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Thule Urban Glide 2 Review

A cool-looking multi-purpose jogging stroller that is also great for everyday use
thule urban glide 2 full size stroller review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $750 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Easiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to use
Cons:  Bulkier, harder to transport
Manufacturer:   Thule
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 29, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 7.6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 9.2
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5.0
  • Quality - 10% 9.0

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a jogging stroller you can easily use as your primary stroller. This stroller is the easiest to maneuver with a large swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking for running, and rear-wheel suspension. It has covered storage with a 10 lb weight capacity and additional stow pockets for parents and passengers. These features make it suitable for carrying all-day supplies for any adventure. While the Urban Glide 2 is somewhat cumbersome and bulky due to its jogging design, and this means it will be harder to transport in your vehicle or keep out of the way, we still think it is a great buy that can pull double duty as a jogger and your full-size stroller. This dual-use earns this contender a place on our list of favorite strollers worth considering as it can save you time, money, and space, making it an excellent choice for many families.

Editor's Note: This Thule gear review was updated on December 21, 2021, to include additional information from our testing results and new sections to help you decide.

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Pros Easiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useHigh-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfyEasy to use, impressive storage, vast infant car set compatibility, great features, suspension, no flat tiresPrice, lightweight, compact foldEasy to navigate tight places, inexpensive
Cons Bulkier, harder to transportSomewhat harder to pushHeavier than old Cruz, more expensiveDual-front wheel, hard to access storageLimited storage, lower quality materials
Bottom Line A cool-looking multi-purpose jogging stroller that is also great for everyday useA compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one handA high-quality option with lots of useful features and an impressive design with an eye for detailsA budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much elseAn easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionality
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Spring UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Trend Expedition
Ease Of Use (45%)
7.6
7.9
8.2
6.6
5.1
Maneuverability (30%)
9.2
6.6
7.0
7.3
8.2
Weight/Folded Size (15%)
5.0
7.5
5.0
7.5
5.5
Quality (10%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Spring UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Trend Expedition
Weight 24.4 lbs 22.7 lbs 25 lbs 19.3 lbs 23.7 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 25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L 23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"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: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
Click-in Car Seat Adapters BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cybex
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Maxi-Cosi
Mico 30
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
None None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Very Large Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Small
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 39"/43" 40"/43" 41" 41"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes No No
Included Accessories None Sun Shade Rain Shield, Bug Shield City GO infant car seat adapter. 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 trailers.

Performance Comparison



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The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Urban Glide 2 is easy to use with a performance that outshines much of the competition on the market.


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.

The new auto-lock on the Urban Glide 2 works well and is a welcome...
The new auto-lock on the Urban Glide 2 works well and is a welcome addition over the previous model that lacked a lock.
The Urban Glide 2 folds with the slide and twist of the handle under...
The Urban Glide 2 folds with the slide and twist of the handle under the leg rest.

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 a center brake pedal that is easy to set and...
The Urban Glide 2 has a center brake pedal that is easy to set and release.
The deacceleration brake on the Urban Glide 2 works well for slowing...
The deacceleration brake on the Urban Glide 2 works well for slowing the stroller going downhill or coming to a stop.

Brakes


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.

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The Urban Glide 2 storage bin is relatively unique in this review. While it only holds 10 lbs max, it has a weatherproof cover that zips closed to keep your items contained, and fairly dirt and water free.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


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 good size water bottle and cell phone. Passengers have two easy-to-access mesh pockets for sippy cups and snacks.

The canopy on the Urban Glide 2 is a good size with versatile...
The canopy on the Urban Glide 2 is a good size with versatile features that include a tinted vinyl peek-a-boo window that has a cover with magnetic closure.
If additional ventilation is needed, the canopy on the Urban Glide 2...
If additional ventilation is needed, the canopy on the Urban Glide 2 zips open to reveal an extra panel with mesh ventilation.

Sunshade


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.

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The cool new buckle on the Urban Glide 2 works smoothly and releases the straps to pop open setting little ones free.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


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 plastic toggle that operates the seat back can be squeezed with...
The plastic toggle that operates the seat back can be squeezed with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.
The back of the urban Glide's canopy/seat has ventilation you can...
The back of the urban Glide's canopy/seat has ventilation you can uncover if you need more airflow.

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.

thule urban glide 2 full size stroller review - the new chicco adapter for the urban glide 2 works well with just a...
The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


The Urban Glide 2 works with a variety of infant car seat brands 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.

The front wheel on the Urban Glide 2 has an air-filled rubber tire...
The front wheel on the Urban Glide 2 has an air-filled rubber tire that helps it easily traverse any surface or move around any tight corner.
The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide 2 make...
The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide 2 make it easy to switch between a swivel wheel and a fixed one.

Maneuverability


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.

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Removing the quick release rear wheels on the Thule Urban Glide 2 can make it smaller and more compact.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

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The Urban Glide 2 is a high-quality stroller with virtually unmatched style and lack of manufacturer defects.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


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.

Accessories


Thule has several accessories to use with the Urban Glide 2 that could make daily use easier.
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Snack Tray
Credit: Thule
  • 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
    thule urban glide 2 full size stroller review - the chicco adapter for the thule jogging strollers works with the...
    The Chicco adapter for the Thule jogging strollers works with the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30.
    Credit: Thule
    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
    thule urban glide 2 full size stroller review - thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller...
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    Credit: Thule
    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
    thule urban glide 2 full size stroller review - thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller...
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    Credit: Thule
    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.

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