I’ve been hearing a lot about Ethos since they released their first green argyle wrap. They were supposed to be comfortable and super-affordable: like $99 for a size 7 affordable. And the company lives up to its name; the sale of each of its signature handwovens goes back to support their weavers’ devastated community in Nepal; all of their limited editions have a charity attached to them. You buy a wrap, you help a cause.
So it’s only fitting that Manhattan Sundown helped a woman’s shelter in New York City. Weighing in at 260 gsm, this baby’s petal-pink and indigo blue. I don’t normally cite manufacturer’s color scheme, but this is a hard wrap to capture. It’s partly plain weave (the sky) and partly herringbone (the buildings). I had a hard time finding the wrong way to wear this wrap; while one end is clearly up, the buildings don’t show as much when wrapped up, so you’re mostly getting the effect rather than the full cityscape.
This is a wrap with a little bit of bounce – not too much, but enough to say it’s there and I liked it. No shoulder cush here; it had more of a linen shoulder-feel than cotton. But when I wore it in my favorite carry for this size, a double hammock tied at shoulder, the knot never bothered me or seemed overlarge.
And this is soft. Oh, this is soft. If you could bottle up all the soft and have a unicorn pee on it, that would begin to approximate how soft this wrap is. It’s perfect for a newborn, or to spoil a toddler. My 25 lb monkey loved it. It does, however, run toward wearing hot – or at least it did in the swamp I call home. So I wouldn’t recommend it for extended use over 90 degrees.
And then there’s the part I have a love/hate relationship with: the slip. This is, bar none, the slipperiest wrap I’ve ever encountered. I liked it when I was making a double hammock, because I could pull the chest pass super tight. It wrapped like a second skin. I didn’t like it, however, when I used it in a ruck. I found it so slippery that I couldn’t keep a seat, even when I pinned the rails and pulled the wrap up between us. Once, in Target of course, I ended up in a strap carry, thus terrifying the passersby. I wasn’t 100% fond of the shoulder-feel in a ruck either; like I said before, it wears like linen. However, it wasn’t diggy and didn’t give me any pressure points with either my 25 or 30 lber.
I liked the design – edgy; I liked the softness – divine; and I liked the slipperiness – in a double hammock. I’d recommend this as a long-length, base-size wrap for newborns to toddlers, preferably in the spring and fall (but not high summer). Ethos is a company to watch, both with their budget lines and their premier lines. They care about the world, and they mean the donations they make. That’s rare for a company. Look for more from them, both budget and otherwise.
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