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post #41 of 71
I have a Combi Avatar and it rocks. It has the same safety and ease of use features as the britax for about $100 less. In fact I bought one for each car. The straps don't seem to get tangled either and they are super easy to readjust based on if she's in a coat or not. Plus...and this is so cool. You install it once and when you go from rearfacing to forward facing you just hit a button and it pivots in the base. Rock On! That's cool.
post #42 of 71
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Originally Posted by uccomama
So the answer to your question is no, there is no research that shows Britax perform better for smaller kids or any kid for that matter.
Thanks so much; that's the information I was looking for! Since we can use our current carseats correctly, we're all set. I understand some folks find the Britax's easier to use, but some folks on these boards make out like buying any other carseat is somehow an irresponsible decision, and I wanted to know if there were valid reasons for that which I was unaware of.
post #43 of 71
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Originally Posted by Ruthla
So is Britax the only brand of carseats that manufacturs harnesses for kids over 40 lbs? I'm driving a 1993 Honda Civic and it only has a lap belt in the rear center seat. When DS outgrows his current carseat, I'll need to either get him a carseat that doesn't require a shoulder strap, get a shoulder strap retrofitted into my vehicle, or replace my vehicle.
No there are several other seats new to the market.

There is the Radian, the Apex, and the SafeGuard.

Your other option is the E-Z-On 86 Y harness and Ride Ryte booster.

You can't retrofit shoulder belts in the middle seating position as far as I know.
post #44 of 71
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Originally Posted by Hazelnut
hhm that evenflo knob thing was jammed up against the seat in our nissan sentra, subaru forester, and in bil's honda pilot. i asked the car tech at the time, but he couldn't make it any easier. Maybe I need to take another look or ask another tech if it works for you.
i have the triumph and a ford taurus wagon (also with a flat beck bench seat) and we haven't had that problem. when jet was a newborn we used it in my husband's subaru wrx wagon. we didn't have that problem there, but like the previous poster we had to use the rolled up towel.

i am very happy with the triumph and i have used the britax seats before. i knew i would be taking the time to install it correctly every time, so ease of use was just a convenience issue and not worth twice the price to me.
post #45 of 71
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Originally Posted by uccomama
All car seats must pass the same safety tests, so all car seats are safe provided they are appropriate for the child's age and size and are installed and used correctly.

RF for as long as possible, ideally until two years old, three or four even better:]

I completely agree! I am also, a carseat nerd.
post #46 of 71
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Originally Posted by wednesday
Yes, the Britax seats are so much easier to use correctly EVERY TIME, which is key, that IMO they are worth it.
Totally agree with this, too.

Kelli
post #47 of 71
Are there any advantages of the Safeguard as opposed to the Regent? The Safeguard site claims a taller height limit, but the tallest harness slot is only .5 inches taller than the Regent.

I have a tall dd who carries her height in her torso, and if I want to keep her in a 5 point harness until she's 4 or 5 I need something big. (She is 37 inches tall but only has about an inch left in her Roundabout). I'd rather not spend the extra money on the Safeguard (ouch!!!) but if there were a compelling reason I could see making that painful choice.
post #48 of 71
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Originally Posted by Dechen
Are there any advantages of the Safeguard as opposed to the Regent? The Safeguard site claims a taller height limit, but the tallest harness slot is only .5 inches taller than the Regent.

I have a tall dd who carries her height in her torso, and if I want to keep her in a 5 point harness until she's 4 or 5 I need something big. (She is 37 inches tall but only has about an inch left in her Roundabout). I'd rather not spend the extra money on the Safeguard (ouch!!!) but if there were a compelling reason I could see making that painful choice.
For me yes, the SafeGuard is a much better choice. The Regent (actually Husky) didn't install well enough for me in my car -- 97 Volvo 850 Wagon, no LATCH (obviously) and the seat belts aren't long enough to use the serpentine belt path, and the short belt bath even tethered just wasn't good enough IMO. It took up too much space -- I have three kids and sometimes my teen needs to ride in the back and at 5' 7" and 130 lbs she can't squeeze inbetween the Husky and another booster on the other side. My DS hated the Husky. He inherited it from DD who loved it. He was previously in a Britax Wizard and was used to the sidewings and he felt too exposed in the Husky and couldn't sleep comfortably. He doesn't have any of those issues with the SafeGuard. It installs like a dream in my car and he has plenty of growing room. Here are some photos of my SafeGuard included are some photos of both of my "car seat" kids in the seat. DS is 46.5 tall he is using the second to top harness postion with plenty of growing room. He would probably be okay in the lower slots, but prefers the higher ones. I also have photos of my 8 year old in it, she is 54 lbs and 52 inches tall and she is still below the top harness slots and way below the top of the seat shell.

