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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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