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Britax Evolva 123 comes in many colours and designs. I am going to review the Olivia version.
We bought this just before Christmas 2010 on a visit to Mothercare. While there we discovered many different models with differnt functions and prices. What I find really annoying about Mothercare is the labels don't tell you enough information if any at all. This means you have to track down the nearest free shop assistant , and you can guarantee their always busy. I already had my eye on this chair because of its complete girlyness.So we went for the kill and got the car seat lady to check it in the car. She could tell us the features later. We have a very small 3 door Ford so it was essential to check the size.It fit perfectly and we loved all the features. However we did not love the price. It cost £126.00 which is about average for a car seat, but we didn't need it straight away, so we went home and researched online. They where exactly the same price so we went back the week after. And amazingly it had gone down to £80!So we bought it there and then.
I was so pleased at my purchase as I like things that are a bit unique and different. Alot of car seats are your usual black and grey, but this is different.It has two designs of material. The outer edges , and head rest are a fabulously girly pink with a white flowery pattern type design printed on. The inner material where the child actually sits is made of blue soft denim. This looks and feels lovely however its softness is its biggest flaw. The seat has only been used for 7 months everday at the most and the place where my babies arms go has gone all bobbly. The chair is supposed to last until 12 years old so I have to say I am very dissapointed about this and wonder how long it will last. I am thinking of making some kind off protecter for it. Apart from that the chair looks quite chunky, protective and ever so comfortable.
The seat has many fantastic features. When your child is still small you use the inbuilt seat belt , when they are to big for them its time to use the adult seat belt already in the car. There special red guides for this that are inbuilt for the seat belt to go through. We're only up to using the baby seat belt at the moment which is easily adjusted using the pully and release button at the bottom of the seat. The seat belt makes and loud clicking noise when securley fastened which is very very helpful.To undo the seat bealt just press the large red button.
On each armrest there is a small piece of rubber with a hole in. This is to hold the seat belts while you seat the child, which stops messing around trying to find the belt your child is sitting on. At the moment I can't take advantage of this as my child is quite small and the belts aren't long enough yet to reach.
Under each arm rest is a pull out cup holder which I can imagine will be great for long car journeys.
There is a large padded headrest which is easily adjustable and grows with your child until on average 12 years or 35KG. I think this is fantastic for the price. However I don't know if it will last that long. And I pray that my daughter dosn't decide to hate pink.
We got the lady at Mothercare to fit the car seat so we didn't remove the labels that where attachted to the seat.
When I got home I had a look to see what they said and if there was a description or instructions. But there weren't. I don't know if it was supposed to come with instructions or the lady forgot to give them to us , so it's just a case of remembering how to fit the seat.
Overall lovely looking , many practical useful features, well worth the money even at £126. Lasts 12 years. Only negative is the bobbling of the denim material.If anyone has any tips on fixing this problem please leave a comment.
I always read lots of reviews before I buy and must admit I seemed to have missed the downsides on this one. It was purchased to go in my husbands mondeo. This is a large family car so I assumed it would fit no problem. If you have the seat fitted with no recline it fits fine. However unlike other car seats I have had which recline this does not slide on the base there is a bar underneath which you flip forward. whilst reclining the seat this also makes the back on the seat at the bottom move away from the actual car seating. This makes it incredibly difficlut to get the seatbelt through properly.
It is also not as padded as I would like it to be. Although it does have side imapt protection if they did bang their head on the headrest whilst it may protect them from very serious injury I think they could still be injured as it is very hard. My son cried for weeks when I took him out of his Graco junior mini when his younger brother was born and put him into this. It is no where near as comfortable and alhtough it is technically from 9 months plus I would not recommend it for a child under the age of 2 or 3.
On the plus side my son is now 4 and still easily fits into the 5 point harness and I will be securing him in the car seat this way as long as possible.
I got this seat to go in my Clio, I have had it in the back seat and in the front seat.
I find the seat is OK, it is relatively easy to fit, but you do need a bit of muscle to get the seat belt strapped through it tight enough. Also threading through the seat belt around the back of the seat is a little fiddly. We have oly used it the baby mode so far but the head rest moves and widens to fit children up to approximately 11 years old.
It has 2 cup holders on the sides, however, I don't think we will be using those till our little girl is a bit bigger as cups with handles don't fit.
One thing I do like about this seat is the padded shoulder straps on the 5 point harness, and the fact that the adjuster for the straps is simple to use at the front of the seat.
However, the recline option is a bit rubbish, you have to set it when you fit it so can't adust it as needed. Also even when you fit it reclined it isn't reclined very far and my daughter ends up rolled forwards in the seat, when we went on a long trip recently I ended up putting the seat in the front of the car and reclinging the front seat alittle so the seat sat back further so my daughter could sleep more comfortably laid back a bit.
I am not sure how durable the seat is going to be to possibly last another 10 ish years though - however, the age range would be good for grandparents who have different aged grandchildren as they would only need one seat and could switch it for different aged grandchildren.
Overall I do prefer the Britax Duo Plus we have in our other car and wish I had spent the little extra to get another the same but I feel this is safe enough so can't justify changing it.
I am a car seat tester. Be careful with this car seat and get it tested before you buy it, common problems are buckle crunching (which is when your car seat buckle is too high on the child seat. this can be extremely dangerous as it can stop the child seat being pulled tight enough and it could mean that your buckle could shatter i an accident therefore making it worthless) The reason being is because it has siuch a low base. Seatbelt length is another commn problem with this car seat because of the way the seatbelt threads through. The shape of your car seat will also determine whether it will fit securly enough in your car. be aware of all these group 123 car seats although if you have to buy one definatly go for this one as apposed to a cheaper one. Always get it TESTED BEFORE YOU BUY IT!!!!
Convenient pull out drink holder and snack tray for refreshments on long journeys. Ideal for planning ahead, the Evolva 123 offers great design features and superb comfort. An innovative, ergonomically exceptional seat, the Evolva 123 Ultra adapts to meet the needs of your growing child. From 15kg to 36kg the adjustable head support grows with your child. For children 15kg to 36kg the harness is stowed and the belt guides position the adult belt comfortably and safely over your child. The large rounded headrest, as well as offering protection in the event of a side impact collision, provides extra comfort for your sleeping child.