I received a sample from RECARO for the sole purpose of this review
My youngest little guy is 4.5 months old now (almost 5). So it is time to start thinking about a convertible car seat. Although our infant seat goes up to 32 pounds there is no way I'll still carry him in it that long. He's already about 17 pounds and getting quite heavy. So it is time... I know that RECARO is a leading name in safety for child seats (and race car seats!) and I knew that I wanted my son in a very safe seat.
I was chosen to review the Performance RIDE which is their convertible seat. Good from 5-40 pounds rear facing and 20-65 pounds forward facing, it's a long lasting seat and just might be the only one you need until booster ages.
We received the Marine colorThe seat has a very sleek and modern look to it.
It sits straight up for forward facing and reclines for rear facing to keep baby in an optimal position.
Recline handle. Just pull it and move the seat into position.
The seat has wonderful venting. There is mesh on the inside and holes on the outer shell which prevents child from getting too hot. Perfect for the summer.
This built in belt lock off is truly perfect for installing with the seat belt OR with a belt that doesn't lock on it's own (in an older vehicle).
The 5 pt harness is very easy to use with clips that are easy on the hands (but still difficult for little hands). Also features stripes on the straps that make it really easy to see if they've been twisted or not.
The seat features an EasyAdjust No Re-Thread Harness. Turn a knob to raise and lower the height of the straps
Here is the seat at it's lowest position and highest.
The safety can't be beat
The head restraint is padded with real automotive "PUR" foam for added comfort and safety. The side impact protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision- their head, neck, pelvis, face and torso.
Also Twist resistant HERO technology for the strap pads.
The latch is easy to use and it stores away easily an attaches to the seat by just pushing it down.
Seat in the car rear facing...
and forward facing
and in the car (he was hungry at the time)
My youngest unfortunately isn't a huge fan of the HERO pads and they can't be removed. But I know they're there for his safety and he will get used to them.
Overall I really like this seat. It's super safe and I trust RECARO with my children's safety.
Adjusting the harness is a bit cumbersome if you're using the seat for 2 different kids, but for one it's not bad at all, you just turn the dial to adjust it. Adjusting the strap tightness is easy too and fast.
Installing the car seat was INCREDIBLY easy to do. The latch makes it really easy and it can be correctly installed in just a few minutes time. This also makes it easy to switch vehicles it's in or switch from rear facing to forward facing.
The seat is a bit big and bulky, but in my opinion that just means it's safe. A lot of thought goes into the German Engineered, but US made car seats and I know that this is a seat my youngest will use for a very long time.
Because my children are small, even my 7 year old could ride in this seat, BUT it's high up in the car, so her head would probably hit the ceiling in the car. She is 45.5" and 44 pounds.
The seat also features comfort enhancing memory foam.
It comes in 7 other colors as well. And 2 others exclusive to Buy Buy Baby
Price: It's on Amazon for $249.99 (some a few less). Normal price is $299.99. A competitively priced seat.
Overall: ***** hands down!
Head over Here for a chance to win a Performance RIDE in the Marine color I received (goes live at midnight on 6/9)
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from RECARO in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to RECARO for allowing me to review this product