Don't let its name fool you into thinking that the Thule Chariot Lite Stroller is anything but a heavy-duty, multi-sport, tot-toting machine. Available in two sizes, the Chariot Lite features a go-anywhere and do-anything attitude that quickly adapts to life on-the-go with one or two children. Thanks to the Thule VerasWing system, the Chariot Lite features a 4-sport design that effortlessly waffles between the cross country ski track, park, or gravel bike trails with ease—however, the Chariot Lite package only includes the hookups for cycling and strolling.
Four pneumatic wheels have push-buttons for easy on and off, and they can be easily stashed within the cockpit when traveling, while the chassis and handlebar easily folds down and fits adroitly in the trunk of a car. Additionally, the Chariot Lite is fashioned with a compact folding system, allowing you to easily pack the carrier up and place it in the car. The cushy suspension system provides a comfortable ride for both the parent and child, absorbing impacts and tackling varied terrain in stride. Meanwhile, the Thule Click n' Store system allows you to conveniently stash and attach a strolling, jogging, or cycling kit when transitioning between activities. A five-point harness ensures that your child or children stay secure, and the protective mesh cover provides ample breathability. On the contrary, should the skis begin to open up or a chill arise, the carrier has a water-resistant window for added protection.
- An all-terrain stroller for almost any adventure
- Polyester exterior is water-resistant
- Polyurethane windows protect your precious cargo
- Windows offer ample breathability and comfort
- Five-point harness provides a snug and secure ride
- Folding design ensures easy storage in trunk of car
- Reflective trim, reflector kit, and safety flag are included
- Parking brake keeps stroller in place
- Q & A
This is the child trailer you want
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Got this for a friend, who says: "Great multi-sport child trailer! We have used this skiing, running, and biking with our son and are very satisfied. The construction is high quality and it changes easily between sports. It folds up nicely and travels well. Be sure that the accessories that you order integrate with the model chariot you order, old harness does not fit new chaise. Order the infant insert for little ones, it works great!
Skiing: The chariot pulls easily skate-skiing and x-country skiing w/o interfering with your form. It does not make sharp turns well, unless you keep the hip belt very loose. Good control on gentle downhills.
Biking: This is a light trailer! It pulls easily and turns well. It is, however, possible to turn the cart over if you hit a bump in the road, so caution is needed on rough surfaces. I was able to pull this up a long hill in our neighborhood, though it did increase my effort substantially.
Running: The Chariot glides on the road. There is a wheel truing knob that keeps the cart from pulling to one side. It is very good at going straight, but turning, especially at sharp angles is difficult. You must lift the front wheel off the ground.
Stroller: Have never used this mode, but appears to be quality.
Bottomline: This is the child trailer you want."
mama likes wind in her face
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I almost had a heart-attack when I learned how much these things cost, and immediately started researching ways we could get a used one, a deeply discounted one, you name it... We did lots of research on the different bike trailer options out there (Burley, Weehoo, the less-expensive Thule models) and eventually we sucked it up and bought this one. I completely recognize it is a LOT of money to drop, but I have to say, my husband and I don't regret the purchase at all. We highly value our freedom and outdoor time--both of which get stretched thin when you have a baby--so this has truly been one of our favorite baby-gear buys. We got the bike attachment, which makes it so I can go for bike rides after work AND spend time with my kiddo. WORTH MORE THAN GOLD. The fact that you have to buy all of the different components separate (bike attachment, infant sling, jogging wheel, etc.) is pretty much highway robbery... But I have to say, if you have a kid and want the freedom to exercise or be outdoors, in my experience so far (riding with my baby from 5 months to now 8 months old) this is one gear investment that will actually pay dividends :-)
Oh yeah, and the Thule engineering really is something special. The wheels come on/off super easily, the whole thing folds in half in a snap, and the suspension really does dampen the kid's ride... I guess there's a reason they can charge so much.