Are you in the market for a running stroller? Wanting to find the best one that fits your needs as a runner? Today I am bringing you the first of several running stroller reviews.
When we first found out we were pregnant and started our registry I knew I wanted a good, solid, and durable running stroller. After much review, we decided on the Thule Urban Glide.
Let’s take a quick look at the technical breakdown of the Thule Urban Glide:
Weight Capacity: 75 lbs
Folded Dimensions: 34.5 x 21 x 14 in
Weight: 23 lbs
Sitting Height: 21 inches
Features as noted on Thule’s website:
- Swivel front wheel for easy maneuverability, locks into place for jogging
- Ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for parent’s comfort
- Rear suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride
- Padded seat with vented top reclines to a near flat position for on-the-go naps
- One-handed compact fold for storing and transporting
- Large storage compartment with zippered water resistant cover
- Multi-position canopy for added protection with view-in roof port to see your child
Now that we have looked at the specifications of the Thule Urban Glide let’s get down to how it actually performs, because that’s what is most important right?
Positives of the Thule Urban Glide
Weight. The first point of reference I looked at when comparing strollers was the weight. While there wasn’t a huge weight difference between many of them the Thule Urban Glide came in the lightest at 23 lbs. I promise you when you are pushing a baby stroller every pound counts! The Thule is still heavy and sturdy but light enough where I can easily maneuver it myself.
Easy fold up. This may not seem like a big deal but when you use your stroller by yourself with a baby most days a quick and simple fold up is essential. The Thule Urban Glide provides at easy one-handed latch to fold up the stroller and I can get it in and out of the trunk of my car very efficiently.
Adjustable handle bar. The handle bar of the Thule is adjustable and it can be placed anywhere from 39 inches to 45 inches off the ground. This makes it easy for storage in the car but also adjustable depending on how you like to run with the stroller. I prefer my handle bar higher up to where it comes right in line with where my hand would be naturally when running.
Canopy. I didn’t realize just how wonderful the canopy on the Thule was until I removed the infant car seat adaptor. The multi-position feature of the canopy allows you to move it with the sun. Ever change directions and no matter what you do you can’t keep the sun off of your child? The canopy allows you to pull it down far enough to completely block the sun out if necessary. There is a peek-a-boo magnetic plastic cover that makes it easy to see your child while you are running.
Pocket Storage. Easton loves to throw his toys out of the stroller when we are running. To help prevent that – I love the storage pockets on each side of the stroller because I can tuck toys in there for him to find or give to him later and they stay tight and secured.
Storage basket. The large storage basket at the bottom is a huge plus for storage with a baby. Whether you are carrying blankets, toys, or stuffed animals it can fit just about anything. I’ve even carried an extra pair of running shoes in it as well for workouts. It has lots of room for just about anything!
Warranty. Thule offers a LIFETIME warranty on their stroller. In fact, we had an issue with one of our wheels and they sent me a brand new stroller! They have excellent customer service and are super easy to work with.
Negatives of the Thule Urban Glide
There are only a few negatives I can come up with when it comes to the Thule.
Brake. I find that the brake on the Thule can be a bit “clunky” for better terminology. It is hard to press down and when you try to unlock it the whole jerks. It’s more of an inconvenience then something that would completely turn me off from the stroller but it can be a bit frustrating.
Reclined seat. This has not be a negative for me but I could see it bothering some (or some children). The seat itself is always slightly reclined and cannot be sat straight up. Easton has never minded this but I know some children don’t like to be reclined.
Thule Infant Car Seat Adaptor
I started running with the Thule Urban Glide using the infant car seat adaptor (which you do have to purchase separately) until he was around 6 months old. I transitioned from the car seat adaptor once he was big enough and when he began to no longer tolerate riding in his car seat.
The infant car seat adaptor unlike some others does not “click” into place. Instead your car seat rests in the adaptor and there is a safety strap that you lock in over the car seat. While at first this did seem a little less “safe” I never had any issues with the car seat moving whatsoever. This also allows the Thule Urban Glide to be able to fit almost any car seat on the market. I was able to run with my UppaBaby Mesa car seat and my husband’s Britax BeSafe 35.
Thule Console 1
One additional add on to the Urban Glide that I purchased was the Thule Console 1.
This allows me to carry my water bottle with me and have it easily accessible to me during the run and also has a small pouch where I can easily fit my keys, phone, and a few small toys along wth me during the run. This one was a bit pricey but you can find some other alternatives here, here, and here.
Overall, the Thule Urban Glide is my go-to running stroller. It has enabled me to train and run the Boston Marathon 4 months postparutm, has gotten me through some tough workouts and sleepless nights. I HIGHLY recommend the Thule Urban Glide for all running Moms!
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