Regrets, I’ve had a few

Baubax adA friend recommended it. The post kept appearing on my Facebook page. I watched the video on the Kickstarter page and…I was sold!

Don’t know if any of you had the same feeling but sometimes, some things just seem too good not to buy — especially if you’re a sucker for techie stuff like me.

I mean, who could turn away from a jacket that is designed for travelling and comes with 15 features such as a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, earphone holders, drink pocket, and pockets for practically everything, including one that can fit an iPad?

It’s a dream come true. Finally, here was a company that knew what travellers really need.
Without much hesitation, I joined thousands of others who pledged to bring the project to fruition. The cost was US$149 (plus another US$20 for shipping) — much more than I would have liked to pay for a hoodie but the thrill got to me.
The delivery was supposed to be in November 2015 so I was looking forward to bringing it for my year end holiday.
Alas, it wasn’t to be. The company encountered problems with finding the right manufacturers and parts. In the name of quality control and lack of experience, it asked for understanding and the wait began.
I waited and waited. The only consolation is that I wasn’t alone — I had more than 40,000 others on the same boat. Some of them were very vocal and voiced their displeasure on Kickstarter.
IMG_20180523_111158Four months later, l received a notification that the package was on the way. It finally arrived in March 2016.
I don’t know if it was the long wait that killed off the initial enthusiasm I had for the travel hoodie. But, when I held it in my hand and tried it, I was kind of ambivalent.
IMG_20180523_140820What’s good
  1. The travel pillow is the best I’ve had. Inflating and deflating are simple and the felt material makes for a comfortable rest.
  2. The hidden hand warmer is perfect for a cold winter’s day or even a chilly flight.
  3. The eye mask is helpful for getting some shut-eye on flights or train/bus rides.

What’s bad

  1. The jacket is heavy. Even without putting anything in the pockets, it’s heavy to carry and wear. Hence, the travel practicality was negated.
  2. The colour wasn’t as vibrant as pictured. Even taking into consideration the lighting, it was not close and looked faded.
  3.  The price. OK, I willingly paid the price for it. Nobody held a gun to my head. But, ultimately, the end product is not worth the price.

Lesson learnt here is not to be overly enthusiastic, especially to the point that I did not weigh the price against the benefits properly. Thankfully, this is only one of a handful of regrets with my purchases.

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