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Old 11-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Britax Frontier or Radian?

I am probably thinking about this too far ahead as we have a Graco MyRide my 4 year old fits in- now forward facing as she is over 40 lbs. I don't much like it though. If I find an amazing deal when we have some extra $, which would you recommend of the two above? I like the thin aspect of the Radian in case we ever need 3 seats across in our CRV, but I do fly with my carseats and think that might be really heavy to move around, carry to plane while wearing DS (27lbs himself). I don't want DD in a booster, and want a seat she can sit in in an airplane as I prefer a layer between her and the seats where everyone eats peanuts all day long (allergy).

Also, how long do kids usually fit in a My Ride seat? I think she is a fairly average sized 4 year old.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

In general I like the Frontier more. But honestly I can't imagine flying with it! How often do you fly? Would you maybe consider getting a seat just for travel, like the Evenflo Maestro? B/c honestly the radian wouldn't be exactly fun to fly with either - although it does fit nicely in airplane seats.
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

We fly several times a year. I don't think we would want to store an extra seat just for traveling honestly.
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

Well, like I said, I wouldn't want to fly with either. If it's just a few times a year then I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor - especially since she is 4 and probably will be fine without a car seat pretty soon (around 40 pounds). Taking a car seat to protect against a peanut allergy seems sort of extreme to me, although granted I do not have kids with allergies, so maybe it is par for the course. Could you accomplish the same thing with a big blanket to cover the seat and a smaller blanket around the seatbelt?

If your 10 month old is still in an infant seat, I'd go ahead and pass the MyRide to him and get whatever seat you like best for the 4 year old.
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

I fly with my radian all the time, but I'm not sure I would want to get it for a 4 year old. I love may frontier the very best of all my seats but wouldn't want to fly with it at all. Have you considered a secure kid? They were really nice when I played with them, and seem like they'd be light weight and easy to fly with.
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

I wouldn't get a Radian for a 4 year old. It is insanely heavy, and they don't become boosters til 50 pounds. If your kiddo is only 27 pounds, it will long be outgrown by height before you can use it as a booster.

I would look into a Secure Kid, which is light for traveling, and nice and tall, and reasonably narrow without being confining.

I love my Frontier, but I wouldn't travel with it. We use a Maestro for travel.
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

You can purchase an attachment to wheel a carseat around an airport -- it doubles as a stroller in the airport as well. There appears to be one especially for britax http://www.diapers.com/p/britax-car-...el-cart-109045

I have an older version of the http://www.gogobabyz.com. It worked well with the evenflo Triumph when we traveled earlier this year. My son often wanted to sit in it as a novelty. Only issue with ours is that when he was in it we really couldn't set it down because he would be angled toward the floor!
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

btw the secure kid can just be used as a booster until height of 57 inches the same as the radian. Looks like the frontier actually goes to 65 inches.

http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=398&pfid=5053
http://carseatblog.com/14805/diono-radian-rxt/
http://carseatblog.com/5751/britax-f...is-it-for-you/
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

btw the secure kid can just be used as a booster until height of 57 inches the same as the radian. Looks like the frontier actually goes to 65 inches.

http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=398&pfid=5053
http://carseatblog.com/14805/diono-radian-rxt/
http://carseatblog.com/5751/britax-f...is-it-for-you/
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Re: Britax Frontier or Radian?

Thanks ladies- good stuff to think about. We do usually take a stroller to wheel the seats around so it's just getting it through security and on the plane. I know the allergy thing might be kind of over the top, but it makes me feel a little better about it. I do have an older Marathon for DS- he has long outgrown the bucket.
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