The Britax Advocate Clicktight Vs Boulevard Clicktight Vs Marathon Clicktight, when placed side by side, looks exactly the same as each other. How are they different anyway and which one of the three is the best choice?
|Forward Facing Height Limit:||
Up to 49 inches
All three seats have the same height and weight limits.
Will It Fit In My Car?
The Advocate Clicktight is a little wider than the two but they are all the same in height and length.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||Yes|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
While all of them come with 7 recline positions, it can sometimes still be not enough for younger kids. That’s why despite the generous amount of position recline they have, you would still be needing to put a rolled towel or pool noodle, especially for younger babies.
Installing the three of them can be a pain for those who are used to the usual way of installing seats. There is mixed feedback on how easy they are to install. But there is a common ground when it comes to installing them easily – that is using the seatbelt and not the LATCH.
|Advocate CT||Boulevard CT||Marathon CT|
|Country Of Origin:||USA|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Number Of Layers of Side Impact Protection||3||2||1|
|Click And Safe Snug Harness Indicator||Yes||Yes||No|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
The safety features have been improved for the Advocate Clicktight and Boulevard Clicktight.
Advocate Clicktight has 3 layers of side impact protection while the Boulevard Clicktight has 2 layers. Although the Marathon Clicktight only has 1 layer of side impact protection, it doesn’t make it any less safe since all three of them are considered safe seats by default.
The “click and safe snug harness indicator” is present in the Advocate Clicktight and the Boulevard Clicktight. It’s an audible click you will hear once you pull the harness adjuster. When you hear the click, it means that your little one is in the correct range of snugness.
|Advocate Clicktight||Boulevard Clicktight||Marathon Clicktight|
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Seat Weight:||30.6 pounds||29.4 pounds||28.5 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||No|
|Quick-Adjust Headrest Position||14||14||12|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Just removable pillow|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||No|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
|Leg Straps Has Pads?||No|
All three are comfortable for long rides since they are very well padded and are made of breathable fabrics.
The Advocate Clicktight is the heaviest, while the Marathon Clicktight is the “lightest.” Take note though that although the Marathon Clicktight is the lightest of the three, it is still considered to be on the heavy side compared to other convertible seats in the market.
They all have an easy to remove seat cover which is only good for hand-washing.
They are all roomy enough, but the Advocate Clicktight and Boulevard Clicktight has more room for a growing child height-wise. The two of them can be adjusted to 14 positions by moving the headrest up and down, with no rethreading necessary. The Marathon Clicktight has 12 positions for height adjustment.
They all come with a removable pillow but don’t come with a cup holder.
All of them have a generous expiration date of 10 years – something that is worth noting if you plan to use it for your next kids.
The shoulder straps have pads for protection but all of them come with a problem when it comes to the harness straps – the straps can be too tight especially for chubby kids. They aren’t long enough to accommodate additional size adjustment, especially in the thigh area.
Compare The Price
There is approximately a USD 60 price difference between the Advocate Clicktight and the Boulevard Clicktight. The Advocate Clicktight is around USD 100 away from Marathon Clicktight. It’s just natural to expect more from the Advocate Clicktight since it is the most expensive of all.
The Advocate Clicktight’s three layers of side impact protection is a good safety feature instead of just one layer (Marathon Clicktight) and two layers (Boulevard Clicktight). But you would have to pay an additional price. Choosing the one-layer of the Marathon Clicktight is already good enough since they are all built for safety and safety is not just about the composition of the seat but also how correctly you have installed them. Which brings us to the next issue – installation.
All three are “easy” to install as long as you use the seatbelt instead of the LATCH. But parents who are used to the classic way of installing car seats find it particularly difficult to install the three seats.
While the Advocate Clicktight and the Boulevard Clicktight has 14 positions for the headrest, that would also mean tighter seat harness since the harness moves together with the headrest. All three of them have short harness straps that are why they can be too tight for comfort sooner than expected especially for chubby kids.
While the audible click for the Advocate Clicktight and Boulevard Clicktight can be helpful, you don’t need to hear the click when you can just pinch the strap to see if the tightness is safe enough.
With all these, I don’t think there is a need to get the more “high-end” version (Advocate Clicktight and Boulevard Clicktight) since they still have the installation and strap issues despite the “improvement” in safety features.
And despite the Marathon Clicktight having only one layer of side impact protection and only 12 headrest positions, it seems that it is the most practical choice of the three – considering that all of them have an installation and seat harness issue.
What do you think?
Do you agree or not?
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The Britax Advocate Clicktight Vs Boulevard Clicktight Vs Marathon Clicktight?
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