Question Regarding Evenflo Triumph Advance LX Convertible Car Seat - Harbortown?

Bethany - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Have you used the Evenflo Triumph Advance Convertible Car Seat? Can you please share your thoughts as I'm considering buying this one. Thanks!

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Bethany - posted on 01/19/2009

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I did check out the consumer reports data- that's actually what suggested this seat to me as it tied the much more expensive Britax (not the Marathon...another one) for the highest rating and was much higher than the Marathon that I was going to buy. Anyway, thanks for everyone's suggestions. I've decided to stop stressing...every car seat has people who love it and people who hate it- I'm just going to have to pick one and try it out.

Thanks again.

Lisa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have it... it was great when I lived in a warm-weather climate.  Now that we've moved to Colorado, I will say it's very difficult to adjust the tightness of the straps when the weather varies so that your kid wears a parka one day and just a t-shirt the next.



 



Most important is safety - what are the crash test ratings.  Check the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for crash test ratings. Also, Consumer Reports (www. consumerreports.org) crash-tests carseats.

Shelley - posted on 01/19/2009

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I came about this info using the following websites.  I am going with the True Fit








 


Learning Curve 1st Years True Fit


Rear Facing = Up to 35lbs with headrest.  22lbs without headrest


Front Facing = Up to 65lbs with headrest


Cost = $180


Secure: 4 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 4 stars


 




Recaro Signo


Rear Facing = Up to 30lbs


Front Facing = Up to 70lbs


Cost = $230


Secure: 4 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars


 




Graco Comfort Sport




Rear Facing = Up to 30lbs


Front Facing = Up to 40lbs (you'll have to buy a new seat after 40lbs, I would suggest the Graco Nautilus)


Cost = $75


Secure: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3 out of 5 stars




 




Evenflow Triumph


Rear Facing = Up to 35lbs


Front Facing = Up to 50lbs (you'll have to buy a new seat after 50lbs)


Cost = $110-$130


Secure: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2 out of 5 stars


Overall: 2 out of 5 stars


 


Sunshine Radian






Rear Facing = Up to 33lbs


Front Facing = Up to 65lbs (or 80 depending on which seat)


Cost = $200


Secure: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3 out of 5 stars


 


Britax Roundabout






Rear Facing = Up to 33lbs


Front Facing = Up to 40lbs


Cost = $160-$180


Secure: 3 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
















 


Britax Marathon






Rear Facing = Up to 33lbs


Front Facing = Up to 65lbs


Cost = $190-$210


Secure: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
















 


Britax Blvd or Britax Decathlon






Rear Facing = Up to 33lbs


Front Facing = Up to 65lbs


Cost = $240-$300


Secure: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Ease of Installation: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall: 3 out of 5 stars








 


I've read that the reason Britax seats are so much more expensive is because they are based in Sweden and are more expensive to ship over here...not because they're better or more safe seats than the rest.  All brands have to pass minimum child security testing to be sold.

Becky - posted on 01/19/2009

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I bought this one and a Recaro one. The Recaro one is huge but it is ranked the best by the NHSTA (or whatever their initials are). I love the seat but it is so big and doesn't fit right in a smaller car (Ford Focus) facing rear. So we went and bought the other one. That fits better rear facing so we use that one as our main seat and are saving the Recaro for when he goes front facing. He likes both seats and the Evenflo one is more spacious. The only thing I don't like about it is that there is no head support really and when AJ falls asleep in it his poor head flops forwards or bends sideways. I usually roll a burp rag up and prop his head with it.

Bethany - posted on 01/19/2009

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I'm finding this process most frustrating! I've read what seems like every review of every carseat on Toys R Us's Canadian and American websites and they are all so varied...(just like the responses I'm getting here!) The only one with almost all great reviews was the Britax Marathon but when I checked Consumer Reports (I am a bit of anal with my research!) This one was rated much higher than the Marathon...and much cheaper. I'll pay whatever I need to- but since it seems so hard to predict whether I will need to get a new seat if my son outgrows this one too early...I'd rather save the money if I can still get a good seat.

Thanks for everyone's input, so far! :~D

Kristen - posted on 01/19/2009

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That is a great seat and highly recommended by car seat techs.  It allows rear facing to 35 lbs and then forward faces to 50 lbs (so longer than most other seats).  We actually have that identical seat in my husband's car and love it!  :)

Jessica - posted on 01/18/2009

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this is the seat in my hubbys car.. for one reason.. it is higher weight (right 50 lbs i think) and it can be easily adjusted between my two older boys, one is two one is 4. it works pretty good..

Jodie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I had an Evenflow Triumph car seat and hated it. The one I had had a double strap over the shoulders so my son's arms were always going between the 2 straps making it hard to get him strapped in. They may have changed the seat by now though. It was rated very highly at the time I bought it.

Jaime - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have this seat in a different pattern. I love it! I have it rear facing in my minivan and it fits great. I did have to put a towel rolled up to make it tilt the right way. I love how easy it is to adjust the straps with the winter coat. It is worth the money. I have a Graco Comfort Sport and I like it for a second seat, but it doesn't even compare to the Evenflo.

Heidi - posted on 01/18/2009

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This is a good seat. It rear-faces to 35lbs which is HIGHLy recomended to take advantage of. And faces foward to 50lbs. So it will harness the average child to age 5.



I recomend it if you can''t afford to pay $180 for the First Years True Fit.



www.albeebaby.com has it a little cheaper w/ free shipping. Or they did yesterday anyways.



Your child will exp this seat though so make sure it is tossed in the trash when it exp......

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2009

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I have 2 of these car seats and I love it. It's so easy to use and my boys love it. But they do take up some room. I have an SUV and there is probably enough room left in the middle of the back seat for a little kid.

Cindy - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Cindy:

I have one like this... got it last year, so it is slightly different. It tightens by twisting the knobs on the side, which is fine, until you are in a tight seat or have 2 car seats side by side. It is also wider than a normal car seat, so if you have more than one child in a car seat it is kind of a pain.


I forgot to mention that the one that I have the cover doesn't come off compeletly, which is terrible for washing. They might have fixed that though.

Cindy - posted on 01/17/2009

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I have one like this... got it last year, so it is slightly different. It tightens by twisting the knobs on the side, which is fine, until you are in a tight seat or have 2 car seats side by side. It is also wider than a normal car seat, so if you have more than one child in a car seat it is kind of a pain.

Tricia - posted on 01/17/2009

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I don't have this carseat, but I've heard that all carseats currently on the market are good ones to buy. I would suggest going to a store that sells it and try it out. I thought for sure I was going to buy a Graco based on what I had seen on-line and then when I was in the store, ended up not liking it! I bought the Cosco Alpha-Omega Elite because it was much easier to adjust the harnesses than most of the others.

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