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ABC Expo 2014: What’s New and Coming Soon from Dorel

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As usual, Dorel had a large exhibit booth this year to display all their newest products. They also had food and a cappuccino bar so we found various reasons to visit their booth almost every day of the show! Here are some of the highlights.

What’s New & Coming Soon from Cosco:

New Scenera Next Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-40 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″)
  • Walmart exclusive
  • Price under $50
  • Available Jan 2015

Updated Apt 50 Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-50 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 16″)
  • Price $65
  • Available Jan 2015 at Target, Amazon, and other retailers

For additional pictures of the Scenera Next and Apt 50 see our previous blog from the KIM Conference.

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New fashions for Cosco Light n’ Comfy Infant Seat

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What’s New & Coming Soon from Maxi-Cosi:

Mico Max 30 Infant Seat

  • 4-30 lbs.
  • Base with anti-rebound bar
  • Lightweight; 8.5 lbs.
  • Larger canopy
  • Easy remove cover that is machine washable and dryer safe
  • Fully customizable with choice of white, black or pink shells (2-3 weeks for delivery direct from Dorel)
  • ETA December 2015
  • Canada ETA sometime in 2015
  • MSRP $229

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Maxi Taxi

  • Accepts Mico & Prezi Infant Seats

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Pria 70 with TinyFit

  • No changes; will continue to be available in 2 fashions (black & walnut)
  • MSRP $289

Pria 85 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 14-40 lbs RF; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • 22-85 FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Currently available in 3 fashions (black, navy, pink)
  • Slightly wider seating area
  • Wider spacing inside headwings
  • Air Protect technology in headwings
  • Same bottom and top harness height adjustments as current Pria
  • Harness holder clips to help keep harness out of the way while loading/unloading child
  • New fashions with sweatshirt “jersey” fabrics
  • Easy to remove cover (it has snaps!) that is also machine washable and dryer safe
  • MSRP $299

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85

Updated Pria 70 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 7-40 lbs. RF; up to 40″ tall
  • 22-70 lbs. FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Same tall top harness slot as all other Pria models
  • Bamboo, self-wicking fabric
  • Easy remove cover is machine washable and dryer safe
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $279

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New Vello 65 Convertible

  • Basically a lower price-point Pria
  • Rear-facing 14-40 lbs.; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs.
  • No-rethread harness
  • Very tall top harness slots (same height as regular Pria)
  • Fabric cupholder
  • No Air Protect cushions in headrest
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $229

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Pria & Vello Convertible Canopy Accessory

  • ETA 1st Qtr 2015
  • MSRP $29.99

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What’s new & Coming Soon from Quinny:

Quinny Moodd Stroller

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Quinny Yezz Stroller

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Graco Argos 80 Elite Review – It Just Keeps Getting Better

Graco Argos 80 EliteThe Graco Argos 80 Elite is an upgraded version of the original Graco Argos 70 Elite that we reviewed thoroughly here. This Argos 80 model offers plenty of safety, comfort and convenience features which make this seat an excellent choice for families looking for a sturdy, comfortable, forward-facing only seat with a no-rethread harness that will grow with their older child.

The Argos 80 is a forward-facing “combination” seat (Graco refers to it as a “Harnessed Booster”) that can be used with the 5-point harness until the harness is outgrown by weight or height and then the seat can be used as a belt-positioning booster using the vehicle’s lap/shoulder seatbelt. In booster mode you have the option to use the seat with the back (highback booster) or without the back (backless booster). I like to think of combination seats as “Stage 3″ seats that are most appropriate for kids over age 2 who have outgrown their convertible seats. Despite being labeled as a 3-in-1 carseat, the Argos 80 cannot be used rear-facing which is confusing for many parents who have come to associate the term “3-in-1″ with a product that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing and as a booster. If you’re looking for a rear-facing/forward-facing/booster seat, see our reviews of the Graco 4Ever All-in-One and Graco Milestone All-in-One.

Graco Argos 80 Elite Specs:

  • 5-point harness: Forward-facing only for kids 20-80 lbs, at least 1 year old, height 27- 52″ tall (shoulders must be at or below top harness slots).
  • Highback booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 30-100 lbs., approximately 3-10 years old, height 38 – 57″ (top of ears must be below the top of the head support).
  • Backless booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 40-120 lbs., approximately 4-10 years old, height 40 – 57″ (must have adequate head support from the vehicle).

