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post #21 of 128
Angela, the research I just did today shows the same strap height for the regent and the radian80 - 53 inches. Other than price and potentially latch issues with a vehicle that doesn't come equipped, I can't figure out why one is better than the other in this area.

The basics phsyics rules never change, but no 2 children fit the same way into a pair of jeans, there's no way to tell how they'll fit into a carseat either. If you can find a seat to test them out in, by all means do that before you make a purchase.
post #22 of 128
No - the actual strap height on the regent is higher. Someone posted them a day or two ago, let me see if I can find them.

-Angela
post #23 of 128
Okay-

here's the info:

Quote:
Marathon/cousins have 17"-17.5" top strap slots (depending on how they are measured).

Radians (both 65 and 80) have 18" top strap slots and allow use with shoulders over strap slots under certain conditions.

Recaro Como/Signo will have 19" top strap slots.

Regent has 20" top strap slots.
from this thread:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...=693750&page=4

post #74

-Angela
post #24 of 128
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
The radian 80 has the same strap height as the radian 65. The regent has the highest straps on the market. Children almost always outgrow seats by height, not weight.

-Angela
Thanks!
I'm thinking maybe my daughter has a short torso because she is about to weigh out of the seat she's in but still has height room.
post #25 of 128
Of course it depends on the seat too.

What seat is she in?

-Angela
post #26 of 128
Thread Starter 
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Of course it depends on the seat too.

What seat is she in?

-Angela
She's in the Alpha Omega Elite and without using the top slot for the booster position she still has strap room.
post #27 of 128
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bdavis337 View Post

The basics phsyics rules never change, but no 2 children fit the same way into a pair of jeans, there's no way to tell how they'll fit into a carseat either. If you can find a seat to test them out in, by all means do that before you make a purchase.
Good point.

I would really like to try her in the seats but I don't know where to find these higher weight limit seats other than on line.
post #28 of 128
With everyone chiming in to get a Regent I think it's important to point out how huge a seat it is. When it was the Husky we tried to fit it in our only vehicle and it would not fit. Before shelling out big bucks make sure it fits in your vehicle(s).
post #29 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Okay-

here's the info:



from this thread:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...=693750&page=4

post #74

-Angela
Thanks. Seems I was looking at the overall height limit for the child, not the actual strap height. I'm a bit dizzy from looking at so much in such a short time!!
post #30 of 128
Try Craigslist or Freecycle. Post that you're looking to find someone willing to let you come see the seat in their car and let your child sit in it. I bet you'll be surprised - since it's not the "norm" to harness a larger child and buy these more expensive seats, I bet you'll find someone.

Or, call your CPS Tech locally and ask their advice for where you can find a seat In Person to look at and put your child in.

The Regent IS a big seat. Everything I've read about it says it's very large, and it's even mentioned several times in the overall product description, so it always makes me laugh when there's a negative review based solely on the size of the seat.
post #31 of 128
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Originally Posted by bdavis337 View Post
Thanks. Seems I was looking at the overall height limit for the child, not the actual strap height. I'm a bit dizzy from looking at so much in such a short time!!


Overall height is totally meaningless. The important data is strap height.

-Angela
post #32 of 128
The Regent is HUGE. It is not a practical seat for a typical sedan type of car. I'm sure it's a great choice if you have a van or SUV but for a sedan a Radian will fit much better.

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Originally Posted by bdavis337 View Post
The Regent IS a big seat. Everything I've read about it says it's very large, and it's even mentioned several times in the overall product description, so it always makes me laugh when there's a negative review based solely on the size of the seat.
Well go ahead and laugh, I guess, but I wasn't pleased to waste $40 on shipping the seat back and forth after it turned out to be a terrible fit. No where in the product description did it say "This seat probably won't fit in a sedan."
post #33 of 128
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
She's in the Alpha Omega Elite and without using the top slot for the booster position she still has strap room.
ah... yeah... not a great seat for lasting any amount of time. Not one I'd spend money on.

-Angela
post #34 of 128
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Originally Posted by wednesday View Post
The Regent is HUGE. It is not a practical seat for a typical sedan type of car. I'm sure it's a great choice if you have a van or SUV but for a sedan a Radian will fit much better.

It can be perfectly practical if you only need 2 seats in the back of a sedan.

-Angela
post #35 of 128
Yep, I've got a large van and if I get what I want, I'll have two Regents on the bench seat in the back and the Scenera on the captain's chair behind the driver. We're removing the first captain's chair so I can get to the backseat without folding myself in half. This is why we can't use the Apex or Safeguard - the bench seat in the back has no headrests, and I don't want to put the infant seat in the far back where it's hardest to get to.
post #36 of 128
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
She's in the Alpha Omega Elite and without using the top slot for the booster position she still has strap room.
I've got an AOE in MOm's car, my toddler uses it as a ff'ing 5 point. It's totally worthless, IMO/E, as a booster or belt positioning seat. Worked well as a ff'ing and rf'ing, but it's about to age out and I'll have to replace it anyway.
post #37 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
It can be perfectly practical if you only need 2 seats in the back of a sedan.
Not if you want to be able to close the doors. At least not in my Saturn, it was ridiculous. It was even worse in DH's Outback.
post #38 of 128
I 'know' many people who have one and even two Regents installed properly in the back of small and medium sized cars
post #39 of 128
Every car and carseat combo is different. Every single one. Add into that equation the height and size of the people riding in the front seats and it just makes it that much more complicated. My 2 boys fit quite well into our tiny Nissan Sentra until we added my husband into the equation. He could barely fit into the vehicle anyway, much less with a rf'ing carseat behind him, so no matter where we went in that car, he had to drive the entire trip. So remember when someone says "that didn't fit in MY car", that it's more than just widths and measurements, it's real life application. Some large seats work out ok in smaller cars, some don't.
post #40 of 128
My husbands aunts dd just turned 12 and she is about 85 lb lol..
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