Anyway, the bare existence of an Indajani carrier was a surprise for me. An adjustable carrier with such an exotic origin? And moreover, with probably super-bio-eco-fairtrade origin as well? (not that I am against these initiatives – on the contrary, but sometimes the eco-fair products must be forgiven smaller or bigger flaws just for their eco-fairness, to be honest…) Well, my expectations were not immense.
And boom! This REALLY is a wonderful carrier! Nicely sewn from a cotton wrap prone to lumps (which is probably a feature of all Indajani wraps I have met so far), the shoulder straps are of good quality, the buckles are solid – apparently from the same supplier as those for the manufacturers of Manduca – the buckle on the waist belt has the same security system, and one can take off the chest belt in the same way as one does on Manduca carrier (which is quite funny when you realize that you cannot cross the shoulder straps on Indajani, but so be it). The system of adjusting the width of the back panel by using detachable extenders is very simple but also totally ingenious, indeed. Using straps for the vertical regulation of the height of the back panel is not very aesthetic but certainly functional and user-friendly (surely better than a system with cords and disappearing knots). Firstly, I was truly confused by the front buckle on the shoulder strap – it is turned conversely, you do not tighten it downwards but upwards. I appreciated this illogical system when I carried my baby on my back – suddenly, the buckle is in the right direction – when oneˈs nosy baby loosens the strap, it is easier to fasten it again without the need to put the baby down.
The waist belt seems to be inspired by Manduca as well – tough, relatively narrow, but unlike Manduca less formed, which I did not appreciate a lot – when having Emilka in the front, it pressed my hip bones unpleasantly. Firstly, the shoulder straps, or more precisely their padding, quite startled me – it seemed tough and insufficient… however, it was not that uncomfortable in the end, especially when I had Emilka on my back and the waist belt had nowhere to press (moreover, it is very positive that it can be adjusted for very slim wearers) and carried the most of Emilkaˈs weight. I usually do not like to carry her on my back in a carrier, but in case of Indajani I was delighted – the waist belt held tight under my boobs (surely, my well-shaped belly fat is to praise as well 🙂 ), Emilka was pretty high and I did not have the feeling that she wobbled from side to side as it usually happens in other carriers – the back panel nicely embraced her, nothing overlapped (which cannot be said about many other carriers, unfortunately).