Thule Urban Glide – My Final Thoughts

Run Oregon receives and tests running gear from time to time. This post is the second of three about the Thule Urban Glide which Matt has been testing with his two daughters. This post goes further into Matt's first 21 days with this stroller. Check out the initial post here and the 21 day update here. We are now just over 2 weeks from Christmas and if you are looking for that big knockout gift for that mom (or dad) runner in your life, consider this your invitation to purchase.

The Thule Urban Glide really made me realize just how important a good stroller to enjoy running with your kids (actually running for speed and time, not just stopping to fix a cruddy tire or do an alignment readjustment every few miles). It was so simple, yet so technologically sound and impressive that there were a lot of “duh” moments. For example:

“All I have to do to realign this is twist a simple little knob? Duh!”

“So this stroller only takes 10 seconds a simple twist to fold up? Duh!”

“I am a parent of a young kid, so naturally I have about 1000 things that need to be packed during each outing…and this stroller has enough space to fit all of them? Duh!”

Duh.

The great thing about the Thule Urban Glide is also its versatility. While I have used it in training runs and even races, it is perfect for just taking a short stroll downtown and will be a perfect accompaniment for summer events. The huge storage compartment means that it can handle a variety of outfits, snacks, toys, and anything else you can think of to keep the kids covered regardless of the situation. I picture packing the stroller up with clothes, bathing suits, snacks, and beach gear for a warm trip to the beach. I envision packing the camera gear, fishing poles, hammock, and food for a fun little day hike. Whatever you and your little ones have planned, this stroller is up to the task.

The price is up there at around $400, but would be a fantastic Christmas surprise from Santa.

About Matt Rasmussen (1554 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

3 Comments on Thule Urban Glide – My Final Thoughts

  1. Hi Matt,

    thanks for the info. We recently bought the Urban Glide and have noticed that the front wheel is wobbly. We dont think this was an issue initially but developed only after some use. Compared to bicycle, it would be like riding with the headset loose such that you would feel the fork and the toptube not well connected. Now we took the stroller back to REI where we bought it and the mechanic there mentioned that this is a problem he has seen before. So Im wondering whether you have.

    thanks

  2. Hello, We just purchased the Thule Urban Glide 2 (single) after having had a Bob Revolution Pro (single) for 2 years. We were prepared to love the Thule, and very excited for it to arrive last night. We took it out on our 1st run this morning, and are very disappointed with the front wobble wheel. I understand it’s supposed to be “locked” for running, but we NEVER locked the BOB and never had this issue, on the exact same terrain. (Street, compacted sand path, and sidewalk) The street & compacted sand seemed fine, but the sidewalk with the uneven bricks caused constant wobble. I just tightened the wheel, but are there any other solutions? I think it’s the weight distribution, the front wheel is too light and the child’s weight goes on to the back wheels, but my son isn’t a tiny baby, he’s 28 lbs and almost 2 years old.

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