Here at CarseatBlog we’ve already reviewed most of the Britax convertibles currently available so we were interested in taking an in-depth look at the Pavilion to see how it compared to its siblings – Roundabout 55, Marathon, Boulevard & Advocate. The Pavilion is the replacement for the previous generation Boulevard 70 CS. The CS designation stands for “Click & Safe” snug harness indicator, a feature that helps parents and caregivers to understand how snug the harness should be. The harness adjuster actually clicks and you can feel it “pop” (for lack of a better explanation) when the harness is adequately tensioned. It’s not a perfect system because it’s possible to trick the indicator with a bulky winter coat or with slack left in the hip straps of the 5-point harness. However, it’s still a great concept and if it helps some parents and caregivers to do a better job tightening the harness sufficiently then it’s a valuable and worthwhile feature.
Since there are many different new-generation Britax convertibles currently available with different features and different price-points, we should probably start this review off with a list summarizing the main differences.
- Britax Roundabout: This is the most budget-friendly Britax convertible. It lacks the no-rethread harness found on all the other models but that’s really not a big deal unless you’re frequently transporting kids of different sizes in one carseat. It also lacks HUGS pads and the G4 upgrades.
- Britax Marathon: This model has a no-rethread harness and the G4 upgrades but it lacks the new HUGS pads and the deeper headwings found on the Boulevard, Pavilion & Advocate models.
- Britax Boulevard: This model has all the features of the Marathon but also has deeper headwings for enhanced protection in side-impact crashes.
- Britax Pavilion: All the features of the Boulevard plus the “Click & Safe” snug harness indicator.
- Britax Advocate: All the features of the Pavilion plus Britax’s exclusive Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT).
All the new “G4″ convertibles come with an included infant insert cushion (required for babies under 22 lbs.), optional harness strap covers, the EZ buckle pad and rubbery HUGS chest pads which are mandatory when the seat is installed forward-facing.
An anti-rebound bar is now available for all Britax G3/G4 convertibles. It is available as an accessory (for purchase separately) directly from Britax.
The pattern shown in this review is called “Sophia”. There are several Britax fashions available for the Pavilion if “Sophia” isn’t your cup of tea. MSRP for the Pavilion is $339.99 but you can usually find much better prices online.