Thule Chariot Lite

By Donna July 28, 2017 Chariot Strollers

Thule Chariot Lite

Thule Chariot Lite
8.6

Handling

9.0/10

Weight

8.2/10

Safety

8.5/10

Design

8.5/10

Pros

  • great manufacturing quality
  • lightweight frame considered for the size
  • adjustable rear wheel suspension
  • compact fold
  • outstanding maneuverability

Cons

  • hand brake not included (extra)
  • jogging kit not included (extra)

I finally got my chariot shipped a few days ago. I was very excited waiting for the delivery to arrive and to finally start this review. The unboxing and assembly of the chariot went very smooth. Thule actually provided very useful assembly instructions.

Design

Thule Chariot Lite has multi-purpose use that leaves little room for desire. It’s gorgeous. The craft on this stroller is top notch. I already got to appreciate this on the Thule Urban Glide, and I get the same feeling with the Chariot Lite.

High-grade materials and fabric. No damages are visible at seams or any other materials. The construction seems very sturdy and well thought out to me. The unboxing and assembly of the chariot went very smooth. Thule provided handy assembly instructions. Attention to detail is the name of the game here.

After two weeks of extensive testing, the stroller looks like new. Cleaning and maintenance are a breeze. I did an approximate mileage of 25 miles plus and had a genuine testing experience. There are a few drawbacks, let’s get to them later on.

Handling

The most significant plus for this stroller has to be the possibility to modify for four different uses. You can change for biking, jogging, strolling and even skiing. Okay, skiing is not on the top of my requirements list but hey – if it’s there ill gladly take it. You don’t have to buy the skiing set if you don’t need it.

With a weight of 25.8 lb, I still consider this chariot to be lightweight. The wheel and bearings are of high quality. The glide ability and maneuverability is excellent. You can turn the chariot on the spot without issues. This will help navigate in tight spaces. That was surprising. I would have expected this to be more on the heavy side as compared to the regular strollers or other joggers.

To fully test the capabilities of the Chariot Lite I ordered it together with the jogging kit and the additional brakes. To seriously do off track jogging and test the functionality I would need the features. Going jogging without a handbrake is just dangerous in my opinion. I was really pleased with the shock absorbers and the rubber wheels. They absorbed all the incoming shocks and provided me with an excellent running experience. I really enjoyed those runs.

I went for three 5-mile runs through the forest (on gravel trail) and two bicycle trips to the park. At the park, I switched to the stroller kit and met with friends for a casual stroll.

The handling was really great. Switching from bicycle to the stroller mode is really easy and made with only a few tweaks. I was really impressed by the ease to change on the fly. The chariot was super lightweight and I had no problems whatsoever with cycling. I barely noticed the chariot. At some times I even started checking if it still was attached.

downside

I have to say disappointing for me is that the jogging kit (and the skiing kit) needs to be purchased separately. For a product with high-end pricing, I would expect at least the jogger to be included as well. The skiing kit I see that only few will use it, but the jogging option is probably a big reason why you would buy this chariot.

The storage pouch also did not entirely convince me. It is sufficient for storing some belongings or items that you want to carry along. The “Big Brother” Thule Chariot Cross has an XL Pouch that will be much more satisfactory than this solution. It does come with a higher price tag though.

safety

I have to say, another big let down for me is the extended brake system. There is an additional handle brake that is available but it needs to be purchased separately. And it’s not cheap. You will have to fork out another 100 $ for a feature that I would expect included with a premium chariot. Not even the big brother, the Thule Chariot Cross, has this brake included. Any serious jogger will need this for when you are going downhill you need braking possibilities from other than the parking brake.

Strap

Wrist strap included securing the unit to yourself. This is important for serious jogging and off-track usage.

Harness

Five point safety harness padded for additional comfort.

Brakes

Parking brake included, foot activated. There is an optional handbrake which I definitely recommend to joggers at the very least.

Testimonials

Let’s see some opinions from other buyers on the Thule Chariot Lite.

★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

I am very happy w/ my Chariot Lite. I use it mostly for running on gravel trails and am very pleased with how easy it is to push. I like that it’s a bit more lightweight than the Cross but was worried that the suspension may not be sufficient. So far I think the suspension works just fine though. Note that older Thule infant slings are not 100% compatible with the new Chariot line, but you can get them to work with a bit of patience and trial and error.

★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars

The best $800 I’ve spent in probably ever. Used 5x week, concrete, grass, dirt, gravel, hills, bumps- HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars


The Thule Chariot Lite is a pretty fantastic, but expensive, package for anyone that is looking to cycle. The Cycle/Stroller combo does allow for the Chariot to be simply a stroller, but that’s not really why anyone should purchase this. The cycle hitch is why you’re purchasing the Chariot lite, and that is where the buggy truly excels. The chariot attaches easily and securely and trails behind a bike without issue. When riding, you barely notice it.

bottom line

Well, where to start. The Thule Chariot Lite is a remarkable product. Compared to some other jogging strollers I have reviewed it is very high-end manufacturing. Starting at the materials going over to the quality assembly, this is a top of the line chariot.

However, there are some caveats to it. For a chariot in this league, I would expect at least the hand brakes and the jogging kit to be included. After all the Thule brand advertises their safety standards as a critical selling point. I loved all the tested features (strolling, jogging, and cycling). I can recommend from this perspective. I just would have wished for essential elements to be included out of the box.

If you can look past the whole required upgrades, I recommend this high-end chariot for its various uses. From the sturdy but lightweight frame, the adjustable shock absorbers to the ability to change on the fly. The Thule Chariot Lite is a beautiful piece of equipment and really high quality. You can purchase the Thule Chariot Lite here on Amazon.

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