Originally Posted by Tupelo Honey
I have both an EBMT and a Kozy, so I can give you a comparison. The most noticabl;e overall difference is that the Kozy is very soft--all the fabrics, including the canvas, are prewashed. I've seen it compared to a perfectly broken in pair of jeans, which I think is an apt comparison. The Mei Tai is not prewashed so it has a heavier, stiffer feel at first. It's not stiff, and it's not a bad thing, it's just not soft and broken-in feeling like the Kozy. The EBMT fabrics don't seem to wash well, either. They can be spot cleaned and dry cleaned. The other major difference is that the Kozy straps are shorter and designed to be knotted under the baby's bum, whereas the EBMT shoulder straps are very long and are meant to be wrapped back around and tied on the opposite side of you from the baby. Also the EBMT straps have thicker padding, and it goes a longer way down the straps. I thought I would not like this, but I do, because if I do a backpack style carry (straps not crossed on my chest), then bring the straps down under baby's bum, cross, bring under her legs and back in front to tie at the waist, the part of the straps that crosses her legs/bum is still padded right up to where they cross. But I like the Kozy straps too because it's nice not to have so much around my waist. The last difference that seems minor but I find to have a big effect on the way I wear the carrier is the waist straps. On the EBMT, it goes straight across and actually through the "seat" of the carrier, between the canvas and the outer fabric, and comes straight out either side. On the Kozy, the waist straps are two separate straps that come out at an angle. Since my dd is older (1 1/2), I need to roll the waist a few times before tying so that the body of the carrier comes up to her arm pits instead of all the way up behind her head. It's a lot easier to do this and have it stay put with the EBMT. I also like to have the body of the carrier come up out of the waist strap, rather than down, which is also easier to do with thye EBMT. So they are both really nice--they just yhave differences that are going to fall into the personal preferences category.
I decided to post your quote from the other thread - I hope that's okay with you. I didn't want to hijack the other mama's thread by asking you more questions.
It sounds like the fabric on the Kozy is better - washable and softer – but it seems like you prefer the EBMT as far as fit goes. .
I'm thinking I might prefer the Kozy because the straps aren't as long. (Kind of like Heavenly said) I'm petite and with tie slings I always feel like I have to wrap the fabric around me 100 times until I look like a mummy to get it to fit right. So I’m not sure that I want the “tails” to be longer.
Does anyone know of any other back pack carriers that I should look into? So far I think I’m leaning towards a Kozy.
ETA: Tupelo we posted at the same time. I like the Maya and OTSBH, but I can't seem to find a comfortable way to wear him in it for very long. I can never get them securely on my back in it - so it's either on my hip or in front of me and I end up getting a stiff neck.