The D’Lite, Burley’s top-of-the-line child trailer, offers sleek functionality and maximizes comfort. This cutting-edge product is ideal for the avid user or occasional cruiser with great taste. It also comes in multiple color options.
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Very good generally - kids love it and it works well and seems high quality in material and build.
However there are some design issues which would be easy to address:
First and most annoying is the hitch. Attaching the trailer to your bike is actually quite fiddly. The bike has to be upright (forget it without a kick stand) and the pin holes very precisely aligned to get the pin in smoothly. With two toddlers eager to clamber in, this can become frustrating. When I suggested this was a problem that could easily be designed out, Burley replied that it was me - I wasn't dextrous enough. Hmmm
Second the internal straps have padded covers that constantly slide off or cover the clips and are then hard to slide back - we have bought some stick-on velcro to solve this problem. Again an easy design issue to solve.
Third - the fixing for the flag is wiffy and it constantly comes loose - its only held in by friction.
Having said that there are plenty of nice design touches and the trailer does seem safe with roll bars and semi rigid sides. We also bought the stroller kit, which works very well.
ON balance we are happy but would love them to design a new easier hitch!
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Feature packed and well designed23 Oct. 2011
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I have compared this to the Chariot Cabriolet, the Burley Encore, and the Chariot Cougar 1 (as there was no double in the store - I would have had to order a double).
I felt that the Cougar provided a bit more headroom and somewhat comfier interior for the child; however it came with a higher price tag even without add-ons, lower quality (IMO) elastic edged covers, and way less storage. My kids would like it, it would resell well, but the lack of storage means it is not the best fit for us.
The Cabriolet is very nice as far as room and comfort for the children and it literally seems to float behind the bike. BUT - it lacks a handlebar (just nice to push it around when not on a bike), has the same excessive elastic use as the Cougar, and only a moderate amount of storage. Nice little trailer, a better deal than the Cougar, not perfect. (none are)
Encore is very similar to D'Lite except for being a bit narrower, which is not as much of a concern if you have kids with a gap in age, but I have twins who are going to take up more room side by side than an older and younger sib. At 3 1/2 my more or less average girls looked squished. I would like the option of both girls being able to ride in here until age 5, even though odds are we will be swapping seats out and most of the time it will be one girl + the baby, so the Encore doesn't seem like a good choice for us. If you have a gap, I would consider saving the $$$ and buying the Encore.
So here are the things I find D'LITEFUL about the D'lite. HUGE trunk which is key for us as I want to use this for day-out family outings (4 kids, 2 adults). The cover is tailored to fit and fits like a glove, no elastic to wear out, no pesky children pulling cover aside. (they can pop their feet out the bottom if they are being ornery, though) Multiple metal bars to the roll cage, seems much sturdier than the Chariot IMO. (heavier than Cabriolet, but about the same as Cougar 2) Rain shield ZIPS down snugly, isn't held sloppily in place with elastic and velcro. Non-see-through portion of cover overhead provides more of a roof than Chariot - while it blocks seeing up and out, it also means more sun protection. Reflectors all around, safety flag included (NOT true of Cabrio). Handle bar included which can be rotated into any position and locks into place VERY solid (handle bar just makes moving trailer easier, and being able to flip it overhead adds even more to the roll cage. Older reviews complained of pins and rattling with the handlebar, NOT the case now, it is smooth and solid). Little pocket in trunk area to put small things like wallet, keys, phone - some complaints of small things sliding to the front, not sure if pocket is new add on or people didn't see it. Straps do not need to be removed to place on child in the middle - simply use one from each side. Helmet relief mesh if your children wear helmets in the trailer. Trailer is very stiff initially but set up and fold down quickly becomes easier. Bowed out window space creates arm rests for kids. Tons of ventilation if you leave the back window down. Overall it just looks very nice. It makes me think of a Smart Car and I have an obsession with Smart Cars.
