Price: MSRP $849
Weight: 34.2 lbs
Move over BOB, there’s a new double jogger in town: welcome to our much-anticipated Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller review.
We first visited Thule (pronounced “TOO-lee”) at the 2016 Baby Show and were very impressed with the Urban Glide (both the single and double version). Thule also has an awesome trailer that can also be used as a stroller (and a ski pulk!), the Thule Chariot Lite.
A little about Thule: it’s a Swedish company founded in 1942, and it’s exceptionally passionate about creating products — from bike racks, to luggage, to cargo carriers, to strollers, etc. — for active families who enjoy being outside. Yes, sports and the outdoors are at the heart of the Thule brand.
We are super excited about the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Double, which made its debut in 2018, and just recently got a facelift at the end of 2020 (it’s even sleeker than before!). Note that the “2.0” denotes that this is the 2018 model, not the fact that it’s a double.
This stroller is most often compared to the BOB Revolution Duallie and the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double. I hate to say it (because I’m a big BOB and Baby Jogger fan), but Urban Glide 2 Double performs just as well as these (exceptionally), only it’s also sleeker and less bulky. Furthermore, the Glide’s handlebar is better than the rest; like the BOB Pro and Summit X3 Double, it includes a drum handbrake, but it’s ergonomic design is simply overall superior.
All these things add up to the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double being a real contender for the best double jogging stroller.
BOB brand recently revealed the newest BOB stroller design (at the 2018 JPMA Baby Show) and I thought for a moment that I was at the wrong booth! Wait, I thought, isn’t that the Thule?!?
The new BOB is comically similar to the Thule — the fold, the seat, the under basket storage, the handlebar, the brake — everything! This is not surprising given that Britax/BOB is famous for copying other stroller designs (then getting sued for it, lol). So you’ve been warned… the new BOBs will look nearly identical to this stroller.
Dimensions: Size & Weight
The Thule Urban Glide Double Stroller can hold 100 lbs total of precious baby cargo (50 lbs per each seat) and weighs in at 34.2 lbs.
That’s 3 lbs less than the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller and 2 lbs less than the BOB Revolution Pro Duallie.
Folded down, it measures in at 34.3 x 30.1 x 16.2 in. With a 31.5” width, it fits through standard doorways (with not much room to spare!). It will fit (on its side) in the trunk of a Honda CRV, which is a fairly compact trunk. You can remove the wheels for an even more compact fold (below).
The seats, which are about 22 inches from the base to the top of the canopies, are not as tall as other jogging strollers on the market (for instance, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double is 24 inches) but they are well-padded, comfortable, and should be tall enough to take your children through their 4th birthdays (if they still want to be in the stroller that long!).
The seats each have a 5-point padded safety harness, and the buckle is child-proof (read: impossible for kids to undo by themselves while you’re running).
The seats on the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double recline independently to an almost-flat position (but since they don’t lay fully flat, you cannot use this with newborns without a car seat). The up and down “strap recline” mechanism is very easy to use. Like all sport strollers, the seats do not sit bolt upright.
Finally, the footwell of this stroller is plastic, so it’s very easy to wipe off muddy shoe prints. It’s the little things like this that we parents truly appreciate.
Car Seat Compatibility & Adapters
The Thule is compatible with many major brands, such as Britax, Chicco, Graco, etc. You just need to purchase the Thule infant car seat adapter (sold separately for ~$60). That said, the Urban Glide Double can accept only one car seat at a time.
If you have a Chicco or Maxi-Cosi car seat, Thule also sells car seat adapters specific to those brands. The Universal Car Seat Adapter can be used with Thule Urban Glide 1 and 2 (and the single Thule Urban Glide as well). Remember, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 is not car seat compatible — at all.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, & Accessories
It offers two full coverage, multi-position adjustable canopies (one for each seat). The canopies actually detach from the stroller frame and pull nearly all the way down to the seats for extended protection from the sun (or whatever elements come your way). Yes, the canopies on this stroller are the favorite of the whole lot.
They also both have side ventilation, as well as peek-a-boo windows with plastic covering to easily check in on your sweeties while you’re jogging or hiking. The peek-a-boo windows have a magnetic closure, which is obviously much quieter than the typical Velcro peek-a-boo window closure that you find on many other strollers.
Both the canopies and included sun visors on the Urban Glide 2 Double are made of UPF50+ materials for extra protection from the sun.
There’s a wire parking brake that’s very sturdy, but not flip-flop friendly. There’s also an “easy-twist” hand brake for more subtle braking control.
The storage on this stroller is superior to all the other double jogging strollers on our list. It has an ample storage basket with a zip-top water resistant cover (cool!), so none of your belongings will fall out (or get wet) when running or hiking. This is greatly superior to BOB, Baby Jogger, or any other jogger, which have unsecured, open storage baskets. THIS WINS HUGE POINTS WITH ME!
There’s also a zippered pocket on the outside of the storage bin, where you can throw your cell phone, keys, and whatever else you need easy access to. There are also mesh pockets on the back of each seat. It doesn’t come with a “parent organizer,” but you can buy one separately.
Thule clearly designed this handlebar with parents’ comfort in mind. The handlebar is height adjustable, ergonomic and extra cushiony, and it has an easy-to-engage hand brake.
Though the handlebar is adjustable, some taller users find it’s still tough for them to find the right height and report continuously kicking the stroller’s back when jogging.
The rear tires are 16” air-filled tires and the all-wheel suspension makes for an awesomely smooth ride.
The 12” swivel front wheel easily locks into place for distance running. Yes, you have to kneel down at the wheel to lock it (unlike the Summit X3), but people don’t seem to be bothered by that. It also has a “fine-tune” feature that allows you to get it rolling DEAD STRAIGHT – which is SO essential for locked-wheel running. (The Bob Revolution also has this feature.)
If you’re out and about when it’s dark, Thule added a reflective strip on the wheels of the Urban Glide 2 Double for increased safety and visibility at night.
One thing reviewers of this jogger say over and over again is how easy it is to fold, even with one hand. Check out how simple it is here.
To unfold, just undo the lock strap, pick up the handlebar, and throw it open. Easy peasy.
The sleek, European-styled Thule Urban Glide 2 Double looks great, performs well, and has “little things” that give it the edge: namely, a lighter weight, an easier (self-standing) fold, locking front wheels that can be tweaked, full-coverage ventilated canopies that move with the sun, a superior ergonomic handlebar, and an amazing covered storage basket. The only downsides are the not-very-tall seats and the handlebar height limitation. The price is high, but you get what you pay for: the best double jogger on the market. Cheers!