i'm confused. i've never heard of either of these two models but my boulevard specifically says it has TSIP, so did it not pass the above-mentioned tests done by britax?
and as rmzbm asked - wouldn't TSIP make it at least a *somewhat* safer seat than a perfectly installed seat WITHOUT TSIP?
i'm all about not being a brand shopper, but i have a hard time believing that all seats are equally safe. it just seems odd that a wide open seat with virtually no padding could offer the same protection as a seat that cushions your child with wings and padding alongside their body - kind of like airbags or something along those lines. yes, seatbelts are essential, but now everybody's demanding airbags in cars. isn't there a reason for that? should one not feel at least somewhat safer in a car with airbags? maybe i'm missing something though, because i am obviously not well-educated in the carseat department (hence the start of this thread!).
and if a seat is not safer, is it really worth the extra 150 - 200 bucks for pretty fabric and the ease of adjusting strap height? i'm not just talking britax here. i think my triumph has easy to adjust strap height and the harness tightens or loosens with the turn of a knob. to be quite honest, i've actually found it easier to harness my son in the triumph than the blvd (but maybe it's b/c i've done it more in the triumph). and the triumph is not CHEAP, at least by my standards.
and i misspoke earlier, i think the seat i saw (all in one) was actually a safety first - not an alpha omega. sorry...
Honestly, what I tell people is to go to a store and actually look at them. Play with them. Look at them side by side. Do a mock install in your car to verify size and fit. There will never be a one size fits all approach to safety seats. One can only dream eh? TSIP is nice. It is an additional safety feature. One that parents are willing to pay extra for. Again, Britax is not the only manufacturer to offer it. With the advancement in technoilogy and the the retailers quest to get your business, we will see more and more manufacturer's adding this safety feature. There are a lot of individual variables to take into consideration when choosing a car seat.
One thing to consider.....what safety features does your vehicle have? DO you have SIP systems in it? What are its crash test ratings? I believe emphatically that we need to be just as conscious of what is in the vehicle we drive around in as well as what we are restraining our children in. But that was and is another thread.....