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The Best Thule Urban Glide Stroller Review You’ll Ever Need

The Best Thule Urban Glide Stroller Review You'll Ever Need

Looking for one of the best lightweight strollers perfect for running? Look no further than the Thule Urban Glide 2 Stroller.

The Thule Urban Glide Stroller has to be one the most versatile strollers on the market when it comes to using it for jogging and everyday use. With it’s lightweight frame, the Thule Urban is a winner for many parents.

Let’s dive into the details of this jogging stroller to see if it’s worth the investment for your family.

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Thule Urban Glide Stroller Review

OVERALL RATING: 8

Capability as a jogging stroller:  9
Ease of Use:   9
Rolling Resistance: 8
Compactness: 8
Robustness: 8
Style:  8
Safety: 8  
Value for money: 8

 

Things I Love

  • Lightweight 
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lockable front wheel
  • Great sun canopy cover 
  • Quick & easy to fold
  • Rear wheels come off easily

Things I Don't Like​

  • Small underneath storage basket 
  • Seat can be fiddly to recline 
  • Small seat frame may not fit children as they grow older

My main reasons for buying the Thule Urban Glide:

I wanted a stroller that I could use for every day like grocery shopping, as well as take for a run with my toddler. 

The Urban Glide 2 ticked all my boxes for lightweight, maneuverable, and durable. Thule is a well-respected brand widely known for its quality outdoor products, such as roof racks and cargo carriers, so I knew I could trust its quality.

With adaptors, the Thule Urban Glide can be used with a capsule attached, also known as a travel system. This allows for a smooth transition of your baby from your vehicle straight to the pram frame.

This stroller also has a bassinet option which makes the stroller suitable from birth. I, however, chose to purchase adaptors and use a capsule. Once my baby was old enough, I transitioned her straight to the seat and used a padded headrest insert for extra support. 

 

Charli Rohn Running with baby in the Thule Urban Glide Stroller

Running with the Thule Urban Glide 2:

My toddler loves visiting all sorts of off-road places, including the local duck pond, the forest, and the beach. With her demand, we’ve taken our Thule on various terrains, including:

  • Hills 
  • Rocky paths 
  • Grass
  • Sand 

I only run with our Thule Urban Glide on mostly smooth paths to keep our toddler comfortable and preserve the life of the stroller. So, I can’t comment on how it handles on extra rocky terrain.

Running with the Urban Glide is super enjoyable, as it glides along with minimal effort. I love how the handle is adjustable so we can set it at a neutral height to make it feel like an extension of my arm. 

When I run with the stroller, I always lock the front wheel to keep the pram on track. 

Locked front wheel on the Thule Urban Glide stroller

Weight of the Urban Glide 2 Stroller

I’ve tested out a few of our friends’ strollers, including the Thule Chariot Sport and the Mountain Buggy Urban, and I’ve always been pleasantly surprised with how lightweight our Thule Urban Glide is. 

Stroller weight: 11.5kg

Folded dimensions: 87 x 69 x 34 cm

Max child weight: 22kg

Folded Thule Urban Glide Stroller for transport

Transporting the Thule Urban Glide

With such a lightweight frame, transporting the Thule Urban Glide is very easy. The frame folds with minimum effort and I usually remove the wheels before putting it in the car trunk. 

When folded, the frame has dimensions of (inches first) 87 x 69 x 34 cm, which fits into most small to medium-sized vehicle trunks.

How to remove the wheels on the Thule Urban Glide 2

The rear wheels are removable and can be taken off for storage and transportation. 

Simply press the grey button in the center of the wheel, and pull the wheel outwards. 

To replace, simply insert the pin back into the axel and rotate until you hear a click. 

Removing the wheels from the Thule Urban Glide Pram

Caring for your Thule stroller’s air-filled tires

The Thule stroller has rubber air-filled tires, which can be inflated using the pump provided with the stroller or a standard handheld bike pump. 

Your stroller wheels should be pumped according to the KPA(?)/PSI (please check what it is called in the US!) listed on the tire. Most small handheld pumps don’t have a pressure gauge, so we go by feel. I use this handheld pump and always keep it in the stroller’s undercarriage bag. 

Press down on the tire, and it should feel firm with little resistance. A flat tire is noticeable as it will be easy to press down with your thumb. A flat tire makes the stroller harder for you to push, especially when you are running. 

If your tire continually goes flat, you may have a puncture in your inner tube. Urban Glide 2 replacement tubes can be purchased online, and you can replace them yourself. If you are unsure, we recommend visiting your local bike shop to have the tube replaced.

Maneuverability of the Thule Urban Glide 2

As I mentioned earlier, one of the main drawcards for purchasing the Urban Glide was its ease of turning and wheeling around. Like most 3-wheel strollers, the front wheel swivels 360⁰, which makes turning very easy. 

