I've played with a couple of Poe's wraps. One thing they all have in common is their strength. I didn't like Harlequin. I liked that I could put my then 40# all torso tall kid in a ruck comfortably, but she didn't exactly have a good seat (to be fair, she's almost 4 and few wraps can still give her a good seat, bb slen Turkish delight is one), and the wrap is too beastly (and I've broken in a few beasts, like ecru pfau, for one).
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Splendor. It would be my first time playing with a wrap made with Tencel, and I was skeptical. I didn't know much about it. Poe has since posted about the fabric here. It's pretty neat stuff, natural, and sustainable. The wrap looked simple, pointed, and had a sort of classic elegance about it in the pictures I saw, so I thought testing it out might be a neat experience. And originally I was supposed to be testing it out close to Christmas, so I figured I couldn't lose.
It finally arrived, and sight alone it is as elegant in person as it is in photos. Herringbone is trendy and classic all in one, and up close I find this to be a gorgeous wrap. At a distance, the intricate weave gets lost, and it looks almost like a solid color.
I was excited to see how this wrap would perform though. My 17# was asleep, so up went my big kid in a ruck. I usually put her in a double hammock, but I wanted something faster. It's hard on my back to stay hunched over even just a little while wrapping her. So I rucked her, tied Tibetan, , and she stayed up for about 15 minutes - a long time for her these days! It was easy to give her the best seat this wrap could - safe, but not very deep. If she really wanted to she could have popped it, but I think honestly that she'd knock us down first, if she tried to leg straighten at more than half my height. It was more supportive than most other wraps I've tried with her lately. Harlequin was more supportive, but Splendor wraps more delicately. I was still impressed to have her up there for 15 minutes without it getting diggy. Nothing in my own stash does that.
Next was to see how it felt wrapping multi layer carries. This would be a good time to go read that Tencel info I linked above if you haven't already. This wrap just glides - like a satin sheet. If you normally have trouble pulling passes up over baby's bottom and up to their arm pits, it'll be a lot easier with this wrap. Some of that is due to the Tencel, and some of it is just the wrap's weight. I loved that, here is this pretty much brand new wrap - it had been washed once and used for a couple of days, never braided, ironed, slept on or otherwise broken in - and I didn't have to redo passes, fight with seats, retighten chest belts strand by strand, etc. It wrapped like an old friend right from the start.
I really only found one flaw in this wrap. For some folks this might not matter. I don't baby my wraps though, because I tend to hoard. The downside to Tencel is that it pulls easier than other fabrics. Because this was a tester, I took extra good care of it, and didn't just ball it up and toss it on the couch like I do with my own. Still, at the end of my turn with Splendor, there was a small pull on one tail. Probably small enough to work back in in the wash (I hope. I feel awful about hurting her. Yes, I just called a wrap a her), but I've never been good at fixing pulls. So if you baby your wraps, no worries. If you're like me, you might not want to make this your everyday wrap - and it's definitely pretty enough to save for date night, or mamas night out, or the ballet, or whatever nice events you get to go to.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Splendor. I'm not in love with the design itself (just personal taste. It's pretty, but I like bolder these days), it's a wrap I would want in my stash for the practicality of being able to wear either of my snuggle bugs.
What wraps have surprised you? What's made your permastash that you weren't expecting?
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