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    Diono Radian Question

    I'm in need of a good seat to take on a flight, use for my 4 year old temporarily and then use RFing for my 20 month old. I think the Radian is probably my best bet. However, online vendors which will ship to my overseas military address are all out of stock. Is there something going on with Diono? Is there another seat which might meet my needs equally well? Thanks.

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    They're great seats but they are VERY heavy. I prefer that feature in a crash but I hate moving them even from one car to another bc of the weight. I wouldn't want to lug it thru the airport... I'd possibly look into the sureride for longevity and it being lightweight to carry around. It is an often recommended seat on this board now...
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    Re: Diono Radian Question

    I've flown with a Radian lots of times, and sometimes two at once. IF you get a rolling luggage cart, or have some other means of rolling it through the airport, it's a SUPER option for traveling if you're forward-facing on the plane - low enough to use the tray table, slim, fits nicely on the airplane seat and doesn't impede into the seat next to it anywhere. I've never rear-faced it, nor would I be keen to try.

    There are other American options that could work well too but I'll let someone else chime in with those, lest my Canadian show through
    Jen ~ Canadian CPST-IT with CPSAC

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    Re: Diono Radian Question

    Thanks for the replies. Is the Sureride as narrow as the Radian? Is it good for long term use?

    We are moving back to the States from overseas so I'm planning to use whatever car seat we buy initially for my 4 year old daughter, then long term for my 20 month old son, who I'd like to rear face for as long as possible. (We have a Cosco Scenera which we'll use on the flight/ride to/from the airport for my son). Is the Sureride a good seat for everyday use? Will it get a child with a long torso to at least 3 years rear facing? Is the harness height even sufficient for my 4 year old wearing size 5/5T shirts?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kld182 View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Is the Sureride as narrow as the Radian? Is it good for long term use? We are moving back to the States from overseas so I'm planning to use whatever car seat we buy initially for my 4 year old daughter, then long term for my 20 month old son, who I'd like to rear face for as long as possible. (We have a Cosco Scenera which we'll use on the flight/ride to/from the airport for my son). Is the Sureride a good seat for everyday use? Will it get a child with a long torso to at least 3 years rear facing? Is the harness height even sufficient for my 4 year old wearing size 5/5T shirts? Thanks.
    So I know this has gotten a little "old" but the Sureride RF's to 40lbs and/or 40", which would get my 90-95% kiddos to about 2.5. My 4.5 yr old, 44", 48lbs, size 5 shirts (outgrowing them, but 6's are still a little big) with room to spare. He is on the 5th (second to top) slot, so has years left in the harness. It's not quite as narrow as the Radian and the sides are deeper, so not quite as easy to get kids in and out of, but still not bad. HTH some .

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    Re: Diono Radian Question

    Keeyamah, thanks for your reply! It's actually very helpful. I ordered a Radian but just learned it might not get here in time as it's coming by boat. :-/ So, I may need a substitute and it sounds like the Sureride is a really good contender. Does anyone know if it will fit on an airplane seat?

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    It should, the widest spot is about 18-19", but that's at the shoulders, if I'm remembering right. You won't be able to use the tray table, if it's FFing, because the sides are deeper than the Radians.

    Quinn (Sept '09) Riding in an Amp and Harmony Big Boost
    Sean (Aug '12) FFing in 2 RXT's

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