Nurse Run4 Capazo
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A light, mid-range travel system, the Nurse Run4 Capazo travel system is a good looker that lets babies sleep flat in the car, though the pushchair isn’t anywhere near as functional as you’d hope.
The huge range of travel systems on the market makes finding the perfect car seat/pram/pushchair combo daunting. Added to which there’s the worry of how to transport your newborn bundle long distances in the car, whilst protecting their fragile spine. The Nurse Run4 Capazo travel system offers an alternative to the infant carrier style of car seat with the Capazo. It’s just a shame that the Run4 pushchair favours fashion over function.
Jané, the Spanish pram manufacturer has been making pushchairs since 1932. Nurse is their stylish value range – think Jimmy Choo for H&M – and the Run4 is the bigger sister of the 3-wheeled Run.
The Nurse Run4 Capazo travel system is comprised of the Run4 pushchair and Capazo carrycot, which can be fitted to the back seat of the car using a standard 3-point seat belt system. On looks alone, the Run4 could be the twin sister of the Quinny Buzz 4. But the Run4 is significantly better value – sold separately it retails for £219.99 and the complete travel system costs £319.99 including carrycot-style car seat, changing bag, front apron, car seat adaptor kit and rain cover (in its own bag).
At just over 10kg, this pushchair is lightweight. A height-adjustable handle bar, adjustable footrest and rear and front facing seat positions give everything you need. Just don’t expect any extras.
The ECE R44/03 approved Capazo carrycot is for use in back seat of the car (it has the same safety standard as for car seats) and transforms easily into a pram. This brilliant design means that it can also be used as a Moses basket. This is a ‘Group 0’ car seat (suitable from birth to around 9 months) and is installed using the normal 3-point car seat belt. Jané takes safety testing seriously and as a consequence the Capazo features a high impact resistant polypropylene shell and energy-absorbing polystyrene in the side and head areas.
Hood ventilation, a rigid carrying handle and adjustable backrest make this carrycot an even better choice of transport.
What we love
This travel system is truly unique. It offers a real alternative to the huge number of infant carrier style car seats that are on the market. And, on first impression, this is a stylish system. The engineering and lightweight aluminium frame of the Run4 chassis is enough to win over any doting Dad.
The lie flat, reclining Capazo carrycot takes some of the worry out of taking a long car journey with a newborn. Some research suggests that lying flat allows babies to travel in a more natural position and therefore breathe more easily, meaning that you can drive for longer without having to stop.
Unlike some carrycots, the Capazo is spacious – 6-month-old Minnie was stretched out on her three-hour journey. Best of all, when she fell asleep we could carry her into the house without having to wake her up.
What to watch out for
The Run4 has a central front pillar, which it uses as an axis to fold and despite being billed as easy to fold, I found the it a bit of a headache. It took a fair amount of jiggling to get it flat.
If you like your pushchairs to feel solid then avoid the Run4. When I tested this product the front swivel wheels frequently locked out causing the pushchair to veer to one side – it was like trying to push a dodgy shopping trolley.
This pushchair’s USP is that it is lightweight but it actually feels very flimsy. On a windy day by the seaside Minnie was buffeted around in the wind. She also needed to be wrapped up in a blanket as the front apron is thin and attaches via poppers leaving lots of holes. After an hour-long walk her feet were like little blocks of ice.
The triangular chassis base means that the shopping basket is very small – you can barely fit a few groceries in, and it certainly wouldn’t transport a bumper pack of nappies.
Unlike many of the infant carrier style car seats that may transport babies up to 12 months of age, the Capazo is only suitable for babies up to 9 months. And as your baby gets bigger, the Capazo, which already weighs 5.7 kg, gets heavy and is difficult to carry so you might even swap systems earlier.
Who is the Nurse Run4 Capazo travel system best for?
Mums on a budget that recognise the benefits of a lie-flat carrier.
A unique travel system that delivers on design and safety, the Nurse Run4 Capazo travel system has a basic pushchair that feels less than robust. Before you buy, you need to decide whether a shorter life car seat that allows your baby to lie flat meets your needs better than one with a longer life that can convert from lie-flat to rear facing, like Nurse’s Duplo car seat.