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Hamax Outback Review

Cool bike trailer you can stroll and jog with
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Price:   $649 List
Pros:  Budget-friendly, easy to turn in tight spaces
Cons:  Suspension could be stiffer, no sled attachment
Manufacturer:   Hamax
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLabTeam  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 25% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 1
  • Safety - 10% 7
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 1

The Skinny

The Hamax Outback is a cool bicycle trailer you can use as a double stroller. This stroller has a cozy seating area, larger rear rubber tires, ample storage, and adjustable suspension. We like how easy this stroller is to push and turn, and it impressed testers with its ability to move in narrow spaces thanks to the single front wheel. We like that this product has versatile uses at a reasonable price. While it may be heavy and large, making it a poor choice if space is at a premium, it is a good, economical choice for parents who want more from a stroller but don't have the budget for the higher ranking Thule Chariot Cross 2.


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Pros Budget-friendly, easy to turn in tight spacesSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerVariety of seating, 2 car seats, smaller, covered storageAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsEasy to maneuver, easy to use features, comfortable, jogger
Cons Suspension could be stiffer, no sled attachmentBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHeavy, convoluted harness/buckleHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceHeavier and awkward to fold and lift, strap in car seat installation
Bottom Line Cool bike trailer you can stroll and jog withAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesQuality option with covered storage and nimble maneuverability that accepts 2 car seatsVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAwesome all-terrain option that is easy to push and jog with
Rating Categories Hamax Outback Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Hamax Outback Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Weight 39.1 lbs 32.1 lbs 35.9 lbs 32.2 lbs 34.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 33.4"W x 19.8"H x 45.5"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 23.8"W x 22"H x 37"L 25.7"W x 26.5"H x 41.5"L 30.8"W x 18.5"H x 39.5"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: From Birth with bassinet or infant car seat
Maximum: 33 lbs/44" per passenger
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: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None 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
Cybex
Aton Basic CBX, Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5, Aton M, Aton M i-Size, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus, Rock i-Size
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters 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 Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, Keyfit 30
Number of Car Seats Accepted None 1 2 2 1
Recline Front/Left Seat n/s Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat n/s Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Storage Basket Size Large Medium Very Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Medium Large Large Large
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold None Manual Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 17.5"/42" 30.9"/45.1" 37.6"/43.5 39.5"/42.5 33.4"/49.9"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories Flag None Rain cover Bassinet, Bassinet Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag, Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 14:23 4:14 6:02 + 4:26 10:43 6:12

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1958, Hamax AS began in Norway and became a pioneer for gear dedicated to leisure activities for families. Hamax makes products like bike seats for children, bike trailers, and toboggans. The company focuses on creating safe child transportation while biking or on the snow. The gear is tested to ensure safety and function.

The single front Wheel on the Hamax may look small  but it helps the larger stroller to navigate smaller spaces easily.
The single front Wheel on the Hamax may look small, but it helps the larger stroller to navigate smaller spaces easily.

Performance Comparison


The Hamax Outback (in blue) is a double bike trailer you can use for strolling and jogging.


The information below includes details of the Hamax's performance compared to the competition.

The Hamax is easy enough to use  but it isn't as easy as the Thule Chariot Cross 2.
The Hamax is easy enough to use, but it isn't as easy as the Thule Chariot Cross 2.

Ease of Use


The Hamax's versatility makes it more difficult to use than the competition resulting in only a 5 of 10 for ease of use.


While the Hamax is harder to use than the similar Thule Chariot Cross 2, the almost $400 in savings can make you forget what you're missing.

Folding the Hamax requires unlocking the open stroller to initiate the fold.
Folding the Hamax includes operating the two sides simultaneously making it a two-handed operation.

Fold and Unfold


The Hamax fold requires two hands and five steps. It requires a little more strength and the ability to operate both sides simultaneously. The entire process doesn't take long, but the resulting shape is only slightly more compact than the open trailer.

The single action brakes on the Outback work well and the pedal is easy to access and use.
The single action brakes on the Outback work well and the pedal is easy to access and use.

Brakes


The Hamax has a plastic pedal single action parking brake on the back (above right). The brake is easy to use and is comfortable even when wearing sandals.

The Hamax has a large rear storage compartment that will hold lots of stuff but it has no internal organization system so it can be harder to access or items once they have shifted during movement.
The Hamax storage bin has a small mesh pocket but for the most part  it isn't the best for keeping things organized.

Storage


The storage bin is on the back and sort of under the seat. The bin zips closed and is relatively large, but it is harder to reach, and there are no dividers for organization. The seating area has side mesh pockets for passengers, and buckled children can reach the pockets making them more useful than those on the Thule Chariot Cross 2.

The peek-a-boo window on the Outback is large and easy to see through  but the lack of shade could allow too much sun to enter the pod.
The cover on the Outback helps protect passengers from outside elements from the road and weather.

Sunshade


The Outback has a full cover with a large, top peek-a-boo window (above left). The seating area can be covered in vinyl (above right) for additional protection from the elements, and there is a smaller mesh cover for airflow.

The Outback has a nested buckle system that can be convoluted and harder to use.
The Outback has a nested buckle system that can be convoluted and harder to use.

