Chariot vs. Burley Comparison Chart

Chariot or Burley?  Which trailer is best for you and your family?  Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with either company as long as your purchase the model that best suits your needs.  Both Chariot and Burley offer unique features, upon which your decision should be made.  If you are looking to use your trailer to haul cargo on occasion, go with a Burley with seats that lie flat.  For those looking to ride in colder weather, the venting windows in the Chariots is vital to help keep the trailer from fogging up.  For parents with a large variance in the height, the ergonomic handlebar on the higher-end Burley’s is a must.  Looking to take your baby for a stroll, then infant sling on of the Chariot line allows babies up to one month old (it is not recommend to take a baby less than one year old in a bike trailer).  So  whether you go with a Burley or Chariot really depends on what you are looking for.  Additional information about the various features of the trailers is forthcoming, but in the meantime, to learn more about the trailers simply click on trailers name in the table or visit Burley‘s or Thule’s websites.

Burley vs. Thule Chariot Comparison Guide
Features Thule Cadence Burley Bee Thule Coaster Burley Honey Bee Chariot Cheetah Burley Encore Burley Cub Chariot Cougar Burley Solo Burley D’Lite Chariot CX Chinook
MSRP  $300 $289 $380 $399 $450/$550 $479 $629 $650/$750 $529 $629 $1,050/$1,150 $1,150/$1,250
Internal Width  23″ 22″  23″ 21.8″ 15.5″/23″ 19.5″ 25.6″ 15.5″/23″ 22″ 25″ 15.5″/23″ 19″/24.5″
Internal Height  23.6″ 25.5″ 23.6″ 25.5″ 27″/27″ 25″ 25″ 26″/26″ 25″ 25″ 25.5″/25.5″ 25.6″/25.6″
Weight 22 lb. 18 lb. 24.2 lb. 23.5 lb. 19.4/22 lb. 25 lb. 37 lb. 24/28 lb. 26 lb. 27 lb. 29.7/33.7 lb. 36/39 lb.
UV Tinted Windows X X X X X X X X X X X X
Partial Window Venting X
Full Window Venting X X
Adjustable Handlebar X X X X X X X X X X
Trailer Arm Stroller X X
4W Stroller Standard X X X 3W
Seat Lay Flat X X X X
Washable Seat Pad X X X X X X X
Adjustable Sunshade X X X
Features Thule Cadence Burley Bee Thule Coaster Burley Honey Bee Chariot Cheetah Burley Encore Burley Cub Chariot Cougar Burley Solo Burley D’Lite Chariot CX Chinook
Waterproof Zipper X X X
Adjustable Suspension X X X X X X X X
Hard Plastic Bottom X
Bowed out Sides X X
Parking Brake X X X X X X X X X
Hand Brake/Disc Brake X
Hand Brake Kit for Jogging X X X X
Trailer Arm Storage X X X
Accessory Bar X X X X
Included Baby Kit X
Infant Sling 1-10 mo. X X X X
Baby Supporter 6-18 mo. X X X X
Baby Snuggler 6-24 mo. X X X X X X

Related In-Depth Reviews

For more in-depth reviews and comparisons about specific models can be found at Thule Cheetah vs. Cougar and Burley D’Lite vs. Thule Cougar.

Vented Windows

While all models have UV windows, mesh and plastic doors, only the Chariot Cougar, CX and Chinook models offer vented windows.  Extremely beneficial in cold weather, the vents allow circulation in the trailers, preventing the trailer from fogging up and kids from overheating.

thule windows

Adjustable Handlebar

All Burley and Chariot models that come with handlebars adjust, but at various degrees.  The Chariot Cheetah and Cougar offer two heights, while the CX and Chinook offer multiple with their ergonomic handlebar.  All Burley that convert to a stroller however, have a highly adjustably handlebar that is sure to be hit amongst couples with a large difference in height.


Center Buckle & Washable Seats

All double Burley trailers offer a center buckle that allow a single passenger to ride in the center of the trailer versus off to one side, while none of the Chariot’s do.  Due to changes in CPSC standards starting in 2015, Burley (as well as all other trailer/strollers) will no longer offer the center buckle. The Burley Solo and D’lite as well as the Chariot Cougar, CX and Chinook, come with washable seat cushions, while all other models are wipeable, but cannot be removed to be washed.

center buckle

Burley’s Release Buckles & Reclining Seats

Burley’s Encore, D’lite, Solo and Cub models come standard with release buckles that allow the seat to lie flat for use when hauling cargo without children.  These same buckles allow the seats of the Burley to slightly recline by loosening the top buckle.

burley's release buckles

Adjustable Sunshade

The sunshade on the Burley Cub, Solo and D’lite is adjustable, moves up and sown along ropes, as well as retractable.  All Chariot models also come with a sunshade, but they are not adjustable.

sun shade

Adjustable Suspension

Both suspension models are easily adjusted in accordance with the total weight of the trailer’s occupants.


