Thule Urban Glide is a serious competition for the beloved BOB Revolution Flex/Pro which is the God of joggers. Both have a lot of amazing features and are very close in price.
The Thule Urban Glide is a mean machine designed for active parents who value performance and durability. It rolls on large air-filled tires that together with rear-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride and a great maneuverability.
Glide is one of the lightest joggers on the market weighing only 23 lbs. It glides over rough terrain and because of such a light weight can be pushed with one finger. It definitely wins in the weight category since Flex weighs 28 lbs while Pro is 30 lbs (heavy!).
Glide offers plenty of storage including roomy basket with cover, two mesh seat pockets, small zipper pocket in the back of the basket, and large pocket in the back of the seat. BOB is almost as good but has one zipper pocket less.
Just like on BOB the handle bar is adjustable, but with fewer positions. The canopy is huge and has ‘follow-the-sun’ option providing full coverage. They both have similar deep reclines suitable from 6 months and up to 75 lbs. Aside from the light weight, another place where Thule wins is the one-hand fold with a standing fold. Very easy and quick!
At this point you are probably wondering if Thule is so great why would anybody buy BOB? Well, BOB has all-wheel state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system that is hard to bit. While I do like Glide’s suspension system, BOB has a little smoother ride.
Also, the tracking on BOB is more consistent and has less dragging. Overall, BOB is just more balanced jogger. The seat padding on BOB is thicker. The seat is more upright in the most upright position. There are much more accessories available for purchase. Some things to think about.
Of course I gave Glide 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a fabulous jogger with so many great features. The light weight and one-hand fold really puts it ahead of the competition. As for some of the drawbacks, they are very minor. I would like to see an automatic lock added as well as a hand brake. Also, the foot brake is a little stiff and not flip-flop-friendly. Not like all joggers have flip-flop-friendly brakes. LOL. But, it looks a little outdated.
This baby retails for around $399 and comes in three colors. There are no accessories included.
-Amazing canopy. Good coverage is super important when you are jogging. This large canopy has two large panels, pop-out sunvisor that you can tuck away when not needed and a ‘follow-the-sun’ option which allows you to move the canopy in front of the child for the morning/evening sun. How great is that?
There is also a large peekaboo window with MAGNETIC closure (on 2016 model. It used to be velcro.). Unfortunately, the window is made out of plastic and not mesh like on a lot of other strollers. I would like to see a dark mesh window instead .
-Adjustable handle bar. The handle bar goes from 39″ up to 45″ from the ground. Perfect for shorter and taller parents. The handle bar is covered with foam which I have love/hate relationship with. On one hand I love that it’s so comfy to the touch, but on the other hand it’s harder to clean than rubber and it also absorbs the sweat. If you sweat a lot, it might get yucky after a while.
-Run-away strap. There is a run-away strap attached to the handle bar. It will prevent your stroller from running away from you in case you let go of the handle bar. But, I wish it was attached to the bottom of the stroller instead, because when it’s attached to handle bar if you fall, the stroller will fall right with you.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 14″ wide with 21″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is an average seat dimensions and canopy height. Your older child should fit just fine. One thing is worth mentioning is once you recline the seat you will see a large mesh window in the back that might prevent your older child from tacking a nap. I think this is not a big deal since older kids (like 5-6) are unlikely to nap in the stroller if they nap at all. For most of us those sweet days are over by 5 years.
The seat is slightly reclined even in the most upright position. As you know, I like very upright seats because I think it’s more comfortable for little babies who like to sit up straight.
Talking about recline, it has one-hand strap recline that is pretty deep, but does not go to a completely flat position suitable for a newborn. However you will need BOTH hands to bring the seat back up. The seat can accommodate a child from 6 months and up to 75 lbs (like 10 year old). If you want to use it from birth you can convert it into travel system.
-Mesh back window. Once you recline the seat, you will see a large dark mesh window in the back that provides good air circulation while still protecting from the sun. It also prevents your baby from sliding out of the seat. The velcro cover can be rolled up when not needed. I wish it had a magnetic closure instead.
-5-point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with two small release buttons in the buckle. The buckle is hard to open for a toddler, but easy for parents. To open the buckle all you need to do is push two middle buttons while squeezing the sides. No escaping from this seat!
-Parent storage pocket. There is large mesh storage pocket in the back of the seat for parents.
-Seat pockets. There are two mesh pockets inside of the seat where kids can store their snacks.
-Large basket. The basket not only big, but also has a zipper/velcro cover which prevents stuff from falling out while you are running. If you don’t need it, you can simply roll the cover away. There is also a small zipper pocket in the back of the basket for small essentials.
-Brake. There is a one-step break in the back that locks both of the rear wheels. This brake is a little stiff and outdated in my opinion. It’s also not flip-flop-friendly.
-Large wheels. It rolls on three air-filled tires with 12″ tire in the front and 16″ in the back. Of courses you will need to get an air-pump to maintain the air-filled tires. If you get a flat (happens once to everybody who owns a jogger), you can just take it to your local bike shop and they should be able to fix it with no problems. No need to order special tubes.
The front wheel is swivel, but can be locked straight. To lock it, you will need to bend down to the front wheel and turn a knob. There is no remote lever like you see on Baby Jogger Summit X3. The front-wheel fender helps to deflect mud splatters and dirt. The maneuverability is outstanding! It glides over terrain.
-Adjustable tracking. If the front wheel is starting to pull, you can adjust it for more stable jog.
-Rear suspension. Of course it has a great robust suspension system that makes the ride very smooth even when going over rough terrain.
-One-hand fold. The fold is super easy! All you need to do is turn a blue handle under the foot rest and pull the stroller up so it folds. You can easily do it with one hand. Since there is no auto lock you will need your second hand to push the stroller together and use a manual lock. I think that lack of auto lock kind of defeats the purpose of one-hand fold. You really can’t hold something in another hand because you will need it for the manual lock. The folded dimensions are 34.5″ x 21″ x 14″ (with the wheels removed).
-Travel system option. It works with major car seats.
-No auto lock. Not a big deal, but it would be great to fold it with one hand and not have to lock it with the other one.
-Reclined seat. The seat is sightly reclined even in the most upright position. I would like to see a more upright seat.
-Accessories. There are not a lot of accessories available for purchase.
Baby Gizmo has a detailed video review.
Stroller weight: 23 lbs
Weight limit: 75 lbs
Folded dimensions: 34.5″ x 21″ x 14″
Handle bar height: 39″ – 45″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Rear wheels: 16″
Front wheel: 12″
Overall length: 45″
Overall width: 25.5″
Thule offers a limited lifetime warranty on the stroller. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Thule Urban Glide is available in three colors: blue, grey, and red.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Thule Urban Glide 2016 in one of the three beautiful colors for around $399 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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