Saturday, 20 October 2012

Boba Air Review

This week I got the new Boba Air. I haven't had a chance to get any great photo's but here's what I think.

The Boba Air is the latest offering in the trusted and popular Boba family. It is a soft structured carrier with a difference: it's super light and compact.

Modelling the Boba Air
Being black it doesn't photograph well
The Highs

  • It's tiny. How many carriers can you fit through your letter box?
  • It folds away in to a pouch which doubles up as a pocket while you are wearing the carrier
  • It's super light weighing in at only 400 grams!
  • It makes a brilliant emergency carrier as you can stick it in your bag and it takes up hardly any space.
  • It's 100% nylon which is great if it's wet as it won't absorb the rain. It also makes it easy to wipe clean
  • It does front and back carries
  • It has a sleep hood which will help keep off sun or rain as well as aid sleep
  • As it is suitable for babies and toddlers from 7 to 20kg you can get a lot of use out of it

The Lows

  • There is no padding, which isn't surprising as it's so compact, but it does make it less suitable for all day wear
  • I found the buckles dig in a bit, but I think with a bit of adjustment I should be able to reduce this
  • It comes in any colour as long as it's black
  • It's a little tricky to get on in a back carry because the straps are so light it's hard to scoot it round, but a helping hand or practise should resolve this

The compact Boba Air in it's bag
In the bag, which turns in to a pocket

Our conclusion
If you want to wear your baby or toddler all day you will want something more padded (or a wrap), but for occasional use this is brilliant. As my daughter is starting to walk and outright refuses to go in the buggy at times I can have the Boba Air with me all the time just in case I need to carry her. It's light, it's compact, it looks smart and at £49.99 it's a good price for a well designed carrier from a trusted brand.

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