As I always run with the front wheel locked, the lightweight frame makes turning easy as I simply push down on the handle to lift the front wheel and turn slightly as I run. 

The narrow frame also contributes to how easily maneuverable the Urban Glide stroller is.

How to lock the front wheel on the Thule Urban Glide

The front wheel can be easily locked by the twist knob situated at the top of the wheel. The knob is clearly marked with an open padlock for when the wheel is free and a locked padlock for when the wheel is fixed. 

Simply pull the knob backward and twist it to change the setting from fixed to freewheel.

Twist knob of the Thule Urban Glide Stroller to switch between a fixed or freewheel mode

Turning with the front wheel fixed

When the front wheel is fixed in place, simply use a little force to push down on the rear handlebar to suspend the front wheel.  At the same time, turn towards the direction you are going.  It’s not rocket science, really!

I prefer the wheel to be fixed whenever I run as it stabilizes the stroller and reduces ‘speed wobbles’ on the wheels.

Using the adjustable handle

The Thule Urban Glide handlebar is highly adjustable, which makes the stroller perfect for someone short or taller than average. It is also a great option for couples who both use the stroller, as it can quickly and easily be adjusted to suit the user. 

To adjust, simply push both buttons simultaneously and pull or push the handlebar in the desired direction until you feel it click in place.

Does the handbrake work for running?

The Thule Urban Glide has a large plastic handbrake built into the handlebar, which makes braking very easy while running. 

The brake is very responsive and requires minimal effort to engage. 

I love the handbrake and would be lost without it, especially when running on hills.

Reclining the seat

Reclining the seat on the Thule Glide is super easy and can be done one-handed. A strap underneath the seat can be tightened or released to set the seat at the desired recline. 

I also love the small storage pouch underneath the seat, which I find is perfect for extra water bottles and other items. It could be a bit limiting if you use your stroller for errands like grocery shopping. 

Strap on the Thule Urban glide stroller adjusts the seat recline
The Thule Urban Glide stroller has a 5-point harness

Using the 5-point harness

This stroller has a 5-point harness with a quick-release buckle. The straps are pretty standard to adjust, with clips to lengthen or tighten them. 

The straps have nice padding, and you can remove these pads and throw them into the wash. This happens regularly at our house!

Large sunshade on the Thule Urban Glide stroller

Using the sunshade

I absolutely love the sunshade on this stroller! When fully extended, it has great coverage and makes being a passenger even nicer on those bright, sunny days. 

The sunshade requires zero effort to pull down. It also includes an extra sun cover flap that can be popped out for additional shade.

Viewing panel provides an unobstructed view for your baby.
There is a viewing panel on the top of the sun canopy.

Ventilation on the Thule Urban Glide

A zipper around the rear of the sun canopy offers great ventilation for bubs. I love using this on hot days, especially when we have the sun canopy down while the baby is asleep.

Extra ventilation on the Thule Urban Glide stroller for hot days

How to fold the Thule Urban Glide 2

Folding the Thule Urban Glide is, to date, one of the easiest strollers we’ve folded, and we’ve tried quite a few! 

Neatly covered by the seat padding at the front of the frame is a grey handle that operates the folding mechanism. Simply pull and twist the handle, and the whole frame folds instantly.

Folding mechanism on the Thule Urban Glide pram

Using the Thule Urban Glide with a baby

The Thule Urban Glide has the option of a bassinet, which can be purchased separately, making it suitable for newborns. I personally didn’t purchase the bassinet. Instead, I purchased the capsule adaptors and used our baby travel system with the Thule Urban Glide frame. 

Using a baby capsule allowed me to start running with my baby postpartum. However, knowing what age you can start running with your child in a jogging stroller is an important factor to consider first.

Using the thule urban glide stroller for jogging

My final thoughts on the Thule Urban Glide for running

I love using the Thule Urban Glide Stroller to run with my daughter because it is so lightweight and maneuverable. Its versatility makes it perfect for jogging, grocery shopping, and everyday jaunts. However, I do feel the seat could be slightly larger to accommodate bigger kids. 

However, my guess is our daughter will probably use a bike before she outgrows the stroller. 

If you’re a new parent looking to jog with your child from baby to toddler age, I’d say give this stroller a try. Ask on Facebook groups if someone has one you can try out before you buy. You never know who might be happy to loan you a Thule if you’d only ask!

If you’re looking for a lightweight stroller that you can take running and use for everyday, I’d highly recommend the Thule Urban Glide. If you have this stroller, let us know in the comments where you like to go with your Thule!

If you’d like to check out another brand, read our Summit X3 Stroller Review

If you’re looking for a double stroller, check out our Thule Chariot Sport Review.

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