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2019 Diono Radian 3RXT Review: Diono Updates the Classic Folding Carseat

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2019 Diono Radian 3RXT Review

Like its predecessor, the Radian RXT, the Diono 3RXT fills a niche for parents and caregivers looking for a narrow carseat that will grow with their child. The Radian line of seats has always been known for being 3-across friendly. Families with mid-sized vehicles and 3 kids are often well-served by Radians; I had one in my Civic for years when I had to fit a toddler and two teenagers in the back regularly. The current Radian series, the 3R3RX, 3RXT, and 3RXT JMC (Just My Color, a customizable fashion scheme) all share the Radian platform but extra features distinguish them from each other. We have a previous review of the recently discontinued RXT and the basic features and functions are very similar. This review will cover the basics and point out the updates to the new Diono 3RXT.

Radian 3RXT Weight and Height Limits

◦ Rear-facing: 5-45 lbs., height 44″ or less, and at least 1.5” of carseat above the child’s head*
◦ Forward-facing: 20-65 lbs., at least 1-year-old, height 57″ or less, child’s shoulders are not above top harness slots
◦ Highback booster: 50-120 lbs., 40-57” tall, and child’s shoulders must be at or above the 4th set of harness slots

*See Fit to Child section

some state laws have higher minimum age or weight requirements for riding forward-facing – find your state law here.

Radian 3RXT Overview

◦ 5 harness slot heights
◦ 12-position headrest
◦ 3 crotch/buckle strap positions
◦ Safe Stop Load Limiter
◦ Full steel reinforced frame and aluminum reinforced sides
◦ Folds flat for travel and storage
◦ Lined with EPS foam
◦ Rear-facing tether capability
◦ Deluxe push-on latch connectors
◦ One of the narrowest convertibles on the market: makes 3-across much easier
◦ Low profile makes loading and unloading child easier

3RXT Updates:

◦ 65 lb. weight limit for the harness (this is more realistic than the previous 90 lb. weight limit)
◦ Full wrap cover makes for neat and tidy storage of unused straps and accessories on the back of the seat

 

Safety 1st Store ‘n Go Sport Booster Review – grab your gear and go!

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2018 Safety 1st Store ’n Go Sport High Back Belt-Positioning Booster Review

The Safety 1st Store ’n Go 2-in-1 has been around for a few years and is one of the more popular options for tall kids. It fits a variety of grade-school age children due to its unusually generous height capacity. The Store ’n Go Sport 2-in-1 offers many of the benefits of the original Store ‘n Go, with a lower price tag. It is a dual-mode booster, which means it can be used in either high-back or backless mode. The cover is silky soft and should be appealing to most kids. The booster seat bottom has reasonable leg support for taller kids while the headrest provides a comfortable resting place. The Store ’n Go Sport is a booster that will easily last most children until they pass the 5-Step Test and can safely transition into an adult seat belt.

Weight and Height Limits:

40-110 lbs.

43-57” tall

No age minimum is stated but we recommend children be at least 4-5 years old before they transition to using a belt-positioning booster seat

Store ’n Go Sport Overview:

  • 7-position headrest
  • Can be used as a backless booster
  • Integrated cup and snack holders
  • Retractable drawer to hold trinkets/books/tablets
  • Machine washable cover
  • MSRP $39.98

Stow 'n Go with head rest in lowest position Store 'n Go Drawer 

Measurements:

Cosco Finale Quick Review

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2017 Cosco Finale 2-in-1 Forward Facing Harness/Booster Review

 

The Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Booster Car Seat is a Stage 3 carseat that is most appropriate for preschool and school-aged children. It is safe, lightweight, extremely budget-friendly and stylish. It is a new model for 2017, so you won’t yet find it on our Recommended Seats. It’s not too complicated to install, and is relatively easy to use properly. Its height capacity isn’t the highest on the market, but it’s reasonably tall for its price point.  Combined with the 65 lbs. weight limit, it should fit most average-height kids (even heavier ones) in the 5-point harness until they are the age and size to safely transition to booster mode. The 2017 Cosco Finale is a forward-facing only carseat. Cosco’s instructions indicate it is for kids at least 1 year old, although we would generally recommend at least age two because it does not rear-face. It can also be used as a highback booster for kids who weigh more than 40 lbs.

 

Cosco Finale Specs:

With 5-point harness:

  • Weight: 30 – 65 lbs.
  • Height: 32 – 49″
  • Age: At least one year old
  • Fit: Child’s shoulders are at, or below, the top harness slots

As a highback booster:

  • Weight: 40 – 100 lbs.
  • Height:  43″ – 52″
  • Age: None stated, but we recommend waiting until at least age 4 as a bare minimum
  • Fit: Tops of child’s ears are at, or below, the top of the child restraint headrest

Finale Features:

  • 3 sets of harness slots
  • Single crotch strap/buckle position
  • May be installed with LATCH up to 50 lbs. child weight
  • Converts to highback booster
  • Can NOT use LATCH in booster mode
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Removable cup holder can be placed on either side.
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration
  • DX Fashions feature premium fabric

Measurements:

  • 3 Harness slot heights: 13″, 15″, 17″
  • 1 Crotch strap/buckle position: 7″
  • Weight: approximately 9 lbs.
  • Total Width: 17″

For more measurements, please see our Comparison database.