Thule Glide Review

September 14, 2016
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
78
Design
6
Performance
8
Comfort
4
Convenience
6
Quality
4

The Good

  • Lightweight, stripped-down design
  • Fast rolling wheels
  • Front brake on handlebar

The Bad

  • Awkward to turn & maneuver
  • Seat doesn’t come fully upright
  • Underseat storage small & flimsy
THE VERDICT

The Thule Glide is designed to do one thing and do it well: go on long, fast, more-or-less-straight jogs on pavement. It is not well suited for trail runs or maneuvering in the grocery store.

FULL REVIEW

Design
The Thule Glide is long, lean and built for speed. The stripped-down design is reflected in things like the vestigial (and removable) underseat storage basket. There’s a front brake on the handlebar and a stiff, foot-activated rear brake on the rear axle. 

Performance
If you’re looking for a stroller for long, flat road runs, you can’t beat the Thule Glide. Not convinced? In February 2016, a Texas dad and his 11-month-old daughter used a Glide to run a 1:11:27 half marathon, beating the Guinness world record by more than two minutes. 

Comfort
The Glide’s child seat is very reclined, even in its most upright position, which makes it great for napping but not so much for passengers who want to see all around. The seat has side pockets and a five-point harness, and the stroller doesn’t come with a bumper bar or snack/cup holder included. The non-adjustable rear suspension is enough to even out minor road bumps. For parents, the handlebar is narrow but height adjustable, with a wrist strap and hand brake right in the middle—not ideal for all hand positions.

Quality
The Glide is clearly designed to economize weight, but its simple design ends up being surprisingly solid. In this case, a lack of bells and whistles means less rattling and flexing. Optional accessories include a parent console ($50), snack tray ($40) and car seat adapter ($60).

Convenience
Its fixed front wheel and long wheelbase makes the Glide awkward to maneuver, especially indoors. (The Thule Urban Glide is a “sport” version with a swiveling front wheel.) Folding the stroller up involves sliding and twisting a hand grip under a flap behind where the rider’s knees would be. Then you have to lock it closed with a strap, so it’s definitely a two-handed operation. It doesn’t stand on its own when folded.

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$375.00
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