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Thule Urban Glide 2 Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $650.00 List | $550.00 at Amazon - 15% off
Pros:  Super easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging stroller
Cons:  Bulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seat
Bottom line:  An ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babies
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Manufacturer:   Thule

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a stellar side-by-side double stroller that can serve double duty as a jogger once your baby is older. In fact, the Urban Glide edged out the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie by executing the same principle with less bulk, better quality, and lower price. If you are going to use the system with an infant car seat in the early days for walking, Thule sells one adapter for a variety of car seats that functions better than the Duallie's system, in our testing. Also, Thule's handlebar has better ergonomic design and includes a drum handbrake. In this comparison, it's the little things that win the day.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Friday
May 5, 2017

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The Urban Glide 2 is an easy to use  comfortable stroller with great maneuverability. Seated to left  a 2.5 year old (30 pounds  37.5") and to right  a 5 year old (40 pounds  44").
The Urban Glide 2 is an easy to use, comfortable stroller with great maneuverability. Seated to left, a 2.5 year old (30 pounds, 37.5") and to right, a 5 year old (40 pounds, 44").

Thule has been around for over 70 years, initially establishing its brand in Sweden in 1942 when founder Erik Thulin began making products for Swedish fisherman. Twenty years later, the first ski rack was produced, shortly followed by a roof rack with a basket. Today, the Thule brand has grown to international recognition in supporting an active lifestyle with products specifically designed to transport gear such as bike racks, cargo carriers, sports racks for winter and water activity, as well as cases, bags, luggage, and backpacks.



Performance Comparison


This chart is a comparison of the overall scores for each stroller we purchased and tested in this review. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is shown in blue. It is clear by the 1st place rank of this stroller why it earned an Editors' Choice award.


The sections below include details about testing and how the Glide 2 performed in each metric. The individual performance scores earned for each metric were used to determine the overall score with emphasis on the ease of use and maneuverability scores.

Ease of Use


The Thule earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use, on par with the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Peg Perego Book for Two, and the Joovy Scooter X2. Only the UPPAbaby Vista Double scored higher at an 8 of 10.


Each Glide 2 seat holds a max weight of 50 pounds and reclines individually with separate canopies and peek-a-boo windows, allowing each rider to choose their preference and parent to check-in without creating a ruckus.

The Glide has a manual lock that is sort of difficult to use.
 

Fold and Unfold


The Thule is very easy to fold (one-handed, 4 to 6 steps) and unfold (two-handed, two steps), and once you get used to reaching under the seat to get to the folding handle (above left), you'll be set. Once folded it has a manual lock (above right) and does self-stand provided that the handlebar is at the correct height. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie does not have a folded self-stand.

The brake on the Glide is easy to find and use without the storage bin getting in the way.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only model in this review with a handbrake. Handbrakes are used to slow strollers as you come to a stop or are rolling downhill. This can be useful on longer runs where fatigue can set in  and is made worse by stopping a stroller with man power.
 

Brakes


The Thule has single action parking brakes that are easy to set and release, even friendly to sandal feet. The drum hand brake is easy to use and the only one present in this double stroller review.

The storage bin on the Glide has a zippered front pocket.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only stroller in this review with covered storage that is both zippered and velcro for easy  secure closing. The cover is weather resistant and helps keep items clean and dry.
 

Storage


Compared to the UPPAbaby Vista, storage is not as robust on the Urban Glide 2. The Thule has a medium-sized storage bin which only has access from the back of the stroller. We could fit an extra-large diaper bag inside, but the stroller's weather-resistant cover that zips closed needs to remain open for the bag to fit. With a 10 pound maximum weight, care needs to be taken to not overfill a diaper bag.

Both seat backs on the Glide have mesh pockets that will hold most items.
The Glide has inside stow pockets for little passengers to keep snacks and treasures.
 

Without a separate accessory purchase of the Thule Console 2, things like a cell phone, keys, and water bottle can go into the seat back pockets (above left), though they can be difficult to access when the seats are reclined. Riders have storage pockets within easy reach of their seats (above right) to keep a sippy cup or snack.

The recline adjustment feature on the Thule Urban Glide 2 is easy to use compared to the competition  though of a similar design with 2 straps coming together on the center.
The peek-a-boo windows on the Glide are both mesh and vinyl. the combination makes it harder to see through  but not as bad as some of the competition.
 