Now, what I don't like. The child area is not as comfy as a Chariot. There is less leg room - enough, but less. But the pay-off is the HUGE trunk. The seat is not as padded and comfy as a Chariot. It's not BAD by any means, it's just not as comfy. The harnesses are a little more fiddly to adjust than the U-shaped harnesses in the Chariot - but again this means you don't need to remove anything to put a child in the middle. There is a weird bump sewn in the part the harnesses slide up and down, I am not sure what the purpose is, if it is to keep you from going above that point or not. You CAN, but it takes effort. I also don't like that the mesh pouches for kid treasures are up in the lap area rather than the foot area, so loading them up might crowd the child - something can be hung from the bars closer to the feet, though, to solve this. It would be nice if it had a smidge more headroom - but, while not recommended, it could be used with the cover removed giving you unlimited headroom (not true of the Chariot)
The suspension doesn't seem very amazing but I don't see suspension being a huge deal with the kind of riding we plan. Large air filled wheels plus a fabric seat absorb a lot of the bumps. I plan to do rail trails and fairly smooth fun leisurely stuff so killer suspension is not a must-have for us.
Overall, the increase in parent features more than makes up for the slight decrease in child comfort. The children will be comfortable enough, it's just not as cushy as a Chariot. A little squishier padding to the seat would make it a 5. If you want a trailer that will hold your children in reasonable comfort as well as all your gear, THIS IS IT. (I have no desire to use it in stroller or ski mode... I have a good stroller, and I don't ski)
Editing now that we have had it out a few times - first of all it pulls great and follows the bike great. And I have discovered if you are stopped - if you put the brake on, the whole rig (bike + trailer) is more solid and your bike is a lot less likely to fall over. It took me a couple fall overs to figure this out - the trailer will not tip, but your bike will fall to the ground. So I am really really glad I went with a trailer with a brake - it doesn't stop it completely but it lessens it. And we have made much use of that nice big trunk. Food, water, helmets, stuffed animals that "have" to come along, potty seat, diapers. Even a 12" bike if one kid gets tired of riding - you can roll the handle down and lock it in place to secure stuff that hangs out. Taking kids anywhere requires too much stuff!
I have been using this trailer with one of my girls (now 4) and my small 14 month old, sometimes with one of the other girls on a baby seat on the back of the bike, sometimes with one of the girls riding. It handles quite well. The baby often falls asleep so I guess he approves!
From a size perspective if you are wondering it will fit, folded, wheels on, standing up in the cargo area of my Toyota Sienna, with the 3rd row in use, which is nice. It's easy enough to remove the wheels, but even easier not to. For compactness, though, you can remove the wheels and put the wheels and towbar inside the trailer, folded up, and latch the cover shut to hold it all together - makes a nice little package.
No regrets with this trailer - it suits our needs perfectly.
Longer term review after 3 1/2 seasons - my youngest 2 kids have turned out to be on the small side. My twins have always been far apart in size (I joke that the one was 20% more baby for the same price) and the smaller twin happens to be LAZY. So this past season I have often had a small 6 1/2yo and a small 3 1/2yo in the Burley. We have a trail-a-bike on my husband's bike and the bigger twin generally rides there, but sometimes they trade off. It works with the smaller twin + my youngest, it is tighter with the bigger twin + my youngest, BUT - the bigger twin and the youngest like each other a lot more than the smaller twin + the youngest so even though the conditions are more cramped physically, I have a lot less yelling to listen to. I have ridden with a baby seat on back of my bike so as to allow the girls the trailer all on their own but I really don't like how the baby seat makes my bike handle. I absolutely recommend a trailer over a baby seat, even for one kid. I've taken a spill with two of the kids in the baby seat (at different times) and one kid would never ride in it again. (She wasn't seriously hurt, just traumatized) The single nitpick I have about this trailer is that the elastomer suspension eventually develops cracks. Burley has sent me a new set of elastomers and they say they are made of stronger material - I am waiting to see if that holds true. Burley has a new trailer with a spring suspension but they have decreased the internal width by 1 1/2 inches (I know that doesn't sound like much but believe me, if you've ever hauled two fighting kids, every inch matters) and the rear window looks less versatile in terms of how you can vent it. I would love to try the new suspension but I am not happy that they decreased the interior width. Either way, I don't think you can go wrong - these trailers haul your kid/s in comfort, they haul your stuff, if you want to bike as a family it is the way to go. I still do not get the appeal of the Chariot brand - even if the suspension is better, they cost so much more and where do you stash your stuff?? And the budget trailers lack both suspension and storage.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Trailer!24 May 2010
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My husband and I just purchased new bikes (Scott - Sportsters) and we have a two year old daughter that we needed a trailer for. Every bike shop we visited stood behind the Burley brand. I have to admit I did not like the price tag, but after going home and doing my research I can totally see why the Bike shops all recommend the Burley D'Lite. It is very easy to assemble, very easy to tow and simple to collapse and store. It is made with quality material and has a sharp look to it. The seats inside are padded to absorb the shock of bumpy rides, the circulation was perfect (we saw my daughter's hair dance in the wind) and there is plenty of room in the back for a backpack, picnic lunch etc. Better yet my daughter loved it! She was so comfy that she fell asleep half way through our 12 mile ride. The D'lite can accommodate two children up to 100lbs, so we can still use it when baby #2 comes along.
