July 23, 2021
My kids all enjoy riding in the "big kid seat". No one complains about it being hot in the summer or cold in the winter. I have removed the leg rest and back to take just the base on domestic trips where I had a car rental. I felt safe using it this way because there was a seat belt clip that comes out of the base and attaches at the shoulder so the cross body part of the seatbelt is held at the correct height.
I have only used Chicco car seats up until now, including the Keyfit rear facing, Nextfit convertible rear to front facing, MyFit 5 point harness booster, and now this. The latch connect system on all of these make it relatively easy to transfer the car seats between cars. I say relatively, because the NextFit and MyFit still weigh a ton.
The leg rest is fairly useless, but doesn't bother the kids. It does get in the way when someone in the other seat is trying to get in or out of the car, but then you can just flip it up on the seat. The snack holder is also a perfect projectile for when the kids are trying to get your attention. Luckily it holds practically nothing, so nothing spills out. I wish they made a version of the air without the snack holder and without the leg rest, but I'm ok paying the small premium for the air feature, since I was previously paying the same to get a third party product to do the same thing. It was a "3D air" plastic mesh cushion that goes on top the of seat.
Overall, I think the basic high back booster seat is every effective and the ability to break it down to just a regular booster (with seatbelt clip) is very handy. The air back feature is just the cherry on top.
- Can be converted to a regular booster with shoulder strap clip
- Air feature keeps backs cool
- Latch feature makes it easy to move between cars
- Snack holder and leg rest are not too useful, but not really a con.