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    CPS Technician NannyMom's Avatar
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    Decathalon vs marathon

    What's the difference between these 2 seats?
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    DC cover comes with the infant padding, has three different crotch strap settings

    MA comes with the LATCH bars

    That's all I can think of right now.
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    CPS Technician NannyMom's Avatar
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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    THanks. Are their harness heights the same?
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
    Nanny to BabyD, 21 months in a RXT, Classic Marathon, Boulevard 70

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Yes, they're the same.

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Am I correct in asuming....

    THe DC cover and infant padding come with the DC and not the MA and therefore haven't been tested with the MA and should not be used? Or could someone buy a DC cover and use it and the infant padding with a MA?

    Not something we're contemplating, just curious
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
    Nanny to BabyD, 21 months in a RXT, Classic Marathon, Boulevard 70

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    I definitely don't know anyone who has put a MA cover on a DC.
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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by NannyMom View Post
    THe DC cover and infant padding come with the DC and not the MA and therefore haven't been tested with the MA and should not be used? Or could someone buy a DC cover and use it and the infant padding with a MA?

    Not something we're contemplating, just curious
    I have never owned a DC but have owned a MA and a FPSVD, and have owned 2 DC covers. I am not saying you should do it, but in my experience they fit well .
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    M 12.5 years & E 9.5 years & A 5.5 years & J 2.5 years & L 11 months

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    I'm shocked. Shocked that you would suggest such a thing.

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    The harness adjuster is different as well. The DC has a push button adjuster.
    Mama to Madison 1/12 Johnathon 11/14

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Many people have had probems with the adjuster on the deathlon to the point where britax has actually replaced seats. I do not recommend it, I hated mine.

    Emily tech and mom to Jacob 16, Daniel 13, Benjamin 9, Elizabeth 6. Child care provider to 4 other kiddos.

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Thanks! I'm not buying any, or suggesting any. It's just something I've been wondering. Now I know
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    The harness adjuster is picky. A lot of people have had issues with it, some haven't. I haven't had any issues with mine and love it. Also, everyone says that the harness height is the same, but mine measures at 17.5" on the top slot, so go figure, maybe I just got the luck of the draw.



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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    Daniel lasted 6 months longer longer in the decathlon than the marathon, I think I got about a 1/3 inch difference in the top slots. I had one of the first ones made.

    Emily tech and mom to Jacob 16, Daniel 13, Benjamin 9, Elizabeth 6. Child care provider to 4 other kiddos.

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    Re: Decathalon vs marathon

    I bought a DC and sold it on craigslist at $100 loss the same week. I hated it. The push button harness adjustor was a complete pitb. The latch strap is one long strap, like almost every other seat on the market. (you have to get the slack out from under the cover to get a good install).

    The MA has the latch bar (as does the boulevard). This means there is a bar that the latch straps (yes, plural) attach to. Each side for the latch clips works independantly from the other side. You click each one in, and tighten each one separately. There is no hidden slack inside the seat to try to get out, and installing with latch is the easiest I have ever done in the MA or the BV. (easier to understand when done in person).

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