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Thule Urban Glide 2 Review

Our favorite jogger that also makes a great everyday stroller, which can save you money
Thule Urban Glide 2
The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $750 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high quality
Cons:  Harder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-stand
Manufacturer:   Thule
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Carrie Vickers  ⋅  Dec 4, 2021
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  • Run-ability - 35% 9.6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.7
  • Maneuverability - 20% 9.2
  • Quality - 10% 9.2
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7.0

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is our favorite jogging stroller and a product we recommend without hesitation thanks to its impressive run-ability and ease of maneuverability. This stroller delivers a standout combination of features and high performance making it a great jogger or everyday stroller with high-quality materials and functional design. If that isn't enough to sway you, it is easy to use and sells for a competitive price.

Editor's Note: This individual gear review was updated on December 5, 2021, to include detailed information related to run-ability tests and charts to better display the testing metric results.

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Pros Top scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityMore storage, tight turns, adjust-ability, smooth runnerEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsSuper easy to maneuver, low priceUseful parent accessories, easy to push and turn in tight spaces
Cons Harder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standNo self-stand, awkward to lift and carryHarder to lift and carryHarder to run with, lower qualityHarder to use and not great for running
Bottom Line Our favorite jogger that also makes a great everyday stroller, which can save you moneyA rugged jogger good for every day use, going off-road, and runningA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useAn affordable jogger, but not the best option for serious runnersDisappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks adjust-ability
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex... BOB Rambler Baby Trend Expedition Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...
Run-ability (35%)
9.6
8.0
7.7
5.2
5.4
Ease of Use (25%)
7.7
7.4
5.7
6.8
5.3
Maneuverability (20%)
9.2
8.3
8.0
8.3
7.6
Quality (10%)
9.2
8.9
8.6
6.1
7.0
Weight/Folded Size (10%)
7.0
6.7
7.2
7.2
7.2
Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex... BOB Rambler Baby Trend Expedition Joovy Zoom 360 Ultr...
Measured Weight 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 23.6 lbs 25.9 lbs
Rolling Resistance Test 144 Feet 145 Feet 140 Feet 124 Feet 120 Feet
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 23.5"W x 16.75"H x 33.75"L 25.7"W x 16"H x 35.3"L
Capacity Limits Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs./42"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
None
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
None None None Chicco
KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 35, 40
Maxi-Cosi
Mico NXT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
UPPAbaby
Mesa
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
Britax/BOB
Britax® Chaperone®, B-Safe®, B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, Endeavours™, B-Safe® 35 Ultra, BOB® B-Safe®, BOB® B-Safe® 35
Chicco
Fit2, KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Cybex® Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco
SnugRide­ Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35LX, 40, SnugRide­ Classic Connect, SnugRide ­Classic Connect 30, 32, 35, SafeSeat
Maxi Cosi
Maxi Cosi® Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Nuna® Pipa, Pipa Lite
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, SIP, SIP 30/30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
None
One-handed Fold Yes No No No No
Locking Fold Auto Manual Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 41" 41"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes No No
Included Accessories None None None None Tire Pump
Setup Time 5:13 min:sec 4:26 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 6:30 min:sec 5:51 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Swedish company, Thule (Too-La), started in 1942 by creating products for fishermen. Today their products range from roof racks and luggage boxes to bike racks, trailers, and strollers.

Performance Comparison


Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically...
The Urban Glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically adjustable handlebar, adjustable tracking, and covered storage.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Run-Ability


Thule is one of the most run-able strollers we've tested in a market saturated with impressive competition like the Bob Revolution Flex 3.0. The swivel wheel options (with the wheel locked) scored higher on average for run-ability than the fixed wheel strollers, which historically were considered the ideal by die-hard runners.


This stroller has a locking swivel front wheel and adjustable tracking with large, easy-to-use knobs located where the wheel connects to the frame. This stroller runs straight on pneumatic rubber tires and tips easily to navigate the trail. We experienced a little play in the front wheel, but the stroller doesn't wander, and the play resulted in less need for back tipping to turn, and our professional runner remarks it is "very runnable."

The Details


Within run-ability, we perform many tests that make up the greater overall score for this metric. Our tests tease out what makes a jogger more runnable than a competitor. These detailed test results can help you better understand the dynamics of a jogger so that you can choose the best option for you. The following charts can help see how the Urban Glide 2 compares to the competition.

Running Tests

Our running tests are 35% of the total run-ability score. This sub-test includes ratings from multiple runners about their experience on how easy each jogger is to run with. The Urban Glide 2 performed well in these tests.


Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance makes up 20% of the run-ability score. How easily the wheels spin with weight in the stroller impacts a user's ability to run while pushing the stroller. During testing, a longer rolling distance translates to less wheel resistance (farther is better), resulting in less fatigue and a potentially longer or fun run.


Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 has adjustable tracking that is easy to alter on...
The Urban Glide 2 has adjustable tracking that is easy to alter on the fly to keep your stroller running in a straight line. Adjustable tracking is the hallmark of any great jogging stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This jogger has an adjustable height handlebar with an ergonomic design the cuts the corners of the handlebar for great hand placement while on the go. The bar cover is dense foam with a twisting handle brake designed to slow the stroller.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are...
The Urban Glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are easy to use on the go.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This stroller is one of the easier-to-use joggers in the review. Its impressive features and functionality make it a contender for an everyday stroller, as well as a superior jogger.


Though it lacks an intuitive design, it offers simple features that function well with a light blue color at adjustment points.

The folding mechanism on the Urban Glide 2 is under the seat and is...
The folding mechanism on the Urban Glide 2 is under the seat and is easy to slide and twist to fold the stroller one-handed.
The Urban Glide 2 has an auto-lock feature when folded that the...
The Urban Glide 2 has an auto-lock feature when folded that the previous version did not have.

Fold and Unfold


Folding is smooth, and you only need one hand (even if it is more comfortable with two) to operate the twist and fold mechanism under the leg rest (above left) to fold the stroller half; the folding handle doubles as a handhold to roll or lift the stroller. This option doesn't self-stand making it harder to stow, but it has an auto-lock (above right) feature and a more compact fold that pulls in the rear wheels for a smaller footprint.

The Urban Glide 2 brake pedal is plastic with a press to set and...
The Urban Glide 2 brake pedal is plastic with a press to set and lift to release process. It is easy to use but it can be uncomfortable on the top of sandaled feet.
The new deacceleration brake on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to use and...
The new deacceleration brake on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to use and works well.

Brakes


The brakes are single action with an extra-large plastic pedal (above left) in the middle of the rear axle that is easy to set and release. It also has a deacceleration brake (above right) that is a unique twisting handbrake in the middle of the handlebar. It is easy to grip and turn and does a respectable job of slowing the stroller.

The Urban Glide 2 storage bin is relatively unique in this review...
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.
The passenger pockets on the Urban Glide 2 are not as large as those...
The passenger pockets on the Urban Glide 2 are not as large as those found on the Bob strollers, but they are useful and will hold some sippy cup styles and snacks.

Storage


The large storage bin comes with a weatherproof zippered cover (above left) to keep items clean and prevent them from falling out. The cover is similar to that found on the BOB Alterrain Pro, but is relatively unique overall in the jogger world. The basket is easy to access from the rear and sides with a weight allowance of 10 lbs, and we fit our large diaper bag inside. The Urban Glide 2 has a mesh pocket on the back of the seat that is large enough for most convenience items and passenger mesh pockets inside the passenger area (above right).

The new Urban Glide 2 canopy has a zip back that opens ventilation...
The new Urban Glide 2 canopy has a zip back that opens ventilation sides to help increase airflow on hot days.
The large canopy on the Urban Glide 2 has a good size peek a boo...
The large canopy on the Urban Glide 2 has a good size peek a boo window that is easy to see through and has a cover with magnetic closure.

Sunshade


Thule improved their awesome canopy by adding zippered ventilation to the back (above left) and changing the visor to the same material as the rest of the canopy. The shade is one of the nicest canopies in the review, with a large, vinyl peek-a-boo window (above right) sporting a magnetic closure.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate...
The Urban Glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate forward for additional protection from low sun or direct wind.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Unlike the stationary canopy on products like the BOB Rambler, the canopy rotates forward, and it snaps in place for a sleek look.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the new buckle on the urban glide 2 is easier to work than the one...
The new buckle on the Urban Glide 2 is easier to work than the one found in the previous version. This buckle works with only one hand and it pops open when pressed.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to put on and adjust with straps that tighten the shoulder and waist simultaneously, with one pull on each side. It also features adjustable shoulder and crotch straps, making the harness easier to fit. The new Urban Glide 2 has an improved buckle that only requires one hand and pops open with a squeeze.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the seat adjustment toggle on the urban glide 2 can be operated with...
The seat adjustment toggle on the Urban Glide 2 can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The seat is a sling style with a nicely padded non-adjustable leg rest and easy to clean footrest. The seatback has a one-handed adjustment toggle that is easy to operate, and the back lays flat enough for comfy napping. The reclined seat has a vented area at the top for additional airflow that you can cover if the weather is cold.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - 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


Thule offers optional infant car seat adapters, including the Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi, and the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter. These adapters allow you to safely walk your baby in their infant car seat carrier attached to the stroller while they are too young to jog (8-12 months, discuss with your pediatrician). The Chicco adapter works with Keyfit infant car seats, including the Chicco Keyfit 30 that won an award in our infant car seat review. The Maxi-Cosi adapter will also work with the Cybex Aton 2 infant car seat. These adapters allow click-in attachment of the Aton 2, which has the best crash test score making it an impressive combination. The Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter is somewhat of a universal adapter that works with a variety of brands, including the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and some seats by Graco, Britax, Bob, and Safety 1st.

