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Chariot CX2 twin stroller review

by Jeff Valliere
(Louisville, Co)

Running in Boulder Colorado

Running in Boulder Colorado

The Chariot is ideal for the active family who refuses to let having twins slow them down, as it can be used as a stroller, baby jogger, bike trailer, ski trailer and pull along chariot.

The top of the line CX2 is extremely well thought out and keeps your children safe and comfortable.

It has extremely comfortable seats where you can add headrests for smaller kids to keep their heads from bouncing, add a sling for small babies, or a bunting bag for newborns.

The canopy has several modes where you can have just a tinted sunshade, add a full zip screen and zip down a full length plastic wind/rain shield. There are also tinted side panels that zip all the way off, or partially off for customizable ventilation. This works great for keeping the kids shaded and ventilated on hot days and works equally well at keeping them warm when all zipped up on cold and windy Winter days.

The handle bar of the Chariot has multiple hand positions and a huge selling point for me was that the CX line has a hand brake that operates dual drum brakes which adds a higher level of safety if you walk/run in hilly terrain.

Storage is plentiful with a fold down storage compartment in the rear, mesh pockets behind the seats and a handlebar bag that converts to a child backpack.

Suspension on the chariot is easy to adjust and makes for a very smooth ride.



The CX2 weighs a bit over 30 lbs and fits through most standard doors with a little patience and creativity.

Converting between different modes (stroll to bike to jog) is very easy and intuitive and once you have done it a few times, only takes a minute or so.

The CX2 easily slides into the back of a mini van or small SUV without having to fold (though you have to remove the wheels), but easily folds to a reasonable size if you have a smaller vehicle or want to take it on an extended trip.

Chariot carriers are a little pricey, but if you happen to be an REI member, you can get one for 20% off at certain times of the year. In my opinion, they are worth every penny, as we have gotten untold hours of use in the past 2 years since our twins were ~5 months old and expect to get another few years out of it (primarily as a bike trailer for the remainder). Additionally, if you keep them in reasonable condition, they have a high resale value and you can expect to get ~75% of your purchase price back when you sell.

I can’t recommend these strongly enough, as they have really allowed us to maintain our active lifestyle and keep fit.

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Jul 16, 2014
REI NEW
by: Anonymous

REI is an outdoor gear store http://www.rei.com/ where anybody can shop, but you have an option to become a co-op member, which is $20, which entitles you to additional privileges. Being a member quickly pays off, as you get additional savings during select times of the year, get access to their bi-annual garage sale, where returned items (but usually still in new condition) are sold for 50-70% off retail. On top of that, you receive a small percentage of the money you have spent each year back (usually in the Spring) which is a nice perk too. They have great customer service and an excellent no hassle, lenient, return policy. I have no affiliation with them, but have been a long time customer and have been very satisfied.

Jul 15, 2014
REI NEW
by: Sisi

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for sharing your review. We are contemplating getting the Chinouk 2 for biking.

What's an REI member?

Thanks

Sisi

Jun 21, 2014
CX2 NEW
by: Jeff Valliere

We started with our twins in the CX2 at around 5 months and we used the Chariot almost daily for about 2 years. They still fit in it fine (though a bit cozy at just under 30 lbs and 3 months shy of being 4), but their tolerance for it was a bit reduced shortly after turning 2 and I felt selfish making them sit in it while I got my run in. Added to that, I wanted to encourage them to do more things under their own power and to get stronger and more skilled. We still use the Chariot regularly though, as a bike trailer for shorter trips around town, the park, etc... They seem to be more tolerant in bike mode, as scenery passes faster, it is more exciting and I look at it as a lateral move as far as sitting idle and more enjoyable than taking the mini van. The difference between the CX and the CX2 is that the CX2 is a two seater.

Jun 21, 2014
Chariot Cx2 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I really want to buy the CX2, but for how long did your twins fit in it?
I can only find pics online for smaller twins or siblings.
Mine are 22months now, 23lbs and 34"

We have tried the CX at a retailer, he couldn't tell me the difference between the CX and the CX2 (can't find any information online, so guessing his just was an older model, but still the CX2, though it didn't tell anywhere) - and they sat quite close to each other.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully for giving me answers.

Charlotte

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