by Amy Venzke August 28, 2018

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.

thule urban glide vs bob revolution flex stroller comparison

Thule Urban Glide 2

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.

BOB Revolution Flex

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.

Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex Price

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The single versions of the Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex are the same price, with both manufacturers also offering a special version of the single stroller for $20-$30 more.

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.

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: $449.95 ($479.95 for Black on Black)
  • BOB Revolution Flex: $449.99 ($469.99 for Lunar)

thule urban glide vs bob revolution flex stroller comparison

Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex Weight and Specifications

The Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex are nearly the same size, with an identical weight and height capacity.

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.

Stroller Weight

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 25.3 pounds
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 28.5 pounds

Stroller Weight and Height Limit

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 75 pounds, 43.7"
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 75 pounds, 44"

Dimensions

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 41.1"L x 27.2"W x 40"H
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 48"L x 25.4"W x 34.5-48"H

Folded Dimensions

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 34.2"L x 27.2"W x 13.3"H
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 39"L x 25.4"W x 35"H

Warranty

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 2 years for fabric; 10 years for frame
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 1 year for fabric and components; 5 years for frame

Wheel Size

  • Thule Urban Glide 2: 12.5" front wheels; 16" rear wheels
  • BOB Revolution Flex: 12.5" front wheels; 16" rear wheels

Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex Configurations

There are no differences between the Thule Urban Glide and BOB Revolution Flexwhen it comes to configurations available for the strollers.

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.

(Looking for a jogging stroller with removable seat fabric and bassinet compatibility? Try the Bumbleride Indie or Bumbleride Speed).

Car Seats Compatible with Thule Urban Glide and BOB Revolution Flex

thule urban glide vs bob revolution flex stroller comparison

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.

Car Seats Compatible with Thule Urban Glide 2

  • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
  • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, CabrioFix, Citi, Mico30, Mico NXT, Pebble and PebblePlus
  • Cybex Aton versions 
  • 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 
  • 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

Car Seats Compatible with BOB Revolution Flex

  • Britax/BOB B-Safe 35, Chaperone, B-Safe, B-Safe 35 Elite
  • Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30
  • Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35LX and 40; SnugRide Classic Connect, 30, 32, 35
  • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and Nido, SIP and SIP 30/30
  • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX

Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex 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 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.

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."

The Wirecutter

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

So which stroller is better: the Thule Urban Glide 2 or the BOB Revolution FlexOnly you can decide which is best for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

Thule Urban Glide

Benefits

  • One of the lightest jogging strollers on the market, weighing 3 pounds less than the BOB Revolution Flex
  • 10-year warranty on frame is twice as long as BOB frame warranty
  • Hand brake allows for deceleration when jogging downhill
  • Covered, zippered pocket keeps your belongings secure as you run
  • Compatible with more than a dozen car seat brands, compared with four brands for BOB
  • One-hand, one-step fold
  • High-quality fabrics with more padding than BOB

Drawbacks

  • 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

Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex Stroller Comparison

BOB Revolution Flex

Benefits

  • 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

Drawbacks

  • 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

thule urban glide vs bob revolution flex stroller comparison

Conclusion

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. 

Questions?

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If you have more questions about the Thule Urban Glide vs. BOB Revolution Flex debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


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