From word of mouth and what I've seen, I bought the Ergo because of it's great reputation for comfort during extended wearing sessions.
It DOESN'T fail to deliver.
I started wearing baby at about 3 weeks (he's now 13 weeks) and this has allowed for so much mobility while he's napping on me or simply wants to hang out on mamma.
In the beginning (and I've seen this with other users) I did NOT snug the straps properly and sometimes felt strains on my back...but once I realized what I was doing and corrected it, I had now problems.
I've worn him for up to 3-5hour stretches and feel as good as should be expected given I'm carrying a baby on the outside.
We ordered the Camel color because we'll be using this tons during the summer and didn't want the added 'heat' issue of having a black exterior. It does show spots a bit more, but that shouldn't be an issue given baby poop, food, and spit up are on everything anyway.
I do wish they had a better way of keeping the hood secure...the pocket only goes so far. Also, it might be better to have pockets on the waist strap rather than right behind baby's back.
Finally, be aware that the ends of the buckle straps are folded in under elastic bands when you receive this item. Make sure you fold them out all the way. I made the mistake of not doing that, so ordered the extension. After that, I realized I already had the extra two inches I needed.
Pros: Lightweight Cool Comfortable for both baby and adult Safety Conscious with securely locking straps Designed for Solo Outings Cons: Mainly designed for forward facing, not outward facings. The Bottom Line: A solid choice for those who want closeness and comfort with their infants. I have a one year old little girl who weighs 26 pounds and is 29 inches tall. She loves … more
Ergo BabyCarrier Back Pack Designed as a day pack- the backpack easily snaps around the straps of the carrier- for an all-in-one baby carrier and day pack. Carry your baby and necessities for a day away from home- great for active parents who love to hike. Access into the sack is from the top with a solid bottom to help keep it's shape. This accessory is roomy and will hold a towel-diapers- swim clothes- change of clothes- snacks- sun screen- hats and more.
Ergonomic design 400 threads per inch cotton poplin lining and hood 100% cotton batting in body of carrier to soften edges One inch, high density foam in shoulder strapsQuarter inch high density neoprene foam in waist belt High Quality buckles tested.