Thule Urban Glide 2 Review
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|Bottom Line||A cozy, stylish jogger that is easy to move and use for everyday outings||A full-size option with a small fold and lighter weight that is easy to use and has features for comfort but is slightly harder to push||A great choice for most families with useful features that are easy to use and upgrades you'll appreciate||A budget-friendly choice that is easy-to-push but is limited overall||A versatile stroller can hold up to 3 with lots of features for the growing family|
|Rating Categories||Thule Urban Glide 2||Thule Spring||UPPAbaby Cruz v2||Baby Trend Expedition||Evenflo Pivot Xpand|
|Ease Of Use (45%)|
|Weight/Folded Size (15%)|
|Specs||Thule Urban Glide 2||Thule Spring||UPPAbaby Cruz v2||Baby Trend Expedition||Evenflo Pivot Xpand|
|Weight||24.4 lbs||22.7 lbs||25 lbs||23.7 lbs||28.4 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L||17"W x 15"H x 30"L||22.9"W x 16.5"H x 33"L||23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L||26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
|Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
|Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38"|
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||UPPAbaby
Any Baby Trend car seat
|Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
|None||Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||BOB
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Unity, Unity Neos
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
|Storage Basket Size||Large||Large||Very Large||Large||Extra large|
|Sun Shade Size||Large||Large||Large||Small||Medium|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||30"/46"||39"/43"||40"/43"||41"||33"/44.7"|
|Included Accessories||None||Sun Shade||Rain Shield, Bug Shield||None||None|
|Setup Time||5-10 minmin:sec||1-5 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Thule (Too-La) was founded by Erik Thulin in Sweden. The company started in 1942, making gear for fishermen. They began making products for outdoor lovers and their families as the years went on. The goal of the products was to improve adventures by making it easier to transport outdoor gear. Thule continues to increase its product lineup with over 70 years of experience and knowledge to draw from, including strollers, roof racks, luggage boxes, and racks, bike seats for kids, bike racks, and the best bike trailers for kids.
Ease of Use
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to use with a performance that outshines much of the competition.
While it lacks certain features like a parent tray or cup holder, parents can purchase these features as accessories if they feel strongly that they are non-negotiable.
Fold and Unfold
The Urban Glide 2 only requires one hand to fold, though two will make it more comfortable.
It has a slide and twist unlock under the seat (above left) to initiate the fold. It has an automatic lock (above right) and a new compact fold that pulls the rear wheels in.
The Urban Glide 2 has easy-to-use single-action brakes with an easy-to-use extra-wide pedal (above left).
This stroller also has a deacceleration handbrake (above right) that twists forward to slow the stroller.
The Urban Glide 2 has a large storage bin with a waterproof zippered cover that prevents items from falling out.
The basket has rear and side access and holds our large diaper bag with a max weight capacity of 10 lbs. This stroller also has a mesh pocket on the seatback large enough for a bottle from our best water bottles for kids review and a cell phone. Passengers have two easy-to-access mesh pockets for sippy cups and snacks.
The Urban Glide 2 has a nice canopy with a pop-out visor, a zipper panel for more coverage and ventilation.
It has a vinyl peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure on the cover that is easy to see through. The entire shade rotates forward for protection from head-on sun or wind.
The Urban Glide 2 has a cool 5-point harness that virtually pops open on its own when you press the button.
The harness goes on easily and has straps that fit the shoulder and waist with a single pull. It has adjustable shoulder and crotch straps making it easier to fit the harness with wiggly little ones in the seat.
The Urban Glide 2 has a sling-style seat with a non-adjustable padded leg rest that slopes down to a narrow footrest. There is a one-handed plastic toggle to adjust the recline angle of the seatback, which lays flat enough for napping comfort.
Once reclined, the seat has additional covered ventilation at the top for added airflow.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Urban Glide 2 works with a variety of infant car seat brands, including some from our best infant car seat review with the use of optional adapters. The Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco is designed to work with the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat. The Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi works with some options from Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex, including the Cybex Aton 2. This combination is a great choice as the Aton 2 has impressive crash test results, and the click-in attachment is preferable over the strap-on attachment method of their universal adapter. The Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter works with several popular seats, including the UPPAbaby Mesa and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (both award winners), and others by Graco, Britax, Bob, and Safety 1st. This somewhat universal adapter requires a secondary strap step that we worry parents will skip or forget.
Ease of Setup
This stroller is simple to assemble with only the rear wheels to add to the already assembled stroller. It took just over 5 minutes for us to build the Urban Glide 2 using the multi-language manual. The directions take a few pages to start, and the illustrations are clear and easy to follow.
With air-filled rubber tires and a swiveling front wheel, this trike design offers impressive maneuverability.
The Urban Glide 2 has a locking swivel front wheel that works well in tight spaces or locks for running or more control over bumpy roads. The wheels are larger and work well over almost any terrain, managing tight spaces with ease before seamlessly transferring to the gravel and grass of the great outdoors. No matter what your day brings, this Thule will move smoothly over it like a dream.
Weight and Folded Size
The Urban Glide 2 is one of the heftier options, with a weight of 24.4 lbs. It is also bulky in comparison to true full-size strollers measuring 15,388 cubic inches.
While its weight is about average, the overall folded size is about 3,000 cubic inches larger than the average, making it harder to fit it into smaller cars and spaces. It is, however, on the lighter side compared to its jogging brethren.
The Urban Glide is a quality choice with a sleek look and inspired design.
The Thule has a sturdy aluminum frame, tight well-strung durable fabric with strong connection points. The fit and finish are easy on the eye with high attention to detail and no manufacturer defects we could see. It sports few exposed connection points and a seamless connection of fabric to the frame.
Thule has several accessories to use with the Urban Glide 2 that could make daily use easier.
- Thule Snack Tray — This tray is good for snacks and a possible drink and is accessible to buckled passengers. The tray rotates for easy passenger access to the stroller seat and is easy to attach and remove. You will need to remove the tray for folding and storage.
- Thule Car Seat Adapters — A car seat adapter is mandatory if you plan to stroll with your infant, which can extend the life of your stroller. Thule offers two car seat adapters that work with various car seat brands.
- Thule Mesh Cover — This mesh cover is made specifically for the Thule and is a good addition for hot weather, sun, wind, and bug control without inhibiting airflow. If you live in a bug-happy climate, you'll want to add this accessory to your must-have list.
- Thule Rain Cover — The rain cover is fully clear, draping over the stroller to deflect rain, snow, and wind without impeding their view of the world going by. This is a must-have product if you plan to run or stroll regularly, rain or shine.
Should You Buy the Thule Urban Glide 2?
The Urban Glide is perfect for the active family who often explores outdoors. If your family fits this profile, our answer is yes; add the Urban Glide to your shopping cart! This fully-featured stroller sets the bar high, and not many contenders can reach its supreme level. It's solid, versatile, and agile enough to navigate urban settings or off-road adventures. We also appreciate its extra design touches, like the storage basket's covering to keep items dry. If you can swing its cost, this stroller is worthy of joining your family.
What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?
The Urban Glide is somewhat bulky, which isn't a huge surprise as most joggers tend to be more cumbersome than full-size options. This factor might not impact much if you plan to park this stroller in your garage and don't anticipate bringing it when traveling. But, if weight and fold size matter to you, we suggest considering the Thule Spring. The Spring is also high-quality yet lighter and more compact when folded. However, you can't jog with the Spring.