Bowed-out Sides

The sides of the Burley D’lite and Solo are bowed-out, which greatly increases the amount of elbow room for kids.

burley bowed out

Handlebar Console

Burley and Chariot both offer a handlebar console.  Burley’s Console attaches to the handlebar, while Chariot’s Cargo Rack and Console attach to the accessory bar included with all models.


Infant Slings/Pads

Chariot offers two baby difference baby supports for use in the stroller mode.  The Thule Infant Sling provides a smaller, separate seat at a much lower incline for babies while the Thule Baby Supporter and Burley Baby Snuggler provide additional support to the trailer’s standard seat.

baby padding

Cougar with inserts

Jogging Hand Brake Kit

A hand brake for the jogging conversion kit is available for the the Chariot Cheetah and Cougar models, while the CX comes standard with one.  None of the Burley’s models currently come with a hand brake and the current models do not have a hand brake kit available for their jogging wheel.

Chariot hand brake

Come Standard as a Trailer vs. a Stroller

All Chariot’s come standard as a four-wheeled stroller with a bicycle conversion kit available for $80.  All Burley’s come standard as a bike trailer while the Honey Bee also comes with a wheel that converts the trailer into a stroller.  The D’lite, Solo, Cub and Encore are compatible with Burley’s conversion kits.  Burley’s stroller conversion kit, that turns the trailer into a four-wheeled stroller, is available for $90.

  • Jennifer Grossi

    I am having trouble deciding between a 1 or 2 child capacity trailer. I have a 60lb six year old and a baby on the way. Most of the time my 6 year old will be on her own bike or a tandem with my husband or I since she is a little old for a trailer. However, should I still consider a 2 capacity for resale potential, extra space and for when we use it as a stroller? I probably wouldn’t jog with a 60lb kid plus another, but I’m thinking just when we’re out and about maybe both could hop in on occasion? Also, we live in the country. So, if I want to go on a ride longer than my 6yr can handle, it would be perfectly safe (theft wise) to leave her bike after a few miles, have her hop in the trailer, and then just pick her bike back up on the return trip. But, is she to big for the trailers and is that much weight to much for me to pull, it wouldn’t be long before we were talking 80-100lbs with both kids’ combined weights? My primary use for the trailer will be as a jogging stroller, second will be a bike trailer and third as an all around stroller (I can see us biking somewhere, converting it to a stroller, then biking home), there may also be a chance of us using it for xc skiing eventually.

    • Doubles certainly have a greater resale value, so as long as you have the room to store a double, I would go for it. Then again, you won’t be able to use the bike trailer with your new baby until he/she is one year old, so by then, your 6 year-old will probably be 7 (maybe 8?) and more than likely won’t fit in the trailer along with the baby. The trailer, however, can be used as a stroller with a newborn when the infant sling is purchased. If you do plan on using it for xc skiing, then I would certainly get the double, and would consider the Croozer line of trailers as they are much wider than the Burley and Chariot (by also heavier). They have yet to release their ski-attachment, but I was able to see it at a bike show this last month and it looks great. The Croozer also has an infant sling available and comes with the swivel stroller wheel, the jogging wheel and the trailer arm.

  • Ellie

    Hello there, I’m very impressed with your knowledge of trailers, and was hoping you’d help me as well. We have a new baby and we’re looking for one of these trailers. Do any other brands than Thule have the ski attachment kit? Ideally, I’d like something not too heavy for using with a bike, roller blades and cross county skis. Furthermore, if my baby is 6 months, could I use the ski kit with the baby supporter provided that we both ski very slowly (more of a walk really!) Or is that a no no until the 10 months or 1 year or what? And if only Thule do the ski kit, which type of trailer should we chose? Thank you so much!

    • Glad to help. The Burley and the Croozer also have a ski attachment, so you do have some options. The Croozer’s ski is new for 2016, so it isn’t quite available yet. The one benefit of the Croozer is that uses small kids ski (which do not come with the set), which are easy to find cheap used and also allows you child to use them when they get older. The Croozer, however, is wider and feels heavier (although it technically doesn’t weight that much heavier), than the Burley D’Lite and the Thule Cougar.

