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The Allen Premium trailer offers great quality for parents on a budget. Read our review below to find out how it outperforms other budget trailers.
- Seat is more supportive than other similarly priced trailers
- 20″ tires on metal rims
- Easy to use Velcro straps on door and rain cover
- 100 lb. max payload (compared to 80 lb. with others)
- Non-padded shoulder straps
- Less foot room
- Basic buckling system
Allen Premium Review – Results of our Test Rides
Allen Sports has done a great job putting together a budget trailer that will serve you really well for the price. The Allen Premium 2 trailer is lightweight and much sturdier construction than trailers sold by InSTEP or Schwinn. It’s roomier than the other two trailers tested and made for a decent ride.
How Does it Ride?
The Allen rode very well, and both kids were comfortable in it together. Despite not having suspension, our testers didn’t complain about bumps. As the towing adult, pulling this trailer was comparable to hauling more expensive trailers.
The Premium’s cover (front “door”) is thick and durable, and is clearly much better quality than both the InSTEP and the Schwinn. It has enough give to attach easily to the front and back of the trailer frame with Velcro (no tricky snaps like the InSTEP and Schwinn). (*Spoiler Alert – the InSTEP and Schwinn trailer covers are really hard to attach.)
The main portion of the cover is mesh fabric surrounded by thick red and black nylon to which the Velcro tabs are attached. A separate plastic rain cover can be laid over the mesh opening and secured with Velcro for added protection from wind, rain or cold temperatures.
Allen Cover Closes Easily with Velcro on Front and Sides
The seats are padded and strong enough to support the weight of two heavy kids (the maximum payload is 100 lbs., compared to 80 lbs. for the InSTEP and Schwinn). Most importantly, and unlike the other two trailers, the seats are sewn into the frame separately from the bottom of the trailer. This means that they won’t sag, and there is an extra layer between the ground and those little bums.
As you can see below, the InSTEP and the Schwinn’s seats sag, pushing the child forward, which also causes the buckle to push against his crotch. The Allen seat, however, is suspended above the floor of the trailer and doesn’t sag.
Allen Features a Comfortable Seat, InStep and Schwinn Sag
The Allen Premium Double was the roomiest we tested, and despite having less room for feet, was easily the most comfortable of the three trailers.
Allen Premium is Roomy and Comfortable
There is less foot room in the Allen, but our kids didn’t mind. The foot area is made of a strong, rubberized plastic that won’t rip, making it much sturdier than either the InSTEP or the Schwinn. Kids should be able to easily climb in and out without ripping it.
Allen Premium Foot Area is Made of Strong, Rubberized Plastic
Harness and Buckles
One area where the Allen could use some improvement is the buckles. They serve their purpose, but they feel cheap and are hard to attach and detach. The straps do have some minimal padding, and at least the buckles aren’t in the child’s crotch! Also, rather than each seat having its own 5-point-harness, there is only one lap strap that goes across the whole seat.
On one of our rides in the Allen we got caught in the rain and learned that the trailer is not completely waterproof. Water only got in through the bottom corners of the cover attachment, however, and so only the kids’ feet got wet. The bottom also has small grommets to allow moisture to drain.
The Allen has good-sized pockets for kids’ drinks or snacks. The InStep and Schwinn have pockets, but they are so small and hard to access that they’re barely worth mentioning.
Differences in internal pocket size, Allen, Schwinn and InStep
Hitch and Tow Arm
The hitch mount is easier to attach to the adult bike than the other two trailers, and for less than $4 you can buy an extra, making it easy to swap the trailer to another adult bike. The tow arm slides easily on to the hitch mount and is secured with a pin. The hitch joint has a good range of motion (better than the other two trailers), but because of the shape of the tow arm, the back tire could hit it on a sharp right-hand turn. Take turns slowly!
Allen’s Hitch Mount is Easy to Use
Stroller and Brake
The Allen comes standard with a handlebar and swivel stroller wheel attachment. The stroller works nicely, and the handlebar can be attached at two fixed heights (36” or 42”). The “parking brake” is about as rudimentary as you can get – just a strap attached to the frame that can be looped through the back wheel. It isn’t at all convenient, but it will keep the stroller from rolling away if you take the time to attach it.
Allen offers the best trailer for parents on a budget. It outperforms other trailers in nearly every aspect, and should last you a long time. We hignly recommend it for durability and child comfort.
For a quick look at our top picks for every budget, check out our 10 Best Bike Trailers for Kids Guide.