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Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $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
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Weight:  32.1 lbs
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
Manufacturer:   Thule

The Skinny

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 Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
March 23, 2018

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The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is an impressive double stroller you can jog with.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is an impressive double stroller you can jog with.

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.

Performance Comparison


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.

Only one stroller is easier to use than the Urban Glide 2 Double making it a great everyday stroller.
Only one stroller is easier to use than the Urban Glide 2 Double making it a great everyday stroller.

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.

The folding handle on the Urban Glide Double is located under the seat and works with a slide and twist movement.
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The Urban Glide Double has an automatic locking feature that works well.
 

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 rear pedal on the Urban Glide Double is easy to use and works well.
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The new Urban Glide DOuble has a handbrake that twists to slow the stroller down.
 

Brakes


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 Urban Glide Double has a storage bin with zippered closure and back pocket.
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The Urban Glide 2 Double has a large storage bin with a zippered cover and outside pocket for quick access items.
 

Storage


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.

Both seats on the Urban Glide Double have a mesh back pocket that holds water bottles and quick access items like cell phones.
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The Urban Glide Double has inside passenger stow pockets.
 

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 canopies on the Urban Glide DOuble both have peek-a-boo windows with covers.
The canopies on the Urban Glide DOuble both have peek-a-boo windows with covers.

Sunshade


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.

The 5-point harnesses on the Urban Glide Double are nicer than the previous version and easier to use.
The 5-point harnesses on the Urban Glide Double are nicer than the previous version and easier to use.

Harness


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 plastic recline toggle on the Urban Glide 2 Double works well with only one hand.
The plastic recline toggle on the Urban Glide 2 Double works well with only one hand.

Seat


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 Urban Glide 2 Double is easy to push and turn with a high score of 9 for maneuverability.
The Urban Glide 2 Double is easy to push and turn with a high score of 9 for maneuverability.

Maneuverability


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.

The front swivel wheel on the Urban Glide Double can be locked in place for moving over uneven terrain or running.
The front swivel wheel on the Urban Glide Double can be locked in place for moving over uneven terrain or running.

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.

The Urban Glide 2 Double tilts to turn when the swivel wheel is locked but can manage tighter spaces with the swivel wheel unlocked.
The Urban Glide 2 Double tilts to turn when the swivel wheel is locked but can manage tighter spaces with the swivel wheel unlocked.

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 Urban Glide Double handlebar height adjusts by rotating on a pivot point.
The Urban Glide Double handlebar height adjusts by rotating on a pivot point.

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.

The Urban Glide Double folds fairly small compared to some of the other double competition.
The Urban Glide Double folds fairly small compared to some of the other double competition.

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 quality of the Urban Glide 2 Double is virtually unmatched in both design and execution.
The quality of the Urban Glide 2 Double is virtually unmatched in both design and execution.

Quality


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.

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Accessories

  • Thule Console 2
    Thule Console 2 — With two cup holders and zippered pocket, parents will have easier access to items they use most frequently, though we caution against using cup holders while jogging.
  • Thule Snack Tray
    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.

Other Versions


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.
  • Thule Chariot CX2
    Thule Chariot Cross 2 — The Cross 2 is a cool bike trailer 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.
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz