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Britax Evolva Group 1/2/3 Combination Car Seat (Black Thunder)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2013
This Britax seat was purchased because one of our grandchildren is approaching the need for a group 2 seat owing to his height. I have only tried it properly so far as a group 1 seat and as a group 1 it performs very well. The only negative is that the seat has to be removed to set it into the single recline position.

Just a few hours after the new seat arrived we put our tallest grandchild in the seat and he threw up ALL over it (and the car's back seat and carpets). The worst mess ever! So I had to completely remove the cover (quite easy) and even had to hose down the plastic shell of the seat to get it all out.

This was when I found out about one feature which is very good yet it has one slight drawback: the 5 point harness is not removed when it is not being used. When the seat is used as a group 2 or 3, the 5 point harness tucks away into a compartment at the bottom of the seat back so it can't get lost. The drawback with this is that cleaning off stomach contents is difficult because the belts cannot be removed - hence the hose pipe. You could say that this is a negative, but for the peace of mind of not misplacing the 5 point harness I think it's a good idea to have it permanently attached.

During this cleaning excercise I tried the seat as a group 2 and 3 (i.e. with just the adult seatbelt) and noted that the seat back extends to a very good height thereby offering strong side protection for the head, and the built-in guide to correctly position the top of the adult seat belt is easy to thread.

Conclusion - I can recommend this seat if your passenger is old enough to face forward as the seat will grow with them and should last them for 10 years or so.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
I chose this car seat as I have 1 baby boy (1 year old) and a daughter 3.5 y, and i wanted something that can fit both age groups. I have another Britax with Isofix but that is only group 1 and my daughter out-grew that one.
I initially wanted to buy a booster seat, but that didn't help with my baby boy.

I got this seat and for the last month i have used it efficiently with both my daughter and my baby boy. For now they both use the 5 point seatbelt, but in a year probably i will change the configuration to the car seatbelt. It took some effort when i installed it in my little Honda jazz, but now is well anchored with the car seatbelt. The materials are really nice and the little pockets for cup holders are the delight of my daughter. The seat looks solid and i fell it offers the necessary protection for the kids.

Cons - the fact you cannot recline the seat once is fixed, but i just keep it in the reclined position.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2015
With nine children, I've bought a lot of car seats in my time. Now I'm into buying for the use of grandchildren. With two cars with Isofix fittings, I'd really hoped we were finished with fiddling with poorly-designed seatbelt-anchored seats, but clearly we're not. Without internet videos, fitting this one wouldn't be all that clear at all. Nor is the seat's own belt system all that brilliant. Better child car seat belt systems have existed in the past, including one much-loved Fisher-Price seat with its own inertia reel system and single-handed fastening. To sum up, this one's one of the best of a bad bunch. Children's car seats have a LONG way to go before they reach an acceptable standard of (1) fitting to car and (2) integral child restraint systems in the seat itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2015
Please note this review is based only on the initial seat configuration suitable for a 2 year old.

I got this seat to replace a rear facing one which half way through serving its second child became too and head to be replaced.

Safety is of paramount importance to me (surely if you are reading car seat reviews you too!) and the blanket rating of child car seats means that you sort of have to guess and take the manufacturers word over the relative benefits each design has.

I was drawn to this model due to the additional head safety elements and it's ability to grow with my child. The head rest is excellent and is snug enough to allow my child to fall asleep without getting the dreaded head slumps. The build quality is also very good.

Fitting the seat is fairly easy but gets trickier in a smaller the car due to the need to get directly in front of the seat pushing down with you knee on the seat to tighten the seatbelt to ensure a secure fit.

It is worth noting at this point if the seatbelt does not run correctly round the back of the seat it can impeded the harness straps making it very difficult to tighten them. The harness straps are very well padded though the clasp can be a little fiddle with a hook and eye system, I was also a bit shocked that the clasp was plastic though it does seem very tough.

The extras on this seat are a couple of cup holders which are fine and some eyelets which are meant to be used to hold the straps out of the way but in reality rarely do.

All in all I am very pleased with this seat and will update when I proceed to the next configuration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
Excellent safety gear for Someone who is not great at solving puzzles of any kind, or needs a safety Seat to place to different cars. Really easy to install to the car. Also my 2yo giver her vote to it as it looks Allmost as she would be taking the real Seat ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2013
I choose britax evolva 1-2-3 because it;s very safe and not expensive. My girl loves it. I reccomend this car seat to anyone.
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on 19 September 2013
i bought this seat to replace the britax isofix duo that my 3 year old was outgrowing. i wanted a seat that would still enable her to be secured with a full harness for a bit longer as she was still only 15 kilos. But with her being quite tall for her age, most group 2-3 seats were not much taller than her old seat and on testing them (in halfords kent) i found the harness on them was already at full height, level with her shoulder height, which would be unsafe in the event of an accident as it could squash her spine downwards. But this seat has higher harness slots and she currently fits the 2nd to top slot (with an inch above her shoulders) - so she has much more growing room left in the harness stage. After which i will remove the harness and use the 3 point belt. The lady in halfords fitted the seat for me in this fashion and it fits the seat like a glove and is really secure. Some reviews have mentioned that the recline is difficult as it can only be altered by taking the seat out to flip the base forwards, but i have it fitted in recline position and my daughter comfortably slept for hours in it on our return from our uk holiday and is also very comfortable whilst awake watching her dvd player or looking around. It is very nicely padded and she still frequently tells me "its all soft and squashy on her bottom".

Conclusion : An excellent seat that will last until she no longer needs one!

P.S - as previously said by other reviewers the cup holders are useless - they are far too shallow and whatever is put in falls out onto the seat as soon as the car is moving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2015
Like the seats they are comfortable and do the job. My only complaint/observation is why do Britax and other seat makers not make isofix bases for this size seat, which would make it superb to transfer between cars much easier. The seat belts would not be needed whilst children are still young. Really hard work for grandparents when transferring from one car to another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2014
The head rest is very hard, making it difficult for child to turn head, making the child's head stiff through the journey.
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on 4 July 2015
I bought this car seat for our granddaughter (3yrs old) having looked at many seats in store and online (most of them cheaper) but decided on the Britax Evola1/2/3. Her parents have a Britax in their car so I knew they would approve! Its great and feels very secure. It was a bit of a job to fit it (took 2 of us) but once in place seems to do the job well. The side protection is good and the seat reclines for longer journeys. There are drink/snack holders on both sides (the grey parts by the seat) which I haven't shown to our gr'daughter yet! She loves the seat and feels special as it was bought for her! She feels comfortable. The seat part is well padded and offers good support-some seats I looked at were very flat. The black colour is sensible too-and covers can be removed for washing. The head protector can be adjusted as child grows taller. All round a good quality secure seat at an affordable price. I would highly recommend it.
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