Veer Cruiser Review
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|Pros||High quality, seems durable, compact fold, parent cup holders||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||Expensive, no canopies, 3-point harness, no useful storage, uncomfortable||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||A high-end wagon with no amenities, which is a disappointment given the higher price tag||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||Veer Cruiser||Thule Urban Glide 2...||BOB Revolution Flex...||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...||Baby Trend Expediti...|
|Ease of Use (40%)|
|Transporting/ Storing (15%)|
|Kid Ride (10%)|
|Specs||Veer Cruiser||Thule Urban Glide 2...||BOB Revolution Flex...||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...||Baby Trend Expediti...|
|Measured Weight||34.5 lbs||32.1 lbs||33.1 lbs||34.6 lbs||30.6 lbs|
|Measured Folded Dimensions||24"W x 16"H x 39.5"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: 55 lbs
|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||Graco
All Graco Click Connect System, Baby Jogger City Go
B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, B-Safe Endeavours, B-Safe Ultra
Nuna PIPA, Nuna PIPA: lite lx, lite, RX, Cybex Aton Q&M, Maxi-Cosi: Mico Max 30, Mico 30, Nxt, Mico AP
Fit2, Fit2LE, Keyfit 30
Primo Viaggio: 4-35, 4-35 Nido
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||1||1||1||2||0|
|Recline Front/Left Seat||N/A||Deep||Mid-Level||Deep||Deep|
|Recline Rear/Right Seat||N/A||Deep||Mid-Level||Deep||Deep|
|Storage Basket Size||None||Medium||Large||Extra Large||Large|
|Sun Shade Size||N/A||Medium||Large||Medium||Small|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||41.1"/44"||30.9"/45.1"||35.8"/49.3"||33"/44.7"||40.6"|
|Included Accessories||Children's Tray||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
Veer is a brand for parents that claim to create products to get kids outdoors and on adventures instead of staring at scenes. The company branding and marketing leans heavily into outdoor adventures and "clean living" to build "unbreakable bonds" with our kids and memories they will never forget.
Ease of Use
While the features and functionality of the Veer are easy enough to use and well-designed, it is the lack of features that hurt its overall ease of use performance score.
Fold and Unfold
The Veer has a simple fold/unfold process you can do with one hand, though arguably, it is easier with two. It folds relatively flat with an automatic lock.
The walls of the wagon break down for folding. First, you break down the front and back by pressing a button on each end to release them, and then the side walls fold in next. The buttons are easy to press, and you can then lower the handle to look it in place. Sometimes we had to use a little more pressure to finish the job, but the walls are lightweight, and it isn't hard to do. There is no place to stow the snack tray in the fold, so it will be on its own and an opportunity to be left behind or lost over time.
If you want real storage on the Veer, you'll have to purchase it. As it comes, this wagon only has a snack tray with cup holders and interior storage pockets. This wagon cannot hold supplies for two or even a picnic without putting it on the floor between the children.
It also includes parent cup holders that somewhat swivel on the handlebar when you lift it up and down. These seem to work well, and we didn't experience items falling out during normal use, but uneven terrain could cause items to potentially fall out.
The Veer has 3-point harnesses in each seat. As there is no back support, there is nowhere for two more points to go to create a 5-point harness. The side and crotch straps on the harness are all adjustable for a snug fit.
The buckle requires sliding in the side straps one at a time into the crotch strap end. The mechanism is a pinch between your index finger and thumb instead of a button to press. It is effective but rudimentary and takes more effort, which could be challenging with a wiggly toddler.
Adjusting the straps isn't as easy to tighten or pull as some of the competition. Multiple testers felt it wasn't intuitive, and adjusting with a child in the seat wasn't easy.
This wagon has single-action brakes with a pedal in the middle of the end of the wagon under the handlebar. The brake pedal is wide and presses down to lock with a deeper press necessary to push out the lock button. It requires a good amount of pressure but nothing that feels impossible or difficult.
The pedal springs back at you if not appropriately set, and we can't imagine someone thinking they've set it when they haven't. Releasing is an inward pressure on the unlock button with the tow of your shoes or actual toes if wearing sandals or barefoot. It is a comfortable process.
The Veer has hard plastic wheels with a larger pair on the side opposite the handlebar. This wagon can be pushed or pulled, but the handlebar always remains on the same side as the smaller wheels and brake pedal. The stroller fits through a 32-inch standard doorway.
