Review: Zee Zen Latte Dawn Patrol
Latte Dawn Patrol is as supportive and strong as it is beautiful. Learn more about it in this review. [Image descriptions embedded.]
Manufacturer: Zee Zen Woven Wraps of Canada
Pattern and Colorway: Latte Dawn Patrol
Fiber: 100% cotton
Release date: September 2016
Size tested: size 6, 4.6 meters (66 cm wide)
Stats of (willing) wrappee at time of test: 13 months, ~23 pounds, ~29 inches
Weave and Fiber Stats
Thickness (thin to thick): medium-thick
Softness (soft to scratch): medium low
Density (airy to tight): dense
Texture (raised or flat, coarse to smooth): subtle micro texture
Soap (dry to soapy): leans to soapy
Care: (easy to difficult): easy
Latte Dawn Patrol is a 100% cotton colorway of the Latte pattern, designed to resemble the abstract leaf design often made by baristas with latte foam. The teal color of Dawn Patrol is stunning, one of the best teals I've seen in a wrap, and it simply shines in the sunlight.
[Slideshow description: 5 images of the teal blue and off white abstract leaf pattern wrap as it is tied front wrap cross carry and worn by a white woman with dark hair and her one year old baby who is white with light brown hair. The images show the front and sides of the carry.]
The fabric is slightly soapy - cool to the touch and a bit slick. The density of the weave likely leads to the slick feeling. The fibers are pretty tight, which will also help with care since this wrap is not prone to pulls.
Wrap Qualities (definitions here)
Grip (glide to stick): high
Support (light to heavy): most toddler-worthy
Stretch (none to lots): none
Cush (none to marshmallow): low
Flop (none to silky): low
This wrap is incredibly supportive. The density of the weave lends not only to easy care but also makes it quite a workhorse. I could easily envision this as a "beater" wrap - the most beautiful beater there ever was! It's very low stretch means it can carry a hefty load without a sag or shift. It's excellent grip and "most toddler-worthy" support is second to none in the collection of wraps that I have tried. If I carried toddlers exclusively, this wrap would be on my list to try, and own, for sure.
Latte Dawn is sturdy and strong, more than is needed for a "squish-worthy" wrap - a category in which I would not place this wrap. It is not especially soft, stretchy, or moldable, but that's not what this wrap is about. This wrap is meant to carry our sweet big kids; to keep them close, cared for, and loved. Latte Dawn is a special wrap for all the right reasons.
Find more information about Zee Zen on their website, http://www.zeezen.ca/, on Instagram @zeezenwovenwraps, on their official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Zeezenca/, and the fan chatter group The Zee Zen Zone, https://www.facebook.com/groups/zeezencachatter/. Thank you again to Zee Zen and to the Rucking Awesome testing group for letting me host!
Latte Dawn Patrol is currently available for purchase at http://www.zeezen.ca/product-page/feedd087-c646-6699-7ffa-5cb7d94e525e.
I have not received compensation in exchange for this review.
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