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Boba G3 Review

Boba G3
Price:   $120.00 List
Pros:  Sturdy, well made, easy instructions, close/secure hold, excellent hip/spine positioning
Cons:  Lacking front carry facing out position, tricky to get baby on back solo, bulky
Bottom line:  This is an overall comfortable, easy carrier to wear, we wish it was more versatile
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Weight limits:  7-45 lbs.
Type of Carrier:  Soft-structured
# of carry positions:  2
Manufacturer:   Boba

The Skinny

The Boba G3 was discontinued in August 2016

We had an overall pleasant experience with the Boba G3 which landed it the number four spot in our baby carrier ranking. It's available in a variety of colors and eye popping, adorable patterns as well as 3 organic options and the quality of construction made us confident it would last us a long time. For us, it was easy to figure out and use, and there were only a couple reasons why Boba didn't beat out a few close competitors. Read on to hear a little more about our thoughts and experience.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Lindsay Ellis

Last Updated:
Thursday
February 28, 2013

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We found the Boba G3 to be super stylish, easy to use and pretty comfy for all involved. It's similar in design to the soft-structured classic, ERGObaby Original, and our highest scorer, the Beco Baby Gemini. Between the three, here's a few key things we found that influenced scoring: one reason we liked Boba better than ERGO was that it accommodates an infant with a snap adjustment rather than a bulky insert. But, the Boba was bested by the Beco Baby Gemini because the Boba doesn't offer a front carry facing out position and we just felt it was a little more cumbersome overall.

Likes


The Boba G3 is a well constructed carrier with 2 baby wearing positions: front carry facing in and back carry. The Boba G3 offers a close, secure hold for baby in the front carry facing in position. We also liked the Boba for carrying a toddler on our backs, although we felt it was tricky getting a baby on the back solo. The Boba G3 includes a great new concept in the fact that it has little "stirrups" hanging off the waist strap for your toddler to rest their feet in when in a back carry. We didn't use these all the time but still like having the option.
Detachable stirrups for toddlers in back carry position.
Detachable stirrups for toddlers in back carry position.


We love that you can adjust it to fit a young infant more securely simply by folding and snapping the front panel down on itself. We much prefer this approach to the bulky inserts the ERGObaby requires!

The chest clip can slide up or down to adjust for comfort.

This is a sturdy carrier that we feel supported our babies and toddlers well, offering a nice, deep seat for them. It made light work out of a 25 pound toddler and that's no easy task!
Toddler in back carry with the Boba G3.  It offers a deep  wide seat which we feel supports even a toddler with ease.
Toddler in back carry with the Boba G3. It offers a deep, wide seat which we feel supports even a toddler with ease.

Dislikes


The Boba G3 doesn't offer the coveted front carry facing out position. We think this could be a very simple addition that would have moved this carrier up in our ratings…hint, hint.

The chest clip can be very hard to reach and buckle when on your back.

The sleep hood on this carrier seemed a lot more stiff and bulky and harder to store away compared to some of the others we used.

Conclusion


This is a very good quality carrier that will take you from newborn to toddler with ease. We really miss that front carry facing out option though. The Boba scored very highly in our tests, with only 3 carriers of 16 scoring higher.
Lindsay Ellis

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   Mar 28, 2013 - 07:47pm
Michelle · New York, ny
I have this carrier and have used it from roughly two months old to now eight months for my daughter. I had the beco and returned it. I didn't like the security buckles on the beco, I could not get them undone, I also thought it was more bulky because it was padded, it didn't have a sleeping hood so breast feeding discreetly was hard. While the boba only has two positions, I've never had a problem with it. The canvas is also soft and I think it folds a lot more compact. I loved the newborn conversion feature as I had a summer baby and any insert was out of the question and I was still figuring out how to tie a moby. One feature I really like are the snaps on the shoulders to hold your bag in place, saves a lot of hassle when out on the streets of NYC.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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