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I'd like the Britax Boulevard because, as we all know, Britax is a top rated brand for car seats. We all know it is pretty expensive as well. The Sunshine Kids Radian is often mentioned as a cheaper alternative. So...here are my questions...<br><br>
- Is it easy to install correctly, like the Britax usually is?<br>
- How do I decide if I would want the one that goes to 65lbs or 80lbs? Other than that, what's the difference?<br><br>
I'm having a difficult time choosing between these 2 car seats. Britax has its obvious perks. The Radian also has some perks, like that it folds flat which would make it easier for travel (we do a lot of airplane travel). You can also get a carrying case for it to slip into while folded flat. It is also smaller I think - like you could fit 3 carseats across if you wanted to. (Not that I do, but smaller is nice if you wanted to fit 2 carseats in a vehicle.) The Boulevard has a nice headrest and lots of nice padding.<br><br>
Please help! Thanks!
 

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I would go with a marathon or decathlon...just as big as the boulevard and just as nice...for a bit less money.<br><br>
Our dd has been in her Marathon since she out grew her infant seat. Our 2yo has been in a decathlon for a while now, and both will fit it till they are ready for a booster seat...<br><br>
Seems to me it's worth the extra money that the britAX COSTS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Ooops, PP, the Boulevard is the same size as the Marathon/Decathalon. (You're thinking of the Roundabout, which is a smaller seat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)<br><br>
OP, I have both seats, and I recommend the Britax Boulevard as your full time seat (it is the same size as the Marthon, but with more safety and ease-of-use features).<br><br>
It is easier to install, and a lot more comfortable.<br><br>
The Sunshine Kids Radian80 is a gyp. Unless your kid is severely obese, don't bother. Its height straps are identical to the Radian65. Your child is not going to reach 80 lbs at 51 inches unless he is very overweight. Definitely not worth spending the extra 100 dollars on!<br><br>
I have the Britax Boulevard as the main seat and a Sunshine Radian65 as a spare/travel seat. I'm happy with that, but if you're only buying one, definitely get the Boulevard.
 

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This is from this site...<br><br><a href="http://www.elitecarseats.com/Sunshine-Kids-Radian.pro" target="_blank">http://www.elitecarseats.com/Sunshine-Kids-Radian.pro</a><br><br>
When I googeled it, it was the first thing I noticed...it sits so straight up...not good for a 1, 2, or 3 yo.<br><br>
My almost 5 yo still sleeps the minute we get in the car...think about that too<br><br>
I hope I helped ya!<br><br>
Oh, I got both of my carseats with free shipping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
just check around
 

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Oh 1 more thing...Happy Birthday to your baby!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Boulevard. I was looking at a radian for a second seat, and I think I've decided against it. Here's a thread where I asked for info on it (though not comparing it to a boulevard....)<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=659736" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=659736</a><br><br>
Also remember that the boulevard has side impact protection. The radian doesn't.<br><br>
-Angela
 
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