Cargo is mostly one child (5 years old) all year round so canopy was a must. Wanted him forward facing so he can see more things rather than looking at me grimacing up the hills. Even in freezing weather he can sit inside the canopy and be warm rain or shine. He like to read his books in the bike and eat so again canopy/interior space is duper useful.
We also end up carrying his friends around at times too, especially back from kids parties after they’ve seen we have cycled there rather than driving in a car.
In the summer we sometimes remove the canopy so the wife and nipper can both go in the bike if we wanted to all go to the park/pub/out for meal locally.
Also load it up with tools/building supplies when needed and have also fabricated a bike rack on the back to transport our boys bike so we can say cycle to Richmond Park and then let him ride around with us until he’s tired, then cycle home...
The lack of canopy and reverse seating made the omnium a no-go for us. I see plenty of kids wrapped up like mummies on rear seats in the cold/wet weather...can’t say they ever look happy, whereas my boy just laughs at me as i’m the one getting wet! :)