A great stroller for around town, but performs poorly as a trailer. Recommended for families that want a great stroller that can occasionally be used as a trailer.
Weight: 35 lb.
Tire Size: 20"
Inside Height: 23"
Inside Width: 23"
Stroller Kit: Dual Swivel Stroller Wheels
Jogger Kit: None
Max-weight: 100 lb.
Trailer Type: Trailer Stroller or jogger
Brakes: Parking Brake
UV Window: No
If you are looking for an amazing stroller that can also be used as a bike trailer, than the Joovy Cocoon should certainly be one of your top contenders. Built by a stroller company, the Joovy Cocoon is first and foremost a stroller. From the four pneumatic tires (standard on both Cocoon models) that glide smoothly over any terrain, to the peek-through window and ample storage, the Cocoon has quickly become my go-to stroller for my one-year-old. As a bike trailer, it works well, but does not perform as well as other trailers in the $500+ price range. As a result, I highly recommend the Cocoon for families looking for a stroller than can be used as a trailer, but I recommend it with reservations for families looking for a trailer than can occasionally be used a stroller.
Whether you live in cold climate, have a baby or toddler with a million dollar arm, an enclosed stroller is a game changer. With a quick buckle and a simple zip, the Joovy Cocoon prevents lost lovies at the mall and a cranky child on a chilly morning walk. With a mesh door and a plastic weather cover, the Cocoon quickly adjusts to your child’s needs. On most days we simply used the mesh door, but on windy, cold or even rainy days, rolling down the plastic cover took mere seconds. Inside, the buckles of the Cocoon are easily adjusted and simple to use. Unlike most convertible strollers, the Cocoon does not have a center buckle to use when transporting one child. While bothersome a first, the extra space on the seat simply allowed for more room for blankets, toys and the various collection of loot that often rode along with us.
The Cocoon provided ample head room for our 45″ tall four-year-old tester, even with his helmet on. The seat of the Cocoon is also soft, yet firm and is certainly a step up from the cheap “hammock” style seats found on lower-end trailers that often sag, causing two riders to be squished together. Lower-end trailers also have thin, fabric floors, but the Cocoon has a durable, stiff floor that easily withstood the weight of our 50lb. testers. The leg room of the Cocoon however was tight, but acceptable. Our final note of concern with the chassis is that the plastic cover simply drapes over the mesh and velcro’s on the bottom, thereby allowing air flow and water into the chassis through the sides of the plastic panel during heavy winds or rain. While not a concern for most, those looking for an all-weather trailer may want to looks elsewhere.
As a Stroller
Out and about, the Cocoon’s air tires make for smooth sailing. The swivel tires in the front make for easy maneuvering and the large tires in the back easily glide over curbs and rocks. In addition to trying the Cocoon around town, we brought it along on a 3 mile hike in the foothills. On the onset we had troubles with the front wheels coming off, but once we properly adjusted them (user error, not product error), we were off and running. On hills, the foot-brake was especially useful when stopping to help our one-year-old inside. Although tall with a 34″ inseam, I had no issues with the length or height of the handlebars. On overgrown paths however, the rear tire was able to catch several branches as it does protrude past the front tire. All in all, the stroller performed great leaving me and my son happy campers.
Additional Stroller Features
In addition to ease of use, the design team at Joovy took extra care into the smaller features that can make a huge difference for parents. The storage is easily accessible and is large enough to fit lunch for the family and a blanket. The peek-through window, rare on stroller/trailer combos, was greatly appreciated during our hikes and walks. My favorite feature however was the parent organizer. The organizer easily straps on the handlebar and is the perfect place for keys, a phone and water bottles.
As any parent will tell you, the ease at which a stroller can fold can be a deal breaker. Although large, the Cocoon is easy to fold and does not require searching for any small buttons or levers. By simply unlocking the clamps on both sides of the stroller’s storage compartment and then pushing the bars forward, the entire stroller collapses. Taking off the wheels is also as simple as removing the D-ring clamp (shown above) on each of the rear tires and releasing the quick-release lever for each front tire (also shown above). Often times however, I would simply put the trailer directly into the trunk of my Sienna without removing the tires. While doing so was certainly convenient, oil (we think) from the rear tire did leave a stain on one of the plastic windows.
AS A TRAILER
While we loved the smooth ride of the Cocoon as a stroller, when used as a trailer it did not perform nearly as well as other trailers in the $500+ category. When in use, small bumps and paved ramps seemed to push more on the bike, making for a less enjoyable ride for the bicyclist. While we could not determine whether the difference was due to the short trailer arm (shorter as compared to others), the spring mount (which allows the trailer to remain upright when the bike is placed on its side) or the center mount for the trailer (most trailers arm attach to the side of the chassis), the difference was definitely present during a ride. The Cocoon is also lacking a pocket that allows riders’ helmet to be recessed during a trailer ride thereby preventing a child’s helmet from being pushed out-of-place. That being said, the Cocoon does work just fine for a ride around the neighborhood or to a park, so unless you plan on riding for longer distances, those extra bumps along the way shouldn’t make a huge difference. Most importantly however, the Cocoon IS ASTM-1975 certified as a bike trailer (the majority of trailer are not), which means is has been extensively tested for safety. As a side note, the Cocoon has a speed limit of 10 MPH and does not have tinted windows.
We love our Cocoon and plan on continuing to use it for our daily stroller. As a trailer however, we will stick to our other trailers that provide a smoother ride. As a result, we highly recommend the Cocoon for parents shopping for a stroller that they occasionally plan on using as a trailer, but for those looking for a trailer than can occasionally be used as a stroller, we recommend it with reservations.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: January 4, 2017
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