Carseat aficionados in the United States have long drooled over foreign seats with load legs that extend to the floor of the car to provide extra stability in a crash. Seats with that feature have slowly started to become available in the US market, and now there’s another one: The gb Asana 35 DLX infant seat. In addition to the load leg, the Asana also features a belt-tensioning lock-off, a no-rethread harness, and more. Let’s take a closer look!
gb Asana 35 Specifications
- Weight range: 4-35 lbs
- Height limit: 32″ and at least 1″ of shell over the head
- Lowest harness height: 7″ (measured without infant insert)
- Highest harness height: 11″
- Crotch buckle positions: 4″, 5″, 6″
- Interior shell height: 20″ (1″ of clearance would allow a child’s bum-to-head height of about 19″)
- Interior seating width: 9″ at hips, 9″ in shoulder area
- Interior seating depth: 12″
- Exterior width at widest point (handles): 17″
- Exterior width at narrowest part of base (near belt path): 14″
- Overall length of carrier from foot to back: 27″
- Weight of carrier: 9 lbs.
- Load leg (on DLX model)
- Fit-loc belt tightener/lock-off
- Multi-position recline foot
- Premium LATCH connectors
- Two acceptable recline angles, one for babies under 20 lbs. and one for children 20-35 lbs.
- Infant insert
- Lots of EPS foam to help absorb energy and enhance side-impact protection in a crash
The Asana 35 comes in DLX and LTE models. The difference between the models is that the DLX version has the load leg and the LTE does not. This review is for the DLX version (with the load leg) but the rest of the information here pertains to both models. Prior to October 2015, the Asana was available in the Asana 35 and Asana 35 AP models. Those seats had a different harness-adjusting system (more on this below) but are otherwise the same as the current models. The Asana 35 AP had a load leg; the Asana 35 did not. We believe load legs for rear-facing only infant seats are an important crash safety feature and the Asana DLX is one of the least expensive models to feature a load leg in the USA!