420 of 434 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britax vs. Recaro (Britax Good but I prefer Recaro)
I have one each of the Britax Marathon and the Recaro ProRide for our two vehicles. I studied and agonized over the decision on which car seat(s) to get when I purchased them several months ago. There are a plethora of reviews that pit the Britax against the Recaro, so to save you reading time, I'll keep my review brief:
Pros of Both:
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for REAR facing, but I there are safer seats for FORWARD facing
I researched convertable carseats FOREVER before deciding on one. I went back and forth between this seat and the Recaro Pro-Ride. I actually bought the Recaro Pro-Ride first. When installed forward facing, it is a tank. You child will be protected. My daughter, though, is not ready to ride forward-facing yet. So, I needed this to rear-face for a bit. I could not get...
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420 of 434 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britax vs. Recaro (Britax Good but I prefer Recaro),
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)I have one each of the Britax Marathon and the Recaro ProRide for our two vehicles. I studied and agonized over the decision on which car seat(s) to get when I purchased them several months ago. There are a plethora of reviews that pit the Britax against the Recaro, so to save you reading time, I'll keep my review brief:
Pros of Both:
-Sturdy, High Quality
-Plenty of adjustment for a good secure fit (and our little girl is definitely behind the growth curve in weight: 1 year old and 17 pounds!)
Cons of Both:
-This is probably vehicle dependent, but if installing as rear facing then sometimes difficult to get it level because of how many vehicle seats slope down. Ultimately, in our Camry I followed manufacturer recommendations and used a tightly rolled towel underneath to achieve the right placement.
Reasons I like Recaro (I'll qualify this by saying both are good, this is just a preference and am probably splitting hairs):
-installation slightly easier due to nature of the latch belts.
-harness release is much easier to find and just seems to make more sense (ergonomically) based on how your hands work when you are reaching in the vehicle.
-seat seems less bulky and easier to transfer child in and out of.
-harness is easier to adjust and fit seems more snug (note on the Britax, fit is FINE, but we can't get any tighter so ideally it could be a hair better.
-shoulder pads stay in place better
-easier for child to see out of (keep those eyes busy!)
So, these reasons may not seem like a big deal...which is what I would have said when I was researching. I will close with saying, both are good, and I did not bother to return the Britax, BUT, if I had to go back several months and do it all over again, I would just get two of the Recaro ProRide models.
191 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great seat from Britax,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)Since 2001 I've been hooked on Britax car seats. The quality and ease of use of their seats puts them above their competition. When I was presented with the opportunity to review the Britax Marathon 70-G3 I jumped at the chance to see how it differed from the Marathon 70.
We own a Britax Marathon 70 so I decided to put it next to the Marathon 70-G3 for a side by side comparison. For the most part the seats are practically identical with a few small differences. The harness adjustor strap's release mechanism is the same, and I still find it awkward when compared to the Marathon and Roundabout 55 classic seats. Instead of pressing down, you need to press up. After nearly 11 years of dealing with seats that have easier releases, I still find this to be awkward. Harness height adjustment on this seat is a snap compared to the seats where you need to rethread the harness. You simply have to squeeze and pull (or push) to adjust the height of the harness straps. The ease of use for this function is on par with the simple adjustment of the back on a Graco TurboBooster. Parents who travel frequently and find themselves lugging their child seat through airports will appreciate the added touch of an area to clip the versa tether strap to be used as a carry handle.
The difference between the Marathon 70 and 70-G3 lies in the versa tether and the harness buckle. The versa tether on the new Marathon 70-G3 is energy absorbing and works to reduce forward movement and rotation in a crash. The seat also has the EZ-Buckle System which keeps the harness buckle in a forward position and keeps your child from sitting on the buckle. I can tell you that this feature is quite nice. I have been using a Roundabout 55 Classic with our nine month old and I can't tell you how often she ends up sitting on the buckle and freaking out while I try to pull it out from under her. The new design really works nicely to keep the buckle out of the way when loading the baby into the seat. The design reminds me of the harness buckle on our B-Agile stroller.
Installation of this seat was a snap. I installed it both rear and forward facing in my Toyota Sienna and it was easily and securely installed in both positions. Because the seat is so large, it is possible that this seat may not fit well in smaller cars when used in the rear facing position.
Overall, this is a great quality seat that will keep your little one safe, comfortable and secure for many years. In the nearly eleven years that I've been using Britax seats, I have found each of them to be worth the price.
59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Car Seat that fits great in my car!,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Chili Pepper (Baby Product)This car seat makes the other two I have seem like crap. I was given a Safety First Alpha and Omega, it's ok but it's hard to install correct and currently it is slanting to the left, I have to figure that out. I also bought a cheaper $40 Cosco Scenera from Walmart as a back-up car seat to go to my mom's. It is hard to get tight and it moves a lot front to back.
