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Thule Glide Review
Price: $375.00 List | $399.95 at Amazon
Pros: HIgh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and lift, easy to use
Cons: Harder to turn in small spaces
Bottom line: Great fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turn
The Thule Glide earned a 3 of 16 rank in this review. This stroller earned the high score for quality and weight and folded size, with the lightest weight in the group. It earned a second place score for run-ability and a third place for maneuverability, making it one of the better all-around movers in the group. The Glide is a nice fixed wheel option that is easy to push, especially on hilly terrain thanks to the lighter weight and handbrake. This stroller scored well in every metric with above average scores and impressive features and overall performance. For serious runners a fixed wheel option might be a must have. While our professional runner felt the Thule Urban Glide was easier to run with, and it scored higher overall with its locking swivel front wheel, the Glide is a good choice for dedicated runners that have a separate stroller for everyday use that is easier to maneuver in tight spaces or need the lightest jogger possible.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Thule - pronounced Too-La — is a Swedish company founded by Erik Thulin. The company started in 1942 by creating products for fishermen. In the years that followed, the company made more products for outdoor enthusiasts and families that made adventures and the transportation of outdoor toys easier. For the past 70+ years Thule has continued to expand their product lineup from roof racks and luggage boxes to bike racks, bike trailers and luggage racks.
The chart below compares the overall scores for all of the jogging strollers in this review. The Thule Glide is shown in blue.
The sections below offer more details on how the Glide performed during testing for each metric. Individual metric scores were used to determine overall scores and rank.
The Glide earned the third highest score for run-ability with a 7 of 10, tying with the Burley Solstice and the similar BOB Ironman. This is a second place score with its swivel wheel partner, the Thule Urban Glide, earning a 9.
The Glide has a fixed front wheel with adjustable tracking that works well to keep the stroller moving in a straight line. While tracking takes a little effort, we don't think you will need to make adjustments often. This stroller has pneumatic rubber tires, low rolling resistance, and tips back easily for turning while at speed, making wide turns easy.
The Glide has an adjustable handlebar for better biomechanics that could mean longer running distances. The hand brake works well and we used it regularly to slow the roll at stop lights and down hills. There is some flex in the frame where the stroller folds, but we found it absorbed some of the pressure on the runner while tipping and turning. Our professional runner feels it is a good lightweight option for those who require less weight for hilly terrain.
Ease of Use
The Glide earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use. This is 1 point lower than the Thule Urban Glide and 2 points lower than the high of 9 earned by the Burley Solstice.
Fold and Unfold
The Glide has a one-handed fold by twisting and pulling the fold handle under the seat. It will require two hands to lift the seat for access to the handle and to manually lock the stroller once folded. This stroller does not self-stand. Unfolding is a two-step process that is simple, but will take some practice to do smoothly.
The Thule Glide has single action brakes that are easy to set and release, and are sandal foot friendly.
The storage bin has a maximum weight allowance of 10 lbs and is accessible from the back and sides. We were able to fit a large diaper bag inside with ease. The stroller also has a back seat mesh stow pocket for quick access items and the passenger has two inside stow pockets that are easily accessible.
The canopy on the Glide is large and sleek, with a mesh visor and a peek-a-boo window. The window is vinyl over mesh with a hook and loop closure cover. The entire canopy can rotate forward to the knee for running with a low sun or oncoming wind.
The Glide has a 5-point harness that is easy to get on and adjust. The buckle is stiff and harder to get off than some of the competition, but the harness is one of the easiest to adjust with one strap making the waist and shoulder straps smaller simultaneously.
The Glide has a padded leg rest and an adequate footrest for taller children. The seat back adjustment is one-handed and has a recline flat enough for napping. The seat has a large vented area at the top for additional airflow that can be covered in cooler weather.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Glide is compatible with a variety of infant car seats, which can allow parents to walk with younger babies that are too young to jog with (babies under 8-12 months, ask your pediatrician). The Thule Car Seat Adapter is a universal adapter that will work with any car seat listed on the Thule website as a downloadable pdf. These seats include many popular brands and the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30 and UPPAbaby Mesa.
Ease of Setup
It took 8 minutes to set up the Glide from unpacking to ready to use. This stroller is so well packed it takes extra time to unpack it and it doesn't require any tools to assemble. The manual is nice and has helpful pictures.
The Glide earned a 7 of 10 for maneuverability. The stroller struggled somewhat because of its fixed wheel design that limits tight turns and navigating through small spaces, but it did earn the highest score for fixed wheel models.
The fixed wheel and longer length of the Glide meant it bumped into objects in the course, but it is easy to tip and turn if you plan ahead and have the room. This stroller manages well over various terrains and we barely broke stride going over gravel and grass. Overall it is easy to push and turn as the longer handle helps make the turns smoother and limits bending, but the fixed wheel takes more energy to turn than a swivel wheel, which gives the Thule Urban Glide the edge. Going up and down curbs is a little jumpy thanks to the rear suspension, but the longer handle means you can stand straighter, which increases the ability to control the descent.
This stroller has a padded sling style seat, nice suspension, and rubber air filled tires that provide a comfortable ride for passengers. The adjustable handlebar is foam covered and tires and suspension provide a forgiving design for pushers moving over bumpy surfaces.
Weight and Folded Size
The Glide earned an 8 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller weighs 20.4 lbs and measures 18,500 cubic inches when folded. This makes the Glide the lightest stroller, but one of the larger options, with only 3 strollers coming in larger. It can be slightly smaller if you remove the wheels, but we don't think parents are going to bother. The larger size makes this stroller harder to fit in smaller spaces, but the lighter weight makes it easier to lift and carry.
The Glide earned a top score for quality with a 10 of 10. The Thule Urban Glide earned a 9 in this metric. The fabric on this stroller is nice, feels breathable, and it did not snag. The seat has minimal padding, but the fabric is fitted tightly to the frame. This stroller has a nice looking aluminum frame that is sleek and hides all connection points and has a seamless connection with the fabric in a groove. The fold joint has some movement, but it doesn't impact the stroller performance. It is definitely the sleekest stroller in the group with all the components creating a clean and nice fit and finish.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers
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