Some questions about the Radian65

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Some questions about the Radian65
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Thu, 03-26-2009 - 10:55am

Hi there,


I'm quickly approaching the need to switch Chris and Zac out of their bucket carriers and into convertible car seats.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 11:43am
nope, I have the Frontier and Marathon. sorry pal.


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Registered: 01-08-2006
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 12:10pm
My friends with a toddler and twins all have the Radians----although I think that they all bought 3, not just two. As an aside, you can fit 3 across in a Honda Civic. One has big boys (28 lbs at 15 months) and they seem fine. The only complaint I've heard is that the seats are heavy.

Rebecca
Mom to Daniel & Abigail 4/8/07


Rebecca


2005 5 IUIs + stims---all BFN
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Registered: 04-11-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 12:28pm

Thanks!


I'm not so concerned about the weight as they probably aren't going anywhere.

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 5:40pm

Nan -


I think the Radian would be perfect in your situation. Try it out and see how it fits with your Marathon. There is a chance you'll end up needing 3 of them. I recently learned that the Marathon and Radian puzzle well together if they are all facing the same direction (rf or ff), but it's more difficult when you have some rf and others ff. Or the strategy might be to put the Marathon outboard rf, the Radian center rf, and another Radian ff for Ty on the other outboard side.


Just to let you know about positioning in the car - ideally you want Ty in the center position. The general rule of thumb is the least protected child in the most protected spot. Since Ty would be the least protected child if he is in 5pt harness car seat in the ff position, he would go in the middle. Your twins are much more protected in their rf seat so they go outboard. (A recent study showed that rf is 4 to 5 times safer than ff for children under 2 years old.)


We have Radians. Marcus is 42lbs and 42in tall and he prefers the Radian to the Decathlon we have. I think the way the seat fits him on his legs is better on the Radian and the Britax seat doesn't provide as much support around his lower thighs. At least that is my guess about why he likes it.


I was surprised how well the Radian fits him because it does look much smaller than the Britax seat. I think there is a lot more fluff to the sides of the Britax seat and the fact it sits higher on the base also makes it bigger.


He's on the highest slot on the Decathlon and has about an in of torso growth room in it, but he has a smidge more to grow before he has to go to the top slot on the Radian and probably has over 1 1/2 in of torso room before he outgrows the Radian. I'm hoping he'll make it to 6 years old in the Radian. We actually just bought him a Britax Regent for one car and we passed the Decathlon to Isabelle.


As far as where to buy, I'm seeing the Radian for $189.99 at www.hipmonkey.com


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Registered: 12-16-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 5:50pm

Nan,


I have 4 radians, and will probably be in the market for 2 more if my kids ever go forward facing, or grow to more than 30 lbs.


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Registered: 04-11-2007
Fri, 03-27-2009 - 2:28pm

Thanks Jen and Melanie for your info.

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