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Hamax Outback Review

Cool trailer you can stroll, bike, ski, and jog with
Hamax Outback
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $900 List | $749.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Surprisingly easy to turn in tight spaces, reclining seat
Cons:  Suspension somewhat soft
Manufacturer:   Hamax
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 7, 2020
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 1
  • Quality - 10% 9

The Skinny

The Hamax Outback is an ultra-cool bicycle trailer for two that doubles as a jogging and strolling stroller. This fun pod features cozy seating, rubber tires, great storage, and adjustable suspension. We were surprised at how easy this trailer is to turn and push even in tighter spaces, thanks to the single front wheel design that pivots on a swivel. This option is heavy and large, even for a double, which makes it a poor choice if you don't have the extra room. However, for those parents seeking more than a basic stroller, this versatile trailer is one to consider.

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Pros Surprisingly easy to turn in tight spaces, reclining seatAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potential
Cons Suspension somewhat softHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggle
Bottom Line Cool trailer you can stroll, bike, ski, and jog withVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsBest on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spaces
Rating Categories Hamax Outback UPPAbaby Vista v2 D... Thule Urban Glide 2... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti...
Ease Of Use (45%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (30%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
1
4.0
5.0
4.0
6.0
Quality (10%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Hamax Outback UPPAbaby Vista v2 D... Thule Urban Glide 2... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti...
Weight 40.4 lbs 35 lbs 32.1 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 33.4"W x 21"H x 48"L 25.8"W x 26.5"H x 37"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 48.5 lbs/46"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
None None
Number of Car Seats Accepted None 1 1 2 0
Recline Front/Left Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Deep Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Very large Medium Extra Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Medium Medium Small
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes No
Locking Fold None Auto Manual Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 18"/43.7" 39.5"/42.5" 30.9"/45.1" 33"/44.7" 40.6"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Flag Rain Shield, Bug Shield None None MP3 Speakers
Setup Time 12:13 5:14
min:sec
4:14 8:43 9:20

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Norwegian company, Hamax AS, started in 1958, becoming a leader in gear for active families. Hamax offers a variety of products for the outdoorsy family, including bike seats for kids, trailers, and toboggans.

Performance Comparison



The Hamax is relatively easy to use for what it is.
The Hamax is relatively easy to use for what it is.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


While the Outback is easy to use for what it is, it isn't the easiest to use stroller compared to traditional stroller choices.


The Hamax is also somewhat more challenging to use than the competing trailers we've reviewed in the past. However, given the price difference, we suspect many parents will find it is an acceptable trade-off.

The Hamax includes a patch with the folding directions just behind...
The Hamax fold method initiates by pressing the button and pulling...

Fold and Unfold


The fold on the Hamax requires two hands and around five steps. Unfortunately, folding this stroller doesn't make it much smaller than when it is open. If you need to stow it somewhere, you are better off removing the wheels to reduce the size in a significant manner.

The Hamax brake is large and easy to set and release with a central...
The Hamax brake is large and easy to set and release with a central location.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Hamax has single action brakes with a significant amount of play in them with the trailer moving up to an inch and a half when set. The pedal is plastic and foot-friendly no matter what footwear you sport.

The Hamax storage pocket has a zippered closure.
The Hamax storage pocket has a zippered closure.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Hamax storage bin is located on the back of the trailer and somewhat under the seat. The bin closes with a sipper and is fairly good-sized. It is deep, making it less accessible than competitors, and there are no internal organization features. The passengers each have side mesh pockets, and retrained children can easily reach the pockets.

The Hamax 2020 has a vinyl peek-a-boo window behind the handlebar.
The Hamax windscreen is slightly tinted and there is a roll-down...

Sunshade


The Outback doesn't have a traditional canopy. It sports a full cover with a front windscreen and top peek-a-boo window. It includes a small roll-up shade at the top for additional sun protection.