Sunshade


The sunshades on the Glide are only medium in size compared to the other strollers in this review. They have a flip out mesh visor that rotates out to block the lower sun. It covers about to the knee, but not as far as the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie does. It has ventilation for added airflow with the seat reclined, and it has a large peek-a-boo window (above right) made of mesh and vinyl. The window has a cover with magnetic closure for silent peeping on baby without needing to move the canopy.

The Urban Glide buckle requires pressure on three different parts to open it.
The Urban Glide buckle requires pressure on three different parts to open it.

Harness


Each seat has a 5-point harness that we found harder to engage and release in our testing. The harness buckle requires two hands to operate, which can be a problem if you have a wiggly baby, or your hands are full. You'll need to press on three different points on the buckle to get it to open and then you'll need to pull the straps out manually as they do not pop out on their own.

However, adjusting the harness is very simple. The shoulder straps have a range of 5 inches with an infinite number of height options in the range. It is a no rethread adjustment where the straps slide up and down on a strap sewn to the seat back. The crotch strap has one position, but it is adjustable in length.

Seat


The leg rests are not adjustable on this stroller, but they are nicely padded, and the corresponding footrest is wide and durable feeling. Both seats have an individually reclining feature that goes to almost flat, great for napping. Recline is easy to execute with one hand with a sliding scale of adjustment with a little over 30 degrees difference between fully upright and fully reclined.

Ease of Setup




The Glide is the easiest one in the group to set up with a bit over 6 minutes to put together. The documentation is very good, and it does not require any tools to assemble. All you need to do is slide the wheels on and get to strolling. The instructions are simple, but you may not even need them as the wheel attachment is fairly intuitive.

The rubber tires on the Thule Urban Glide 2 helped it earn a high score for maneuverability. The bonus is the front swivel wheel can be locked in place for jogging or moving over rough terrain where the front wheel may veer off course if it isn't locked.
The rubber tires on the Thule Urban Glide 2 helped it earn a high score for maneuverability. The bonus is the front swivel wheel can be locked in place for jogging or moving over rough terrain where the front wheel may veer off course if it isn't locked.

Maneuverability


The Glide earned the top score for maneuverability with a 9 of 10 which ties with the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie and the Thule Chariot Cross 2.


The UPPAbaby Vista Double and the Baby Trend Expedition Double tied for second place with 8's. All of the top strollers have rubber tires, and 4 out of 5 are air filled.

The front wheel on the Glide can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven surfaces.
The front wheel on the Glide can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven surfaces.

With air-filled, rubber tires and a front swivel wheel, the Glide is easy to push and turn on flat surfaces. Similar in appearance to the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, it is somehow more nimble feeling. However, the softness of the suspension makes it feel a little spongy, and we wished it had adjustable suspension like the BOB. For off-road pushing and turning, it is just as easy having no trouble with grass, gravel, bumps, or curbs. However, the softer suspension makes it feel a little more out of control on bumps and curbs than strollers with stiffer suspension. Though a bit tight through some of our test doors, it still managed to get through.

The Urban Glide will self-stand  but the handlebar needs to be at the right adjustment for it to stand without falling.
The Urban Glide will self-stand, but the handlebar needs to be at the right adjustment for it to stand without falling.

Weight and Folded Size


This Thule scored about average for the group with a 5 of 10 in weight and folded size. Weighing in at 31.5 pounds, it is lighter than the average for the group, 1.5 pounds less than the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.


The lightest stroller in the group is the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite weighing 23.4 pounds. The heaviest stroller is the Baby Jogger City Select Double which weighs 37.8 pounds. The Britax B-Agile Double is the smallest folded stroller in the group at only 10,649 cubic inches.

Folded, the Urban Glide 2 is just above average at 20,589 cubic inches when folded, but smaller than the BOB Flex Duallie by about 2,000 cubic inches. For a smaller package in a tripod design, the Britax B-Agile Double would be your best bet.

Quality


The Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 earned a 9 of 10, making it the highest scoring product in the group in quality. In comparison, the *UPPAbaby Vista Double, and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie** received an 8 of 10.


Wheels


The Urban Glide 2's has air-filled rubber tires with dense plastic wheels that are lighter than some other competitors. The tires fit well on the wheels, unlike the Baby Trend Expedition Double where we experienced the tire rolling off of the wheel.

