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Thule Urban Glide 2 | Reviews


Thule Urban Glide 2 | Reviews

# Thule Urban Glide 2 | Reviews
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My name’s Jim, and I also write the Geriatric Dad Blog for Mother&Baby. I’m a first-time dad to Wilfred (aka Mr Sprout), who is six months old and growing rapidly. My wife, Daisy, and I enjoy an active, outdoorsy lifestyle and want to include Wilfred in that as much as possible.

With Wilfred reaching his seven-month milestone recently, we decided to look for an all-terrain pushchair that was safe for him and also good to push when running, as we both love to participate in parkrun on a Saturday morning.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 seemed to tick all our boxes and in our review below, you’ll read about exactly what we have found over three months of rigorous use of testing the jogging pushchair in a variety of environments.

## 1. Thule Urban Glide 2
### Pros & Cons
– Brilliant for running / parkruns – love it!
– VERY easy to assemble from the box
– Easy to take rear wheels off, fold & put in the boot of the car
– Lightweight yet very sturdy
– Superb build quality
– Adjustable ergonomic handlebar
– Handlebar brakes – very useful safety feature when running
– Baby loves it – comfy suspension seems to help
– Rain cover easy to put on & remove
– Front wheel can swivel or be locked in place

– Don’t press/lean downward on handlebars too hard: feels like it could tip backwards when baby is reclined
– Maybe more storage area (accessories are available) but that is perhaps a bit harsh!

## Key Features
**Easy-to-use build and design**
First up: it is *very* easy to put together straight out of the box it’s delivered in.

In fact, while I would never recommend NOT reading instructions before putting a product together, the Urban Glide 2 is so intuitive you don’t need to.

It basically folds in one place just behind the front swivel wheel. Here, lifting part of the lower seat cover, you’ll find a handle that – with two simple movements (a twist and a move sideways with one hand) – can enable folding, or allow you to fix the buggy in position ready for use.

It’s also *very* easy to attach/take off the two 16″ rear wheels. Just slide them on/off, pressing the central button on the wheel at the appropriate time to facilitate adding/removing.

The front swivel wheel (which can be locked in place) comes ready-attached and is less easy to remove (involves things like screwdrivers, etc) but we have had no need to take it off.

**Should fit in most car boots**
Obviously, check the buggy’s measurements provided in this review against the boot space you have before you buy.

We have a Ford B-Max, which doesn’t have the biggest boot room, but the *Urban Glide 2* fits with no problem (see pic). We only need to take one wheel off and fold the handle down, and that’s it.

It literally takes seconds to take a wheel off, fold the buggy and put it in the boot.

## Suspension!
Yep – the thing comes with suspension built-in. Amazing! We’ve found this to be especially useful over uneven/bumpy surfaces, like cobbles, a bumpy grass field or an unmade path.

Not only does it help make pushing or running with the buggy easier, but I imagine it also helps make the ride just a bit more comfortable for Wilfred (that is an assumption though – I can’t actually ask him as he’s not learned to speak yet!)

## Canopy and reclining seat
The canopy can be set in a multitude of positions, with a rain cover available that easily fits over the top with some simple Velcro-based fastenings.

The seat itself reclines, though when Wilfred was fully reclined we found the buggy’s centre of gravity changed slightly & moved back – meaning you had to be a bit more careful than normal not to push down on the handles when running and tip the buggy backwards.

Not a big problem – we’ve not ever tipped it – just beware.

## Testing the Thule Urban Glide 2
Now onto the important part. Using the buggy… What’s it *really* like?

The short answer is very good across a multitude of terrains, though I might question whether you can *really* label the *Urban Glide 2* a true ‘all-terrain’ stroller. I’ll come back to that shortly as it depends on your definition of ‘all-terrain’.

Let’s look in a bit more detail at where and how & where we’ve used it.

### Manoeuvrable
The first thing we noticed about the *Glide 2* was how easy it is to push. Over pavements, roads, tarmac paths, and off-road it actually *does* feel like it’s gliding along when you push it.

Try it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean. The product’s name is spot on.

Weighing in at 11.5kg, it’s easily manageable and pushes as though it’s lighter.

You’ll need to pump the tires up with a bicycle pump before you use the buggy to achieve this ‘gliding’ feel, as they are supplied under-inflated.

It’s no big deal, but if you haven’t got a bicycle pump, you’ll need to get one.