      For all three, they offer an infant sling that can be used with babies three months and up for cross-country skiing and walking, but not for biking until they are 12 months. I prefer Thule’s and Croozer’s slings over Burley’s, but they are all good.

      Lastly, between the three, I would recommend the Croozer if you plan on using it to bike, walk and run (it comes with all three) and if you are on a budget. If you plan on running more than walking later, I would go with the Burley D’lite, if you plan to stick to cross-country skiing and biking, I would go for the Thule Cougar (mainly for the vented windows that help a lot in the winter). Hope that helps.

      • Ellie

        Yes, thank you very much!

  • Ro

    Hi, I’ve been reading your trailer reviews with much interest and I’m still undecided!!
    I haven’t been able to work out whether a child above the age of one would be comfortable in any particular trailer wearing a helmet. Are you able to assist?
    Usage requirements
    – day to day main use is in trailer mode, other modes are not essential.
    – cycling on bumpy tracks
    – cycling on paved but on not great condition roads.
    – cycling in wet, windy and down to near freezing temperatures, then in UK summer temperatures and sun (when we get it!)
    Do you have any recommendations?
    Many many thanks

    • If you are riding in really cold weather, vented windows is a HUGE lifesaver as it allows air flow to prevent the trailer from fogging up, which kids HATE and is understandably uncomfortable. The only trailers that have venting (well, at least that I am aware of) are the Thule Cougar, CX and Chinook. The Cougar has partial venting and the CX and Chinook have complete venting. The CX, however, it heavier because of its large, adjustable handle, which is made to run with and the Chinook is designed to be a stroller first, so it shouldn’t be considered. Since you won’t be using it to run with, the lighter Cougar is probably a better choice. Both trailers also have suspension, which will help with the bumps along the way. The Cougar also has a helmet pocket, which will help when your child is younger, but not so much when they are older (this is applicable to all trailers). When you do get a helmet, you will want to make sure you get one with a flat back, such as the Giro Scamp. Hope that helps. Let me know if I missed anything.

      • Ro

        Many many thanks. You’ve helped me to focus my thoughts and decision. After your advice and further reading, I think it’ll have to be the Cougar.
        Happy cycling. 🙂 I’m excited.

        • Glad to help! I’m sure you will all love it.

      • aleclerc

        Hi Natalie, Just wondering whaty ou mean by “cold weather”?

        • By cold, I mean anything that will cause the trailer to fog up, so it really depends on your climate, especially the humidity. I live in a drier climate, so we only experienced fogging up it was around 35 degrees of colder, but a more humid climate might have fogging issues in warmer temps as well. The benefit of the vented windows, is that you can prevent fogging while still keeping kids warm and protected in the trailer.

  • Anna Steer

    HELP! My 2 year old has cerebral palsy and low trunk tone. She needs a supportive seat and the comfort of suspension. Because she can’t walk we want to have a trailer that can convert into a stroller and jogger so we can go on the beach and around town when we reach our destination. We also need to be able to carry cargo for picnics etc.
    We have been looking at the cougar 1, the burley solo and croozer kid plus for 1 but just can’t decide. We can use a special needs seat support if we can wrap the straps around the seat but we need to be able to thread the straps through to the back. We’re desperate to get out and about but need to make the right choice.
    We tried the croozer and she sat really well in it but I worry about the strength and stability of a single stroller wheel. The burley looks nice and compact and the seat inset would probably work but I’m not sure it would be supportive enough with such an upright position. The cougar looks fab with the ability to stow extra parts but the boot space is small and it is more expensive.
    Any advice would be much appreciated

    • Glad to help! Starting with the Croozer, it is a great trailer, but it is certainly heavier than the others, so if you plan on hauling it around, I would go with the Burley or the Cougar. Between those two, the ability to haul the conversions kits on the Thule is a huge bonus, but the storage is limited as you mentioned. You can certainly fit a larger diaper bag in it though. Both the Burley and the Solo would allow you to wrap a support around the back of the seat as they are both open on the sides. The Burley Solo can “recline” slightly, so the upright position can be changed to some extent. The seat lower by loosening the straps on the buckle at the top of the trailer (the same buckles that you release to convert the trailer to a cargo trailer). As far as support, the Burley’s Baby Snuggler (shown above) would probably still fit her, which would help provide additional support. The Thule supports would be much too small though. Between the two, I much prefer the handle of the Burley to the Thule, so I would probably go with the Solo if I was using it as a stroller as much as a trailer.

