Clek Oobr Review and Giveaway

Have we met? Hello, I’m Allison and I’m a car seat freak.

I am a firm believer in keeping children harnessed safely in 5-point car seats as long as possible. Ok, to be totally honest, I would still have my 19 year old in a 5-point harness if I could. I love researching new car seats.

I told you I was a freak.

Me + Car Seats = Happy

But….there comes a time when a kiddo outgrows all available 5-point harness seats. (Except special needs seats – which I hope to review later this year) The thought of moving Faith into a booster seat strikes fear into my heart. She is not the most….ummmm….easy-going kid. If she doesn’t like something, she does not like it. It may be something simple (color) or complex (it feels wrong). Autism kiddos are very set in what they like and don’t like and may not always be able to tell you what is wrong. Faith is also very prone to meltdowns. If something in her world is “off”, the meltdowns begin rapidly. If a booster seat is itchy or hard or ????, she would not sit in it.

Here is where Mommy Rambles and Clek teamed up to take a Special Needs look at the Oobr.

Meet the Clek Oobr!

I’ve looked at booster seats. Lots of booster seat. Let me tell you, this? This is a Booster Seat!

Let me step back a moment. Faith is very, very resistant to change. Any change. If we turn the wrong way going to the store, she freaks. If Kraft changes the image on the box of it’s Mac & Cheese, she freaks. (Thanks for that one Kraft.) Changing her car seat, especially with the amount of time we spend in the car, is huge. I approached it very slowly. For a couple days, I had the Clek Oobr website pulled up when she walked by.  http://www.clekinc.com/oobr/  This is also where you can find all the tech blah-dee-blah about this seat. I’m not going to go over them here because this is a feel review. Plus I’m not a tech person, but y’all knew that. I care about if something works or not. And the coffee. I’m all about the coffee. 😉

I casually clicked on the available colors.

We talked about the colors. Wasn’t the green pretty, like grass. The blue reminded us of Daddy’s jeans. Oh look at the monkey, she was wearing sunglasses just like Faith does! The pink Paul Frank seemed to hold her attention the longest, so that’s the one we chose. While waiting for her seat to arrive, I made sure to talk about the “pink sunglasses monkey” seat and we looked at the picture several more times. My hope was to slowly make this car seat familiar to her so it was not new when it arrived. It worked. When the big day arrived and her seat was delivered, she was very ho-hum about it. And ho-hum is GOOD!

My very first impression of the Oobr was “Oh how cute!”. Since that is what really matters, right? Just kidding. Kinda. :)

This seat feels very substantial yet light. How’d you do that Clek? The fabric is not plush, it has a soft canvas feel. The padding is firm with just the right amount of give. This is a very supportive seat. The back reclines slightly and the headrest raises. The armrest are soft touch plastic. There is even a cup holder!

Instillation was a snap. Literally. The Clek Oobr has rigid latch. What the crud is that you ask? Imagine little arms sticking out from the back of this seat that grab the LATCH anchors in your car. Then you slide the seat in. Done. The Oobr is now in position. No tipping, no sliding around on the seat, no flying booster if it’s empty. Nice.

On Faith’s first ride, she climbed into the seat with very little difficulty. The head rest was very easy to adjust and did not make any “yucky” noises when raised or lowered. The arm rests, while soft, were not “icky, sitcky” feeling. The seat belt guides were very clearly marked and easy for us to insert the belt and buckle up without Faith feeling like we were smooshing her.

All of Faith’s previous seats had velvety covers. When she was settled in this seat she began scooting her tush around. She informed us that the Oobr was “slippery”. She spent quite a bit of that first ride adjusting herself over and over within the seat. The velvety fabric of the previous seats had some grab to it and I think may have helped hold her in position. The ability to adjust herself was a new feeling. At first I thought this might be a liability, but later, when she switched back to a velvety seat, she complained that she couldn’t “schootch” to get comfy.

The only drawbacks I can find to using this seat are not a drawback with the seat at all, but issues with Faith. Faith has a bit of a belly. The seatbelt slides over her belly and then tends to ride a bit high on her shoulder/neck area. This in not a seat problem and is an issue we have run into with every single belt-positioning booster we have tried. She also has some hearing loss. Since the headrest does such an awesome job of wrapping around the head, I think it blocked some of her hearing. She cranes her neck forward to hear music, her DS or iPod. This puts her out of position for maximum safety. (Are you listening Clek? Perhaps some small speakers in the wings, that could plug into an external device could help encourage proper head placement? Maybe an option?)

The Clek Oobr is, without a doubt, the best booster seat I have tried. The comfort , according to Faith, is outstanding. She LOVES the Oobr.

So now I have you wanting a Clek Oobr, right? Why wouldn’t you. This is an AMAZING booster seat. Guess what? One of my lucky readers will get one! Are you ready? Retail value of $274.99 – $324.99!

Mandatory Entry

Hop on over to Clek and then come back here and tell me what color  you would chose in a comment below. (One entry per person) (Excluding Saddle, which is a limited edition only available from select retailers)

Extra Entries

“Like” Mommy Rambles on Facebook then leave me a separate comment below telling me you did so. (one extra entry per person)

“Like” Clek on Facebook then leave me a separate comment below telling me you did so. (one extra entry per person)

“Share” this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter up to twice a day using the buttons below. Then leave me a comment below telling me that you did. (2 entries per person possible per day)

Approximate retail value is up to $324.99.  Open to US residences only. Mommy Rambles was given a Clek Oobr to test and review by the amazingly wonderful people at Clek. Thank you!

