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Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review

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Price: MSRP $729
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.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review
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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. Note that the “2.0” denotes that this is the 2018 model, not the fact that it’s a double.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller review

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.

Seeing Double

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. 

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review: 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).

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller

Seats

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).

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Thule Urban Glide Double Buckle

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

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. 

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review

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.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review

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. 

Peekaboo window with magnetic closure

New on the Urban Glide 2 Double (2018 version) is that both canopies and their included sun visors are made of UPF50+ materials for extra protection from the sun.

Brake

There’s a wire parking brake that’s very sturdy, but not flip-flop friendly. Also new on the 2018 model is an “easy-twist” hand brake for more subtle braking control. (Note how all the controls are an obvious blue color).

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review

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!

Zip-top water resistant cover

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.

Handlebar

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.

Wheels/Suspension

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.

Folding

One thing reviewers of this jogger say over and over again is how easy it is to fold, even with one hand. Again, the new BOB has this exact fold as well. Phbbbt.

Once folded in half, the stroller can stand by itself.

To unfold, just undo the lock strap, pick up the handlebar, and throw it open. Easy peasy.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller Review — Bottom Line:

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!

Comments

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    It also has an amazing console! Bears any other one I’ve seen. I love this stroller and can’t wait to get my girls out of the uppababy vista and into the Thule urban glide!!

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    There were few comments on other reviews about the seat being not-so-deep, ending up not very comfortable for toddlers. Any issues with the depth at all?

    1. Marissa

      Hi Katrina,
      Yes — the seats on the Urban Glide are on the shallower side. If your kiddos are taller and/or wider, it’s true that as they grow they may be more comfortable in a stroller with deeper seats. Just depends on your children.
      Thanks,
      M

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    Great reviews! I am torn between the Thule Urban Glide Double and UB Vista. We have the Mesa infant seat (and UB Cruz currently, which I love). I want compatibilty with the carseat in the double stroller. Any recommendations on which is best for a 3 year old (who naps in the stroller regularly) and newborn? Hopefully for an everyday stroller – long neighborhood walks and taking it out and about? Thanks!

    1. Marissa

      Hi there Lauren!
      I asked Meg as she’s truly a stroller guru! Here’s her take:
      “Those are very different strollers (Side-by-side vs tandem). I would say — if you don’t mind having a SBS and want a smoother ride, I would go for the Thule. If you need something more compact, I would go for the Vista.”
      I hope this helps in your decision-making!
      ~ M

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    Hey there!
    I keep going back and forth between the BOB Duallie and this stroller. My babes are 2 weeks and 6 months (long story, haha). We have a tandem that is compatible with our car seats, so we don’t need that feature, but we are looking for a jogger that is infant friendly for walks and reasonably easy to travel with (in a car or airplane as both sides of the family live out of state). Do you have a recommendation one way or the other considering those two concerns?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Marissa

      Hi there, Katie. I posed your question to Meg, founder of Lucie’s List and stroller expert, and here’s what she had to say:

      “the BOB and Thule are very similar. Neither of them are going to be “good for travel”, IMO, because they are all-terrain doubles, and those are all heavy and bulky.” As for using the Thule with an infant, the seats recline deep, but not fully flat. You’ll either have to use it with a car seat or Thule’s infant bassinet (sold separately) until baby has solid head and neck control.

      Similar deal with the BOB — here’s what we found in our research: “The manufacturer says you can use this stroller from birth with the use of infant car seats (walking only — no running!); once babies are 8+ weeks, and if they have solid enough head and neck control, you may place them directly in the stroller seats (again, walking only — no running!). Once babies are 8 months+, you may use it for jogging and off-roading.”

      I hope this helps a little!

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    If my husband is 6′ 3″ would the handlebars be an issue when jogging? I see the review says taller people have found an issue..just not sure what height starts the issue.
    Are there other jogging strollers for twins that are best for taller parents?

    1. Marissa

      Hi Noelle,
      So through our research, it seems the BOB does have a taller handlebar than the Thule… but it’s hard to say if Thule wouldn’t be tall enough for your husband. I know it’s challenging right now to “test drive” strollers in stores, but wondering if you’d be able to head to a local baby store to try it out for yourself? Otherwise, order it — keep the receipt, and return it if it’s not tall enough. Good luck!

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