Same composition, same weight, just different colour – are the wraps really identical? When we counted the weight, the result was slightly different (and slightly lower than the manufacturer says, which is understandable in case of worn wraps, because the manufacturer presents the post-wash weight, thus right after washing when the wrap is not stretched and saggy) – when I lay the wraps next to one another, Orinoco seemed to be the thicker and heavier one.
My feelings are slightly different when I compare the two wraps during tying and in the carry. According to my opinion, Orinoco is a little tougher; I had to try a bit harder while tightening and my shoulders were not especially delighted – on the contrary, Mint that seemed to be an ultra-cuddly soft marshmallow for the littlest babies, was very pleasant with Emilka (currently 9kg) in a multi-layer carry in the front as well as on my back during a walk, which took several hours. Its colourful brother did not make me that happy on our trip. Moreover, I kind of felt the slipperiness of Tencel, which was really not the problem of Mint. I have no idea what exactly could cause the difference between the wraps – as I have already written, the wraps should be identical twins (except colour, of course). Perhaps, the fact that Orinoco was more or less brand new, not yet fully broken-in; whilst Mint already underwent lots of tying, testing and wearing, and therefore it was in its best condition. Who knows … However, as I wrote elsewhere, these are just my personal and subjective impressions – one tends to forgive little details and give some credit to a beautiful wrap; on the other hand the tendency might be opposite regarding the less beautiful one. Do you think I have overpraised the very beautiful Mint and wronged Orinoco (which looks a bit like, sorry, pyjamas in my opinion)? There might be a point in it. However, the wraps are slightly different at first touch and behave differently while being tied, indeed (I tested them almost in a sequence during a short period of time, using the same type of carry). And if you are looking for my answer to question “How much Tencel is just enough?”, I am quite sure after this testing that it is something between 40 and 50 per cent for me personally.