  • Louise

    Thank you for this excellent comparison. I was hoping you would give me some advice as these trailers are not sold where I live so I will have to buy it online without trying. I have 3 average sized kids (6, 3 and 3 months) but the 6 year old rides a bike well so does not need to go in the trailer. I am also not in a rush to put the 3 month old in the trailer so I can wait until she is 6 months and can go in the Burley. I am mainly looking for a bike trailer rather than a stroller/jogger. We mostly bike on paved roads. However, I live in a very hot and sunny climate and I’m worried about the kids getting hot in the trailer? I am also concerned about the reviews saying that kids are really uncomfortable wearing helmets in the Burley? Thank you!

    • I’d love to help out in anyway I can. First off, with all the trailers we have tried, helmets are an issue. While many trailers have helmet pockets, they only work for a child for a small period of time as the helmet pockets cannot be raised or lowered to accommodate the child. The other issue is that in order to be sold as a stroller, they have to conform to CPSC stroller standards. This requires support for a child’s head, which is why the helmet pockets in these trailers are limited and are often do little to prevent helmets from being pushed forward in the trailer.

      If you live in a sunny climate, I would recommend going with either the Burley D’lite as the adjustable sunshade is a HUGE bonus. The D’lite also has seat cushions (pads), which will not only help to absorb any sweat (versus just a polypropylene seat), but are also washable :). If you are on a tighter budget, then I would consider the D’lite. It has cushions to absorb sweat, but they are not removable to be washed. The Thule’s are also great trailers and I actually prefer their baby sling to Burley’s baby snuggler, but thinking long term, I think the adjustable sunshade will be more beneficial for you.

  • Erin

    We are in the market for a bike trailer for out 4 year old and 1 year old, and plan on #3 some time next year. I have recently gotten into biking and looking for a trailer that wont break the bank account completely but is still safe and comfortable. I thought I had decided on the Burley Encore but then I found the Thule Coaster and was wondering what the big difference is in them. I like the helmet area in the Burley and was wondering is that really all that more comfortable? Also I heard you can put a babies car seat in a trail I was just wondering is that actually safe and true. Why cant you bike with a baby under the age of 1? Sorry if these are stupid questions.

    • Not at all, glad to help. The main reason why you can’t out a one-year-old in a trailer is that they typically aren’t strong enough to hold up their head with a helmet on. Without a helmet, they can’t be in the trailer. It is perfectly safe, however, to use the trailer as a stroller with a one-year-old in them. As for a baby car seat in a trailer, I know many people have done this, but I wouldn’t recommend it as there is no way to securely fasten the seat to the trailer. In addition, a baby cannot wear a helmet while in car seat, so it would be illegal to ride with them in a trailer. Between the Encore and the Coaster, I prefer the Encore as it has a lot more feature than the Coaster. The additional leg room will be helpful for your 4yo and the option to convert it to a 4-wheel stroller is much nicer than the using the wheel on the trailer arm. As shown in the pictures below, the seats on the Encore are also padded more than the Coaster (the baby sling shown in the Coaster, the lighter blue one, is not included, but can be purchased separately). The handle of the Burley also has many height options, while the Coaster only has two. If you only plan on using it as a trailer though, then the Coaster will probably be fine.

  • Haley

    We are looking for a double bike trailer for our 3.5 year old and 1 year old. We have somewhat narrowed down our search to the Burley d’lite or the Croozer Kid Plus for 2 (both 2015 models over 2016 models die to cost/sales). We will primarily use it for both the trailer and stroller (walking) mode, possibly joggin stroller, but if I am being honest, that may be rare! ;). Both seem to be fairly comparable in price (given that for the D’lite I would only purchase the 2-wheel stroller conversion kit at this time). Which brand would you go for based on the need to be a trailer, “walking” stroller, and comfy/tolerable for 2 kids? Croozer is a little wider if I am not mistaken, but burley’ other features are a little better?? Thank you!!!

    • If your kids are in the higher percentiles for weight and height, I would go with the Croozer as it will offer more room, if not, I would go for the Burley. While the Croozer is great, I found the Burley much easier to push and pull with a bike. It is also lighter and the adjustable handlebar is amazing!

  • Megan P

    We are inheriting a double seat burley trailer, unknown model. Do you know if the ski attachments are standard across Thule and Burley? We have a hand-me-down ski attachment but it’s for the Thule chariot.

