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    Question Evenflo Chase LX

    I'm looking to fit 3 seats across in an 01 Outback and have ordered the Combi Cocorro for my soon-to arrive newborn, a Combi booster for my almost-8 year old (45 lbs) and am looking at the Evenflo Chase LX seat for my skinny (43" tall, 36 lb) 5 year old. Several folks recommended the Radian 65 for him, but I am having a really hard time with the price since it's a harness only, no belt-positioning booster option.

    Does anyone have personal experience with the Evenflo Chase? I see that the 5 point harness only goes up to 40 lbs, which could be only 6 more mos. with my 5 year old. I'm interested in how using the belt-positioning booster is going to work with 3 across, or if there's another affordable seat I should be considering that will last a little longer.

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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    It makes a lousy booster.

    I'd look instead on Amazon at the Evenflo Maestro (I hear they have the best price right now, $60). It harnesses to 50 pounds with an 18" top slot. Up from 40 pounds and 16.8" of the Chase. So you should get well over a year out of the harness. It makes a better fitting booster than the Chase, but not very long. It's outgrown about the same time the harness is outgrown. But by then you may have a different setup, and your kids will be different sizes, so you can re-evaluate then.

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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    My tiny 5 yr old uses a Chase LX as her back-up seat, and my now 10 yr old DS used another version of it in his Grandparents' car years ago. It's a fine harnessed seat if you don't mind the on harness adjuster, but I don't intend to use it as a booster. I did try it with my DS once, and it just didn't position the seatbelt well, plus it's a short seat anyway.

    I agree that the Maestro would be a better choice for longer term use. I personally didn't get it because of the 40lb booster minimum. Based on her current size, DD will probably be booster ready before she's 40lbs so I figured I might as well get the cheaper seat if I wasn't going to use the booster mode either way. HTH!
    Mom to DS-22 driving a 2011 Honda CR-Z, DS-19 driving a 2010 Toyota Prius, DD-16 driving a 2017 Toyota Yaris iA, and DD-14 riding in a 2018 Mazda CX-9 & 2018 Mazda CX-3

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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    How wide is the Maestro compared to the Chase? I think I saw it at Target when I was looking at the Chase and it was an inch or so wider. Do you think it will still work for 3 across?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    The Maestro is no wider. I think it sounds like a good option for you guys.

    The thing about the Radian is that it has an eight year lifespan. So while no, it doesn't turn into a booster, you can use it later with your next baby.

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    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    I hadn't thought of life span. What's the lifespan of the Maestro?

    Thanks for all of your help.

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    Re: Evenflo Chase LX

    Pretty sure it's six years. You can start another thread and ask if you'd like. But six years will get you through a couple of kids pretty well. :-)

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    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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