Main Features of the Britax Marathon ClickTight
We think the Marathon ClickTight seat is attractive in neutral coloring. The seat can be rear facing or forward facing. It is 18.5 inches wide, 23.5 inches high, and 23 inches deep. Its main features are:
- 14-Position Harness
- SafeCell Impact Protection
- 7 Recline Positions
Who is This Convertible Car Seat Meant For?
The Marathon ClickTight can be for a child from infancy through the preschool period. When in the rear-facing position, this Brexit model is designed to hold a child 5-40lbs. For forward facing, 22-65lbs (provided the 22lb child walks unassisted). The seat will work for children with a standing height of 49 inches or less. For seated shoulder height, rear facing accommodates 7.6-16.95 inches, while forward facing is 12-18.65 inches.
As you will note in this Britax Marathon convertible car seat review, it has many safety features, including SafeCell Impact Protection, which make this model ideal for parents who want the peace of mind that comes with a safer seat. It will also appeal to those who want a seat that is very easy to install in a vehicle properly.
Britax Convertible Car Seat Benefits
Comfort for your little one is a big benefit of choosing this Britax model, in our opinion. The convertible car seat has plush foam padding for your little one’s bottom. And it features a 14-position harness, which means there are several ways to get your child a comfy position while keeping them safe in the car. The 14 positions are far more than the NextFit iX’s 5-point harness. Furthermore, there are 7 different recline positions so when your young one wants to nap it’s easier to find that exact position they like.
Safety is the other big benefit. Unlike the other top 10 convertible car seat reviews, this Britax model has cutting-edge SafeCell Impact Protection. The built-in safety parts provide superior protection for your kid, from the energy-absorbing base and harness to the steel frame and the staged-release stitches that slow down motion during a crash. This seat also has a deep shell lined with foam to help protect your child from side impact, if there was an accident.
And that’s not all for safety. The built-in ClickTight Installation System ensures the seat won’t move anywhere, and an anti-rebound bar limits the rotation of the seat when rear-facing if a crash were to occur.
Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat Pros & Cons
On the pro side is the ease with which the Britax convertible car seat installs. The ClickTight system ensures the seat correctly installs every time, for a safer ride, and that it’s simple to do so by buckling the seat belt. The simplicity applies to both forward-facing and rear-facing positions in the vehicle. The Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 lacks the ClickTight system, using a latch instead, which can be more cumbersome to install.
Also, the 14-position harness ensures that as your child grows you will be able to continue to use the car seat. Just adjust it for the additional height, so your little one continues to travel comfortably. And then if there’s an unexpected stain or a spill on the fabric, the cover removes to clean it. All of this makes for extended usability that puts the Britax model amongst the leaders for high-value convertible car seat reviews, in our eyes.
As we offer honest details about every convertible car seat we review, we will also point out a few small limitations about the Marathon ClickTight. Some convertible car seat reviews posted online, for example, have issues tightening the shoulder straps, including uneven tightening between the right and left straps. Also, while there is a latch install, Britax has not used premium ones because the ClickTight is much easier to use. A problem then can arise if you prefer latch install as it can take some extra effort for correct positioning. The ClickTight system gets many positive mentions from parents on the web who explain it’s a breeze to use.
What is Unique
Automatic level indicator. This easy to read lever on the side of the seat gets the ideal installation angle for your specific automobile, whether it is forward facing or rear facing. Thus, you get not only an easier installation of the seat than some other models but also a correct installation every time.
Also, the ClickTight Installation system is not something every child seat has. It correctly positions the seat simply by buckling the seatbelt, with just a single click. It is easy to use, and a parent has peace of mind that the youngster is safely secure in the car seat.
Britax Marathon ClickTight Car Seat Conclusion
After evaluating the Britax convertible car seat for safety, comfort and other attributes, we can honestly say that it offers excellent value. The harness is designed to grow with your child, offering years of use. It is easy to buckle into place too, so its average latch system won’t be problematic for most parents.
Plus, the seat has unique attributes not listed in other convertible car seat reviews, including the automatic level indicator. Given all of its features, the Britax Marathon ClickTight Car Seat is one that we recommend for children meeting the height and weight requirements.