The Pros: I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and features of this seat. The one touch height adjusting harness is great. I moved it up and down a lot and had no twisting issues. Recline adjust so you get a better fit to your car's seat. Easily adjustable crotch buckle - much better than the Nautilus! Unlike a previous reviewer, I found the length of this buckle to be very generous, I think it's longer than Nautilus. My daughter thought the padding was better than many other seats and after looking under a lot of covers, I have to agree. The seatbelt guide for booster mode allows the seat belt to slide smoothly, so it retracts easily if she wiggles. The biggest plus for me was the width!!! At 17.5" wide it is one of the narrowest seats of it's type, but has plenty of width for little ones. This feature is actually why I'm keeping the seat as I have a 2009 Explorer that has a very narrow drivers side backseat, where this carseat has to go.
The cons: I was disappointed to find that the straps are too short to use on my daughter in harness mode with the headrest at it's highest level. I was hoping to keep my 6 year old in a harness for at least another year, but the straps were too snug. She is average height and weight at 48" and 49lbs. She was wearing bulky clothing #it's winter# so we might have been able to use it for a couple months if the weather was warmer. I found it difficult to get a tight fit using a seatbelt to secure the seat. I did not use a locking clip, just an auto locking belt, so maybe that would help.
Conclusion: I'm keeping this seat to use as a booster. I like that it has latch to keep it in place, the seat belt guides work well in my car and the width is perfect for us.
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