diono car seat

diono car seat

Diono Car Seat

Everyone today is talking about the Diono Rainier, Pacifica, and Olympia. However, before they came out, Diono had already been establishing a tradition of narrow, high-weight car seats that are still worth considering even if they aren’t the newest seats on the market anymore. The Diono Radian RXT is an all-in-one convertible car seat, which means it can be used in several configurations, including as a rear-facing infant seat, a forward-facing seat, and of course, as a booster. Despite its age, the Radian RXT is a car seat that should be on every parent’s shopping list.
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Diono Car Seat

The Diono Radian RXT is one of the best seats on the car seat market right now for extended rear-facing, even if it’s no longer one of the newest. With the ability to rear-face until 45 pounds and continue forward-facing for a while longer, the Diono Radian RXT is well worth consideration as a safe, secure car seat for newborns through elementary-aged children.
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Diono Car Seat

Laura November 5, 2014 Hi Heather, This is a great blog! I was hoping to get your opinion on the Diono R120 vs the RXT. I understand that the main difference is that the RXT has headwinds. I will likely buy a booster when the time comes, so the issue with the seat belt catching in the headwings is not important to me. However, I’ve read that many people have had the same issue you noted about the headings falling down. Is this not really annoying and uncomfortable for your child? Price is not an issue if the headwings are going to significantly improve the safety for my LO and I suppose that safety would also trump comfort. But I’m just stuck on the headwings falling down. Do you think they significantly improve the safety of the seat? Thanks! Some details if important…the seat will be for my oldest daughter who is almost 3 and has just moved to FF in her First Years Truefit (my youngest will now use this). Since she will likely not want to switch back to RF, I will put her FF in the Diono. Reply
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Diono Car Seat

Black Forest, Black Mist, Black Plum, Glacier, Graphite, Midnight, Orchid, Shadow 28.5″H x 18.5″W x 16″D Ultimate Protection The diono rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety. Extra deep side walls provide enhanced side impact protection, taking Diono car seats to a whole new level. It comfortably seats rear-facing children up to 50 lbs and forward-facing children up to 90 lbs in the 5-point harness. It converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs. Download rainier manual
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Diono Car Seat

Julie February 13, 2017 Hi, can you comment on a couple of questions: Are Diono carseats compatible with Subaru Outbacks? I’ve seen mixed reviews elsewhere about getting a good install, both rear and front facing, due to the Outback’s raised seat bight. Would you buy a Diono seat or a Graco 4Ever? I like the Dionos’ narrow and low profile, but the Graco seems easier to use. I don’t need 3 seats across, although it would be nice to have the option. Both seem to have good height and weight limits. My youngest is 15 months so newborn fit is not an issue. Thanks! Reply
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Diono Car Seat

Diono is all about noticing the small things that make a big difference. As a company founded and focused on innovation in the child transportation industry, Diono car seats and accessories boast brilliant features that make kids
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Diono Car Seat

There are 5 shoulder harness positions that range from 9″ on the low end to 17.5″ on the high end. The recline base must be used when the seat is in a rear-facing position. Because there are 5 different slots for harness height, most children are going to find a position that fits them comfortably for as long as they use the seat. You adjust the harness height from behind the seat by removing straps from the splitting plate and rethreading them into the desired slot. If your child is rear-facing, the slots need to be at or below the shoulders, while they need to be above for forward-facing. Diono is unique in that they do allow you to have forward-facing children with shoulders above the top shoulder harness slots as long as these children stay within the forward-facing weight limit and have the tops of their ears below the top of the car seat.
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Diono Car Seat

Using the Diono Radian RXT The seat arrives folded nicely in a box that seems well designed for it. The seat arrives in a collapsed mode, so you can hook straps up to it and tote it around as a backpack, which works really nicely if you’re planning on taking it on an airplane. It’s also airplane compliant, which is great for travelers. All of the LATCH straps are held in the back, including seat belt clips that may be needed for older cars.The engineering of the seat is solid, and you can see where the newer generations of Dionos came from when you look at the Radian RXT.
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I recently purchased a Diono Radian Rxt, but it remains in the box as I’m conflicted. I have a 2011 VW Passat and I’m worried about the installation as the seats have a decent cushion angle. I also have a Britax frontier clicktight in DH’s car that is super easy to adjust. But, I don’t know if the install would be just as difficult in the Passat. Any information on how I can evaluate the seat for the car without opening before I lose the ability to return it would be so helpful! Thanks in advance!
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Kate Koch August 1, 2016 I recently purchased a Diono Radian Rxt, but it remains in the box as I’m conflicted. I have a 2011 VW Passat and I’m worried about the installation as the seats have a decent cushion angle. I also have a Britax frontier clicktight in DH’s car that is super easy to adjust. But, I don’t know if the install would be just as difficult in the Passat. Any information on how I can evaluate the seat for the car without opening before I lose the ability to return it would be so helpful! Thanks in advance! Reply
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This is a great blog! I was hoping to get your opinion on the Diono R120 vs the RXT. I understand that the main difference is that the RXT has headwinds. I will likely buy a booster when the time comes, so the issue with the seat belt catching in the headwings is not important to me. However, I’ve read that many people have had the same issue you noted about the headings falling down. Is this not really annoying and uncomfortable for your child? Price is not an issue if the headwings are going to significantly improve the safety for my LO and I suppose that safety would also trump comfort. But I’m just stuck on the headwings falling down. Do you think they significantly improve the safety of the seat?
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Right, Maryanne. The issue is different with the R120; it holds the seat belt in better position, but it holds the seat belt off the child’s chest. Diono convertibles can be used as boosters in a pinch, but for everyday use, I’d buy a dedicated belt-positioning booster.
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Heather (murphydog77) November 29, 2015 Right, Maryanne. The issue is different with the R120; it holds the seat belt in better position, but it holds the seat belt off the child’s chest. Diono convertibles can be used as boosters in a pinch, but for everyday use, I’d buy a dedicated belt-positioning booster. Reply
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Dimensions of the Diono Radian RXT The seat is 17″ wide at its widest point, which is at the shoulders. The seat weighs 26.5 pounds. Inside, it is around 14″ wide at the widest upper portion at the shoulders and slightly larger at the thighs.
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There is an angle adjuster that is frequently sold alongside the Diono line, as it helps cut down on the extremely large amount of space that the seat can take up when used in the rear-facing configuration. Depending on the size of your vehicle and the amount of space you need in the front seats, you may want to consider purchasing this. This is likely to be the case if you set the seat up directly behind the passenger or driver seats in the first row.
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The Diono Radian RXT fills a niche for parents and caregivers looking for a narrow carseat that can hold a big kid. The Radian line of seats is known for being 3-across friendly—when you have a tiny back seat, these are the carseats you generally look at first. The Radian R-series, the R100, R120, and Radian RXT, all have basically the same shell design but features distinguish them from each other. This review will focus on the RXT, but the information is similar for all the Radians, though only the RXT makes the CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat List.
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The Diono Radian RXT is a solid convertible seat with great rear-facing features. Its high height and weight limits accommodate big kids both rear- and forward-facing, yet it takes up less space than many of its competitors. For narrow backseats or 3-across situations, you simply can’t beat the width of the RXT. Features like rear-facing tethering, thick padding, and solid construction make the Radian RXT a solid purchase.

Published on Jul 19, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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