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Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo Review

Great option if you plan to jog when your baby is older and weight isn't a factor
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Price:   $500 List | $399 at Amazon
Pros:  Works as full-size and jogger, click-in car seat
Cons:  Large, heavy, some strap attachment
Manufacturer:   Thule
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 8
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 2
  • Quality - 10% 9
  • Maneuverability - 5% 9

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. Due to its 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 want.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

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. 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



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.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


With three different car seat adapter options and a single-step approach, the Urban Glide 2 offers easy car seat attachment.

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, as it requires the car seats to be strapped in place and some users feel that it doesn't work that well with all seat brands. If this were the only adapter option, the Thule would have taken a hit in scoring.

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.

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 including the Cybex Aton 2. We like both of these adapters and prefer their click-in attachment over straps. 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 didn't experience any incorrect installations. The Cybex adapter is also a big win as it works with the Aton 2 which earned a Top Pick for Safety award in our infant car seat review and provides click-in attachment.

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


Because it is a jogging style stroller, the Thule is not ideal for weight and folded size. The Thule weighs 26.3 lbs and measures 15,388 cubic inches. Neither is useful 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 may be 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. With large rubber, air-filled tires it moves smoothly over almost any surface with the wheel locked and can make tight turns with it 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 that when combined with the suspension, it creates 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.

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. 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 brakes are easy to set and release with a wide pedal in the middle of the back near the axle, and it 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 seatback, 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 large canopy with a peek-a-boo window, you can't use the canopy in conjunction with an infant car seat carrier. You don't need to remove it, but it isn't usable.

Ease of Setup


The Thule is easy to set up with a time of just over 5 minutes. It doesn't require any tools, and all you do is attach the wheels. The manual is average with multiple languages on the same page, but the illustrations are clear. There is an insert about how to remove the front wheel that can be confusing until you realize it isn't the instructions.

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. 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