In our experience, it is easier to pull than push this stroller, no matter the terrain. The pushing on the handlebar makes for an awkward and uncomfortable arm position. The back wheels are fixed, so the wagon swings out in a way that isn't intuitive and takes time to sort out when you first move it. While pulling is better, it isn't a lot better, and it is still hard to turn and takes some effort and turning to view. We could not make one turn on our obstacle course that the other strollers and competing wagon made without problems. It feels like the wagon is pulling away from the puller on turns, and it doesn't manage tight turns very well, push or pull. The hard wheels and lack of suspension create a less smooth movement than much of the competition.
Using this wagon off-road isn't a lot better than flat surfaces, and because the handle is just a T at the end, it made pushing near impossible. Imagine pushing a shopping cart backward with one hand, and you have a close approximation. We think the only real viable way to use this wagon is to pull it. The handle shaft also locks into place at some elevation, making tight turns even more troubling. None of the maneuverability tests with the Veer are as simple as most of the competition.
Transporting and Storing
The Veer folds relatively flat, even if it can be long. This makes it easier than much of the competition to lift, carry, and stow in a car or smaller space in a home.
Weight and Folded Size
This wagon weighs 34.5 lbs, which is about average for the group but larger than the manufacturer claims of 32.6.
Its folded size is 15,168 cubic inches, which is much smaller than a lot of the competition. The size is thin and easy to slide in narrow spaces because it doesn't have the bulk of most of the competition.
Keeping little ones comfortable can be the difference between a fun outing and a fussy one. This wagon can't compete with more traditional or jogging strollers for comfort, given the sling-style seat,s padding, and often suspension seen on those kinds of strollers that aren't included here.
The seats in the Veer are upright with no head or neck support. There are no recline or real leg rest considerations and no padding or features designed for comfort or napping. We don't think little ones will like riding in this wagon for longer periods.
There are no sunshades included with this stroller. If you want shades, you need to buy the accessory from Veer. This seems shortsighted for a wagon intended to transport children outdoors. Frankly, given the price of this option, it is a disappointment that something as simple as sun protection isn't being offered for this price.
The Veer earned a higher-than-average score for quality, and it definitely looks sleek and rugged, like it can take on anything and be hosed off afterward. This wagon has only minimal amounts of fabric, using canvas on the sides. The ends are plastic, and the foot well is mesh.
The frame on this wagon feels solid and has welded joints on the base components. The entire unit is rigid and feels sturdy, including the footwell, which is stationary instead of a hanging part like on some other wagons. The wheels are foam-filled plastic to help avoid disfigurement, and the back wheels are about 5 inches larger than the front. We like the addition of fenders over the back wheels to prevent some mud/dirt/sand from spraying the rear passenger.
The overall fit and finish are nice, and the paint did not have errors or issues in our purchased option. The handle locks firmly in place to prevent jiggling, and everything else also locks in place for a solid final product. It has no canopies or other components to consider.
Car Seat Compatibility
This wagon can accept one infant car seat with an adapter from the following brands: Graco, Britax, UPPAbaby, Nuna, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, Chicco, and Peg Perego. For details, see the comparison chart in the main review.
Ease of Setup
The Veer took less than 15 minutes to assemble.
The process is straightforward, requiring no tools or tightening of any screws. The manual has pictures and a step-by-step in case it isn't clear. We had difficulty sliding on the fenders, but it still wasn't an arduous experience. Many of the components sort of lock or click into place. Most parts pull out of the box as is, and you just snap on the wheels.
Older twins can work in the Veer as long as they can sit up on their own and have good head and neck control. It is not suitable for infants or younger babies, and we think it is probably best for toddlers or children who are mobile and ready for world exploration (always follow manufacturer instructions and warnings).
Should You Buy the Veer Cruise?
While this wagon is a higher-quality option with a sleek look and fun marketing, we don't see the appeal of a wagon this expensive. This model comes bare bone with a fairly hefty price tag for what you get. There are no sunshades or padding for seating, and storage is practically non-existent. If a wagon is what you are after, we think there are better options, but in all honesty, we think a jogger or bike trailer is better for versatile outdoor adventures with inside possibilities.
What Other Double Stroller Should You Consider?
If a wagon is what you're after, then we prefer the Evenflo Pivot Xpand. This double wagon comes with dual canopies, a snack tray, detachable storage, and the ability to push or pull. In our tests, the Xplore performed better than the Veer overall, and it comes with many of the conveniences the Veer lacked for a lower price. However, we aren't sold on the idea that a wagon is all that. We think our lineup offers better, more versatile options for adventurous parents looking for fun with little ones. A jogger like the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double or a bike trailer like the Hamax Outback could offer better comfort, more storage, and easier maneuverability.
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