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Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit Review

Multiple-use trailer for budget-friendly trailer related outdoor adventures
Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $1,025 List | $849 at Amazon
Pros:  Versatile, less expensive than similar trailers
Cons:  Heavy, no adjustable tracking, expensive just for jogger
Manufacturer:   Hamax
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Feb 17, 2021
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  • Run-ability - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 6
  • Maneuverability - 20% 6
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 2

The Skinny

The Hamax Outback is a bike trailer that works with an accessory jogging kit as a jogger. This cool trailer pod is suitable for jogging, strolling, trailing a bike, and even sledding with the purchase of the appropriate adapters. The Outback is a versatile wagon that will get you and your little ones on the road to adventure without concern for the terrain or weather. The Outback is a quality option for two and comes with a wallet-friendly list price given the similarity to the more expensive competition. We love the Hamax and feel you are getting a lot for the price given the upgrades over the previous model including reclining seats and new sled ability. While it may be somewhat heavier than other trailers, we still think most families will find much to love in this compact adventure trailer jogger.

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Pros Versatile, less expensive than similar trailersTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and use
Cons Heavy, no adjustable tracking, expensive just for joggerHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to lift and carryHarder to turn in small spaces
Bottom Line Find adventure using this versatile and wallet-friendly kid carrier with optional accessories for more funGreat jogger with everyday errand possibilitiesImpressive all-terrain jogger good for errands and regular running and hikingAn everyday errand runner plus jogger with useful features and utilitarian looksImpressive jogger but it is harder to turn than the Urban Glide
Rating Categories Hamax Outback with... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Run Ability (35%)
7
9
9
8
7
Ease Of Use (25%)
6
8
7
6
7
Maneuverability (20%)
6
9
8
8
7
Quality (10%)
9
9
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Weight Folded Size (10%)
2
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Specs Hamax Outback with... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Weight 44.4 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 24.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance Feet 144.3 Feet 144.7 Feet 139.7 Feet 141 Feet
Folded Dimensions 33.4"W x 21"H x 62"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"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: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None 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
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
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
One-handed Fold No Yes No No Yes
Locking Fold None Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 18"/43.7" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 37"/44.7"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Fixed Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Flag None None None None
Setup Time 13:52 5:13 min:sec 4:26
min:sec
5:30 5:24 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1958 Norway, Hamax AS become a pioneer in gear for family activities that include kids. Hamax offers products for outdoor fun like bike seats for kid passengers, adventure trailers, and toboggans. They design gear with safety and functionality in mind.

Performance Comparison



Credit: Abriah Wofford

Run-ability


The Hamax offers surprising run-ability with better scores in our tests than similar trailers.


The Hamax Outback includes a fixed front wheel with the jogging kit attached. The wheel ran straight in our tests, but it lacks adjustable tracking found on the dedicated jogging competition. It comes with an adjustable handlebar that is wrapped with dense foam. It has a handbrake in the center which can impact the ability to push it one-handed, but if you are so skilled the brake handle placement makes it easy to slow your rolling when coming to a stop or heading downhill. ThisHamax has an impressive suspension that provides comfort for passengers on rough terrain and it reduces pusher fatigue that can happen while running and moving a larger product in front of you. Tipping this trailer when completing a turn is surprisingly easy given the size and heft of this trailer.

The Hamax has a useful handbrake for slowing the trailer on hills...
The Hamax has a useful handbrake for slowing the trailer on hills and while running.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Hamax earns an average result for ease of use.


The Outback is somewhat more challenging than other trailers to use, but the money you'll save is likely to prevent you from feeling frustrated on a daily basis.

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 Outback has a convoluted folding process that results in a final package not much smaller than the original form. The process includes twisting to unlock the frame, pressing the release buttons on either side of the frame, and pulling on the sides while pushing down. It isn't challenging to fold, it just feels like more work than should be required for such a disappointing final result.

The foot brake on the Hamax is easier to reach than the previous...
The foot brake on the Hamax is easier to reach than the previous model and some of the competition that hides under the storage bin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Outback 202 includes a handbrake (above left) for slowing and a footbrake for parking. Our handbrake is more stable than the older version, but we still experienced some rotation on the handlebar that shouldn't be there. The trailer has a rear pedal for the parking brake (above right) that is easy to use and friendly to feet.

cargo space (the flap that is hanging down has a small zippered...
Ther is a smaller zippered pocket cargo space inside of the larger...

