Minako Umi Storm is certain to be a crowd pleaser. Its design is striking and the monochromatic nature of the colorway is quite lovely. With lots of texture and depth, it is a truly dynamic, eye-catching grey. In hand Umi Storm is thick, heavy, and quite blankety, though that comes as no surprise with a GSM of 341! While it is a thick wrap, there is a certain softness and coziness to it that I imagine will continue to increase as the wrap becomes increasingly more broken in. Umi Storm’s rails are notably wide which pleasantly surprised me when wrapping with it, as they are easy to find and grasp when tightening multi-pass carries. The weave is moderately dense with little light escaping from one side to the other. I was pleasantly surprised to discover there was a fair amount of diagonal stretch in Umi Storm, much more stretch than I was anticipating!
While wrapping with Umi Storm, I immediately noticed how incredibly sturdy this wrap is. My 18 month old/25 lb wrappee felt weightless and very supported in a simple ruck with a half knot. Umi Storm has incredible texture and grip. Passes are held firmly in place and will not budge. Adjusting and tightening in multi-pass carries requires a bit more effort because of this… but the support is well worth the effort! The diagonal stretch of Umi Storm allows for a lovely, supportive, and forgiving chest pass that is very comfortable. Ruck straps pleat quite effortlessly and are very thick, which for me (and my not-so-little one) translates to cush and comfort! The ruck straps are so pleated, thick, and cushy that it is actually akin to the comfort of a padded strap in a Soft-Structured Carrier. This is a major plus in my toddlerwearing experience and would make this an ideal wrap for long periods of wearing.
When wrapping a friend’s smaller 8 month old baby, Umi Storm was indeed thick and blankety. However I did not find that it was too “beastly” for his little body. It was surprisingly manageable and quite cozy. I had no worries about him budging or wiggling anywhere while I wrangled busy toddlers from puddle jumping and swing set climbing adventures!
As a fan of thick, blankety, and supportive wraps, I was very impressed with Minako Umi Storm. I found it to be similar to two of my personal favorite wraps: Kokoro Ren Triblend and Pavo Farrand- due to it’s thickness, support and lovely stretch. It was an absolute pleasure hosting this beauty in our home. I would wholeheartedly recommend Minako Umi Storm to more experienced wrappers looking to add a strikingly beautiful and supportive wrap to their stash!
Khari Lyn Lizotte