I have been on a long search for a lightweight, umbrella-like stroller to use as a complement for my regular-use City Mini. I needed something that I could keep in the trunk for quick errands and to use for travel. My requirements included (1) had to weigh less than 13 lbs (the City Mini is 17, so I needed it to feel substantially lighter to be worth it); (2) be tall enough so that I didn't have to hunch over or kick the wheels when using it (and I am only 5'4", so you'd think this wouldn't be so hard), (3) have some sort of sunshade; (4) 5-point restraint, and (5) be less than $100 (the less, the better). Bonus, but not required preferences included (a) some sort of parent console, (b) a carrying strap, (c) multi-position recline, and (d) a usable basket.
Besides the many that I tried out in the retail stores, the Jet was the fourth one I ordered from Amazon (I returned the other three). The others I tried:
Chicco c6/Capri in Topazio - pros: loved the color, the liteweight, the carrying strap. cons (and the dealbreakers): SO uncomfortable to push around - kept kicking the wheels or straining my back/shoulders trying to avoid it. Also very difficult to buckle/unbuckle. Also, at $79, a little pricier. It was returned.
First Years Ignite - pros: easy/comfortable to use, to open/close, etc. Loved the parent console and the reasonable price. Cons: no carrying strap, and at 14 lbs, it just wasn't worth the difference between my 17-lb BJCM. It was the first one I tried, and even though I liked it, it went back.
Maclaren Volo - this was the highest-priced at $99, and I mistakenly thought it was the new version that had the recline (it was not). Pros: extremely lightweight (8 lbs. Actually almost TOO light to stay upright!) Great carrying strap, and very comfortable to push around. Cons: ugly, uncomfortable-seeming mesh seat, very difficult to lock and unlock, no recline. Just not worth the high price. I returned it.
I was about to give up and re-think about this in a year or so (my son is 10 months old, so several more years left of stroller need), when I decided to try the First Years Jet. Pros: (1) at 11 lbs, perfect weight; (2) great parent console; (3) very similar in feel to the First Years Ignite, so it was comfortable to use and seemingly durable, and (4) at $39 for the red/black color, I just couldn't beat the price. I think we have a winner! The cons include the lack of carrying strap (though I could probably create one if I felt that compelled to do so), the small-ish, and hard-to-access basket (though that seems par for the course with umbrella strollers). Overall, I am really happy, and I feel like I got a fabulous deal for what it is (and, relieved to finally end the Great Umbrella Stroller Search of 2012!)