Monthly Archive:: October 2013

Greetings from Las Vegas!


maxicosiDarren, Heather, Kecia, and I are in Las Vegas, ready to rock the ABC Kids Show!

Darren and I got a ride from the airport thanks to Maxi-Cosi. We felt right at home when we opened the car door and found a Maxi-Cosi Mico AP correctly installed in the center seat.

They’re touting it as the lightest-weight premium infant seat on the market. It was a gorgeous blue, and from the advertising, it looks like it comes in many other nice colors, too. It has a pretty large canopy and clicks easily into the base. The seat features Air Protect technology, hence the AP in the name, I imagine.

It’s rated for children from 5-22 lbs and 19-29″. It has an adjustable base, Comfy Cozi-Dozi infant support, and ultra-padded fabric. It will be compatible with Quinny Moodd, Quinny Buzz, Quinny Zapp Series, and Maxi-Cosi Kaia strollers.

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Stay tuned to CarseatBlog over the next few days for more info.

Recaro Performance SPORT Harness Booster Review: Performance Indeed


Recaro Performance Sport ReviewWhen my daughter turned 4 in March, I let her start riding forward-facing in the car even though she technically still fit rear-facing in a few of the convertible seats we owned. Thanks to trusted friends with trusted seats to lend, plus some reviews CarseatBlog needed, we’ve been able to try out just about every forward-facing combination seat out there. I’ll admit that by the time we got to the Recaro Performance SPORT, I was a little burned out on trying new seats, and I wasn’t optimistic it would do anything to wow me. Boy was I wrong!

The Performance SPORT is similar to the discontinued Recaro ProSport model but has some nice updated features, which I’ll get to in a minute. You can also read our review of the original ProSport here.

First, the Performance SPORT stats:

Height/weight range harness: 27-50″ and 20-65 lbs (and at least 1 year old)

Height/weight range booster: 37-59″ and 30-120 lbs

Photo Oct 02, 2 55 40 PMWidest exterior measurement: 19″ (at torso wings)

Narrowest part of base: 11.25″ (at very back)

Widest part of base: 17″ (toward front)

Seat back: 27″

Seat depth: 14″

Crotch strap positions: 6″, 7″, 8″

Seated Shoulder Height Measurements:

Lowest harness height (of 4): 12″

Highest harness height (of 4): 18″

Highest booster height: 20″

The Performance SPORT features seatback and harness heights similar to many other combination seats on the market, with four harness height positions, the highest of which is about 18″ tall. There are some seats with higher top slots, but 18″ should be sufficient to get most kids to the point where they are big enough and mature enough to safely transition to booster mode on this seat.

How is the Performance SPORT improved from the previous ProSport model? It features a quick-flip recline mechanism, a HERO system to help keep the harness from twisting (more on this in a bit), memory foam for comfort, and temperature-balancing fabrics.

The Performance SPORT feature side-impact protection (tested to European standards), premium push-on LATCH connectors, a no-rethread harness, and EPS foam.

Graco Argos 70 Elite Review: Reliable & Versatile


argosGather ’round as I tell you a tale of bygone days, when dinosaurs roamed the land and there were no affordable, higher-weight-harness combination seats with tall top harness slots that worked well in all modes of usage. Ah, it was a bleak era indeed, until one day the clouds parted and the Graco Nautilus emerged! It was affordable and reliably harnessed those taller, larger, older kids. There was much rejoicing. Could things get any better? Oh, yes, they could. The Nautilus begat the Argos 70, and the Argos 70 begat the Argos 70 Elite, and…

Ahem. Sorry about that.

My point is that the Nautilus was really a groundbreaking seat when it debuted in 2007, and since then Graco has built upon its success. These combination seats install easily, fit kids well, and they’re versatile – converting from a harnessed seat into a high-back booster and then eventually into a backless booster. The Argos Elite has some really nice features that make it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a next-step seat after a convertible.

What sets the Argos apart from the Nautilus? The Argos harnesses to 70 lbs vs. the Nautilus’ 65 lbs. The Argos Elite features a lockoff for seatbelt installations (a feature also available on the Nautilus Elite) and a no-rethread harness that can be adjusted from the front while the seat is installed. The Elite version of the Argos also includes width-adjustable headwings and fabric-covered armrests with additional pockets. All versions of the Nautilus and Argos feature steel reinforcement, EPS foam, and have identical dimensions.

Nauti-Argos Comp Chart


Graco Argos 70 Elite Specs & Measurements:

  • Height/weight range harness: 27-52″ and 20-70 lbs (and at least 1 year old)
  • Height/weight range high-back booster: 38-57″ and 30-100 lbs
  • Height/weight range backless booster: 40-57″ and 40-120 lbs
  • Widest exterior dimensions: 20″ (front of seat at armrests)
  • Narrowest part of base: just over 12″ (at the back)
  • Interior measurement of headwings at closest setting: 7″
  • Interior measurement of wings at widest setting: 10″
  • Height of seatback (before adjuster handle): 29.5″
  • Seating area depth: 14″
  • Crotch strap slots: 6″ and 7″
  • Lowest harness slot: 14″
  • Highest harness slot: 18.5″
  • Highest booster guide: 20″

Recaro Performance Sport Unboxing


Please stay tuned for our followup review of the Recaro Performance Sport.  You can find our full review of the Recaro ProSport here.  The differences between the original ProSport and newer Performance Sport are outlined below.

Recaro Performance SPORT - Knight

Performance Sport