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Rated 5 out of
GREAT FOR TOURINGMy wife and I recently completed a 4,300-mile ride across the country from Yorktown, VA to Astoria, OR along the TransAmerica Trail. My wife had panniers on her bike and I pulled the Burley Nomad trailer. I ended up pulling 60 pounds total including the trailer itself which included my professional DSLR camera, my 15" MacBook Pro, an iPad, sleeping bags, shower gear, 6 liters of liquids (water and Powerade), etc. The Burley worked flawlessly from coast to coast! Both the camera gear and the MacBook handled the trip without a problem thanks to the Nomad.
Well-made and darn near indestructible! Not a single thing on the trailer broke.
Tires still have plenty of tread even after 4,300 miles.
The tracking is stable even at speeds of close to 50 mph.
Was able to fit much more gear into the trailer than we actually needed.
The only con is that the trail isn't waterproof. The yellow top cover is waterproof. The front, back, sides and bottom are made of a durable material, but it is not waterproof. If the Burley is standing in the rain, it's fine, but when you're riding, the bottom and the front for the most part will get wet. The easy solution for this was to line the inside with a trash bag. We ended up using one trash bag to keep things dry for the entire ride.
Lastly, to give you an idea of how durable this trailer is, my wife and I were riding our bikes through a town and I misjudged a curb going about 15 mph. Although I missed it with my bike, the Burley hit the curb with one wheel and flipped. Because of the way the Burley attaches to the bike, within a few feet, it self-righted. I didn't see what happened since the trailer was behind me, but I knew something went wrong. My wife, who was behind me, saw it and couldn't believe how quickly the Burley self-righted. I checked the Burley and couldn't see anything at all wrong with it...not even a scuff on the yellow top!
I would HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who is considering a long-haul tour. If I were going to do the cross-country bike ride again, I would definitely use this.