The Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier came out in 2017 and has become massively popular and well known. Both the Omni 360 cotton version and mesh style are loved by the baby wearing community. The Ergobaby Omni Breeze SoftFlex Mesh Carrier came out in 2021. There’s a lot of interest in this ‘new kid on the block’ and for good reason… it’s seriously cool.
So what are the differences between the Ergobaby Omni 360 and the Ergobaby Omni Breeze? Let’s take a look.
Compared to the older Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier, the Ergobaby Omni Breeze SoftFlex Mesh Carrier has:
- More mesh & softer material
- Extra pockets in waistband
- Reflective strips for nighttime safety
- Foam cut outs in waistband for added breathability
- Shoulder straps are still lightly padded but less bulky
- More streamlined less ‘technical’ look
- Infant seat adjustable sliders are more hidden by front panel
The biggest difference I noticed was the newer Omni Breeze has more mesh and it’s softer than the mesh on the Omni 360. The Omni 360 has mesh body panels that go a long way in keeping my baby from overheating. The Omni Breeze is almost entirely constructed from mesh. I think this is a really big improvement.
One of my only issues with the older Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh is how abrasive the fabric is. In particular, when my baby is on my front and facing out, if his face rubs up against the neck support at all it can cause a bit of chafing. You should be able to adjust your carrier so that your child isn’t sitting low enough for this to be a problem, however, these cheeky monkeys sometimes wiggle their way around and end up munching on the carrier fabric. To solve this problem, you can get detachable drool pads from Ergo or a third party that are super soft to touch but it’s definitely a nice improvement to have softer mesh fabric available on the newer model!
Shoulder Strap Padding
When I tried on the Omni Breeze it felt very similar to the Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh. Same great fit and quality with some updates based on customer feedback they’ve had. I personally really like the padded shoulder straps on the Omni 360 but some customers think they’re too puffy. The Omni Breeze has lightly padded shoulder straps that I found comfortable and also less bulky. It’s going to come down to user preference on this point.
Similarly, I think the leg padding for baby has been reduced a bit in the newer Breeze model, it seemed less thick to me. You can see the comparison in the photos I took. This is again going to come down to user preference. I’ve never had an issue with the amount of padding in my Omni 360 but some customers prefer less. It’s nice to have the two options to choose from between the two carriers.
The Omni Breeze has the same style of infant adjustable seat. Both the Breeze and the 360 use sliders to adjust the leg positions based on whether your baby is on your front, face in or face out. The difference is that the Breeze has hidden this mechanism behind the front panel instead of attaching it to the body panel like it is in the 360. I think it gives the carrier a more tidy appearance but they function similarly.
The Breeze has a couple of extra features- like the added pocket and reflective strips for safer night time walking – that are a nice touch. It’s great to see that with every new model Ergo keeps making minor improvements. I love how as a brand they value their customer feedback and take it into account when designing products.
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The Ergobaby Omni 360 is such a classic and it’s still a great piece of baby gear. The Omni 360 is also about $20 less expensive than the Breeze at the moment. I hope they keep it in addition to the newer Omni Breeze for customers who are a fan of the thicker padding on the shoulder straps. I’m not sure if they have plans to phase it out eventually as this newer model hits the markets.
I think that no matter which carrier you go with, you will be pleased. My Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh has held up great over the past few years with multiple babies and trips through the washing machine. If I didn’t have one already and was only going to purchase one, I would choose the newer Ergobaby Omni Breeze SoftFlex Mesh Carrier.
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