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Thule Urban Glide Review

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  • 2016 Shortlisted Best Pushchair
Shortlist 2016

Tested by mum Catherine Cator for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Very easy to steer and the fold away mechanism was brilliant. However, the wheels are very big for a single buggy which made it hard to get through the doorways in my house and to get on and off the buses.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It is very easy to adjust the seat, changing it from an upright to a down position. This buggy is much easier than previous buggy to fold down and out in the back of the car.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

It would have to be the size of it. I felt it was unnecessarily large and proved to be a hindrance in a lot of circumstances. Also when you go into shops you want the pram to glide round the aisles and with this one I kept banging into things.

Tested by mum Heidi Short for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

It does everything I need it to do. It takes all the bumps, has enough storage, folds easily and can be cleaned. I like that I can put a car seat on it as well. The canopy clicks into many positions and is big enough to create shade. There are 2 windows so I can see my son when he is sleeping. The footwell is pastic, not fabric so it wipes off. It is designed so the folding levers are colour coded and easy to figure out and my husband likes that the push handle can be adjusted to his height.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I like the pockets on the seat so my son can get his toys and sippy cup. It definitely does glide and the shock absorbers mean I can go for a run without waking my son from his nap. It folds up very easily and the wheels come off to fit in my boot when it's full of shopping. I can take off and wash the basket below but only wipe down the seat. But if I hose it down in the garden, it dries pretty quickly.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The brake is very stiff! It may loosen up in time, but it isn't easy to use. Also, the strap covers aren't removable and get very dirty. Otherwise, I love this jogger and use it every time I go out, not just jogging.

Tested by dad Martin Short for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

The stroller is really easy to steer and manoeuvre, especially with the front wheel unlocked. With the front wheel locked I found it a little frustrating but after I had it for a couple of days it became very easy to keep it in the mode I liked and the big blue indicator made it easy to spot if it was adjusted. The suspension and big wheels made pushing it really easy and I liked that the handlebar was adjustable in height. Some don't go up as high. Folding it was easy and it is nice and light, although the front twist and slide were quite stiff and really needed two hands which is a bit annoying. The only really difficult part to operate is the clasp on the harness which is way too stiff when there are three buttons to operate at once. It would be nice if the cushions on the straps were removable as these always need cleaning and it would be best if they could be put in the washing machine. Overall it was a very good product with a few minor downsides.

How does this product make your life easier as a dad?

The most important part of the stroller is its ease of use when my child is in it and I'm out and about. It rolls really easily and is great to steer and move about. It's light and folds up small and the canopy and storage section under the seat are easy and quick to operate with one hand. When the child is in the stroller, I can easily shop or do other things while controlling the stroller with one hand. It's only when I have to take my child out or fold up the stroller I need to use two hands.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would like the clip on the harness to be easier to undo. It's too stiff and I can't see any way to operate it with one hand. I understand that children shouldn't be able to undo it themselves but it seems way beyond that. I need to be able to get my child out with one hand as I'm often carrying a bag, shopping or opening a car door at the same time. I would also like the strap cushions to be detachable.

Tested by Jo Spencer for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

Very stylish looking pram, good colours, modern look, 'German design' feel (yes, I know it’s Swedish). Glides easily. However, I'm only 5ft4 and this pram is obviously designed for a 6ft Swedish supermodel. I can lower the handles down so it is OK to push but in general it is just scaled too big for me - even the folding down is a bit tricky and would be easier if I was bigger. It is very long and very big in general - you need a sizeable boot to get it in the car. But I'll still give it a 4 because I can see that for some people (tall people) it would be good.

How does this product make your life easier as a parent?

Very good over rough ground because of big wheels.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Scale it down and make it generally 20% smaller in every dimension.

Tested by mum Karen English for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

As a jogger it looks good is packed with features and steers well, as a pushchair it's a great off roader and plenty spacious.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Great to have a pram I'm confident running with.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The lock catch is tricky to unhook.

Tested by mum Rachel Hawdon for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

A great pushchair for running (which I do a lot), very competitively priced.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Means I can run faster and for longer without fussing the way I do with a normal pram.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

A rain over is a must and I think should be included.

Tested by dad Mark English for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

I like the height-adjustable handle and the big wheels (very manly), easy to push too.

How does this product make your life easier as a dad?

It's easy to push because I’m very tall and the handles go really high.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The fold took a bit of getting used to but overall it's great.

Tested by mum Ruth Hobson for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

It's a nice push with a lovely feel and a big hood, great for being outdoors a lot.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It helps you run quicker than a normal pram.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The price is high in my opinion, but then again I'm not in the market for a running pram. I struggled with the locking rubber thingy.

Tested by mum Debbie Wilson for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

It's a good looking, easy to use great handling pushchair, suitable for an outdoor lifestyle.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It's great for dog walking, beach combing, forest discovery. We love it, it fits our lifestyle perfectly.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The price.

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