Complete Air vs. Foonf

Mugsmom

New member
DS is turning 2 next month. He's about 30 pounds and roughly 35 inches tall. He's currently in a TFP, which is a great seat, but I want to RF him as far past the age of 3 as I can, and I think he'll be 35 pounds well before that. I'm willing to pay the big bucks for a Foonf, but would a CA work? Which would you get? I'm not sure how quickly toddlers grow, so I'm not sure what to do. (Also, If I got him a CA, I'd abide by the 40" rule.)

Thanks! :)
 
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Judi

CPST/Firefighter
I personally don't like the Complete Air, so would pick the Foonf over it. Is there a reason though, you haven't looked at the Radian XTSL or RXT?
 

Brigala

Well-known member
The CA would work, but I like the Radian much much better. More $ than a CA but a whole lot less than a Foonf.
 

Mugsmom

New member
Sorry, I should have mentioned that we had a Radian XTSL a little over a year ago, and didn't like it. It over-rotated horribly and we had SL loosening problems at the same time that many people on this board did. I just don't have much trust in Sunshine Kids/Diono.
 

livilou

New member
I've never even seen a Foonf in person so I can't compare, but we have a CA (well, two actually) and I love them. I bought it for a few reasons, but definitely because I could keep my daughter ERF.
 

Syllieann

New member
If I had vehicle incompatability w/ the radian, I would have bought a CA and reluctantly misused it. Now that foonf and peg are out, I would choose either of those in heartbeat over the CA-even for the price difference. Both will rf much longer than 40" and dorel doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling anyway.
 

NatesMamma

New member
Fwiw, my DS only gained 3 lb between age 2 and 3. He's still RF in the TFP with a couple pounds to go and was 28 lb at age 2. If you like the TF, I see no reason to swap it out just yet. Otoh, if you have the itch to buy a new seat, I certainly won't try to stop you. ;)
 

Maggie

New member
I had a complete air. It's ok. Not impressed when I undressed it. No foam anywhere but the headrest. And it's basically just a scenera shell with some extra stuff bolted on the the top. Not sure how I feel about that.

I also prefer something with rf rebound control.
 

featherhead

New member
Fwiw, my DS only gained 3 lb between age 2 and 3. He's still RF in the TFP with a couple pounds to go and was 28 lb at age 2. If you like the TF, I see no reason to swap it out just yet. Otoh, if you have the itch to buy a new seat, I certainly won't try to stop you. ;)

:yeahthatlove:

The TFP should last quite a bit longer I should think. But if you would like a new seat ;) the Evenflo seats (EFTA65 and Momentum65) and MyRide65 would be good seats to look at as well.
 

lovemybabies924

New member
Maggie said:
I had a complete air. It's ok. Not impressed when I undressed it. No foam anywhere but the headrest. And it's basically just a scenera shell with some extra stuff bolted on the the top. Not sure how I feel about that.

I also prefer something with rf rebound control.

The foam part dosnt bother me considering how well their seats supposedly preform with out it :) I actually would love the seat if it had strap covers

Sent from my iPod touch, sorry for any auto-correct typos!
 

flutie128

New member
DD was 25 pounds at 2 and is going to be 4 in 6 weeks and weighs 32 pounds currently. She could still RF but I turned her at 3. She fits comfortably in a TF still.
 

laurengt

Active member
Mugsmom said:
Sorry, I should have mentioned that we had a Radian XTSL a little over a year ago, and didn't like it. It over-rotated horribly and we had SL loosening problems at the same time that many people on this board did. I just don't have much trust in Sunshine Kids/Diono.

I'd rec the Radian too. Mine were always a little testy but now with the AA I get the best fit ever in our cars. I believe SK/Diono issued new latch straps/connectors to those having the issue. Maybe you could request that, if you still have the seat.
 

moonmommy

Senior Community Member
My son grew like a weed up til age 2. He was getting close to 35 lbs when he turned 2, so I switched him from his TF to a SKR XTSL. He only gained about 4 lbs from 2 to 3, and only about 1 lb from 3 to 4. He was my little chunky monkey, and now he's so skinny!

Depending on how your son's growth goes, you may be able to stick with the TFP for another year. You may not need a 45 lbs RF seat, just a tall RF seat. It sounds like the Foonf will be pretty tall, but I think it will be a seat that needs to be tried out in-vehicle before buying. If you will stick to the 40" rule for the CA, I think the CA would be a waste for you as it looks like your son is likely to hit 40" well before 40 lbs.
 

Phineasmama

New member
I would never have thought to compare those two seats :p

I used to own a CA and I didn't like it. I could never get a good install and the straps were always twisting. Not really impressed with the seat except for the height. If it were between those two and I had the money for it I'd get the Foonf for sure.
 

Kac

Ambassador - CPS Technician
I don't even think the two seats are comparable, but I hate the Complete Air with a passion. If money was no option, I'd get a Foonf over a CA any day.

I really :love: my Radian though.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
I quite liked my CA. It will be outgrown faster than a Foonf, and doesn't have rebound control, but it's much lower profile which some people prefer, I loved the harness adjuster. They both have good and bad points. I'd definitely choose a Foonf over a Peg Perego which, along with the Radians, are the only 3 that RF past 45 lbs. in the US.
 

mominabigtruck

New member
Well both the evenflo momentum and triumph advanced 65 have pretty tall shells and 40 lb rfing limits. I'd pick either of those over a ca. I don't hate dorel per se, I just don't like continuous harnesses and their huge, pokey chest clips. I'm not not impressed by their cheap covers and lack of comfort foam either.
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Mugsmom

New member
Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I am most concerned about height, he's a tall skinny kid and he's all torso (he wears a 3T-4T shirt, but we have to roll up his 2T pants). I was absolutely sure I wanted a Foonf, but started to second guess myself, which is when I considered the CA. We'll need a new seat within a year anyway, because the TFP will be given to his little sister. I have a while to decide, I just want to be sure that if I do get a Foonf, I have the money set aside.

Now you've given me some other options to consider...hmmm...
 

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