Britax Marathon ClickTight Car Seat + Giveaway

When it comes to traveling with our precious little ones, safety comes first.  The safest car seats alongside proper installation and usage are of the utmost importance to us.  I’ve had my share of frustration installing car seats, and when I heard that Britax invented a solution, I couldn’t wait to learn more.  Last summer, I met with team Britax to test out their innovative ClickTight technology in their most popular convertible car seats – The Marathon, Boulevard, and Advocate.

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With friend Brianne at the ClickTight launch event.  Image via Margarita Corporan for Britax.

I shared details of the product launch over on Project Nursery – and our four-and-a-half-year-old has been comfortably traveling in the Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat (exclusive to Babies “R” Us).  We’ve had big changes over the past month – I now have my own car for the first time in about 15 years!  As a two-car, two-kid family, it makes sense to keep one car seat installed in each car, transferring the third seat as needed.  Here’s where the Britax ClickTight ease of installation comes in.

Simply press the tab on the front of the seat, turn the knob to open the front compartment, slide the belt through the designated spots, buckle the seat belt and click the seat shut.  It’s straightforward and simple – and definitely the easiest to install car seat that we’ve ever owned.

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Our little guy is as snug-as-a-traveling-bug and I feel confident installing his car seat. The SafeCell Impact Protection technology keeps him cocooned in safety with an impact stabilizing steel frame, complete side impact protection, and other features far exceeding Federal Safety Requirements. I know that my son is secure – and I hope to never install anything other than a Britax ClickTight again!

Britax ClickTight Review GiveawayIn addition to all of the great features of the regular Britax ClickTight convertible car seats, the Babies “R” Us exclusive UltimateComfort Series models also include a layer of soft, resilient memory foam, exclusive fabric options, and a removable cup holder. We’re so excited to partner with Britax to give one away!

Win It: Enter to win a Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat ($339.99 value) via the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US only, and a winner will be displayed on the widget at contest completion. Best of luck!

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Sample provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Britax Affinity Stroller Giveaway

We recently met with our friends at Britax and they have an incredible Affinity Free Ride Event coming up!  From September 20-28, 2014, receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat($179.99) or Affinity Bassinet ($199.99) with the purchase of an  Affinity stroller ($699.99) (at participating U.S. retailers).

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To celebrate we are sharing details on the Britax Affinity Stroller and have one to giveaway!

This sleek stroller offers 18 beautiful fabric and frame color combinations for a customized look.  Each of the six versatile color packs includes a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, basket liner and machine-washable padded seat liner. The streamlined frame is available in black, silver and white.  We like the fact that the fabric can be interchanged and the functional details including a forward- and rear-facing seat, rain and sun covers, compact fold, adjustable suspension system and leg rest.   Accessories like the Cozy Toes insulated shell, available in the full spectrum of Affinity colors, are designed to keep baby warm and dry. The seat’s four recline positions and five-point harness allow baby to ride comfortably and safely from birth using the Affinity Bassinet or an infant car seat – and in the stroller seat at six months – up to 55 pounds.

The Click & Go system makes it easy to adapt the Affinity stroller to changing needs, including installing a bassinet, an infant car seat, or switching the direction of the stroller seat – without purchasing additional adapters.  The under-seat storage basket, oversized canopy with ventilation window, air-filled tires and articulating handle with leatherette trim complement the thoughtful engineering with details to simplify every lifestyle.

WIN IT:  Enter to win a Britax Affinity Stroller ($699.99 value) via the rafflecopter below.  Winner selects fabric and frame color.  This contest is open to U.S. only, and a winner will be announced on the widget below.  Please note that all entries are verified.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Britax Pioneer 70 {Giveaway}

When it came time to purchase car seats, safety was absolutely paramount.  My family ultimately went with Britax because of their outstanding safety standards.  Both of my children have traveled in a Britax Marathon, and my oldest is currently in a Britax Frontier 85.

Britax recently introduced the Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat.  It is designed to grow with the child, accommodating 25-70 lbs (must be two-years-old) in the 5-point harness, and 40-110 lbs as a belt-positioning booster.  I had the chance to meet with the Britax team to learn more about this premium seat, designed for children graduating from a convertible car seat.

Since the Pioneer 70 is a smart-value seat ($229.99 MSRP in comparison to the Frontier 90 – $329.99 MSRP), I  asked the product manager if there is any sort of step down in safety features.  The Britax team explained in detail how the Pioneer 70 still includes the best safety technologies, at a significantly lower price point.  I was impressed when I learned of  the seat’s exclusive Safety You Can See technologiesFor example, the child’s head is protected  by integrated steel bars, base with SafeCell technologies and energy-absorbing versa-tether.  True Side Impact Protection provides deep side walls, and a head restraint with energy-absorbing EPS foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion and contain the head, neck and body.  This seat can be reclined from the front, and the headrest and harness can also be accessed from the front.  The roomy seat also has cup holders and storage space.  In addition, vehicle installment is made simple via an easy-access belt path.  Please note that the Pioneer 70 is not yet FAA approved for airline travel – however I can’t image navigating an airport with a car seat this size!

When I first viewed the Pioneer 70, I was a bit confused with the belt path design.  The lower back portion of the seat appears to stick out a tiny bit (the belt path is behind it).   I was certain that my son would notice this despite the fact that the product manager explained that it was not an issue in their extensive product testing (there is also an ample amount of material-encased padding over the belt path).  I had my son travel in the seat for a few weeks prior to writing this review since I wanted to wait for the novelty of a new seat with cup holders/storage areas to wear off.  Much to my surprise he never once mentioned a sensation is his lower back.  The belt path design continues to be a non-issue for my son.

The Britax Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster will be on store shelves next month, and our experience has been positive.  My son is clearly comfortable in his spacious new seat (he especially loves the arm rests and storage space).  The directions are straightforward, and installation was easy (I like the open-access belt path).  Most importantly, I know that my son is traveling in superior safety.  I’m also pleased with the fact that the Pioneer 70 is designed to accommodate him as he grows older.

Win It!
Britax is generously giving away one Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat to one lucky winner!  The winner can even select their color (I’m a fan of Onyx and Silvercloud. It also comes in Kiwi, Redwood and Gardengate). Enter via the below rafflecopter.  A winner will be selected in one week.  Please note that all entries are verified and the contest is open to US only.  Thanks for visiting and good luck!

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Britax provided me with a Pioneer 70 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat for review purposes.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.