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    Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 9:34pm
Holey Crumbcake!  I just lost an entire afternoon looking up carseats!  I finally settled on a Diono Radian R100 for S.  For some reason, his head suddenly sprouted up to the top of his older Roundabout, and the, "I need to get him a new seat this spring", turned into, "Uh, his seat is not safe at all, and is a ticking time bomb of expired, tired plastic Shocked!"  Sadly, I don't think I got it for a steal, since I didn't do my normal 2mo. stalking.  At least Amazon Prime saved the day.  Now, I just have to wait weeks and weeks for the blasted RF level adjuster to come.  He's going to be 2 next week (already!), so I can figure something out for now.

I also looked for a high-backed booster so that we could do 3-across in the back of the Odyssey when my parents visit us, but that seemed a lot more difficult to figure out.  We can use the Bubble Bum, but I don't like it for our long car ride when G will likely fall asleep (we're traveling 5hrs. away during their visit).  Maybe 2 Radians will give me more play back there?  I hear maybe the Parkway will do it, but the Recaro Vivo is also a contender?  At least the pricetag on those isn't going to give DH a heart attack.

Anyway, how do you go about researching your gear? 
Have to be in person?
Quick and dirty?
Tons of advice?
Check every forum and/or set of reviews?
Ask your 'Pin friends?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minneapolismama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 10:21pm
reviews, checking it out in person and putting the kids in it, and the pin. 

we ended up with the recaro prosport for many reasons- the nice harnessing weight, the good reviews, we already have a recaro that is nice and they are a local company. we took ds and put him in the recaro, nautilus and britax fronteir and he picked the recaro as best for him. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mamma22boys Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 10:44pm
Car seats I check reviews, ask pin mammas, and then check out in person.  I like that BRU will let you try them out in your vehicle. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 10:58pm
Car Seats - Pin and Car-seat.org are my go-to

Other things... Pin first and then reviews online.

I don't get too caught up in online reviews though because it seems for every "rave" there is someone who says it is "awful" which makes me crazy

In our van I can get a Radian FFing outboard, Radian RFing center and GN outboard. The Radians puzzle together RFing and FFing really well IMO. I can't do a Radian RFing outboard in the 3rd row because of annoying plastic pieces on the seat, but center it works great!
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Do you need the RFing adjuster to get a good fit? My older 2 were RFing in Radians with out the adjuster - DD until just shy of 4 and ODS 3.5.
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Originally posted by Sarah2106 Sarah2106 wrote:

Do you need the RFing adjuster to get a good fit? My older 2 were RFing in Radians with out the adjuster - DD until just shy of 4 and ODS 3.5.


From what I understand, it is not possible to use it RF in the plus-one (tiny) seat in a Honda Odyssey w/o the adjuster if you have a 2010 or earlier.  We have a Radian already, but it's only been used by the olders FF in other places.  I'm not 100% sure I'll do extended RF consistently, but I want to have it as an option for that location, in particular.  Getting the second Radian was actually an easy decision because I like the one we have, and I need the narrow seat if I want to be creative w/ installs for the 3 boys.  We already have 2 Frontiers for the spacious factor.
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I may end up doing the Radian RF just so the seats puzzle together better!
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