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Thule Urban Glide 2 ReviewPrice: $650.00 List | $569.14 at Amazon - 12% 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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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