Monday, July 7, 2014

Recaro Perfomance Sport Harness Booster Review

I am something of a collector of car seats. I only have one child in a car seat not (my older son is in a booster) and I have no less than five car seats floating around our house and in our cars. I am always looking for the best brands, and eager to test them out! Now that my little guy is almost 18 months old and 30+ pounds, we were ready to turn him forward facing. I contacted Recaro about reviewing one of their fabulous Recaro Performance Sport Harness Booster, and was thrilled to receive one in Redd! 


Size, Safety and Style:
I chose the beautiful Redd color because it is unisex and we plan on trying for baby #3 in the near future. This VERY vibrant color is right up my alley, because I love all things bold and bright! This particular car seat comes in 8 additional colors, and 6 of which I would consider unisex. My husband, who is the person that installs all of our car seats, loves the fact that this car seat has a no re-thread harness and an upper weight limit of 65 pounds, which fits the average 9.5 year old child. The booster mode works for a child up to 120 pounds! The booster mode fits my VERY large almost- 7 year old (70+ pound) son very well, and the harness mode fits my 18 month old well on the second to smallest setting! I love this fact because it means that this seat will fit him for as long as he needs a car seat! I also love that I know he will be incredibly safe while in this seat! The Recaro Perfomance Sport Harness Booster has the deepest side wings of ANY car seat on the market and has metal reinforced side walls so my baby is extra protected from any side impact collisions! "RECARO's Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision - their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis."

Comfort and Functionality: 
Any mother of a toddler will tell you comfort is VERY important! Many times we PRAY that our toddler will just go to sleep when we get into the car, for a smooth ride! We live out in the country, and this means that to get anywhere we are looking at a 45-minute or more ride. Those 45-minutes can either be a very peaceful time for me to gather my thoughts or they can be the most nerve- racking moments of the day! For the past two weeks, my older son has had camp and hour away, which means a drive everyday at nap time to pick him up. I have dreaded this ride because nap time would be a hit or miss in the car. However, since we have received the Recaro Sport, nap time in the car has went exceptionally well.  I think that those deep side wings play a major part in this because my little mans head rarely flops forward now. He simply turns his head a little and has something to rest against. The CoolMesh material is also something that is incredibly important. Living in Florida means that the summer-time temperature often rise to 100 degrees and with the humidity, it is brutally hot! This CoolMesh material provides ventilation to make the seat as cool as possible for my little man! The seat is definitely not hot to the touch when I am putting my son in, unlike other seats we have used in the past. The memory foam seems incredibly comfortable for my little man, and he has never seemed uncomfortable being in the seat! This seat has went on multiple two-hour trips and he is happy as a little clam the whole way! There is also built in neck cushions that protect his little neck from the straps digging in! 

The harness and head restraint are together, so you do not have to take the entire car seat apart and re-thread the straps! It is super easy to adjust as your child grows! I know this for a fact, because in the few short weeks we have had the seat my son has went from the smallest setting to the second to smallest! I also love that the five point harness has white stripes that are easy to see that notifies us if the harness is improperly aligned. 

Our Overall Experience: 
We absolutely LOVE the Recaro Performance Sport Harness Booster! It is perfect for my very large "corn-fed" boys. I love that they are as safe as possible, but also incredibly comfortable! You no longer need to sacrifice comfort for safety with this awesome seat! Both of my boys think it is very nice, and it makes car rides much more pleasant. It has mesh pockets on the side that are perfect for holding pacifiers or sippy cups. However, it does not have an actual built in cup holder. This is the ONE and only feature that I find missing from the seat (and MANY other comparable seats too!) Over all this seat gets a full five stars from me because it grows with my boys and will last from now, until he is ready to ride in a seat without a booster at all! Recaro is definitely the new brand car seat for our family. 

Starting tomorrow we will be giving away the same Redd Recaro Performance Sport Harness Booster!! Be sure to check back here starting at 10:30 am EST for your chance to win! Also be sure to follow Recaro on twitter and facebook to stay up to date with the newest products and safety features available! 

Also, be sure to watch our review here: 








 Disclosure: The above item was received in order to facilitate review. I have not been compensated for this post. Top Notch Material blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. If you have any questions, please contact me at nursemommypaige at yahoo dot com. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

31 comments:

  1. I like that it holds them up to 120 lbs and how safe it is!

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  2. My favorite feature of this seat is the EasyAdjust no-rethread harness has an upper weight limit of 65 pounds, which accommodates an average 9.5 year old child

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  3. I love all of the color options! Sapphire is my fav!

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  4. My favorite feature is that it grows with the child. This is neat. I love the colors and style too. Rita Spratlen

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  5. I like that you can adjust the settings for different size children

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  6. My favorite feature is the cool mesh material

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  7. This looks like such a comfortable and safe seat! I love that it can be used in booster mode until 120 lbs!

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  8. I love all the safety features and teh mesh pocket on the side to hold bottles, binkies etc

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  9. I absolutely love the harness system. As you said in your review, the harness and head restraint are together, so you do not have to take the entire car seat apart and re-thread the straps!

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  10. The CoolMesh! My poor kids seats get SO hot!!!

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  11. I love the cushioned neck straps!

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  12. I really like the CoolMesh material. It seems when she sleeps in her carseat she sweats like crazy!

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  13. Besides the many safety features I also love the cool mesh material.

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  14. I like the cloud comfort memory foam.

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  15. I love that you can adjust the setting and can use up to 120lb

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  16. Love the weight limit and use as a booster

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  17. I love the many safety features and it's ability to be used well throughout childhood.

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  18. I really like that it has memory foam. Safety is a given for things to watch out for, but you don't want to sacrifice comfort!

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  19. I really love the Sapphire color, and that it has memory foam! I'm glad I found this giveaway, as I just noticed today that our Graco carseat is starting to fray on one of the straps! So winning this would be a huge blessing! Thanks Paige for the chance! :)

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  20. I love the memory foam and the color options!

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  21. Wow, I love that it grows with your child! The fact that it can fit a child up to 120 lbs is great.

    Carly D.

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  22. My favorite feature is the side impact protection. I also love the weight limit.

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  23. My favorite feature is the cool mesh material. The car gets so hot in the summer, and even when traveling with the air conditioning on my little one gets warm in his seat.

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  24. I'd have to say my favorite part about this car seat is that it can be used with the harness for a younger child or a booster for a child transitioning out of a car seat. The mesh fabric is nice, too. I always find that my little guy gets way too hot after riding in the car.

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  25. I love how incredibly safe it is! It also has one of the highest weight limits for backward facing that I've seen!

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  26. I love the metal reinforced deep side wings

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  27. I like the metal reinforced deep side wings. Makes me feel more confident my child would be safe in a side impact crash. -Ashley N

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  28. My favorite feature about this car seat is that it goes all the way up to 120lbs! I think it's important to keep our kids in a car seat as long as possible, as it is the safest way for them to travel.

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  29. I like many of the features but the temperature balancing fabrics are great.

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  30. My favorite feature is the mesh pockets.

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