Regarding other components of the carrier – the hood is not detachable, but it is hidden in a pocket behind the wearie’s neck and therefore, I was able to make my peace with it over time. 😉 Its length and width is adequate and it really serves well as fixation of the sleeping wearie’s head. The only flaw I see is that it is fixed in the pocket by Velcro which – inevitably – makes noise if you want to put it out of the pocket and could wake the little sleepyhead up. The original shoulder strap protectors are, on the other hand, something other carrier manufacturers should have a really good look at. I have never seen any other protectors that would hold in their place so tightly as in Manduca – they just stay in the place you put them and do not move an inch. Just in Manduca.
The original Manduca extender may look a bit unusual at the first sight – we are used to see the extenders as two pieces you put on the waist belt and the shoulder straps from both sides and usually tend, well, not to hold in their place as they should. Manduca extender, however, being just one piece, stays where it is supposed to be, similarly to the shoulder strap protectors. Of course, some may object that this type of extender means another layer of fabric, but the middle part is made of very thin and breathable jersey – therefore, I am not afraid of the wearie overheating during summer because of it. Moreover, thanks to its unique construction, it can be used in two positions as I already mentioned above. The only negative aspect is, unfortunately, the price, in my opinion – considering it is just quite an ordinary piece of fabric, it is really expensive (and I mean like reeeally expensive), same as in case of the shoulder strap protectors. And also, it only comes in black.