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Thule Urban Glide Review


Jogging Stroller

The Thule Urban Glide is a great all around stroller for serious running and simple strolling. Its swivel wheel and zippered storage make it great for navigating errands  and its locking wheel  adjustable tracking  and great suspension make it a top scoring runner.
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $400 List | $399.95 from Amazon
Pros:  Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high quality
Cons:  Won't self-stand when folded
Bottom line:  Our favorite jogging stroller that is great for running as well as everyday use
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Manufacturer:   Thule

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide is our favorite jogging stroller, earned the top score by 9 points, is winner of our Editors' Choice award, and a product we recommend without hesitation. It delivered top performance in run-ability and maneuverability, earning a 9 of 10 in both categories. If that isn't enough to sway you, it offers great quality, strong ease-of-use, and sells for a competitive price. The Urban Glide faces strong competition from the impressive BOB Revolution Flex, also an Editors' Choice winner, and both products are outstanding joggers. However, the Urban Glide scored higher than the BOB overall, and in maneuverability and ease of use; plus, it has a $100 lower list price.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief, BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Friday
November 11, 2016
The Thule Urban Glide earned the top score for run-ability thanks to an adjustable handlebar that creates better running biomechanics and adjustable tracking to help keep the stroller on course.
The Thule Urban Glide earned the top score for run-ability thanks to an adjustable handlebar that creates better running biomechanics and adjustable tracking to help keep the stroller on course.

Thule (pronounced Too-La) was founded by Erik Thulin in Sweden when he started creating products for local fishermen in 1942. In subsequent years this humble company began making products for outdoor enthusiasts and families that make adventure life easier and transportation of toys simpler. From roof racks to luggage boxes, Thule has been expanding their quality products for the past 70+ years, including the fairly recent edition of jogging strollers and bike trailers for kids.

Wobble Issue with 2015 and Prior Fork
We received a report from a reader who experienced the front fork started wobbling/vibrating on the 2015 Urban Glide after 10 months of use. We contacted Thule about this issue and received this reply from Thule's Product Development team:

"The original bushings for the [2015 and prior] swiveling front fork could wear, which results in loose/wobbly front forks. A design improvement for the bushings was implemented for 2016 models that greatly increases long-term performance of the swiveling fork. This improvement is compatible as a service part for all model years of Urban Glide. If a customer is experiencing poor performance of the front fork, it can be repaired using the new service part.

We would definitely consider this a warranty situation and would provide, free of charge, a new front fork. Please have customer call us directly at 800 238 2388."


Performance Comparison


The chart below provides a comparison of the overall scores for every jogging stroller in this review. The Urban Glide (shown in blue) not only earned the highest score, but came in over 7 points higher than the closest competitor making it a shoe in for Editors' Choice winner.


The overall score is made up of the individual metric test results with a weighting toward run-ability and ease of use. The sections below provide details on how the Urban Glide performed during testing.

Run-Ability


The Urban Glide earned a 9 of 10 for run-ability, the highest score for the metric tying with the BOB Revolution Flex. Historically, the fixed wheel strollers were considered the best for serious runners, but the newer generation of locking swivel wheels scored higher in our testing for run-ability, indicating a shift to a more versatile jogger for everyday use.


The Urban Glide has a locking swivel front wheel that runs straight with adjustable tracking that keeps you on course. This stroller tips back and turns easily with little rolling resistance, and with rubber tires and rear suspension it is easy to push, and our professional runner remarks it is "very runnable". 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.

The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide make it easy to switch between a swivel wheel and a fixed one.
The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide make it easy to switch between a swivel wheel and a fixed one.
The Urban Glide has an adjustable foam covered handlebar that improves body biomechanics for better running. The shape of the bar is perfect for body positioning, allowing hands to fall in a neutral position, and our running biomechanics instructor feels it is the best handlebar she has ever used, remarking that it is "biomechanically sound" for proper running. It has a range of 16 inches making it a good fit for almost any user. The safety wrist strap can be moved from one side to the other, unlike the strap found on the Burley Solstice that is right side only.

