I’ve had my eye on a sports stroller for a while now, as I’ve become quite disappointed in my current stroller due its lack of handling and durability. There are several reputable brands on the market, and it can be hard to know where to start. So with that in mind, today I’d like to share a review of the Thule Urban Glide… from a Dad’s point of view.
Being a long-term runner, I’ve been searching for a quality running pram since Bub came along. However, my previous attempts to find a practical solution have ended in disaster with ‘jogging’ branded prams being all marketing lingo over actual function.
My introduction to the Thule Urban Glide started out remarkably well, with easy assembly and all the parts simply clicking into place. The hardest part was trying to find a bike pump to inflate the tires (luckily, every Homer Simpson has a Ned Flanders for that, and after a quick trip to the neighbour’s we were good to go).
I took the Thule Urban Glide out for the first time along a familiar 10km running route. It took me a while to get my stride going, having to adjust my running style to accommodate the stroller by running without my usual arm motion (running one handed and alternating arms). I also had to adjust to the extra effort of pushing along what initially feels like a snow plow, and I discovered a whole new level of loathing for pushing an extra 10kgs of baby weight up a hill!
Once I’d hit my stride, I found the Urban Glide lived up to its name, gliding along comfortably for both the little guy and me. This stroller has ample stride space and my feet didn’t even come close to the wheels during my run. It was easy to make minor adjustments to the front wheel (locking to suit running or unlocking for easy swivel handling when walking) and the wheels appear to be excellent quality, both front and back. I did notice that after a couple of kms the stroller began veering to the left, however this was quickly and easily fixed with an adjustment to the wheel switch.
When it comes to the design of this stroller, the fabric colour and aluminium frame both look sleek and I like how bub can sit up high and look out while we’re running. He enjoyed having the freedom to kick his legs around (throwing in a few V-snaps for self-entertainment) and the rear suspension made for a comfortable ride.
I found the ergonomic handlebar design easy on my arms and back and the handlebar caddy (an optional accessory, sold separately) is useful for keys, iPod, and water bottle. The space for the water bottle in the caddy is quite shallow though, and would work best with a half-sized bottle. This stroller has a one-handed fold for storing and transporting and a fairly substantial storage compartment, which was handy when we took this pram out for the day to a nature reserve.
Overall, both bub and dad have greatly enjoyed our runs in the Thule Urban Glide, and there have no tears as yet, from bub (or dad). Dad’s only grumble has been that he keeps being beaten by a couple of feet every time!
The Thule Urban Glide retails for $749.00 and is available via a range of stockists Australia-wide (and internationally).
The verdict… glide by name, glide by nature.