What really sold us on the Burley over all the other brands was the resale value. We scoured eBay and Craiglist before buying a new one and found that the used Burleys were only slightly cheaper. I e-mailed one Craigslist seller only to find out she had several other interested buyers and I would have to be part of a bidding war. So we decided to purchase a new one, use it for a few years and get a good portion of our money back with resale.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic purchase27 April 2011
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My wife and I were looking for a trailer that could carry our 15 month year old daughter. She initially baulked at the price, until she realised that the resale value here in Australia will almost be the same as the purchase price.
We purchased this trailer for the following reasons -- great quality -- recessed space for helmet -- suspension and reclined seat.
The price here in Australia was over $1000 RRP, so too expensive to buy brand new here. It took 3 days to deliver which I thought was incredible. It came in one box, and once opened it took about 10 minutes to read through the manual and setup. Brilliant design and once you have a closer look at the materials, you can easily tell it's top quality.
We've taken our daughter out once in it and she's loved it. Very easy to use and unclip, the brake is a great feature and it fits in our Holden Astra 4 door hatch, meaning it folds up to a very decent size. Make sure you check the measurements before purchasing as it makes it easier to go on holidays.
We chose the Burley over the Chariot and other brands of trailers because of the price and the fantastic recommendations we've seen on the Internet. It's a little narrower than the Chariot and I believe it provides more space for the child inside. I think the reclining seat and recessed helmet space is very important. The cheaper trailers don't include this, and just on the weekend whilst riding she fell asleep so we reclined the seats and she was very comfortable.
We just bought the stroller kit so looking forward to using that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
best version yet..9 Mar. 2015
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If you're here, it's between the D'lite and the Chariot 2. There is a drool factor for the Chariot. It's been the best of class product for the last ten years and has earned a loyal group of users. If I managed to flip the trailer at speed, I'd probably want my kid to be in a Chariot because the trailer is designed with safety 1st, then usability 2nd. But, that's kind of the point - I'm not the weekend warrior parent and who is preparing for his next ironman or biking across the country with my kid. And the Chariot hasn't really done much with their design, whereas Burley has made substantial changes to theirs. In the newest version, Burley has designed a better, more family friendly trailer than the Chariot 2. After a month of use, I find that my toddler (who is 18 months) likes to lean forward to peer outside as I bike. Once we get to our destination (ie. farmers markets), the trailer comes off the bike and becomes climb in/climb out of stroller as the kid walk or gets tired. The d'lite also offers a solution for my most difficult challenge as a new parent -what to do when the kid falls asleep. With the D'lite, the seat attachment points can unclip and the allow the kid to sleep in a reclined position. (I assume Burley legal has something in the documenation that warns against doing this.) With the Chariot, the kid is in a fixed reclined position and sleeps by leaning his/her head against the wall or flops around. There are plenty of parents who don't think that their kids sleeping with their heads rolled forward is a problem, but it's a deal breaker for me. We like it so much that it has replaced our day to day stroller. It's almost like a minivan for strollers. The only think that I'd love is some way to attach the kid's balance bike - but I guess that means that my trailer needs a trailer!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent product31 May 2013
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We use it in rain or sunny days, my very tall 2.5 year old boy loves it. If he falls asleep, he is seated straight and looks a bit uncomfortable, but that's nothing to do with the quality. It's built well, looks very good. Fits 2 kids(my son just seats in the middle and there are seat belts for that). He plays with the remaining seatbelts. I think it's worth the money.