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 Graphite

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


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 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


  • 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



Britax Boulevard ClickTight Unboxing and Giveaway!

Our comprehensive review of the Britax Boulevard ClickTight is now posted here: http://carseatblog.com/30080/britax-boulevard-clighttight-convertible-review-sometimes-things-just-click/


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For more detailed info on the new ClightTight convertibles see our previous posts on the subject:

Rear-Facing Space Comparison: Britax G4 Convertibles vs. New Britax ClickTight Convertibles

Comparison between current Britax Convertibles and new ClickTight Convertibles

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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.

Graco Milestone All-In-One Carseat Review: Does it Live Up to the Name?

Graco MilestoneParents have been buying 3-in-1 car seats – rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster in one – since the dawn of time, tempted by claims of “the last seat you’ll ever need!”, but rarely (if ever) has a good 3-in-1 been available. I myself was sucked in by the claim when middle child was ready to move out of her infant seat – and it was so bad that I replaced it within months.

So when CarseatBlog asked me to review the new Graco Milestone All-in-One, which rear-faces, forward-faces, and turns into a high-back booster, I admit I was skeptical. Sure, Graco had nailed the combination seat with the introduction of the Nautilus about eight years ago, but could they do the same for the 3-in-1 with the Milestone ?

Compared to the more expensive Graco 4Ever, there are a few differences to note about the Milestone. The biggest change is that the Milestone does not convert to a backless booster like the 4Ever does. For the price, the 4Ever also adds two additional recline positions and an improved infant insert that should fit smaller newborns a bit better (4Ever is rated down to 4 lbs.) The 4Ever also includes a nicer bubble level indicator and two cup holders. For more  info, please see our complete review of the Graco 4Ever All-in-One.

Milestone Specs and Features:

  • Milestone no coverRear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing (with harness): 20-65 lbs and 49″ or less
  • High-back booster: 30-100 lbs. and 38-57″
  • No-rethread harness with 10 position headrest
  • Adjustable base with 4 recline positions (2 for rear-facing, 2 for forward-facing)
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors (LATCH limit: Child weight of 42 lbs.)
  • Single cup holder
  • Ten-year expiration date


  • Lowest harness height (with infant insert): 7″
  • Highest harness height: 18”
  • Tallest booster height: 18.75″
  • Internal rear-facing height: 27.5” (that’s one inch below the headrest adjustment lever of 28.5” )
  • Crotch buckle positions: 5″, 6.25″, 7.5″
  • Seating depth (interior): 13″
  • Deepest point on base: 15″
  • Internal seat width: 13″
  • Widest external seat width: 19″ (at wings and at armrests)
  • Widest point on base: 13.75” (at the middle)
  • Narrowest point on base: 13.25” at back and 13.25″ at front

Does it live up to the “All-in-One” name? Read on to find out.