++ Good value, reversible, multiple fabrics, easy to clean
– Polar-fleece version not available in UK, only one colour
I love to review items which don’t seem to have much coverage online and this is a particularly good example. I googled extensively for user photos and opinions, but didn’t really find anything of help. I felt rather frustrated doing my research because certain details regarding the Travel Comfy are confusing.
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First of all, it’s not very clear but there are two versions. One is the wool & cotton model and the other is wool & polar fleece. I really liked the sound of the latter, but try as I might I could not find any stockist here in the UK. I imagine it is limited to Australia, the home country of it’s creator, Outlook. This wasn’t really a problem as cotton is nice enough and if I need extra warmth, well that’s the point of the wool.
Outlook also sell a cotton-only seat liner. Effectively the same thing, but both sides are cotton with a different design/colour. This sells for slightly less than the wool version, so make sure you are buying the right product.
If you look at photos online, you may have noticed that some show a version with only one pair of shoulder harness slots and others show three. The version I received was the latter, which I feel is a better design because you can position the shoulder straps more comfortably for your child. Sprogzilla is very short, so we are using the lowest slots.
I switched from using a regular footmuff to this, largely because I hated putting Sprogzilla’s dirty feet into the muff. With the Travel Comfy, his lower legs and feet don’t come into contact with the fabric, so there’s no need to fiddle about taking shoes on and off.
I was going to buy a full-on, luxury sheepskin liner, but the Travel Comfy was a better option for several reasons. One is that it is reversible, and on a hot day I do think the cool cotton is more comfortable for my son. This also makes it more cost effective as you basically get two seat liners for the price of one. Secondly, you don’t have to be so fussy when sticking it in the washing machine – it’s suggested that you use a wool detergent, but I used my normal eco liquid on a 30C quick wash and it has come out fine. When the Travel Comfy arrived, it smelled strongly of chemicals thanks to the plastic packaging and the wool was brushed flat. After washing, the smell was completely gone and the wool is now nice and curly!
The wool is quite a short pile which I’m personally very happy with. The cotton side feels soft and is nicely padded. All the seams around the harness slots are neatly stitched together and look like they will hold up well over time. Likewise, the edges of the Travel Comfy are very tidy and a lot nicer than the rear of a standard sheepskin liner.
I do love how easy it is to move the Travel Comfy from one pushchair to another. Only the shoulder straps go through the actual fabric, the waist straps come around the side and the crotch strap goes between the legs. This is especially handy when used on my Baby Jogger Summit XC because I can access the quick-fold strap by just lifting the Travel Comfy up. It’s not bulky at all and causes no problems if left on a folded pushchair.
As for negatives, there are a few minor points. It would be nice if the polar fleece option were available here in the UK and the retailer information about this product should be clearer and more consistent. Also, Outlook offer their cotton-only Travel Comfy in a selection of lovely colours, yet the wool version is only available in black. Finally, because the Travel Comfy is only held in place by the shoulder straps and your child’s weight, it can be prone to rucking up underneath them and needs readjusting occasionally.
Generally though, the Travel Comfy is a good little seat liner. At around £25-£30, it’s very reasonably priced, but being reversible with two different fabrics makes it an even better deal. I don’t regret selling my old footmuff and going for this instead.