Hamax Outback

Bike Trailer Review

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Best for Tall/Older Riders

More than just a pretty face, the Outback is easy to use, well ventilated with adjustable suspension and an extra-large cabin for maximum longevity.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $749

Recommendation: Exceptional

Weight: 40.7 lb.

Tire Size:

Suspension: Yes

Inside Height: 24.5"

Inside Width: 28"

Stroller Kit: Included: Single Wheel Swivel

Jogger Kit: Upgrade

Max-weight: 88 lb.

Trailer Type: Trailer Jogger Stroller

Capacity: double

Brakes: Parking BrakeOptional Hand Brake

UV Window: Yes

Upgrades Available:

Jogging Wheel w/brake, Baby Insert

Review

The Hamax Outback trailer is the sophisticated, good-looking Norwegian sibling in a family full of rugged, sporty trailers.  Not just a pretty face, behind its modern, clean lines lies an easy-to-use and easy-to-love amble-sized trailer.  Available in a single and double capacity and three different colors, the Hamax Outback is a great trailer for families on the go who don’t want to sacrifice style for functionality.

Trailer Type

The Hamax Outback is a multi-sport trailer that comes standard with a trailer hitch, a single swivel-wheel stroller wheel and offers a jogging kit with a handbrake as an upgrade.

Trailer Interior

Size

The Outback is significantly larger than the average size trailer.  Taller, deeper and longer, the Outback feels much more spacious, without feeling big and bulky.  Over the couple months of testing, we strolled, jogged and biked with the Outback and the only time it felt larger than an average-sized trailer was when we were hauling it in and out of the car.
Hamax Outback and Thule Cougar side by side to show how deep and tall the Hamax is.

Inside the trailer, our main 5-year-old tester in 5T clothes, enjoyed the extra space.  With more head, shoulder, and legroom than other trailers, he went from grudgingly going on walks or rides in a trailer to eagerly asking for them.  Being one for a stickler on his “personal space,” he felt (and looked) less confined in the Outback as compared to the average-size Thule Cougar and the Thule Cross (a single trailer, but still shorter).

Collage showing roomy dimensions of the Hamax Outback compared to the Thule Cougar and Thule Cross

Trailer Seats

In addition to being spacious, the Hamax is also well cushioned.  The seats are bench style and very supportive (no sagging seats!) and every trailer also comes standard with removable and washable seat cushions, back and headrests.  When the temperatures rise or as kids get older, the headrest and cushions can be removed to allow for more space and ventilation.  Behind the removable cushions are rear mesh panels to keep kids cool and allow additional air to circulate through the trailer.

Collage showing seat padding in place and then removed on Hamax Outback bike trailer

Strapping System

The buckle system is pinch-free but can be hard to use with a wiggly child. The buckle has two halves, one side on the left and right shoulder strap.  To snap the buckle in place the two halves must be brought together and then inserted into the base.  Keeping the two halves together can be challenging with a less than patient child, but not significantly more than standard buckling systems.

Collage showing two part buckle system for the Hamax Outback bike trailer

Bottom of Trailer

The bottom of the trailer is nylon fabric but is lined on the inside with a thick, rubberized mat.  The mat greatly increased the durability of the trailer, prevents kids feet from sagging and allows for easier clean-ups after spills.  The same rubberized mat extends into the trunk space of the trailer.

The bottom of the trailer is a rubberized floor that is the same floor in the base of the trunk.

Trailer Exterior

External Covers

The Outback comes with a standard mesh door as well as the plastic rain cover.  Both zip up independently around the entire door frame.  A sunscreen, which attaches via velcro, can also be used in conjunction with the mesh door or the rain cover.  The sunscreen was a lifesaver for our 5-year-old during walks but easily became loose during strong winds.  The mesh door, rain cover, and sunscreen can all roll up and be stored in the upper gray storage pocket at the top of the door frame.

Collage showing mesh door, plastic rain cover, and sunscreen on the Hamax Outback bike trailer

Our major point of concern with the Outback was the zippers on the mesh door and rain covers.  Hamax intentionally designed the zippers to come off so that the door covers can be replaced if damaged, but if you are not careful the zipper heads can come completely off the zipper during regular use.

