Gear Review: WeeHoo iGo 2 Review
We first discovered WeeHoo 4 years ago, when they were really just getting started. You can find our original iGo Pro review here. We personally think Weehoo has come a long way in the past four years, both in the quality of their products and the expansion of their company.
I’ll start just by saying how much we love the idea of the Weehoo. Kids that just aren’t great in a trailer (either because they are older/bigger or prefer to be more engaged) seem to much prefer the Weehoo. We appreciate how kids can be in a “resting position” (opposed to sitting in a bike seat like a trail-a-bike) and still have the option to pedal (depending on the model of the Weehoo) and be a more active participant should they choose to.
The iGo 2 is a solution to the issue of simply wanting to be able to carry more than one “bigger” kid that wants to be more engaged in the ride. However, only the front passenger can pedal.
-For kids aged 2-9 (and yes, we think age 2 is a good minimum age)
-Weight limit of 80 pounds
-iGo 2 weighs 40 pounds
-Approximately 60”x14”x32” without push bar, 94”x14”x32” with push bar
Who is good for:
-Families with two kids in the 2-9 age range (but not a combined weight of over 80 pounds. We think a 2 year old and a 5 year old is a doable load, but not the only load combination, obviously).
-Families that want to be able to bike longer distances without trailers
-Long bike rides where kids would otherwise get bored in a trailer
-Families that want to be able to ride on a single track
The iGo 2 is for more intermediate/experienced bikers only because it is heavy (a good ten pounds more than most bike trailers) and requires more balance because it is on just one wheel. We like to think of it as an extension of the bike itself and that helps us remember to anticipate the possibility of correcting balance. They key is just that it takes some getting used to (really like any new gear!) It’s also only about 10 pounds heavier than the single model…so you’re getting space for an extra kid without a lot of extra weight.
What we love:
-Seats are now adjustable and removable without tools (huge upgrade from the previous model we had)
-Improved foot straps keep feet where they should safely be (on the pedals or platforms)
-3 point harness keeps kids in the seat
-Water bottle holders are available on both sides of each seat and are easily accessible for the child
-Mesh pockets on the back of each seat hold sun glasses, hats, extra gear, etc.
-Back panniers hold a little more extra gear and also keep it protected from the weather (snacks, sunscreen, water, extra clothing, etc.) <– these have also been improved over the past few years, but they aren’t top notch quality (though we have had no issues with them).
-Hand grips for each child helps them feel secure
-Pedaling mechanism (front seat only) is smooth and does provide some forward propulsion (depending on the strength of the child).
-We don’t break it down and load it up in our vehicle very often simply because we ride from home, but it does break down fairly easily and is definitely ok for travel.
What we aren’t so crazy about:
-As mentioned above, we think that the iGo2 does take some getting used to, mostly just because it’s a lot of weight you are pulling on a single wheel.
-Because of the weight, it can be a bit tricky to balance AND hitch up. We recommend standing over the hitch arm of the trailer to steady it while you get the child in.
-For a double it could be just a tad bit longer. Our two kids (who wear size 4T and 18 month pants) are actually pretty tight in it. P (front rider) isn’t that far back and L (back rider) really doesn’t have much room to move. It’s a trade-off to have a shorter load to haul, but something to consider if you have long-legged kids. That said, you CAN also completely remove one of the seats as the children grow if you want to have more leg room for one child.
-This isn’t something that I would guess WeeHoo would actually promote, but we selfishly wish the wheel was quick release so we could easily add a trailer hitch (since we tend to double up on trailers often). Again, it’s a personal choice (and risk) we make, but it would be nice!
Optional All-Weather Covers:
WeeHoo now has all-weather covers ($99 each) you can purchase. To be honest, they add weight and drag and make sense only if you are doing a long cross country trip (and don’t mind biking in the rain yourself), commuting in bad weather on a regular basis, or have kids that really don’t like riding in weather. They do provide some sun protection, but we aren’t sure its enough to make it worth the hassle.
*Note: we recommend riders wear eye protection in the chance of road debris being kicked up past the mud guard and, of course, helmets**
The Bottom Line
The WeeHoo is an excellent option for most families and what we recommend over a Trail-A-Bike model because of the security and comfort of the child. The iGo2 opens up biking options for bigger/older kids who like to be engaged in the ride.
WeeHoo generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
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