Our Top Pick for Athletes, the Thule Chariot Cross, is a workhorse of a bike trailer that is durable and ingeniously designed enough to handle anything an active family wants to throw at it. The Chariot Cross scores toward the top of every metric we tested, but we found it to be truly outstanding in the passenger experience and ease of use categories. Passengers in this trailer are in for a supremely comfortable ride, with strategically padded seats and harnesses, an adjustable suspension system that excels on uneven terrain and seats that recline individually for a tailored experience. The Chariot Cross is faster to set up for daily use than any of the others we tested, and Thule's thoughtful design features make it a cinch to break down and stow.
The Chariot Cross was just barely edged out of the top place by our Editor's Choice, the Burley D'Lite, which is significantly lighter and which we feel has better safety features and offers more versatility. The Chariot Cross is the priciest trailer we tested, but you can get the same durability and ease of use for less with its pared-down sibling, the Thule Chariot Lite.