When my wife and I found out that we would be expecting our first child I immediately started day dreaming about grand rides together with the little one, pulling him behind me in some sort of trailer until he had legs enough for a Trail-A-Bike or the like. As a baby shower gift my parents decided that they would like to buy us a nice trailer / stroller. After some searching and researching we decided on the Chariot Cougar 2.
Why the Chariot Cougar 2? Chariot is made by Thule, a well made brand of bike racks for your vehicle. The Chariot is also made in a way that it is easily reconfigured into whatever mode of operation your looking for. Attachments include a strolling kit, jogging kit, bicycle trailer kit, skiing kit, etc. There are also lots of additional attachments available such as gear storage, cup holders, fenders, etc. We went with the Cougar 2 so an additional child can be added easily later on.
The Cougar has seen use for 3 years now, put in service everyday as a daycare child hauler while walking to school drop-offs, and as a tow behind bike trailer on many outings by Little Bric and I. Its looking a bit weathered as it spends alot of time out doors and in inclement weather, but it still functions as new. I replaced the tires at the beginning of the spring as the old ones wore out. All other components have held to the test of time and abuse.
The suspension system is a nice touch, easily adjustable and adds some comfort to the ride. The trailer is light weight and when empty you don't even notice that your pulling it. Plop a kid or two in and it still glides nicely, needing a bit of legs on the climbs though. Most of its life behind the bike has been spent on gravel rail-trails on our many outings to other towns along the trails. It has seen a couple of short singletrack stints behind the CX bike, much to LB's liking judging by his laughs and yelling as we bumped roots and rocks, and catching a bit of air off some rollers.
Little Bric has logged nearly 1000km in the trailer since the beginning of last year and loves every minute of it. The big windows and large front screen make it easy for him to watch things roll by. Soon his little sister will join him in the trailer, and if my wife ever decides to throw a leg over a bike (which sounds like she just might, with the new bike and all) we can have some awesome family outings. But Dad time is good with me too, its nice to take the kids and let mama decompress a bit on her own.
Next year will be LB and I's first overnight bike trip. I'll be pulling him in the Chariot without worries as it has proven itself time and time again now. We are planning to ride the Niagara Circle Route over two days next year, stopping along the way in Niagara Falls to do some light camping together.
I'll rate the Chariot 5 / 5 stars. It has never let me down and is one of the most versatile pieces of bike equipment I own. If you're in the market for a trailer, this is it.
As always, these product(s) where purchased with my own money. I have not been paid or bribed to review this product. Comments whether positive or negative are purely my opinion only.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.