Review: Boba Air Baby Carrier

I have been a babywearing parent since my daughter was born, and now know for sure that this has been one of the most important factors in helping me get outside and on the move with a baby in tow. We have covered some considerable distances and elevations together and she has happily snoozed in a carrier most of the time. Usually I opted to carry her in the Boba 3G Carrier (now updated to 4G). Its sturdy build and padded straps made it my go-to carrier for the trail, travel and errands around town.

But with that sturdiness and padding comes a bit of bulk. For backcountry trips I wanted to try carrying my daughter in a backpack, which I thought would be easier on my shoulders and back. But sometimes the baby just didn’t like being in there, or conditions were too harsh to have her face exposed and forward-facing. With minimal space to spare, I needed a back-up carrier that was lightweight and easy to stash. The Boba Air is made of 100% Nylon and is compact and self-storing, so I thought it would do the trick.

Hiking over Deception Pass in Banff National Park on a cold, gusty day. Photo Paul Zizka Photography.
Hiking over Deception Pass in Banff National Park on a cold, gusty day. Photo Paul Zizka Photography.

How Did It Perform?

Overall, the Boba Air did exactly what I needed it to do. I needed a carrier that I could bring along just in case, that didn’t take up too much space, and that also provided adequate support for baby carrying. At just 0.7 pounds, this carrier is wonderfully lightweight, and the perfect size to throw in a pack (or a backpack or purse, wherever I’m on-the-go). To put it through the ultimate test I took it on a backcountry hiking trip into Skoki Lodge here in Banff National Park (a 22-km round-trip hike). I intended to carry my daughter on my back in a backpack carrier, but it was so windy and cold I felt more comfortable having her against my body, on the front. I was thankful to have the Boba Air stashed away, and ended up using this for 90% of the hike. Thanks to the head support on this baby carrier, my daughter could happily snooze away while snow blew all around her.

Running errands around town using the Boba Air. The slippery nylon material of the Boba Air tended to slip on my jacket.  Photo Meghan J. Ward collection.
Running errands around town using the Boba Air. Photo Meghan J. Ward collection.

While I appreciated the light weight and “stashability” of the Boba Air, I definitely felt that I was exchanging weight for comfort. Unlike its bulky brother, the 3G Carrier, the straps on the Boba Air are not padded, and so overtime they cut in quite a lot. I thought this was perhaps because I was also wearing a backpack, but I tried it without anything on my back and had the same issues. This carrier required a fair amount of adjusting and re-adjusting to keep it comfortable. More adjusting was also needed because the slippery material of the shoulder straps tended to slide on my jacket (particularly my windbreaker).

The good news is that the baby loved it, even if I was uncomfortable for me at times. And I still think this is a great carrier to throw in your bag if you’re not sure when you’ll need to carry your baby, or when you just don’t have the space for a bulkier carrier. I have used it a great deal around town, and now that my daughter is bigger I have used the Boba Air to carry her on my back.

The Bottom Line

Overall, I think I’ll stick with Boba’s sturdier carrier for longer days on the trail. I would continue using the Boba Air on shorter outings, or in situations where I could forego a bit of comfort for the benefit of using something considerably lighter weight and compact.

Find Boba products online at Wallaby Distribution (Canada) and Boba (USA). Be sure to follow Boba on Facebook and Twitter, too!

For more babywearing photos, check out my feed on Instagram!

For a great review of the Boba 3G Carrier, check out Tales of a Mountain Mama.

Thanks to Wallaby Distribution for sending me the Boba Air for review. 

Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. She has a forthcoming travel memoir (Fall 2022), to published by Rocky Mountain Books.

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