We get lots of calls asking what is so different about the Ergo Sport so I thought it would be a good idea to put some of the differences down on paper:
General Features and Benefits
The Ergo Sport is designed for fathers and male carriers – it still has all the features and functions of the Ergo New Generation II but is cut slightly larger to accommodate a male frame and looks more rugged.
The Sport is made from a 35% cotton/65% polyester blend designed to have a slight wicking to help keep babywearers more comfortable. This fabric is lighter and more breathable. The fabric also feels soft to the touch.
The New Gen II is made from 100% cotton with 100% cotton poplin lining (both SKAL certified organic in the case of the organic Ergos).
The Sport’s waist strap can be extended an extra 5”, so fits from 30 inches to a maximum of 48 inches.
The Sport’s shoulder straps extend an extra 4”, so it will fit 5′ to 6.5′ body height.
The New Gen II has a waist belt circumference of 25″ to 43″ and the shoulder straps will adjust to fit from 5′ to 6’5″ body height but we would suggest that those over 6’ would be more comfortable with the Sport.
The Sport has a vent to provide added breathability to keep both baby and parent cooler and more comfortable.
The Sport is available in black with feature white stitching making an urban, rugged looking sling.
The Sport’s hood can be completely removed and stored in the built-in pocket.
The New Gen II sleep hood is fixed to the babycarrier and can be tucked into the pocket when not in use.
Both baby carriers can be used in the front, back and hip positions, for babies from birth up to 18kgs. Both carriers support the spread squat position being the correct sitting position for the baby’s hip, pelvis and spine growth and does not allow the baby to hang from the crotch.
Both slings distributes weight to the carrier’s hips and shoulders giving a more comfort carrying experience.
On the Sport, the zippered pocket has been removed and instead there is a poppered pocket to store the sleep hood when it is not in use.
The New Gen II has a side zippered pocket to store small items in and an open top pocket to keep the sleeping hood tidy when not is use.
Can they be used by male and female carriers?
Absolutely, both carriers are designed to be used by both sexes.
I haven’t actually used the Ergo Sport as I am barely 5’ 2” and my daughter is sadly too big to be carrier now but I did use the New Gen 4 or 5 times a week until she was 4 1/2 years old. I can say that the new fabric on for the Sport is lovely and soft, it looks really hard wearing and my husband would have jumped at the chance to have one.