant insert, the G5 can be used from birth and takes a child up to 40 pounds in weight. For your child’s comfort, the seat is covered with sumptuous grey mélange fabric as standard. If you prefer, you can choose a vibrant teal shade or Orbit’s signature red.
Thanks to the G5’s patented SmartHub™ base, you can use a bassinet, infant seat, and the standard stroller seat with the stroller. The 3DRotation™ capability of the seat allows you to rotate the seat through 360 degrees or recline the seat in one smooth motion. So, your child can sit forward-facing, parent-facing, upright, or fully reclined, depending on his mood.
The seat is designed to keep your child cool on hot days with a ventilation system that uses the perforated seat shell, wicking fabric, and airflow channels. Furthermore, the five-point, adjustable harness, and buckle are made from high-quality materials that won’t let you down in an emergency.
There’s a removable bumper bar too for extra comfort and security. Also, you get a one-hand adjustable footrest that can be lengthened to accommodate your growing child.
The G5 bassinet can be purchased separately and creates an extra sleeping space for your infant. Furthermore, the bassinet weighs 10 pounds and docks with the stroller base to create a super-chic pram.
If you prefer, you can add a rocker base to use with the bassinet that creates a perfect beside-height sleeping cradle.
The upgraded G5 has a new steering system and adjustable, telescopic handlebar. The telescopic settings on the stroller’s steering wheel can be easily adjusted to accommodate parents of different heights.
The steering wheel’s faux leather cover ensures that you won’t lose your grip, even in wet weather or when your hands get sweaty on hot summer days.
Wheels and ride quality
The Orbit G5 has EVA rubber wheels that are very durable and won’t let you down by picking up a puncture. Furthermore, the lightweight rubber composition of the tires ensures a smoother ride and better grip too.
Thanks to Orbit’s patented new QuadShock™ Suspension system, the G5 is an incredibly smooth push. As a result, the previous wobbles that plagued the previous iterations of this high-tech kids’ vehicle are gone! The front swivel wheels are lockable so that the stroller stays straight on uneven ground, across the grass, or when negotiating gravel.
The G5 has a large canopy that provides your passenger with full coverage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The material used to create the canopy is water-repellant, as well as UPF 50+.
Disappointingly, there’s no peek-a-boo window, which is a surprising omission, given the price of this stroller.
The G5 has flip-flop-friendly brakes for quick and easy stopping.
Although the G5 requires two hands to fold it, the whole thing collapses quickly, and the stroller is freestanding when folded. The automatic lock prevents the stroller from accidentally opening up once folded.
The compact 3D fold helps the stroller to fit neatly into small car trunks. However, like most convertible, regular strollers, including the Vista, the G5 will take up more trunk space than an umbrella stroller.
Storage and accessories
The Orbit G5 has a large storage basket that can easily be accessed from both the front and back of the stroller.
Included with the stroller, you get a removable snack tray with a handy lid, a built-in parent cup holder, and a handy key tray.
If you want to customize the stroller, you can purchase the following accessories separately:
- Stroller panniers
- Rain cover
- Mosquito net
- Travel bag
- Sidekick ride-along board
The super-lightweight stroller frame is made from aerospace-grade and anodized aluminum. This ensures the longevity and safety for your passenger. In addition, the frame comes in a range of cool colors, including a gorgeous rose gold shade.
Sidekick stroller board
One excellent feature that the G5 boasts, which is absent on the Vista, is the option to fix a ride-along board to the G5’s wheel. Even with a toddler riding alongside on the stroller board, you still have plenty of comfortable push space.
And that’s not all! As your family grows, you can also add a second ride-along board for toddler number two! For your child’s safety and to instill confidence, the sidekick stroller boards come with handlebars too.
UPPAbaby Vista Convertible Stroller
- NEW! 2018 model VISTA Stroller
- Includes and full size front or rear facing toddler seat with multi-position recline
- Compatible with MESA Infant Car Seat - direct attachment, no adapters necessary
UPPAbaby’s Vista is one of the most popular regular convertible strollers in the marketplace. The Vista comes with a toddler seat and bassinet that are included in the purchase price.
The Vista is ideal for running errands, but it also performs well over gravel, grass, and uneven sidewalks. You can use the Vista for a newborn, provided you use the bassinet that’s included. When your child reaches toddler age, install the toddler seat provided.
Although the Vista is at the upper end of the stroller price bracket, it is slightly cheaper than the G5.
To check out the UPPAbaby Vista being put through its paces, take a look at the video at this link.
