Review: Soul Slings Imperial
Pattern and Colorway: Imperial
Fiber: 100% cotton
Release date: September 2016
Size tested: 5.85 meters
Stats of (willing) wrappee at time of test: 13 months, ~23 pounds, ~30 inches
Big thanks to Soul for offering to send Imperial over for a run! This was ny first experience with a Soul wrap; our local babywearing group is lucky enough to have one of their mei tais, and they're fanastic and quite popular of course, but now I get to learn just a little bit more about this line with some wrap play time!
Thickness (thin to thick): medium thin
Softness (soft to scratch): medium soft/soft
Density (airy to tight): medium airy
Texture (raised or flat, coarse to smooth): subtle micro texture
Soap (dry to soapy): medium
Care: (easy to difficult): medium (machine washable, may pull with use)
I have to start with the color on this one. This red is the perfect deep red all on its own, and when paired with the black fill it deepens the red even more. Red isn't usually a color I go for so I was glad to have something from Soul that brought me out of my comfort zone a little bit.
The only reason I didn't rate the care on this one as super easy (because the cotton is super easy care) is that there are some floats in the weave on the red side that are a bit long. I never had a pull (whew!) but I could see where these might get pulled easily due to their length.
Grip (glide to stick): medium
Support (light to heavy): medium
Stretch (none to lots): medium
Cush (none to marshmallow): medium
Moldability: conforms well to curves
Flop (none to silky): floppy
I feel bad for all the mediums there - they make a giant understatement of this wrap's lovely qualities. The subtle texture from the pattern lends to a decent bit of grip - not too much as again, everything is pretty medium here, but enough that a knot would hold in place while I finished fiddling with shoulder flips or something. Knotless finishes held nicely in this wrap, like with the knotless tucks in Rainbow's Back Carry.
Find more information about Soul Slings on their website, http://www.soulslings.com/, on Instagram as @soulslings, on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/soulslings/, and their Facebook chatter groups for the Global Soul Family, https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalSoulFamily/, and the Soul Family US Edition, https://www.facebook.com/groups/soul.family.US/. Thank you again to Soul for having me host Imperial!
I have not been compensated for this review.