Ease of Setup





The Thule is straightforward to assemble, with a build time of 5:13 minutes. The only assembly is putting on the rear wheels. No tools are required, but an informational insert on removing the front wheel is misleading. The manual is multi-language, and the directions don't start for a few pages, but the illustrations are straightforward.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front...
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


This stroller is very easy to maneuver, whether running with the wheel locked or walking with a swivel wheel.


The front swivel wheel helps it navigate tight spaces, and pushing and turning on hard flat surfaces is a breeze. The Thule is very responsive, and our professional runner feels this stroller is lightweight and easy to turn.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn...
Running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn and the Urban Glide 2 is easy to turn while running.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Off-road, the Urban Glide 2 excels, and we like how it handles rougher terrain, making it a good choice for managing a variety of unexpected outdoor surfaces, from forest trails to playpark greenbelts.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 has rear suspension that helps absorb the impact...
The Urban Glide 2 has rear suspension that helps absorb the impact of bumps in the road, but it isn't all wheel or adjustable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

It sports rear wheel suspension, pneumatic tires, and a padded sling-style seat for a comfortable riding experience. The rear shocks make this stroller a little jumpy when going down curbs, but the longer handlebar keeps you standing straighter for better control.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the new urban glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version...
The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


Even though it is 2 lbs heavier than the previous version at 24.4 lbs, it is still relatively light compared to the jogging competition, with most of the competition weighing more.


It also has a smaller fold overall than most of the competition, measuring about 15,300 cubic inches.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the urban glide 2 has quick release hubs that allow you to remove...
The Urban Glide 2 has quick release hubs that allow you to remove the rear wheels in a snap to make the stroller smaller for transporting in your car.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

These measurements make it lighter than similar options, so it may be easier to lift and carry. You can also use the quick-release hubs to remove the wheels to make it smaller if your trunk space is limited.

Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - the overall look and feel of the urban glide 2 is one of quality and...
The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Urban Glide is a high-quality stroller with impressive materials. The components and materials combine to create one of the review's sleekest and sharp-looking joggers.


This stroller has lovely fabric that feels good and appears breathable. The fabric didn't snag in our tests, and it fit the frame nicely in a groove that hides seams and fittings. The frame has a sleek design that is pleasing to the eye and is lightweight with very little flex. The Urban Glide 2 has molded plastic wheels with air-filled rubber tires that do not wiggle or vibrate where connected. The joints and connections are solid without flex or give, and the overall fit and finish are sleek and unencumbered.

Should You Buy the Thule Urban Glide 2?


It is hard to find anything to dislike about the Urban Glide 2 and its performance during testing is why. This jogger is great at almost everything and if it could only bring us flowers we might marry it. We think that no matter what your goals are for jogging, heading off-road, or getting groceries that the smooth moving, runnable Urban Glide 2 can get the job done with ease and style.

What Other Jogging Strollers Should You Consider?


The only reason to consider another option is if your budget is tight or you want to go on other types of adventures. This stroller is not the most expensive option in the group and it is less expensive than some of the the products we tested in our full-size stroller review. However, if it isn't in your wallet's neighborhood the BOB Rambler is a respectable choice as well. If you love being outdoors and want to share this with your little one, you might consider the Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit as you can use it for jogging, strolling, biking, and sledding (with accessories). While this option is expensive, it has so much versatility it could be worth it depending on your goals.

Accessories


Thule offers several nice accessories you can purchase to use with the Urban Glide.
Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - snack tray
Snack Tray
Credit: Thule
  • Thule Snack Tray — A snack tray can come in handy if you use a jogger for everyday strolling. This addition rotates to the side for easy access to get into and out of the stroller and is easy to attach and remove. It is unlikely you will use this addition if strictly running as items can fall from it while moving quickly.
  • Thule Car Seat Adapters
    Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - 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 makes strolling with an infant a breeze and extends the usable life of your jogger. Thule offers two car seat adapters that work with some Chicco, Peg Perego, UPPAbaby, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Nuna options (see Car Seat Compatibility above). Compatibility includes seats like the Chicco Keyfit 30.
  • Thule Mesh Cover
    Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller...
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    Credit: Thule
    The mesh cover is an excellent addition for hotter weather that offers protection against bugs and the sun but still allows for airflow. Depending on your climate, this accessory could be a must-have item to keep bugs at bay.
  • Thule Rain Cover
    Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller - thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller...
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    Credit: Thule
    This clear rain cover drapes over the seat to protect little passengers from rain, snow, or the wind without limiting visibility of the world around them. Arguably a must-have if you plan to run no matter what the weather.

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