When I was asked to review the Outlook® solar shade™, there wasn’t much to think about. Sunshine is fab, but I’ll choose being in the shade over being in the sun on most days. So, products with extended sun shade covers are especially appealing to me, especially on hot sunny days.
And when it comes to my little man, I can’t ignore all I’ve heard about the reasons to protect him from direct exposure to sunlight. Yes, I know he needs the sun for vitamin D but he also needs protection from harmful UV rays and glare. Learning that the solar shade™ is made of “breathable UPF50+ fabric which blocks 99% of harmful UV rays and glare”, definitely caught my attention.
The solar shade™ was sent to me and I enjoyed checking it out on my son’s buggy. So without further ado, I give you my Outlook solar shade review.
Here are the top 5 things I really like about it.
1. Easy to fit
It is so easy to assembly; no faffing around to figure it out. I literally took it out of its packaging and storage pouch, and it popped open. This took me a bit by surprise the first time and made me chuckle. 🙂 I like the fact that it can open itself but I can control how and when. When I take it out of its pouch now, I leave enough room between it and I to stretch out to its full size.
Also, I didn’t need to read through any leaflet or instructions to fit it. I extended my buggy’s hood, laid the solar shade™ over it, clipped the strap around my buggy’s handlebar, and fastened the velcro side straps to the buggy’s frame on each side.That was it … impressive, isn’t it.
When it was time to put it away, I realised that I didn’t need to undo the strap. I just lifted it up, over my buggy’s handlebar, and that was that.
2. Easy to use
You can pretty much use the solar shade™ with all buggy, pram, and car seat models that have their own canopy. It’s compatible with 3 wheelers, travel systems, strollers, and even joggers.
I really like the flexibility of the solar shade™; I mean, you can adjust it to the level of shade you want to create. So, you can for example lower it for a darker and cozier environment, perhaps one especially conducive to sleep, for your little one.
Its easy-view zip at the front and middle makes it easy to see your child from the back of buggy. This comes in really handy if you want to quietly check if your little one is sleeping. 🙂
3. Easy to clean
I haven’t used my solar shade™ enough to clean in … I don’t think anyway. 🙂 However, it says on the packaging that I just need to sponge it with warm water and mild detergent. The solar shade™ is made from 100% polyester, you see; with a springy structure around most of its rim.
4. Easy to store
When I’m done with the solar shade™, I literally open the velcro side straps, and lift up the clipped strap from around my buggy’s handlebar. I then coil the solar shade™ into a small circle and put it in its storage pouch. The pouch just about fits into the back pocket of my buggy’s hood, below my handlebar. That’s it! It takes very little space to store it.
I also recently realised that I could leave it hanging on my folded buggy, instead of folding it. In this instance, I only open the velcro side straps. The clipped strap around my buggy’s handlebar gives the solar shade™ the anchor it needs to hang downwards from it, and lie flat on my folded buggy.
5. Good value for money
It costs £19.99 and you can use from 0 to 4 years. This means that it only costs £5 a year to keep the sun’s reflection from little ones’ eyes (no need for sun glasses when using it), and shade them from harmful sun rays. I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say, ‘that’s a bargain!’.
The Outlook® solar-shade™ is an Australian product and it is approved and recommended by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.
I’m pleased I came across this product and even more that I got the opportunity to review it. It’s a product I see myself using with my little one for years to come. Below is a video of a slightly different model of the one I reviewed, I found it useful watching it and thought I’d share it with you … enjoy and thanks for reading my review.
How do you shade your little one(s) from the sun’s harmful rays when you’re on the move with them?