Do you run, walk or sprint? Here’s an amazing pram for kids up to 34kg

November 10, 2016

There are a couple of old favourites I've stuck to with parenting the second time around. And a couple of things I really wanted to do differently, like buy a decent running pram. I'm not sure how we managed for about five years with the jogging pram we did – it didn't manoevre brilliantly, it probably wasn't ergonomically correct, and a lot of the "work" of the running involved keeping the pram straight while it veered to the right or left, seemingly on its own.

The one thing it did have going for it was a drinks/snack tray, but that feature alone wasn't enough for me not to invest in a great jogger. Research and reviews point to the Thule (pronounced Too-Lee) Urban Glide, and it took one test run (more like pregnant waddle) through the Thule showroom in Woodmead for me to realise that this Rolls Royce of running prams was for me.

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I realise not everyone runs races or long distance, but the Urban Glide is a great pram for walks, and can more than easily handle the terrain at a Park Run, which is something my normal Joie pram can't do, and nor could my old jogger even do.

Also, while it is a running pram, I've seen people with it in shopping centre, so it's perfectly fine and suited as a day-to-day pram too. It can take weights of up to 34kg, which means you could fit a child up until the age of 8/9 in there, though this might not be an easy feat, especially up hills.

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It weighs 10.5kg, and with has decent storage, plus optional accessories like a rain cover, bassinet and snack tray, making it a fantastic travel pram too. It's also really easy to work – it's not only simple to open and close, but it took me about 10 minutes to get it from box to ready to use. It's also good to know that the Urban Glide has won several design awards, and it's this design that has contributed to it being such a smooth ride.

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Here are some features:

  • Swivel front wheel for easy maneuverability, locks into place for stable jogging
  • Ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for parent's comfort and b
  • Rear suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride, and easy to keep on course, especially if going fast
  • Padded seat with vented top reclines to a near flat position for on-the-go naps
  • One-handed compact fold for storing and transporting
  • Large storage compartment with zippered water-resistant cover
  • Multi-position canopy for added protection with view-in roof port to see your child

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I've already jogged with it a few times with my baby, and I'm in awe by how straight it goes, and how my only work involves getting my unfit body from one metre to the next, while the pram almost glides before me (not so much up the hills, but I'm sure I'm getting stronger for it). Getting onto pavements is easy, and it's highly responsive to turns, plus so easy to manouevre.

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I like the zippered storage area at the bottom, which can hold a weight of around 4.5kg, which is more than enough for bottles, snacks, nappies or other child essentials. There's also a large mesh pocket and a smaller zip-up pocket on the back of the seat for keys, cellphone or water bottle.

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This pram has been one of the best purchases, and I look forward to many kilometres with it. Now if only they could make a jogger that could pull me along…
 

The Urban Glide is available in red and grey, and retails for around R8 999 and it is available at Thule Partner Stores and selected Kids Emporium stores nationwide. For more information on Thule and the Urban Glide, click here

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9 Comments

  • Kate

    Yip I just bought one and I can honestly say it’s incredible!!! Love it!!!

    November 10, 2016 at 6:10 am Reply
    • Tanya

      I’m so glad you feel the same! πŸ™‚

      November 10, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Kate Kearney

    Shew, if it wasn’t so pricey I would buy it in a heartbeat! I took my son for a jog on Tuesday in his ‘jogger’ and nearly lost him when the wheel slipped on the road. Horrible!

    November 10, 2016 at 6:50 am Reply
    • Tanya

      Try look for one on Gumtree etc? I’ve seen them there before. They do last long, so you will be getting a few years out of it. I’m sorry I wasted time with a crappy one with Max.

      November 10, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Danielle

    I’m sooooo jealous – I was actually looking at the double jogger (R 13,999) for myself over the weekend but its such a steep price. I’m dying to exercise to try loose my baby (after baby binge eating) fat so googled double prams and found this Thule – it looks FAB!!! Would love to get one so I can drag my kids outdoors and get some exercise too. I was even willing to throw a tantrum (banging my fists on the floor) to get my hubby (minster of finance at home) to buy me one…but now I’m just left dreaming… πŸ™
    Enjoy xxx

    November 10, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply
  • Tanya

    Aaaaw sorry Danielle. Maybe keep an eye out on Gumtree etc as they might have there. All the best with the fitness! πŸ™‚

    November 10, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Heather

    You are seriously looking fab mama! I think this is a good investment. I did some walks with a normal pram and it was not as great as these proper three wheel ones. And walking really helps to get out and about.

    November 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Khadija Fakir

    Wow … lovely review πŸ™‚

    November 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Mrs FF

    see how tiny the little Miss looks in it. You will be back to running miles and miles in record time before you know it. So pretty but sadly out of the affordable range for most people.

    November 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply
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