I'm in LOVE with the Pria 85 Marlin Sweater Knit
When my daughter reached age one, I/we decided to upgrade her car seat, best decision ever. I spent weeks researching top car seats extensively and purchased the Nuna Rava, I fell in love with the safety, the look of the chair and the feel of their fabric. After a month with the Nuna, I realized we needed another seat for our 2nd car; using that old Graco seat was no longer suitable. In my original research I fell in love with both the Nuna & the Maxi Cosi so I decided to give the Pria 85 a try. The cost of the Pria was much LESS and the Pria offered equal protection as the Rava so this was a no brainer. Of course, I spent another couple weeks reading reviews from various sites, going to Buy Buy Baby to feel the fabrics & communicating with Albee Baby about fabrics etc. After seeing the chair in store I was extremely please with the chic look and feel of the chair. Now I was torn between buying the Pria 85 or the 70 for additional savings. The 70s offered that soft memory foam-like fabric that I love in the Rava, however, I really loved the idea of the removable washable fabric, it offer newer safety technology, and the seat belt holder was a plus (on the 85). Now it became a matter of choosing the softest fabric in a color I would love for years. I initially purchased the Triangle Flow, as soon as I open the box and felt the fabric was I disappointed. The chair was beautiful but the fabric was awful in my opinion, it was rough and hard to the touch, it was not an option to keep this chair so I started the return process. I contacted Maxi Cosi directly and they were super helpful in walking me through the fabrics & what to expect; note- the Devoted Black fabric was identical to the Pria 70 & the Rava. I decided on the Sweater Knit- Marlin as I wanted a non-black color & OMG, I was in love at first sight!!! The color is more of a Periwinkle &/or Lavender, it is SUPER SOFT to the touch, my baby girl jumped in it immediately and was enveloped (happy baby happy parents)! I would imagine it will keep her warm in the Winter and not get over heated in the Summer. Albee Baby shipping and return was very smooth, their customer service was extremely helpful as I communicated with them a number of times to get this purchase right. The Pria 85 Marlin is EVERYTHING & MORE, I only wish they had an adult version :) Sorry for the lengthy review but I really appreciated those detail reviews and thought I would pay it forward, happy shopping guys!!!!
ProsGreat price point for such a chic looking chair.
Conswish it had a foot extension to support their toddler legs especially when the chair goes front facing. Also I wish Maxi Cosi would provide the stores with fabric swatches to assist parents in that very important decision of fabric selection.