We asked active mum Karlie Taylor, her husband and three children, aged 8, 6 and 2, to put the Thule Urban Glide 2 through its paces for us as part of daily family life on the go. Here's what she made of it...
My current pushchair is a Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle (2015 luxury edition), which I am very fond of, however I was very keen to test out the Thule Urban Glide 2 to see how it compares. When I opened the box, I was very impressed with the Urban Glide 2. It's very stylish and it was super-easy to put together - all I had to do was unfold the frame and pop the wheels on. Folding and unfolding it is a cinch; simply release the automatic frame lock and open the frame out, and then use the two-step handle to fold it back up.
I was also very impressed by the overall sturdiness of the Urban Glide 2, and in
particular the 16" rear wheels. The wheels were easy to pop on and off by way of a press button in the centre.
The canvas fabric used on the hood and seat unit is lovely, very soft and - most importantly - wipe clean! This is very important to me because I like to keep my buggy looking slick, which can be a challenge with a toddler. I also really like that
the hood is very solid and that the fabric doesn't ever bunch up. When the hood is reclined the fabric folds up neatly; when it's extended the fabric sits taut against the
hood wires. The hood also has a zip-out extension with a mesh panel at the rear, as
well as a fold in/out sun visor at the front.
I contemplated purchasing the Thule sun cover accessory as this summer was quite hot but found that I didn't need it as the hood was large enough to keep the sun off. There is also a rear mesh panel that can be opened or closed to allow ventilation, and it's a great size because it doesn't let in too much light.
My daughter is always very comfortable in the seat, she is tall for her age and still has plenty of room. The waist straps on the seat unit are padded so the straps don't cut into the child's waist, which is a nice detail.
As a family we take a lot of country walks, and I also take my youngest for a buggy run a few times a week, and it was then that I really noticed the difference between the Urban Glide 2 and my own pushchair. I particularly liked the variable speed handbrake because it gave me more control over the buggy when going downhill, and I love the way this buggy can be manoeuvred with one hand, even when the front wheel is in the locked position.
The front wheel can be locked in under or outwards. When locked under, the buggy can be steered with a leaning action, much like steering a scooter. When the front wheel is locked in the outward position the wheel is firmly fixed, and I found this position perfect when running downhill and through some muddy terrain because the buggy rolls in a perfectly straight line.
The front wheel also has a nifty tracking wheel to calibrate the direction. The first time I took the Urban Glide 2 for a run I could feel the pushchair pulling slightly to the left, so I wound the tracking wheel until it came back to the centre.
The Urban Glide 2 has seriously good suspension that makes for a smoother ride for my daughter and an easier push for me. My husband was particularly impressed by the suspension shock absorbers, and he is notoriously nonchalant about pushchairs! He also said that he preferred the ergonomic shape of the handlebar compared to other
buggies we've owned, as it allows him to place his hands in a way that better suits his
walking style. The handlebar adapted for the older children to push their little sister too. The wide wheel base and general overall larger size of this pushchair also better suits my husband's stride because he sometimes kicks the back wheel of our buggy as it is narrower than the Urban Glide 2.
As for use on a day-to-day basis, the Urban Glide 2 was a pleasure to use and it looks very stylish. It is quite a large buggy, but it's also very lightweight. I have a Land Rover Discovery so the clearance from the ground to the boot is quite high, but I had no difficulty lifting the buggy in and out of my car. I was able to fit the buggy in my boot with the wheels attached, however the fold is significantly smaller with both rear wheels removed.
I didn't have any difficulty using the Urban Glide 2 around shops, the supermarket, coffee shops and all our usual haunts, I was able to take it everywhere that any pushchair could go. We took it on day trips to Blenheim Palace, Stratford upon Avon and the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival, and I was grateful to have the Urban Glide 2 for these occasions because it cruised effortlessly on gravel paths and cobblestone streets. I was able to take the Urban Glide 2 into all of the attractions we visited and can only recall one time when I needed to use a double door.
I especially like the way the Urban Glide 2 skims over a kerb, as there's nothing worse than catching the front wheels of a pushchair on a kerb while simultaneously herding children across a busy road.
The basket is a good size for a small grocery shop or a day out. I was able to fit in everything I needed, and the zip cover over the basket was very handy. The only negative I have to say about the basket is that access is limited when the seat is fully reclined. I overcame this by unpacking the contents of my diaper bag into the basket, as it's easier to remove a single item rather than the entire bag.
I think this buggy represents fairly good value for money as it can be used from birth
to 35kg, which is a high weight limit for a pushchair. It's also a versatile buggy
as it can be used with a carrycot or car seat adapters. The buggy doesn't come with
any additional accessories, which is a bit of a shame, and the accessories are quite
expensive. The only improvement I would suggest is a little zip pocket on or near
the hood to put a phone or iPod.
All in, this is a fabulous pushchair and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an