Suspension


This Thule only has rear-wheel suspension, but the rubber tires along with dense seat padding (thickest in the group), harness padding make for a reasonably comfortable ride. We do wish that there was some adjustable suspension.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an easy to adjust handlebar that rotates on a pivot point on each side. While this gets the job done  we prefer handlebars that telescope in and out for adjustment because the taller handle puts taller pushers further away from the rear axle to avoid kicking the stroller while walking.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an easy to adjust handlebar that rotates on a pivot point on each side. While this gets the job done, we prefer handlebars that telescope in and out for adjustment because the taller handle puts taller pushers further away from the rear axle to avoid kicking the stroller while walking.

Handlebar


The adjustable handlebar (30.9" to 45.1" from the ground) easily moves at a pivot point, though unfortunately, this design results in taller users being closer to the stroller and kicking the axle. The bar feels really good in the hand with a nice shape and smaller diameter than most that somehow makes the stroller feel smaller, even after a long ride with a weighted down stroller.

Frame and Seats


Though stiff, the lightweight and smooth frame does have some movement in the fold joint. Overall, the fit and finish of this Thule are well executed and clean with few fasteners. The fabric attaches to the frame via a groove making the connection virtually seamless and hidden. The fabric is smooth and tight with an almost breathable feeling and is easy to clean. Also, it did not snag during testing, almost like ripstop.

Ease of Car Seat Attachment


As mentioned above, the Urban Glide 2 will only accept one infant car seat. Thule sells one universal adapter that works with both the Thule Glide and Thule Urban Glide 1 and 2.
  • The Urban Glide 2 can accept one infant car seat with separate purchase of a Thule universal adapter. Pictured here is the Chicco KeyFit 30. Of note  the infant car seat must be tightly strapped into the adapter; it does NOT click-in.
    The Urban Glide 2 can accept one infant car seat with separate purchase of a Thule universal adapter. Pictured here is the Chicco KeyFit 30. Of note, the infant car seat must be tightly strapped into the adapter; it does NOT click-in.
    Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter — $60. This adapter works with Chicco, Peg Perego, UPPAbaby, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st infant car seats. We tested this adapter on the Urban Glide 2 with the Britax B-Safe 35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Graco Click Connect 35, Graco Click Connect 40, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. The adapter ships as one piece and can be placed directly upon the stroller; once you learn how to click the adapter onto the stroller, it is easy. Of note, to install an infant car seat upon this adapter, you must strap it in; they do not click-in.

The Urban Glide 2 can handle just about anything life throws at it  with the possible exception of commuting on public transportation and tight spaces.
The Urban Glide 2 can handle just about anything life throws at it, with the possible exception of commuting on public transportation and tight spaces.

Conclusion


The Urban Glide 2 is a super cool side-by-side stroller with a sleek frame, ergonomic handlebar, and handbrake. This stroller is a top mover that is easy to push and turn no matter how rough the road. We liked the nicely padded seat, the padded harness, rear wheel suspension and covered storage bin. This stroller has rear suspension pneumatic rubber tires and quick release hubs. It is easy to fold, has nice size canopies with mesh visors, and an adjustable handlebar. In short, there is almost too much to say about this stroller for one paragraph. We gave this stroller our Editors' Choice award for the best side-by-side stroller, which it justly deserves.

Accessories

  • Thule Console 2
    Thule Console 2 — With two cup holders and zippered pocket, parents will have easier access to their most important stuff.

Other Versions

  • The Thule Glide is a nice fixed wheel stroller for dedicated runners
    Thule Glide — The single Glide is for serious joggers with a fixed front wheel. In our Jogging Stroller Review, the Glide was outperformed by its swiveling counterpart, the Thule Urban Glide.
  • 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.
    Thule Urban Glide — The Urban Glide simply dominated in our comparative review of 16 jogging strollers. With a locking front swivel wheel, it has great maneuverability and surprisingly better run-ability than the Glide.

In addition to their jogging strollers, Thule also manufactures versatile bike trailers which with an easy accessory switch can morph into a walking stroller, jogging stroller, and ski trailer.
  • Thule Chariot CX2
    Thule Chariot Cross 2 — The Cross 2 is a cool bike carrier with adjustable handlebar and suspension. This adventure wagon can become a jogger, stroller, or ski trailer with the purchase of additional kits and will have baby and parents outside having fun no matter what the weather or activity. We reviewed this stroller here and it won a Top Pick for Adventure award.

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