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Britax Endeavours Rear-Facing Only Carseat Review

Two years ago, Britax introduced the B-Safe 35 Elite to its infant seat lineup, which includes a deeper shell and more modern design. See our B-Safe 35 Elite review here. Now Britax improves upon the B-Safe 35 Elite design with the Britax Endeavours. The Endeavours still has all the Britax basics: SafeCell Impact Protection in the base, two layers of side impact protection on the carrier shell, large canopy, and ergonomic handle. But it also adds a new steel anti-rebound bar, which can reduce rebound rotation by up to 30% in a frontal crash, and the ability to install the carrier using Euro-style belt routing with the shoulder belt routed behind the carrier.

Weight and Height Limits:
  • Rear-facing 4-35 lbs., AND 32” tall or less, AND child’s head is 1” below top of head rest
B-Safe 35 Overview (New features are marked in bold):
  • Complete Side Impact Protection – deep protective shell is designed to absorb crash forces
  • Steel anti-rebound bar on base that reduces rebound rotation by up to 30%
  • SafeCell impact-absorbing steel frame base – these red cells compress in a crash to absorb crash energy
  • Can be installed without base using standard or Euro-style belt path routing
  • Energy absorbing EPP foam
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions (before 11 lbs./after 11 lbs.)
  • Ergonomic handle can be in any of the 4 locked positions in the vehicle
  • Deep seat pan
  • Deluxe push-on style lower LATCH connectors
  • Built-in slide lockoffs for installation with seatbelt
  • Dual recline angle indicators
  • Extra-large canopy
  • Smooth bottom base
  • FAA-approved for use on aircraft
  • 6 yr lifespan before seat expires
  • Made in the USA!
2017 Endeavours Fashions

  

Endeavours Base

If you want to purchase additional Endeavours bases to use in other vehicles, they are available separately for $139.99 in the U.S. and $179.99 in Canada. The Endeavours base is also compatible with current B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite models if you already own one of those seats. The Endeavours base is NOT FAA-approved for use on airplanes but the carrier is.

Measurements:

No re-thread harness with 6 positions: 5”-11 ½”
External widest point: 18”
Width of base at belt path: 13 3/8”
Width of base at widest point: 13 ½”
Internal shell height: 20 ½”
Crotch strap depth: 4”, 6”
Seat depth: 12”
Carrier weight: 11.2 lbs.

Installation

The anti-rebound bar may or may not make contact with your vehicle seat back and that’s OK. Britax doesn’t specify a distance that’s too far away for it to be ineffective. It’s covered with removable mesh to keep toes from getting caught underneath when your child’s legs are longer. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see which position the seat back should be in when installing carseats; some manuals require seat backs to be a certain number of “clicks” back from upright.

    

I’ve found that sometimes it’s easier to get a tighter install using the seat belt than the LATCH connectors. However, the lockoff can be tricky to slide the shoulder belt into, so I pull the seat belt as tight as I can, then pull the shoulder belt straight down before sliding it into the lockoff. I’ve found that in doing that, it helps keep the shoulder belt tight and makes it easier to slide the belt in the lockoff.

If you are installing using the lower LATCH connectors, extend the 2 straps, attach the connectors to the lower anchor bars in your vehicle then pull on each center strap until the base is tight and doesn’t move more than 1″ from side to side when you test for tightness *at the beltpath*. After the base is tight, feed the slack in the center straps into the base and you’re good to go!

  

The carrier can be installed using the European belt guide on the back of seat just below the release handle, making the Endeavours “rideshare ready.” The lap belt is threaded through the belt guides on top of the carrier and buckled, then the shoulder belt is wrapped around behind the seat and placed into the Euro belt guide. If your seat belt isn’t long enough to wrap around behind the carseat, don’t worry; you can still install the carrier the standard way with only the lap belt through the guides on top of the seat. Do NOT attempt to route the seat belt this way while the carrier is on the base.

  

Center LATCH installations with Non-Standard Spacing:

Britax only allows lower LATCH connector installation in the center seating position when the vehicle manufacturer has designated it as a LATCH location.

Inflatable Seat Belts

Britax has determined that the Marathon ClickTight cannot be installed with inflatable seat belts found in some Ford, Lincoln, and Mercedes vehicles, and in some airplane seat belts.

Fit to Child

Fit for both my preemie and large newborn dolls was excellent. The harness adjuster was so smooth that I actually loosened and tightened the harness on both dolls more than was necessary “just because” (uh, CPST geekiness there).

  

Here is the fit on a 4-month-old who weighs 14 lbs. and is 24″ long.

Remember the magic number 11 because lots of adjustments must happen when a child reaches 11 lbs. At 11 lbs., remove the bottom “infant comfort pillow.” This is the insert cushion that the child sits on. Reposition the buckle to the outer buckle slot at 11 lbs. as well. Then, loosen the harness all the way and turn the carrier over. Remove the harness from the metal splitter plate (the instruction manual calls this piece the “harness yoke”) and place the end loops on the splitter plate.

Out-of-the-box harness setting for newborns – splitter plate (aka, “yoke”) attached to upper loops on webbing

Over 11 lbs. harness setting – splitter plate attached to loops at end of webbing which increases harness length

Endeavours Stroller Compatibility:

Endeavour utilizes Britax’s Click & Go system to attach to any of their strollers. It is compatible with the Britax B-Ready, B-Agile, B-Agile Double, & the brand new B-Free stroller. Note: The B-Agile Double can only accept one carseat. With the Britax adapter bar, you can also make this carseat compatible with BOB jogging strollers but keep in mind that it is not recommended that you actually jog with your stroller when an infant carseat is attached to it. Compatibility with other stroller brands will depend on whether that manufacturer offers a Britax adapter.

Endeavours Advantages:
  • No re-thread harness with 6 height positions
  • Narrow interior and deep sides provide excellent protection in side-impact crashes
  • Impact-absorbing base with Safe Cell technology and premium lower LATCH connectors
  • Steel anti-rebound bar that’s covered with mesh to keep toes from getting caught underneath
  • Can be installed without base using standard or Euro-style belt path routing
  • Lockoffs for simplified installation with seatbelt
  • Fits preemies and small newborns well
  • Smooth as silk harness adjuster
  • Large canopy
  • Easy to remove cover
  • Quick and easy attachment to any Britax stroller with Click & Go system
  • Instruction manual and labels are clear and easy to understand
  • Made in USA
Endeavours Disadvantages:

(In fairness, these may not be a problem for everyone but I list some potential disadvantages that may be an issue for some parents.)

  • Narrow interior and deep sides mean it will be outgrown more quickly than other competitive infant seat models that are more open and roomy
  • Heavy carrier – weighs in at 11.2 lbs.
  • Cover must be hand-washed

Britax has taken a very nice rear-facing only infant seat and upped the safety ante by adding a steel anti-rebound bar to the base and offering the option to install the carrier Euro-style when traveling without the base. The Endeavours fits babies well, especially itty bitty ones, and is easy to use. Parents will like the sleek styling and easy installation. It sells for MSRP $299 in the U.S. and $399 in Canada.

For more information on Endeavour, and the B-Free + Endeavour Travel System, visit the Britax website.

Thank you, Britax, for supplying the Endeavour Infant Carseat used for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are those of CarseatBlog.