Evenflo, offered us an opportunity to shop their selection of car seats and choose one to review. Their website is a great source for information - and I like to do a lot of my shopping research online. For some reason, I just can't focus well on narrowing down choices and features, in the store with a 16 month old running around at my feet!
It was easy to narrow down what I was looking for on the Evenflo website, as they have checkboxes to elminate (or select) features you want in a car seat.
- TYPE: Infant, Convertible, All-in-One, Booster or Accessories = Convertible, please!
- STYLE: Rear facing, Forward Facing = BOTH, please!
- WEIGHT: 5-40, 5-50, 5-65 = Let's go for the LONG TERM with 5-65, please!
- COLOR: Navy, Red, Black, Blue, Green, Pink = Something neutral, please!
My search results came down to the Evenflo Triumph Advance 65, or the Evenflo Momentum 65 - there didn't seem to be a lot of difference between these two as far as features go. I think the only differences were that the Triumph has a new harness tightening mechanism, and seemed to have slightly higher ratings on Amazon and other sites I found - so I went with the Triumph Advance 65.
Initially, upon receiving the car seat - I was slightly nervous at the size. It's not tiny, then again it has to be large enough to keep a 65lb child safe. In actuality, it still wasn't quite as large as some other convertible seats I've seen in the stores. Being that we drive a small car (Honda Civic) I needed to be sure it would fit along side our other infant car seat.
Verdict..............IT FITS! Whew. My husband installed the seat, in about 10 minutes, mind you he's a safety FREAK so he has to make sure everything is just so. We were happy to find that the Triumph 65 has the LATCH system, for a safe and secure fit, just like our infant car seat that we loved so much.
Since my daughter is tall, i.e. her legs already touch the back of the seat when rear facing, and now meets the weight requirement for forward facing- we decided to try installing the seat facing forward. the LATCH system was easy to use, and didn't cause us any trouble.
I love the "Infinate Slide Harness" feature, so you don't have to re-thread the whole harness strap when your little one grows taller. I remember with our first infant car seat, having to wait till my husband got home so he could re-thread the whole seat when the straps were too low on her growing shoulders.
|Evenflo Infinite Slide Harness|
The other new feature on the Triumph 65, is the tightening mechanism for the harness. Most car seats have a traditional pull strap in between the child's legs. The Triumph 65 has a tension knob on either side of the car seat. I heard some other mother's didn't like this feature, however my husband and I have had no problems with it at all. You can tighten from one side or the other (don't have to do both) and the release is on the same knob.
So, far, even though it's been around 90+ degree weather here in Texas, I'm not noticing my little peanut getting overly hot in this car seat - which is a problem we had to deal with in her infant car seat for some reason. Keeping baby cool, is a BIG plus in my book.
Pros and Cons
- Pro - Won't have to buy another seat until she's 4-5 years old! (Weight: 5lbs to 65 lbs)
- Pro - Latch System for easy installation.
- Pro - Nice neutral color, so we can reuse whether a boy or a girl comes along next.
- Pro - Infinite Slide Harness - don't have to re-thread harness as child grows.
- Con - Shoulder straps are not padded - need to buy strap covers to minimize irritation.
- Con - Top tether strap, did not tighten down as well we we'd like to automobile anchor.
- Con - Tension knob is a bit loud (could wake a light sleeper).
At the end of the day, we are really happy about our experience with the Evenflo Triumph 65, and our little peanut seems to be pleased as a peach to have a new "big girl" seat! Thank you, Evenflo!
Available at the following retailers
*Disclosure: This was not a paid post. The products used to facilitate this review were given to me free of cost by the company. However, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced by the complimentary product received. As I am under no obligation to post a positive review if I feel it is not warranted.