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    Carseat Crazy rin2809's Avatar
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    Combination Seat for Airplane

    We will be taking our kiddos on a plane for the first time in December: Nonstop from Minneapolis to Orlando on Delta (Main Cabin). We are renting a minivan for about 2 hours of driving on one of our 9 days in Florida, the rest will be on Disney Resort Property, so beyond keeping my little guy safe on the plane, I need a seat I can trust while we are there.

    I know my oldest (who will be 7 when we travel) will not be able to use his backless booster on the flight, so I am going to try to pack our lightest one into our luggage, but I am torn on which seat to bring for our 3 year old (who turns 4 while we are there). I really don't want to buy a new seat, so I am trying to decide between the two lightest combination seats we have (not crazy enough to haul a Nautilus on a plane!!).

    I am debating between our older (but not expired) Maestro and an almost brand new Graco Atlas. Anyone have any advice on which may be easier to haul, fit better on the plane, etc?

    Just FYI: Kiddo is currently just shy of 40" and weighs about 35lbs. He rides in the Atlas every day in my car and the Maestro only occasionally when he is with my parents.
    Big Boy G: 11/6/2012, 53lb/49", Evenflo Procomfort RightFit HBB, Evenflo Big Kid HBB
    Little Bro C - 12/4/2015, 32lb/38" Graco Nautilus 65 Safety Surround, Graco Atlas 65
    Extra Seats: Graco Nautilus 65, Cosco Apt 50, Evenflo Maestro, Harmony Defender, Graco Turbobooster NBB, Cosco Rise NBB

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    I would absolutely choose the Maestro! The lighter and smaller the seat is, the easier your trip will be!
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    Mom of V, born 6/2014, FF in a Pioneer, Boulevard G4, and SureRide
    G dog, rescued 6/2016, in a belted SturdiBag

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    Another vote for Maestro unless you have a good reason for taking the other.
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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    100% agree! The lighter weight and narrower profile will be helpful on a plane.
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    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    Adding another crazy wrench into the works: we now have more flights booked with the kiddos in the next year, so a seat on the plane is becoming a more important factor.

    And as I do some research to solve another seat problem I have, I am coming across the Cosco Finale for a very good price and wondering if there would be any benefit to that seat over the Maestro (looks like it is a few pounds lighter and goes to 65lb harnessed). Not sure we need the extra harness weight since my kiddos are always tall stringbeans and outgrow the height of a harness long before the weight. Would it be worth the cost, or just stick with the Maestro we have?
    Big Boy G: 11/6/2012, 53lb/49", Evenflo Procomfort RightFit HBB, Evenflo Big Kid HBB
    Little Bro C - 12/4/2015, 32lb/38" Graco Nautilus 65 Safety Surround, Graco Atlas 65
    Extra Seats: Graco Nautilus 65, Cosco Apt 50, Evenflo Maestro, Harmony Defender, Graco Turbobooster NBB, Cosco Rise NBB

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    The weight limit is higher but the top slots are shorter. If you have string beans the Maestro is longer lasting.

    In addition the Finale is more difficult to install in some vehicles including many common rentals. I would much rather travel with a Maestro personally.
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    My husband will be happy to hear this. He really doesn't think we need to spend any more money on seats.
    Big Boy G: 11/6/2012, 53lb/49", Evenflo Procomfort RightFit HBB, Evenflo Big Kid HBB
    Little Bro C - 12/4/2015, 32lb/38" Graco Nautilus 65 Safety Surround, Graco Atlas 65
    Extra Seats: Graco Nautilus 65, Cosco Apt 50, Evenflo Maestro, Harmony Defender, Graco Turbobooster NBB, Cosco Rise NBB

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    Re: Combination Seat for Airplane

    I flew with the Maestro several times and it was easy to use and nice and light compared to our Frontier and Nautilus.

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