Storage


This Outback includes rear storage by way of a zippered compartment behind the passenger seats. The compartment is large enough for most supplies, but it could be improved with internal organization or features that make it more versatile. Each passenger has their own mesh pocket inside the pod for stowing all their most prized possessions or treats. Children can access the pockets, even when buckled in place.

The Hamax 2020 has a vinyl peek-a-boo window behind the handlebar.
The Hamax 2020 has a vinyl peek-a-boo window behind the handlebar.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Outback sunshade is a full cover over the top with a peek-a-boo window. The trailer can be wrapped in vinyl to protect passengers from the elements, or a mesh component can be used for increased airflow on hotter days outside.

The Hamax harness is easy to use and pops apart with one button push...
The Hamax harness is easy to use and pops apart with one button push for a quick escape.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


This Hamax has two seats each with its own 5-point harness. Each harness is easy to use with nesting buckles and shoulder straps with infinite possible positions on a back strap.

This photo shows the recline method of the Hamax. You first twist...
This photo shows the recline method of the Hamax. You first twist the bar and it rolls along a track that reclines both seats at the same time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The two seats are low and deep inside the trailer and include padded seat backs and bottoms. Kid's legs stick straight out in front of them with ample room, but no support. The seatbacks are somewhat angled and the new Outback includes the ability to recline the seats. Both seats recline together, so there is no customization for each passenger, but we appreciate the upgrade to reclinable seats over the previous stationary seatbacks.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Outback is not compatible with any infant car seat carriers. Children need to be at least 6 months to ride the Hamax according to the manufacturer, but if you plan to jog we recommend your little one be even older and closer to 12-18 months. You should always discuss your jogging or outdoor adventures with babies with your pediatrician.

Ease of Setup


This trailer is somewhat more challenging to set up than we prefer. We took under 14 minutes to set up this trailer using the user manual that is poor compared to the competition with mismatched pictures or unrelated photos next to the step-up steps.

The front jogging wheel accessory for the Hamax can make it more...
The front jogging wheel accessory for the Hamax can make it more challenging to navigate smaller spaces as the wheel is fixed and long.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


This Outback is sort of wide and somewhat long. This makes it more challenging to use the Hamax inside smaller stores as the side will rub as you enter and turning will be more difficult. It does perform well outdoors and over uneven terrain with rubber tires and impressive suspension. Tipping to turn is also straightforward and we had no problem using this ride as a jogger.


This stroller/trailer is a sturdy option and smoothly moves over most obstacles without a hiccup, but it struggles to make tighter turns when you need it too. We feel the suspension on this option could be stiffer, but it isn't terrible and offers enough to keep passengers comfy over bumps.

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


The Outback is large and heavy for a jogger, though it isn't compared to other trailers. The folded size isn't much better than its usual size and even if you remove the wheels, it is still going to take up a lot of room.


The Outback weighs in at 44.4 lbs which is a weight gain over the previous version of almost pounds! This heft makes it one of the heaviest in the review. Folded it measures 43,487 cubic inches with is more than 13,000 cubic inches larger than the older Outback. Given the heavier weight and larger size, you'll need to have the space for storing it and the car suitable for carrying it.

The Hamax offers a quality trailer at a lower price than some of the...
The Hamax offers a quality trailer at a lower price than some of the competition that might sport slightly better components or design.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Outback is a high-quality kid's trailer with a sturdy frame and straightforward design.


This compact trailer has no noticeable concerns in chosen materials or construction. This trailer includes heavy canvas, thicker vinyl, and rubberized surfaces that appear as if they will hold up well. While the material is not the friendliest on the skin around the seating area, it appears to be durable and we think it will hold up well over time. This Hamax includes strong, dense plastic joints, rubber tires, and spoke wheels with ball bearing hubs. The material covers the frame nicely and everything works as expected.

Manufacturer Video




Accessories


  • The Hamax Outback Raincover
    Hamax Outback Raincover — If you plan to run outdoors or don't want the weather to stop your outdoor fun, you'll want to invest in the Outback Raincover that can offer more protection from the elements while allowing passengers to continue to see the world around them. This cover is easy to use and stows in the storage bin.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz