The Ergobaby Performance is the third in my series of reviews on Ergo carriers. I chose the True Blue color to review.
Ergobaby Carrier Performance:
From the Ergo website:
For the active parent looking to take their baby along for the fun, the Ergobaby Performance Carrier features moisture-wicking mesh for ultimate breathability so both baby and parent stay cooler. Durable synthetic exterior makes for easy washing and quick drying. Tapered shoulder straps and padded waist strap ensure parents stay comfortable even on longer treks, either on the trail or at the mall.
Features of the Ergobaby Performance Carrier from the website:
- Balanced weight distribution: Evenly-managed baby weight between parent’s shoulders and hips for ultimate comfort
- Ergonomic: Proper facing-in spread-squat seating position supports baby’s hip, pelvis, and spinal development
- Carry positions: 3 positions – Front, Back, and Hip carry
- Carrier fit: Adults from 5’ to 6’5” body height (depending on body type, height range may differ).
- Usage Range: Carries babies from infancy (7 lbs. / 3.2 kg to 12 lbs. / 5.5 kg with Infant Insert) or up to 4-5 months to maximum 45lbs / 20kgs
- Carrier body: Durable, high-performance Ripstop water-repellant polyester outer layer, ideal for outdoor activities.
- Carrier lining: 100% cotton in a moisture wicking knit; mesh lining for extra wicking (Blue and Charcoal) for increased breathability and moisture wicking; Cotton lining (Green and Gray).
- Carrier weight: 1.21 lbs / 550 grams. 1/3 lighter than Ergobaby Original Carrier. More breathable and lightweight.
- Sleeping Hood: Integrated, Ripstop water-repellant fabric with elastic edging and snap-to-strap attach. Supports baby’s head while sleeping and protects from sun and wind. Adjusts in length with 5 snap levels for growth of baby.
- Shoulder straps: Padded with 1” high-density premium foam, expanding from 27” – 49”
- Waist strap belt: Padded with 1/4” high-density EVA foam, expanding from 29” – 55”
- Chest strap: Sliding adjustment
- Fill: 100% cotton batting in body of carrier to soften edges
- Small zippered pouch, fully hides Sleeping Hood when stuffed
- Large zippered storage pocket holds your wallet, keys and other essentials
My Measurements of the Carrier:
- Width: 14.5 inches (measured at the top of the seat darts about 3 inches above the waist belt)
- Height: 15.5 inches (from top of the waist band)
- Shoulder Strap: 19 inches to the buckle plus 5 more inches under the buckle to the end of the strap for 24 inches of padded strap.There is about 19.5 inches of webbing for a total of 43.5 inches for the shoulder straps. (my measurements are slightly off from the official measurements)
- Waist belt: 5 3/4 at the widest point. Padding is 29 1/4 inches. There is about 28.5 inches of webbing for a total waist belt length of almost 58 inches.
My Ergo Performance Experience:
I chose the bright blue Performance Ergo Carrier. I really liked the bright color of this carrier! I wore this carrier with my toddler who is 32 lbs and almost 36 inches tall. The first time I tried out this baby carrier it was in the fall before it got really cold. I felt like the material on inside made my shoulders a little sweaty, which seemed like the opposite of what was supposed to happen due to the material it was made with. When I started using the carrier nearly full time it was winter and cold out. I wore it over a coat and didn’t get a very comfortable fit. I felt like it was digging into my shoulder along the edge of the shoulder strap. Later tries I did not have the same problem, even wearing over a coat. At times I felt the carrier pulling on my shoulders a bit more than I would have liked, but I was normally wearing for less than an hour at a time, so it didn’t really bother me. I put the comfort of this carrier to the test recently when I got to spend 3 hours handing out fundraiser orders at my daughter’s school. I tried wearing the waist belt way down on my hips (where formerly I had been wearing it up higher on my waist). After 2 hours of of taking names, grabbing boxes, and checking orders, I was sweaty, but only where the toddler and I actually had our bodies pressed together. This carrier was so comfortable for this extended amount of time of wearing. I also really liked that the Performance Baby Carrier has a higher back, so it helps with my guy wanting to lean backward. He can’t do it very easily in this carrier. I stuck a sleeve of saltine crackers in the pocket and they easily fit and were easy for my daughter to get out again while I was wearing the carrier.
For me this carrier had some trial and error to it. Sometimes I got a perfect and comfy fit and other times not so much. I really think it depends on each person’s body and where you like the carrier to sit, so sometimes you just have to play around with it until you find the best fit for you. As with other Ergo Baby Carriers, this one buckles at the side near your hip instead of in the middle. For some with mobility issues, or larger wearers, this may pose a problem of reaching the buckle comfortably. This carrier is also a bit taller than other Ergos, so if you do not have an infant insert, it may take longer for your baby to fit in this carrier comfortably. The shoulder straps on the carrier curve and are very comfortable to wear. During warmer weather the liner may make you sweat a little.
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Disclaimer: I received an Ergo Baby Carrier Performance for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions and experiences are my own. All pictures are taken by me and are property of The Babywearing Blog.