We were concerned at first after seeing photos online that the Air was not going to be spacious enough, but oh how wrong we were… seriously, this thing is like the Rolls Royce of pet carriers. In addition to a really soft, cuddly lining, Paddy has more than enough room to move around, stand up, etc. The mesh covered openings (both ends and up top) also give her unobstructed vision when it comes to what's going on around her.
Here's an idea of Paddy vs. the bag size
Getting buckled into the backseat of the car (you are going to want to secure the zippered part of the case before hitting the road!)
- Lots of space: definitely don't have to worry about Paddy feeling cramped in here.
- Ventilation: a mesh panel that zips into the bag allows your pet plenty of fresh air.
- Weight: This thing is seriously as light as a feather!
- Storage: The Sleepypod folds flat which is an apartment dweller's dream!
- Good for both the plane and the car -- it was super easy to get the carrier strapped in.
- Instructions: We adore the cute little safety card that was included with the bag that explains just how to safely secure it in a car/on a plane.
- Size: While there probably isn't a thing such as too much space… we wonder if Paddy is going to not feel as secure since she does have so much room. The bag is a little bit on the larger size, so a solo traveler with a rolling suitcase and a handbag may find it a little unwieldy unless they strap it onto the roll on or use the shoulder strap.
- The way the bag is setup, it's probably not going to be ideal for car trips-- Paddy has to look out to the side instead of facing forward. However it's definitely safer than the other doggy car seat we've been using.
- The Sleepypod Air's design does not allow you to easily reach into your dog's carrier. The carrier is either zipped closed, or open, there is no in-between. While good because technically your dog should be safely enclosed while in the airport and on the plane, it is going to prevent sneaking the occasional pats.
The Sleepypod Air is available for purchase directly from Sleepypod's website ($159) or from Amazon.com.
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