True Fit a tight fit
June 2, 2012
After much research into a good convertible car seat, other than the Britax, I chose this one. After reading it fits " compact " places better, I thought it would be perfect for the back seat of our Ford F150 truck. Too bad it needs to be rear facing because it wouldn't fit.
It was pretty simple to install but I did have a hard time snugging it up. The orange piece of webbing gets in the way on the LATCH strap. No matter which way I tried, it would end up too close to the lock off & then I couldn't get it to lock off. The lock offs were confusing but clearly marked for illiterate people like me. The strap covers are nice & the pillow insert & buckle cover is awesome, especially for summer weather & clothing. The height adjuster is very easy to do. After reading the instructions like 3 times, I figured out how to release the harness when it gets too snug. The down side of that is when the seat's at the proper angle & snug enough to not move more than an inch at the belt path, you really can't get to the release button or pull the strap to tighten it. The inside of the seat is huge & my 17 month old at 24# & 33 1/2 in. Tall, still has lots of room. It's like a lazy boy for kids!
I didn't care for the recline "foot", it was confusing to me but works when installed properly.
We had to wash the seat cover the other day & that was so easy to get it off & back on. Hand wash only, but it was dry in no time. The seams on the fabric seem to be weak as they appear to be coming apart already but we'll see how it holds up & exercise the warranty coverage if need be.
Pros:Size is perfect for my long & lean baby
Easy to adjust when not rear facing
Lock offs & lots of instructions on it so you get it right
65# weight limit
Nice fabric pattern & padding
Easier to install forward facing than rear
Cons:Way too big for smaller back seats
Tethering system for LATCH strap awkward to snug up
Harness straps seem to twist a lot & very easily
The whole headrest thing is misleading