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Thule Cougar One-Child Carrier
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- Aerodynamic design enhances multi-sport capabilities
- Adjustable suspension for a smooth and stable ride
- HeightRight adjustable handlebar for parents comfort
- Partial window venting for temperature control
- Accessory cross bar to mount accessories
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|Item Dimensions||42 x 26.5 x 46.5 inches|
|Item Weight||24 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||34.95 pounds|
With adjustable suspension, more leg room and a special storage area for other conversion kits, the Thule Chariot Cougar 1 is perfect for longer walks with one child. Sturdy aluminum acts as a roll cage to protect your child and silky smooth suspension absorbs bumps along the way. Enlarged cockpit gives your child ample room to move around, 5-point safety harness keeps them secure and recessed helmet area ensures comfort. Tinted windows are vented and have a sunshade and weather cover to protect your child in bright or adverse conditions. Parents will appreciate the height-adjustable handlebar, integrated accessory cross bar, rear storage area, parking brake, quick-release back wheels and ezFold design. Click n' Store brackets hold conversion kit accessories. The carrier includes the stroller conversion kit. Other conversion kits outfit the Thule Chariot Cougar 1 for jogging, biking, hiking and cross-country skiing (kits not included).
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It's not a casual stroller. It's not something you just keep in your trunk for quick trips to the mall. It's not what you would pack with you on an airplane. You would not use this stroller to keep Junior under control while you are wandering the racks at a department store. No, it is a big, brawny, cage of a stroller meant to protect Junior in comfort while you pursue serious outdoor activities. Expecting it to be a one-size-fits-all stroller will result in frustration. (and for that matter, expecting this to work for an infant out of the box will also be frustrating - you need an infant sling, more on this in a minute).
No, the very term "stroller" here is a misnomer, in my opinion. This is a child *carrier* and Chariot (now part of The Thule Group) has created something that will indeed carry Junior through all kinds of things via conversion kits. Jogging. Cycling. Skiing (yes, skiing). The Cougar is Thule's mid-range offering in the Sport series, and when they say "sport" they mean it. If you want something to hold lots of shopping bags and the incidental kid while you wait in line for your double pump caramel latte at Starbucks, look elsewhere.
To be clear, purchasing this chassis is really just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to do anything interesting with it (in other words, use it like it's designed to be used) you need to look for one or more of the aforementioned conversion kits. Want to use this as a biking trailer? Another $75 or so will get you the hitch kit for your bike. In fact, that's kind of a nit about this line of carriers - there is great flexibility in setting this up for your exact activity, but at times it feels a little nickel and diming. For example, if you have an infant, you will want the infant sling accessory, as the core setup does not provide ample head support. Similarly, no cupholders - there's a console kit available that fits onto the (included) accessory bar.
So no, your buy-in is not inexpensive. But is there value?
Oh yes, there is value.
The Cougar shares all major features with the Cheetah. Assembly is easy with NO TOOLS REQUIRED. Wheels securely snap into place, come off when needed (and a very affirmative action is required, so things aren't just going to be flying off this thing). It folds, kind of, but not that compactly. To get minimum dimensions you will need to remove the two rear wheels and the handlebars in addition to folding it down. Again though...this isn't designed so much for convenience as protection.
For its primary purpose of carrying Junior, this does well, provided your passenger isn't over 75lbs. One nice thing the Cougar has over the Cheetah - adjustible suspension. Without it, the carrier rides differently depending on the weight load, so the inclusion of a way to smooth out the ride for older kids is a very nice feature. Adjustment is simple, just two screws (one on each side) moved up and down the rear suspension according to weight limit (which is printed on the brackets). Seat cushions are, I dare say, luxurious, though the seat itself does not recline. And again, this all assumes Junior can support his head by himself - this isn't suited for infants out of the box. Restraints are five point and adequately cushioned to remain comfortable for Junior on long stretches.
Cargo capacity is also improved over the Cheetah, with a flip-down "trunk" that has a weather cover. It's roomy, enough for the stuff you'd need while venturing around outside of Normal. I'd say it's on a par with a decent sized diaper bag. This is in addition to mesh bags on the outside rear of the stroller and interior mesh bags that can be accessed by Junior.
The coverage is fantastic - a weather cover on the outside with plastic/vinyl windows keeps Junior warm and dry, though there are ventilation ports that zip open or shut as needed. The front of the carrier has that large vinyl window which also unzips on nice days (it's underlain by no see um mesh). On really nice days the entire front rolls back and there is a secondary sunshade that covers about half of the compartment. That sunshade also rolls back if wanted/needed.
So looking at this vs the Cheetah, I have to say the adjustible suspension and extra cargo room gives you your money's worth. True, the Cheetah is lighter which is certainly an advantage for joggers, but if you're going to be out more the extra room and flexibility makes up for the (in my opinion) negligible weight gain, especially for bicycling. Either one though features outstanding, I would say nearly nth degree protection for Junior. It's a cage, and a rather sturdy one at that. A child riding in it (and there's enough room for him to wear a helmet) has very little to fear.
Chariot has been making these things for awhile and it shows - between the quality of materials, the engineering, and the attention to detail, I can't imagine a better product. It's a serious product for serious pursuits - highly recommended.
Both kids fit in it together or individually. The infant is very secure alone but the Thule is large enough for a three-year-old and an infant to comfortably ride together.
I live in the country, and have taken it out on very diverse conditions on country roads ranging from snow, slush, ice, mud, to dry ground. It does amazing regardless. I really thought the front tires being low to the ground would cause it to slow down but the spinning mechanism they have installed is amazing and will muddle through all conditions.
The net - which I refer to as the mosquito cover - will be absolutely essential come summer. In addition to the net the Thule has a wind cover which in most parts of the world, including Montana, is necessary. Between all of these covers (shields) it is warm enough to take out in Montana winter conditions.
It is also an extremely light push. I have the Bob Stroller which I raved about with my first born son and the Thule puts it to shame. A person could run miles pushing the Thule.
The hand grips are adjustable for any height.
The color is even eye-catching.
I can't say enough about the quality of the Thule. It is certainly a top notch product that has been exceptionally engineered.
On regular surfaces this stroller handles very smoothly. On a few encounters with snow and grass it handled better than any stroller we have previously owned (plus the plastic window and closed side vents were great to have while going for a walk on a chilly day).
A huge plus is the fact that the handlebars are adjustable. I can't stress how nice of a feature this is: we've owned a few strollers over the years and inevitably the handlebar height will be great for one of us and awkward for the other, as we are 6 inches different in height. The Thule Chariot Cougar is built for versatility and comfort, and it delivers.
My only complaint? I want the 2-child version but was only able to receive the single-child version to review for Amazon. And honestly, after having tried this one out for a few days...we might just buy the larger version.
It's rather bulky and does not collapse easily without some work, so storage in a small apartment might not be ideal.
I use it primarily as a bike trailer but it's also great to use as a stroller at theme parks. We've been caught in the rain at Disney and the rain cover kept my daughter dry. I can't recommend this enough!