Clek is a Canadian company based in Toronto, offering the popular Foonf and Fllo convertible car seats in addition to the Oobr, Olli, and Ozzi booster seats. The Clek Oobr is a high back booster seat that is jam-packed with features.
CSFTL Quick Stats
- High back mode weight range: 40-100 pounds
- High back mode height range: 38-57 inches tall
- Backless mode weight range: 40-100 pounds
- Backless mode height range: 40-57 inches tall
- Highest booster guide position (high back mode): 20.5 inches tall
- Expiration: 9 years
- Width at widest point: 18 inches across the child’s midsection
- Seat pan depth: 12.5 inches
- Width across armrests: 17 inches
- Rigid lower anchor connectors
- Recline mode when using lower anchors
- Crypton fabrics provide stain, moisture and bacteria resistance (not in Drift pattern)
- Soft-touch armrests
- Steel and magnesium frame
- 2011 IIHS Best Bet when used in high back mode
The Oobr features a thick layer of foam in the seat bottom.
The included drink thingy cupholder can be attached to either side of the Oobr. Pop off the seat pad and snap the drink thingy into place. It’s the perfect size for a drink or all of the other small trinkets kids tend to bring in the car with them. Because it’s a separate piece, it’s also prone to getting misplaced when not in use.
Crypton Super Fabrics
Most Oobr models feature Crypton Super Fabrics, which repel moisture and stains and allow messes to be easily wiped up. We also love the fun fashions that Clek features, which help big kids love their boosters!
The Oobr can recline while in the vehicle, which allows for children to sleep comfortably without moving out of position, which can leave them vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash.
Note: When reclined, the Oobr does require contact with the vehicle head restraint.
The Oobr has 2 modes: high back for younger booster riders or backless mode for older riders who have outgrown it in high back mode.
The Oobr arrives in separate pieces and must be assembled for use in high back mode.
To assemble the Oobr, tilt the back portion of the seatback away from the base. Then, slide the right side of the back into the bottom portion of the seat. Finally, snap in the other side of the back and both pieces will be firmly connected.
Converting to Backless Mode
When your child has outgrown the Oobr in high back mode, converting it to backless mode is fairly painless. There is a small strap on the left hand side of the back of the seat. Pull that to release the back, remove the left side of the seatback, then the right and voila! You’ve got yourself a backless Oobr!
The Oobr’s headrest must be adjusted to fit the child, placing the red belt guide at or just above their shoulder. To do this, push the button at the base of the headrest post then pull the headrest up. This adjustment is quite similar to a lot of vehicle head restraint adjustments. As your child grows, raise the headrest along with them.
Installation: Lower Anchors
The Oobr features rigid lower anchors to secure the seat when it is unoccupied. Booster seats can become a dangerous projectile for other occupants if the vehicle is in a crash while the child is not in the car and the seat goes flying.
Lower anchors also help steady the seat in the vehicle, making it easier for the child to climb in and out and buckle themselves.
To attach the Oobr’s lower anchors, first pull the handle on the front of the seat. That will extend the lower anchor connectors so they can be attached to the vehicle’s lower anchors. Attach the push on connectors to the vehicle’s lower anchors, pull the front handle to slide the Oobr back and flush with the vehicle seat back.
To detach the lower anchor connectors, just push the red button on the end of each lower anchor connector.
If your vehicle does not have lower anchors, simply leave them be, set the Oobr on the vehicle seat, then thread the vehicle seat belt through the belt guides.
Shoulder Belt Guide
The Oobr does not require a vehicle head restraint behind it.
The shoulder belt guide is wide open with a small opening which means it lets the belt slide through easily without coming out or getting hung up in most of our review vehicles. It did stick in our 2016 VW GTI, a car that has a lot of great things but isn’t always the most car seat and booster seat-friendly so take this assessment with a grain of salt.
Fit to Child: High Back Mode
Six Years Old
CSFTL recommends children be at least 5 years old before riding in a belt positioning booster. The 20.5 inch top belt guide position means it will fit most children until around 8 years old.
This child is 6 years old. He weighs 43 pounds and is 47 inches tall. The headrest is on the second click from the bottom so he’s got some room to grow. The Oobr offers him an excellent vehicle seat belt fit in high back mode.
About the Thighs
Our model carries most of his height in his legs, and his main complaint with the Oobr is that the shallow seat pan does not provide much leg support. He commented regularly that he felt as though his legs were falling off the seat. This caused him to attempt to sit in some awkward positions, slouching and propping his legs up in different ways that resulted in many reminders from the front seat about proper booster seat etiquette.
8 Years Old
This kiddo is 8 years old. She weighs 67 pounds and is 51 inches tall. Though the laws in her state don’t require her to ride in a booster seat anymore, the laws of physics are clear: she’s much safer riding in a booster seat until she can pass the Five Step Test. The headrest is on the second click from the top so she’s almost outgrown the Oobr in high back mode.
She isn’t thrilled with the padding –it’s quite firm and she prefers more cushion. That’s a preference, not a safety feature!
She was able to buckle herself in without issue but the vehicle seat belt had some trouble retracting in our 2016 VW GTI. She also noted that the thigh support felt pretty short to her. She’d also like to show off this particular pair of shoes.
Fit to Child: Backless Mode
7 Years Old
The Oobr does not include a shoulder belt positioning strap for backless mode because Clek recommends use of the high back if the child’s shoulder belt is not properly positioned when using the Oobr in backless mode. The rigid lower anchors can be used in backless mode, and it is important that the child have a vehicle head restraint behind their head at all times.
This child is 7 years old. She weighs 48 pounds and is 48 inches tall. She is using the Oobr in backless mode and finds it quite comfortable. Removing the back allows for a larger seating depth and more leg support than in high back mode.
She also found it easy to buckle on her own and has an excellent belt fit, with the shoulder belt sitting flush with her body and crossing her collarbone evenly, and lap belt positioned low on the hips, touching the tops of the thighs.
8 Years Old
Once again, our fearless booster model displays her mad modeling skills while demonstrating the Floss dance. It is my hope that this particular dance will be long out of fashion when you’re reading this. She’s still 8 years old, 67 pounds and 51 inches tall. The Oobr offered her a great vehicle seat belt fit and she found it more comfortable in backless mode than in high back mode.
Important Information: Where to Find
The FAA label, manual storage, and Date of Manufacture label are all found on the bottom of the backless portion of the seat. Like all booster seats, the Oobr is NOT approved for use on aircraft because airplanes only have lap belts and booster seats require lap AND shoulder belts.
The Oobr has a long list of features that make it easy to use and long-lasting. It may be a good choice for vehicles that do not have head restraints because of the high height capacity and because it does not require a vehicle head restraint behind it. The Oobr has an MSRP of $299.99, which will not fit all budgets, and the lack of leg support may not fit all children comfortably. If the Oobr is right for your Little, you can find it on Amazon.com.
Clek provided one of the seats used in this review; the rest belong to our team members. CSFTL was not compensated for this review. Opinions, as always, are all our own.