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The Nurse Dakar is a low-priced buggy that offers a smooth ride, though all up, it’s not as comfy as it could be.
Nurse is a part of the Spanish company Jané, and you’ll find its name on value-for-money buggies, car seats and travel systems. The Nurse Dakar is based on Jané’s Powertrack 360 buggy.
The Nurse Dakar is a lightweight 3-wheeler. It has inflatable aluminium wheels with ball bearings for very easy turning, a seat with multi-position recline, a height adjustable handle, quick release wheels and adjustable rear suspension. It comes with accessories too – a basket, pump, 3 in 1 foot muff, pram bag and raincover – all extras that some brands make you purchase separately.
The Dakar is also travel system compatible. There are three travel system options you can create, depending on which Nurse car seat you purchase. There’s the Nurse Dakar Piccola travel system, which uses the lightweight rear facing Piccola car seat that’s suitable until about 18 months. Then there’s the Nurse Dakar Duplo, which see the Duplo start out as a lie-flat carrycot and convert into a rear facing car seat that lasts until 18 months. And finally, the Nurse Dakar Capazo, where the Capazo carrycot is used as a lie-flat car seat until the 9-month mark.
What we love
The Nurse Dakar gives a smooth ride, which is important when living in a place with cobble streets like we do. This buggy really came into its own when cruising around town with my daughter Tippi. Even when Tippi fell asleep, I didn’t have to worry about steep curves, cobbles and other obstacles – Nurse Dakar managed to glide over them with very little disruption.
The Dakar manoeuvres easily, cornering with little effort needed from me. It folds down easily, and the wheels are extremely easy to remove if going on holiday, or tight on space.
Tippi loves the Tube map design inside the hood. She also like peeping out the rear window! The harness is easily adjusted, too.
The height adjustable handle bar was a very useful feature. My husband is a lot taller than me, so this meant we could both push the Nurse Dakar comfortably.
What to watch out for
The Nurse Dakar doesn’t have the most comfy of seats, and the material isn’t very soft. Also, the harness pads look clumsy, especially for a newborn. They’re quite big and seem to easily slide up and down the straps. These harness straps are also too big for Tippi, and she’s 1. The harness pulley system is a bit fiddly.
If you have a small car, check the Nurse Dakar fits first. It folds down to quite a small size, but it is wide. The width gives the buggy a longer life, accommodating your toddler as they grow, but can be problem if you have limited car space. Living in a city with narrow streets, I also found the width a slight issue.
The Nurse Dakar is forward facing only and the shopping basket is rather small – these things didn’t worry me, but may do for other mums.
Who is the Nurse Dakar best for?
Mums after a wide, value-for-money 3-wheeler.
The Nurse Dakar is a decent light buggy that comes with a bundle of accessories. It’s easy to manoeuvre and offers a smooth ride. It’s quite wide, which can be a good thing as your toddler grows, but not so great for small car boots. It’s not the comfiest of buggies and you may find the harness a bit fiddly.