Whether you're a serious runner or a casual jogger looking for an all-terrain stroller, your jogging stroller research will likely lead you to the Thule Urban Glide and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0—two joggers that go head-to-head because of their similar features, price points and specifications.
BOB, the most popular jogging stroller brand, has been making gear for active parents for more than 20 years. But while Thule may be better-known for vehicle roof racks, the Swedish manufacturer is giving BOB a run for its money (pun intended).
Thule's line of strollers include joggers, bike trailers and a compact stroller, while BOB now offers three jogging models in addition to the popular Revolution Flex: the budget-friendly BOB Rambler and the upgraded BOB Alterrain and BOB Alterrain Pro. See our BOB Revolution Flex vs. BOB Alterrain and Alterrain Pro comparison for more details.
This comparison references the latest versions of each single stroller as of 2021, as well as the double version of each stroller, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie.
Thule Urban Glide 2
The Thule Urban Glide 2 brings a sleek look and a limited lifetime warranty to a jogging stroller with convenient features like a covered basket, one-handed fold with automatic lock, and a hand brake with deceleration.
The 2021 model features sophisticated new colors, as well as an aesthetic update to the hand brake and other touchpoints on the stroller: Those details are now gray instead of blue for a cleaner look.
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
From the company whose name is synonymous with jogging strollers, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a versatile stroller for both running and everyday adventures. The stroller features ultra-rugged wheels, a convenient carry handle and a two-stage suspension system that ensures a smooth ride as your child grows.
The 3.0 models of the single and double stroller, introduced in 2019, include upgraded details such as new colors with reflective details on the canopy and basket, additional storage pockets, and a magnetic closure on the canopy. The strollers aren't changing for 2021.
Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Price
The Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 differ in price, with Thule single strollers being up to $150 more depending on the color. The Thule double strollers are priced $100 higher than the BOB comparable.
Single Stroller Prices
- Thule Urban Glide 2: $649.95 to $699.95
- BOB Revolution Flex: $549.99
Double Stroller Prices
- Thule Urban Glide 2 Double: $849.95
- BOB Revolution Flex Duallie 3.0: $749.99
Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Weight and Specifications
The differences? The single version of the Thule Urban Glide 2 is about 3 pounds lighter than the BOB and is more compact when folded.
While the manufacturer's warranty on both strollers is longer than most, Thule has the superior coverage: The Urban Glide strollers have a limited lifetime warranty, while BOB offers a 5-year warranty on the frame and 1 year of coverage for fabrics and components.
- Thule Urban Glide 2: 25.3 pounds (single), 34.2 pounds (double)
- BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: 28.5 pounds (single) 33.1 pounds (double)
Stroller Weight and Height Limit
- Thule Urban Glide 2: 50 pounds or 43.7" (single), 50 pounds per seat (double)
- BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: 75 pounds or 44" (single), 50 pounds per seat (double)
- Thule Urban Glide 2: 41.1"L x 27.2"W x 40"H (single), 41.1"L x 31.5"W x 40"H (double)
- BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: 48"L x 25.4"W x 34.5-48"H (single), 53.5-59.5"L x 30.6"W x 31.5-47.5"H (double)
- Thule Urban Glide 2: 34.2"L x 27.2"W x 13.3"H (single), 35"L x 30.75"W x 14"H (double)
- BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: 39"L x 25.4"W x 35"H (single)
- Thule Urban Glide 2: Limited lifetime warranty
- BOB Revolution Flex: 1 year for fabric and components; 5 years for frame
- Thule Urban Glide 2: 12.5" front wheels; 16" rear wheels
- BOB Revolution Flex: 12.5" front wheels; 16" rear wheels
Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Configurations
While pediatricians don't recommend jogging with a newborn, both strollers can be used from birth for walking if you attach an infant car seat using an adapter.
Place the car seat on top of the stroller seat to create a travel system, or in the case of the Thule Urban Glide, the fabric can be unfastened from the frame for a cleaner look. The BOB and Thule double strollers can accommodate one car seat but cannot be used with two car seats for twins.
Additionally, Thule offers another newborn configuration: a bassinet that fits both the Urban Glide single and double strollers and allows your newborn to lie flat in the safest and most comfortable position. Car seats, by comparison, require the baby to sit slightly upright, which can restrict airways and is less ergonomic for a developing head and neck.
Car Seats Compatible with Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is compatible with a wider range of car seats because the company makes a one-size-fits-most universal adapter, in addition to specific adapters for Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex and Chicco.