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 7th, 2011. I will use Random.org to chose a winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on October 8th. Winner will then have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

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298 thoughts on “Clek Oobr Review and Giveaway”

  1. I love the blue moon color! Jacob would rock that seat in our truck. Nice to see a well-crafted booster seat out there.

  2. OMG! Olive would absolutely LOVE the Paul Frank shades one — just like Pate’s. What an awesome giveaway!!! This is too cute, especially for small peeps like my Olive…or…yanno…my mom.

  3. Since Alexis’ current booster seat is due to expire in November I let her choose a color. She took a long, hard look at all of the choices and then chose Snowberry…. not surprising- she is a pink fanatic!! Thank you for the review, you made our current booster seat research that much easier.

  4. My daughter would flip if she had a Paul Frank Heart Shades Oobr!!! I also have a have another daughter that could use it after my older daughter outgrows it 😉

  5. I already LOVE clek! I purchased 2 of the olli seats (one in light green, one in raspberry pink–I forget the color names they used) and both of my girls just LOVE them. super comfortable. i love the instant click-in w/ the latches. They are still in them at 6 and 7 years old but now we have a little boy who will need the OOBR soon! If oobr had existed when my girls needed the boosters-with-backs I would have bought in a heartbeat. Instead I purchased an eddie bauer which they both found uncomfortable (to EBs credit, they did get good reviews so maybe it was sisterly influence)

    I would choose the blue moon color for my son.

    Already “liked” clek on FB for about 8 months….about to “like” you since they are how I got to you!

  6. I liked Clek on Facebook for a while now
    I liked your Facebook can’t wait to read more
    And I’m in love with the Paul frank faux hawk julius
    Can’t wait to read more from you

  7. Great review! I have two kids with sensory issues, so this was a very helpful review, thanks! Since I have one boy and one girl, I’d opt for Blue Moon. Thank you for this opportunity.

  8. I love the Oobr!

    FYI, putting something under the child’s foot area (I use an old trashed body pillow, rolled up; a sleeping bag can also work, you of course want something light in case of a crash so as not to be a dangerous projectile!) helps with the “slidiness” feeling. Nice footrest=more leg support=less tendency to slide around. :) My daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder and loves her Oobr, except for this issue, and we’ve found that the foot-propping leg support of the rolled pillow solves it completely. :)

    I would choose Paul Frank Heart Shades (because my daughters like it- the Blue Moon or Dragonfly would be my personal choice, lol!)

  9. I love reading what you write! You are such a good writer.
    I would choose the Paul frank faux hawk Julius seat. They look amazing. So glad Faith is adjusting to her new seat.

  10. I’d choose the Paul Frank hearts! I have 5 girls and I know they would all love it! My 7 year old, especially, loves Paul Frank! :)

  11. My little girl is 6.5, and when typically this is the age when parents used to ditch the whole carseat inconvenience, it’s now the age where we finally relax a little and move our kids out of their higher weight harnessed seats and into a booster. My son has loved his Oobr since they were first released, and has the Paul Frank Skurvy cover. I would love to have a Paul Frank Heart Shades for my daughter, so I can be one of those sickly sweet cutesy moms with the matchy-matchy seats. Yup, that’s me.

  12. I’m a child passenger safety technician and thought I’d mention, you really need to move the headrest up. Your daughter’s shoulders should be clearly below the shoulder belt guide. It looks really close. Up a notch would be better. As for my entry, I’d like dragonfly.

  13. I would choose the Paul Frank Faux-Hawk Julius.

    Have you considered trying something like the Ride Safer Travel Vest with your daughter? It’s a vest that is somewhere in between a harness & booster in the way it works. It *might* be good for belt positioning on her… if she would tolerate a vest.

    I have an almost 5yr old that has outgrown almost every 5pt harness on the market (top slots of the Regent & 1 click left in the Frontier 85) so we’re getting in some booster practice for when we’re forced to make the switch, but he uses the vest sometimes too. The booster we’ve been using is the Parkway SG. It has a clip that helps keep the lap part of the belt nice & low on the hips. It might be another option to try with her.

    I might be a little carseat crazy too 😉

  14. I love the Paul Frank® faux-hawk julius, cuz well thats what my little guys hair looks like when he wakes up! haha! I am sure KRISTA gets an extra entry for referring a friend so wanted to be sure she gets that!

  15. I would choose Snowberry for my daughter. I am a child passenger safety technician and we already own a black Oobr for my 6 year old. He has a sensory processing disorder and he loves his Oobr!

    I also want to mention – If you move Faiths headrest up, (from the looks of it, at least 3 clicks) I believe it will solve some of your drawbacks. It will help position the shoulder belt across her shoulder and off her neck. I’m guessing it will likely help prevent her from craning her neck too.

    X Crossing my fingers for this awesome giveaway! X

  16. I love this ! Thank you I have been struggling to find the “right” booster! Now I will just have to budget and save to get one of these for both of my kiddo’s
    I liked mommy rambles on Facebook

  17. I love the thought and care that went into developing this product’s design and safety features. My gf’s daughter is just now able to use a booster seat and the thought of anything less than this product concerns me. She would really love the Paul Frank® heart shade design!

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