Marathon & Fronter question

Jewels

Senior Community Member
Has the base changed on the Marathon next generation 65? Just wondering if they sit lower then the older models.

Also, what is the difference with the new Frontiers compared to the older ones?
 
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amyd

New member
Yes, the base is quite different on the new MAs and they do sit lower than the old ones. The new Frontier XT has higher top slots (~20", I believe). That's the main difference, but it's also changed a bit in design (different cup holders, more open belt path that apparently aids in ease of installation).
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
Yes, the base is quite different on the new MAs and they do sit lower than the old ones. The new Frontier XT has higher top slots (~20", I believe). That's the main difference, but it's also changed a bit in design (different cup holders, more open belt path that apparently aids in ease of installation).

Thanks, we had a little mishap with a snow bank doing damage to our car so i'm trying to decide what seats to replace our current ones with.

Currently I have a Radian and a Monterey. Not a huge huge fan of the Monterey. It hasn't been bad but it is HUGE and we drive a vibe. As far as the Radian I don't really need a convertible now so I could do a Frontier or a GN but i'm sort of liking the look of the MA (although I don't need the convertible so i'm trying to convince myself to stay away from it). I've always loved my MA. It is my favorite seat of all time. I had the old Frontier but got rid of it because it didn't fit well on the seat in our vibe and I didn't really need the harness at that time so I replaced it with the Monterey. Have not been a huge Graco fan as i've had so many issues with their seats that I have owned. Any thoughts?
 

amyd

New member
So you need a harnessed FFing seat & a booster? I'd do a Frontier XT and a Parkway SG, personally if they fit your vehicle and children well. I don't care for Graco seats, either, TBH.
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
So you need a harnessed FFing seat & a booster? I'd do a Frontier XT and a Parkway SG, personally if they fit your vehicle and children well. I don't care for Graco seats, either, TBH.

Thanks, that was what I was thinking.
Would you do SG or SGL?
 

amyd

New member
Thanks, that was what I was thinking.
Would you do SG or SGL?

I'd do the SG, simply because I drive a vehicle that doesn't allow booster to be LATCH'd in. If I didn't drive this particular one, I'd get the SGL for sure.
 
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Jewels

Senior Community Member
I'd do the SG, simply because I drive a vehicle that doesn't allow booster to be LATCH'd in. If I didn't drive this particular one, I'd get the SGL for sure.

Can the SGL be used without LATCH like the clek can?
 

mommycat

Well-known member
I'm pretty sure that since the SGL is just the SG with latch added in, it should function either way.

Yep, from the SGL manual Table of Contents:
http://www.britax.ca/uploads/products/user-guides/94.pdf
Positioning the Booster Seat
Positioning the Booster Seat and Securing
Your Child with Backrest and ISOFLEX™.................................. 22
Positioning the Booster Seat and Securing
Your Child without Backrest and with ISOFLEX™..................... 25
Positioning and Securing Your Child
with Backrest and Lap-shoulder Belt Only................................ 28
Positioning and Securing Your Child
without Backrest and Lap-shoulder Belt Only........................... 30
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
NO! You're supposed to get a Marathon65 so I can try my girls in it:p

Well . . . . as much as I love it not sure how long it will last. I don't really need one that converts to a booster as by the time DD is booster ready DS will be out or in a backless. So do I want another RN or possibly the MA65???

Why are you wanting to try the MA65 :confused: Is it that different then the old MA?
 

featherhead

Well-known member
Well . . . . as much as I love it not sure how long it will last. I don't really need one that converts to a booster as by the time DD is booster ready DS will be out or in a backless. So do I want another RN or possibly the MA65???

Why are you wanting to try the MA65 :confused: Is it that different then the old MA?

Yeah, it is quite a bit different. I looked at it a bit at TRU a few months ago. I didn't have my girls with me though, so I couldn't try them in it. It is completely redesigned from the old MA. The shell is supposedly a bit shorter, the base sits lower, the top slots are a smidgen higher I think. Not sure what else. I'm just curious to see if/how my girls fit in it, not that I would buy one right now:)
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
Yeah, it is quite a bit different. I looked at it a bit at TRU a few months ago. I didn't have my girls with me though, so I couldn't try them in it. It is completely redesigned from the old MA. The shell is supposedly a bit shorter, the base sits lower, the top slots are a smidgen higher I think. Not sure what else. I'm just curious to see if/how my girls fit in it, not that I would buy one right now:)

Did you get that GN?
Yeah, i've had a MA before and it wasn't quite big enough to get us to booster age so that makes me hesitant although DD has a shorter torso. If they had them locally that would be a different ballpark.
 

featherhead

Well-known member
Did you get that GN?
Yeah, i've had a MA before and it wasn't quite big enough to get us to booster age so that makes me hesitant although DD has a shorter torso. If they had them locally that would be a different ballpark.

I haven't yet, but it should be coming soon I hope. And I got confirmation that it will be a Canadian seat, which is why it is taking so long. I agree that the Frontier makes more sense, you'll for sure get her to booster age in that! I just like thinking about all the seats that I haven't tried.... good thing I don't have any money to spend right now!
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
Question about the SGL. Do I have to use the secureguard clip? It just says on page 20 that Britax recommends it.

I haven't yet, but it should be coming soon I hope. And I got confirmation that it will be a Canadian seat, which is why it is taking so long. I agree that the Frontier makes more sense, you'll for sure get her to booster age in that! I just like thinking about all the seats that I haven't tried.... good thing I don't have any money to spend right now!

So . . . . I now have a MA65 and a Parkway SGL :love:
Now we'll have something else to play with NEXT tuesday the 8th.
I'm being interviewed on Monday in regards to it so hopefully we won't have much time to play after all.
 

featherhead

Well-known member
Question about the SGL. Do I have to use the secureguard clip? It just says on page 20 that Britax recommends it.



So . . . . I now have a MA65 and a Parkway SGL :love:
Now we'll have something else to play with NEXT tuesday the 8th.
I'm being interviewed on Monday in regards to it so hopefully we won't have much time to play after all.

Nope, the safeguard clip is not mandatory:) Can't wait to play! Though really, if we are busy, that would be great too:thumbsup: Have fun with your interview! (Oh, and thanks for the date, lol)
 

Jewels

Senior Community Member
Nope, the safeguard clip is not mandatory:) Can't wait to play! Though really, if we are busy, that would be great too:thumbsup: Have fun with your interview! (Oh, and thanks for the date, lol)
Thanks, that's what I thought.

I'm sure we can make time to play. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It is always the 2nd Tuesday of the month. I still have to call them for this month though :whistle:
 

featherhead

Well-known member
Thanks, that's what I thought.

I'm sure we can make time to play. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It is always the 2nd Tuesday of the month. I still have to call them for this month though :whistle:

Yeah, I was thinking 2nd Tuesday, but I wasn't sure. Hopefully I can remember that from now on:)
 

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