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    Onside air, air protect or scenara?

    Aparrently last year's models are
    On their way out and this years aren't in yet so these are all I could find in stock that RF beyond 30lb and none of them were on the list in my head so I'd love some opinions

    One friend has the air protect and she finds the straps a pain so I'm wondering if that's a common issue or not

    Need to get a seat today

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    Re: Onside air, air protect or scenara?

    What is your budget, the size/age/weight of the child and the stores you have available to purchase at?
    Heather, proud mommy to:
    Dustin 12y & 105 lbs 5-stepped/Seatbelt only
    Colton 6y & 43lb FF RXT/Pinnacle/FR90
    Peyton 5y & 38lb FF in Sureride/FR90/FR85

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    By "air protect" do you mean the Complete Air? If so your friend may have the model I have, which has been changed now, which has annoying plastic covers on the straps. The one in the store today might not have those. It's worth checking.

    The Onside Air and the Scenera are exactly the same seat, except one has air cushions and the other doesn't. Between the two I'd probably save the money and pick the Scenera.

    Without knowing more about your child, If I had to pick the most likely seat to fit, if the child is an infant I would choose the Scenera, and if a toddler I'd choose the Complete Air. But it would be better to know more before making a definite recommendation.
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    18 months 25 lbs. I'm not sure how tall she is. We were in a car accident and not expecting insurance to cover more than $200 and that only if we're lucky.
    I've been to TRU, walmart, zellers, sears, Canadian tire and those are the only 3 seats in stock that RF over 30lb

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    The Complete Air if that's what you're looking at will give you the most mileage. It does have some fit issues when installed rear facing at the manufacturer's recommended angle of recline. The Scenera has some of the same issues but since it's so much shorter it still fits in more cars.

    The new ones coming out next are supposed to have revised instructions to allow a more upright install for toddlers. That doesn't help you much now unless you use the information to make you feel better about installing the car seat more upright than the "level to the ground" line allows for.

    Basically if you want a car seat that is your permanent replacement, and those are what you have to choose from, you want the Complete Air. If you want to not invest much and just have something to get you by until you can have a better selection, get the Scenera. The Scenera also makes a great travel/airplane and backup/grandma seat.
    Mom to 2 adults and 2 little kids.
    Tall 8 year old in Incognito; Petite 3 year old RF in CA65

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    Re: Onside air, air protect or scenara?

    Just wanted to throw my experience in here regarding the Onside air versus Scenera. We have used both of these as seats in the grandparent's cars. The Onside air cost us about $30 more than the Scenera, but I have to say I do feel that it was worth it. The air padding on the sides is really significant versus the hard (foam-free) sides of the Scenera. The Onside Air is not only much more comfortable, but also feels more substantial than the Scenera.

    I guess it depends on how you feel about those $30 (or so)...if that is a lot of money to you, the Scenera is fine. If $30 are not that big of a deal, I felt additional money was well spent. And we bought the Onside Air at full price. With a good sale or coupon (20% BRU or something) the price gap could be even smaller.

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    Re: Onside air, air protect or scenara?

    What seat did you have that was involved in the crash? Why did you not like it? (Why are you not buying an exact replacement?)

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    Re: Onside air, air protect or scenara?

    Are you open to other seats?

    Depending on the Complete Air DOM, you may get one that has strict rules about the angle for RFing. I'm not comfortable going against what the manufacturer said, and so I won't recommend that.

    Have you looked into the Graco MyRide?
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