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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 | $480 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  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 9
  • Ease Of Set Up - 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. 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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Pros Works as full-size and jogger, click-in car seatSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Large, heavy, some strap attachmentLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Great option if you plan to jog when your baby is older and weight isn't a factorBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Weight Folded Size (30%)
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Specs Thule Urban Glide... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 26.3 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 50 lbs/43"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
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
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
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
None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 5:13 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.


Performance details for the Urban Glide 2 Combo are 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, as it requires the car seats to be strapped in place for securing and some users feel that it doesn't really work that well with all seats. 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.

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 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. Neither is good 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 which earned it a 9 of 10. 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 earning only 6 of 10 for this metric.

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 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 isn't high enough. 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 a 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 keen attention to detail with durable construction and no manufacturer defects.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz