The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is the name of a Side By Side type double stroller, although it may also be used as a jogger when the kids get a little older eventually. The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double actually turned out to be slightly better than the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, as it has a similar yet less bulky design, its quality is better, plus it costs less. This particular stroller provides both of its passengers with equal features and seating, is easy to maneuver, plus it can fold down to a pretty small size. Its great advantage is that you can use it both for regular outings or for your jogging sessions. Despite being wider than inline, and even though it is only suitable for 2 infants after they grow up a little, I still believe the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double will make a great choice for most parents out there.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double comes with a three wheel configuration, with a 12 inch front wheel plus 16 inch rear wheels, which is the same configuration the previous model had. The stroller’s tires are actually inflatable here, which means you shouldn’t forget to pump them now and then.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is also great for strolling around flatter areas thanks to its swiveling front wheel, which adds to its agility and ease of maneuverability. When you plan to jog or to go over rougher terrains, just get the front wheel locked and now your stroller is way more stable, perfect for this kind of stroll.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is equipped with a built in suspension, so it has no problem going over road bumps, which makes the rides smoother and more pleasant both for the child and the parent alike.
Judging from the numerous customer reviews that I’ve read for the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s predecessor, plenty of parents praised it for its wheels as well as the suspension thanks to the ultra smooth ride they provide. Being agile and maneuverable are among bigger advantages of this particular jogging stroller for sure.
And seeing how their new 2018 model comes with the exact same suspension, while actually improving the tires and wheels, I have no doubt it will do great on every type of terrain you decide to push it over.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double comes with a medium sized storage compartment, with back access and a weight limit of ten pounds. We had no problem fitting an extra large bag of diapers in there, although after putting it in it was actually impossible to close the zipper on the weather resistant cover of the stroller. It also comes with a back-pocket, which is great for organizing smaller items inside.
Stuff like keys, water bottle, or cellphone can be placed in the pockets on the back of the seat, although you may have some difficulties accessing them with the seats reclined. There are also storage pockets close to where the babies are seated, for an easy access to their snacks or a sip cup.
Both of the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s canopies have peekaboo style windows with covers on them.
This upgraded model comes with an integrated twist hand brake, which is a brand new feature, not present in the older version of Thule Urban Glide.
The hand brake provides the parent with an improved control of the stroller, which is especially evident when jogging around areas that are bumpy or particularly steep. Now slowing down or even stopping wherever you are is no longer a problem. A brake like that certainly puts you in control.
You have to remember, though, that the hand brake of this kind does not work like the kind of brakes you see in bicycles. Instead of squeezing it, you actually have to twist it here.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double also comes with a foot operated parking brake just as was the case with the previous model of it. The pedal here is located between the stroller’s back wheels, and thanks to its size pressing or lifting it is not a problem.
We really advise against wearing flop flops when pushing it, based on some reviews where parents complained about hurting their foot during their attempts at disengaging it when they were wearing high heels or sandals, but it’s not like these are the types of shoes that you wear when pushing a jogging stroller, judging by its name at least. As long as you’re wearing sneakers or some other type of gym shoes, releasing the foot brake is an easy task.
Judging from some of the reviews by other parents (both for the Thule Urban Glide 2 and for the Thule Urban Glide), the parking brake seems to be a little difficult to operate for some people. But it might be just something that requires getting used to, plus over time it should become less stiff.
The canopy as well as all of the tires have reflective surfaces that illuminate in darkness. They allow motorists to see your stroller better when it’s dark outside, which means better safety for you and for your child when you’re out jogging in the morning or evening.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s predecessor didn’t come with those reflective surfaces. This model, however, has a canopy and wheels that can actually glow in the dark!
Each of the seats comes with a five point harness equipped with a nice buckle that makes a huge improvement compared to the older model in terms of ease of use. It is very simple to adjust the harness’s straps, thanks to a non-rethreaded adjustment with the straps sliding up and down a strap that is sewn to the back of the seat. You can also adjust the length of the crotch strap, but not the position of it.
The toggle for the Urban Glide 2 Double’s recline function can be easily operated even when using one hand only.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s seat has a nice padding and its weight capacity is 75 pounds. The stroller’s seat is of the same size as its predecessor. There have been some voices of complaint about it seemingly not being wide enough for a three year old (the width is 13.5 inches), but the back rest and the leg rest are actually big enough for four year olds. The stroller’s canopy provides the passengers with plenty of extra space as well.
The stroller’s seat comes with an infinite recline, as in you are able to lock the back rest at whatever angle you want.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s reclining mechanism isn’t anything particularly special – it consists of a strap and a buckle, basically. Lowering the seat only requires one hand but to raise it you’re actually going to need both of your hands.
