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Thule Urban Glide 2 Review

The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $450.00 List | $449.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high quality
Cons:  Harder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-stand
Bottom line:  Our favorite jogger that makes a great everyday stroller
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Weight:  24.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance:  144.3 Feet
Folded Dimensions:  27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L
Manufacturer:   Thule

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is our favorite jogging stroller and a product we recommend without hesitation thanks to its impressive run-ability and ease of maneuverability. This stroller delivers a standout combination of features and high performance making it a great jogger or everyday stroller made with high-quality materials and a functional design. If that isn't enough to sway you, it is easy to use and sells for a competitive price. Thule faces strong competition from the impressive BOB Revolution Flex. However, the Urban Glide scores higher than the BOB overall, plus, it has a lower list price.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Carrie Vickers

Last Updated:
Friday
March 23, 2018

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The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging stroller that works well for everyday errands and outings.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging stroller that works well for everyday errands and outings.

The Swedish company, Thule (Too-La), started in 1942 by creating products for fishermen. Today their products range from roof racks and luggage boxes to bike racks, trailers, and strollers.

Performance Comparison


The chart below is a comparison of the overall scores for the jogging strollers tested in this review. The Thule Urban Glide 2 (in blue) managed a high score for the group.


The sections below include details on how it performed. Individual scores are used to determine the overall rating with emphasis on run-ability and ease of use results.

The Urban Glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically adjustable handlebar  adjustable tracking  and covered storage.
The Urban Glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically adjustable handlebar, adjustable tracking, and covered storage.

Run-Ability


Thule earned a 9 of 10 for run-ability, which is the highest score in the metric. The similar BOB Revolution Flex earned a 9 as well. The swivel wheel options (with the wheel locked) scored higher on average for run-ability than the fixed wheel strollers which historically were considered the ideal by die-hard runners.


It has a locking swivel front wheel and adjustable tracking with large easy to use knobs located where the wheel connects to the frame. This stroller runs straight on pneumatic rubber tires, and tips easily to navigate the trail. We experienced a little play in the front wheel, but the stroller doesn't wander, and the play resulted in less need for back tipping to turn and our professional runner remarks it is "very runnable."

The Urban Glide 2 has adjustable tracking that is easy to alter on the fly to keep your stroller running in a straight line. Adjustable tracking is the hallmark of any great jogging stroller.
The Urban Glide 2 has adjustable tracking that is easy to alter on the fly to keep your stroller running in a straight line. Adjustable tracking is the hallmark of any great jogging stroller.

This jogger has an adjustable height handlebar with an ergonomic design the cuts the corners of the handlebar for great hand placement while on the go. The bar is covered in dense foam with a twisting handle brake designed to slow the stroller as you roll downhill or to a stop.

The Urban Glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are easy to use on the go.
The Urban Glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are easy to use on the go.

Ease of Use


We found it to be one of the easier to use strollers in the review.


Though it lacks the same intuitive design on the Burley Solstice with an ease of use score of 9, it still offers features that are simple to use and function well with a light blue color for most points of adjustment.

The folding mechanism on the Urban Glide 2 is under the seat and is easy to slide and twist to fold the stroller one-handed.
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The Urban Glide 2 has an auto-lock feature when folded that the previous version did not have.
 

Fold and Unfold


Folding isn't as the smooth Burley Solstice, but there are fewer steps than the BOB Revolution Flex and you only need one hand (even if it is more comfortable with two). The folding mechanism is under the leg rest, and it slides and twists (above left) allowing you to fold the stroller half. The fold handle doubles as a place to hold to roll the stroller or lift it. This option doesn't self-stand which can make it harder to transport or stow out of the way. The new model does have an auto-lock (above right) feature and new "compact" fold which pulls in the rear wheels for a smaller footprint.

The Urban Glide 2 brake pedal is plastic with a press to set and lift to release process. It is easy to use but it can be uncomfortable on the top of sandaled feet.
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The new deacceleration brake on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to use and works well.
 

