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Lifesavers Denver 2013 – Day 2 Update

It was another busy day for Heather & I in the convention center exhibit hall. We did our best to cover as many of the new products and updates as possible in a short period of time. We hope we can deliver a little something for everyone!

UPPAbaby Mesa:

  • Demo models already shipped to some specialty store retailers
  • Mid-June is targeted release date
  • Hoping to be in Canada by the end of the year
  • Sticker labels reference pg numbers
  • It’s a great seat with a lot of awesome innovative features! IMMI buckle and nice easy-open chest clip. The only possible drawback that we can foresee is that the “true no-rethread harness” will not be removable/replaceable.

      

 

 

Graco:

Graco has started including explicit instructions in their manuals regarding cleaning of their buckles to help with the stiffness of the release; sometimes food and other gunk does get down in there and hampers the release mechanism.  Graco wants you to hold the buckle by the webbing and dunk just the buckle portion in a cup of water.  Press the red button a few times under water to clean the mechanism and shake the water out when done. Let dry naturally. We tried the buckles on the display seats in the booths and they definitely felt easier to release than earlier models.

 

New SnugRide 35 Click Connect base (LX model is similar but has lock-off)

      

 

Recaro:

Performance Booster – ETA is early fall (no pics – prototype product not being shown here)

 

Cybex:

Great news! Aton 2 base with load leg will be back-compatible with previous Aton carriers! Extra Aton 2 bases with load leg will be available for $159.

 

Dorel:

  • Boostapak shipping this month (will be BuyBuyBaby exclusive)
  • Complete Air is now being manufactured with dual recline indicator labels
  • Scenera will once again be available to CPS programs through Mercury Distributing (by Mid-July)
  • NEW PRODUCTS! Safety 1st Advantage 70 Air + (plus) convertible & Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 Air +. We were one of the first to see the new seats! Advantage 70 is already shipping to Target and should be on shelves in the next few weeks. Elite 80 will be shipping in June and will be BRU exclusive.  Check out our video of the Advantage 70 Air + :

 

More updates (including Nuna Pipa) tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Lifesavers 2013 Update: Britax Frontier 90 & Cybex Aton 2

Greetings from Denver!  Heather and I had a productive day today. We had a chance to play with the new Britax Frontier 90/Pinnacle 90 with ClickTight Installation System and with the new Cybex Aton 2 with load leg. Both are very impressive! Check out our videos:

 

 

Stay tuned for more to come tomorrow!

Lifesavers or Bust!

CarseatBlog will be reporting from Lifesavers Denver over the next few days! Stay tuned to the blog for the full scoop. We will be posting quick updates and breaking news (if there is any) on our facebook page. Additionally, we promise a few exclusive photos will be posted on our brand new Carseatblog IG page! If you have an Instagram acct – follow us and share in our LS adventure!

 

First Peek Review: Britax Pinnacle 90 & Frontier 90 Combination Harness-2-Booster Carseat

Britax has officially announced the next generation Harness-2-Booster seats in the Frontier line.  They will be the Frontier 90 and Pinnacle 90 (with Side Impact Cushion Technology).

The biggest news?  The new ClickTight seatbelt installation system.  It’s an automatic tensioning system, similar in a way to the Cybex Aton base, but it also serves as a belt locking device.  It may also remind some of the Britax King, but it’s much easier to use than the King was.  Basically, you flip up a metal reinforced plate on the front of the shell, then route the seatbelt underneath and buckle it.  To finish, you push firmly down to close the plate and the seatbelt is tensioned and locked in one easy step!  No worries about locking a retractor or using a locking clip.  No worries about LATCH anchor weight limits.  The most difficult part of the installation process might be knowing to flip up the fabric cover to find the ClickTight system!

*UPDATE: See our complete review of the Frontier 90 HERE.  And our full review of the Pinnacle 90 HERE.

You can order at Amazon.com with free shipping and free returns.

The Britax Pinnacle 90 will have an MSRP of $369.99

The Britax Frontier 90 MSRP is $329.99

 

 

 

But wait, there’s more!  

Big Announcement Monday at Noon!

Make sure you’re here Monday at Noon for the full scoop!  We wish we could spill all the details now but that would probably land Darren in some very hot water.  So… our lips are sealed until the media embargo is lifted at 12 PM on 3/25.  For once, I’m actually looking forward to a Monday morning!