The Thule Urban Glide 2 is by far the best pushchair we’ve tested on all-terrain walks. If you like getting off-road and muddy with young kids, this is the pram for you.
Don’t let the word ‘urban’ in the title fool you either, because this pushchair is awesome for every type of terrain. Whether you’re jogging on pavements or hiking local trails, the Urban Glide 2 has all the features you need to keep your child comfortable and safe.
We’ve had ours for a couple of months and although we haven’t managed to explore as far afield as we would have liked due to lockdown restrictions, we’ve bashed it through fields, woodland, mud, shallow streams and as many off-road tracks as we can find. And so far, we haven’t found anything it can’t handle.
Read on for our in-depth Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair review…
The first thing that will strike you about the Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair is that its wheels are seriously big. You get two 16″ wheels at the back, plus a slightly smaller swivel wheel at the front which you can lock in place for jogging. Unlike lots of prams it has proper tyres too, which you can adjust to your preferred pressure. This means your baby or toddler gets a smooth, quiet ride. Plus, those big wheels mate it a dream to steer and manoeuvre everywhere from city streets to countryside trails.
The day we got the Thule Urban Glide 2, we couldn’t resist taking it to our local country park to see what it was made of. We’d just had a big pile of rain so some of the grassy footpaths had turned into swamps that would have made us turn back with our old pushchair. But with the Urban Glide 2 we just ploughed through everything from muddy and rocky paths to off-road woodland trails.
Despite its fairly big size, the Thule Urban Glide 2 is surprisingly lightweight at 11.4kg so is very easy to manouvre and steer. Having just three wheels rather than four means it swivels and pivots nicely, and those big wheels only add to how easy it is to move around. You also get good suspension, which we’ve never had on a pushchair before, making it a really smooth ride.
Comfortable & secure
To put it bluntly, our 1-year-old hated his old pushchair. Once Dougie got to stroller age, we started using the Baby Jogger City Mini GT which came highly recommended. But he never seemed comfortable in it, the straps and buckles were fiddly, and to cap it all off the whole thing eventually fell apart. Our early impressions of the Thule Urban Glide 2 have been the complete opposite. Dougie seems really happy in the upright sitting position, sleeps well in the fully reclined position, and the 5-point harness is mercifully simple to attach and adjust. So it does all the basics really well.
Solid build quality
Everything about the Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair feels premium. Of course, you’d expect that when you’re paying over £600 for something, but it’s not always the case. We can’t speak for longevity yet because we’ve only been using this stroller for around two months, but there are no obvious weak points and the whole package feels like it could still be as good as new years from now. Even with all of the bashing and thrashing a toddler will give it!
The large cargo basket under the pram is brilliant – like having a durable, decent-sized rucksack that you don’t have to carry. It has a secure zip-top cover, rear mesh pocket, and two mesh compartments for snacks or toys. You can fit everything from rain covers and child carriers to shopping and footballs in this thing, all at the same time! The best of its kind we’ve seen on any pushchair.
Features we like…
- The ‘peekaboo window‘ in the hood that allows you to check on your little one has magnetic closure rather than velcro, so you can open it easily without waking them up.
- The wheels and hood have reflective trim so you’re always visible in the dark
- The one-handed folding mechanism is simple and easy-to-use
- The twist handbrake on the handle lets you stop the pram quickly and easily on hills or while running
- The adjustable handlebar will suit parents of all heights
I’ve never been sure what to think about mudguards on bikes and prams. For all the good they do in terms of protecting you from spray, they always seem to add an extra layer of hassle in terms of getting clogged up with debris. The mudguards on the Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair collect a lot of leaves, and when we took it one ridiculously muddy walk by our local river, we had to constantly stop and scrape out the mud with a stick to keep the front wheel turning properly. But this is a small issue that we’ve only really come across on the dirtiest trails.
Even though the Thule Urban Glide 2 folds down easily, it isn’t the most compact pram we’ve come across. I can fit it very easily into the boot of my estate car, particularly when I use the quick-release buttons to remove the rear wheels. But it’s a real struggle to fit it into our other car, which is a Mini Cooper. So… this isn’t the best option if you’re looking for a compact stroller, but its benefits as an all-terrain pushchair outweigh that.
Outdoor Dad Verdict – Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair review
The ultimate in rugged all-terrain pushchairs. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is tough, safe, easy to steer, has loads of premium features, and eats up the miles on all types of surface. If you’re an outdoorsy family, it ticks every box
BUY IT: Thule Urban Glide 2 pushchair, £625