When a new up and coming company tweeted me on twitter, I was keen to learn more about their new product, and was cheeky to ask for a sample to review. They happily accepted in return for a review. The company is Hug-Mi. The product, a backpack like no others I have seen.
You probably wont have seen them before either, as they are so brand new, they are on kick-starter, if they make their pledge amount, you will probably see them everywhere, as your child, I expect if they are like mine, would love them.
We got to choose the bag we could receive, so I put that one on my youngest.... She is loving the My Little pony at the moment, so it just had to be the pink pony -Poni-mi. They have lots of other designs, including various bears, which are very boy friendly as well as girl friendly, dogs, and even a tortoise.
The bag is like no other, as it also doubles up as a costume.....
S loves it so much, the first week, we had to let her wear it for the school run, even though it was empty. Its great as the costume still fits over her coat. She actually wears it too.... we have tried numerous 'Disney' rucksacks and she wont wear them for longer then 5 minutes, meaning I have to carry it along with the main rucksack filled with everyone's lunches.
The rucksack is designed with children between the ages of 3-10 in mind but younger children and older children will still love them. For the purpose of modelling the bag, J stepped up to the mark as S just wouldn't stand still.
The bag whilst being modelled is on the tightest setting, so has plenty of room as the child grows. It has an attached hood to add to the costume, but can be folded away inside its own pocket if its not wanted. It also has extra arms that come around and Hugs the child... hence the name. These attach onto the straps with Velcro like material. But again can be folded away into pockets if not needed.... they can also attach around the child's hands/wrists for imaginative play....
|Showing off the hugging arms|
The bag is so soft, even after being caught out in the rain. and has a large inner space. The zip is how I can only describe like a big smile shape, so it really opens the bag up, and has a net to stop everything falling out.
My girls just love wearing it and dressing up with it at the same time.... S only wears it in full on dress up mode, as demonstrated by J... mid neigh... as ponies do...
Since we have had it, I have not had to carry it, so it will be a success for all her toys on our walks that she insists she takes along for the ride. As she grows older, I can sneak her juice bottle in, and spare clothes, and if im feeling mean the families lunch as its that big.
So where can I get it from you ask?? Well they are available through kick-starter if you pledge £25, if you wish to pledge more, you can even design your very own hug-mi bag. If you wish you can pledge a little less and get some more great things. The kick-starter pledge campaign ends on 21st December, so they don't have long to wait to get to the target. So if you fancy helping about a new company, or buying one of these fantastic rucksacks pop along to Kick-starter for Hug-Mi. where you can also view a great video showing the different designs, and the company specs of the product.
I was given this bag in return for a review, all words, photos and opinions are my own.