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Thule Urban Glide 2 Review

Our favorite jogger that makes a great everyday stroller
The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
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Price:   $500 List | $500 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  ⋅  Sep 30, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 35% 9
  • Ease Of Use - 25% 8
  • Maneuverability - 20% 9
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7

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.

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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


The Urban Glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically adjustable handlebar  adjustable tracking  and covered storage.
The Urban Glide 2 is highly run-able with an ergonomically adjustable handlebar, adjustable tracking, and covered storage.

Run-Ability


Thule is one of the most run-able strollers we've tested. 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.


It 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 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.
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.

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.

The Urban Glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are easy to use on the go.
The Urban Glide 2 has thoughtful features that function well and are easy to use on the go.

Ease of Use


This stroller is one of the easier to use joggers in the review.


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

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 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 fold 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 more compact fold which pulls in the rear wheels for a smaller footprint.

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 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. 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 found on the Bob strollers  but they are useful and will hold some sippy cup styles and snacks.

Storage


The storage bin is large and comes with a weatherproof zippered cover (above left) to keep items clean and prevent them from falling out. 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 sides to help increase airflow on hot days.
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.

The Urban Glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate forward for additional protection from low sun or direct wind.
The Urban Glide 2 has a highly adjustable canopy that can rotate forward for additional protection from low sun or direct wind.

The canopy rotates forward unlike the stationary canopy on the BOB, and it snaps in place for a sleek look.

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.
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.

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 which make 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.

The seat adjustment toggle on the Urban Glide 2 can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.
The seat adjustment toggle on the Urban Glide 2 can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to raise.

Seat


The seat is a sling style with a nicely padded non-adjustable leg rest and easy to clean footrest. The seat back 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.

The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.
The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.

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

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.

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.

Running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn and the Urban Glide 2 is easy to turn while running.
Running with a fixed wheel stroller requires tipping back to turn and the Urban Glide 2 is easy to turn while running.

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.

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.
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.

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.

The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version  but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.
The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.

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.


This jogger is the fourth lightest option in this review, and it has a smaller fold overall, at about 15,300 cubic inches.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

Quality


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


This stroller has nice 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.

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Accessories


Thule offers several nice accessories you can purchase to use with the Urban Glide.
Snack Tray
  • 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 getting 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
    The Chicco adapter for the Thule jogging strollers works with the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30.
    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).
  • Thule Mesh Cover
    Thule offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    The mesh cover is a nice 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 offers protection against the elements with various stroller covers.
    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.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Carrie Vickers