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Bugaboo Runner vs Thule Urban Glide 2

A Review of the Bugaboo Runner & Thule Urban Glide

posted in Product Reviews by Baby & Co on May 14th 2018 11:40 AM

 There's a buggy out there to suit every kind of parent, whether you're a city dweller or a country adventurer.The Bugaboo Runner pushchair and the Thule Urban Glide 2 stroller have both been designed with the active parent in mind, with jogging at the forefront of their function. We've reviewed their features and specifications to give you a heads up on which would be most suitable for you and your family. Here's a quick guide to the essentials:

         

Specification
Bugaboo Runner
Thule Urban Glide 2
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Weight
12.7kg
11.4kg
Adjustable Seat
Yes
Yes
Reversible Seat
Yes
Yes
Tracking Control
Yes
Yes
Weather Protection
Separate rain cover & extendable sun canopy
Multi-position canopy with view-in roof port
Storage Underseat Basket Zippabble underseat basket with pocket
Mud Guards
Yes
No
Adaptors
Compatible with other Bugaboo accessories
Compatible with the Thule Console add-on
Easy to Fold
Yes
Yes
Swivel Front Wheel
No
Yes
Hand Brake
Yes
Yes
Rear Wheel Size
16”
16”
Front Wheel Size
14”
12”
Weight Capacity
17kg
34kg
5 Point Harness
Yes
Yes
Air Pump Included
Yes
No
Warranty/Guarantee
3 years warranty when registered with Bugaboo
10 years frame guarantee


 

Lets take a closer look
 
 
The Bugaboo Runner comes either as a complete jogging pushchair, or as an accessory for existing Bugaboo owners, to create a new jogging solution with your existing Bugaboo Pushchair. 
 
The Bugaboo Runner Chassis can be purchased individually and teamed with your exisiting Bugaboo Seat Unit. It is compatible with the Bugaboo Cameleon3, Buffalo, Donkey and Bee models, simply use the coordinating adaptor to convert your Bugaboo into a pushchair perfect for any jogger. 
 
 
The Runner's quick access handlebar brake effectively controls its speed and enables you to stop easily and safely, with either hand. So if you see a pedestrian up ahead and you need to stop, there'll be no need to tug back on the pushchair, causing your child to be forced backwards. Instead, you can gradually apply the brake to ensure you stop slowly, in good time.
 
bugaboo jogger chassis  Bugaboo Jogger Complete
 
This, along with the tracking controls that adjust any deviation required, the air-filled tyres and built-in suspension guarantee a smoother run over even the most bumpy of terrains.
 
Bugaboo Jogger 3 Wheeler       Bugaboo Runner Front Wheel Tracking
 
Come rain or shine, your child will be protected from the elements with either the rain cover or sun canopy. All of the Runner's fabrics are machine washable too, perfect if you're out jogging in wet weather and find a few spots of mud on the hood, though of course the built-in mud guards will help keep this from happening. If you register your Bugaboo Runner within three months of purchase, you'll receive a complimentary year on top of the 2 year warranty, giving a total of 3 worry-free years.
 
Generally, reviews of the Bugaboo are very positive. It provides a very smooth ride for both parent and child, and is very light to push and manuever, with the fixed front wheel and hand brake providing control and stability. The only slight downside suggested was the maximum usage weight was only tested to 17 kg, which is significantly lower than competitiors at 34kg. This being said, it still offers usage to 3/4 years old approxmately. 
 
 
The Urban Glide is sold as a sleek, lightweight design stroller which is perfect for urban mobility. Weighing in at just 11.4kg, it is one of the lightest active strollers on the market, making it super easy to transport and push along anywhere!
 
In fact, it is so light that you can easily fold it and lift it with just one hand - perfect when you're juggling a wriggling child and you need to pop your Urban Glide into the back of the car quickly!
Thule Urban Glide 2 Complete Pushchair Thule Urban Glide 2 Folded 
Not only is the Thule Urban Glide 2 ideal for jogging, its robust wheels and strong rear suspension allows you to off road with ease. The new addition of the handbrake for the Urban Glide 2 model allows for precise control on hilly terrain, ideal for active lifestyles, whether it be jogging or hiking. The Swivel front wheel of the Urban Glide 2 is a great way to gain more control while off road, but can be easily switched with one click to remain stationary when on straight roads and paths. 
 
 Thule Urban Glide HandbrakeThule Urban Swivel Wheel
With its suspension, air-filled tyres and a padded reclinable seat with vented top, your child will always be comfortable, even when you're negotiating stoney lanes. A large storage compartment with a zippered water resistant cover means you'll have space to store changing bags and picnics if you go on longer adventures away from home. You can buy the Thule Urban Glide 2 with peace of mind, with a very generous 10 year frame guarantee.
 
Again, we hear very good things in Thule Urban Glide 2 Reviews. It's very adaptable and performs well on both on and off road, providing smooth handling and a smooth ride. With the addition of the handbrake, it improves the stroller even further. The fold isn't the smallest, which tends to be a reccuring problem with the nature of the jogging strollers, but with removable wheels, it can be stored in many vehicles. 
 
Final Thoughts
 
It's safe to say that both the Bugaboo Runner and the Thule Urban Glide 2 provide suitable, comfortable and safe transport for babies and toddlers whose parents lead active lifestyles. These two products boast style and usability, making them perfect for any environment, from the city centre to off-road expeditions over rough terrain; all-weather covers and lots of storage mean you can be prepared for any situation.
 
If you're looking for a pushchair that makes jogging with your little one easy and enjoyable, the Bugaboo Runner with its super smooth handling could be the better option for you. Even better if you're already a Bugaboo owner, as you can just purchase the chassis and pop on your existing seat unit.
If it's a lightweight stroller you want, that is super easy to fold, store, transport and manage with just one hand, the Thule Urban Glide 2 may just be the ticket!
 
Bugaboo Runner and Jogger     Thule Urban Glide

 

 

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