On the left side of the trailer, there is a Velcro zipper stop that prevents the zipper head from reaching the end of the zipper and coming off.  When testing the trailer, I did not realize the purpose to the Velcro latch and unknowingly unlatched it, causing the zipper head to slide off the zipper.  While I was able to get the zipper head rethreaded and working again without much hassle, it was unnerving and frustrating.  On the right side of the trailer, the zippers can’t come completely off, but if zipped too far they can become detached from one side of the zipper (still attached to the other side, like a jacket zipper would be).

Velcro zipper head can come off the mesh door of Hamax Outback bike trailer if you are not careful

Venting

Venting is one area where the outback truly shines.  In addition to mesh on the back of the seats, mesh panels are sewn in across the rear of the trailer as well on the front and left bottom corners of the trailer.  The two front mesh panels allow air to flow through the trailer even with the rain cover on.  The rear and front panels are both made out of thick, rubberized material that will surely hold up with time.

Collage showing mesh venting on back of seats, behind seats, across back of trailer, and in front corners of Hamax Outback trailer

Storage

Storage space will never be an issue in the Outback.  The main compartment zips down and is large enough to hold a child’s booster seat with plenty of space still left for water, snack or other smaller items.  For added security, an upper zipper pocket is located just inside the trunk door and to hold a phone, keys etc.  The base of the trailer also has an elastic pocket, which is great for storing water bottles or diapers and wipes.

Collage showing phenomenal trunk storage space in the Hamax Outback trailer

As a Trailer

Behind the bike, the Outback is easy to pull and rides much smoother than lower-end brands with less feedback from the hitch.  Compared to the Thule’s and Burley’s hitch systems, however, the Hamax system is basic and can be challenging to get properly hitched.

Hamax Outback bike trailer attached to bike

When securing the Outback’s trailer arm to the bike hitch, it is easy to improperly latch the safety pin.  After inserting the safety pin through the trailer arm and the hitch, the circle at the end of the U-clip locks the safety pin in place.  When latching the U-clip, however, it is easy to assume it is latched properly, when it fact the circle is off to the side of the pin versus over the top of it (shown below).   If not properly latched, the safety pin could come lose while the trailer is in use.  Latching on the bottom side of the hitch, you cannot see whether the U-clip is properly latched unless you make the effort to look underneath the trailer hitch.

Hamax Outback trailer hitch system

Conversion Kits

Converting the Outback from one kit to another is quick, easy and tool free. All three conversion kits use the same mount on the trailer. As shown below, swapping out conversion kits only requires pushing two buttons and sliding up a lever.  To ensure a proper mount, the green window on the trailer mount means the conversion kit is locked in and ready to go.  The red window is a warning that the kits are not properly installed.

Collage showing ease of attaching and detaching stroller and jogger attachments on Hamax Outback trailer

As a Stroller/Jogger

The Outback comes standard with a single-swivel stroller wheel and was easy to push and maneuver use over grass, dirt, and sidewalks. Throughout our testing, we saw no limitation to the three-wheel stroller versus a four, but we did not, however, test the Outback’s stroller it in uneven or bumpy surfaces (like cobblestone or brick streets) where four-wheels stroller tend to excel.

Hamax Outback as stroller and close-up of single swivel wheel

The Outback’s jogger system is available as an upgrade and comes with a handbrake.  The jogging kit can be added and removed without tools in a matter of minutes.  The brake cables simply attach to the trailer chassis via velcro straps.  In use, the jogger performed smoothly without complaint.  While useful and appreciated, the jogging brake wasn’t an effective as we would have liked.  While it slowed the trailer, it did not stop it.  The main issue is not with the brake or trailer itself, but rather the result of braking with the front brake versus the rear.

Hamax Outback trailer as a jogger, also showing hand brake, disc brake on jogger wheel

Other Stroller/Jogging Features

Being 5’10”, an adjustable height handlebar is an essential feature and the Outback didn’t disappoint.  With a simple switch of a lever, the handlebar unlocks and can rotate 180°.  Unlocking and locking the handlebar lever can be challenging at first, but got easier in a short period of time.

Collage showing range of adjustability of the handlebar on the Hamax Outback as a stroller or jogger

A viewing window in the top of the trailer is additional fun for both parent and child.  Whether it’s refereeing a fight or sharing a smile, the large viewing window keeps your kids in site.  For sunny days, the viewing window has a sunscreen to provide shade.