I can assure your DD would last way beyond 4 or 5 in the SafeGuard provided she doesn't hit 65 lbs.

If the SafeGuard is too pricey, and you need a seat that will fit on airplanes have you considered the Radian? The manufacturer claims top harness slots of 19". I know a friend's 8 year old was well below the top harness slots. The problem was the harness was to short to do up. Sunshine Kids have addressed this issue and all seats manufacturered after 2/1/06 will have the longer harness. They are also bringing out a 80 lb rated seat, I believe in the spring.
post #49 of 71
Just ecchoing what Happymomma and AJABelly were saying. The Evenflow Triumph has consistently been rated equivalent to the Britax in third-party product safety testing. The Britax does get higher marks in ease of installation. But we installed our car seat once, professionally, and don't touch it. I guess if you were moving your car seat from car to car then it would make sense to go with the Britax - you would be paying more for the ability to move the carseat easily.

Since our Triumph was installed by a CPS tech, and we have the install double-checked every 6 months (paranoid moms) we feel we have the "best" choice. I liked the Triumph's memory harness straps system - once set to the correct tension against the body, they stay that way till they need to be re-set for growth.

*There should be no reason to need to get to the tightness knob on the Triumph on a regular basis, only for growth adjustments, as it was not designed to be tightened every time. However in our Toyota Rav4 and in my Jetta I had no trouble getting to the adjustment knob. Different seat shapes play into this of course.
post #50 of 71
For me, yes. They are "all that". All carseats meet the safety requirements, so that's not what it's about to me.

For me, it's the added extras.

-I'm keeping DS rearfacing for a while and I like that a Britax can be tethered RF (only seats that can).
-It was EXTREMELY easy for me to install it correctly
-It is EXTREMELY comfy for DS
-The Boulevard and Wizard (which are the ones we use) have the extra side impact protection. My son rides outboard (both cars have no middle seating position) and I feel better with that added safety feature.
-The additional size for extended use with a 5 point harness
post #51 of 71
I love my Britax Advantage (like the RA but with moveable headrest like the wizard). I do wish I bought ds a Marathon tho. I'm thinking about getting him one still and passing on the Advantage to dd. I'm deciding between the Marathon and a Husky. I love Britax so much I can barely even consider other brands.
post #52 of 71
Kincaid, your post cracks me up because I am the same way about my carseats. DS's Alpha Omega is solid as a rock, that thing does not budge, and nothing will convince me to mess with it. It was so hard to get it tight enough, I'm not touching it now that it's in there right!

I just put our new (to us) Britax in my mom's car and I am now a Britax believer. It took me 15 minutes to get DD's infant seat in tight enough (an Evenflo) and it took 30 seconds with the Britax. I'd get another one if they weren't so pricey.
post #53 of 71
Need to post a follow-up...just noticed this morning that DS (27 months) has basically outgrown his Evenflo Triumph because his shoulders are getting to be above the top harness slots. I've been so fixated on overall height that this took me by surprise. The Evenflo Triumph top harness slots height is 15.5". So I've been researching car seats all morning, and turns out most of the other seats on the market, including several mentioned in this thread as good choices based on WEIGHT limit, also top out with harness slots at 16" or so. The Britax Marathon (18") and Britax Regent (19") seem to be my only choices at this point, since DS is too young and too light (27 lbs.) to even think about putting him in a booster without a harness.

And just FTR...I don't have a totally Goliath kid... I mean he is tall but he is around 90th %ile for height, so other people could easily have this same dilemma with even an average size boy, before the third birthday.
post #54 of 71
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Originally Posted by wednesday
Need to post a follow-up...just noticed this morning that DS (27 months) has basically outgrown his Evenflo Triumph because his shoulders are getting to be above the top harness slots. I've been so fixated on overall height that this took me by surprise. The Evenflo Triumph top harness slots height is 15.5". So I've been researching car seats all morning, and turns out most of the other seats on the market, including several mentioned in this thread as good choices based on WEIGHT limit, also top out with harness slots at 16" or so. The Britax Marathon (18") and Britax Regent (19") seem to be my only choices at this point, since DS is too young and too light (27 lbs.) to even think about putting him in a booster without a harness.