    • The ski attachments for the Burley and the Thule have different mounting brackets and are not interchangeable. For the Burley’s, not all models can take the ski attachments. Only the models which have mounting brackets (where the trailer arm attaches to the trailer) on both sides of the trailer, versus one, can take the ski attachments.

  • Dirk

    Are the jogger kits for the chariots interchangeable between different models I have a CX2 but can only find the jogging kit from a corsair chariot

  • Abby

    Hi! So, I’m getting my husband a bike trailer for father’s day and I’m trying to decide on one. I have a HUGE advantage because I can get a 50% discount on Thule, so obviously I’m leaning that way. But, I’m willing to consider other brands if they’re just plain better. What I’ve been trying to pick between right now is a Thule Coaster XT and a Cougar 2. My kids are 2.5 and 8 months old (both on the small side of average). We would primarily be using it as a bike trailer. What I’m most concerned with is the space for their helmets (when the 8 month old is ready)… I don’t want their heads to be pitched way far forward. Do the Thule’s have space for their heads to sit upright? Thanks!

    • Go for the Cougar, especially with your discount. The Cougar does have a helmet pocket, but honestly, all helmet pockets only work when the child is the perfect height to use them. It will be perfect for your 2.5, but too high for your 8 mo. Actually, as a warning, remember that kids younger than 12mo aren’t recommend for trailer use. Thule does have a great baby supporter than can help give your baby the additional support they will need when in stroller use. Back to the Cougar vs. the Coaster, the suspension on the Cougar is going to make it a much smoother ride than the Coaster. Lastly, remember that the Cougar comes standard as a stroller, so you will need to buy the bike arm attachment separately.

  • Theresa Cohen

    I am looking to purchase a used bike trailer for our 4 year old and almost 2 year old. I would like something wide enough for the two of them. The used options available to me now are: Chariot Couger 2 ($300), InStep Double Bike ($100), and the Burley Bee Double ($200). I am hesitate to get the Burley since it does not convert to a stroller, which I think is an added bonus but the Couger says it’s heavy and I worry about then adding two more children! Any suggestions on what would be most suitable to my family and the best (used) deal. Most say they have rarely been used. Thanks for your help.

    • With two older kids, I would stay clear of the InStep as the seat are really going to sag, making it an uncomfortable ride for both of them. Of the three, the seats on the Cougar are going to be the most supportive for your kids. The Cougar is heavier, but as long as you aren’t going up hills, the increase in weight shouldn’t be a huge difference to you as the rider. In fact, the Cougar pulls smoother than the InSteps, so it is going to feel better behind your bike. If you don’t plan on using it as a stroller, the Bee would be a great option, but as mentioned previously, the seat are not as supportive.

  • Cass

    We are looking to purchase a bike trailer. Just wondering if there is any that allows for a rear facing car seat to be installed?

    • No. Bike trailer are not meant to rear facing car seats, yet many parents used to use the lap strap to hold the car seat in place. That long lap strap is now not allowed in trailers due to a change in CPSC regulations that require each rider to have their own five-point harness.

  • Derek Gurney

    This is a great page; thank you for constructing such a rich but clear site. One suggestion: put an asterisk beside “Center Buckle” in the table to indicate that 2016 models don’t have this feature. I bought a Burley Honey Bee based on the table and was surprised to find there was no center buckle option. I came back to the page and saw that you addressed that in the comments, but I think it would still be good to note it in the table as well.

    • Ahh, I am so sorry! I clearly forgot to update that. I will be sure to get that fixed. Thanks you for pointed that out and hopefully you can still use your trailer as you had planned.

  • kpastuch425

    Great comprehensive post!! Still a few questions as I narrow down to find the perfect fit. I will primarily be using it to transport our kid to tow a few blocks to the beach and then need to transport onto the sand. Here’s what I’m after:

    – bike trailer to jogger
    – jogger can go wheel on sand
    – seats can recline for naps (when stationary)
    – up to 2 kids, but can seat 1 for now


    • Glad to help. To begin with, due to CPSC standards, trailers can’t have a true recline like a regular stroller would. The additional support they need in the event of a crash prevents a real recline. The Burley’s offer a slight recline, but nothing compare to a traditional stroller. The same CPSC standards for strollers also require each child to have a separate five-point harness, which prevents double trailers from having a center buckle. As a result, single riders in double trailers have to sit to one side, so as long as you get a double trailer, your seating arrangements are taken care of. Not a huge deal, but some people are surprised that kids can no longer sit in the center. Lastly, any larger jogging wheel will work, but since you plan on switching at the beach, I would go with a Thule trailer. The Thule’s have a place to store the jogging arm and trailer arm on the chassis itself, allowing more room to store towels, snacks, etc. in the trailer. With the Burley, you would have to store the jogging wheel and arm in the storage area. If you have any bumpy areas on your ride, I would go for the Cougar, but if it is out of your budget, I would go for the Cheetah.

