For those of you that have experienced fatherhood, you realize a few things. You realize that a kid enters this world and immediately starts to cost you a ton of money. You realize that Netflix Sundays have been replaced with soccer games. You realize that a mini-van actually makes “economic sense” when you laughed at anybody driving one beforehand. Finally, you realize that 95% of accessories made for a parent is made with a woman in mind. What does that mean for you? You’re stuck holding a hot pink designer diaper bag and a Baby Bjorn with cheetah print. It also means that you immediately become joke material for every one of your buddies. Some of us in the G4G office have just experienced fatherhood or will be experiencing it in the coming months and have become extremely frustrated with the lack of male-focused baby accessories. That was until we met the people over at Mission Critical.
Mission Critical was nice enough to send us a free demo of their Mission Critical Baby Carrier to test out hands on. When we unpackaged it, the first thing we noticed was the actual quality of the product right when we touched it. It’s built with 1000D nylon construction which is a code word for “really really durable stuff”. It can support a baby that is between 8-35 pounds and will allow them to face you or face out (which is important because some babies can be pretty particular). The look of it is what we really liked as it resembled a tactical vest a police officer or FBI agent would use. We didn’t need to even say anything when we stood next to a dad that was carrying their kid in a lavender swaddle. It was like 50 Cent standing next to Mr. Rodgers (the Mission Critical Carrier being 50 Cent in that analogy).
While the looks are worth every penny of this carrier, the functionality build immense value too. There is a pocket on the front of the carrier that opens and will allow you to either place items in there that you need ready access to (maybe some snacks?) or you can pull out the built-in sun shield. The inside liner of the carrier is removable and washable so if you have one of those dreaded blowouts, you can quickly throw it into the wash. The bands that you see on the front (which look pretty bad ass) actually create the MOLLE system allowing you to attach their other accessories to the actual carrier. All of that is good and well but what any experienced dad will ask is, “is it actually comfortable for me?”. The inside of the Mission Critical Carrier is a mesh material with the right balance of breathable padding making it very easy on you. Overall, we were happily surprised with the high level of quality the vest was made with and the amazing cross-functionality it had too.