Drive Medical Nitro Walker Review – Euro Style Walker W/Bag Attachment
The Drive Medical Nitro walker is one of the newest walkers available from Drive Medical.
The Nitro Walker is available in 3 different colors and comes with zippered storage on the front of the walker.
Our review of the Nitro Walker will take a look at the notable features and outline some conclusions about the drive Nitro Walker based on the opinion of people who have left reviews for it. You can also read our article on the top knee walkers of 2016 here.
Nitro Walker Dimensions
- Weight Capacity 300 lbs.
- 75″(L) x 23″(W) x 33.5″(H)
- Handle Height: 33.5″-38.25″
- Seat Dimensions: 10″(D) x 18″(W) x 20.5″
The Drive Nitro Walker frame is made from long lasting lightweight aluminum, which gives the walker a solid feel while still remaining easy to move. The brake line for your walker is hidden within the aluminum frame, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally getting the brake line caught on something.
The Drive Medical Nitro Walker is also easily folded into a compact size for storage. The Nitro Walker is designed with a cross-brace design that allows you to easily fold the walker with minimal strength.
One of the best features of the Drive Medical Nitro Walker is the attention to detail that went into the wheels. Most walkers have trouble adjusting to any change in surface, making it way to easy for you to lose your balance on gravel, uneven roads or going over rocks.
The Nitro Walker has large 10” front wheels, which optimizes how well your walker handles. You’ll find that steering and going over rough surfaces will be much easier. This is a great safety feature that makes it easier for you to keep your balance.
It’s pretty hard to get the full feel of a product from just the product description or the features it has.
To help you out, we’ve put together some conclusions gathered from user reviews of the Nitro Walker.
We’ve taken the good and the bad, and put them below for you to make your own conclusions when choosing a new mobility aid.
One of the positives consistent through most user reviews is the exceptional design of the Drive Nitro walker. Because of how the Nitro Walker is designed, many people prefer it over a traditional walker. It’s much lighter and yet it doesn’t sacrifice anything in durability or safety. People love that the brake lines are inside the frame, so they don’t get in the way.
One point of debate seems to be how easily the Nitro Walker folds. Some people feel it’s very easy, while other reviewers find it not as compact and easy as described.
Keep in mind that the Nitro Walker doesn’t completely fold up, it’s designed to compress like an accordion. If you have limited strength you may have issues lifting it into a truck or angling the walker so it fits in a back seat.
Conclusion – One of the strongest features of the Nitro Walker is its superior overall design compared to traditional walkers. The Nitro Walker folds like an accordion and may be difficult to angle into a truck or backseat.
How does the device move?
As mentioned in the features section, the Nitro Walker has large 10” inch wheels. Another theme consistent throughout reviews is how safe the walker still feels on uneven surfaces. You can easily push the Nitro Walker down a gravel driveway or through your yard without feeling like you’re going to lose your balance.
One negative about the wheels is the rubber covering on them. While this helps make the walker more secure, sometimes the rubber cover can slip off and it’s quite a hassle to put back on. A lot of users said putting it back on the first time is fine, but it becomes weaker and weaker and more likely to fall off over time.
Conclusion – If you’re looking for a stable, yet compact walker, this is a good choice. You may have some issues with the wheels.
The Nitro Walker is also noted for how secure it feels to sit on. Even tall people will find this walker comfortable for sitting down and taking breaks. A lot of people say the seat is very soft which is great for sitting, but makes carrying things on your seat a hassle.
Conclusion – The Nitro Walker is very comfortable for sitting, but not necessarily for carrying things. You’ll need to make use of the front storage pocket.
How are the brakes?
One issue with this walker that’s consistent through the reviews, is the construction of the brakes. A lot of people find them hard to squeeze, especially if you have a condition similar to arthritis.
The brake handles also feel a bit flimsy as they are made from plastic. If you have small hands you may find squeeze both levers to be hard.
The positives about the brakes are that the brake lines are hiding within the frame and are completely out of the way. overall the brakes seem to work really well at slowing you down.
Conclusion – The brakes may be hard to use if you have weak joints or small hands.
Overall, Drive Medical’s Nitro Walker is definitely an above average walker. It has some very strong features such as hidden brake lines, comfortable seats and big wheels for added mobility and safety.
There are a few cons such as flimsy brake handles and possible difficulties folding the walker.
We have also included some user review videos below. Thank you for reading DME Library’s Drive Medical Nitro Walker review!
A little bit about the company:
Drive Medical was formed in 2000 and has made a solid impact in the durable medical equipment industry since then. Drive Medical is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of durable medical equipment with distribution spanning the globe. Drive Medical has offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Romania.