      • kpastuch425

        Thank you!! I really appreciate your time in getting back to me! I’ll look into it all!

  • Christina Trujillo

    Hi! Just came across this post and was hoping you could help me narrow down by choice as well. I am looking for a trailer to leave up at our mountain home so it will not be getting “everyday” use. Mainly in the summer when we head up there for weeks/months at a time. I currently have 1 toddler, just turned 2 but hes tall for his age, at 37.5 inches and 30.9 lbs… thinking about have a 2nd. I was looking at the Thule Coaster XT or the Burley Honey Bee… I was looking at the D’lite but feel like thats a lot to spend for something that im only using for a month or so a year? Can you give me some advice on what you think might be my best option? Thank you!!

    • Sorry, I’m here, but I don’t check all my emails over the weekend, so it can take a while to get through them all, but I am certainly glad to help. If you are riding in the mountain, I assume you will be on dirt trails and if so, I would go for the D’lite as it has suspension. If you don’t want to pay that much for a trailer, then I found the Burley Bee to have more leg room that the Coaster XT and will likely be a better fit for your taller son. As an in between, I would also consider the Burley Encore, especially if you want to use the trailer as a stroller also (the Bee cannot be converted into a stroller). Hope that helps!

      • Christina Trujillo

        No worries I wanted to order it so it would get to the house in time for my trip this week. Thank you for getting back to me. I ordered the Burley Honey Bee, (not the Bee)… do you think I should have ordered the Encore instead?

        • I prefer the Encore, but I wouldn’t take the time to return it if it was a pain. The Honey Bee will allow you to use it as a stroller and pulls great as a trailer. The Encore has some upgrades over the Honey Bee, especially the padded seats, but considering it won’t be getting everyday use, the Honey Bee should be fine.

  • Christina Trujillo

    Hi checking in for some advice on my previous post 4 days ago… can anyone help me?

  • M R

    I am looking to by either the Thule or burley. We have 2 children one is 5 & the other 3. We will be using it on the bike/walking trails near our house just for me to get out and exercise. My kids can ride bikes but I don’t want to go slow and wait for them when I am trying to get a workout in. What would you recommend?

    • Assuming you have ruled out the WIKE trailers (which are taller than the Burley’s and Thule’s of often better for older kids), I would go with the Thule Cheetah. It is that taller and lighter that the other Burley and Thule models, so it will be easier to pull and provide more space for your kids.

  • M R

    I have not actually read anything on the WIKE’s, I will look into those, I was just really liking what I had read on the burley and Thule with the safety/room/uv protectant cover. Would you prefer the Wike over the other two?

    • With a 5yo, I would with the WIKE is you are looking for longevity as they are much taller and more comfortable for older kids. They may not have all the bells and whistles like the higher end Thule and Burley’s, but they are great quality.

      • M R

        Thank you so much! I looked into them and really do like everything about them! I really appreciate your help.

        • Glad to help! If you get one, I would love to hear how it works out for your family.

  • Mguest

    I am looking to purchase either the Thule Cougar or the Burley D’lite for my daughter whom is having a baby in October. While I know it’s not recommended to use as a trailer until their 1, I am interested in it as a jogger for her until then. Being as it will be chilly I am thinking she wouldn’t be running with it until the baby was 4-5 months old. I saw where both have adaptions you can make for infants. Is this safe at these ages and do they keep them secure? If so which do you prefer from a safety standpoint?

    • For running with a younger baby, I would absolutely go with the Thule as their infant sling provides much more support that the Burley’s baby supporter which is made for babies that are 6+ months.

  • Aimee

    Hi, Thank you for all this helpful info. So I am torn between all the options…help! Ok, so I have a 4 month old and a 3 year old. My 3yo is really small (25lbs) so I’m not worried about her outgrowing a trailer. I plan to use it as a stroller until our youngest is a year old and can be pulled behind our bikes. So by the time we use it as a bike trailer it will hold a 4yo and a 1yo. We plan to use it for daily walks and really want suspension. It gets really cold here. We have also looked at a Croozer. What would be the best value for us?

