This Yak tester arrived here two weeks ago and was already finished. Phew, I didn't have to wash it! It's a pretty heavy wrap, not as thick as I expected but thicker than the other Merino Geos. We already had one in hand when we visited London in march and had the the giant Geo yak here for a week so that I can compare them a little bit. The giant Geo was definitely even heavier, it had the same weaving like the dark blue allcotton tester that is travelling around right now and it was more fluffy and soft than this pretty dense one.
At first I was lusting over the colour. A very warm and deep brown and a soft and dark pink. I was immediately in winter mode and wanted to sit on the sofa with a hot chocolate and old christmas movies.
I was never a big fan of pink wraps before but in the last time I have a huge crush on everything in these tones and I am really wondering how the WW ladies always pick the perfect tester wraps. I guess they already knew me pretty well.
The wrap was finished but still a little bit stiff and scratchy, so I really sat on it on the sofa for the evening and couldn't resist to stroke it all the time. The Yak fibres are not the only special thing about this wrap.
It is also the high amount of wool. No WW ever had 38% Merino and it feels really different to the Geos or Droplets we already know. You can feel the lanolin - the wool grease. And you can smell it
I know, that not everybody likes that. But we also use a lot of clothes and nappies with wool so this smell is pretty normal for us and doesn't disturb us while wrapping with it. In the last two weeks, our toddler fell asleep in this wrap nearly every evening and so we often slept on the wrap after we transferred him to bed. I think we wrapped with it around 20 times now. But it is still not completely broken in. It fluffed up a little bit and became less scratchy but there is still a little prickle if you have it in hand and when you wrap on naked skin. Perhaps a bath would make it a little bit smoother.
But the support this wrap offers is outstanding! Is is a perfect toddler wrap and very forgiving. Second passes don't glide really good because it sticks a little bit on the first pass but that is also the reason why everything stays in place when you finished the wrapping. No sagging or re-tightening at all. One layer carries with 11kg were no problem at all. I can't say if the Yak is responsible for that. I would say that it is because of the high wool content and the dense weaving. The Yak is just a little luxury extra what a lot of us like. Including me. Since we saw and felt the first Yak wrap, we were in love. Especially Marco.
I think, this wrap is absolutely perfect for a FWCC with heavier kids or as a shorty for toddlers. I think I will try to score a sling piece because I imagine this would be perfect winter-toddler-rs. It is very warm and cosy and kept us warm in the last weeks. It will be hard to let it go again...
(More photos will follow as soon as it stops raining here in northern Germany...)
Edit: Washing made a huge difference! The prickly feeling is gone and the wrap is much smoother. After some more weeks of breaking in it also great for newborns.
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