### When running
One of the principal reasons we thought the Urban Glide 2 would be ideal for us was because it’s touted as a good ‘jogging’ stroller. We’ve taken it to a few parkruns to give it a really good workout.

First up – fixing the front wheel in place (recommended when running) was very easy. And secure. No problems there.

Second – oh goodness, it is SMOOTH and SO easy to push when running! It seems to take the minimum of effort – more difficult of course than running without a buggy, but much easier than a couple of the other buggies I’ve run with in the last few months.

On my very first run with Mr. Sprout in the Urban Glide 2, I managed to finish a 5km parkrun in 28 mins and 2 secs. Which was very pleasing indeed, especially asI was recovering from a severe knee injury.

Third – it’s awesome for running on paved roads, grass, or uneven/gravel paths. Its suspension makes a big difference on these surfaces.

And in case another runner makes a sudden move into your path, the built-in twist brake on the handlebar has proven to be a very useful safety feature – I’ve had to use it a few times, including once when another runner’s dog suddenly ran in front of me without any warning.

Setting the front wheel in place for a run is very easy.

Baby comfort

There’s a convenient ‘peekaboo window’ at the back of the canopy that allows you to see your baby – a nice feature.

And if it’s raining, the inclement weather canopy (available as an accessory) is easy to attach via Velcro and provides good protection against wind and rain.

Most importantly, the 5-point harness system is secure and fully adjustable. This is particularly important when the seat – which can be easily adjusted – is in an upright position.

A ‘peekaboo’ window allows you to keep an eye on baby when walking or running.

Around town

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is very maneuverable, especially with the front wheel set to ‘swivel’ mode.

It’s decent for use in town, although the 69cm door pass-through width may be at the limit of how wide I’d prefer my buggy to be.

I would like to see a larger storage area under the baby. While it compares well against other strollers, I think additional storage pouches can be purchased separately, which you may want to do, as there’s not a huge capacity for baby accessories and shopping, etc.


Thule claims on their website that this is an ‘all-terrain pushchair… perfect for urban exploration or strolling along your favorite path’.

I think that’s a fair claim. It is indeed perfect for each of those things. We tested it in urban environments (in the old town of Stamford, near where we live) and on muddy off-road paths in the countryside where we live, and it handled both with ease.

We’ve pushed it up some steep inclines and over some fairly rough ground with relative ease.

Whether it’s truly ‘all-terrain’ depends on your definition of the term. If you’re talking about roads, towns, cities, and off-road country paths, then yes, it performs without any issues.

But if you’re talking about trekking on rougher paths and trails in places like the Peak District, then it would probably be suitable as long as the path didn’t get too narrow or rocky.

We haven’t taken it to such a destination to try yet. I am almost certain we will though – and will update this review accordingly.

Final thoughts

Priced at £599.99 with a range of optional accessories available for purchase, this is not a cheap stroller.

But you’re getting quality. Real quality that I believe should last until your baby exceeds the safety weight limit for the stroller. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is sturdy and has held up well so far.

We’ve been using it since the start of the year and have been very impressed – the advantages it offers far outweigh the minor disadvantages by a long shot.

We receive a lot of admiring glances when people see us with it – especially at the various parkruns we’ve been to – and are asked a lot of questions about it, which we’re happy to answer. It’s a stylish-looking piece of equipment!

Perhaps its biggest advantage is how easy it is to run with. It’s incredibly smooth. You can adjust the position of the handle to suit your running style and you use minimal extra energy pushing it along with you as you go.

My goal is to do a 25-minute 5km run with Wilfred in it: a time that should be easily achievable for me personally with a bit more training (I can do 24 minutes without the stroller!)

In conclusion: is it worth the money, and would we be willing to pay £599 for it knowing what I know now? Yes, I believe we would.


What age is the Thule Urban Glide 2 for?

You can use the Thule Urban Glide 2 from when your baby reaches 6 months old until 22kg (roughly 4/5 years old).

Does the Thule Urban Glide 2 recline?

Yes! The seat of the Thule Urban Glide 2 has a convenient one-handed recline, perfect for when your little one gets sleepy.

What is the weight limit for Thule Urban Glide 2?

The maximum child weight is 22kg while the maximum stroller weight capacity is 34kg.Apologies, I can assist in paraphrasing a text. However, the provided content seems to be in a format that I cannot process. If you could provide the text in a regular format, I would be happy to help.

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