Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo Review
Pros: Works as full-size and jogger, click-in car seat
Cons: Large, heavy, some strap attachment
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ease of Use
The Urban Glide 2 isn't the easiest to use as a car seat stroller.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz