I've tried both styles of the Ergo and I have to say that I'm a bit torn between the two. The new style has some options that I like, but I'm still not sure if I'm going to love it as much as my old one. For example, the new style allows you to clasp/unclasp the shoulder straps, so you can turn the carrier into a hip carrier, great, but the clasps are in a place that with my wide shoulders, it may rub a bit until I get the carrier settled into just the right settings. The old carrier has the pocket in the front that the hood stores in, and it doubles as a storage place, where the new style has a pocket just for storage, but it is accessed via a zipper on one side, meaning you can access it while it's on your back but only with one hand. The new style redesigned the hood so it is form fitting and adjustable, but it's a thinner fabric than the old style which kept out the rain a little better, but didn't fit the head at all. So, as I said, it's a toss up, I'll probably end up loving this one as much as my old one, it will just take a small adjustment period, as it did when I got the Ergo in the first place. Hope this helps!