WrapSit the Best Slip Cover Crate for Outdoor Adventure
I rarely do product reviews. Not because they aren’t something valuable but because it’s not really what this blog is about. But there are always going to be exceptions!
So what is our criteria for Product Reviews on Montecristo Travels?
1) The company has to be offering a product we were already using, eyeing or looking at for travel reasons. If it isn’t related to travel we will not review it here.
2) They must agree to the possibility of a bad review made public should that be the case. Most do not allow this – asking for no review at all if you don’t like it – thus skewing the perception of the product online.
3) We must be given a chance to put it trough the test of time. LOTS of time, in order to really judge quality. We ask for 6 months to a year. Most expect a review within days. That is not enough since we’ve often found that we do NOT like a product after all once the initial “honeymoon” phase wears off.
In addition we will always favor ethically sourced and vegan (sorry – no leather!) products. So we were thrilled when WrapSit contacted us last winter. We laid out our three rules and .. they agreed!
So here we are – a year later with our very honest review.
What is WrapSit?
The WrapSit is a slipcover crate for your outdoor folding quad chair. It slips over your chair to create – underneath the seating area – a 5 cubic foot soft-sided pet crate. It folds up into nothing when removed, or you can just leave it attached to the “camping chair” since it will double as the chairs carrying cover. This makes it ready anytime and anywhere you open your chair!
Why the Wrapsit?
For us, the #1 reason we were drawn to the product was that it provided shade. Imagine a hot sunny day at the beach and not a tree or umbrella in sight to protect your dog. This solves that problem instantly – add a cooling pad and WOW! It’s also a bug free zone for your pet. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of wasps, mosquitos or even flies. The WrapSit allows me to take a break from the flying pests!
In situations like camping, picnics, outdoor concerts, festivals, sporting event “sideline” moments (any soccer Mom’s out there?) or even large family gatherings in the backyard; this solution provides a safe haven for your small dog. The WrapSit keeps tiny dogs from underfoot and reduces the possibility of injury. It will also help with your pets anxiety and discomfort by providing your little dog with a “safe zone” to call their own. I could see this being great for those taking their little ones to agility training!
And as a bonus? You can keep your own personal belongings safer and out of the sand, wet grass or dirt. You are less likely to be a target for theft if you place your purse next to your dog inside the soft crate. That’s a whole lot safer than a bag on the ground, or slung on the back of a chair! It makes walking away a few feet from your chair a little easier to. It keeps fly away items such as books, maps, or towels tucked underneath while you go frolic in the water with your dog a few feet away.
What Chair do I need?
The WrapSit fits over “scissor leg quad chairs” you know the ones right? they have that “X”. What is great is that although the company doesn’t sell the chairs – they have taken the time to review several options and rate them on their website for you. That’s really helpful for anyone that doesn’t own any “camping chairs” and wouldn’t know where to even start (that would be folks like us!)!
Take a look at what they suggest and see if maybe you already have the perfect type of chair! Odds are that if you camp, go to dog shows, or sporting events you already have the right chair in your collection. It’s a reason why we like that it does not come with a chair. I want to choose my own chairs and if you already have one you don’t end up with yet ANOTHER chair you don’t need.
How tall can my dog be?
I don’t think you would want the top of your dog’s head to be any higher than 18”. So if your dog is about 12” at the shoulder or smaller … you should be good. This product is for smaller dogs for sure. We are talking toy breeds such as Chihuahuas, Maltese, Yorkies, Shi Tzu’s and the smaller Wiener dogs. Basically they have to be able to stand up under your seat.
Note: The WrapSit is not meant for long term crating. It’s designed for short term and supervised moments. In my case we even left the zipper open and I could hop in and out whenever I wanted!
About the Product!
So now that you know that it’s a simple slipcover that adjusts to fit most popular sizes of folding quad chairs with up to a 23″ seat; here are a few other things you might like to know:
- Large, tough, coated polyester mesh walls on four sides and tough 400D nylon rip stop upper is super easy to wash with water!
- Heavy duty 600D coated polyester waterproof flooring with abrasion resistant pads means you don’t have to worry about anything under your pup ripping it or nails getting through.
- Self-locking zippers on large opening to interior – or as I call it “the doorway to nap time”.
- Staking loops at four corners of base should you need them in places like the beach!
- Extra pockets on wrapping panel super useful for poop bags, water and the ever omnipresent IPhone!
- Convertible shoulder strap/pet lead. Padded carrying handle … we’ve never used it but I’m sure it will come in handy one day!
Installation takes less than 5 minutes and is a onetime deal! Once installed it closes with the chair to become a carrying case. No need to remove it. No more re-bagging your chair. Should you have any trouble putting it together you can always call or message WrapSit and they will happily help you out. But honestly? You will not need to! We got it right first round. Instructions came with the chair and were easy to follow. They also have a great video!
A most important element of any product is the customer service around it. Every step of the way this company was lovely to deal with. In fact when the rep from WrapSit heard us say we’d have to buy a chair (we planned on getting one for our beach trips on an upcoming road trip through the Maritimes of Canada) they surprised the heck out of us when we not only received our WrapSit but a chair to go with it. That was FAR beyond anything we expected. Talk about making a blogger feel appreciated and valued. I know that as a small company they can’t do this for everyone and we are particularly touched that they felt compelled to do so for us. THANK YOU!
In review: An AMAZING product that we honestly can’t believe we lived without for so long. Not only has it been put to good use on our road trips for things like beach going, or keeping me at a safe distance from a fire pit and such… but it’s also turned out to be an incredible product for pit stops along highways when the bipeds need to find a way to eat outside with me because dogs can’t go into restaurants in North America.
We now keep it on its chair permanently in the trunk of our car during the warmer months. Heck, we even pulled it out when meeting a friend at a coffee shop patio to keep me securely out of the way! Sure I enjoy snuggling on laps but sometimes … sometimes a dog likes having their own space.
What do you think? How many places would you be able to use the WrapSit?