by Amy Venzke September 21, 2021 5 min read
For the first time in its history, the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat is changing in its features and functionality—undergoing several upgrades that add both safety and comfort.
Launching in January 2022 at Strolleria, the UPPAbaby MESA V2 will offer sleek, new colors and new features like additional side impact protection, a larger sun canopy, a more secure seatbelt installation method, and more.
UPPAbaby plans to sell both the MESA and MESA V2 models simultaneously, offering families a choice of price point, colors and features. Both car seats fit all model years of UPPAbaby strollers and use the same car seat base.
In this comparison, we'll cover what's new for the 2022 UPPAbaby MESA V2, compared with MESA models from 2021-earlier.
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With its added features, the UPPAbaby MESA V2 carries a higher starting price point than the MESA.
Both models have two price points: a starting price point for the standard polyester blend fabrics and a higher price point for fashions with merino wool, a natural fabric that's more breathable, hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking.
The MESA V2 offers two fashions with merino wool—Greyson Charcoal Melange and Gregory Blue Melange—which are similar to the MESA's merino wool colors, Jordan Charcoal Melange and Henry Blue Marl.
The MESA V2 is unchanged in its size and weight compared with the MESA, and both models can be used for approximately one year, depending on your baby's height.
One difference: The MESA V2 has a redesigned infant insert that can be used until your baby reaches 11 pounds, compared with the 8-pound limit on the MESA's insert. The new insert is more supportive for a newborn, with a curved shape and side wings designed to prevent slouching.
Because of the redesigned insert that simplifies the fit of the car seat for a newborn, the MESA V2 now has one crotch buckle position, instead of the two positions that require an adjustment on the MESA.
The canopy on the UPPAbaby MESA V2 is 20 percent larger than the previous model, offering more sun protection for your baby while you're out and about.
While the MESA canopy extends to meet the handlebar of the car seat, the MESA V2 canopy extends past the handlebar.
Both canopies are made from the same stretchy material and retract into the seat when not in use.
The headrest on the UPPAbaby MESA V2 is now larger to provide better head containment and better side impact protection.
The handlebar on the V2 model now also functions as a safety feature. While the handlebar of the UPPAbaby MESA includes three handlebar positions, the MESA V2 adds a fourth position that acts as an anti-rebound bar. When installed in a car, the handlebar can be rotated toward the back of the vehicle seat, providing a counterbalance that can inhibit movement of the seat in a collision.
Both the UPPAbaby MESA V2 and the UPPAbaby MESA can be installed without the base if you're traveling or taking a taxi.
But the UPPAbaby MESA V2 offers a new seatbelt-only installation method that's more secure than the method used to install the older MESA without the base.
The MESA V2 uses what's known as the European belt path, in which the seatbelt is routed through guides at both the front and back of the car seat.
The prior MESA offers an American belt path, which consists of belt guides only on the front of the car seat.
The UPPAbaby MESA V2 comes in five new fashions that match the color palette of the VISTA and CRUZ lines.
Additionally, all plastics on the MESA V2 are now a darker charcoal, compared with a lighter gray on the MESA—giving the car seat a more sleek and sophisticated look.
As with the previous MESA, two colors of the MESA V2 are made with merino wool, a natural fiber that's more moisture-wicking, breathable and hypoallergenic than the synthetic polyester fabrics on the base model.
But for the MESA V2, all fabrics are free of flame-retardant chemicals, and all fashions have also achieved the Greenguard Gold certification for chemical emissions standards.
The headrest and insert on the MESA V2 has mesh-like ventilation for added breathability and comfort.
The UPPAbaby MESA V2 comes in five colors:
The UPPAbaby MESA is available in these colors:
Like the MESA, the UPPAbaby MESA V2 is primarily designed for use with UPPAbaby strollers.
Both versions of the car seat attach to the UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ strollers without the need for adapters and disconnect with a one-handed push of a button. With the purchase of adapters, you can also use either MESA on the UPPAbaby MINU compact stroller or the UPPAbaby RIDGE jogging stroller.
UPPAbaby doesn't make adapters that allow the MESA to fit any other brands' strollers, but a few manufacturers such as Thule and BOB offer adapters for their strollers.
The UPPAbaby MESA V2 fits all model years of UPPAbaby strollers, as well as all bases and car seat adapters.
The base for the MESA V2 and MESA is identical.
With the launch of the MESA V2 in early 2022, UPPAbaby is also releasing a new TravelSafe travel bag.
The travel bag includes a fabric extension that can be unzipped if you're traveling with both the car seat and base. If you're taking only the carrier on your trip, you can keep the extension zipped so that the size of the bag is more compact.
Like the previous travel bag, the bag will sell for $89.99 and include the option to enroll in UPPAbaby's TravelSafe program, which guarantees your product from damages during air travel.
Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about UPPAbaby car seats, feel free to contact us by starting a live chat, calling 480-442-9433 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-442-9433.