C.G. asks from Duluth, GA on November 18, 2008
Anyone Have the Britax Frontier or Regeant Seat?
My 5 year old (who's 43 pounds) is going to be to tall for her Britax Marathon seat in the near future. I'm looking at the Regeant and Frontier seats. The only negatives I find about the Regeant is that it's only harness and can't become a booster once the child's past 80 pounds. And that the Regeant is bulky for moving from car to car; which won't be an issue for us. The Frontier seems great, but I'm reading mixed reviews on its installation with latch and seat belts. Anyone have experience with these seats? Thanks!
M.N. answers from Charleston on November 19, 2008
First off I am happy to hear you want to keep your child harnessed. A harness seat is safer at her age then a seat belt.
My daughter has been in her regant since 3yr 6mo. She is now 4yr 6mo 44in tall 37lbs. We are still using the Long seat belt install. When my daughter hits 40lbs we will be using short belt path. She loves her seat. they is no base on it so it will sit low compared to your current seat. I have it in a Honda Pilot 06 driver out board using long seat belt install. I have also had passenger out board seatbelt. Third row out board driver side seatbelt. All were rock solid installs. I have not tried it in the middle because I have another child. I use the seat belt becuase I get a better install then with LATCH. It is a beast to move but I love knowing my child is as safe as possible. From what I have learned on car-seat.org, britax will no longer be making the Regant because the Frontier is replacing it. So you may be able to get a great deal on it. IF you are able to, go to babies R us and check it out and try it in your car. I have not had any problems with the harness twisting on me. Depending on what car you have, you may use LATCH up to 48lb. I only know of Honda LATCH limits are 40lbs because that is the car I drive. Also you must use the TEATHER at all times no matter what the childs weight. I do not own a frontier, however i did hear about the problem it had. The problem was the harness was coming off the splinter plate. They have replaced the plate on the newer models. I have also heard on car-seat.org it can be a pain to install because it may move more then the 1in allowed. I have had to call customer support 2 times on my other britax seat I own, and both times i have not been on hold more then 1min. They are very nice and helpful. I also own a Graco Nautilus. I am not in love with it. I have a hard time installing it in my 2 vehicles, honda pilot and volkswagen passat. Both cars have leather seats. I have gotton an accetable install with less then 1in movement, but it is not a solid install like the regant and my britax wizard. I get a great install with the Nautilus in a dodge caravan with cloth seats using LATCH. It does not budge. I highly recomend car-seat.org for you and other parents here. There are Certified Car Seat techs along with people like you and me. They can help you decided what seats would work best for your child and your car. some car seats do not work well in all cars. the safest seat is one that is installed correctly and used right every single time. Sure Nancy Grace has Radian car seats for her twins, but she does not use them right. the harness is above there head and they are FF at less then a year. They should RF untill the maxium of the seat which is 35lbs. good luck to you and your daughter on finding her new seat!
H.R. answers from Myrtle Beach on November 19, 2008
I have a regeant and love it! If your child is 5 and 43lbs, most likely he won't need a car seat at 80lbs. He'll be tall enough. The Regeant is a bulky car seat, but it is really sturdy and I love it that if my daughter falls asleep her head rests on the side and doesn't slouch.
A.P. answers from Atlanta on November 19, 2008
We went with the Regeant because of the 5 point harness and the high weight limit. It'll be the last seat we purchase, because after it, they'll be big enough to ride without anything. I like how big and roomy it is...but it is big, so check measurements first. We can't use latch with it because my child is already over 40 lbs, so we need to use the car's belt (this is the case with all car seats). It is hard to get the belt through the back (unlike the ease of use with all the other Britax seats), but we don't move it often, so that's not an issue for us. My daughter loves her seat, and soon we'll be ordering another for our younger child.
S.D. answers from San Francisco on November 19, 2008
I have two Frontiers and purchased them in September. I have had no issues installing them in either of my vehicles, in fact my husband thinks they are easier to put in than our Marathon and Boulevard. I picked the Frontier over the Regent simply because of the higher weight limit and I don't want to have to buy any more car seats in the future, I have spent $1200+ thus far on the six I have purchased and my oldest child is only 3 and half. I looked at the Nautilus and read all the reviews on it, the Frontier and the Regent and ultimately decided on the Frontier and I have had no regrets. I am happy that it has the side impact protection like my Boulevard. Good luck in whatever you choose!
S.L. answers from Spartanburg on November 19, 2008
well first of all, latches are not to be used once a child is over 40 lbs. so that may help you decide on the frontier. we have a regent for our 44 inch, 43 lb. 3 yr-old and really like it. it is definitely not one you want to move from car to car, as you said, but it is nice and roomy and very secure. i don't think you are going to be disappointed with either (just remember to stay away from that latch)!! :)
J.S. answers from Atlanta on November 19, 2008
I bought the Regeant for my daughter when she was 2 1/2 becase she's so tall. She is now almost four and she loves it!! It looks more comfortable than the smaller ones. It is very large, but I don't have to move it from car to car. I plan to buy a booster when she's older and ready, but prefer to leave her in the Regeant as long as possible...I think it's safer.
K.O. answers from Atlanta on November 19, 2008
The frontier had some issues with the harness in the original version. Since then, the company has reengineered the harness, and people seem to like it a lot better now. So, if you get a frontier make sure it has a very new date of manufacture. Have you looked at that Graco Nautilus? Many car seat gurus recommend that over the frontier anyway. Check out www.car-seat.org and you'll see lots of discussions over frontier vs nautilus vs regent and see lists of pros and cons from certified car seat technicians.
J.C. answers from Columbus on November 19, 2008
We have the Regent for our 18 mos. old, who is quite small, but we wanted something that would last a really long time. The Regent is easy to install, but it is quite large and a bit heavy compared to others. It can be used with a seatbelt when children get bigger.