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When buying a travel system, practicality and value for money are high up on the list of wants. The Nurse Dakar Duplo travel system offers both in abundance, and is certainly worth a look.
Based on the popular Jané Powertrack 360, the Nurse Dakar is crammed with features and accessories, and combined with the Nurse Duplo car seat that’s both a carrycot and a car seat you can’t really beat it for value.
The 3-wheel pushchair itself is extremely lightweight and has a lockable front swivel wheel that makes for very easy turning. There’s inflatable aluminium wheels, a height adjustable handle, multi-position reclining seat with a unique pulley system, quick release wheels and an adjustable rear suspension depending on the terrain.
And don’t forget the accessories! With a basket, pump, 3 in 1 foot muff, pram bag and raincover included you’re ready for any situation.
The Nurse Dakar is available in four combination: as just a 3-wheeler pushchair, or with a choice of three car seats. The Duplo is one of these options, and starting out as a carrycot for those early days when lying flat is recommended, it converts effortlessly into a rearward facing car seat that lasts until 18 months.
What we love
The Dakar as a pushchair is very simple to use. It folds down without difficulty and the wheels are easy to remove, which was great for our holiday when we needed the space for our luggage.
One thing I really like about the Nurse Dakar is how it moves across bumpy roads and fields. My daughter Tippi can be a light sleeper but I needn’t worry when pushing her round in this pushchair. Its inflatable wheels with ball bearings to optimise turning and pushing means it glides and moves over cobbled streets and parkland without much effort and minimal disruption. The added adjustable rear suspension is a great help.
We tried the Duplo car seat with the Dakar to turn it into a travel system. We loved how easy it transformed from a carrycot into a car seat. Simply pull a lever and it’s done – two seats for the price of one. The carrycot is quite inviting, the material feels a lot more padded than the pushchair and my friend’s 1-month-old baby looks very cosy in it. As it’s recommended by health officials that newborn babies lie completely flat it’s great to have this as an option. The Duplo as a rear facing car seat is also very comfortable and Tippi seems happy in there. Said to last up to 18 months, this adds again to the Nurse Dakar Duplo travel system’s great value.
What to watch out for
The Dakar pushchair doesn’t look that comfortable. It isn’t very well padded, and the strap pads slide too easily up and down the straps. I found this didn’t give the right support to Tippi. Along with the slightly fiddly harness that means a smaller baby can slip down in the seat, this could be better.
Using the Duplo car seat in its lie-down form is secure but it can slide around on the back seat. I personally would rather use it as a rearward facing car seat from the start, and use the carrycot for my baby to sleep in when visiting.
Finally, if you have a small car, you might want to check the Nurse Dakar fits. Even though it does fold down quite small, it’s a wide pushchair
Who is the Nurse Dakar Duplo travel system best for?
Mums with bigger cars who want value for money and a rear facing car seat with a longer life.
A very good travel system that’s crammed with features and accessories to make your life simple. The Nurse Dakar Duplo travel system is easy to use, offers a smooth ride but as a pushchair it doesn’t offer the most comfortable seat. The versatile Duplo carrycot that turns into a rearward facing car seat makes it great value.
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|Child age (approx)||Birth to 3 years|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:104cm W:63cm L:93cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:85cm W:63cm L:50cm|
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Compatible car seats||Nurse Duplo car seat|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Accessories included||Basket, pump, 3 in 1 footmuff, pram bag, rain cover|