(Britax was nice enough to send me a complimentary Marathon ClickTight Convertible car seat in exchange for an honest and truthful review of my experience installing the seat. All thoughts expressed are my own.)
With three boys (6, 3, 1), safety is important but often times is an afterthought, especially, while they’re playing outside. Bruises, trips, scraped knees/elbows, and even black eyes are all inevitable. But in-car safety is another thing. You’re the parent, the decision-maker for your child’s safety inside your car. You want to make the right decision.
What do you look for in a car seat? Safety? Price? Size? Pattern? Comfort?
We value safety and comfort, in that order, and with the Britax Marathon ClickTight, we got both…in spades. It’s got an impact-absorbing base that helps divert energy away from your child, an impact-stabilizing steel frame with steel bars running throughout the seat, side impact protection that you can actually feel, and a V-shaped tether that minimizes seat rotation by reducing the force of a crash.
Not to mention the added bonus of being the easiest car seat I’ve ever installed.
How easy? I opened the box at 5:00 and it was installed by 5:11. Eleven minutes…and I installed it TWICE!
- I opened the box, took the seat out.
- I read the manual for rear-facing installation.
- I followed those rear-facing installation steps.
- I uninstalled it because I was sure I screwed something up. It was just way too easy.
- I did the same thing again.
- I went to get Austin to see if he liked his new seat.
See for yourself.
wrestled with installed car seats hundreds of times – in our own cars, in relatives’ cars, moving them from car to car – and no matter how many dang times I do it, it’s never easy. When all is said and done, I’ve sworn at least a handful of times, begun sweating, and/or needed at least one break.
The time it took to install this seat versus the time it takes to remove and re-install Nolan’s high-back booster from one car to the other? Pretty much the same. And if you’ve ever installed a high-back booster seat, you know how easy it is.
If I could figure out how to do those fancy ratings graphics, I’d rate it that way, but instead, I’ll rate the Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat after listing the pros and cons.
- Ready to install right out of the box
- ClickTight Technology = the easiest install ever
- Britax’ Safety & Testing Standards – multiple layers of side-impact protection, impact-absorbing base, V-shaped tether, energy-absorbing side-impact cushions – all of which help ensure the safety of your child in case of a crash
- Super-soft shoulder strap padsWe’ve all seen the result of the straps that accidentally dig in to your child’s skin
- Conveniently-placed, super-soft crotch padYou don’t want to accidentally pinch your child’s thighs while buckling them in
- Multiple reclining anglesDon’t worry about your child’s head slumping forward or waking up with a stuff neck
- 12-position, Quick-Adjust HarnessMeaning it’s no longer necessary to rethread the shoulder straps, because we all know how fun that is
- Auto-level IndicatorShows you the seat is installed at the proper angle
- LooksAesthetically pleasing patterns made with soft fabrics. We let Graham pick out the pattern, and he went with Ollie, a gray and white polka-dotted design.
- WeightI’m sure this is actually a positive, but regardless, it’s the heaviest car seat I’ve ever picked up.
But I’m not the only one who thinks this seat is awesome. Go check out Amazon, where 509 users rate it 4.5 stars. Then there’s the 358 Babies”R”Us users who also give it 4.5 stars.
Why should you buy this seat?
Besides being designed, tested, and built in the USA, this ClickTight Installation System that Britax has come up with is truly a game changer. No more jamming your knee in the seat to make sure the latch straps are as tight as possible. No more fumbling with the shoulder strap as you try weaving it through parts unknown inside the seat.
With new car seat law legislation set to begin on October 1 here in Connecticut, children must be rear-facing until they are 2 years-old AND weigh at least 30 pounds (opposed to 1 year-old and 20 pounds under previous law). And with this seat, regardless of which direction they’re facing, they’re sure to be comfortable.
The Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible car seat retails for $339.99 and comes in 9 different colors/patterns to choose from. Specs for this particular seat are available on their website.