I had looked for a car seat for a couple weeks. I read review after review. Anytime one had a negative review I debated whether I should get that car seat or not. I started getting a bit paranoid about getting the perfect car seat for my daughter. I mean she is my most precious cargo.
First off, SIZE: my HUGE concern when getting a convertible seat was that it would fit in my Mazda 3 rear-facing. Many reviews of car seats I was interested in mentioned how huge they were and how difficult to fit in a smaller car. Some reviews mentioned how well this (Britax) fit in cars so I decided to give this one a try (because it also had great reviews based on safety and comfort etc...)It fits beautifully. If you install it directly behind a seat you'll probably have to move the seat up just a bit, but not bad. I like to put the seat in the middle though because that is the safest place. It fits perfectly. I can move the front seats back as much as I like. This was a huge selling point for me, and I know that when I was reading reviews it was something I was specifically looking for. I want to keep my daughter rear-racing as long as I can, so I needed it to fit nicely. I also love that this seat has a higher rear-facing weight limit of 40 lbs.
INSTALLATION: It took me a little bit at first but that was only because I was reading the manual carefully and familiarizing myself with the parts of the seat and the parts in my car. It was actually quite easy though. And now I could do it pretty fast for the second time. I used the LATCH system and it was pretty straightforward. But with every other car seat I have had I have used the seat belt. That way didn't look bad either. What I really liked about installing it with the seat beat route is that it has a locking mechanism under the car seat fabric that actually will hold the seat belt in place. You won't have to use those metal locking clips. The best part was after it was installed the car seat did not move! AT ALL! It didn't move side to side or even front to back it was solid. Another thing that I absolutely love about this seat is that I didn't have to use a stupid pool noodle to make it level. That always seemed lame to me that so many car seats are level on the floor, but most vehicles seats are slanted. Adding a pool noodle or rolled towel has always bugged me.
I love the material, it really feels nice and comfortable. The seat is also padded nicely. The velcro on the sides is nice because it holds the straps up so they don't get tucked under my daughters bottom. I also love how there is padded material that goes behind the buckle. This is nice because the straps won't dig into her chubby little legs.
I only have one negative thing to say, and that is more about the instruction manual. When it mentions the tersa tethering, I was a bit confused. I didn't understand based on the manual how to tether rear-facing. It was very vague. One thing, is you don't have to tether rear-facing it's optional (the manual made it sound like you had to) the other thing I thought is I needed an actual tether thing on the floor (like the one on the backs of seats). But you can tether using anything on the floor of your car that is bolted down. I used part of the track to move the front seat forward and back.
I love this seat and I would recommend it to anyone!
124 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Safe Seat, Onyx is Hot as Blazes,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)We are so happy that we bought a Britax Marathon. It is easy to install, super safe, and our long-legged kids are comfortable in it. My son (now 4) used it happily until my daughter turned 1. However, as soon as we had to move it from the center of the rear row, to one of the sides... the silver fabric of the Onyx heats up so fast, it burns my fingers to touch it. So, we keep a towel over it when not parked in the garage. In retrospect, we should have ordered a velour/cotton fabric that doesn't heat up so much.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for REAR facing, but I there are safer seats for FORWARD facing,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)I researched convertable carseats FOREVER before deciding on one. I went back and forth between this seat and the Recaro Pro-Ride. I actually bought the Recaro Pro-Ride first. When installed forward facing, it is a tank. You child will be protected. My daughter, though, is not ready to ride forward-facing yet. So, I needed this to rear-face for a bit. I could not get the Recaro to safely install in a rear-facing position in my Volvo XC90. (See my review of the Recardo Pro-Ride for more info.) I ended up returning the Recaro and getting the Britax Marathon 70-G3. This seat installed wonderfully in my car in the REAR facing position. No noodle was needed. It has a strap for the rear facing position that lets you connect the top of the seat to the floor of the car, which prevents tipping, which I really like. It is nice and comfy and soft for the baby. It has these plastic covers on the straps, that make it hard to get the straps tight if your baby is tiny, but you can get it to work. I will say, though, that the Britax head proection is not as good as the Recaro. Plus, the Recaro is deeper - your baby sits down in it more, so they are more protected from side impact.
Bottom line for me: This is a great seat for REAR facing. But, I think when I am ready to put my baby in a FORWARD facing postiion, I am going to spend the money and get the Recaro.
