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Diono Rainier Review: Diono Adds Depth to Its Convertible Lineup

Rainier HoundstoothAround eight years ago, a folding carseat with steel metal structure hit the market and made quite an impact on the way children started riding in cars. The Radian was a tall, skinny seat with a low profile that made it ideal for narrow seating positions and tight 3-across scenarios. Then in 2009, a headrest was added for more side impact protection. A branding change in 2011 allowed Diono to update the Radian line to include belt guides so the carseats could further their usefulness as belt-positioning booster seats. Now, in 2014, Diono has introduced the Rainier, Pacifica, and Olympia line of carseats. Diono has beefed up the upper torso and head area to provide even more side impact protection. This review will cover the Rainier model.

Rear-Facing Weight Limits Forward-Facing Weight Limits Booster Weight Limits Features

Olympia

Olympia Graphite

5-45 lbs. 20-70 lbs. 50-110 lbs.
  • shoulder belt guide for booster use is attached to fabric cover

Pacifica

Pacifica Sunburst

5-50 lbs. 20-90 lbs. 50-120 lbs.
  • added structural support for weight limits
  • infant support pillows
  • memory foam under bum
  • shoulder belt guide for booster use is attached to fabric cover

Rainier

Rainier Orchid

5-50 lbs. 20-90 lbs.  50-120 lbs.
  • added structural support for weight limits
  • infant support pillows
  • memory foam under bum
  • adjustable headrest
  • shoulder belt guide for booster use is attached to headrest
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Rainier Basics

  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing with at least 1.5” of carseat above the child’s head or total height of 44”
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing with a child less than 57” tall
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster with a child less than 57” tall and child’s shoulders must be at or above the 4th set of harness slots

Overview

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • SuperLATCH™ connectors with Secureweave™ webbing
  • Aluminum reinforced 12 position adjustable headrest
  • Folds flat for travel or storage
  • Can be tethered rear-facing
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam in headrest and torso area
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort

Rainier without cover head low Rainier without cover head high Rainier without cover head offset Rainier without cover side

Measurements

Diono Rainier Unboxing and Preview

Why should you be interested in the Diono Rainier? Behold.

Basics

  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing with at least 1.5” of carseat above the child’s head or total height of 44”
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing with a child less than 57” tall
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster with a child less than 57” tall and child’s shoulders must be at or above the 4th set of harness slotsRainier Orchid

Overview

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • SuperLATCH™
  • Aluminum reinforced 12 position adjustable head rest for a custom fit
  • Folds flat for travel
  • NCAP crash tested
  • Can tether rear-facing
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam in head rest and torso area
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort

Watch for our in-depth review coming soon!

2014 ABC Update: Graco

gracoIt’s time to hear about Graco, baby, and the changes they’ve made to their lineup for 2015. Let’s start with rear-facing only infant seats and move on up through boosters.

SnugRide Line

Graco has decided to remove the entire Classic Connect line of SnugRides. They’ll be phasing it out by Q1 of 2015, though stock will vary by retailer. This leaves 6 Click Connect SnugRide models: one 22 lbs. model, two 30 lbs. models, two 35 lbs. models, and one 40 lbs. model.

All models of stand-alone Click Connect SnugRides will have an upper weight limit of at least 30 lbs. to accommodate babies to toddlers. Entry-level Click Connect 30 seats will have non-adjustable bases and a rear-adjust harness to keep cost down. Starting price will be $99. The Click Connect 30 LX at $129 will have a removable flip recline adjustment piece: turn the piece over for an increase/decrease in recline of 4°. The LX has the same base otherwise as the entry-level CC 30.

Graco SnugRide 30 entry

Graco Click Connect budget base top Graco Click Connect budget base

Graco Click Connect budget base w-foot flipped Graco Click Connect budget base w-foot

There were no changes to the CC 35 or 35 LX.

The CC 40 will be off BRU exclusivity in Q1 of 2015, so that will open up possibilities for other retailers.

There will be a Click Connect 22 sold exclusively as a travel system at Wal-Mart, so the 22 lbs. rear-facing only seat won’t be going away completely.

Also, Graco has announced that any CC infant seat may use any CC base as long as the lowest weight limit of either is followed. For example, if you use a CC 30 seat on a CC 40 base, you may only use it up to 30 lbs. maximum.

MyRide

The MyRide received an update and a decrease in price. Seriously?

Child Passenger Safety Week Kick-Off: Clek Fllo Giveaway!

Clek Fllo - ShadowThis week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and what better way to celebrate than to start off with a giveaway! And what better giveaway than a hot-off-the-molds Clek Fllo in the “Shadow” fashion! This convertible carseat is so new, it’s still waking up every hour and a half for feeding time.

Clek Fllo Specs:

Rear-Facing: 14-50 lbs; 25”- 44” tall

Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs; 30”-49 and at least 1 year old, though Clek recommends a minimum of age 2 before ff

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

Clek Fllo Features:

  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Energy-absorbing EPP foam
  • Steel substructure
  • EACT: Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology transfers force away from the child to a honeycomb deformable core in the base
  • Anti-rebound bar: optional, for a more upright install for older and bigger rear-facers
  • Built-in lockoffs for easier seat belt installation
  • FAA certified for use on aircraft
  • Very narrow: great for side-by-side installations
  • All fabrics, except Drift, made of Crypton Super Fabric, a truly wipe-away-the-mess fabric
  • 9 year expiration

Giveaway:

  • To enter, you MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to Like our Facebook page, Like the Clek Facebook page, and tweet about the giveaway!

Winner must have a U.S. or Canadian shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are also included (though may incur extra shipping fees)! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA or Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, in Shadow fashion.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Carseatblog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on September 28, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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