Hamax Outback bike trailer top window

Additional features include a footbrake, adjustable suspension, and extra-thick Big Apple tires.  The large foot brake pedal is easy to find and activates the brakes on both tires.  The suspension smooths over bumps in the road and makes riding more comfortable for little ones.  We saw no drastic differences in performance in Hamax’s suspension system versus Thule’s and Burley’s.

Lastly, the Outback’s extra-cushioning Big Apple tires are icing on the cake.  Thick and wider than the tires used on standard trailers, Big Apple tires provide a smoother ride for the trailer’s passengers as well as dampen minor bumps that may travel through the hitch.

Collage showing Hamax Outback bike trailer footbrake, adjustable suspension, and extra thick Big Apple tires

Storing the Trailer

Folding

Folding the Outback is so easy, it’s actually fun to do.  To fold you simply unlock the handlebar, push down a small gray set of buttons on the top of the trailer and then pull up on a set of nylon loops.  The handlebar then collapses into the trailer and the trailer is folded. Unfolding the trailer is even easier, just pull up on the handlebar until it snaps back into place!

Collage showing easy 5 step process for folding the Hamax Outback bike trailer

Bottom Line

The perfect mix of style, functionality, and ingenuity, the Hamax Outback trailer is an excellent choice for active families wanting a larger, multi-use trailer and stroller.  Performing slightly better as a stroller and jogger, the Hamax is best-suited for a family looking for a stroller and a trailer versus just a trailer.


MSRP: $749

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: May 2, 2017

FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this review. Hamax USA provided an Outback and Jogger Kit to Two Wheeling Tots LLC to help facilitate this review. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC and should not be used or replicated in any way. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is an affiliate of Hamax USA and Amazon.com.

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  • Julia

    I’m torn! I’m in between this trailer and a burley dlite. I like that the burleys handlebar doubles as a rollcage but I’m also looking for a trailer that has the most interior space. I found a great burley dlite on Craigslist for $375 (2013 model I believe), but if I opted for the hamax it would have to be new. Trying to get the best bang for my buck if I can but the hamax is appealing. Any insight would be great!!

    • Sorry for my late reply, as you are likely to have already picked a trailer, but if it helps, here are my thoughts. First, Burley’s handlebar is a a roll bar as it already has an internal roll cage, which is required by all trailers. I know Burley’s want to be clear that the bar is providing additional protection, but not the only protection. The Hamax certainly does have the largest interior space, but that is a great price for the Burley if it is in great condition. In the end, it all comes down to budget. They are both great trailers, but they each have their pros and cons. I will add, however, that I do prefer Burley’s bike hitch over Hamax’s, but they both work great as a stroller.

  • Brandi Marie

    The weight rating is incorrect on your website. Instead of being. 99 lb it’s 88 lb for the two child with Max with. Carriage is. 132

    • Thanks for pointing out our mistake, I really appreciate it and will get that fixed!

  • Theo Kieu

    Im torn between this and the

    Thule Chariot Cougar 2. Weight is a major consideration… the Thule is 16 lbs lighter. Does the added weight mean the Hamax is more durable and safer?

    • They are both great trailers, so you really can’t go wrong with either, but there are certainly some differences between the two. In terms of safety, I would say they are about the same. They have both passed ASTM certification for trailer testing and based on our experiences, are very durable and well built. In my experience, the main differences is in size. The Hamax is much taller and roomier for older children. The Thule, however, is plenty big for toddlers and preschoolers. The Thule doesn’t perform better as a trailer, but I actually liked the Hamax better as a stroller. Bpth great, but in different ways.

      Good luck in your decision :), you can’t go wrong with either.

  • Helena

    Hi, I really like the Hamax and the d’lite… want suspension as the track is bumpy here. I’m worried about the towing weight and possible bulk of the hamax though. My main worry with the d’lite is head room. My kids are 4.5 and 1 but 75th percentile. Elder is cycling already longish distances but trailer is for very wet or very long runs. Also, could a small kids bike be strapped on to either or both? Thanks!

    • The cabin of the Hamax is smaller than the D’lite, but you are right in that the Hamax is bigger and slightly bulkier. The hitch of the D’lite also much better than the Hamax, which makes the D’lite pull smoother. If you are planning on using it mainly as a trailer and not as much as a stroller, I would go with the D’lite.