And just FTR...I don't have a totally Goliath kid... I mean he is tall but he is around 90th %ile for height, so other people could easily have this same dilemma with even an average size boy, before the third birthday.
Well if his head is below the top of the seat shell, turn him RF! The measurement for the Marathon is with the cover off, with the cover on you are going to get a measurement of around 17"

If I were you I would get the Boulevard you will have a tad more harness height and they are currently on sale at BRU online in the Park Ave cover so it works out cheaper than a Marathon. The Regent is a great seat, but your child is going to "swim" in it, and it would be nearly as comfy for him to sleep in, and as he is only 27" and 27 lbs you will have at least three maybe four years in the Boulevard.

Here's the link to the BRU sale, it is listed as $229 plus there is a $10 off code, so that makes it $219 plus tax and shipping.


The BRU sale.

I also answered your post on the other board!
post #55 of 71
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Originally Posted by uccomama
Well if his head is below the top of the seat shell, turn him RF!
Oh no, his head is well above.

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as he is only 27" and 27 lbs you will have at least three maybe four years in the Boulevard.
Actually he is 36", maybe a little taller. I haven't measured him in a few months ... do you still think the Regent is too big for him? The Boulevard looks so bulky and I really worry how it will fit with the other seats I have across the back. And I'm still trying to weigh the issue of--do I buy a seat that is just for him, so it turns into a booster, or do I buy a convertible that our next child can grow into? I'm so confused!
post #56 of 71
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Originally Posted by wednesday

Actually he is 36", maybe a little taller. I haven't measured him in a few months ... do you still think the Regent is too big for him? The Boulevard looks so bulky and I really worry how it will fit with the other seats I have across the back. And I'm still trying to weigh the issue of--do I buy a seat that is just for him, so it turns into a booster, or do I buy a convertible that our next child can grow into? I'm so confused!
Personally, I don't like to see younger kids in Regents because they look so tiny in them and they have so much open space at the sides and no side wings to speak of. The Regent is way bulkier than the Boulevard IMO. The Boulevard (MA or DC for that matter) sits high on a base so tends to mesh well with other seats. It is the only seat I have that has worked with two reasonable large boosters in the back of my Volvo wagon which has a very narrow middle seat. I love the Recaro, but you won't need the booster for at least three years, who knows what will be available then.

I have to say that by 5 my DS while he fit the Boulevard, he looked much better in the Recaro because it sits lower on the seat and is less of a baby seat. However, it didn't fit in the middle of my car, it had to go outboard.

Here is my three in a row page with the BV in the middle of various boosters (scroll down):

http://members.tripod.com/uccomama-ivil/id6.html
post #57 of 71
Okay, thanks for the feedback and those pictures! I should post a picture of my back seat! You are right about the high base. The Roundabout I have now does kind of "overlap" on the seats next to it but because it is higher it works. Like your FP booster, the booster I have only fits because it's armless. I think it is most likely over 5 years old as well but it's what his mom said to use for him and honestly I don't think anything else on the market would fit next to the other two seats. Do BPB seats "expire" the way full-harness seats do?

I wish I could find a really GOOD car seat tech where I live. I have been to several different fire depts and keep getting people who are perfectly nice, but the car seat installation role is just one of their job duties, and I haven't gotten one who seemed really DEDICATED iykwim. Like you!

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I have to say that by 5 my DS while he fit the Boulevard, he looked much better in the Recaro because it sits lower on the seat and is less of a baby seat.
The Recaro really does LOOK pretty cool, doesn't it?
post #58 of 71
Because I have very tall and heavy girls who have long torsos the Britax really are best for us.

One major advantage is that they are much more comfortable than our Graco. No fussing the whole trip and they usually fall asleep.

I also like the side impact protection.
post #59 of 71
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Originally Posted by wednesday
I haven't gotten one who seemed really DEDICATED iykwim. Like you!
Don't you mean OBSESSED?



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The Recaro really does LOOK pretty cool, doesn't it?
It is a way cool looking seat. Did you know Recaro is working on a higher weight combo seat? It may be out by the summer.
post #60 of 71
Let me see if I have this straight...you think both the Boulevard and the Recaro will work as far as height, but you think the booster aspect of the Recaro is irrelevant for now and that the Boulevard will fit better in the center position of my car. Is that a correct summary of your opinion?

Maybe DH would like the Recaro for his car. We have never had "matching" car seats and I don't really see any reason we should need to. I would like, however, for DS' feet to be not quite so high as they are in DH's car (in the Triumph). We have a problem with his kicking the front seats right around shoulder level.
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