    • The Croozer is wider, but the side vents on the Thule Cougar 2 will be a life-saver. Trailer tend to fog up really easily when it get’s cold outside and the side vents on the Cougar help to keep the fog at bay without making the trailer too cold. The cruiser is slightly wider, but I have learned from first-hand experience just how miserable kids get in foggy trailers.

  • Lisa McDonagh

    i am really struggling to decide between trailers. I am looking at the cougar and the cx2. the price difference is big it seems so i am not sure if it is worth it or not? I have a 2.5 year old and an almost 8 month old. I want to use it in winter to stroll so i know i need some venting but also in the summer. I want to use as both a stroller and a bike trailer. My son is average height an 30 lbs at 2.5. are the extras with the cx2 really worth the extra money?

    • Unless you really plan on using the trailer often and plan on doing some real jogging/hiking with the trailer, I would stick to the Cougar. The CX is going to be better in the winter and will be easier to control in the snow, but if you don’t plan on using it in the snow much, the Cougar should be fine.

  • Stacy Burdick-Denham

    We are struggling with the storage of the stroller pieces/bike trailer bar. We are considering either the Burley Solo or the Chariot Cougar. It appears that the cougar has a slot on the side to store the bar for the trailer when in use as a stroller and vice versa for just the 2 stroller wheels when be used as a trailer. What about the bars for the jogging wheel? And where would you put the wheel when used as a trailer? We live in a urban area and it would be nice to get one that allows us to bike with trailer but easily convert to a stroller once we arrive without the difficulty of storing the pieces using in either format. Thoughts?

    • The Cougar does have slots for everything and even a velco strap on the back to attach the jogging wheel :). It can either hold the trailer arm or the jogging arms, not both at the same time (if you had it in regular stroller mode). The Burley does not have a place onboard to store the arms. As a heads up, the Cougars are being replaced by a new model early next year, which will be more expensive, so I wouldn’t wait too long to get one 🙂

  • Kate Simpson

    Thanks for such an informative post! I’m looking at purchasing a trailer to be used about 75% as a double outdoor walking stroller, 20% as a bike trailer, and 5% as a jogging stroller. I live in Minneapolis and currently navigate our bumpy city sidewalks with a BOB about an hour a day year round while walking two dogs (so over poorly shoveled sidewalks and small snowbanks at street intersections in the winter). I love the smooth ride of the BOB on said bumpy sidewalks, the fact that the large inflatable tires allow me to get through sections of poorly shoveled walks without much difficulty, and the fact that it is easy to push/maneuver while also walking two dogs. We need to upgrade to a double stroller and because we also want to have a bike trailer, I’m hoping that by picking the right bike trailer, we can accomplish everything that a double BOB might. Due to the venting concerns you’ve mentioned, we’ve narrowed our search to the Cougar, CX, or Chinook. Which would you suggest given the details mentioned above? Also, are the covers removable on any of these trailers? I’m loving the fact that the kids would be more protected from the cold and wind during winter walks, but I’m afraid they’re are not going to be happy being so enclosed during nicer weather walks. Thanks!!

    • Kate Simpson

      I should also add that I currently have a mid percentile for height/weight 2.5 yr. old weighing about 32 lbs and a high percentile for height and weight 7 month old, weighing about 23 lbs. I know we can’t use the trailer function until the youngest is a year old, but how long do you think I can anticipate them comfortably and happily fitting together in any of these options. Thanks!

      • Glad to help. In all the Thule’s you mentioned, the mesh screen and the plastic cover can be rolled back during nice weather, so not a problem there. If you want to use the stroller as a trailer, I would not consider the Chinook as it is way too heavy. Between the Cougar and the CX, if you want to use it mainly for walking, the Cougar would be a great buy. If you were planning on doing more running, however, I would go for the CX mainly for the handlebar. The CX handlebar has many more adjustments than the standard one on the Cougar. As a head up though, the Cougar, Chinook and the CX will all be replaced early next year with new Thule models. While the new models have many great features, NONE of them offer venting windows. Instead you have to use the front flap, which is less than ideal in wet/snowy, cold conditions, so I wouldn’t wait to long to decide 🙂

        • Kate Simpson

          Thank you so much!!

  • Colleen

    I’m in Colorado and have a 4 month old and want just a single mostly for running. I will train for about 3-4 1/2’s per year, and use the trailer more for family rides…..

