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Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo Review

Price:   $450.00 List | $358.95 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros:  Works as full-size and jogger, click-in car seat
Cons:  Large, heavy, some strap attachment
Bottom line:  Great option if you plan to jog when your baby is older and weight isn't a factor
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Weight:  26.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: Birth Maximum: 50 lbs/43"
Manufacturer:   Thule

The Skinny

The Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo is a great jogging stroller, but it struggles to be the best car seat combo stroller where weight and folded size are critical. However, it is a smooth mover with an impressive turning radius and the ability to safely run. We like the click-in adapters that are easy to use with a variety of infant car seat brands, and we love the versatility this stroller offers with the potential to be the only stroller you need for the life of your strolling years. Thanks to a more substantial size, the Urban Glide isn't a top performer in this review, and it could be a no-go for parents who need something small and light for car seat attachment. But, if that is less of an issue and you want a versatile outdoor powerhouse, then the Urban Glide 2 may be just what you are looking for.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
May 4, 2018

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The Urban Glide 2 works with a variety of infant car seat brands including Chicco car seats with an adapter that clicks in without the need for straps.
The Urban Glide 2 works with a variety of infant car seat brands including Chicco car seats with an adapter that clicks in without the need for straps.

Erik Thulin founded Thule (Too-La) in Sweden in 1942. They initially made gear for fishermen. Over time, Thule began creating gear for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous families. Thule's goal is to improve outdoor fun by helping transport outdoor items with ease. The company continues to develop innovative products with 70+ years of experience to draw on. The lineup includes luggage boxes and racks, roof racks, strollers, bike racks, and trailers.

Performance Comparison


Despite being a jogging stroller, the Thule Urban Glide 2 (in blue) managed a relatively impressive performance in this gear category impressing testers with great maneuverability and some click-in attachment options.


Performance details for the Urban Glide 2 Combo are outlined below.

Thule offers three different infant car seat adapters with some that click in easily and others that require clicking on and straps like the Universal adapter shown here.
Thule offers three different infant car seat adapters with some that click in easily and others that require clicking on and straps like the Universal adapter shown here.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


With three different car seat adapter options, the Urban Glide 2 earned an 8 of 10 for ease of attaching car seats to the strollers.

The universal adapter that Thule offers works with a variety of different brand car seats but it requires the car seat to be strapped in place to secure it to the stroller frame.
The Chicco adapter for the Thule Urban Glide 2 is a loop adapter that the carrier sits in and clocks onto.
The Maxi-Cosi adapters for the Urban Glide 2 click in on both sides which makes connecting compatible car seats a little trickier as you need to line up both sides simultaneously before pressing down to click in.

Thule offers the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter (above left) as a somewhat universal adapter that works with some car seats from Chicco, BOB, Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Graco, Nuna, Peg Perego, Safety 1st, and UPPAbaby. This adapter isn't the best, however, as it requires the car seats be strapped in place for securing and some users feel that it does really work that well with all seats. If this were the only adapter option, the Thule would have taken a hit in the scoring for this metric.

Thankfully, Thule now offers two additional adapters, the Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco (above middle) that works with the Chicco Keyfit 30 as a click-in attachment, and the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi (above right) that works with some options from Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Cybex, and Be-Safe. We like both of these adapters and prefer their click-in attachment over any strap process. We tested the Chicco adapter, and it is super easy to install and remove. The carrier seems to center itself with little pressure to connect. The seat feels very stable, and we don't see any possibility of installing it incorrectly.

You can fold the Thule with the car seat adapters in place  but it will make the already large folded product even bulkier.
You can fold the Thule with the car seat adapters in place, but it will make the already large folded product even bulkier.

Weight and Folded Size


Becuase it is a jogging tyle stroller the Thule is not ideal for weight and folded size with a score of 4 of 10. The BOB Revolution Flex is over 2 lbs heavier, but smaller when folded with the Thule weighing 26.3 lbs and measuring 15,388 cubic inches. The BOB is 14,497.06 cubic inches. Neither is excellent if you need to fit your car seat stroller in small spaces. However, if you want a one and done stroller you can jog with, the trade-off maybe worth it. You can fold the stroller with the car seat adapters in place, but it will make the folded product even bulkier.

