Soul Slings Full Buckle Prism Surprise | Wrap Conversion Full Buckle Soft Structured Carrier WCFB SSC | Standard Size | Review

This carrier is:

  • Soul Slings brand.
  • “Full Buckle” is the name Soul Slings has given to this size/structure carrier.
  • Soft structured carrier (SSC), sometimes called a buckle carrier.
  • Wrap conversion full buckle (WCFB), meaning sewn from a woven wrap.
  • Manufacturer ready-made conversion (the manufacturer makes the wrap fabric and the carrier both).
  • 100% cotton.
  • Fabric and carrier manufactured in India by Soul Slings.
  • “Prism” is the name of the twill weave stripe pattern.
  • “Surprise” is the name of this particular color combination of Prism.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • structured
  • comfortable
  • flexible
  • moldeable
  • contoured
  • supportive
  • lightweight
  • breathable

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OVERVIEW

The Soul Slings full buckle is an SSC (soft structured carrier) made from woven wrap fabric. The wrap fabric is also produced by Soul Slings. The entire carrier is made from the woven wrap fabric – no rough canvas to be found! Some Soul fabrics are machine woven, others are handwoven. The Prism stripe wraps, such as this one, are handwoven.

The cotton twill fabric is soft, floppy and breathable. The padding used for shoulder straps, waistband, and legs-out area is squishy, flexible, and moldable to the body. It is cool to wear, lightweight, and available in a wide variety of colorful prints.

Soul Slings carriers are produced in India, benefiting the local community. The company is small, family-owned, and has high manufacturing ethics. The final product is affordable, even cheap considering the quality to price point, while also empowering the local community in Bangalore, India.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION

The following is from the manufacturer’s website:

“Soul full buckles baby carriers are made out of 100% handwoven cotton wraps. They are lightweight, breathable and very comfortable for all weather conditions. Our full buckles are very easy to use and highly adjustable – they can be used by parents as well as other caregivers among friends and family since they are one size fits all! Buckles make them very quick and hassle-free. They are designed to carry the baby in a comfortable, ergonomic and natural position, which is ideal for his/her growing body. When worn correctly, these full buckle carriers distribute the weight of the baby evenly on your own body, and help you comfortably carry your baby for long periods. They can be worn in front and also back carries.  Soul full buckle carriers are designed and hand made in Soul studio, Bangalore, India.”

Full Disclosure – Soul Slings has provided this carrier to us in exchange for action shot photos provided for their business use. It is of utmost importance to me, that my opinion and description remain unbiased. I have reviewed several other Soul Slings carriers, which I purchased and reviewed of my own accord, without cooperation with the manufacturer. You can view my other Soul carrier reviews here.

FABRIC

The entire carrier is made from handwoven fabric, and is 100% cotton. The fabric is soft, but not quite as soft as the Soul machine-woven jacquard fabrics. This fabric is thin, floppy, and moldable. It has a smooth feeling to the touch overall. . Based on the touch in hand, I would say it is a medium weight of fabric, as woven wraps go. The fabric has mild diagonal stretch, which adds to the comfort of the carrier.

This particular print, titled Prism Surprise, is a wide stripe pattern in a rainbow of earthy, muted tones. It is a twill weave. In this type of weave, the stripe pattern goes length wise of the wrap (called the warp), and a solid color goes width / narrow part of the wrap (called warp). By using the same weft colors, and changing the warp color, a completely different color tone can be achieved. The Prism rainbow pattern is the weft, and Soul makes this  Prism rainbow in several different weft colors. This weft, called Surprise, is a warm brown. This gives the stripe pattern a rich tone of earthy, muted, fall colors.

As the carrier is stitched together, the placement of the stripes on the body panel may vary, from carrier to carrier. Some may have the reds and oranges more visible on the body panel, others may have the blues and greens more visible on the body panel. The shoulder straps on this one look to be almost completely different colors, due to the placement of the striped fabric, where it landed when being cut and sewn.

Soul Slings states their budget brand may have “normal” fabric and weaving flaws. I found a few small skipped threads and nubs on this carrier – nothing more than tiny cosmetic flaws.

SIZING

The Soul Slings full buckle carrier is what I would call standard size, measuring approximately 15″ wide and 16″ tall in the body panel (The manufacturer states 15.5″ wide and 17″ tall. My hand-taken soft tape measurements are detailed below).  It has deep seat darts, so I found it fit more like 16″ wide.

The toddler pictured wears size 2T and 3T pants, and weighs 36 lb, which is near the upper limit of the carrier (39 lb). He fit fine inside the carrier, especially if he wanted to ride arms-out and be able to move his body and head around easily.

In one of the photos, he is shown arching backward and trying to work his way out of the carrier. A child who did this frequently, should be sized up to toddler, to prevent this activity. While this toddler was held securely and unable to throw himself out the carrier, this arching throws off the wearer’s balance.

Given that this toddler is two and a half years old, and not even quite at the upper limit for size and weight, this Standard size Soul full buckle would fit most toddlers.

This carrier is not designed for newborns or infants, and does not have an infant insert. Soul manufactures other carrier types for this age group, such as ring sings and woven wraps.