Ease of Use


With a second place score of 8 of 10 for ease of use, the Urban Glide is one of the easier to use strollers we tested.


Though it lacks the same intuitive design found on the Burley Solstice that has easy to identify color coded adjustment points and an ease of use score of 9, the Urban Glide still offers features that are simple to use and function well.

The fold handle is located under the leg rest of the Urban Glide and has clear 2 step visuals imprinted on the handle
The fold handle is located under the leg rest of the Urban Glide and has clear 2 step visuals imprinted on the handle

Fold and Unfold


Folding the Urban Glide isn't quite as easy as the smooth Burley Solstice, but it has fewer steps than the BOB Revolution Flex. This stroller has a one-handed fold that is slightly easier with two. The fold mechanism is under the leg rest and slides and twists to fold the stroller half. You can use the fold handle to roll the stroller or lift it after engaging the manual lock, but unfortunately it does not self-stand.

The single action brakes on the Urban Glide are easy to set and release
The single action brakes on the Urban Glide are easy to set and release

Brakes


The brakes on the Urban Glide are single action and easy to set and release with an extra-large wire pedal in the middle of the rear axle. It is easy to flip up the pedal with the top of your foot and the wire is sandal foot friendly.

The under seat storage bin of the Thule Urban Glide is easy to access and the zippered top helps keep items clean and safe from falling out. The additional back zipper pocket can be used for smartphones and keys.
The under seat storage bin of the Thule Urban Glide is easy to access and the zippered top helps keep items clean and safe from falling out. The additional back zipper pocket can be used for smartphones and keys.

Storage


The storage bin on the Urban Glide is large and comes with a weather proof zippered cover to keep items clean and safe from falling out. The Mountain buggy Terrain also has a zippered cover, but it is mesh as opposed to solid, so while it will keep items contained, it does not keep them clean and dry. The Urban Glide bin is easy to access from the rear and sides, and we were able to fit our large diaper bag inside with ease. It has a maximum weight capacity of 10 lbs, which is 5 lbs less than the Burley Solstice bin that is also larger. The Urban Glide has a mesh pocket on the back of the seat that is large enough for convenience items like a cell phone, and mesh pockets inside the seat for sippy cups and snacks. The passenger pockets are similar in design to those found on the Burley Solstice and all of the BOB strollers.

The vinyl peek-a-boo window on the Urban Glide has a cover that closes with a hook and loop closure. When open  the cover can be stowed in a small pocket that keeps it out of the way
The vinyl peek-a-boo window on the Urban Glide has a cover that closes with a hook and loop closure. When open, the cover can be stowed in a small pocket that keeps it out of the way

Sunshade


The Urban Glide has one of the nicest canopies in the review, featuring a large vinyl peek-a-boo window with hook and loop closure (the 2016 version has a magnetic closure) and a mesh visor for added protection that maintains passenger visibility. The shade is slightly smaller than the BOB Revolution Flex's, but it can rotate forward for protection from low sun and wind, unlike the stationary canopy on the BOB. The canopy snaps into place and stays tight with a sleek look.

The buckle on the Urban Glide 5 point harness requires two hands to release
The buckle on the Urban Glide 5 point harness requires two hands to release

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Urban Glide 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 most children. We had some difficulty removing the harness, because it requires two hands to unbuckle.

The Thule Urban Glide seat back reclines flat enough for cozy napping. most of the products in this review offer a deep recline and fixed leg rest seats.
The Thule Urban Glide seat back reclines flat enough for cozy napping. most of the products in this review offer a deep recline and fixed leg rest seats.

