Excellent in every way: lightweight yet built to last with all the best features – but, of course, you pay for top quality.
Easy to use five-point harness
Good waterproof cover
Easy to assemble/pack away
Multiple handlebar height options
Innovative, easier-to-use handlebar brake
Back rest at any angle & easy to use
Too long for small shops
Rain cover is extra
Bumper bar is extra
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Thule Glide 2: first impressions
The Thule Glide 2 is double the price of the cheapest sports stroller you can get, but it is the Ferrari of the selection we tested for our best running strollers buying guide. If your budget will stretch this far, and you want a stroller specifically for running – rather than one that you can take to the shops too – get the durable, comfortable Thule Glide 2.
The only real downside. other than the high price, is the extra cost of the rain cover ($50 / £45), which pretty much everyone needs, and bumper bar ($35 / £30) if required. It’s also a little unwieldy for taking around small or crowded shops.
The genius feature here is the unique and innovative handbrake, which simply requires a turn of the hand, and is completely different to a traditional bike-style brake. It doesn’t obstruct either hand on the bar and is far easier to use. Bravo Thule.
The 20-inch back wheels and fixed 18-inch front wheel combine with great suspension make a comfy ride over rocky and muddy tracks. The five-point harness buckle is easy to use, the seat reclines back fully, the sunshade reaches far over the child and – with some practice – you can even fold it down one-handed.
There’s also plenty of room in the cargo basket, plus a rear mesh pocket and two mesh compartments for snacks or toys. The reflective detail is also an excellent safety feature if you like running safely at night.
• RRP: $700 (US) / £650 (UK)
• Weight: 10.8kg / 23.8lb
• Folded size: 93.5cm x 58cm x 33cm
• Minimum age: Six months
• Maximum weight: 4kg / 75lb
• Colors: Black
• Newborn crib or car seat attachment possible? Yes
• Double version available? Yes
Thule Glide 2: on the trails
We think the best thing about the Thule Glide 2 out on the trails is the unique braking system. It really did make heading out on steep Peak District trails and bridleways easier, with the rotating handlebar brake rather than the regular bicycle brake all other running buggies use. It meant we didn’t have to compromise our hand positions on the handlebar – you can hold it anywhere at any time and your hand will never catch on any aspect of the brake, or find it too hard to operate when it’s freezing cold (there’s no need to take off your best running gloves). It’s really innovative and not something you see on any other running buggy.
The wheels are large and rugged enough to cope with the Peak District mud, rocks, grass and any combination of those thereof, while the suspension definitely kept our kids happy as we bumped them along yet another bridleway.
We also found it very quick and easy to disassemble and re-assemble, and nice and compact in the boot or garage.
The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films packed with trail- and ultra-running content. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, her first book The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running 5k to 50k is out in January 2021. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.