At first glance, I love the neutral grey of the carrier. It is very simple without a lot of bells and whistles, but I tend to prefer simplicity when I’m dealing with a toddler. There are a couple of features that make Moby Go a really great buckle carrier option, starting with the waist belt that can be adjusted on both sides, making for a very comfortable fit.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the straps. They are not padded—just canvas—but are very wide and cross in the back. It distributed the weight so well that I didn’t miss the padding. Unlike other buckle carriers I’ve tried, the only option for the Moby Go is to cross the straps, which made putting my son up take just a bit longer, though I admittedly do not often get the opportunity to cross buckle carrier straps and might have just been slow to figure it out. With a back carry, the crossed straps made it a bit awkward across my chest. It wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable; but I think it would be great for someone slightly less endowed than myself.
It comes with a canvas hood that we did not use. It is a long hood with a strip of Velcro that can attach to one of three places inside the pocket, depending on how long you want it. I am not a fan of Velcro—I find it too noisy and difficult to adjust, especially if your child is already in the carrier and you’re desperately trying for a nap, but the hood can be completely removed. The resulting zippered pocket is large, but too thin and stretched out once your child is in to carry much. I did get my phone and keys in for a short period of time with no complaints, but I didn’t want to risk it for too long.
Overall, I was impressed with the Moby Go. It is a more affordable buckle carrier option than some (approx. $80 new) and can fold up much smaller than many other buckle carrier because of the lack of strap padding. I would recommend it to someone looking for a simple carrier for a larger baby.
Note that because the waist belt and shoulder straps are unpadded, the Moby Go is an unstructured buckle carrier, compared to a soft structure carrier (SSC) like the Ergo and Tula carriers. Other unstructured buckle carriers are the Catbird Pikkolo, which has slightly more padding in the shoulder straps, but still has an unpadded waist band. These features make unstructured buckle carriers closer to mei tai in feel, but with the simplicity of a buckle carrier.