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Old 07-27-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Britax experts come in!

My sister is convinced the britax advocate is the best seat because its the most expensive.

I'm telling her no.

She wants to know WHY you would buy an advocate over a marathon or boulevard. Anyone. I tell her until I am blue in the face to no avail..

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Old 07-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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Why do you need to convince her its not the best seat?
Of the three, the advocate would be considered the best because it has the most features, but the other two are more than satisfactory.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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I wouldn't buy it. Advocate is too wide for my 3 across. I am not a huge Britax fan because the seats are fairly shallow for ERF. I like TrueFit Premier better.


Foonf is more expensive, anyway.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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Her child is very petite and she prefers britax for separate reasons.

I was telling her the price does not necessarily indicate safety. I did tell her about the foonf. She's going to check it out though! Lol! Money bags I think the ladies are car-seat.org really broke it all down, didn't they? I can't find a thread on it though
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There is a compare option on britax...
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Yes, there is. It's not really giving the moms comparison. Which is why I came here... But I guess this is the wrong place.
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I am a loyal Britax customer. I have owned/used a few other popular seats and I did not find the ease of use anywhere close to my Britax convertibles. Ease of use for me, DH, MIL, aunts and any other care giver is my #1 priority in seat selection... a misused seat is certainly not safe! Even though there is no hard evidence they are safer, I perceive many of the "bells and whistles" to enhance the protection of my child. Each parent has to decide for herself :-) I personally like the Boulevard for the balance of features and price, but if she thinks the sict enhances safety and can spend the $ that's her choice.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #8
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I am a loyal Britax customer. I have owned/used a few other popular seats and I did not find the ease of use anywhere close to my Britax convertibles. Ease of use for me, DH, MIL, aunts and any other care giver is my #1 priority in seat selection... a misused seat is certainly not safe! Even though there is no hard evidence they are safer, I perceive many of the "bells and whistles" to enhance the protection of my child. Each parent has to decide for herself :-) I personally like the Boulevard for the balance of features and price, but if she thinks the sict enhances safety and can spend the $ that's her choice.
Thanks! I think she decided on the boulevard!
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The Advocate has the giant pillows on the outside. There are zero testing standards for 'extras' like that. They'd only have possible benefit for a child in a backless booster our adult next to the seat, while it's forward facing.

Britax seats are easy to use. But there are a lot of seats that can be used longer rear facing. So one might spend loads on an Advocate vs. not too much $ for say, a Graco My Size, and have to turn the child forward facing sooner in the Advocate. A forward facing Advocate is just not as safe as a rear facing anything else.
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Re: Britax experts come in!

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The Advocate has the giant pillows on the outside. There are zero testing standards for 'extras' like that. They'd only have possible benefit for a child in a backless booster our adult next to the seat, while it's forward facing.
Britax seats are easy to use. But there are a lot of seats that can be used longer rear facing. So one might spend loads on an Advocate vs. not too much $ for say, a Graco My Size, and have to turn the child forward facing sooner in the Advocate. A forward facing Advocate is just not as safe as a rear facing anything else.
To the bolded - this is not necessarily true. According to Britax, the exterior cushions on the Advocate reduce energy in side impact collisions for the occupant of the child seat.

The first point is well taken; there are no standard crash tests that give us comparative safety ratings between seats. So does the reduction in energy that Britax has found translate into more safety? We really don't know. But maybe.

OP - I think the Boulevard is a great seat and it is personally MY choice of the Britax convertibles, mostly because the increased width of the Advocate just makes it trickier to work with other seats (and I have 4 kids). But it really comes down to personal preference.
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