    • Ahh, sorry, not sure how I missed this over a month ago. If you are still in the market, I would go for the Thule Cheetah. It is very light compared to others, making it easier to run with. The Cheetah is being discontinued next year and being replaced with a more expensive model, so I won’t hesitate too long to get one if you are interested.

  • Samantha

    I am looking for a bike trailer/jogger for my 2 little ones. It will probably be used mostly as a jogger but I like the swivel wheel instead of the fixed wheel because we take a lot of turns. I also would like for it to fit through doorways. It also has to have good ventilation for those hot Texas days. I have looked and looked for all these features in one but have found it hard to find one that isn’t too expensive. Please help. Does anyone have any suggestions on which one I should go with?

    • Jogging wheels by design don’t swivel, so finding one that does really limit your options. Plus, only the Thule Cougar and the CX have vented windows and are pricey. In addition to purchasing the trailer with a Thule, you also have to purchase the jogging arm and trailer arm separately, making your purchase close to $800 total. For a cheaper option, I would consider the Allen Sport Premier, It does have a jogging wheel, but it does not swivel. For a true jogging wheel, trailer and swivel wheel stroller option, the Croozer Kid 3-in-1 will be the cheapest at $641, Hope that helps!

  • Erin

    I’m considering the Burley Encore or D’Lite for our youngest two who will be 3 and 1 in the spring. They are tall but thin kids. We’ll use the trailer for paved path rides to the park, ball field, pool, etc. At most we might be on some hard packed dirt.
    Is the extra cost of the D’Lite worth it? Are the bowed sides going to make a big difference in comfort with two kids?
    Weight/compact fold is another factor as we would like to be able to take it to the mountains with us.

    • It really depends on your kids. With my kids, the more room the better, but with my friends, they didn’t mind the tighter quarters. The Encore is 2 lb. lighter than the D’Lite, which isn’t huge, but would be a pain if you are moving around with it. The shocks on the D’lite would be nice in the mountain though, an occasional rock or hole is sure to show up on compacted dirt trails.

  • Sara

    Thanks for all this valuable info! the thing we’re most interested in is ease of attaching the trailer to various bikes – we know that the Chariot comes with a special attachment for the bike so that the trailer can be clipped on and off easily. Do any of the other brands share this feature? At the moment we’ve got a very cheap model that one has to unscrew the fitting that keeps the wheel in place to attach – and it’s a pain in the bum! Desperate to avoid that with our next trailer… Any advice would be much appreciated 🙂

    • Glad to help! Both the Burley and the Thule are very easy to get on and off. No tools are needed and you don’t even have to unscrew anything. I like Thule’s hitch slightly better than Burley’s, but not by much. They are both far and away better than the low-end hitches. As an FYI, the Thule Cheetah, Cougar, CX and Chinook are all being discontinued for 2017, so I wouldn’t wait too long if you were interested. The new models are amazing, but even more expensive!

  • Phillip

    Thank you for this article! My wife and I have an 11 month old and plan for second to join soon. I want the best for jogging, biking and cross country skiing. We want it to be truly functional for all three. With skiing, it seems the Chariots are better with the venting in cold weather. But, I’m 6 foot 2 and my wife is 5 foot 5 so it seems the adjustable handle is better with the Burley, etc. I wonder if overall reliability or some other factor might help me decide…. Oh, and I’m assuming I should be looking at the CX2 or D’Lite…?

    • Glad to help. First, I must mention that the entire line of Chariots will be discontinued in very early in 2017 for a new line of trailers. The new line of trailers are more expensive, have more features but do NOT offer any venting. The new trailers are easier to adjust and the higher-end Cross model does include an adjustable handlebar as well as independently reclining seats on the dual model (which no Thule model currently offers). If I recall correctly, they also offer a hand brake, which is very nice when jogging. I am 5’10” and had no problem with height of the bar, which adjusts very similarly to the Burley.

      So which would be best? It really depends on your budget. If you are looking for the best, I would wait for the new Cross double, but it does have a MSRP of $999. The lower end model Lite does not have reclinable seats and less padding and storage. The double will retail for $799. You can read about both models here: Actually, I would probably get a new CX2 over the new Lite model as the handlebar is truly the best I have seen for running. It is currently selling for $840 on Amazon,

      Lastly, the Burley D’lite is a great options as well and is the cheapest at $688 ( The one downside of the Burley is that there isn’t a place to store conversions kits on it. It isn’t a problem for most families, but if you plan on converting the trailer from bike to stroller in one trip, it comes in really handy. Between the three, I would go with the new Cross double, the CX2 and then the D’lite.