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2018 Burley Encore vs. 2019 Burley D’lite X Stroller

Last fall, I was given the opportunity to review the Burley Encore stroller with the jogging attachment. When I reviewed it, I was genuinely impressed. It had been years since I had used a stroller, and I was so pleased with its smooth ride, not to mention the details that were put into making it comfortable and safe for children riding it, and the ease for parents to get them in and out.

At that point, I was perfectly content with not owning another stroller because the Encore seemed to fit all my needs and more.

Then, Burley sent me the upgraded D’lite X stroller, and I feel like my mother running legs have a new lease on life. This stroller really encompasses what the word Burley means, which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “strongly and heavily built” — husky if you will. Sure, the spellings may be different from the word, “burly,” — technicalities, right? Even so, this stroller lives up to that name entirely.

Here are a few descriptions and videos outlining the features of the Encore vs the D’lite X.

First, the Encore’s seat belt adjusting system.

 

 

As you can see, Burley put a lot of thought into the ease of putting children in and taking them out of the stroller. The adjusting system is easy to fit a wide range of kids (I’d say 1-5 year-olds). The strap moves up and down for length, and the straps easily adjust for width and length. I love how you can keep them secure with the easy-to adjust straps, while at the same time comfortable with the padding that moves up and down the straps to fit where the kids need it.

The D’Lite X, however, takes it to a new level.

 

 

Burley added an adjustable headrest, which is awesome. With long runs, there is the chance that kids will fall asleep, and having the headrest that keeps their heads in a comfortable position as to not clang against the other child’s is pretty cool. The pockets to keep toys and snacks are also super appreciated.

The D’Lite X has added reflectors to the front for nighttime running/riding. It also has a suspension system for ease on rougher roads and beefier tires with more traction. This is definitely a plus for me because I love taking my runs off the paved road!

The added features didn’t at all make the stroller feel heavier. In fact, I feel like I have a stroller with the same weight, but just overall sturdier, or “Burley-er” if you will.

The D’Lite X also has an improved way of closing the weather shield. With the Encore, it was really tricky to keep it down. See below video for an explanation:

 

Now, the jogger kit.

 

As a runner, I really appreciate the upgrade to the jogger kit. Being that this is a bike stroller, you will have to purchase this kit separately, but if you plan on running, I highly recommend it. This kit, as opposed to the one with the Encore, is so much more sturdy. It doesn’t stick out as far, is far more sturdy, and the tire actually has traction. It’s probably my favorite upgrade.

All-in-all, both the Encore and D’lite X are great strollers, but if you’re looking for something more sturdy that you can take on roads that are a bit rougher, the D’lite X is the way to go.

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