The top made of mesh provides additional ventilation, which is especially useful in summertime. On colder days, it can be used to cover the baby for some extra warmth and coziness.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double comes with 2 seating configurations, which makes it suitable even for newborns.
Remember, though, that it isn’t safe to jog with babies younger than six months. When the stroller’s seating options are being used for a newborn baby, they should be only used for walking and not for jogging, obviously.
Like its predecessor, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double comes with a great canopy of large size. It can really expand quite far, which provides the baby with complete protection from the harmful rays of the sun. It also comes with a plastic peekaboo style window, complete with a silent magnetic closure, which is also nice. When extended all the way, the canopy also has side windows made of mesh, which provides some extra air flow.
The stroller’s canopy is slightly different than in the older model. Now the sun visor is made of the fabric used for the rest of the stroller’s canopy, unlike the previous model, which came with a sun visor made of mesh.
On top of that, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double has a material on its canopy with UPF of over 50, which is even better at protecting the baby from the sun rays.
The newer model comes with an adjustable handle bar, just like its older predecessor. This handle bar can pivot from 35.5 to 44 inches from the ground, which allows parents of all heights to push it along comfortably.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s adjustable handle bar prevents taller parents from having to needlessly bend over it, while protecting shorter parents from wrist fatigue problems.
There are parents, however, who complained that the handle bar does not come with enough height settings between its lowest and its highest position.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double can only take one baby car seat. However, Thule also has a universal adapter in its offer as well as individual adapters, designed specifically for Maxi-Cosi and Chicco.
The Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adapter for Chicco fits the Chicco Keyfit 30, while the Thule Car Seat Adapter for Maxi Cosi can fit baby carriers from Nuna, Cybex and Maxi-Cosi. With the Chicco adapter, you need to put few things together first, but it’s not really difficult. With these two adapters, you perform the attachment to the car seat using the click in method, which happens to be our favorite. In terms of stability and ease of installing, our winners were the Cybex Aton 2 and the Chicco Keyfit 30. In both of them, you actually need to firmly push down on both of their sides until an audible click can be heard, but you don’t actually need any straps for them and, once you install them properly, they actually feel pretty secure.
The Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter costs sixty dollars. It can work with baby car seats from Chicco, Britax, Graco, UPPAbaby, Safety 1st, Peg Perego and Maxi-Cosi. Which includes such great models as UPPAbaby Mesa or Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. This adapter is sent in one piece, and you can place it right on your stroller. In order to install a baby car seat with this particular adapter, you have to strap this thing in, although we wish it utilized the click in method instead, as it doesn’t make the parents think that it doesn’t actually need the strap step.
The setup of Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is incredibly easy, only taking a little over six minutes to assemble. The attached documentation isn’t half bad, plus the assembly doesn’t require tools of any kind. Just slide the wheels on, and you are ready to stroll.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is pretty easy to maneuver, scoring 10 out of 10 points for easy pushing and turning.
Its rubber tires filled with air and the swiveling front wheel make the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double pretty easy, especially when the surface is flat, to push and turn. Although it looks kind of like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, it feels somewhat nimbler. The suspension being kind of soft, though, gives it a kind of a spongy feel, which made us wish that it came with an adjustable suspension like in the BOB, instead.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s swiveling front wheel can be easily locked in place, which is especially useful when pushing the stroller over uneven terrains.
When it comes to pushing or turning the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double in more off road type of conditions, it’s equally as easy, not having any problems with gravel, grass, curbs or bumps. Because of its softer suspension, however, it feels slightly harder to control when going over various bumps on the surface.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double turns with some tilts when its swiveling wheel’s locked, but it can easily handle narrower spaces when its swiveling wheel is unlocked.
The suspension in the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is only for the rear wheels, but with its harness padding, rubber tires and dense seat padding, which is the thickest in this group, this strollers is actually pretty comfortable to ride in.
To adjust the height of the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s handle bar, just rotate it around the pivot point of it.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s handle bar can be adjusted by moving it around the pivot point, although such approach causes tall parents to have to stay closer to their stroller, which might cause them to kick its axle sometimes. Thanks to its shape and small diameter, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s bar feels pretty good in your hand, actually making the stroller kind of feel smaller than it really is.
The size of this stroller is far from small, it was actually designed to be a heavy duty vehicle to be used in all the different types of terrains, including dirt trails or bumpy grass. On top of that, its maximum weight limit is pretty high, which means it needs a strong frame and a big size that would match it.
