Thule Urban Glide Stroller Review
Size does matter! 8”or 10” just isn’t enough. 12” is a good start, and 16” really makes an impression. That’s right! Any active outdoor individual with little ones will need at least a 12” tire on a running stroller. It’s a good thing the Thule Urban Glide has a 12” front tire, and two 16” rear tires.
Strollers come in all sizes and shapes. The quality and sophistication levels can also be astronomical from the cheapest and simplest umbrella-style strollers to a high end vehicle to match your very own grown up ride. Jeep, BMW, Porsche, and even Aston Martin have a baby stroller. I think that’s taking a bit too far, so I am glad that Thule has come up with a good looking, sturdy, and functional stroller that’s easy to use.
Thule Urban Glide Initial Thoughts
Thule is well known for their bike and ski racks. The Urban Glide is part of quite an extensive line of products that not only get you to your destination, but aid in your enjoyment on the path, trail, or urban jungle. Having a stroller is a must-have when you start adding to the family, and the umbrella style strollers just won’t do. We have completely pushed another running stroller into the ground with kid #1, and it’s only fair to provide kid #2 with the same advantage. Hence, the Thule Urban Glide is a very capable piece of training and commuting equipment being welcomed to our gear garage. We are both training for a marathon, and the cross training provided by pushing an additional 30 pounds will definitely help get us to the finish line when we are flying solo.
The Thule Urban Glide is kind of an all-round sports stroller that will work fine in the traditional sense of hauling little ones around town, to the store, library, or parks. It folds up quite easily and compact to allow you to throw it in the trunk. On the Sport side of things, this is a lightweight and sturdy stroller equipped with numerous features to provide comfort and ability to tackle a lot of varied terrain as well as extended miles.
My stroller is the blue-ish green or teal version. The fabric is that color, but also any important components that may need manipulated to adjust, fold, remove, or open.
Out of the box
Pretty straightforward: you get a folded up stroller and 2 rear wheels. You need to remove some plastic, cardboard protection, zip ties, etc., but when removed, you simply slide on the rear wheels, undo the fold locking straps (which is quite a handy feature, btw), pull up on the upper frame, and push the front wheel upwards until it clicks into place.
Folding the Thule Urban Glide
This is the easy and fun part. Open the front cover to expose a teal handle. You simply slide then rotate this folding handle until the frame collapses on itself. Attach the locking straps, and you are all set to go.
You can adjust the front wheel by turning the teal knob (see photo below – next to the lock/unlock knob) to correct or adjust for a straighter ride or alignment. It’s actually something I’ve played with quite a bit as the weight of my two kids is quite a bit apart and does effect the balance or alignment.
Adjusting the reclining seat comes in handy if heaven forbid your little one decides to take a nap. It’s not something that happens very often for me, but with a quick adjustment of a strap the back will recline. It will do so quite smoothly to not wake the baby. There’s even a mesh window which allows for airflow, but more so, the ability to keep an eye on your precious little angel. When tackling some more challenging conditions, Thule does have a Rain Cover that can be purchased to really take the wind, rain, and snow protection to another level.
The front swivel wheel provides you with options to easily maneuver or lock it in place if desired. Locking it in place is recommended when running as it prevents the stroller from bounding to keep the front wheel from spinning on you. It might sound silly to say that I have mastered the ability of pushing a stroller while running, but with 5-6 years of 1200-1500 miles of running per year, I can conservatively say that at least half of those miles were while pushing one of my girls. With that said, I never “lock” my front wheel as I am able to work my machine no matter the terrain, and don’t like having to “lift” the front when turning at a higher pace.
The handlebar is ergonomically designed to suit a variety of users. It can adjust for a wide range of height as I’m 6’-1” and my wife is 5’-6”. The adjustable handle bar settings will make it easier and more comfortable when switching pushing duties as well as even mixing it up when tackling different terrain or slopes. I do push my little ones up some steeper slopes, and having a slightly lower setting will allow me to put my momentum into the stroller to get them up the hill. The quick push and snap system is super easy and fast, so I have managed to make the change on the run.
One other feature that puts this stroller into the sports category is the rear suspension that is provided. Several inches of travel or shock compression will help absorb some of the shock so your little one won’t get bounced around, or even worse, get woken up when you’ve finally got a quiet moment. I do tend to take the path less traveled, and a gravelly, rocky, or sandy trail is something I do not shy away from even when pushing the stroller. Yes, it is definitely much harder, but I look at it as an opportunity to push myself and expose the little ones to a different and more natural experience.
The Thule Urban Glide with its metropolitan name will obviously have market appeal to 99% of the Stroller pushing crowd. The rough and tumble urban environment will surely put this stroller to the test with curbs, poles, grates, pot holes, etc. And let’s not forget the beating these things take as you throw them in your vehicle cram them through heavy closing doors, bounce them up and down the stairs, or fold them up while traveling. None the less, the trail should not be avoided as the features of the Urban Glide transfer quite nicely to the roads less traveled.
The Multi-position canopy is also good as it allows you to shade the little one no matter the sun angle. Thule does sell a car seat adapter which is a must have in my opinion if you want to get back out and running when they are really young. Fortunately, I am past that phase, but providing cover no matter their age is a good thing. There is also a little window or view port on the canopy that can be opened to take a quick peak to make sure all is ok.
Underneath is a quite roomy storage compartment, and I can use all the room I can get. The zippered and waterproof version is new to me. The work in progress is the zippered part. It’s good because it keeps things in place, because the occasional item can and has bounced out. The flip side is that it limits my ability to really cram all my items in. I am probably not your typical baby stroller pusher. I do the occasional small grocery run, and have figured out that I can get about $30 worth of the “basics” under, in, and on top of my stroller while still keeping the little one comfortable. Going to the pool with larger beach towels, pool toys, and snacks is always a challenge, and the Thule Urban Glide has been up to the task. Try transporting 20 kiddo library books for a few miles. I think you get the gist here. I use my stroller as the minivan and commuter mobile as it saves us in gas and time, and I add some mileage to keep me in shape.
There is a mesh backseat pocket which is great for quickly dumping your keys, phone, wallet, snack, etc. into, and can be reached without having to break stride. I have noticed a little bit of stretching on the upper elastic material webbing, but nothing unusual to keep me from using it. Time will tell to see if that remains the case.
The kids also have 2 little storage pockets on the side which are great to give them the freedom and mobility to grab their own juice, water, or milk as well as a snack. It does take a little bit of dexterity on their behalf, but that is an individual motor skill that gets developed with time.
Parking brake foot pedal is something I do wish had a bit more oomph to it. You can push and pull with your foot, but it is kind of flimsy and takes more of an effort to close and open.
My little one fights me on being buckled up, and most of the time that is fine. A fairly easy concrete path to the library, pool, or school does not bounce her around all that much. When we take to the paths, the
Performance of the Thule Urban Glide
I will be looking for durability, ease of use, and performance.
Easy to steer. This thing is nice and lightweight which is an extra benefit. When I get into serious training mode, I do mile repeats in the 6:00 to 6:30 pace when pushing a stroller. Weight does make a difference. Obviously, to get going, but being able to maneuver through turns is where it can get tricky as well as getting back up to speed.
The positioning of the child does need to get figured out as the little ones feel like they are propped forward a little too much. Our experience with a previous stroller is that they are sitting back a little more, and don’t really feel the need to get buckled in anymore. Which is just fine as we go on plenty of adventures where they are in and out numerous times, and they are old enough that they won’t fall out. In the Thule Urban Stride, they wanted to get buckled in as the forward positioning made them feel like they could fall out. This is a work in progress as we are playing around with the permanent positioning of the back.
After a month of continuous use, I have probably logged close to a 100 miles in the stroller, and really like the feel of how it handles. The little ones are comfortable as they don’t bounce around too much when we hit any unsuspecting bumps, drops, or rocks. Again, the Thule Urban Glide is very lightweight, and super easy to fold to throw it into the trunk or store it. And yes, it folds up small enough to even fit through the security scanner at the airport.
The shocks for the Thule Urban Glide are located right over the rear wheels, and I must say they provide a ride that is more on the smooth and bouncy side versus the stiff and maneuverability side. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but here is my take on it. The shocks will absorb more of the bumps which is great for your front seat passenger. They are definitely shielded from minor bumps, and even the more substantial impacts will probably not be noticed. From my pushing perspective, it does make it slightly harder to control when going over terrain that requires constant adjustments over and around objects. If you are going straight on a park path, you’ll have no issues. I tend to explore a bit more, so I really have to ‘drive’ the stroller. Again, all very minimal, but worth mentioning.
The Lock / Unlock knob at the front is great because one can easily make the switch. I like my front wheel free and spinning to be able to make a tight turn at higher speed. The thing is that my almost 3 year old has figured out how to adjust that knob as well, so I’m sometimes surprised as she has changed the wheel lock on me.
The front cover is great for blocking the sun or rain, and adjusts completely to accommodate the car seat. The last section is a mesh which allows for the little one to still be able to see.
- Capacity: 1 Child
- Weight Capacity: 75 lbs./34 kg.
- Stroller Weight: 23 lbs./10.5 kg.
- Shoulder Width: 13.5 in./34 cm.
- Sitting Height: 21 in./53 cm.
- Pass Through or Door Width: 25.5 in./65 cm.
- Folded Dimensions: 34.5 x 14 x 21 inches / 87.5 x 35 x 53 centimeters
- Front Wheel Size: 12 in.
- Rear Wheel Size: 16 in.
- Seat Recline Degree: 165 deg.
- Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter
- Thule Snack Tray
- Thule Console
- Thule Hydration Cage
- Thule Cup Holder
- Thule Bunting Bag
- Thule Baby Supporter
- Thule Mesh Cover
- Thule Rain Cover
Look no further, the Thule Urban Glide is a top performer in the active running stroller category. It is light, easy to maneuver, even easier to fold, and sports many features to make taking the little ones for a run a breeze. The storage pockets will carry just about anything, and even running errands to the store or library can easily be accomplished. If you have twins or 2 little ones close in age, they also make a double version, so no excuses to not get out there for a run. You will appreciate the versatility as this is truly one stroller you will need. Around the neighborhood, town, on the trails, or when traveling, the Thule Urban Glide will meet all your needs.
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