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—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 is better-known for vehicle roof racks, the Swedish manufacturer has more recently developed jogging strollers that give BOB a run for its money (pun intended).
In 2018, Thule debuted the Thule Urban Glide 2, an updated model of its most popular all-terrain jogging stroller, the Thule Urban Glide. The current model of the BOB Revolution Flex was released in 2016. Both models are also available in a double stroller, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.
In this Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex comparison, we'll look at the differences, benefits and drawbacks of each brand's best-selling models.
First, let's take a look at each stroller.
The Thule Urban Glide brings a sleek look and a 10-year warranty to a jogging stroller with convenient features like a covered basket, automatic lock and one-handed fold.
In 2018, the Swedish manufacturer upgraded the model to the Thule Urban Glide 2 by adding a hand brake with deceleration, a redesigned canopy with additional ventilation, an automatic lock and reflective details for greater visibility.
Check out 2018 Thule Urban Glide 2 vs. 2017 Thule Urban Glide for more differences between the models.
From the company whose name is synonymous with jogging strollers, the Revolution Flex is a versatile stroller for both running and everyday adventures. The BOB Revolution Flex features ultra-rugged wheels, a convenient carry handle and a two-stage suspension system that ensures a smooth ride as your child grows.
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For Thule, the Black on Black color features a matte black frame instead of a silver frame. The BOB Revolution Flex Lunar includes a reflective print on the canopy and basket that helps the stroller stand out—literally.
The differences? The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a few pounds lighter than the BOB and is more compact when folded. The manufacturer's warranty on the Thule frame is also twice as long as that for BOB: 10 years versus 5 years.
Both strollers can be used with an infant car seat, and neither can be used with a bassinet.
Neither stroller includes a reversible seat, and the seat fabric is non-removable—meaning you'll place the car seat on top of the stroller seat to create a travel system.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex can both connect with an infant car seat using an adapter sold separately. Both strollers' seats are intended for use starting at 6 months, when baby can sit upright and support her own head. An infant car seat makes the stroller usable from birth.
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. BOB car seat adapters 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.
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 rated the BOB Revolution Pro (a version with hand-activated rear drum brakes for more serious runners).
Here's what the websites had to say about each stroller.
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.
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, you're choosing one of the top jogging strollers, versatile enough to navigate both running paths and regular life.
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