Yeah, for what I was expecting, it looks good. I wouldn't buy it, though, since I think my kid would outgrow it by height before 35lbs. However, hopefully it'll get the other manufacturers geared up to put out decent 40lb seats.
I'm totally disappointed as well, but I have a very short torsoed little girl who still can't even fit into her Marathon at a year old and she's a lightweight to boot. I think this might be a seat we would be able to use for a long time. but I hate the look, the colors and the cup holders! Ugh I wish car seat companies would really listen to us for once!
Again, I may get it but I need to see it in person first.
Uh... I see no pictures. I see people talking about them, so I know this is a goof of some kind... but I'm not sure what it is.
ETA: found them. Ugh... well, the bright side is, we can go back to the "we don't need any more carseats" mode of thinking. DS1 outgrew the 33-lb. MA by height RF before weight! There's no way DS2 (who trends TALLER) will be RF a decent amount of time in that seat. The TF should keep him RF until at least 3, though.
No way will my son make it to 40 pounds in that seat. Here is a pic I took of him yesterday in his Marathon. His head is actually a couple of inches from the top of the shell (funny angle in the pic), but he is only 28.5 pounds. By the time he reaches 40, he will be WAY over the height limit. Here's hoping he stays below 33 pounds in order for someone else to come on board with the 40 pound RF'ing limit!
If you look at a picture with a child in the seat you can see it's as tall or taller than the marathon.
I think it's awesome- firstly, graco now has a GOOD convertible, secondly this is a great seat for kids who hit 35 lbs early but still have shorter torsos, and thirdly it appears to have the "push down" buckle which I love and is great for parents with arthritis.
Nope, not an ideal ERF seat. But a good seat none the less. Hopefully it will prompt sunshine kids and the first years to get their seats to 40 lbs.
You are right, it does have a taller shell than the Marathon. Britax is quickly becoming obsolete, hopefully they do something soon to catch up with all these cool new advances like the high RF weight limit, ARB (although Britax was the pioneer with this in the US, they should have kept that around!), etc. Instead they are re-releasing the Decathlon with a 50 lb weight limit and calling it the Roundabout 50...not much in the way of innovation. I'm just hoping other manufacturers (*coughFirstYearscough*) continue with the trend