Graco Argos 80 Elite Features:

  • Graco Argos 80 Elite - lockoffNo-rethread harness
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Standard hook-style lower LATCH anchor connectors (LATCH limit is 42 lbs.)
  • Lockoff for installations with seatbelt
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Height-adjustable head support
  • 3 Recline positions on base
  • Integrated cup holder and storage cubby
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft (with 5-pt harness)
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

Argos 80 Elite Measurements:

  • Lowest harness height setting:  12″
  • Tallest harness height setting:  18″
  • 3 Crotch strap/buckle positions:  5.5″, 7″, 8.5″
  • Booster height:  20″ to bottom of shoulder belt guide with headrest in max height position
  • Weight:  21.8 lbs. (according to my digital bathroom scale)

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The Argos 8o Elite model comes with a lower body support insert, crotch strap/buckle cover and harness strap covers. Remove the lower body insert if child weighs more than 35 lbs. The crotch strap/buckle cover is entirely optional. The harness strap covers have a grippy material on the back and they are REQUIRED when using the harness at any weight.

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Installation/Fit-to-Vehicle Comments:

Evenflo Triumph Convertible Review – Tried and True

TEvenflo Triumph ProComfort - greenhe Evenflo Triumph convertible has been around in various incarnation for many years. It’s been refreshed several times and continues to be a solid performer. The Triumph is easy to install, very easy to use correctly, comfortable and a good value. In a market dominated by very expensive, and very inexpensive convertible seats – the Triumph is reasonably priced somewhere in the middle. It’s not the cheapest convertible on the shelf but it’s certainly not the most expensive either.

The model I have for review is the Triumph “ProComfort” LX in “Hutchinson” green fashion which is a Target Exclusive. Hot pink “Melrose” is also an option. MSRP is $159.99

Other retailers like Walmart and Babies R Us have their own exclusive versions of this seat. Walmart has the “SureSafe” Triumph LX which has nice, push-on lower LATCH anchor connectors. Babies R Us has the “Platinum” Triumph with OUTLAST temperature-regulating fabrics. A non-exclusive Triumph LX version is also available at Amazon and other online retailers.

The Evenflo ProComfort model at Target offers buckle pockets and “Gel Matrix Technology” in the cover to reduce pressure points and improve child comfort. This review will focus on that particular model but most of the info listed applies to all Triumph LX models with a weight limit of 65 lbs. All the newest versions of this seat have dual integrated cup holders which makes it easy to differentiate the newest models from previous Triumph models.

Triumph Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing from 5-40 lbs.; 19- 37” tall and top of head is at least 1″ below top of carseat
  • Forward-facing from 22-65 lbs.; 28-50” tall and at least 1 year old (AAP recommends rear-facing until at least age 2)
  •  “Infinite Slide” harness system
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Durable, energy-absorbing EPP foam
  • Dual integrated cup holders
  • Buckle Pockets (on certain models)
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft
  • Made in USA!

Triumph Measurements:

  • Lowest harness height: 7″
  • Highest harness height: 16″
  • Crotch strap/buckle position: 7″ and 9″
  • Seat pan depth (leg room/thigh support): 13″
  • Overall internal height: 23″
  • External width at widest point: 20″
  • Width of base: 14.5″
  • Weight: 18 lbs. (according to my digital bathroom scale)

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Installation Comments:

ABC Expo 2014: Lil Fan Boosters by Wild Sports – Child Passenger Safety for the FANatical

Lil Fan BoostersWe were introduced to Lil Fan by Wild Sports boosters at the ABC Expo and we know these products will be a big hit with die-hard fans all across the country – moms, dads and kids alike.

MLB and NCAA Football will be available around the holidays, with NFL and NHL coming later.

They’ll be available at Amazon and other major retailers.

Dual mode (highback and backless):  30-110 lbs;  4-12 years

Measured 19″ to shoulder belt guide in max height setting

These are new-to-the-market boosters – not existing seats dressed in new clothes.

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As always, we’ll continue to bring you more info on these products when we have additional info to share.