by Amy Venzke December 09, 2020 7 min read
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.
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.
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.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 are similarly priced, with Thule single strollers priced $30 to $80 higher, depending on color, and the Thule double priced $50 higher than the BOB equivalent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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