Harness


The Outback has two easy to use 5-point harnesses with a nesting buckle that is somewhat convoluted. The crotch strap is adjustable, and shoulder straps have infinite positions for a superior fit for all sizes.

Seat


The seats tilt somewhat back and sit low inside the pod. The back and bottoms are lightly padded with space for legs in front. Legroom is limited, and the seats don't recline which prevents the creation of a genuinely comfortable napping area, though we imagine little ones will still fall asleep.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Hamax is not compatible with any infant car seat. Children need to be at least six months to ride in the Outback (according to the user manual), but we recommend little ones be 12-18 months and that you discuss your adventure plans with a pediatrician.

Ease of Setup




The Outback setup took 14:45 minutes from start to finish, taking longer than all of the competition but one. You'll need a screwdriver to complete the assembly, and the user manual can be confusing. The instructions are in a different location than the pictures, and they seem to depart from how one would logically assemble it.

The Outback single front wheel improves maneuverability over similar products that have side front wheels.
The Outback single front wheel improves maneuverability over similar products that have side front wheels.

Maneuverability


The Hamax is easy to push and turn earning an impressive 9 of 10 in our tests for maneuverability. This performance is somewhat of a surprise as its larger size indicates it could have trouble in small spaces.


The Outback swivel strolling wheel works well on flat surfaces and allows it to make tight turns in smaller spaces.

The front wheel on the Outback attaches quickly and easily with a color-coded indicator that helps you ensure a good connection.
The front wheel on the Outback attaches quickly and easily with a color-coded indicator that helps you ensure a good connection.

Despite its wider footprint, the single front wheel has an advantage over the two side wheels on the Thule Chariot Cross 2 making it better indoors than the more expensive trailer. The Outback rolls over uneven terrain and bumps easily with the help of the large rubber rear tires. If you need to, you can tilt it back slightly to traverse things the smaller front wheel may struggle over. The Outback is a little heavy, but the wide set wheels disperse the weight well and prevent it from feeling burdensome.

The Hamax has useful suspension, and the seating area has adequate padding. While the suspension could be stiffer, we think little ones will be comfortable riding inside.

The Hamax folds flatter  but it is still fairly large and heavy making it a poor choice for those with limited space or difficulty lifting heavy items.
The Hamax folds flatter, but it is still fairly large and heavy making it a poor choice for those with limited space or difficulty lifting heavy items.

Weight and Folded Size


The Hamax is larger and heavier than the competition earning it a 1 of 10 for weight and folded size.


The Outback weighs just over 39 lbs making it the second heaviest. The similar Thule Chariot Cross 2 is around 33 lbs making it the better choice if weight is an issue and price is not a factor. The Outback measures 30,090 cubic inches folded, which makes it the most substantial folded stroller in this review.

The rear wheels can be quickly removed by a press of a button on the hub to make the folded product smaller for transport.
The rear wheels can be quickly removed by a press of a button on the hub to make the folded product smaller for transport.

Quality


The Hamax earns a 9 of 10 for quality sporting a thoughtful design with attention to detail and materials that appear durable and assembled for the long haul.


The Outback feels sturdy and stable with no flaws in workmanship or manufacturing. The fabrics are thick canvas, heavy vinyl, and mesh covered seats that are not the most comfortable but seem durable. The frame has solid plastic connections, while the spoke wheels have ball bearing hubs, and rubber tires. The covers fit the frame nicely and the frame doesn't flex or wobble where it shouldn't.

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Accessories


Hamax offers a variety of accessories for use with the Outback. While none are necessary, some could make the Hamax easier to use or more comfortable for passengers.
  • The Hamax Outback has a variety of additional accessories depending on your needs and baby's age. This infant insert allows you to use your Hamax outback for strolling only when your baby is too little for jogging or trailing behind a bike.
    Baby Insert for Outback — This padded insert lets you stroll/walk safely with babies under 6 months. The soft insert has a 5-point harness and situates your baby in a way that keeps airways properly open. This addition is intended for young babies and is only for use while walking. Parents should not use the insert for jogging or when the Hamax is being pulled by a bicycle.
  • The Hamax Outback Raincover
    Hamax Outback Raincover — The rain cover for the Outback is designed for the Hamax and it fits like a glove to provide protection from weather and road water without impeding the view. The cover is quick and easy to apply and it folds small for storage in the back side bin when not in use.
  • The Hamax Outback has a variety of additional accessories depending on your needs and baby's age. This two-pack of LED lights help add additional safety to the Outback by making the front and back of the carrier more visible in low light conditions.
    Outback Led light 2 pack — The LED pack provides front and back attachment lights in white (headlight) and red (taillight). This helps make the Outback more visible at night while negotiating traffic. The lights increase overall safety in any low light conditions but are especially useful if you plan to use the Hamax as a bicycle trailer or for jogging at night.

Other Versions


The Hamax Outback ONE is similar to the Outback but it is a single passenger carrier  not a double.
Hamax also offers an Outback for one called the Hamax Outback ONE with Jog Kit. The Outback One is narrower and lighter than the double seater but retains most of the same features and functionality, albeit on a smaller scale (i.e., less storage space). If space is at a premium or you want to save some money and you know your future only includes one child, then this smaller Outback may be a good choice.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLabTeam