J.C. asks from La Grange, IL on March 20, 2008
Britax Car Seats
Can anyone give their advice/experience regarding the Britax carseats? I am interested in a few of them, the Marathon, Decathalon and the Boulevard. I was very interested in the Decathalon, b/c it has a little extra padding than the marathon, but after reading lots of negative comments about adjusting the straps when the carseat is in the rear facing position I'm now leaning towards the Britax Marathon. The Boulevard seems great to, but it might just have a bit too much padding and although I like it for when my baby is smaller, I can't imagine her sitting in it with all that extra padding when she is a toddler. Also, does anyone have a Marathon they use in the rear facing position? It seems great for a toddler, but wondering how it is for a baby under 1. Thanks!
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C.S. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2008
I have a Marathon and LOVE it! I used it with my son since he was 6 months and now my daughter (8 months ) just inherited it. I bought my son a different car seat, he's 3, and he complains that it is not as comfortable as the Marathon. It is so comfortable that my son would always fall asleep in it. I should have bought two! They are well worth the $.
B.K. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2008
My daughter was in the Marathon forward and rear facing and loved it. We switched to the Boulevard because of the side impact protection and she will be 3 in May and loves it. My son is 13 months and loves the Boulevard also. He is rear facing and my daughter is forward facing.
Hope this helps!
S.X. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
I just read that for the older kids britax seat like the regent, they require a 60 lb ability in the upper anchor of your car and smaller suv's like honda crv only have a 4o lb ability. : (
C.A. answers from Rockford on March 20, 2008
We have the Marathon for our first child and just bought 2 more for our second child. We are happy with them. They've been easy to use. One drawback is the size - they take up a decent amount of space, but I don't know that other seats would be better. A friend of ours has the Decathalon and likes it.
M.R. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2008
We have a Marathon and absolutely love it! The book 'Baby Bargains' has this as their top pick for safety and value.
It's super-easy to install, especially since we have to remove it from one car and put it in another every day (my husband drops our son off at daycare and I pick him up in a different car). We have used it both rear-facing and forward-facing.
S.S. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2008
I have a Britax Boulevard for my 20 month old. He has been in it for about a year. We have done both rear and forward facing. Like the other mom said, the padding is removable that goes around he waistline area. I feel much better knowing that his car seat has the extra protection of the side impact, too. He seems to be very comfortable in his seat; we take long road trips too. We are expecting #2 and will be buying another Boulevard when the baby outgrows the carrier.
I would say the biggest downfall was taking the car seat on the plane. It is fine to check, but it's a bit big taking thru security and placing it in coach seats. I have a hand me down car seat we use for air travel.
I.T. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2008
We have a Marathon. We first used it rear facing from when my son was about 5 months until he turned a year. We have been using it forward facing since (he's now 3) and had no problems with it so far. He seems to be comfortable on it. The Marathon is pretty big, so I will not fit on a smaller car. I have no experience with the other two models.
S.K. answers from Rockford on March 21, 2008
I LOVE my Marathon! My daughter is turning 5, and has used it ever since she moved out of her infant car seat. I loved that we could keep it in the backwards facing position a little longer than some, as this does seem to be safer for babies. The straps are great... I also have two older boys, and their's would always tangle... these never do. I am expecting our last baby (#4!) in September, and may move my daughter into a captains style chair next year, and give the Marathon to the new baby. (I have priced new covers since my material is a little worn... they are in the $80.00 range, but probably worth it for how long these last) If it weren't for a new one on the way though... I could really keep my daughter in this much longer. She has NOT outgrown it yet, and I still have holes left to string the straps through to accomodate her getting taller. It is really a great seat, and goes into the car very tightly if you use your knee when you put it in. I have always felt like she is very safe in it. The material is also very soft, as you've probably felt. Since it may go to our next child... it was VERY worth the investment, and I have been happy with it.
C.Z. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2008
I have both the marathon and boulevard. I love the marathon and wish I would have gotten two instead of the boulevard. The marathon is a cinch to use in any position and is very comfortable. The boulevard came out right before I had my son and with the side impact wings and all the other safety features it advertised it hooked me. It is a good seat, but more difficult to use. It also is very snug on my almost 3 year old. Can't see him sitting in that seat until he is 65lbs. I would go for the Marathon. They also have a newer one out that seats up to I think 80lbs and has the room for a bigger kid. I forget which model it is. Good luck.
J.S. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
I have a roundabout and a marathon. Got the marathon for my second child, as it goes to a higher weight. Although, I probably didn't need it as 40 pounds they can go in a booster. I have been using it since he was 11 months, rear facing. I haven't had any problems with it, except that sometimes it gets stuck when I pull to tighten it, and I have to pull a couple times. I tried it in the stores, and it didn't do it. I am not sure how front-facing is, since they are still backwards. But overall, I love it. And...for any Britax seat...if you are ever in a crash , Britax will, one time, replace your seat for free. Not many people know that. I am not sure if it one time per seat, or per person. A friend of mine found it out. Good luck!