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OiOi Hobo Review
Price: $145 List | $58.88 from Amazon - 59% Off
Pros: Cute bag, can carry a lot, sturdy
Cons: Too deep, breast pumps and supplies tend to get buried, not enough room for many extras
Bottom line: Not a great option as a bag to carry your breast pump, but definitely a great diaper bag.
We'd like to first begin by saying that the OiOi Hobo is actually designed as a diaper bag. Because of its larger size and cute style, we wanted to see if it could also be used as a bag to carry a breast pump. While it is able to do the job, it does not do it well, and this is by no fault of its own. Unfortunately the depth of the bag and the lack of compartments make it difficult to set up the breast pump as it inevitably got buried at the bottom of the bag. We were less than enthused by its lack of space (it is not a very wide bag), which required some finessing when it came to putting everything into it. In the end, the bag always looked like too many things were crammed inside, which made it look unattractive. While we think this is a darling diaper bag, we found that it simply is not a great option for carrying a pump. If you desire a diaper bag that could also act as a bag to hold your breast pump, we would recommend the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F..
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The OiOi Hobo is a stylish diaper bag that is really only meant to be just that. At first, we thought because of its size and style it might be a candidate for cross-use, meaning as a breast pump bag as well. The OiOi was able to hold just about everything we tried to cram into it, just in a very unorganized fashion. Although its fun geometric pattern and bright colors make it a very attractive bag, the functionality just wasn't there.
Ease of Use
What we found about this bag was that it was very easy to fit a lot of stuff into it, but then it was difficult to get everything back out. Its height and lack of width work against it in this scenario, as heavy pump parts need to be kept at the bottom to avoid crushing the rest of the contents. This resulted in a complicated game of Tetris every time the bag was packed and unpacked, wasting valuable time. This is why we awarded it only 3 of 10 points in this category.
We liked that this bag was made of nice cotton materials. We liked the feel of the silky exterior and interior fabrics used, and appreciated the fairly thick padding between them. Unfortunately, the pleather portions did not wear well, especially on the key ring clips and base. In fact, we noticed it tearing shortly into our testing period. Like the Nurse Purse, the OiOi also has plastic zippers, but we did find them to be more sturdy and they rarely got stuck. We awarded the OiOi a score of 5 of 10 in this category.
At 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. this bag fell in the middle of the pack in terms of weight. While testing, it was often remarked how light the bag felt, despite its large size and materials. We awarded it a 6 of 10 for weight/bulk because it was not too heavy, but it certainly was not the lightest of the bags we tested.
As a breast pump bag, the OiOi just doesn't have a lot to offer. It does however, have a few great qualities worth mentioning, including metal feet, adjustable shoulder strap, a plethora of interior pockets, a case for wipes, a large padded microfiber changing pad, an insulated bottle holder which should keep bottles cold for about 2 hours, and two key clips. While these features are great, not many of them pertained to the usefulness of the bag when utilized as a breast pump bag, which is why we awarded it a score of 5 of 10 in this category.
We think the style of this bag is cute and great for moms who want more than a plain black bag. The patent leather base and lining enhance the overall appearance of the bag and the pink color scheme follows current trends. The biggest detractor of the quality and style of the purse is the nylon adjustable strap, which is why we awarded it an average score of 6 of 10 in terms of style.
The best application for this bag is as the diaper bag it was designed to be. It is not meant to be a breast pump bag, although it will perform the task should you try, but will most likely fall short of your expectations.
This bag falls in the middle of the pack in terms of value among the bags we tested. Its higher price point can be justified by the number of accessories it includes, which are great, if your intended use is as a diaper bag.
Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. if they really desire a diaper bag to carry their breast pump in as well.
Other Versions and Accessories
This bag comes in several colors and iterations including: the Hobo in Rose Chevron/patent (we tested this bag in the lab), Grey Dot, and Ebony/Desert Dot; the Mini Geo 2 in Poppy Red and Monaco Blue; and the messenger bag in Grey Dot with green lining or turquoise.
— Natalie Hale
Most recent user review: November 11, 2014
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