BOB is owned by the same parent company as Britax, making the BOB/Britax B-SAFE car seat (designed to match the stroller) the leading choice for the Revolution Flex. Car seat adapters for the Revolution Flex are also available for Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego and Nuna.
The car seats listed below are compatible with the Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0., both single and double versions.
- Cybex Aton series
- Chicco KeyFit and Chicco KeyFit30
- BOB Unity
- Britax Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone and Unity
- Combi Shuttle 33
- Evenflo Discovery 5
- Graco SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect/30/35/LX 35/40
- Maxi-Cosi Mico Max series, CabrioFix, Citi, Mico30, Mico NXT, Pebble and PebblePlus
- Nuna PIPA series
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, 4-35 Nido and SIP 30/30
- Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard and onBoard Air
- Safe-n-Sound Unity
- UPPAbaby Mesa
- Britax/BOB B-Safe 35, Chaperone, B-Safe, B-Safe 35 Elite, B-Safe Ultra, Endeavors
- Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit30, Fit2
- Cybex Aton and Cloud Q series (single stroller only)
- Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35LX and 40; SnugRide Classic Connect, 30, 32, 35
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido SIP and SIP 30/30
- Maxi-Cosi Mico series (single stroller only)
- Nuna PIPA series (single stroller only)
Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Reviews
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is rated as the No. 1 jogging stroller on the market by two independent testing websites: Baby Gear Lab, founded by a pediatrician, and The Wirecutter, a product-testing website from the The New York Times Co.
Both sites' No. 2 choice? A BOB, of course. Baby Gear Lab picked the Revolution Flex as runner-up, while The Wirecutter chose the BOB Revolution Pro (a recently-discontinued version of the Flex with hand-activated rear drum brakes).
Here's what the websites had to say about each stroller.
Baby Gear Lab
On the Thule Urban Glide: "The Thule Urban Glide has unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability ... This impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller, saving you time and effort over buying two products."
On the BOB Revolution Flex: "It is heavy, large, and awkward to lift. However, we think this is a great choice for going off-road, thanks to the adjustable suspension and tires with more substantial tread, two things the Thule Urban Glide 2 doesn't have."
On the Thule Urban Glide 2: The Wirecutter praised the stroller for its lightness, maneuverability, suspension and high-quality construction, saying these factors make it "the most satisfying to push on paved roads, and one of the most versatile and convenient strollers in our testing group."
On the BOB Revolution Pro: "While the Thule handles like a sports car, the BOB Revolution Pro feels more like a tank. The BOB does have some areas of dominance, however"—like adjustable suspension, a bigger canopy and a more upright seat position.
Benefits and Drawbacks
Thule Urban Glide 2
- One of the lightest jogging strollers on the market, weighing 3 pounds less than the BOB Revolution Flex
- Offers lifetime warranty from Thule, compared with 5 years on frame and 1 year on components and fabric for BOB
- Hand brake allows for deceleration when jogging downhill
- Covered, zippered pocket keeps your belongings secure as you run
- Compatible with more car seat brands than BOB
- One-hand, one-step fold
- High-quality fabrics with more padding than BOB
- Higher-priced than BOB Revolution Flex strollers (can be $150 more for single and $100 more for double)
- Stroller is lengthy when folded and does not include carry handle like BOB
- Does not have adjustable suspension of BOB
- Tire tread is thinner than BOB, making the stroller better for paved roads than rugged terrain
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
- Two-setting suspension system can be adjusted for lighter and heavier children
- Thick tread on tires make for superior handling on trails, sand and rough surfaces
- Seat allows child to sit more upright than in most strollers
- Coordinates with matching BOB/Britax B-SAFE infant car seat
- Carry handle allows for easier lifting into the car
- Costs less than Thule strollers (up to $150 for single and $100 for double)
- Weighs 3 pounds more than Thule
- Does not have hand brake for deceleration like Thule
- Two-step, two-handed fold is more time-consuming than Thule's one-step, one-handed fold
- Requires fastening of buckle to lock when folded
- Compatible with fewer infant car seat brands compared with Thule
BOB is the most tried-and-true jogging stroller brand, and the Revolution Flex offers features like an adjustable suspension system and thick-tread wheels that can tackle the most rugged of terrain, snow and sand.
The Thule Urban Glide is a lighter, sleeker stroller that challenges the BOB with unique features like a hand brake, auto-lock, a covered basket and wide-ranging car seat compatibility.
With either the Thule Urban Glide 2 or the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, you're choosing one of the top jogging strollers, versatile enough to navigate both running paths and regular life.
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