Gear Review: Thule Urban Glide 2 Review
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Since we first received our Urban Glide (single version) last year, I was hoping to see a double come down the pipes. It is one of my favorite strollers (especially for running), but there is still occasionally a time when a double comes in very handy with 3 kids.
While Thule has two different models in their single version (the “Glide” has a fixed front wheel and larger wheel size for smoother rolling; the “Urban Glide” has a swivel front wheel), the double version only comes in the Urban Glide – swivel wheel – model (so far).
Like it’s single version, the Urban Glide 2 is a fantastic runner. It weighs in at 32 pounds (2 pounds lighter than a BOB Revolution Duellie for comparison) and pushes like a dream thanks to its smooth rear suspension. It’s sleek and built for being able to focus more on your run and less on what you are pushing. The seats go back to a nearly horizontal position for napping (though my kids always like to be sitting up a little more).
For curiosity sake, we did our best to max out the 100 pound weight limit (85 pounds of kids and about 15 pounds of gear) and were surprised as to how well it still handled, even on a more uneven surface. While my 6 year old wouldn’t be able to comfortably sit it in it for hours, he can sit in it for a while. The Urban Glide 2 (and the 1, for that matter) have a shallower seat than some other strollers (again, think the BOB or Burley Solstice), but it’s doable. I don’t really know many 5 or 6 year olds you want to push around for long distances anyway.
One thing I really love about the Urban Glide strollers is that you can truly fold them up with one hand. With a twist of the handle, they fold up on their own and aren’t bulky. They also have “follow-the-sun” canopies that keep the kids covered and protected from the sun. Again, not as huge as some other canopies out there, but totally ample enough to protect kids from the sun.
I’m still hoping that Thule will improve on this in subsequent models, but the parking brake is a bit clunky. It’s hard to push and seems rather flimsy for the stroller. No problems with it yet, just not as smooth as I would like it to be.
The Urban Glide 2 comes with two rear back mesh pockets (for flatter items), small mesh pockets inside the stroller for small items for the child and a weather-proof covered storage compartment underneath (with a small zipped pocket on the outside.) It’s plenty of space to handle the essentials, though we like it even better with the Thule console ($39.95) added on (see below for link). We’d love to see an added zippered pocket on the stroller itself that is quick access as you run (so high up on the back of the stroller).
The child straps are very easy to adjust between riders of different sizes (I can switch them in less than 30 seconds) and just fit well to keep the child from moving around (which is an issue especially when they are young.) It also has one of the easiest adjustments we have seen for one-handed up and down.
The front wheel can be locked either front or rear-facing or in a “free swivel” position. There is an easy tracking adjustment on the wheel that really works so you aren’t fighting with a stroller that is just a little off and won’t steer straight. A big deal when you are putting on some serious miles.
– Sun/Mesh Cover: I really recommend this one for dryer climates. Just a little more sun protection and keeps those pesky bugs out when you need it to.
– Rain Cover: For the wetter climates….
– Thule Universal console: I personally like being able to keep my phone and water bottle available when I am walking and running. This organizer clips on super easily and does what I need it to do! Plus you can use it on other Thule models too. **The console I have is slightly different than the one available now**
– Car Seat Adapter: Technically, you can fit two carseats in the Urban Glide 2, though I haven’t actually tried it. But, the folks at Thule assure me it can be done. Great for when your child is under ~4 months.
Quick Run Down:
What we love:
– Lightweight and smooth ride, ideal for pushing a load
– Folds up easily and compactly
– Easy to adjust straps
– Seats recline almost flat
– Front wheel can lock or swivel and the tracking adjustment is very easy to use effectively
– Follow the sun canopies
– Hand brake for managing bigger hills and heavier loads
What we would like to see improved:
– Less clunky brake
– An easy-access pocket up high if you don’t have a console
– Slightly deeper seats for bigger kids <– not a deal breaker
The Bottom Line
If you have some serious running to do or just want a jogging stroller that is lightweight and pushes well, the Urban Glide 2 is fantastic. It seems to pull together the best features of the top jogging strollers out on the market into one beautiful package. While there are some slight tweaks we'd love to see improved, in general this is an incredible stroller that is lightweight AND manages very well in a variety of terrain. It's for the serious runner, but has the features to satisfy any active family. And while it isn't cheap, the price point is very reasonable in comparison to the competition on the market.
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