I had a pretty good feeling I would enjoy running with Thomas in a stroller once he was old enough. I loved running with miss Maizey and have missed her company while running and walking. So, when I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started thinking about future stroller runs! My son was pretty good company for nine months when I was running during pregnancy, but he didn’t say much. 😉
But once Thomas was born, he hated the stroller. I wasn’t running with him yet, of course, but he even hated being in our UppaBaby Vista stroller in the bassinet at first. Thankfully, now that he can sit up and look out, he LOVES the stroller! And now that he’s big enough for stroller runs and I am also able to run postpartum (THAT was a journey), we both love stroller runs with the Thule Urban Glide 2.
I waited until he was about 7 months old to run with him. Our pediatrician okayed it at six months, but be sure to check with your pediatrician since every baby is different. I’ve read that most babies have enough head control for stroller runs at 6 months, but I wasn’t in a hurry to run with him given some lingering pelvic floor issues I had after birth.
Sure, I’m a little slower with the stroller, but I don’t care at all. And even Tommy has decided he wants to start running again (his last time running was this half marathon two years ago). So, my dream is coming true: running with my two favorite guys!
Here’s the deal. I’m sure I would like running with Thomas no matter what, but our stroller has made it SO much easier than I anticipated. In short, it’s a very smooth ride, Thomas is comfortable in it, and easy to push and maneuver. I share more details about why I love the Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller in this review below!
The Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller is one of my favorite baby-related purchases. I thought about it for a long time before ordering, since I already had the UppaBaby Vista and loved it. But since that stroller isn’t made for running and I run a lot, I decided to get the Thule jogging stroller too.
If you aren’t familiar with Thule, they are a Swedish company that makes bike racks, roof racks, cargo carriers, rooftop tents, and strollers. You’d probably recognize the logo from seeing it on cargo carriers on the top of cars on the highway.
The Thule has become one of our most used baby registry items. It’s on the pricey-er side for a stroller, but I do recommend it wholeheartedly if you are looking for a great jogging stroller.
Let’s get into the details.
Stroller weight: 25.3 lbs
Weight limit: 75 lbs
Sitting height: 21 inches
Door pass through: 27. 2 inches
Packed size: 34.3″L x 27.2″W x 13.4″H
Handlebar height: 30.9″min – 45.1″max
If I had to choose just one word to describe it, it’s comfortable. How so?
In short, they’ve thought about EVERYTHING. Here are some other reasons I love it.
Like I mentioned earlier, Tommy and I have a height difference of 11 inches, so we need all of our strollers to have adjustable handles. The Thule adjusts from 30.9″ to 45.1″, which is great for us.
You press the blue buttons inside the handlebar to adjust the height.
It has great wheels and suspension, and it’s truly heavy duty (but not actually heavy!). If you were to use the Thule from birth with the bassinet or infant car seat adapter (not for running, but as a daily stroller), the smooth ride would also be a great pro!
The front wheel of this stroller swivels, which makes it really easy to maneuver. It also locks in place, which makes running with the Thule MUCH easier on a straight path! If you run on roads or in neighborhoods (like I often do), you’ll probably want to keep it unlocked so you can easily turn.
Great suspension was also something I cared a lot about when researching. While I run on paved paths in Winston-Salem most often, I like to run on trails in Boone, so I needed a stroller that was easy to push off-road. The suspension makes it smooth for Thomas AND me. When we visit our mountain place in Boone, this is the stroller we take and we use it for walks and running.
This is a smart design because where you hold on to the stroller is also where the brake is. So, if we start going downhill and the stroller starts to go faster than I do, it automatically brakes as it starts to pull away from me. I didn’t think much about this until I started using it, but I LOVE this feature. There is also a hand strap that I ALWAYS put around my wrist if we’re running downhill (that’s what is hanging below the handle bar).
The seat recline can be adjusted with one hand. I try not let Thomas nap in the stroller (we are pretty strict about our sleep schedule), but if you want your child to nap on the go, this would be great for that!
The seat’s multi-position canopy keeps Thomas’s cute face out of the sun and has UPF 50. It has a peek-through flap on the top so I can check on him during my run instead of stopping and walking around to check. It has great ventilation too for hot summer mornings.
It’s actually VERY impressive how easy it is to fold up and store. You can take the wheels off with one click if you need to pack it in a smaller space, or just collapse it with the wheels on. They say it’s actually a compact, one-handed fold, but it takes me just a bit more effort than one hand usually. Not much, though!
The cargo basket underneath the seat is large enough to store everything I need, but not large enough to make the stroller too heavy.
There are a lot of accessories available (sold separately), that you can purchase for the Thule, which is nice. I think this little snack tray is great. But of course, if you’re running with your baby, you won’t want to use this.
The Thule costs almost $600, so it’s on the higher end of strollers. However, our UppaBaby Vista costs more. Since running is my thing, I was prepared to pay extra for a great jogging stroller and to purchase TWO strollers. We definitely use both and are glad we have both since they are so different. If you get just ONE, I’d do the Thule since you can’t run with the Vista!
I can’t figure out where to store my water bottle. There are two little pouches by the seat where Thomas sits that I think are meant for that, but I know Thomas would mess with them the whole time if I put them there. Maybe that’s okay? I don’t know. I should experiment to see. But I wish there was a different place for a water bottle that is more easily accessible. I tried putting it in the cargo basket it but it rolled around and drove me crazy.
Before I went down the Baby Registry rabbit hole, I’d only ever heard of BOB running strollers. But, after doing some research, I ultimately decided to purchase the Thule. But, when I went to Utah with Thomas (get my tips on traveling with a baby here!), I rented a jogging stroller and the only option available was the BOB Gear brand. So it gave me a chance to try a BOB jogging stroller and compare it to the Thule. (I actually got to try two BOBs because of the way the rental worked out, but that’s a long story!)
There were a few things I liked better about the BOB, but overall, I am still happy I have the Thule.
The handle of the BOB was a little thinner so it was easier for me to hold than the Thule handle. The material of the handle was also a LOT easier to grip when my hands got sweaty. The Thule handle — particularly where the brake is — gets very slick with sweat, never mind all the humidity in the South.
However, the BOB was a LOT harder to push and navigate. The Thule definitely glides, true to its name, but the BOB required quite a bit of push. The BOB also didn’t have suspension that even came close to the Thule so it rattled Thomas more and also wasn’t as comfortable for me. The BOB also didn’t have a hand brake, which I missed.
So, if you’re on the fence, I’d go for the Thule.
If you’re a runner and want a great quality stroller so your child can join you, I highly recommend the Thule Urban Glide. I’ve been so pleased with it so far, and if it’s allowing all of my boys to run with me, you can bet I’ll pay any price. 😉