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Britax Marathon 70
 
Approximate retail price:
$280
Summary: One of the group of "next generation" convertible models from Britax the Marathon 70 has an additional 5 lbs. of forward-facing harness capacity and additional ease-of-use features over its predecessor - the Marathon Classic.
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Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity car seats
About - Britax Marathon 70

The Britax Marathon 70 is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, convertible car seat models like the Marathon 70 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Crash protection:
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.

Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.

Rear facing fit-to-vehicle:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
About This Brand

A British company that now manufactures seats in the U.S. as well. Britax seats are often considered a high-end product and incorporate many safety and ease-of-use features but often also have a higher price.

Features & Specs - Britax Marathon 70
info Rear facing weight range (lbs.) 5-40
info Forward facing weight range (lbs.) 20-70
info Height range (in.) 49 or less
info Seat weight (lbs.) 19
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User Reviews - Britax Marathon 70
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5.0
Will Own 8 by end of summer
3/15/2014
Pros
Easy to Adjust
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
A Bit Heavier Than Others
Best Uses
Toddlers
Comment:
I purchased the Britax Marathon along with the Boulavard and fell in love with the Marathon. I started using it when my daughter was 9 months, she is now 3. I own 5 Marathon's total purchasing them for the grandparents as well. I now have a second child and in the processes of replacing all the infant car seats with the Marathon. At the end of it I will have purchased a total of 8 Marathons.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great Carseat
3/7/2013
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Bulky
Best Uses
Infants
Toddlers
Comment:
I have owned two of these carseats. We loved the first one enough that we bought another when our 2nd child was born. We used them for many years each. My third is now here and we'll be buying yet another Britax, as my first two seats are expired. I can't speak highly enough about the Britax Marathon. These are comfortable and easy to use. The straps never got tough to operate like they did on a cheaper carseat we bought for my parents' occasional use. My kids slept like champs in the Marathons, and the seat was solid. The covers are cozy, soft, washed well, and held up over the years.<br /><br />The only thing I learned from experience was that we probably didn't need the marathon when the roundabout would have done just fine. By the time our kids were 55 pounds they were in a high back booster, so the Marathon was a bit more carseat than we needed for our 75-90th percentile sized kids. The larger size was fine once the kids were forward facing, but when they were rear facing, the size of the Marathon was tough to fit in our Honda Pilot. It did fit, but the front seat had to be moved forward and it wasn't very comfortable for that adult passenger. <br /><br />For our third, we'll definitely be getting a Britax, but probably the Roundabout.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Wonderful Car seat!
10/14/2012
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Infants
Comment:
I really love this car seat. We also have an Evenflo Titan Elite and tried the Safety First True Fit. We decided to return the True Fit and are seriously considering buying another Marathon. It took a little while to get use to, but this seat is super simple to use and seems to be really comfortable for our son. It has a nice padded protector in the crotch area to keep their little thighs from getting pinched by the buckle. The only thing I would say could be better is access to the release button to loosen the straps for easier removal of the child. But other than that, we LOVE this seat.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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