Brakes


The brakes are single action with an extra-large plastic pedal (above left) in the middle of the rear axle that is easy to set and release. The Urban Glide 2 also has a deacceleration brake (above right) not found on the old version. The brake is a unique twisting handbrake in the middle of the handlebar. It is easy to grip and turn and does a respectable job of slowing the stroller.

The Urban Glide 2 storage bin is relatively unique in this review. While it only holds 10 lbs max  it has a weatherproof cover that zips closed to keep your items contained  and fairly dirt and water free.
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The passenger pockets on the Urban Glide 2 are not as large as those found on the Bob strollers  but they are useful and will hold some sippy cup styles and snacks.
 

Storage


The storage bin is large and comes with a weatherproof zippered cover (above left) to keep items clean and prevent them from falling out. The basket is easy to access from the rear and sides, and we fit our large diaper bag inside. It has a maximum weight capacity of 10 lbs. This limit is 5 lbs less than the larger bin on the Burley Solstice. The Mountain Buggy Terrain also has a zippered cover, but its mesh design does not keep items clean or dry. The Urban Glide 2 has a mesh pocket on the back of the seat that is large enough for most convenience items, and passenger mesh pockets inside the passenger area (above right) for sippy cups and snacks.

The new Urban Glide 2 canopy has a zip back that opens ventilation sides to help increase airflow on hot days.
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The large canopy on the Urban Glide 2 has a good size peek a boo window that is easy to see through and has a cover with magnetic closure.
 

Sunshade


Thule has improved their already awesome canopy on the original Urban Glide by adding zippered ventilation to the back (above left) and changing the visor from mesh to the same material as the rest of the canopy. The shade is one of the nicest canopies in the review, with a large vinyl peek-a-boo window (above right) with a magnetic closure.

The Urban Glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate forward for additional protection from low sun or direct wind.
The Urban Glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate forward for additional protection from low sun or direct wind.

The canopy can rotate forward for protection from low sun and the wind, unlike the stationary canopy on the BOB, and it snaps into place for a sleek look.

The new buckle on the Urban Glide 2 is easier to work than the one found in the previous version. This buckle works with only one hand and it pops open when pressed.
The new buckle on the Urban Glide 2 is easier to work than the one found in the previous version. This buckle works with only one hand and it pops open when pressed.

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to put on and adjust with straps that tighten the shoulder and waist simultaneously with one pull on each side. It also features adjustable shoulder and crotch straps, something not found on all of the competition, which makes the harness easier to fit. The new Urban Glide 2 has an improved buckle that only requires one hand and pops open with a squeeze.

The seat adjustment toggle on the Urban Glide 2 can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.
The seat adjustment toggle on the Urban Glide 2 can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.

Seat


The seat on this stroller is a sling style with a nicely padded non-adjustable leg rest and an easy to clean footrest. The seat back has a one-handed adjustment toggle that is easy to operate, and the back lays flat enough for comfy napping. The reclined seat has a vented area at the top for additional airflow that you can cover if the weather is cold.

The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.
The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.

Car Seat Compatibility


Thule offers optional infant car seat adapters for the Urban Glide 2 including the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi, and the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter. These adapters allow you to safely walk baby in their infant car seat carrier attached to the stroller while they are too young to jog with (8-12 months, discuss with your pediatrician). The Chicco adapter works with the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30 and Keyfit infant car seats. The Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter is somewhat of a universal adapter that works with a variety of popular brands including the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and some seats by Graco, Britax, Bob, and Safety 1st.

Ease of Setup





The Thule is very easy to assemble, with a build time of 5:13 minutes. The only assembly required for this stroller is putting on the rear wheels. No tools are required but there is an insert on how to remove the front wheel that can throw you off. The manual is multi-language and the directions don't start for a few pages but the illustrations are simple and clear.

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.

Maneuverability


It earned the high score for maneuverability with a 9 of 10, tying with the BOB Revolution Flex.


The front swivel wheel on this stroller helps it navigate tight spaces and pushing and turning on hard flat surfaces is a breeze.

