The summer holidays are over and we are already set for the last part of this year. With loads of translation conferences to come in the upcoming months and new translation conferences for 2019 already popping up it is time for an interesting review in the xl8 review project: the Baubax travelling jacket.
Baubax review: a lightweight travelling jacket
It is some time ago since I announced that the xl8 review project goes travelling. Last month there was no xl8 reviews because of the holidays, but with the last half of the year in mind I will focus on travelling for translators. What’s better than starting with a nifty travelling jacket?
The Baubax jacket caught my attention due to its promise that it holds 15 features in one jacket. The company behind the jacket recently even introduced a new version, the Baubax 2.0 which has 25 features. For this xl8 review they sent a Baubax 1.0 jacket because the Baubax 2.0 jacket had not yet been produced. However, if you read this review and add 10 other features you will have a clear view of what the Baubax 2.0 is offering.
What is the Baubax jacket?
The Baubax jacket was born in 2015, when Baubax LLC started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their jacket. The Baubax jacket was revolutionary as it introduced a plethora of features that are not found in any other jacket. The Baubax 1.0 jacket contained earphone holders, a drink pocket, a sunglass pocket, a microfiber cloth, a pen and stylus in one, an iPad pocket, built-in gloves, a neck pillow, an eye mask, a passport pocket, a phone pocket, a portable charger pocket and a blanket pocket. The Baubax 2.0 jacket, which was introduced in early 2018, even contains airplugs, a footrest, a bottle opener, a keychain, a whistle and some other handy pockets. Sounds interesting, no?
If you stuff all pockets with all possible items you'll look like a real camel.
Of course this multitude of features has some drawbacks as well: if you stuff all pockets with all possible items like an iPad, smartphone, bottle, blanket, etc., you’ll look like a real camel.
Baubax review: pros and cons
Despite its many features the Baubax jacket does not feel like a big and bulky bag. Instead, the jacket feels very light-weight and comfortable. While wearing it, it is noticeably light but able to keep you warm in cold circumstances.
Another great find is that all features are positioned at the right location.
While testing it, it must be said that I needed to search for some of its obvious features. The promised earphone holders for instance are eyelets below the collar and only catch one’s attention after careful searching and comparisons with the feature list. On the other hand, that also ensures that they do not catch the attention of other people, thus giving the jacket a decent look and making it ideal for all sorts of people.
Another great find is that all features are positioned at the right location: the eye mask and neck pillow are designed around the collar and shoulders, making it easy to fit and use them.
While the Baubax is available in different types – you can buy a sweatshirt, windbreaker and blazer as well – in four different colours: light blue, red, dark grey and black, it must be said that it is not a designer jacket. It is easy and great to wear while travelling, but for the fashion aficionados out there it would not be a first choice. Yet for people travelling all over the world to attend translation conferences or combining clients’ visits with a city trip, it will be a great addition to your wardrobe. With the Baubax you can travel in style and comfort wearing light-weight fashion without ever caring that you forgot an essential feature. And in unfortunate situations of striking airlines and other delays, the eye mask and neck pillow will ensure that you can even catch a nap at a busy airport.
The Baubax easy and great to wear while travelling, but for the fashion aficionados out there it would not be a first choice.