It’s not often you find a stroller that has so much personality and the ability to magically transform do so many things. Which is why we have named our Chariot Carrier test model (we tested the Cougar2 double model) “Chitty Chitty”.
c1gsg.jpg Chitty Chariot transitions seamlessly between city and countryside. She sprouts sleigh-like runners for the snow, and dual front rotating wheels for urban landscapes. When you need to run, she’s ready with a single fixed wheel proudly pointing the way out in front. Hitch her to your bike and hit the trails or if you encounter rough terrain in the mountains, balance her on two wheels and strap yourself into a harness to pull her . About the only thing Chitty cannot do is fly and swim. But we wouldn’t be surprised if she found a way.
Wheels down, the Chariot Carrier is the most versatile and functional sport stroller I have ever tried. So much so that it made somewhat lazy suburban me want to get up and go… somewhere. I chose a new bike shortly after testing the Chariot. And my husband went to look at cross country skis. Biking and skiing are just not activites we’d seriously considered doing with our young kids in tow previously. Check out the conversion kits on the Chariot site to see all the different ways to use this carrier.
Out in the test field the Chariot was a pleasure to push.The swivelling dual front wheels are a must have, for city or neighborhood strolls. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner use the Chariot Carrier stroller in this configuration to hit the farmer’s market with Violet. The jogging set-up was also great on our local trails. The Chariot’s handlebar has two height positions that worked equally well for my ten yr old and my 6 ft tall husband. The interior compartment of the Chariot Carrier was roomy and clublike, so much so that my 7 year old wanted to ride along with her 3 yr old brother. Although she did fit comfortably we were getting some odd looks pushing around a pre-teen so we had to kick the princess out out of there! The stroller can also be fit with a sling/hammock to accomodate infants.
I’d say the roomy and enclosed cabin was probably the feature my kids liked best – plenty of space to bring a toy or a book, and a nice cozy clubhouse feeling inside. Rain, sun and bug covers keep the ride dry and comfortable for young passengers. Multiple storage pockets inside and out keep you organized. And the flip down rear storage compartment is huge – enough space for a small load of groceries or bountiful trip to the farmer’s market.
We found the assorted attachments and modes remarkably easy and intuitive to switch between (no tools needed) and were quite impressed with how flat and small the stroller got after breaking it down. After folding, this is a stroller that would actually fit in the trunk of most cars, so no SUV required in order to get to your active destination.
chariot1.jpg Like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Chariot Carrier is not the flashiest newest model stroller that exists out there. It may not pack up in a tiny suitcase or weigh less than your child. And it does not come in designer print fabrics. And yet it gets my enthusiastic vote for all the great things it can do, and far flung places where it can take you. We’ve been inspired by this Stroller/Trailer/Chariot and can’t wait to take it on a great many adventures in the years to come.
Chariot Carriers are a great investment as they seem to hold their value – owners rarely part with them! Check out this list of dealers on the Chariot Carrier website.


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