What we like:
- Superior quality fabrics and materials
- Can convert to take three children at the same time
- The bassinet is roomy and breathable, and it’s approved for overnight use too
- Deep seat-recline and easy to use five-point harness
- Easy to push and maneuver
- Plenty of storage space in the huge underseat basket
Room for improvement:
- Lighter than the G5, but still quite heavy to handle, especially for new moms
- The double version of the Vista is cumbersome to maneuver in tight spaces
UPPAbaby Vista – Features That Matter:
The UPPAbaby Vista can be adjusted to carry up to three children, from newborn through to toddlerhood.
The toddler seat adjusts to face front and rear, although it doesn’t have the full 360-rotation feature boasted by the G5. The seat has six different recline settings that you select via a one-hand-operated lever.
As with the G5, if you have a newborn baby, you’ll need to use the bassinet with the Vista. When your child is strong enough to hold his head up independently, you can change to the toddler seat. However, pediatricians recommend that you restrict your pushing to walking pace only, and avoid taking the stroller across rough ground.
The Vista can carry a toddler up to 50 pounds in weight, which is a little more generous than the new G5. Like the G5, the Vista comes with an adjustable leg rest and a bumper bar.
The Vista has a very generous canopy, although it doesn’t extend quite as far as the G5’s. The G5’s canopy has three extendable panels, whereas the Vista has only two. That said, the Vista does have a long, pop-out sun visor that’s made using SPF 50+ material, and that does cover the passenger’s face and torso when fully extended.
Another handy feature is that you can alter the height of the Vista’s canopy as your child grows.
Unlike the G5, the Vista’s canopy boasts a neat peek-a-boo window and a silent magnetic closure. Also, the window is made from mesh, so you know you’ll get great airflow and ventilation on the most humid of summer days.
The Vista’s bassinet is suitable for use with a new baby up to 20 pounds in weight. The mattress in the bassinet is also breathable, making for decent ventilation. This is primarily done with the rear panel that can be unzipped to allow air flow.
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller is designed to be used as a travel system. However, the Vista is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa child car seat that you’ll need to buy separately. If you want to use the Vista with the Maxi-Cosi Mico or Chicco Keyfit car seats, you’ll need to purchase a separate adapter.
Wheels and suspension
Like with G5, the Vista has solid polyurethane wheels, meaning that you don’t need to worry that you’ll get a flat tire. The Vista also has swivel front wheels that are lockable. Due to this, the Vista gives your little one a super-smooth, comfy ride. Shock absorbers on all four wheels enhance the superb quality of the ride, including over rough going, gravel, and grass.
Like the G5, the Vista has a flip-flop-friendly, foot-operated parking brake that can also be engaged and disengaged with bare feet! The clearly color-coded brake pedal shows you when the brake is on or off.
The Vista has an adjustable handlebar that can be altered to accommodate parents of different heights. Like the G5, the Vista’s handlebar is also covered with leather for a luxurious touch. In addition to this, you can opt for a color-coordinated handlebar and bumper bar if you want to add a super-chic finish to your child’s ride.
The G5 has plenty of storage facilities, but the Vista’s underseat basket will carry a load of up to 30 pounds. Like the G5, the Vista’s basket can also be accessed easily from the front and the rear of the stroller.
On the seatback of the Vista, you’ll find a small zip pocket that’s perfect for your cell phone and keys.
The Vista can be folded with the seat attached, unlike the G5, where you need to remove the seat to fold the stroller. The Vista has an auto-lock to hold the stroller in the closed position, and it is self-standing like the G5.
If you want a high-quality regular stroller that can be used from birth right through to your child’s toddler years, both the UPPAbaby Vista and the Orbit Baby G5 could be what you’re looking for.
If you live in a climate where you enjoy a lot of strong sunshine, you might prefer the vast, complete-coverage canopy of the G5. However, if you live in a more temperate zone, the Vista’s large canopy with its pop-out sun visor could be ideal.
When it comes to storage, both strollers offer good-sized storage baskets, and the G5 gives you the option to purchase separate panniers too. However, for the ultimate in seating options, you’d have to side with the G5 and its remarkable 360-degree rotational seat. And you can add two ride-along boards to take two toddlers!
The Vista and the G5 are both well-made strollers that give a lovely smooth ride for your passenger and an easy push for you. The Vista has large wheels and a float-on-air suspension system that copes easily with uneven sidewalks, cobbles, grass, and woodchip playground surfaces. In comparison, the G5 doesn’t manage so well on uneven going and is better suited to exclusively urban use.
So, if you want a top-spec, robust stroller that gives you plenty of features for your money and will keep up with the demands of your growing family, the Vista and the G3 are both well worth considering.