To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely sell me on trailers for daily use or leave me hoping for more.
Over at Commute By Bike I have been reviewing a Burley Travoy, a cargo trailer system. While we are still going through the review process and haven’t put it fully through its paces, I can the trailer does all it says it does and more.
I’ll keep you from reading my rant of why I feel that child bike seats are unsafe and can lead to danger for the child and adult. That will be saved for another day.
Earlier in the summer Burley sent out a D’Lite Child Trailer for review purposes. Walking into the review I knew from my experience in the past with Burley, their trailers and the quality they take around design and development – I would be pleased with the results of their D’Lite trailer. As my children are grown to 10 and 11 years old, I borrowed and stole children of all sizes for the review and testing. At the bottom of this is a ton of photos to hopefully document all the details that the D’Lite has to offer.
My Burley Trailer History
My first experience with Burley outside of selling them was back in 2005. The shop I was managing outside of Boston had a few rental Burley trailers to use on the local rail to trail. During the early spring before our rental period picked up I adopted a puppy. I used a kids trailer with a couple blankets and a short leash to transport my new puppy to the shop and back. She loved it, I loved it and it was perfect. Since then Burley has actually released the Tail Wagon which is a trailer designed for your dog!
My next experience with Burley was as a bike line. My small shop in Charlotte, NC stocked and sold their road line. Beautiful steel bikes, a dying breed. Since then Burley has restructured and really going after the trailer and pull behind niche.
Replacement covers available in Yellow, Blue or Red
Bowed-out sides for increased interior width/shoulder room
Elastomer suspension system
Exclusive height-adjustable handlebar that doubles as roll bar
All weather cover with waterproof zippers
Deluxe reclining padded seats
Five-point harness and padded shoulder harness
Removable, washable seat pad and shoulder harness
Tinted side windows
Number of children
100.0 lb/ 45.4 kg
28.0 lb/ 12.7 kg
25.2 in/ 64.0 cm
26.4 in/ 67.1 cm
Interior seat width
20.0 in/ 50.8 cm
20.0 in/ 50.8 cm
The things I found unique and completely Burley:
Tinted side windows
Rear window that zips down for airflow and the child can see around
Drink and snack holders on both sides the seats
Reflective piping and logos all around the shell
Easy to use
Push button wheels
Standard 20″ wheels, not the plastic kind
Did I mention easy to use?
Adaptable to all types of bikes
My Overall Feelings
The D’Lite delivered as I expected it to. The trailer isn’t the cheapest out there, but if you purchase an accessory kit this could become your do all stroller, running jogger and kid hauler. The ability to completely flatten, pull the wheels off and stow it in the back of your vehicle is irreplaceable for the family on the go. Why not have one killer trailer/stroller/hauler instead of 3 that do 3 different things?
In the end I do believe that trailers are safer, allow you to bring two kids, clothing, and they are tucked behind UV windows, rain fly’s mesh, and a roll bar. 5 point harness system will keep every kid in place. Extra room allows you to put snacks and toys in with them, without the ability of them throwing it overboard.
I hope to explore how parents can get their children interested in riding in the trailer, how to do it safely and tips/ideas of how to get out with your family. In the end it is completely how the parent handles taking the their child, how they encourage healthy living and being outside.
Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge. I was not paid or bribed for the review and was completely as judgmental as I am with everything else in my life.