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Britax Pinnacle 90 Unboxing

You’ve been waiting. I’ve been waiting. The only difference is that I had a tracking number and knew when the Britax Pinnacle 90 was supposed to show up on my doorstep. And right on time–there it was. I love my UPS man!

Top harness slots measure 20.5″ and in booster mode, the top shoulder belt guide position measures 23″. For more measurements, you’ll have to wait until the full review ;).

Britax Frontier 90 Unboxing and Giveaway: Review Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for our comprehensive review of the Britax Frontier 90, hopefully within a few days!  Our Pinnacle 90 is due to arrive soon as well, so we will have a followup review shortly thereafter.  (Update: Our photo/video review is now published.)  Here’s a sneak peek of the all-new FR90:

 

 

You’ve probably seen some videos of the ClickTight system, our own Heather and Kecia showed how easy it is at a recent conference demonstration. But what if you’re not a certified child passenger safety technician-instuctor? How easy is it for the typical parent? Here’s a true test on our very first take:

 

 

 

The giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you for participating!

For the giveaway, we’ve partnered with our generous sponsor, Britax USA, to offer one fabulous Frontier 90 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat to a single winner!  This forward-facing only seat is for kids over age 2 who weigh at least 25 lbs. With the 5-point harness, it’s rated from 25 – 90 lbs and has very tall top harness slots.  In booster mode, it’s rated from 40-120 lbs. We have a review of the Frontier 85 HERE and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats.  We suspect the Frontier 90 will be as well!  Winner will have their choice of available Frontier 90 fashions (subject to availability at contest end)!

There are two (2) ways to enter to win this popular combination seat!  You may enter at Facebook for a second chance to win once you have left a comment here to enter!

  • You MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • For a second chance to win, please LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already).  You may also leave a comment if you wish at our Frontier 90 giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

Shipping to USA only, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2011 or 2012 (our own giveaways of goodie bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog 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 or around May 31st, 2013, and a random winner will be chosen on June 1st or shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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Reviews Coming Soon!

Reviews Coming in the next month or two at CarseatBlog! Those nearest the top likely coming sooner rather than later, but no guarantees!

Vehicle Seat Protector Roundup

Safety 1st BoostApak

Britax Frontier 90

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Chicco NextFit

Graco Connext

Graco Headwise 70

reviews

2013 Mercedes Benz GL-Class

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max

BOB Revolution CE

Britax Pinnacle 90

Graco SnugRide 40 followup

Chicco NextFit followup

 

Even more Lifesavers Updates: Britax, Diono & Evenflo

Here are a few more odds and ends from Lifesavers Denver that we thought our readers would be interested in.  As usual the “twins” were causing trouble (and turning heads) everywhere we went.  In this case, they were hoping no one would notice they had hijacked the new Britax Pinnacle 90 which is expected to be available by June 1 (according to Amazon).  Yes, Heather and I apparently have “doll issues”.  I hope we don’t wind up spending our golden years hoarding creepy life-like baby dolls and pushing them around in real strollers at the local park.  Someone shoot me if it ever comes to that, k?

In real news….

If you haven’t see it already, we have a great video of the Frontier 90 that we posted from the conference showing the ease of installation using Britax’s innovative new “ClickTight” system.

Britax Frontier 90 / Pinnacle 90 underside measurements: (click on pics to enlarge them)

  

  

  

  

 

Just for comparison – here are a few shots and measurements of the underside of the current Britax Frontier 85 model:

    

 

Diono now offers a new waterproof Vinyl seat cover for Radian R100/120. It’s actually pretty nice – not what you expect vinyl to feel like. This cover is mainly geared towards institutional users who need something easy to wipe clean but it’s also a fabulous option for families with special needs kids with incontinence issues (especially when used in conjunction with the Diono dry seat accessory).

  

 

Evenflo – at least one infant seat at their booth (Nurture, pictured below)  is now sporting a new buckle style which is considerably easier to buckle and unbuckle than the previous buckle they were using. I’m hoping they’re going to transition to using this new buckle on all of their infant seats. I really like the Embrace 35 but I’m not a fan of the current buckle style being used on that seat (and most other Evenflo seats) at the moment. I know I’m not alone in that sentiment.

 

Stay tuned for one or two more updates from the conference. There was so much to cover! I’m still gathering info and clarifying a few issues – I will post as soon as I have it all together.

 

Nuna Pipa Preview!

We were first introduced to Nuna at the ABC Expo last fall in Louisville and we were immediately impressed with the prototype “pipa” infant seat. We had a chance to see and play with a more advanced pre-production model here at Lifesavers Denver and we continue to be very impressed with this product. With any luck we may see pipa on store shelves by 3rd Qtr 2013 but I caution everyone not to get their hopes too high because unexpected delays are par for the course in this industry.

What makes pipa special in a sea of high-end infant seats? Rigid LATCH and a load leg, for starters! Plus a robust canopy, and a “dream drape”, and a really nice lock-off on the base for seatbelt installations, and the fact that it’s rated down to 4 lbs and is going to be a good fit for preemies and low birthweight babies based on how it fit the preemie doll. There was so much to like that I could barely offer any suggestions on what they might want to tweak! I even like the fact that it doesn’t have a no-rethread harness (there are 3 sets of harness slots) because that means the harness can be easily replaced if necessary. Pipa will be compatible with the nuna pepp stroller to create a complete nuna “travel system” but they are also working on adapters for some of the most popular high-end strollers. Expected MSRP for pipa is $299 which is completely reasonable in my opinion, considering what you’re getting.

  

   

 

We hope to have a complete and thorough  pipa review as soon as a final production model is available!