The swivel front wheel on the Thule Urban Glide 2 helps it manage tight turns and small space while the locked wheel allows it to move effortlessly over almost any surface.
The swivel front wheel on the Thule Urban Glide 2 helps it manage tight turns and small space while the locked wheel allows it to move effortlessly over almost any surface.

Maneuverability


You can't beat the impressive maneuverability of the large swivel front wheel on the Urban Glide 2 which earned it a 9 of 10. With large rubber, air-filled tires the Urban Glide 2 moves smoothly over almost any surface with the wheel locked and can make tight turns with the swivel unlocked. It has adjustable tracking to keep you moving straight and can be used as a jogger when your little one is closer to a year old.

The Urban Glide 2 handlebar is adjustable on a pivot point. This method is easy to adjust but puts taller pushers closer to the axel.
The Urban Glide 2 handlebar is adjustable on a pivot point. This method is easy to adjust but puts taller pushers closer to the axel.

The handlebar is adjustable on a pivot point and covered in dense foam. The seat is a padded sling seat that combines with the suspension to create a stroller that is comfortable for passengers and pushers.

The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.
The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.

Ease of Use


The Urban Glide 2 isn't the easiest to use as a car seat stroller earning only 6 of 10 for this metric. The BOB Revolution Flex earned the same score and none of the competition earned more than a 7.

The Thule folding mechanism has a two-step process outlined on the handle.
The Thule folding mechanism has a two-step process outlined on the handle.

Fold and Unfold


The Thule is easy to fold and unfold with one twist and turn handle hidden under the seat that you can work with one hand if you need to. The Urban Glide 2 has a new automatic lock and it self-stands if the handlebar is adjusted correctly.

The large center brake pedal on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to use and nicely located.
The large center brake pedal on the Urban Glide 2 is easy to use and nicely located.

Brakes


The Urban Glide 2 brakes are easy to set and release with a wide pedal in the middle of the back near the axel. The pedal works with open-toed shoes without causing pain. The new Urban Glide 2 also features a deacceleration handbrake that twists forward to slow a moving stroller. This brake works well and while awkward at first, is a design we think most parents will like.

The storage bin on the Thule is the only option with a protective cover.
The storage bin on the Thule is the only option with a protective cover.

Storage


The Thule is the only option with a covered storage bin. The bin holds up to 10 lbs, and the cover zips in place to keep this clean and dry. The basket has interior pockets for better organization and passengers have two mesh pockets for snacks and sippy cups. Parents can also use the mesh pocket on the seat back, even with the car seat in place.

The Urban Glide 2 canopy is not really designed to work in conjunction with any infant car seat.
The Urban Glide 2 canopy is not really designed to work in conjunction with any infant car seat.

Sunshade


While the Urban Glide 2 has a lovely canopy that is large with a peek-a-boo window, you can't use the canopy in conjunction with an infant car seat carrier because it doesn't come up high enough. You don't need to remove it like you need to with some other strollers, but it isn't usable.

Ease of Setup


The Thule is easy to set up with a time of just over 5 minutes to assemble. It doesn't require any tools, and all you need to do is attach the wheels. The manual is average with multiple languages happening on the same page. The illustrations are clear, but there is an insert about how to remove the front wheel that can be confusing until if you don't realize it isn't the actual instructions. Because of this, it took probably a minute longer than it should have.

It is hard to do better than the Thule Urban Glide 2 if quality is your main concern.
It is hard to do better than the Thule Urban Glide 2 if quality is your main concern.

Quality


Thule brings it all to the table with quality materials and design that helped it earn a 9 of 10 for quality. This stroller has nice ripstop material that fits into hidden grooves for a seamless look with the aluminum frame. Everything on the Urban Glide 2 has a keen attention to detail with durable construction and no manufacturer defects.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

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