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2017 Graco Sequel 65 Convertible Carseat Review

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2017 Graco Sequel Convertible Carseat Review and Comparison to Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Carseat

The Graco Sequel 65 is a mid-priced convertible seat with easy-to-use features such as a smooth harness adjuster and an open forward-facing belt path. It’s a tall seat—great for tall kiddos—and is similar to the Graco Extend2Fit, but doesn’t have the E2F’s higher rear-facing weight limit or leg extension tray. It’s compact front to back, which makes it a great option for tight spaces.

Weight and Height Limits:
  • Rear-facing 4-40 lbs. AND child’s head is 1” below gray harness height adjustment handle
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less, at least 1 year old*

*We recommend following the American Academy of Pediatrics minimum guidelines of rear-facing to at least age 2 before turning your child forward-facing. It’s safest to rear-face past the minimum of age 2 and with a seat that has a high rear-facing weight and height limit, why not?

 

Sequel 65 Overview:
  • 10-position headrest with no re-thread harness
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • 6-position recline
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • EPS foam
  • Two cup holders
  • Machine-washable cover
  • FAA-approved for use on aircraft
  • 10 yr lifespan before seat expires
Sequel Measurements:

Harness height: 7”-18”
External widest point: 19.625”
Shell height with headrest: 27”
Shoulder width: 13.75”
Crotch strap depth: 3.5”, 5.5”
Seat depth: 11”
Seat weight: 16.4 lbs.

Comparing the Sequel to the Extend2Fit Convertible

Graco SlimFit All-in-One Review

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2017-2018 Graco SlimFit All-in-One Quick Review

A common carseat conundrum that caregivers encounter is the issue of space in the backseat. Whether it is due to a small vehicle, a growing family, or vehicle limitations on where carseats can be installed, space can be an issue. With this in mind, Graco introduced the SlimFit All-in-One that is intended to solve some or all of your carseat space woes, especially compared to the similar Graco Milestone. Let’s take a look!

Specs:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs. and top of head is 1″ below red adjuster handle
  • Forward-facing (with harness): 22-65 lbs and 49″ or less
  • High-back booster: 30-100 lbs. and 38-57″ and at least 4 years old
  • 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 45 lbs.)
  • Dual cupholders which can be rotated away to save space
  • Ten-year expiration date

  

Measurements:

  • 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): 12″
  • Deepest point on base: 15″
  • Internal seat width: 12″
  • Widest external seat width: 18.5″ (at wings, although if you use both cupholders it is wider at the armrest area)
  • Widest point across armrest area: 17″ (both cupholders retracted) or 19.75″ (both cupholders extended)
  • Widest point on base: 13.75” (at the middle)
  • Narrowest point on base: 13.25” at back and 13.25″ at front

Overall, the SlimFit is very similar to what we found in the Carseatblog review of the Milestone with some minor differences noted here. This is because the SlimFit and the Milestone are nearly identical in terms of their features and are essentially the same product with the exception of fashions and a minor change or two. Above, you can see the Milestone without its optional single cupholder (left) and the Slimfit with its two cupholders retracted (right). They are so similar, in fact, that I was skeptical about whether the SlimFit really offered any additional advantages over my beloved Milestone. Could I really fit a SlimFit anywhere that I couldn’t fit my Milestone with its cupholder removed? Because I love the Milestone so much, I was more than willing to try the SlimFit and see if I could find a seat I loved even more. I am happy to say that I think I have!

Installation

First of all, the installation of the SlimFit is very easy, just like my beloved Milestone.

2017 Britax Endeavours Infant Seat Review – the newest member of the Britax carseat family

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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

2017 RideSafer Travel Vest Review with Delighter Booster: A Dynamic Duo

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Safe Traffic System RideSafer Delight Travel Vest Review with Delighter Booster

The RideSafer Delight Vest and Delighter Booster are the two newest products from Safe Traffic System, Inc. The Delight Vest is the latest in the line that previously included the RideSafer Travel Vest, and is an alternative to a traditional harness or booster car seat that’s excellent for travel, carpool, and other situations where a traditional car seat might be difficult or impossible to use. The Delighter booster is a lightweight backless booster designed with travel in mind that can be used with or without the Delight or previous versions of the RideSafer Travel Vest. They can be purchased at Amazon or Safe Ride 4 Kids.

 

Sizes and Specs:

Delight Vest size Small is for children who are

  • At least 3 years of age
  • 30-60 lbs.
  • 34”-52” tall
  • Chest diameter 21.2”-28.3”
  • Able to sit with the bottom of the vest touching the thighs

Delight Vest size Large if for children who are

  • At least 3 years of age
  • 50-80 lbs.
  • 45”-57” tall
  • Chest diameter 23.2”-38.4”
  • Able to sit with the bottom of the vest touching the thighs

Delighter Booster is for children

  • At least 4 years old*
  • 40-100 lbs.*
  • 40”-57” tall*

*Note: If used with the Delight Vest or other Ride Safer Travel Vest, the Delighter Booster may be used below these minimums, starting at the minimums of the vest instead.

RideSafer Delight Vest Features:

  • FMVSS 213 certified
  • Lightweight and highly portable
  • Comes with travel and storage backpack bag for vest and removeable headrest, and additional small bag for tether and included crotch strap
  • Adjustable back allows about 3” of height adjustments
  • Can be used with 3-point lap and shoulder seatbelt with or without tether
  • Can be used with lap-only belt with tether strap (sold with vest as option or available separately)
  • New, multi-step buckle for lightweight security and ease of caregiver use
  • Lifespan of 10 years from date of manufacture
  • MSRP $145.00 without tether strap, $159.00 with tether strap

When might you use the Delight Vest?

This vest is ideal for travel—it even comes with its own backpack style bag so your child can carry it herself!