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It makes sense to spend some time considering which stroller fits your lifestyle. Personally, I would not have survived the first several months of postpartum life without my Thule Urban Glide 2. It allowed me to jumpstart my recovery while bringing my new bundle of joy into the beautiful outdoors from the get-go. From one adventure mama to another: your stroller is your key to freedom!
If you enjoy trail running, jogging around your neighborhood, or strolling through the Farmer’s Market, the Thule Urban Glide 2 might be a great stroller to consider. It has the durability, storage, and safety features to take your little one on adventures without added bulk or weight. It’s also slim and light enough to use as an everyday stroller.
This stroller comes in a single or double version, for parents with one cutie or double-the-trouble with twins. With the number of strollers out there, sometimes it’s nice to have an option that can tackle it all.
This feature-rich stroller offers the best of all worlds for mamas and papas who want to bring their baby outside, off the beaten path, and beyond.
Table of Contents
- 1 Features We Like
- 2 Room for Improvement
- 3 Conclusion
Thule Urban Glide 2 Review
The Thule Urban Glide 2 provides some features that make it an excellent choice for the adventure-inspired parent.
With a lightweight design and durable suspension, you can conquer that hill with your baby in tow.
And for the way down, the safety-conscious handbrake saves your back. This stroller allows for a smooth ride for your baby and the freedom to get outside for parents.
- Max Child Weight: 49lbs
- Max Stroller Weight (Baby+Gear): 75lbs
- Stroller Weight: 25lbs
- Folded Dimensions: 34.2” x 27.2” x 13.3”
- Safety Harness: 5-point
Features We Like
Lightweight, Durable Frame
As a runner, the weight of this stroller takes the cake. Coming in at 25lbs, this is one of the lightest jogging strollers with a handbrake that I have found.
This stroller glides so smoothly, that I find that I barely notice it when running on flat terrain. Even pushing the stroller up paved hills, I don’t feel like I’m overexerting myself. Getting outside shouldn’t feel like a chore and this stroller adds to the experience by reducing the weight.
You also want something you can throw in the car and go. The Thule is one of the more durable strollers I tested. I did not want something that I would be afraid would break if I handled it a little too roughly.
The durability of this stroller gives me peace of mind that I can take it out often. The combination of high durability and low weight makes this stroller an easy pick. It gives me the motivation to get outside and keep going, especially when my little cutie is catching some “zzzs” in the reclined seat.
Handbrake for Speed Control
If you think you’ll be tackling any hills, a handbrake is a must!
This safety feature provides huge comfort for mom or dad when descending since the brake takes a lot of the weight that your back and legs would normally be carrying.
I’ve attempted hills without the brake and I do not recommend it! While the brake can bring the stroller to a complete stop, the main focus of the handbrake is speed control. This feature allows you to keep the stroller rolling merrily along at your pace down the hill.
Suspension and 16-inch Tires
If you’ll be taking your new adventure buddy off the pavement, you need some suspension. This stroller incorporates this both in the form of large 16-inch tires, as well as a robust suspension that can absorb the bumps.
I found that jogging on dirt roads or wide trails is much more enjoyable for both of us with the smooth ride. I feel safe knowing that the suspension reduces the jarring movement on my darling’s developing neck muscles, while also allowing me the freedom to roam my old, pre-baby stomping grounds.
Let’s be honest, once you have kids, you’ll be doing many things one-handed: getting dressed, tying your shoes, cooking dinner.
Thule had the foresight to realize that many parents would be folding up the stroller with one hand. If you’re not headed out straight from the house, it will be folded up and down many times, so having something simple is key.
I’ll admit it takes a bit of practice to get it, but this feature has some great potential!
Large Storage Capacity
Many strollers have lackluster storage space, but Thule knows that parents who buy their products need enough storage for all the necessities.
Adventure mamas may be out for hours at a time and it’s important to bring a change of clothes for puddle stomping, layers for unexpected rain, and blankets for an impromptu picnic, in addition to all the typical baby gear.
This stroller has a large cargo basket with both a zippered and Velcro cover, as well as the rear mesh pocket and mesh snack compartments for the baby.
At first, I thought the Velcro was silly, but after much use, I’ve found that I rely on that more than the zippers for quick access.
Multi-Position Sun Canopy
Another feature I greatly appreciate about the Thule stroller is the sun canopy.
The canopy can be adjusted to many different angles and stays in place. I found this especially helpful when I used the car seat attachment and could position the canopy far enough back that it cast shade across her face, but not so far that I couldn’t see her.
The canopy also does not have extra fabric that gets in the way. It fits securely without any loose flaps.
If there is one thing that parents learn quickly, it’s that nobody is happy when the baby’s not happy. A crying baby can cast a gloomy cloud over any outdoor outing.
With the Thule’s reclining seats, my daughter often dozes off, lulled by the rocking terrain, allowing me time to get a jog in or to have a nice chat with my partner on our walk.
Baby’s comfort comes first and the Thule stroller kept this in mind with its design!
Room for Improvement
I appreciate that this stroller has a peekaboo window, but I find that it’s not as useful as I thought it would be.
The placement of the window sits a little too far back, so I end up leaning around the front to look at my daughter anyway.
The window is also quite small and the roll-up cover never stays in its pocket. If the cover had a magnet, that would be a great addition to keep it in place, but as is, the functionality is lacking.
Awkward One-Handed Folding
Yes, I also listed this as one of the great features and while I do appreciate it, it took me several tries to fold it up properly.
The one-handed feature can be very awkward because you have to lift the padding flap, push the bar to the side, and then twist. Sometimes, I still use two hands because I find it a bit clunky. My husband, however, seems to have no problem doing this one-handed.
Limited Canopy Reach
As I said before, I like the multi-position capabilities of the canopy. I, however, do not think it extends far enough. If it had a little more reach, your little one could have a bit more protection from the elements.
When it rains, I notice that the canopy does not extend far enough to protect my daughter from getting wet. It’s great for shade, but I’ve considered getting the clear rain cover for this reason.
The canopy has a zipper that allows it to extend further. It’s just not quite enough to protect your baby from unexpected weather. The idea is there, but in practice, it falls short of the mark.
Lack of Essential Accessories
While the stroller has many features, Thule offers some accessories as add-ons rather than including them. For example, the water bottle and phone holder do not come included with the stroller.
Pushing an extra 25lbs plus your little one definitely requires a bit of hydration! And, it can be nice to keep your phone accessible during your run.
Leaving these accessories out shaves off a little weight, keeping the stroller light, but I find them worth it.
One of the main downsides of the Thule Urban Glide 2 is the high price point.
Thule is a well-established outdoor gear brand and part of what you pay for is the brand name. Ringing in at around $699.95, you get a lot of bells and whistles with this stroller, but you will pay for them. You can find some similar jogging strollers at a lower price.
Overall, the Thule Urban Glide 2 provides a smooth, safe, and durable ride for your baby and the versatility for parents to bring their little one to many places outside.
Thule keeps it easy for mom and dad and comfy for baby. If you’re looking for a feature-rich jogging stroller, this may be one to check out. Whether on the trails or around the neighborhood, this lightweight stroller allows for all-terrain adventures together.
Or, if you’re not interested in going off-pavement onto rough terrain, check out the Thule Spring for the same durability.
Thule Urban Glide 2 Review: Adjustable Jogging Stroller
I'm a running mom. My Thule Urban Glide 2 was my secret weapon for getting back into my routine. Here's my full Thule Urban Glide 2 review:
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