When my partner first broached the subject of buying a jogging stroller for our daughter, specifically the Thule Urban Glide 2, I scoffed. Like many city-dwelling parents, we already owned a collection of strollers for every occasion, all piled on top of each other in the small ground floor space our landlord let us house them so we wouldn’t have to lug them up to our third floor walk-up.
First there was the pricey, luxurious stroller that my parents bought us, at my request, before our daughter was born, which was a joy to use, but too big for most practical applications in Brooklyn. Next, there was the lightweight $ 10 umbrella stroller that we bought from a vendor on the street for our daily bus commute to drop off our daughter at daycare, which folds up easily, tucks away nicely on a crowded bus, and can be swooped up quickly when running to catch the bus—toddler in one arm, stroller in the other. And then there was the economical bucket travel stroller that we carted with us on countless cross-country trips, one that easily accommodated a car seat, roller bags, and more, as we dashed through airports.
So the thought of adding yet another stroller to our rotation—especially one that seemed useful only for running—was loathsome. My boyfriend, a running coach and erstwhile 100-mile-week runner, tried to convince me that the Thule would be a great way for him to take our daughter out during his runs so I could get a much-needed break. As enticing as that sounded, I still wasn’t sure how much use we’d get out of a single-purpose stroller. I knew I would never use it while I ran—running is my self-care, and I refuse to take a heavy stroller and demanding toddler along for the ride. After some debate, my boyfriend received a convenient discount code from Thule (being a running microinfluencer does have its micro perks), and I caved. We bought the stroller when our daughter was about to turn two years old, and have been using it ever since.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I can confidently say that I am just as big of a fan of the Thule as he is, if not more so. Pre-coronavirus, I took it everywhere: To the grocery store, because it’s easy to maneuver and has a large lower storage basket. On our weekly walk through Prospect Park to the farmers market. Really, whenever I knew I was going to be out with our daughter for an entire day, because it’s the only stroller we own that lays so flat that she’ll actually take her nap in it. To be honest, I carted it anywhere I knew I’d have a relatively good amount of space to accommodate it: Since it’s wide in the front for added running stability, it can sometimes be tough to maneuver around people or in tight indoor spaces.
There was even one glorious summer evening where we wanted to see a show at a museum, so we took a chance and ventured out with our daughter and the Thule; she ended up going to sleep peacefully at her normal bedtime and stayed asleep so long we were able to wheel the stroller to a restaurant with outdoor seating after the show and have a proper toddler-free dinner while she slept.
I still don’t take my daughter, now almost four, on any long runs, but no matter how I’m using the Thule, it’s a dream to use. The suspension feature makes it easy to push, and comfortable for my daughter to ride in, no matter what the terrain. The front wheel locks if you do want to run with it, but if you’re using it for city walking, all it takes is a quick twist to unlock it so you can easily maneuver. Adjusting the seat is a breeze, too, and the handle has a hand brake so stopping at street corners is simple and secure. If you are looking for an actual jogging stroller, know that my boyfriend has taken it on countless hours-long runs—probably adding up to hundreds of miles at this point, both on the street and through the park—and it’s held up really well. (A friend, who recently used it while training for an ultramarathon, is a huge fan, as well.)
Some minor quibbles I have about the stroller are the wide girth and the weight. At just over 25 pounds, it’s really heavy to lug up and down subway steps and onto buses, not even adding a 30-pound child into the equation. Thankfully, I’ve also found that kind strangers are always willing to help hoist 60-ish pounds of stroller and child up and down stairs. And when there’s no one around to assist, it at least folds up quickly and easily—an important factor when you have to keep one eye (and hand) on a toddler. It’s also relatively pricey (although on par with other luxury strollers), but has paid for itself tenfold in convenience, comfort, and nappability. If I had to do it over, I would’ve happily paid full price for the Urban Glide 2 much earlier in our parenting journey (it can be used from birth with the right bassinet or carseat adapters), and been the owner of at least one fewer stroller. Turns out that the perfect everyday stroller was disguised as a running one all along.