The weight of the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is 25.3 pounds, a pretty good weight for something like a jogging stroller, in fact there are actually regulars strollers that weigh that much. Compared to its predecessor, however, it actually is slightly heavier, as Thule Urban Glide weighs only 23 pounds.
Folding the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double requires lifting its calf rest, then you use a handle located there in order to lift your stroller, which will instantly cause it to collapse. It shouldn’t be a problem to you and I bet it could be done with a single hand actually.
Unlike its predecessor, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double actually has an automatic lock, which makes this stroller even more user friendly.
Even when folded, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double still occupies plenty of space, after all, it’s a jogging stroller with big back wheels. If you wish to make it a little more compact, like when you need to fit it in the trunk of a smaller car, you can always remove its rear wheels, all you have to do is push the button, then you can easily remove them.
In our tests, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double scored 9 out of 10 points, which is the best store in terms of quality for all products in this group.
Although stiff, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s smooth and lightweight frame actually allows for some fold joint movement. Overall the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double’s fit and finish are pretty clean and well executed, with several fasteners. The stroller’s fabric is attached to its frame using a groove, which makes this connection pretty much seamless and concealed. The stroller’s fabric is pretty tight and smooth, feeling nearly breathable, and cleaning it is also fairly easy. The design of this stroller is sleek and well thought-out.
There’s plenty of accessories offered by Thule for their new model of the Urban Glide jogging stroller. All the different available attachments make it possible to customize your stroller the way you see fit. You have to remember that they’re all sold separately, though.
|Thule Bassinet – The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double can double as a pram, actually. This additional bassinet, when installed, can make this stroller also suitable for newborns. It gives newborns a safe, sheltered and cozy place just for them.
|Thule Car Seat Universal Adapter – This particular jogging stroller can also offer a travel system option. Attaching the baby car seat to the stroller requires proper adapters here. And not only can you get an universal adapter that goes with majority of today’s car seats, but there are also special adapters just for car seats from Chicco and Maxi-Cosi.
|Thule Bumper Bar – This accessory can be pretty useful, giving the baby something to hold on while on a stroll. It also provides extra safety, thanks to protecting the baby from accidentally falling out.
|Thule Snack Tray – In case you need some extra storage space for the baby’s items, there is always this snack tray, complete with a cup holder and a place for the snacks.
|Thule Organizer Sport – It can be easily attached to the stroller’s handle bar and provide a closed pouch, which can store your valuable items such as the key or cellphone, plus a bottler holder to ensure that your watter bottle is always nearby.
|Thule Bottle Cage – For those parents who plan using their Thule Urban Glide 2 Double for their workouts in the open, a place to keep their watter bottle will prove very convenient. When without a parent organizer, this bottler holder can surely come in handy!
|Thule Rain Cover – It can protect your child from wind, rain or snow while not blocking their vision at the same time. Personally I advise you to always have this cover in the stroller’s storage basket, as it may come in handy during a sudden rainfall!
|Thule Mesh Cover – It is great at protecting the baby from insects or the sun. Definitely recommended for people living in hotter climates or places full of mosquitoes.
|Thule Footmuff Sport – This useful accessory will allow you to enjoy your workouts outside even when it’s a little colder. This foot muff keeps your child all warm and cozy, even in wintertime.
These two models are pretty similar to one another and they’re both great jogging strollers, actually. The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double, however, got several upgrades that will certainly be appreciated by a lot of parents. On the other hand, those new elements also increase the stroller’s weight and price a little.
|Thule Urban Glide Double
|Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
|Reflective strips not present
|Improved wheels and tires with added reflective strips
|No UPF of over 50, lacks reflective strips, mesh sun visor
|The canopy and the sun visor are made of a material with UPF of over 50; there’s also a reflective strip that makes it more visible when its darker
|Automatic Fold Lock
|Mars, Thule Blue, Dark Shadow
|Mars, Jet Black, Thule Blue, Dark Shadow
|Dimensions When Folded
|34.5 inches by 14 inches by 21 inches
|34.3 inches by 13.4 inches by 22.8 inches
As the above table shows, the main difference when it comes to the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double and its predecessor Thule Urban Glide Double is having an extra hand brake. Other than that, it’s relatively minor changes.
Thanks to the extra hand brake, the new model will be especially appealing to those living in hilly areas or simply those who enjoy running downhill.
If you’re mostly into jogging around flatter areas, though, the old version should probably be enough for your needs. Not to mention that now with a new model on the market it may actually be possible to find the old one with very convenient discounts! (see the current price and the discounts available)
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