71 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)I purchased the britax marathon 70 for my daughter when she was 8 months old. I researched for months and decided based on the fact it was rear and forward facing it was best for us. My daughter loves her seat and we will be buying another when our second dd is the same age. Yesterday our worst fear happened when my 2011 Chrysler 200 was struck almost head on by another vehicle. Hubby was ok and Natalie had only 2 scratches on either side of her neck from the straps. No bruises or anything!!! In combination with the safety of my car (which is totaled) I think the britax saved my daughter from serious injury. The first thing I did while at the hospital was get on here to order her new seat! Thank you britax!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Car Seat,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)I have a 14 month old nephew I watch during the day so I needed a car seat to transport to and from my house. I have a very tiny Nissan Sentra and I was worried about finding a seat that would fit in my car. After lots of research and reading reviews, I settled on this one. It just barely fits in my car in the rear-facing position, but it does fit. My nephew has plenty of room to grow and the seat should last him for awhile. It also looks very comfortable and he has no problem sleeping in it. The black seat does get very hot in the sun so I suggest covering it up when not in use. Overall I'm very happy with this car seat.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not TOO BIG!,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Cowmooflage (Baby Product)I am not a reviewer, and to be honest this is my first on Amazon. But given all the reviews for this carseat that I read, I wanted to add a few notes. The reviews really worried me that this carseat wouid be TOO BIG for my car, to the point I almost passed up buying it. I drive a 4-door Mercedes C230, which is a small sedan. We had a Peg Perego facing backwards initially and always had to move the front seat up. I was completely sold though on the safety ratings for this carseat and the long-term investment that my child can grow in this seat. I reviewed and researched many others, but kept coming back to this one. I had my husband take the carseat measurements out to our car and measure our back seat and the position of the front seat. He said it would probably be tight. Then we drove up to BabiesRUs to take one out of the box and see how big it is. It definitely looked pretty big when we set it on the floor. But my husband thought we would be able to make it work. So I ordered it on Amazon with the cow print and of course got it in no time flat - 2-day, no tax and free shipping. We actually didn't notice it had been delivered until the next morning before we left for work. My husband brought the box in and then left for the office. I couldn't wait! I took it out of the box, unwrapped it, and the first thing I fell in love with was the cow print! It is absolutely adorable! Such a cute print and a super soft fabric, almost silky. The primary base color is white so I'm assuming it won't get too hot in the sun (to be determined). The padding is wonderfully soft and thick and covers the whole seat along with the padded hip/back inserts that can be removed later when your child grows. Then I checked out the straps to make sure I could figure out how they loosen and tighten. So intuitive! You can adjust from the front by simply lifting the latch up and pulling the straps forward or pulling the tail end down. The top has a handle latch to raise and lower the back so that the shoulder straps can be adjusted properly based on the height of your child. Then I carried it out to my car for the big test - will it be TOO BIG. It was no heavier than our Peg Perego carrier. It actually felt light, but maybe I was just expecting it to be heavy. The carseat slid right in to the back seat (forward facing). No tilting or angling. Just slid right in. I clipped it into the latches on the sides and over the head rest and cinched it tight. No problems at all. Then stepped back and looked at the fit. It still had maybe 2" of room between the end of the carseat base and the edge of the seat. The back was as tall as the bottom of the headrest (and I had adjusted it up a couple notches). It looked so much roomier than the Peg Perego carrier! The final test was to put my daughter in it and see how she responded. I strapped her in, and as we drove 5 blocks to school, she was so excited about it - cooing and smiling and rubbing the fabric. She kept looking at me with this huge smile. I kind of wish they made a seat this soft and comfortable for the driver! So, my recommendation for all of you who love this seat for good reason but are afraid it might be TOO BIG, try it first! It might just be the perfect fit, and I hope you found this review helpful.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a serious accident and 2 year old was SAFE!,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)I couldn't be happier with this car seat after being in an accident. We were hit on the passenger side due to another driver failing to stop at a red light and then that impact spun us into another car where we were hit on the driver's side. My son was not injured. He had some bruising where the chest restraints were and that was it and I credit that to this wonderful car seat. The EMS workers told me several times what a safe seat this was and that it kept my 2 year old from being seriously hurt. There was no question when replacing his car seat that I bought another Britax Marathon!!!!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even in small cars,
This review is from: Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx (Baby Product)We love the Britax Marathon 70. When my son grew out of his infant carrier seat, we purchased this for our convertible seat. We immediately loved it. Our son was comfortable, the seat was a breeze to install and overall the quality was very impressive. However, because we thought it was expensive, we used this in our main family car, but decided to buy the cheaper, but still safe, Cosco Scenera for our second car, which is really only used from daycare and back. After a few days with the Scenera, I couldn't take it. Our second car is a small Mazda3, but the Scenera didn't fit well and it was so cheap! After three days, I was sick of the straps twisting and it was so low quality. We decided to purchase another Britax Marathon for our second car and I couldn't be happier. Despite it being a bigger car seat, it actually fits BETTER in my small car than the Scenera. I was shocked. I can't say enough about this convertible - highly recommend!
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