Seat


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

Car Seat Compatibility


The Urban Glide is compatible with several infant car seat carriers that allow you to walk baby in the stroller while they are too young to jog with (8-12 months, discuss with your pediatrician). The Thule Car Seat Adapter is a universal adapter that works with a variety of popular brands including the award winning Chicco Keyfit 30 and UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats. A complete list of seat compatibility can be found on the Thule website as a downloadable pdf.

Ease of Setup



The Urban Glide is the easiest option in the group to assemble, with a build time of under 5 minutes. This stroller has a great manual, requires no tools, and most of the time is spent unpacking the parts that come well-packed to avoid damage while shipping.

The quality of the Thule Urban Glide shows through in every detail  from the seamless way the fabric connects the frame to the zippered under seat storage bin with back of the bin storage pocket.
The quality of the Thule Urban Glide shows through in every detail, from the seamless way the fabric connects the frame to the zippered under seat storage bin with back of the bin storage pocket.

Maneuverability


The Urban Glide earned the high score for maneuverability with a 9 of 10, tying with the BOB Revolution Flex. Arguably one of the most important metrics for any kind of stroller is being able to easily push and turn over various terrains, which can make or break your overall feelings about your purchase.


The front swivel wheel on this stroller helps it navigate tight spaces, while pushing and turning on hard flat surfaces is a breeze. The Urban Glide is very responsive and our professional runner feels this stroller is lightweight and easy to turn. Off-road the Urban Glide excels and we liked how it handled over the rougher terrain, making it a good choice for managing a variety of unexpected outdoor surfaces.

The Urban Glide has rear suspension that helps give passengers a more comfortable riding experience.
The Urban Glide has rear suspension that helps give passengers a more comfortable riding experience.

The Urban Glide 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 Thule Urban Glide has a nice compact fold with the wheels removed and is one of the lighter options in the group. The Thule Glide is lighter  but folds larger thanks to the fixed front wheel forks. If a stroller is too heavy for you to lift  or doesn't fit in your car  you aren't likely to use it very often.
The Thule Urban Glide has a nice compact fold with the wheels removed and is one of the lighter options in the group. The Thule Glide is lighter, but folds larger thanks to the fixed front wheel forks. If a stroller is too heavy for you to lift, or doesn't fit in your car, you aren't likely to use it very often.

Weight and Folded Size


If you aren't already in love with the Urban Glide, the lower weight of 22.6 lbs will likely seal the deal.


It is the second lightest option out of the top 5 products in this review, and it has the 4th smallest fold overall, at about 14,500 cubic inches. This makes it easier to lift and stow than much of the competition, unlike the BOB Revolution Flex and Burley Solstice that are both heavier and larger. The Urban Glide can fold even smaller if you use the quick release hubs to remove the wheels, so if your trunk is small it has a better chance of fitting than the majority of joggers we tested.

Quality


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


This stroller has nice fabric that feels good and appears breathable. It didn't snag in our tests and is nicely fitted to the frame 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 has molded plastic wheels with air filled rubber tires that do not wiggle or vibrate where connected.

Manufacturer Video


The video below shows some of the features and functionality of the Urban Glide.


Accessories


Thule offers several nice accessories you can purchase to use with the Urban Glide.
Snack Tray
  • Thule Snack Tray — The snack tray keeps snacks and a drink easily accessible for passengers. This addition rotates to the side for easy access getting into and out of the stroller.
  • Thule Car Seat Adapter
    Thule has a universal adapter that works with a variety of popular infant car seats including the CHicco Keyfit 30 and UPPAbaby Mesa.
    The car seat adapter makes strolling with an infant a breeze. This adapter is compatible with most popular car seat brands, including Graco, Britax, Chicco, and UPPAbaby and allows the carrier portion of the infant seat to attach to the stroller.
  • 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 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 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 (as well as a double stroller) 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 including the:
  • Thule Glide
    The Thule Glide is a nice fixed wheel stroller for dedicated runners
    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.
Juliet Spurrier MD, Carrie Vickers, and BabyGearLab Review Team

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