Britax FRONTIER 85 SICT Review
When I was pregnant, I did a lot of research. Everyone I knew seemed to have an opinion about what brands of baby gear were best. Britax came up again and again. There were so many choices that I often felt overwhelmed. But everyone I knew who had owned a Britax was more than willing to talk about how much they loved it.
Word of mouth is a powerful thing. And when I had the opportunity to work with Britax, I was thrilled. With W being off the growth charts for most of his life, finding a seat that I trust but also fits him well has been a struggle. I worry about what we will do if he continues to grow as quickly as he has during the first two years of his life.
Say hello to the Britax Frontier 85 SICT Combination Harness-2-Booster Seat!
The Britax Frontier 85 SICT is an extremely versatile seat that helps transition children 2 and older from their convertible seat into a seat that can later be used as a booster. As a mom, I love the versatility. It gives the seat more value because we can use it for long than other seats. And I love getting more for my money!
Easy to Adjust
I dread installing car seats. I’ll be honest about that. In my experience, many have been difficult to adjust prior to installing. So I was thrilled as I sat out in the 95 degree weather getting ready to install the Britax Frontier 85 SICT. Why was I thrilled? Because I was able to adjust with ease!
The seat features a five-point harness that can later be removed when the seat is converted to a booster. The harness has an 85-pound limit which means it should be able to handle W for quite a while! As a mom of a child who will probably be at least 6′ 2″, these are the things I think about every single day!
The harness was also easy to release with just a single hand. On our other seat of a different brand, I always have to use both hands to undo the harness. Anything that makes life just a bit easier is a plus for me!
The strap between W’s legs was also very easy to adjust. Due to his height, it had to be moved out from the setting it came threaded on. With other seats this has been a daunting task but not with the Britax seat. I simply had to push the metal piece through, reposition the strap, and then pull it tight. The seat features 3 different buckle positions to help get the correct fit on your child.
The harness has 10 different height settings that go up to 20″ to help the seat grow with your child. The harness is a breeze to adjust. The harness is designed so that there is no re-threading when you’re making adjustments. That is one of my absolute favorite features. I was able to adjust the harness height to fit W in seconds!
The Britax Frontier 85 SICT Harness-2-Booster Seat also features the Versa-Tether. It has a two-point attachment to the seat which I had not seen on any of the other car seats W has used. The design helps reduce forward rotation while anchoring the top of the seat. For me, it gave me just a bit more peace of mind.
Riding in Safe Style
Once I had the adjustments made so the seat fit W, the installation using the Latch system took just a few minutes. We received the seat in Portobello which is a gorgeous, neutral brown and black color combination. The seat is also available in a red and black combination as well as a gray and black combination.
The seat also features cup holders that are integrated into the design without getting in the way. This is definitely a feature that I haven’t had yet but appreciate! The seat also offers armrests that give W a place to rest his arms. I know I enjoy having an armrest when I’m riding in the car! I don’t think you have to be an adult to appreciate that!
Growing Up with Britax
The Harness-2-Booster seat converts to a belt-positioning booster seat which extends the amount of time it can be used. Instead of having to buy an additional booster seat when W is old enough and big enough, we can continue to use this seat. But since the harness is rated up to 85 pounds, we may not be using it as a booster for a long time!
Britax recommends using the harness until the limits are met for safety reasons. I’m all about keeping W safe, so I’ll be following the recommendation! So while we haven’t used the seat in booster mode, I look forward to seeing how easy it is after my experience using the seat with the harness!
W will be in his Britax FRONTIER 85 SICT Combination Harness-2-Booster Seat for the foreseeable future. I like knowing that he will be riding in a seat that features Side Impact Cushion Technology. Britax has placed energy-absorbing cushions on the exterior of the seat. These reduce side impact crash energy by 45%!
These are the kind of features that made me realize why so many of my mom friends recommended Britax! Now I can officially join their ranks! Britax has given me everything I was looking for including safety and comfort in a great looking seat! Oh, and did I mention that the cover is washable? Yes, it’s washable! What more could a busy mom want?
What features do you look for in a car seat or booster seat?