Running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn and the Urban Glide 2 is easy to turn while running.
Running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn and the Urban Glide 2 is easy to turn while running.

The Thule is very responsive, and our professional runner feels this stroller is lightweight and easy to turn. Off-road the Urban Glide 2 excels, and we like how it handles rougher terrain, making it a good choice for managing a variety of unexpected outdoor surfaces from forest trails to playpark greenbelts.

The Urban Glide 2 has rear suspension that helps absorb the impact of bumps in the road  but it isn't all wheel or adjustable.
The Urban Glide 2 has rear suspension that helps absorb the impact of bumps in the road, but it isn't all wheel or adjustable.

It sports rear wheel suspension, pneumatic tires, and padded sling style seat for a more comfortable riding experience. The rear shocks make this stroller a little jumpy when going down curbs, but the longer handlebar keeps you standing straighter for better control.

The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version  but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.
The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.

Weight and Folded Size


Even though it is 2 lbs heavier than the previous version at 24.4 lbs, it is still relatively light compared to the competition.


This jogger is the fourth lightest option in this review, and it has the seventh smallest fold overall, at about 15,300 cubic inches.

The Urban Glide 2 has quick release hubs that allow you to remove the rear wheels in a snap to make the stroller smaller for transporting in your car.
The Urban Glide 2 has quick release hubs that allow you to remove the rear wheels in a snap to make the stroller smaller for transporting in your car.

These measurements make it lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex and lighter and smaller than the Burley Solstice, so it may be easier to lift and carry. You can also use the quick release hubs to remove the wheels to make it smaller if your trunk space is limited.

The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.
The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.

Quality


The Urban Glide earned a 9 of 10 in our tests for quality, with only the Thule Glide 2 scoring higher with a 10. The components and materials combine to create one of the sleekest and sharp looking joggers in the review.


This stroller has nice fabric that feels good and appears breathable. The fabric didn't snag in our tests, and it fit the frame nicely in a groove that hides seams and fittings. The frame has a sleek design that is pleasing to the eye and is lightweight with very little flex. The Urban Glide 2 has molded plastic wheels with air-filled rubber tires that do not wiggle or vibrate where connected. The joints and connections are solid without flex or give.

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Accessories


Thule offers several nice accessories you can purchase to use with the Urban Glide.
Snack Tray
  • Thule Snack Tray — A snack tray can come in handy if you use a jogger for everyday strolling. This addition rotates to the side for easy access getting into and out of the stroller and is easy to attach and remove.
  • Thule Car Seat Adapters
    The Chicco adapter for the Thule jogging strollers works with the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30.
    A car seat adapter makes strolling with an infant a breeze and extends the usable life of your jogger. Thule offers two car seat adapters that work with some Chicco, Peg Perego, UPPAbaby, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Nuna options (see Car Seat Compatibility above).
  • Thule Mesh Cover
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    The mesh cover is a nice addition for hotter weather that offers protection against bugs and the sun, but still allows for airflow.
  • Thule Rain Cover
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    This clear rain cover drapes over the seat to protect little passengers from rain, snow, or the wind without limiting visibility of the world around them. Arguably a must have if you plan to run no matter what the weather.

Other Versions


Thule makes two different strollers for jogging with a single child and a variety of bike trailers that are compatible with a jogging kit (sold separately). We reviewed two Thule products in addition to the Urban Glide 2 including the:
  • Thule Glide 2
    The Glide is a fixed wheel jogging stroller that performed similarly to the Urban Glide without the versatility and maneuverability of the swivel front wheel and a lower run-ability score. This stroller came in third place overall, scoring only one point higher than the Burley Solstice, which won a Top Pick award for ease of use and scored 9 points lower than the Urban Glide.
  • Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit --
    The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is good for a variety of activities from strolling and jogging to bike trailer and skiing. This little wagon does it all.
    The Chariot Cross 2 earned a Top Pick award for outdoor adventure in this review and our double stroller review. It is a versatile bike trailer that seats two, has adjustable suspension and can convert to a stroller, jogger, or sled with the addition of conversation kits (sold separately).
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Carrie Vickers