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Thule Coaster XT

Best Value Urban 2in1 Bike trailer & Stroller

RATING: 7.8 / 10

BEST FOR: Cycling in paved, urban areas

FEATURES: Sturdy build, Three covers included, Safe & easy hitching, Folds compact

Thule Coaster XT Specs

  • Type: 2-Seat Kids Bike Brailer / Stroller
  • Trailer Dry Weight: 26 lbs / 12kg
  • Seating Capacity: 100 lbs / 45kg
  • Inside height: 27″ / 68 cm
  • Inside width: 23″ / 58.5cm
  • Maximum body heigth of passanger: 40″ / 111cm

IN THE BOX

  • Trailer
  • Bike arm
  • Single stroller wheel
  • Safety Flag
  • Three covers

Extra Features:

  • Wheel Guards – Helps the trailer bounce away from unwanted elements
  • Lightweight – Sturdy Aluminium frame
  • Ripstop Fabric – Durable and weatherproof
  • Basic handlebar adjustment
  • Sun/Fly/Rain cover included
  • Park-Brake
  • Plenty of storage for such a compact bike cart
  • Lots of accessories & spare parts available

 REI $429.95

Positives:
  • Stroller Wheel included that stores away neatly when cycling
  • Ease Of Use - Simple and logical, hustle-free conversion and folding
  • Adjustable Trailer-Arm - Different length setting for use: trailer / stroller
  • Premium Brand - Good thought-out quality inside out
  • Safe Bike Arm - Three solid deep-clips safety pins on trailer arm
  • Looks neat 
Negatives:
  • Rigid axle - No suspension
  • Rather tight squeeze for older / taller children

Full Review

Introducing the best Entry-Level 2-in-1 Bike Trailer And Stroller. The Coaster XT has more hidden upsides than one could notice even after a further inspection – It’s got all you need when commuting on urban areas and smooth roads! Converting from stroller to a bike trailer is quick, easy and effortless. The whole design is best used as a bicycle trailer and as a stroller in a 80%-20″ ratio.

While hosting various different size compartments, there’s nothing in excess on the whole construction!

The Coaster XT feels home on urban areas: cycling on sidewalks, light traffic public roads, and smooth paths. Besides a child carrier, the Chariot XT can be used both as a transportation carrier or a pet’s carrier.

Wheels & Brakes

The Coaster XT has 20″ spoked wheels, pneumatic tires and comes with a single stroller swiwel wheel on the front.

Tire pressure range: Minimum recommended of 30 psi (2.1 bar) and the maximum 35 psi (2.5 bar). The tubes have a standard Schneider valve that’s the same as on cars.

Spring-loaded Park-Brake is easily operated with the right foot. The lever is sturdy and well put away from sight. It is compulsory for safety reasons to always use the park-brake when lifting the kids in and out of the trailer!

Wheel covers are another great feature that prevent accidents anything getting stuck behind the wheels.


Seating

Padded seats & shoulder straps

The trailer’s seating is compact, to say the least. Although there is room for two kids, it’s a tight squeeze – it’s most suitable for two small girls or boys, aged under . Thule recommends kids up to 40″ / 110 cm tall to fit in there and no less than 6 months old without the proper baby sling. Seating is comfortable as the seat itself is lifted from the floor so there’s extra height and storage underneath.

There’s a large ventilation mesh on the back of the seats.

Padded shoulder straps

Easy to use 3-point safety harness

Large & tinted water- andwindproof side-windows.

WHEN SEATING ONLY ONE KID IN THE TRAILER, ALWAYS PLACE THE KID ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAILER!


Compartments

1.) Larger compartment on the rear. This compartment gets neatly covered with a 

4kg/8.8lb is allowable in all the rear storage

2.) Medium-size pocket inside the trailer and

3.) Decent size storage under the seat.


Folding

Thule Chariot XT dimensions when folded: 37″ x 30″ x 11″ / 94cm x 77cm x 28cm

1) Remove the wheels by pressing the centre rubber button and pull the wheels out
2) Pull out the red plastic knobs located on the rear-end sideframe
3) Press down the trailer

It takes less than a minute to fully convert the trailer from folded to stroller & bike trailer.


Hitching

One of the most concerning safety features when getting a stroller is obviously the link between the bike and the trailer. There’s no need to be concerned with Thule’s patended ezHitch. The complete hitching set-up is well though out with safety regulations in consideration.

Hitching is safe and easy. The stroller wheel sits nicely on top of the trailer arm ready to be used as soon to be reached on the location.

There are deep-clips for safety on the trailer side, and on the bike side of the trailer arm. Trailer arm can be adjusted on two lenghts on the trailer.


Covers

Velcro closure

The Chariot XT has a pull-out mesh door/flynet and a rain cover. Sunshade isn’t a full length as it converts from the rear storage door, but it holds

You could order a full-size rain cover as an extra.


Safety

The whole trailer is sturdy, made of high quality components.

Reflectors located 360’degrees on the trailer – on the wheels, back, and front side of the trailer.

There are deep-clips preventing the bicycle arm to come undone, on both sides.

The orange flag is made of high quality, that won’t worn out over time.

Essential safety items that help to bump the trailer away from street-posts / trees


Extras

One of the best-selling extras you could get for the Coaster XT is the baby sling that allows bringing an infant with you.

The second accessory is the footmuff that’s sort of a cold-weather sleeping bag that can be strapped down using the safety harnesses. Both of the extras cost quite a lot, but you don’t have to make any compromises from the quality!


Final Thoughts

The Coaster is a solid mid-range 2 in 1 stroller and a bike trailer for growing families. If you are going to bike mainly on urban areas or paved roads – this Thule Coaster XT will exceed your expectations by it’s lightweight, durable and rigid construction.

It’s compact, very easy to convert from one activity to another and rather small in size.

If I would upgrade: it would only be the suspensions, or a wider carrier for two kids.

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