Hamax Outback Review
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|Pros||Surprisingly easy to turn in tight spaces, reclining seat||Super easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging stroller||Rugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turn||Multiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, price||Very budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potential|
|Cons||Suspension somewhat soft||Bulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seat||Bulky, expensive, lacks refinement||Harder to push and turn, heavier, lower quality||Lower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggle|
|Bottom Line||Cool trailer you can stroll, bike, ski, and jog with||An ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babies||Rugged and fun multi-purpose option that could save you money in the long run||Better than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end options||Best on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spaces|
|Rating Categories||Hamax Outback||Thule Urban Glide 2...||BOB Revolution Flex...||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...||Baby Trend Expediti...|
|Ease of Use (40%)|
|Transporting/ Storing (15%)|
|Kid Ride (10%)|
|Specs||Hamax Outback||Thule Urban Glide 2...||BOB Revolution Flex...||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...||Baby Trend Expediti...|
|Measured Weight||40.4 lbs||32.1 lbs||33.1 lbs||34.6 lbs||30.6 lbs|
|Measured Folded Dimensions||33.4"W x 21"H x 48"L||31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L||30.8"W x 18"H x 39.5"L||26.7"W x 25"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: /Walk Only//:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
|Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38"||Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax||None|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
|None||Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
|Strap-In Car Seat Adapters||None||"BOB
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Unity, Unity Neos
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Snug Ride Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 30 LX, Snug Ride 35 Elite, Snug Ride 35 LX, Snug Ride 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 35 LX, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Snug Lock 30, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 DLX, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Elite, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum XT
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido
KeyFit 30, Keyfit 30 Zip, Keyfit Zip Air, KeyFit Magic, Fit2
|Number of Car Seats Accepted||0||1||1||2||0|
|Recline Front/Left Seat||Mid-Level||Deep||Mid-Level||Deep||Deep|
|Recline Rear/Right Seat||Mid-Level||Deep||Mid-Level||Deep||Deep|
|Storage Basket Size||Large||Medium||Large||Extra Large||Large|
|Sun Shade Size||Large||Medium||Large||Medium||Small|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||18"/43.7"||30.9"/45.1"||35.8"/49.3"||33"/44.7"||40.6"|
|Included Accessories||Flag||None||None||None||MP3 Speakers|
|Average Setup Time||10-15 min||5-10 min||5-10 min||10-15 min||10-15 min|
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.
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 choices in our best stroller review. The ease of use performance metric total score is based on smaller sub-metric testing.
The Hamax is also somewhat more challenging to use than the competing trailers we've reviewed in the past. However, we suspect many parents will find it an acceptable trade-off, given the price difference.
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.
Being able to keep supplies for two on hand is critical. 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.
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 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.
If you think the Hamax will 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.
With a smaller footprint than some larger top-ranking bike 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.
Transporting and Storing
Transporting and strong your stroller can be important depending on your lifestyle or the available space in your car or home.
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 from a location like Amazon, where you can return it if it doesn't fit in your ride.
With limited recline, no leg support, and other challenges, the kid ride on the Hamax isn't the comfiest or most functional seats for keeping little ones content.
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, but it still isn't as good as the seats on some of the competition trailers.
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.
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 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 a vinyl screen and side windows. It has mesh-covered padded seats that feel solid. The design 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.
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 infant 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.
Should You Buy the Outback?
If you like being outside and hope to share the great outdoors with your little one, then the Hamax is definitely a stroller to consider. We love this little sleek-looking trailer that does more than most families need. If you don't enjoy the outdoors or have more narrow hobbies like jogging or strolling only, then this trailer might be more stroller than you really need. Also, if finding a lightweight stroller is your goal, you want to avoid this option and other tailer-style strollers.
What Other Double Strollers Should You Consider?
If your budget is somewhat larger than the price of the Hamax, the Thule Chariot Cross 2 earned similar scores for maneuverability, but it is lighter by almost 9 lbs and smaller when folded too. These factors alone might make the Thule a better choice, depending on your lifting abilities or storage space.
Hamax has some accessories available for purchase to upgrade or customize your Outback.
- Hamax Outback Raincover — The Hamax rain cover fits well and protects from most elements you'll encounter roadside without blocking the passenger's view. The cover is easy to put on, and it fits in the backside bin for storage.
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