Y’all know that we are lovers of BRITAX’s convertible car seats and we’ve feature them countless time. In our opinion, they are industry leaders when it comes to safety and ease of use. When it came time for us to choose a convertible car seat for Eloise last summer, we went with the Boulevard (more about that, here). Last fall at the ABC Expo I got to sneak peek the refreshed line of BRITAX convertible’s and earlier this month I was sent a BRITAX Pavilion from the UltimateComfort line available exclusively at Babies R Us.
In addition to the UltimateComfort line exclusive to Babies R Us, BRITAX seats sold everywhere got a refreshed look with some new added fashions/color scheme. One very handy safety feature that was added to all BRITAX convertibles is the seated shoulder height indicator. Seated should height is a measurement that should be taken into consideration for forward facing seats. When the seat is forward facing the harness should be at or below the shoulders and because children have different length torso’s the seated shoulder height is an important measurement. Basically, your child could outgrow the seat before the weight and height requirements are met. The new label sewn on the inner panel of the BRITAX seats helps ensure your child has not outgrown the seat and the seat is providing the utmost protection. I love that BRITAX has sewn in a label – a definite parent helper.
Specific to the UltimateComfort line are the following features:
- memory foam: in addition to the energy absorbing foam, two areas of the seat is lined with memory foam for enhanced comfort.
- cup holder: the UltimateComfort series seats comes standard with a cup holder
- fashions/color schemes: the UltimateComfort series colors are exclusive to line
Features of the Pavilion that are standard across are outlets (and why we love them so much):
Starting with the base – the base is comprised of SafeCell Technology which basically means it is designed to compress in the event of a crash, lowering the child’s center of gravity and keeping them safer. Adding to the safety aspect, integrated steel bars (all convertibles on the market do not have these – many seats have plastic bases/shells) help strengthen the seat’s connection to the car.
Safety is obviously on the minds of all parents when it comes to car seats and the Pavilion is loaded with bells and whistles when it comes to protection. It offers True Side Impact protection which encompasses the headwings you see in the seat. Lined with EPS foam these headwings offer an extra layer of protection and help keep the head, neck and spine protected in a crash.
The HUGS (Harness Ultra-Guard System) chest pads are an innovative feature. The HUGS are the gray pads that line the harness and help to stop the forward movement of your child in the event of a crash. The HUGS pads have ridges on the back side that “catch” on the harness to help stop that forward movement while also helping to position the harness in day to day use. The harness also has Click & Safe technology which is an audible “click” to ensure the harness is fitted snug enough.
The entire Pavilion is lined with EPS foam for safety purposes with the easy to remove and clean cover lined with BRTIAX’s comfort foam. The memory foam is in the head rest and seat portion and exclusive to the UltimateComfort line. Eloise LOVED this seat. I had to pry her away to get pictures of the seat because she wanted to sit in it so badly. For those of you that have toddlers you know this speaks volumes because sometimes getting her in the seat in the actual car is a battle.
Like all BRITAX seats, the Pavilion has premium LATCH connectors which not only make the seat easy to install but also provide a safe, sturdy connection to your vehicle. The Pavilion can easily be installed with the the car’s seat belt and has built in lock off’s to help make install easy. For more info on the new LATCH weight limits, check out our car seat safety regulations update post.
The Pavilion has a non rethread harness which means you can adjust the height of the harness with out having to rethread the harness (like you do on infant car seats). You simply push up on the handle at the top of the seat and adjust accordingly – it couldn’t be easier. This is a huge time and frustration saver for us parents.
The Pavilion has multiple recline positions for both forward and rear facing install which is nice to comfortably position your child as they grow.
The plush and stylish fabric choices are an added bonus to all the other wonderful features. The cover actually comes off very easily and doesn’t require you to remove or reposition the harness.
The downside of the Pavilion? In my mind very little. It is a fairly big seat both in weight and size wise and while rated it is rated for air travel it may be tough to carry through the airport and get on a plane.
Prior to getting the Pavilion Eloise was riding around in a Boulevard and we loved it but I am even more in love with the Pavilion. The major difference between the Boulevard and the Pavilion is the Click & Safe harness indicator and I enjoy the extra piece of mind it provides. I love that like the Boulevard, the Pavilion is a heavy seat that feels sturdy – from the base to the seat itself to the harness the materials just feel safe and of good quality. The non rethread harness is fabulous and an absolute must with how quickly Eloise seems to be growing these days. Above all else though, the safety features are what make the Pavilion a total winner in my mind.
Thoughts? Any questions about BRITAX convertible car seats?