First Look (Sponsored by Thule)
Thule Urban Glide 2
Thule's new update to the Urban Glide is designed to allow parents to move seamlessly from countryside running to day-to-day city life. But can it compromise enough to be a realistic city option? Our keen team of MNHQ parents were determined to find out
Thule has long been leaders in creating buggies for jogging, and the Thule Urban Glide 2 marks the start of its expansion into more varied products. On either side are the Thule Glide 2 (for running), and the Thule Sleek (for the city – coming soon!) — so how does the Thule Urban Glide 2 fare as a mixture of the two?
Keen to find out, our enthusiastic team of MNHQ parents took the new Urban Glide model for a spin. Here’s what we found out in our first look.
First, who’s it for?
The goal of the Thule Urban Glide 2 is to help active families bridge the gap between the great outdoors and city life. While the Glide leads the way as far as jogging buggies go, the Urban Glide 2 allows parents to move seamlessly from the running track to the city without having to splash out on multiple wheels. We can certainly see how the Thule Urban Glide 2 is designed for the countryside — its three huge wheels make it clear that it can tackle any terrain — and although we think you'd struggle around some of London's fiddly backstreets, we think it'd be fine in a more open city environment.
Let’s talk money
At £549.99, the Thule Urban Glide 2 is a fairly high-end purchase, which we think is down to its uniqueness among the city jogging buggy market. Although it's initially hard to swallow, compared to the price of the alternative — buying both lightweight buggy and a jogging buggy — it’s actually pretty reasonable. What's more, you can attach a baby car seat to the frame (although you will have to pay an extra £35 for car seat adaptors, and more again for the carry cot).
At first glance
Immediately out of the box, the Thule Urban Glide 2 seems big to be zipping around narrow city streets. Its jogging credentials mean the seat lies back, which elongates the buggy and could make getting around tight corners a challenge. However, it does mean the recline is excellent; a strap makes the height completely adjustable, so your child will always be comfortable whether you’re navigating the high street or whizzing across the moors.
The assembly is also easy – just unfold and attach the wheels, which click into place.
It’s the little things that matter, and we LOVE the blue action buttons; they make it easy to work out how to fold and adjust the pushchair. And this in itself is easy; Thule have clearly thought about versatility, and it’s paid off. The handle is completely adjustable, and has a twist hand brake for speed control on hills, while the fold (once practiced) can be done with one hand — just flip up the footrest, grab the handle and twist.
Next, the Thule Urban Glide 2’s five point harness is a winner — it felt totally secure, and a lot sturdier than other pushchairs we've seen. This combined with the high weight limit (34kg!) and larger-than-average seat means it could be a good option if you need to use a pushchair for longer than four years.
We were also excited by the luminous strips that run along the edges of the pushchair. Subtle but effective, we think they’d be great for safety if you're travelling at night — plus, you kind of look like you’re starring in your own music video.
The sun canopy is big, but quite loud to fold up and down — we can imagine that a sleeping baby might not be sleeping for long. We also found the foot brake slightly stiff, but this may vary between units.
Other cool features
- 16” rear wheels, one front wheel, full suspension
- Swivel front wheel that locks into place for jogging
- Vented reclining seat
- Large cargo basket with zip-top cover, rear mesh pocket, and two mesh compartments for snacks or toys
- Peekaboo window with magnetic closure
- Available add-ons: bassinet and car seat adaptors
The Verdict (for now)
For active parents who like to jog with their pushchair, but still maintain their city lives, the Thule Urban Glide 2 has the potential to be a game-changer. Sturdy and responsive, we can see that its capable wheels and reclined seat would lend themselves perfectly to jogging on all terrains. If jogging isn’t a priority, we’re not sure we’d pick this as a city buggy — those wheels are pretty wide, and the chassis is huge — but if you'll be frequently visiting the great outdoors, having that easy transition as an option is a gift.
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