Conference/ABC Expo Archive

2016 Carseat and Stroller Preview: What’s New, Improved & Coming Soon from Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!

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There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 1 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience! Well… mostly complete. Some things really must stay in Vegas. 😉

Part 2 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Graco/Baby Jogger, Hauck/iCoo, Lil Fan, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, Mima, Nuna, Orbit, Peg Perego, Recaro & UPPAbaby!

Baby Trend

Baby Trend has a purchased the molds for the popular TrueFit convertible seats (formerly manufactured by TOMY/First Years) and will revive them as the new PROtect convertible carseat, improved with a 40 pound rear-facing weight limit.  They will also bring back the Folding Booster (also formerly by TOMY/First Years) as the Yumi Booster. See our blog with all the details here: https://carseatblog.com/35369/abc-kids-expo-2015-new-from-baby-trend-somewhat-new-to-us/

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Britax

Britax B-Covered - ABC 2015Britax didn’t have any new seats at the show, but they have some new accessories available for the B-Safe Infant Seat: the B-Warm and B-Covered. The B-Covered ($29.99) is a UPF-rated sun screen/bug screen, available only in gray. The B-Warm ($49.99) is a heavier, fuzzier cover for cold winter months. The B-Warm is currently available in two fashions, Polar Mist (black) and Arctic Splash (with a splash of color).

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There are also a couple seats going away. The G4.1 Advocate will be phased out by the end of the year. (The Clicktight Advocate will continue to be available.) Also retiring is the Parkway SG. The more popular Parkway SGL (with lower LATCH attachments) will be sticking around.

Limited Edition Frontier CT fashions – Liberty Sapphire, Meadow, and Concord are selling out fast—and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. If you’ve been planning to purchase a Frontier ClickTight in any of these fashions, don’t wait much longer.

Chicco

New KidFit Zip booster is now available at various retailers including Amazon.

New “Pirvata” fashion for KeyFit, NextFit & KidFit will be available only at specialty retailers.

Chicco ABC 2015 - Mix Match KidFit Zip Chicco ABC 2015 - Mix Match KidFit Zip closeup Chicco ABC 2015 - Pirvata fashion collection

Clek

The Capri fashion is available on Foonf, Fllo, and Oobr. On Foonf, it’s available in both black and white shells. Also on all fashions, enhanced padding is added throughout. Harness pads are slightly longer and softer and now attach with snaps.

Clek Foonf Fllo Capri

Big improvement: new lockoffs close ski boot-style. The end of the top lockoff clips over the edge of the bottom lockoff, then the long handle gives extra torque as you close it. Brilliant! Want these new lockoffs for your older seat that has problem lockoffs? Give Clek a call. They’ll put you on their list to get them to you when they’re available.

Clek 2016 lockoff open Clek 2016 lockoff closed

Mifold Grab and Go Booster Preview – Wow!

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See the full Mifold Grab and Go Booster Review now posted HERE.

mifold at ABCWe had an opportunity to meet with the inventor of mifold booster, Jon Sumroy, at the 2015 ABC Kids Expo. There has been a lot of buzz about this innovative new product and we were excited to get our first look at it. Thankfully we can report that we were not disappointed and even though this is still in prototype stage, we are very excited and optimistic about the final product!

Based on feedback received on our forums at Car-Seat.org, they did slightly redesign the original Mifold model for the American market in order to increase the likelihood of earning a Best Bet fit rating from the IIHS.

Mifold - width comparisons Mifold - seat with belt adjuster Mifold - metal in belt guides Mifold - covers

Mifold Specs & Features

  • 40-120 lbs.
  • Recommended 4-12 yrs old
  • 3-position width-adjustable lap belt guides (S-M-L)
  • Mandatory shoulder belt adjuster strap (completely original design—see video below)
  • Weighs about 1.5 lbs.
  • Folded dimensions: about the size of a woman’s clutch purse

The complete Mifold review is now posted here: https://carseatblog.com/38680/mifold-grab-and-go-booster-review-honey-they-shrunk-the-booster/

ABC Kids Expo 2015 – Peg Perego

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What’s new from Peg Perego? Boosters Boosters Boosters!

Viaggio Flex Highback Booster

Peg will be introducing a new highback FOLDING booster called the Viaggio Flex. It has–wait for it–no armrests! Great for those 3-across situations and tight installations where it’s hard to get your hand, or your child’s hand, down in to buckle. They’re guessing the weight limit might be 40-100 lbs, but everything is preliminary at this point. The Viaggio Flex adjusts in height in 2 steps: at the head rest and at the torso (dual height adjustment zones). ETA: May 2016 $299 Rejoice Canada! You’ll see this booster too.

Peg Viaggio flex side Peg Flex - frontish Peg Flex measurement

 Peg Flex fold 2Peg Flex fold Peg flex back

Peg Flex - side LATCH

Shuttle Backless Booster

The Shuttle backless booster goes from 40-100 lbs. and has rigid LATCH. It has a seat pan of EPS foam for the child to sit on, plus another layer of comfort cushioning–just as you’d expect from Peg. There’s a retractable shoulder belt guide using a standard harness release to extend it (a-lock, for those in-the-know), so it won’t be flopping in the way when you carry it. We measured it at 15″ deep and 16″ wide. Peg is expecting a May 2016 release date with at $99. Canada, Peg Perego loves you again 🙂 .

Peg Shuttle - front Peg Shuttle - side and showing latch Peg Shuttle - width Peg Shuttle - depth

New Primo Viaggio convertible fashions: Camo and Techo Viaggio (evidently camo is big in Europe—who knew?!!)

Peg - new camo fashion Peg - Techno fashion

ABC Kids Expo 2015 – Graco Extend2Fit Convertible (Shut Up and Take My Money) Preview

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Extend-to-Fit front

Update: Please read our Graco Extend2Fit REVIEW

One of the most eagerly anticipated seats at the ABC Kids Expo this year is Graco’s Extend2Fit convertible. What sets this seat apart is an innovative leg rest/seat extender that gives rear-facing children more legroom. Although we know that bent legs don’t pose a safety hazard, and we know that kids tend to be little contortionists, lots of parents worry that their kids look uncomfortable rear-facing and use squished legs as a reason to turn kids forward-facing, often before they should. Graco hopes to combat that worry with the Extend2Fit.

The seat we saw was a prototype so the soft goods and some other aspects might change a bit, but we liked what we saw.

The details:

  • 4-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. and 49″ or less forward-facing
  • Infant insert
  • 10-position harness height, maxing out at 18 inches
  • 6-position recline (3 positions for forward-facing; 3 for rear-facing)
  • 17″ seat depth with panel extended
  • Steel reinforced shell
  • 10-year expiration

We were concerned that the Extend2Fit’s expandable seating area might cause the seat to take up an excessive amount of room in the car, but I don’t think that will be a problem. When we put the seat in the most upright rear-facing position and extended the panel, the seat took up only about 28″. Graco said they’ve done extensive fit-to-vehicle testing and found that in most cases, an average-sized man should be able to sit comfortably in the front seat.

Extend-to-fit smallest size Extend-to-Fit largest size

With a tall shell and a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, this looks like it will be a great fit for larger rear-facing kids, yet it should still fit newborns well, too. Here’s Romeo modeling:

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The seat will be available in three colors, plus there will be retailer-specific fashions. The Extend2Fit should be shipping in November and should hit stores in January. Retail price is expected to be $199.