Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Review
Pros: Super easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging stroller
Cons: Bulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seat
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Thule company is over 70 years old after being initially established in Sweden in 1942, the founder, Erik Thulin, began making products for Swedish fisherman. Twenty years later, the company designed the first ski rack and a roof rack for luggage. 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.
Ease of Use
The Thule is easier to use than much of the competition.
The features on the Urban Glide 2 Double work well and the new version sports some improvements.
Fold and Unfold
The Thule is very easy to fold with one hand and a 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 two hands and is straightforward.
The Thule has single action brakes that are easy to set and release, plus friendly to sandal feet (above left). The drum handbrake (above right) is also easy to use with a new twisting 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 bin's weather-resistant zippered cover won't close with the bag inside. It also sports a back pocket (above right) for small item organization.
Items like a cell phone, keys, and water bottle can go in the seat back pockets (above left), though they can be difficult to access after you recline the seats. Riders also have storage pockets within reach (above right) to keep a sippy cup or snack.
The sunshades on the Glide are medium in size with a flip-out fabric visor. The shade covers almost to the knee, but not as far as the canopy on similar options. 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 with straps that 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 have individual reclines 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 for several brands and specific adapters designed for Chicco and Maxi-Cosi.
You can use this Thule with the Chicco Keyfit 30 by purchasing the Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco. If your car seat of choice includes some of the seats from Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex, then you'll need the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi. The Chicco adapter requires some click together assembly, but it is intuitive and effortless. These two adapters use a click-in method for car seat attachment, which we prefer. The easiest and most stable to install in our tests were the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Cybex Aton 2. Both require pushing firmly down on both sides until you hear the click; they feel very secure once installed.
Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter — This adapter works with Chicco, Peg Perego, UPPAbaby, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st infant car seats. Compatibility 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 with this adapter, you must strap it in, which is a method we don't like because we worry parents will skip the strap step (never do this!) as it feels somewhat secure without it.
Ease of Setup
The Glide is the easiest to set up with just over 6 minutes of assembly time. The documentation is clear, and it does not require any tools to assemble. All you need to do is slide the wheels on, and you're ready to go.
The Glide Double boasts a high score for maneuverability with an easy to push and turn design of 3 wheels.
With air-filled, rubber tires and a front swivel wheel, the Glide is easy to push and turn on flat surfaces. The Thule is somehow more nimble feeling than other double joggers.
For off-road pushing and turning, it is just as easy having no trouble with grass, gravel, bumps, or curbs. However, the softness of the suspension makes it feel slightly spongy, and we wish it had adjustable suspension like the BOB.
This Thule has rear-wheel suspension, rubber tires, dense seat padding (thickest in the group), and harness padding all for a reasonably comfortable ride.
The adjustable handlebar moves smoothly on a pivot point, though this design results in taller users being closer to the stroller and kicking the axle. The bar has a nice shape with a smaller diameter that makes the stroller feel smaller and fits well in the hand.
Weight and Folded Size
This Thule weighs in at 32.1 lbs, which is relatively light for a double jogging stroller.
Folded, the Urban Glide 2 Double is slightly above average at 20,820 cubic inches when folded, but it is smaller than some of the other joggers.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is one of the nicest strollers in the review with high-quality design and materials.
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 frame is smooth and lightweight with a stiff feel and few exposed connections or fasteners. The fit and finish of this Thule are well executed and clean with 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz