Clek is a Canadian company based in Toronto, offering the popular Foonf & Fllo convertible 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 weight range: 33-100 pounds (40-100 pounds in Canada)
- High back height range: 38-57″
- Backless weight range: 40-100 pounds
- Backless height range: 40-57″
- Highest booster guide position: 21″
- Expiration: 9 years
- 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 highback mode
The Oobr can be used in either high back or backless mode. Out of the box, it comes in separate pieces and to use it in high back mode, the back must be attached. Tilt the Oobr back at an angle, and slide the right side of the back into the bottom portion of the seat. Then snap in the other side and they will be firmly connected. To detach the back, there is a small strap on the left hand side of the seat.
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 and pull it up, similar to most vehicle head restraint adjustments.
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 and set the Oobr on the vehicle seat.
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.
Fit to Child: High Back
In high back mode, the Oobr can be used for children over 4 years old, 33-100 pounds and 38-57″. CSFTL recommends children be at least 5 years old before riding in a belt positioning booster. The 21″ top belt guide position means it will fit most children until around 8 years old.
This child is 6 years old, 43 pounds and 47″. He is on the second click and has an excellent belt fit in the Oobr in high back mode.
He 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.
Fit to Child: Backless
In backless mode, the Oobr can be used for children over 4 years old, 40-100 pounds and 40-57″. Again, CSFTL recommends children be at least 5 years old before using a booster seat. The Oobr does not include a shoulder belt positioning strap for backless mode, as 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 continue to 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, 48 pounds and 48″. She is using the Oobr in backless mode and finds it quite comfortable. The removal of the back allows for a larger seating depth and more leg support. 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.
This child is almost 9, weighs 60 pounds and 54″. He’s over the legal minimum required age for a booster seat where he lives, so boosters can sometimes be a sticky situation for older children if their friends are no longer using them. He loves that the Oobr looks more like the vehicle seat, so it’s not as much like a “kid booster”. He knows he needs a booster for another couple of years yet, and he likes the cushion of the Oobr in backless mode, but did find the leg support a little bit lacking.
The Oobr features a thick layer of foam in the seat bottom, offering maximum comfort for the child’s bottom on every ride.
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 side for a drink or all of the other small trinkets kids tend to bring in the car with them.
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 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 the seat used in this review but CSFTL was not compensated for our opinions. Opinions, as always, are all our own.