Gear Review: BobaAir

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    • Reviewed by: Amelia
    • Price (MSRP): 65
    • Category: , ,
    • Best Use: Multi-use
    • Where to Buy:
    • Testing Location: Yellowstone National Park
    • Testing Environment: Hiking, Wading, Swimming and Daily Wear

    Boba has done it once again with a new carrier that makes traveling, adventuring and having young children just that much easier.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the BobaAir.  It is the only carrier on the market right now that lets you truly stay comfortable (along with your child) in an ergonomic position AND packs up super small.  This is the solution for people who just didn’t like the bulkiness of other carriers.


    – This is the carrier to bring with you traveling.


    – This is the carrier to bring with you camping.


    – This is the carrier to throw in the pocket of your framed kid carrier to use on your toddler when they get tired (as a back-up, of course!)




    What we love:


    – It weighs less than a pound and folds up smaller than the size of a cloth diaper (or smaller than a football if you can relate to that better) *See photos below showing size and comparing it to a folded up Boba 3G*

    – The above-mentioned size means it fits in my purse….easily.

    – Made with nylon fabric, it is incredibly easy to clean via an easy wipe-off (WAY easier than the Boba 3G).

    – While it is NOT its intended purpose nor does Boba necessarily recommend it, the nylon also means it works in water.  While I certainly wouldn’t use it in chlorinated water (at least not often) because of the break-down of material, it works GREAT for splashing and an occasional dunk if needed in fresh water (in my personal opinion).  I’ve been waiting for someone to come out with a carrier that wasn’t a sling that could be used in water.  **Please note, while we didn’t struggle with this at all, I could imagine that a wet carrier could result in some chaffing for the child’s bare legs if it was worn for an extended period of time.**

    – Despite its compact size, the sternum-strap “rail” (meaning easy adjustments) and dependable buckles remain. *See photo below*

    – It’s affordable!  While I do think paying $120 for a carrier you use constantly is absolutely worth the money, a price-tag of $65 will make Boba much more accessible for more people (and making buying a second carrier ok… :))

    – Despite the fact that the shoulder straps are not padded, I experienced no pain or discomfort.

    – It zips into its own pouch.  When the carrier is open, that pouch becomes a pocket (same size as the pocket on the 3G.) *see photo below*

    – Like all Boba carriers, the waist straps are long enough that extensions are not needed for larger (or pregnant) wearers.



    What we aren’t so crazy about:


    – Sometimes I miss just having that little extra fabric weight of the Boba 3G, especially when I am getting my child into a back carry.

    – Despite it being lighter WEIGHT (which does make a difference in the heat), it doesn’t really breathe any better.  Now if they could just integrate some breathable mesh panels or something like that….

    – So wish it could accommodate newborns.  However, I also think that the extra fabric of the 3G keeps it more sturdy and makes the newborn hold possible.

    – I would love a loop built on the outside of the pouch to allow it to be easily attached to a purse, other carrier or just for easier handling (though you can use the zipper strap.)

    – The hood is not detachable (or really stow-able.) *see photo above of hood behind pocket*

    – While I understand why it isn’t there (to save weight and bulk,) I miss the waist band pocket of the 3G.  Enough that I would be ok with a few extra ounces of weight.



    The Stats:

    – Use for children 15-45 pounds (yes, even our 3-year-old fits comfortably in it.)

    – 100% nylon

    – Folds into itself

    – Sleeping hood and one pocket.

    – Front or back carry

    – Fully adjustable straps (extra “tails” are kept in place with elastic bands so they don’t drag.)


    This review was possible through the generosity of Boba. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. Additionally, some of these links ARE affiliates. If you choose to use them to purchase a Boba Air using one of the links or advertisements, it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (very) small way. Thank you! See our full disclosure here.

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    The Bottom Line

    An amazing answer to the need for a safe baby carrier that isn't bulky, cleans up easily and is light and packable.


      1. Laura Ellingson says:

        I would love to try this as my carrier seems to weigh just as much as my 19 pound 16 month old daughter! We are camping in a few weeks for 7 days and would love to WIN THIS!

      2. Carrie Herring says:

        Going camping again – this time at a lake where there will be swimming – in a couple of weeks. Would love to have this and not wait for the heavy material of my Boba and Ergo to dry out…Great review and giveaway, Amelia!

      3. Elizabeth says:

        Seems like it would be great for wearing with a backpack! The minimal straps seem like they would make for minimal interference.

      4. This is the perfect backup carrier for hiking with a toddler who may start out wanting to walk but end up needing a ride!

      5. Bethanie says:

        Last week I finally ordered the Boba 3G (thanks to your recommendation) and I’m anxiously waiting for it to arrive in the mail! When I finally took the plunge to order it, I noticed this Boba Air on their website and wondered how well it worked compared to the 3G. I loved the much more affordable pricetag and the lightweight/compact size but was sad when I saw it was rated starting at 15# (4# too high for my little guy). Thanks for the nice review!

      6. I love that is compact and light weight. I roll up my Ergo and stuff it into my pack “just in case” and would love this smaller option.

      7. Ann Fischer says:

        This looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing, I could potentially hold all three of my kids in this, at different moments of course 🙂

      8. tiffany elkins says:

        I llove that it folds into itself, thats amazing! That would be a perfect diaper bag or even purse add in! I mean if I were to forget the carrier in the car or something, pop this one out, awesome!

      9. Thank you for the chance to win. I love that this is so lightweight but durable as well!!

      10. This looks like a great carrier. It would be perfect to store in the diaper bag for all those times I leave my other carrier in the wrong car! Thanks for offering a giveaway.

      11. This looks like such a wonderful, light weight carrier. We currently own a Bjorn and Moby Wrap, both of which my eight month old seems to be too big for. We use the carriers if we have to, but I am hoping to find a new one soon! Thanks so much for the giveaway, and good luck to everyone who entered!

      12. Boba has stated that the Air is not tested for water, and does not recommend the use of it in water. Your review has led people to purchase it thinking its okay for water use. I’d strongly suggest revising it.

        • Actually, Boba has confirmed that it is ok for at least splashing in water…submerging is my personal opinion (and done sparingly!)


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