Before you skip reading this thinking, “just another stroller review,” note the Thule Urban Glide 2 is far more than just another stroller. For active parents, the Thule Urban Glide 2 is a dream come true! It is equipped with all the features you need and wants to make getting back into shape or diving back into your running routine after the baby flawless, and earned a spot on our list of best strollers of 2023. So go ahead, and hit the path in style with your precious cargo safely and comfortably seated in the Thule Urban Glide 2.
In this Thule jogging stroller review, we’ll cover the following:
- Stand-out Features
- What I Love
- What I Wish Were Different
- Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution
Before we jump in, if you’d like to see this review in video form, it’s your lucky day. Here’s our YouTube version of this Thule jogging stroller review:
Unboxing the Thule and getting it ready for your first jog
Like other jogging strollers, the Thule Urban Glide 2 comes in a large box housing the folded stroller in a plastic cacoon. Once out of the box, the fun part of desecuring the stroller begins. There are multiple plastic zip-ties to ensure the stroller stays safely folded and the harness stays secure during shipment. After freeing the Thule, find the folding mechanism under the footrest to unfold the stroller. While the front wheel is already attached, you must add the rear wheels by simply inserting them into their designated spots on each side. Flip up the handlebar, and you’ll be ready for your first jog with your child!
Overall, unboxing is pleasantly simple and allows for use within minutes. Thule’s manual does an excellent job guiding you through safely assembling the stroller, whether you’re a first-time parent or it’s not your first rodeo.
Most-talked about features of the Thule Urban Glide 2
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has multiple raving reviews, and I think most are due to the extensive list of features the jogging stroller offers. From parent and child comfort to top-of-the-line safety, this stroller has it covered.
The one-handed reclining mechanism is a popular feature of the jogging stroller because it allows parents to recline the seat quickly and easily, whether for better comfort if the child falls asleep during the run or just better positioning as the child grows.
Large Storage Basket
A spacious under-cargo storage basket is a must-have feature for any stroller owner. The Thule offers plenty of storage space for keeping blankets, toys, a dad bag, or any other essentials needed on your stroll. It also features a cargo cover with a zip top, which keeps everything secure while rolling over all terrains. The basket even has a rear zipper pocket for additional under-stroller storage.
Multi-Position Canopy with Peekaboo Window
The multi-position canopy is perfect for ensuring your child’s comfort. It is complete with a side ventilation window and a top peekaboo window, or stroller sunroof as I like to call it, for checking on your little one. The peekaboo flap features a magnetic closure to securely keep the window open until you’re ready to close it. Therefore, no more fighting with keeping the stroller sunroof open because of the wind trying to blow the flap closed.
Lightweight and easy maneuvering is one of the numerous reasons many parents choose Thule Urban Glide 2 as the go-to jogging stroller. It weighs approximately 25 pounds and offers a swivel front wheel for normal walking speeds, and the wheel can be locked into place for better stabilization with increased jogging speeds. The rear 16-inch wheels include a convenient foot pedal brake for securely parking the stroller.
Comfort Handlebar with Braking
The handlebar offers soft foam padding and multiple height adjustments for ultimate comfort during your jog. The twist brake located on the handlebar help navigate tight turns and maintain a safe speed on hills. Engaging the hand brake allows runners to easily slow down the stroller’s rear wheels to maintain a safe speed throughout the duration of their jog.
Ease of Storage
The Thule Urban Glide 2 will glide into a compact fold to make storage a breeze. We all know how challenging it can be to fold down some strollers, so thankfully, it provides a one-hand folding mechanism. The fold point is hidden under the footrest and can easily be folded by simply lifting up on the folding mechanism.
In addition to the convenience features, the Thule Urban Glide is built for safety. The stroller has a padded 5-point harness system for the child to sit comfortably and securely during your morning or afternoon run. The number of harness points is important because the more harness points there are, the more secure the buckle.
Other Must-Mention Features
This sleek stroller is made for comfort and style. One of the other comfort highlights is seat ventilation to help keep your child cool during your strolls around the park. Essentially, seat ventilation is a fancy way of saying it is a seat with holes.
Another important feature parents check when purchasing a stroller is the weight rating. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a comparable child weight rating to other strollers, up to 49 pounds. However, the overall stroller weight capacity is 75 pounds. Therefore, you can feel confident using the stroller for a quick grocery run for holding your nearly 50-pound kid and 25 pounds of groceries.
Our Thule Urban Glide 2 review
I really love the Thule Urban Glide 2 because it goes through rigorous testing before being made available for purchase, giving me and other worrisome parents peace of mind that the stroller can handle the toughest conditions and is made with only the safest materials. One highlight is the springy suspension of this jogging stroller, providing a smooth ride over all terrain types for both child and parent. This is very beneficial for bumps in the sidewalk or tackling more off-road trails.
