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Britax Marathon Classic
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Summary: Based on the original and popular Marathon model from Britax, the Marathon Classic remains with the "classic" name differentiating it from Britax's newer "next generation" convertible seat lineup.
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Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity car seats
About - Britax Marathon Classic

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

Crash protection:
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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 Classic
info Rear facing weight range (lbs.) 5-35
info Forward facing weight range (lbs.) 20-65
info Height range (in.) <49
info Seat weight (lbs.) 17
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User Reviews - Britax Marathon Classic
User Reviews
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Great seat and it even fits on airplanes
Easy To Install
Easy to use
Fits on airplane seats
Great for travel
Great reviews
Bulky but safe
Best Uses
Travel car and air
Fits in our '08 Ford Escape. Have used it about 4 years. Easy to install. Love all the safety latches. Feels secure. I fly frequently and attach seat to GOGO BABYZ wheels and pull kids through airport. My 4 yr old stands on it with his sister 16 months standing under him. I bring it on plane and 4 yr old sits in it on plane. Great for travel, and my son easily sleeps in it. Will get another for sister after 2 yrs old. Might be big for rear facing in most cars. Worth the price!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Comfortable &amp; safe
Best Uses
We purchased 2 of these seats over 2 years ago and installed in a Forester and an older extra cab Tundra (small rear seat). Pros: comfortable on long drives, high visibility, easy to wash the cover, and most importantly... safe. Cons: the 5 point harness is slightly cumbersome to buckle, but I suppose that is the case with any 5 point that is securely (read tightly) latched. <br /><br />The seat may be a bit pricey, but when we purchased it was near the highest rated for the dollar. Add to that, the weight range of 20 to 65 and the seat may turn out to be an exceptional performer for the $. Overall we are really happy with this model.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Misleading Specs
Sturdy and safe
Difficult to attach
No Cup Holders
Best Uses
We purchased this car seat to be a long term seat for our newborn son. The claims that it could be used up to 65 lbs justified the high sticker price. <br /><br />He is now around 40 lbs and 40 inches and the shoulder straps no longer fit him. He is an average sized child, so this comes as a surprise.<br /><br />Sure it is sturdy and durable and tests great for safety, but we would have bought a different model had we known it would not go the distance in terms of convertibility.<br /><br />Pros:<br />- sturdy<br />- won't move once in place<br /><br />Cons:<br />- does NOT fit children up to 65 lbs. as claimed<br />- tether clip is hard to attach to tether, cursing will ensue<br />- cannot straighten seat back from a slightly reclined position<br />- 5 point safety harness cannot accommodate our 40 lb son in a snowsuit<br />- clips do not clip easily into buckle<br />- buckle folds awkwardly under child's body and is hard to free up for easy clip in
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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