Monday, May 07, 2007

What's so great about ZoloWear?

I originally posted this in March 2006. Here it is again, with a few minor changes:

Why do ZoloWear slings cost more than some other baby carriers?

Since 2001, ZoloWear has crafted the finest baby carriers available. Our goal is not to be the cheapest, but the best. Our baby carriers have a detailed design, sturdy construction, and are made in the USA.


All ring slings have:

  • Lightweight yet sturdy aluminum rings. Each ring passes an impact test and a 250 pound pull test.

All silk and cotton ring slings have sturdy safety webbing.

  • Webbing holds the rings securely, so ZoloWear slings do not slip, even with a heavy toddler.
  • Similar to seat belt material, the webbing has been tested to 2,000+ pounds.
  • Two pieces are used for safety. If for any reason one piece of webbing fails, the other is there for backup.
  • Our webbing will not wear out and fray, where it wraps around the rings.
  • Using webbing means extra room in the rings for fabric, for easier adjustability.
  • Ends of web are heat sealed to avoid fraying, for both safety and cosmetic reasons.
  • Webbing is custom dyed to match fabric.

Design

  • Shoulder fold is designed to cup shoulder and spread across back without creating arm restriction.
  • Can be worn on either shoulder with no re-threading.
  • Multiple layers of fabric on shoulder distribute weight evenly with no bunching or pressure points on shoulder or top of arm.

Silk Brocade Ring Slings:

  • Top quality, heavy brocade.
  • Machine washable.
  • Sleek, sophisticated inset zippered pocket.
  • Topstitching around zipper and body of sling creates a polished look.

Cotton Ring Slings:

  • Edges finished with a morrow hem, similar to the tight stitching on a napkin edge. This finish is used so the fabric will have a bit of give on the backs of baby’s legs, and so the edges will slip through the rings more easily. This finish is used instead of a turned and hemmed edge, which causes red marks on baby's legs and does not look good on the back of the fabric, which shows on the tail.
  • Custom prints and custom-dyed solids in highest-quality, easy-to-adjust stretch cotton sateen.
  • Zippered pocket with strong, durable zipper.
  • Easy wash and wear.

Solarveil Ring Sling:

  • Solarveil is a lightweight, breathable sun protective fabric.
  • Aluminum rings are lightweight for a total sling weight of less than one pound.
  • Smaller two inch rings prevent the thin fabric from slipping.
  • Pocket has strong, durable zippered closure.

Adjustable pouch

  • Same great high-quality fabric, including fashion-forward options like the burning love with Swarovski crystals, or the embroidered leaf.
  • Can be worn on either shoulder.
  • Securely stitched French seam on bottom - safety tested to 150 lbs..
  • Reinforced buttonholes and button for adjustability. Button safety tested to 60 lbs.
  • Simple, elegant design. Bring baby in closer or make the whole pouch a little more snug.
  • Key loop.

Manufacture

  • All products are manufactured in Texas, most in Austin, Texas.
  • All of our materials are the highest quality available - from our thread to our zippers to our fabric.
  • Premium fabrics include custom dyed solids, organics, custom prints, and limited edition prints.
  • Lightweight aluminum rings.
  • Webbing dyed to match.
  • Coordinating, sturdy, safety-tested zippers.

Safety

  • Our slings have been independently safety tested by a testing lab.
  • Parents everywhere learn to babywear with ZoloWear. We provide detailed instructions with every purchase.
  • Both ring slings and pouches come with a free instructional DVD and detailed printed wearing instructions.
  • Video and text wearing instructions are available on our website.

Customer service

  • We strive to offer the finest customer service. We can be reached via toll-free phone during business hours.
  • We are also available via e-mail.
  • In Austin, we offer in-person help at monthly babywearing meetings.
  • Still have a question? Ask Darien or read our Ask Darien blog.

Policies

  • Generous return policy.
  • Shipping cost is actual shipping including insurance.
  • All major credit cards accepted.
  • We carry a wide variety of colors and multiple sizes, all in stock and ready to ship within 24 business hours.

What is your favorite thing about ZoloWear?

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