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Canadian Graco Extend2Fit Review

2018 Graco Extend2Fit Review (Canada)

Editor’s Note: For readers in the USA, click here for our full review.  The Extend2Fit is a 2018 CarseatBlog Editors’ Pick from our Recommended Carseats list.

I think the first words out of my mouth were, “Whoa.  This has serious potential for a new favorite seat!”

I had just unboxed the Graco Extend2Fit, a convertible carseat option that looks sharp, installs easily, and has the coolest extendable tray to give a bit of extra leg room to those bigger rear-facing kids traveling in the back of our Canadian cars.  It also has dual cup holders, a 22.5 kg (50lb!) rear-facing weight limit, and a no-rethread harness.  Oh, did I mention the six recline positions?

Here’s the need to know info:

Weight and Height Limits

  • Rear-Facing: 1.8-22.5 kg (4-50 lb), 46-125 cm (18-49 in).  Child’s head must be 2.5cm (1″) below the headrest adjustment lever.  Harness straps should be at or just below the child’s shoulders.
  • Forward-Facing: 10-30 kg (22-65 lb), 69-125 cm (27-49 in).  Child’s ears must be below the top of the headrest.  Harness straps should be at or just above the child’s shoulders.

Features / Advantages:

  • 22.5 kg (50 lb.) rear-facing weight limit
  • 4 position extender tray for adding extra rear-facing leg room  (Note that position 1 is with the tray retracted.)
  • Dual cup holders (Required!  These came separately in the box and must be installed by snapping into place)
  • Push-on style UAS anchors that store nicely along the sides of the seat
  • 10-position headrest with no re-thread harness
  • Two crotch buckle positions
  • Ball level indicator for checking the rear-facing and newborn recline
  • Six positions of buttery smooth recline.  I’m talking hold-that-carseat-steady-as-you-go because if you squeeze the recline handle it will lean back into the most reclined position VERY easily!
  • Buckle storage pockets on each side of the seat – no digging for the buckles!
  • Easy height adjustment with a no-rethread harness
  • 10 year expiration
  • MSRP of $349.99 CAD



I found installation of this carseat among the easiest I’ve done.  I went straight for a seatbelt install first as that’s what I use personally most of the time, but did install with UAS after taking photos and found it equally easy.

Nuna PIPA Lite Infant Carseat Review: A Master Class in Function

2018 Nuna PIPA lite and PIPA lite lx Review

I think one of the biggest challenges for a car seat company is when they already have an exceptional product on the market. Typically, it’s not that difficult to find ways to improve your existing product. But when you already have a great seat, like say, the Nuna PIPA, it’s tough to find ways to make it better. Nuna seems to have been working hard on this and for a great majority of families, I think they’ve knocked it out of the park.

First, I’d strongly recommend you read our original Nuna PIPA review because the PIPA lite is, at the most basic level, a PIPA, and that review is a very thorough look at it. I’m not going to waste words retelling the PIPA story because I want to highlight the features of the “lite” model.

The Nuna PIPA lite and PIPA lite lx have the same exceptional base, the same stroller adaptivity, and basically the same dimensions. If you looked at one from a distance, you might not notice it wasn’t an original model PIPA. But when you get closer and especially when you get your hands on it, you can see the ways they’ve taken an already outstanding rear-facing-only seat and thoughtfully upgraded it.

PIPA lite Specs & Features

  • 4-32 pounds; 32” or less AND at least 1” of shell above baby’s head
  • 3 harness height positions, 1 crotch buckle position
  • PIPA base with rigid lower LATCH connectors, seatbelt lockoff AND “stability leg” (otherwise known as a load leg)
  • Energy-absorbing EPP foam through entire top and back of shell
  • FAA-approved for use in an airplane WITH the base
  • 7-year expiration
  • Luxe leatherette carry handle
  • Weight of carrier is only 6.7 pounds including infant insert and canopy
  • The entire seat, foam, fabric, and inserts are flame resistant but contain zero chemical flame retardants
  • Infant insert is now 2 separate pieces
  • 2 sets of inserts/strap covers, one of which is certified organic cotton. The head support insert contains tailor tech memory foam to make it fit and grow with baby.

PIPA lite Measurements

  • Harness slot heights: 6”, 8”, 10”
  • Lowest harness slot height with infant insert and low-birthweight pillow: approximately 4”, the curved nature of the insert makes it tough to measure precisely, but it’s looooow.
  • Crotch strap/buckle position (without insert): 6”
  • Widest point (at the outside of the carrying handle adjuster): 17”
  • Internal shell height: 19”
  • Carrier weight: 6.7 pounds with canopy and inserts (5.3 pounds without)

What Makes it Lite?

