Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Review: Trunki BoostApak


We were recently sent the Trunki BoostApak to review.  The kids both have the Trunki ride-on suitcases and love them so I had high hopes for the BoostApak.

The BoostApak has been designed to be a booster seat and a backpack in one.  


There are padded straps on the back and a zipped compartment underneath the seat which can be used to store toys, colouring books etc.  


It is fairly light in weight, and is ideal for travelling as I believe it comes under the required size for hand luggage.  This would be great as you could fill the compartment with things to keep your little one occupied during travel and then know that you've got a booster seat for any car you hire, or taxi you take.


The features include:-

*Fold-out seatbelt guides: with quick-release button to fold back down.
* Wipe-clean removable cover
* 8-litre capacity
* Hard plastic internal shell
* Ergonomic back padding
* Seatbelt adjuster
* High-visibility reflective trim
* ID tag

It is suitable for children who weigh between 15 and 36kg and we road-tested it with Eli who is within this weight bracket.

The first thing he spotted was the compartment and immediately he had the zip undone and was filling with all the essential toys he wanted to take out and about with him.  He was really excited at the prospect that he could carry his seat out to the car with him and it would contain his toy cars so he wouldn't have to worry about dropping them.

The only difficult part came when he tried to get said cars out during the journey.  Obviously you can't access the zipped compartment whilst in transit which took some explaining!

Eli seemed perfectly comfortable in the seat, the back padding does slide down a little bit but when he was sitting up straight it looked absolutely fine.


The seat seems well made, and well thought out and I like the design features, such as the little arm rests.  The only comment I have really is that for a child at the smaller end of the weight bracket (such as Eli), if the seat is overfilled then it can be difficult for them to carry.  Eli is quite short and the backpack seemed to overwhelm him.

Of course, there's nothing to stop parents carrying the case and it is certainly light enough to do so, but it is worth bearing in mind that as a backpack, it will probably suit older children more.

The Trunk BoostApak retails at around £45.  This certainly is the higher end of what you might pay for a booster seat but with it delivering the high quality you would expect of a Trunki product, the added features, and the fact that it would be suitable for travel removing the need to hire a car seat or pay to take one with you, I think it would pay for itself within a very short amount of time.

Overall we are really pleased with the seat and can see it being used on a regular basis.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Trunki BoostApak for the purposes of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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