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Old 01-09-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

Which do you prefer for protecting seats against rear facing feet? They will be used with Diono R100's if that matters.

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Re: Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

I would save a few bucks and use an old towel or a t-shirt but I'm cheap like that.
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Re: Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

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I would save a few bucks and use an old towel or a t-shirt but I'm cheap like that.
Ha this is what I will do in our Scion but I'm getting a new to me van and really want it to look spiffy
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Re: Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

I don't know what the cost is of the two you are looking at, but we have 3 Prince Lionheart protectors and we have been happy with them!
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I just got the britax ones. I didn't even know diono had them.
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Re: Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

The under the car seat mats are not recommended. They can mask a bad install and leave your child at risk in an accident when the grippy material on the mat does not stand up to crash forces.

I would go with a mat that does not go under the seat like the Diono mat does. Between the two I would go with Britax but a quick search of Amazon shows the Brica branded ones in a 2 pack for $5 cheaper than the 2 pack of the Britax.

ETA: I realize that Diono says their mats are fine with their seats, etc, but in my experience as a CPST I always get a more secure installation without the mats. I hear many parents admitting to using the grippy material on the mat to get what they think is a tight installation when in reality, that grippy material is not going to hold the seat in place in an accident. There are things I don't do exactly by the books with my child like he has a DVD player attached to a headrest for him to watch, etc but I would not use an under the seat mat for my child.
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We just take shoes off if they are wet or dirty. I don't use anything that didn't come in the box with my seat.
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Re: Diono ultra mat vs. Britax kick mat

Diono also still makes several other after market products I'd never use. The Mighty Tite comes to mind.
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Britax ones don't interfer with the seat at all. They just lay on the back seat.
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Thanks I will get the britax ones.

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