So the base is the same, the shell is essentially the same and you might be tempted to dismiss the PIPA lite as nothing new, but you’d be wrong because there are some substantial differences between the original PIPA and the PIPA lite and these differences are big deals.

PIPA lite on left, original PIPA on right

The original PIPA model weighs in at a very reasonable 9.4 pounds, but the PIPA lite (without the inserts) is only 5.3 pounds, making it the lightest rear-facing-only car seat out there. When the seat is empty, it’s almost unbelievably light for an infant seat, especially for such a solid seat made of quality materials. It’s so light you can literally carry it with a single finger. Once you put a baby in it, it’s not quite as light, but I will tell you, without hesitation, the difference in weight between my 4-month-old baby in the PIPA and in the PIPA lite is noticeable. Those 4 pounds make a difference.

I routinely have to carry several handfuls of kid paraphernalia out of the car in addition to the baby, and the PIPA lite is so much easier to carry than other infant seats. I often carry it with 2 fingers or hook it in the crook of my arm and even with Ben in it, it’s generally not the heaviest item in my arms. You might be tempted to dismiss the weight reduction as insignificant, but you would be wrong. I really mean that.

To make the PIPA lite so light, the folks at Nuna had to trim some “fat” from the original PIPA and adjust some of the materials.

What’s missing from the original PIPA?

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

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 


Britax Marathon ClickTight Review

2018 Britax Marathon CT Convertible Carseat Review

MA CT twilightClickTight isn’t a new-new technology anymore, since it was introduced on the Frontier and Pinnacle combination seats almost 2 years ago, but what *is* new is how it’s being applied to Britax’s convertible carseats. Britax has taken ClickTight and made it so that it takes seconds to install a ClickTight convertible seat. The new Britax Marathon CT is a Euro-styled, well-padded carseat designed to fit newborns to preschoolers.

Here’s a quick overview of the differences between the three new ClickTight convertibles.  All Britax CT convertibles have the ClickTight Installation System, an impact-absorbing base with 7 recline positions, rip-stitch energy-absorbing tether, HUGS harness pads, a steel reinforced frame, EPP foam, and other side-impact protection features.


  • Britax Marathon ClickTight – This model has a no-rethread harness and standard rubber HUGS pads. The top harness slot height and the overall height are about 2 inches shorter than the Boulevard CT and Advocate CT models.  MSRP $329.99

MA vs BV

  • Britax Boulevard ClickTight – All the features of the Marathon CT plus SafeCell HUGS pads; deeper, plastic-surrounded headwings; “Click & Safe” snug harness indicator, top harness slots and overall height 2″ taller than Marathon CT. Read our Boulevard ClickTight Review here. MSRP $369.99

Britax also markets a less expensive series of smaller convertibles.  We recently reviewed the Britax Boulevard G4.1 that often sells for less than $270 at Amazon.  Its sibling, the Roundabout G4.1 can be found online for under $170, and sometimes less when on sale.

Weight and Height Limits:

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs. AND child’s head is 1” below top of head rest
  • Forward-facing 20-65 lbs., 49″ or less, at least 1 year old*

*Britax recommends that children ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height specified

MA CT - Cowmooflage

Marathon CT Overview:

  • ClickTight installation system (also acts as a built-in lockoff device)
  • Complete Side Impact Protection – deep protective shell
  • 12 position headrest with no-rethread harness
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • 2 position buckle with EZ-Buckle System to keep buckle to the front and forward of the child when loading
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • SafeCell impact-absorbing base – these cells compress in a crash, which lowers the center of gravity of the child and reduces forward head excursion
  • Energy-absorbing, rip-stitch Versa-Tether®
  • 7 recline positions to help achieve a proper recline angle in any vehicle
  • Smooth bottom base with grippy edges that won’t damage vehicle upholstery
  • FAA-approved for use on aircraft
  • 10 yr lifespan makes it a good value; sells for under $280 at Amazon
  • Made in the USA!

Marathon CT Measurements

Harness slots: 7 ½”-17 ½”
External widest point: 17 ½”
Shell height with headrest: 27”
Shoulder width: 14”
Crotch strap depth: 5”, 7”
Seat depth: 12”
Seat weight: 28 lbs.


No lockoffs! What? I am celebrating no lockoffs from the brand that introduced lockoffs to the American public?