I love all the under-cargo storage with a zipping top, ensuring all your items stay secure, even on uneven paths. The lightweight design and ease of folding are every parent’s dream. We also love how easy it is to adjust the handlebar height so that pretty much anyone of all heights can comfortably push the stroller. Finally, the one-handed, compact fold allows for easy storage in your trunk, closet, or garage. It also makes transporting to and from your favorite jogging spots or taking it with you on vacation simple.
The not-so awesome
Overall, the Thule is a solid stroller, especially for serious runners. However, I have a few bones to pick about the seat that could make the jogging stroller even better.
When the seat is in its fully upright, locked position, it is still fairly reclined, making it kind of awkward. Also, the seat of the Thule is pretty narrow, probably for better aerodynamics. Still, it can make it uncomfortable for your kids, especially if they’re like ours and have a caboose to carry around. Utilizing the side mesh pockets beside the seat for carrying bottles, etc. further constricts the seat’s width.
All in all, I think the Thule Urban Glide 2 is a super stroller. It is perfect for avid runners and would make an ideal stroller for anyone looking to get back outdoors with their baby. So while it has a hefty price tag, it is worth it for active parents looking to explore local paths and trails with their babies. One option to make this fantastic jogging stroller more affordable would be to attempt to buy a gently used stroller or have friends and family chip in together to purchase the top-of-the-line stroller.
Pricing and where to buy
As we’ve noted, this stroller doesn’t come cheap. Prices typically range from $549 to $699, and can vary by color, so if you’re not picky, poke around! At time of publishing, the grey color is the cheapest on Amazon, coming in at $549.
Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution
Comparing jogging strollers, I recommend the Thule over similar options, such as the BOB Revolution stroller. The main reason is that the Thule is lighter and constructed for maximum efficiency when pushing. The Thule comes in at 25 pounds, and the BOB Revolution is about three pounds heavier at 28.5 pounds. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is also super responsive at navigating turns with the easy-to-use twist handlebar brake.
While the BOB says it can handle your child from birth to 75 pounds, the Thule has a child weight rating of 49 pounds and an overall weight capacity of 75 pounds. Therefore, Thule is mainly saying by around 50 pounds, your child should be up and running with you instead of relaxing in the stroller. Although the BOB is technically classified as a jogging stroller, I consider it more of a hybrid stroller. However, if you’re looking for more of a hybrid stroller to use daily and as a jogging stroller, the BOB Revolution Flex is probably the right stroller for you.
Thule Urban Glide 2 FAQs
Is the Thule Urban Glide 2 worth it?
For serious runners or if you plan to run a lot with your kid, it is hands-down worth the price for new parents to splurge for the Thule Urban Glide 2.
Is Thule Urban Glide good for everyday use?
While it can be used every day, the Thule Urban Glide 2 is better specified for runners.
Is the Thule Urban Glide 2 easy to collapse and transport?
As we discussed in our review, this stroller is extremely easy to collapse and store. The one-handed fold allows for fast folding, and the compact, lightweight design makes it simple to load and unload from your vehicle.
What is the difference between Thule strollers?
Ranging from around $650-$850, Thule all-terrain strollers have different features to accommodate various needs.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is available in multiple color combinations and has a sleek, lightweight design for easily strolling around town or your favorite walking paths.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller offers the same features as the single Thule Urban Glide 2 while allowing you to bring two kids along on your run.
The Thule Glide 2 is a high-performance jogging stroller designed for runners to take on any terrain. The main difference between the Glide and Urban Glide is the wheel size, with the Glide having slightly larger rear wheels. It features 18″ rear wheels and a 16″ fixed front wheel.
What accessories are available for the Thule Urban Glide 2?
Stroller accessories are less about adding visual appeal and more about increasing the functionality of the stroller. Multiple accessories are available for the Thule Urban Glide 2, allowing you to add customized features to your jogging stroller to your heart’s desire. A few must-have additions include:
- Infant car seat adapter: You can use the stroller from birth with the infant car seat adapter. It allows you to conveniently and securely lock the car seat to the stroller without needing to move your sleeping baby.
- Stroller organizer and tray for your kid: The zippered pocket and built-in cup holder keep your child’s beverages and other small items within reach. The simple and easy installation makes this accessory a lifesaver.
- Bumper bar: The bumper bar provides additional security by providing your child with a bar to hold onto while in the stroller. The bar swivels out of the way for loading and unloading your kid easily.
- Mesh cover: Helps to protect your kid from the sun’s harmful rays, wind, and bugs. It easily attaches to the stroller, providing a protective screen for your tiny passenger. The mesh design allows for breathability without intense exposure to harsh outdoor elements.
- Rain cover: For avid runners, a rain cover for a jogging stroller is essential. It is custom-fitted for the stroller to provide maximum weather protection for your kid.
- Bassinet adapter: Similar to the car seat adapter, it allows you to use the stroller from birth. The adapter transforms your stroller into a pram in no time with a ventilated mattress and bassinet apron. It is ideal for babies 0-6 months.