Thule Urban Glide 2 Double ReviewPrice: $680.00 List | $679.95 at Amazon
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
Folded Dimensions: 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: "Walk Only: Infant Car Seat: Birth Stroller Seat: 6 mo. Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo." Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is a side-by-side double stroller that can serve as a jogger when little ones get older. In fact, the Urban Glide 2 Double edged out the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie by offering a similar design with less bulk, better quality, and a lower price. This stroller has equal seating and features for two, great maneuverability, and run-ability in a package that folds relatively small in comparison. We like that this stroller can be used for ordinary outings and while jogging. While it is wider than an in-line option, and those with two infants won't be able to use it until babies are older, we think the Urban Glide 2 Double brings a lot to the table for most families.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Thule company is over 70 years old. Initially established in Sweden in 1942, the founder, Erik Thulin, began making products for Swedish fisherman. Twenty years later, the first ski rack was produced followed by a roof rack. Today, the Thule brand has grown to support an active lifestyle with products such as bike racks, cargo carriers, sports racks for winter and water activity, as well as cases, bags, luggage, backpacks, bike trailers, and strollers.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (in blue) earns the first-place rank with a stellar combination of form and function.
The information below details how the Urban Glide 2 Double performed during testing.
Ease of Use
The Thule earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use, on par with the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.
The features on the Urban Glide 2 Double work well and some have been improved upon in the new updated version.
Fold and Unfold
The Thule is very easy to fold with one hand and the folding handle (above left) you slide and twist. Once folded it has an automatic lock (above right) and will self-stand if the handlebar is at the right height. Unfolding requires 2 hands but is still easy.
The Thule has single action brakes that are easy to set and release, even friendly to sandal feet (above left). The drum handbrake (above right) is also easy to use with a new twist design and center handlebar position.
The Thule has a medium-sized storage bin (above left) with access from the back and a 10 lb weight limit. We fit an extra-large diaper bag inside, but the stroller's weather-resistant zippered cover could not be closed with the bag inside. There is also a back pocket (above right) for better organization of smaller items.
Items 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. They have a flip out fabric visor to block the lower sun. It covers about to the knee, but not as far as the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie canopy. There is ventilation for added airflow with the seat reclined, and it has a large peek-a-boo window (above right) with a magnetic closure cover.
Each seat has a 5-point harness with a buckle that is significantly easier to operate than the previous version. Adjusting the harness straps is very simple, with a no-rethread adjustment where the straps slide up and down on a strap sewn to the seat back. The crotch strap is adjustable in length but not position.
The leg rests are not adjustable, but they are nicely padded, and the corresponding footrest is wide. Both seats are individually reclining that go almost flat for great napping. The recline plastic toggle is easy to operate with one hand.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Urban Glide 2 Double only accepts one infant car seat. Thule sells a universal adapter and individual adapters specifically designed for Chicco and Maxi-Cosi.
The Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco works with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi works with infant carriers from Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Nuna. The Chicco adapter requires some click together assembly but it is intuitive and very easy. These two adapters use a click-in method for car seat attachment, which is our preferred method. The easiest and most stable to install in our tests were the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Cybex Aton 2. Both require you to push firmly down on both sides until you hear the click, but they don't require straps and they feel very secure once installed properly.
Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter — $60. This adapter works with Chicco, Peg Perego, UPPAbaby, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st infant car seats. This includes the award-winning Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and UPPAbaby Mesa. The adapter ships as one piece and can be placed directly on the stroller. To install an infant car seat using this adapter, you must strap it in, which is a method we aren't as fond of as click-in options because we worry parents will skip the strap step as it feels somewhat stable without it.
Ease of Setup
The Glide is the easiest to set up with just over 6 minutes to put together. The documentation is 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 Glide boasts a high score for maneuverability with an easy to push and turn 9 of 10.
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.
This Thule only has rear-wheel suspension, but the rubber tires, dense seat padding (thickest in the group), and harness padding make for a reasonably comfortable ride.
The adjustable handlebar easily moves on a pivot point, though 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 that makes the stroller feel smaller.
Weight and Folded Size
This Thule weighs in at 32.1 pounds, it is lighter than the average for the group.
Folded, the Urban Glide 2 Double is just above average at 20,820 cubic inches when folded, but smaller than the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie .
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double earned a 9 of 10, making it the highest scoring product in the group for quality.
Though stiff, the lightweight smooth frame has 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. The stroller has a sleek and thoughtful design.
- Thule Urban Glide Snack Tray — For easy access to food and drink for little snackers. The trays may be useful for older children, but smaller babies won't be able to reach them while buckled in.
In addition to their jogging strollers, Thule also manufactures versatile bike trailers that with an easy switch of accessories can morph into a walking stroller, jogger, and sled. The Thule Urband Glide 2 Double is their only traditional double jogging stroller.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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