Sorry..just saw this.
The sutemi has just the right amount padding. Not too much and not too little on the waist and shoulders. The padding feels firm but not hard. The sleep hood design is awesome. The straps crossing vs going parallel makes it feel so much more comfortable. I could not get an ergo or patapum to feel right, even after having someone else help me adjust it. I can get the sutemi on and adjust myself. The sutemi corrected all of the flaws (imo) of the ergo and patapum. I just carried my daughter around for 3 long days in NYC and never wished for a stroller.
I just think it is easier and faster to get on than a MT and more comfortable.