The manufacturer states it may be used for 7-18 kg (approximately 15-39 pounds).

EXPERIENCE

I have worn a Soul full buckle with my 22 lb son, who is 18 months old and wears size 18 month pants. I have worn it in a front carry and back carry. SSC carriers are my go-to for back carries. For front carries, I personally prefer mei tais or SSCs with straps that cross in an “X” over my back. (See my review of the Soul Tai linen mei tai here). But that is a general statement about my personal preference with types of carriers, not a reflection on this particular carrier.

The padding is lighter and less bulky than most SSC brands. The padding is moldeable to the body and does not create pressure points as firmer padding can do. For wrappers, or those who don’t generally like the fit of an SSC, this may be a good choice. It feels breathable, moldeable, lightweight, and soft.

This carrier I found quite comfortable in a back carry.  While I try not to rave about certain brands, I have to say this is in my top few most comfortable SSC buckle carriers when used in a back carry. The fabric is soft, and the available patterns are so lovely as to be difficult to choose from.  At an affordable price point, while supporting a company with ethical trade practices, it is easy to love this carrier.

BODY PANEL

The main body panel is two layers of fabric. Having only two layers of lightweight fabric, and no internal padding, makes it breathable for baby and wearer. It has deep seat darts, and squishy legs-out padding. The legs-out padding feels the same as that used for the shoulder straps and waistband. The sides of the body panel are lightly contoured, and the top of the body panel is flat. The hood is attached to the flat top body panel.

15″ wide including seat darts

16″ tall to top of body panel

HOOD

The hood is permanently attached to the top of the body panel. It is a single layer of fabric, with a flat shape. It has cinching channels on either side, with two reach tie cords inside each channel. The hood is generously sized, and the reach ties are on the short size, for this particular model. I have owned Soul full buckles with long reach ties, and others with shorter reach ties. The reach ties on this model are made from the same fabric as the rest of the carrier. The manufacturer tag is sewn onto the end of the hood. Since I don’t use hoods except for newborns, I wanted to get the hood out of the way. I cinched it completely, and tied the reach ties onto the nylon webbing of the shoulder strap. There are also sliding hooks on the shoulder strap nylon webbing, for attaching the hood ties to, to keep the hood up and covering baby’s head if needed.

11″ wide

13″ tall

11″ reach ties

WAISTBAND

The waistband is padded with a medium thickness of padding. The padding is quite unique for SSC’s I’ve owned. It is thicker than a quilted waistband, such as Lenny Lamb, but slightly thinner than a heavy waistband, such as Tula and Kinderpack. Primarily it is the feel of it in hand and on the body which is unique. It is squishy and flexible, while retaining its shape. I found that it molded to my body nicely, without pressure points. The same padding is used for the shoulder straps, waistband, and legs-out padding. This is in comparison to many brands of SSC which use stiff, firm padding. This has a softer feeling, greater molding to the body, and a squishy, flexible sensation when worn. It feels light and not bulky. The waistband padding is sewn into three sections, to wrap around the body better. One buckle is sewn on top of the padding, to keep the buckle from digging into the wearer’s waist. The nylon webbing extends only on one side of the waistband, and has an elastic band to hold it rolled up.

4″ tall at center, tapers to 3″ tall at sides

30″ padded fabric section (can be tightened smaller than 30″ however)

34″ nylon webbing on only one side

2″ nylon webbing width

27″ minimum waist length

64″ maximum waist length

SHOULDER STRAPS

The shoulder straps have thin, squishy, flexible padding, the same padding as the waistband (see my description of the padding in the waistband section). The straps are contoured in shape. They do not unbuckle at the sides, so the straps cannot be crossed over the back in a front carry.  It has PFA’s (perfect fit adjuster buckles), and a chest clip with room to slide a bit.  The buckles at the end of the strap are sewn on top of the padding, to help prevent the buckles pressing into the wearer’s body. The nylon webbing has elastic loops at the ends for rolling it up. There are two padded parts to the shoulder strap – the long shoulder part attached to the top of the body panel, and a smaller padded section attached to the side of the body panel. There are three ways to adjust the shoulder strap length. The first is the PFA’s. The second is attached to the end of the shoulder strap padded section. The third is attached to the side of the body panel. Each of these spots have nylon webbing and a cinching buckle to adjust the webbing length.

22″ fabric section length along inside of contoured shape, 23.5″ fabric section measured along outside of contoured shape

First 5″ of fabric section near body panel is unpadded, to allow PFAs to be tightened

19″ nylon webbing attached to main shoulder strap (has elastic at ends for rolling up)

1″ width of nylon webbing

4″ padded fabric section attached to side of body panel, with a buckle sewn on top of it, nylon webbing and elastic attachment (safety elastic as well as elastic for rolling up the webbing)

11″ nylon webbing attached to small padded section near body panel (has elastic at ends for rolling up)

5″ PFAs

24.5″ smallest shoulder strap length without tightening PFAs

20″ smallest shoulder strap length with PFAs fully tightened

56″ longest shoulder strap length

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