The Hamax has a 5-point harness and nesting buckle that requires to...
The Hamax has a 5-point harness and nesting buckle that requires to hands to assemble.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


Each seat on the Outback has an easy to use 5-point harness. The buckle is a nesting style option that is convoluted and involved compared to the competition. The harness has an adjustable crotch strap, and the shoulder straps have infinite positions for a custom fit.

The Hamax has 2 seats but they recline as one, so both will be at...
The Hamax has 2 seats but they recline as one, so both will be at the same angle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The Hamax seats tilt slightly back and are deep inside the pod. The new version introduced in 2020 has reclining seatbacks with two different levels that sort of roll down using a mechanism from the top of the trailer.

The Hamax seats recline as one with a rolling mechanism near the top...
The Hamax seats recline as one with a rolling mechanism near the top window.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Both seats must be on the same angle, but we think the recline is an improvement over the stationary seats it used to have. The seats have light padding with open space in the front for little legs.

Car Seat Compatibility


Children need to be at least six months to ride in the Outback. We recommend passengers be closer to 12-18 months, and you should consult with your child's pediatrician before embarking on your outdoor adventures. There are no compatible car seats for the Hamax Outback.

Ease of Setup


This stroller is one of the most challenging strollers to assemble, taking us over 14 minutes to complete. The manual is confusing, and the directions for each step are not next to their related pictures, which increases the confusion and seems unnecessary. You need a screwdriver to complete the final setup.

The Outback 2020 offers impressive maneuverability with the single...
The Outback 2020 offers impressive maneuverability with the single front wheel in swivel mode.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


If you think the Hamax is going to be a bear to push, you'd be wrong. Surprisingly for its size, it is relatively nimble and turns tightly, making small spaces bend to its will if the room allows.


The single front swivel wheel works well on flat surfaces, and the larger rear rubber tires keep the pod moving smoothly without much effort from the pusher.

The Outback 202 isn't as wide as some of the other trailers we've...
The Outback 202 isn't as wide as some of the other trailers we've seen in the past.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

With a smaller footprint than some larger trailers, this option navigates indoors better than some of the more expensive trailers and cheaper side-by-side strollers. On uneven surfaces and moving off-road, the Outback continues to impress once again thanks to the trike design and larger pneumatic rubber tires. While heavier than the competition, the design and wider set rear wheels prevent the Outback from feeling like a burden when pushing, even for longer distances. The good suspension and seating features keep passengers comfy, even if the suspension could be somewhat stiffer overall.

The Hamax doesn't reduce in size much even when folded. You'll need...
The Hamax doesn't reduce in size much even when folded. You'll need to remove the wheels if your space is limited to make it smaller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


Compared to traditional double strollers, the Outback is a beast. Given its multi-purpose design, we can hardly hold this against it, but if your car is small or your living quarters are limited, it could be a poor fit for your life.


The new Outback weighs 40.4 lbs, which might be prohibitive for petite parents if you need to lift it to stow in an SUV. When folded with wheels attached, it measures 33,667 cubic inches, which is over 3,000 cubic inches larger than the old version! You might consider buying it form a location like Amazon, where you can return it if it doesn't fit in your ride.

The Outback 2020 offers impressive quality for the price compared to...
The Outback 2020 offers impressive quality for the price compared to similar options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Outback offers nice quality for the price, and the design and materials feel durable and constructed with longevity in mind.


The frame is sturdy and stable, with no visible flaws from the manufacturing process. The pod is wrapped in thick canvas, with vinyl screen and side windows. It mesh covered padded seats that feel solid. The design also includes plastic connectors, spoke wheels with ball bearing hubs, and bike-style rear, rubber tires. Overall, the Outback has a nice fit and finish and doesn't flex or vibrate.

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Accessories


Hamax has some accessories available for purchase to upgrade or customize your Outback.

  • The Hamax Outback Raincover
    Hamax Outback Raincover — The Hamax rain cover fits well and protects from most elements you'll encounter roadside without blocking the passenger's the view. The cover is easy to put on, and it fits in the backside bin for storage.

Wendy Schmitz