The Radian is also awesome because the seat folds up into itself (imagine a movie theater seat) so it is more compact and easy for travel. You can even buy shoulder straps to make transporting it easier too. The car seat is made of an all steel frame though so it makes it a bit heavy to carry, but makes it incredibly safe for our little ones!
Another important thing to note about the seat is that it is a seat that truly will last as your infant grows, and is the only car seat you ever need. Even though we have opted to use this seat with my 3 year old, our three month old daughter fits very well. As you can see in the picture, the seat is not installed in the car, but I just wanted to show how nicely she fits. She is about 13 pounds and 24 inches at this point. My three year old is about 40 inches and 48 pounds and it fits him perfectly, forward facing. This car seat can be used rear facing or forward facing and even be used as a booster for children 5 pounds to 110 pounds. This means that technically our 90 pounds 8 year old would fit in it as well! It also has a TEN year life, so this seat can truly be passed on to other children in your family rather than the very short 5 year life of many seats.
My husband did say there is a learning curve on the installation of this seat compared to others, because it is a little different. However, we feel extremely safe with our little ones in this seat and plan on purchasing another for our daughter. The forward facing recline makes it work for multiple different types of seats. It also has expandable sides and long seat bottom to fit your child. One other thing I noticed right off is the bottom is pretty low sitting so my son had an easier time climbing right into the seat.
Overall, we love the seat! I love how protected I feel with my kids in it, and the sleek design is nice to look at as well. Since this car seat is so thin, we were able to eliminate the third row in my husbands smaller crossover, so we have more room for storage. The only negatives about this seat, if you would even count them as that, was the installation was a little harder to figure out, and it is heavy! The heaviness is technically a good thing though because of the steel frame. The price of a Diono Radian RXT can be a little more than other brands, but considering it lasts for 10 years, and literally grows with your child, it is well worth it!
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