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This model comes loaded with essential safety features that we’ve come to expect from Britax, including their ClickTight technology, Safe Cell capability, a high-strength steel frame, and a fourteen-shift position top rest.
The Britax Marathon easily transforms from rear-facing to forward-facing positions, allowing the car seat to adjust accordingly as your child grows from being a toddler to the time when they outgrow the child seat. The seat also comes in attractive two-color combinations of patterns of verve, vue, Ollie, Cowmooflage, oasis, and a black base, which gives you a wide range of looks to choose from.
Let’s get into the detailed review!
Overview of Britax Marathon
The Britax Marathon packs loads of safety and comfort features with easy to install mechanisms. The seat also has conspicuous indicator buttons at the headrest and the bottom adjuster lever that are clearly marked to indicate the position that the seat is locked in. The adjusting buttons are designed for operation by easy push and release motions.
The seat boasts of an extra comfortable sitting area that is extra padded on both sides which is cozy to sit in even for long hours. The sides have impact protection padding and are curvy-shaped to offer your toddler a comfortable napping area. The head rest is extra padded and offers impact protection around the neck and torso. A patented v-shaped harness easily moves over your child with the straps designed to fit over the shoulders and buckles in, at the center, with an easy push-to-seal buckle, which snaps into position with ease.
This seat is appropriate for the ever busy mom who wants to keep an eye over their child. The comfortable seats allow your toddler to seat in the car seat for long hours without getting fatigue. The padded sides cup in our child in a warm embrace and the nap friendly side pads on either side offer your kid a nice place to take a nap on those long rides.
Outdoor lovers who want to carry their kids along for a weekend getaway are also targeted by the designers of this seat. The easy to mount and un-mount feature of the car seat ensures you use a short time to install the seat in your car. The seven position adjustable lever at the bottom makes this seat suitable for use in all sizes of vehicles, be it a SUV, truck, station wagon, or the more popular sedan car.
The Britax marathon works well for the career dad who still wants to do his part as a parent in regard to bonding with his kids. Whether it's a weekend shopping trip with the kids in tow or a visit to the mall on a holiday, the car seat comes in handy to carry kids of all ages in the car. Daily drop offs and pick-ups from school will make your kids love a ride in daddy's car due to the extra padded cozy child seats.
Video Overview of Britax Marathon Clicktight
Britax Marathon Clicktight Specs (summary)
Child Fit Information
5-40 lbs (2.26-18.14 kg)
Forward-facing Harnessed Weight
22 - 65 lbs (10-29.4 kg)
Seated Shoulder Height- Rear Facing
65" (19.30-47.37 cm)
Seated Shoulder Height- Forward Facing
65" (30.48-47.37 cm)
Exterior Product Dimensions
5 lbs (12.92 kg)
Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
23" (L) x 18.5" (W) x 23.5" (H) (58.42 cm x 46.99 cm x 59.69 cm)
Headrest Fully Extended Height
25" (76.83 cm)
Interior Product Dimensions
Seating Area Depth
5" (26.67 cm)
Seating Area Width
5" (29.21 cm)
16" (40.64 cm)
Harness Slot Heights
(20 cm) to 19.4"(49.27 cm)
Buckle Strap Positions:
14 (.85"(2.1 cm) increments)
Buckle Strap Depth
33 cm) / 7" (17.7 cm)
Britax Marathon Clicktight Features (summary)
Full body protection
The seat has an energy absorbing shell that serve to protect the occupants head, neck, and torso
The seat has a crumple zone at the bottom seating space that absorbs the impact in case of a car crash to protect our child
Strong Steel frame
The seat is reinforced with a steel frame that helps to keep it stable
the v-shaped tether goes over your child with padded straps over both shoulders to reduce forward movement in a crash
Installation and fitment
The process to buckle up your child in the seat is easy and requires only three steps. Open, thread and buckle, then finally click it closed
Easy-Read Level Indicators
Conspicuously colored and labeled level indicators assist you to find the perfect recline angle for the seat to fit in your car seat
14-position, quick-adjust harness & headrest
Adjusts accordingly to fit the size of your child as they grow bigger over the years
7-Position, Quick-Push Recline
Allows you find the best fit for the seat in your vehicle as well as the right adjustment to allow comfortable leg room for our child.
Rear-facing mode easy switches to Forward-Facing Mode
The seat supports weight for children between 5 and 65 pounds
Allows for easy boarding
Plush, foam padding & fabrics
Provides extra coziness to the child and allows for a quiet ride
Easy removal process for when you need to clean without interfering with the harness
Who is the Britax Marathon Clicktight most suitable for?
The Britax marathon Clicktight is made with your child's safety in mind. This is for the parent who knows how important child safety measures are, when travelling with a child inside your vehicle. The click installation system combined with the cutting edge technology of the safe cell impact protection gives you peace of mind as you cruise down the road knowing our child is safely protected in case of a crash. You no longer have to leave your child behind for those long rides with this seat in your car.
Installing this car seat is easy with the innovative click tight installation system that supports the regular back seat over the shoulder seatbelt. The installation process only involves three steps that you can do alone in a matter of few seconds. All you have to do is push a quick release dial on the child seat cover top and the bottom pops up. Next pull the car's seat belt over the Britax marathon and buckle it in place. Finally drop the popped up bottom of the Britax and click it in place. The uninstall process is just a reverse of these easy to follow steps.
The easy maneuvers used to install and uninstall the Britax Marathon child car seat, make it the perfect car seat for parents who want to mount the child safety seat and un-mount it frequently for normal car use. Parents with school going kids will find this innovative child seat very helpful.
Taxi hailing cab drivers who have regular customers with toddlers and infants will also find this seat a welcome addition to their car. The easy install and uninstall ability makes it perfect for use in their cabs. The quick maneuver of mounting and un-mounting serves well when switching between a customer with a child and one who is does not have a kid. For a taxi driver who wants to keep their regular customers, this seat will improve their rating on the app and see their customer base grow rapidly.
The Marathon Clicktight features a 14 point adjustable harness that you can use to alter the height of the seats as your child grows bigger. The position indicator and click into position button make sure that you have the perfect height adjusted for your child's size. The seat is adjustable for use facing the rear as well as facing the front. While facing the front, the car seat has load carrying capacity of between 20 to 65 pounds and when facing the rear, the seat load capacity ranges from 5 to 40 pounds. The seat has child height limit of up to 49 inches while they are in the standing position.
The marathon makes a perfect seat for a new family who intend to have more than one child. The adjustable seats make it possible to accommodate the child as they grow from being an infant, to a toddler, and finally to a kindergartener when they out-grow the child seat. The durability of the Britax car seats enable use for a long time and the seat can be stored till when the next child is born. The wide range of weight supported with the variable front-facing and rear-facing use, means the seat will support the weight of your child as they grow and gain more weight until such a time when they finally outgrow the need for a child safety seat.
Parents whose kids are over lively can now breathe easy. The 49 inch height support of the marathon child seat allows them to buckle in their child in a standing position to limit movement when they are in the car.
What is Included with the Britax Marathon?
Buying the Britax Marathon on retailer websites comes with 2 comfort pillows. Other compatible accessories which include a Seat protector, Back seat mirror, and kick mats, are sold separately.
Pros and Cons of Britax Marathon Clicktight
Britax Marathon Clicktight installation
Britax Marathon Clicktight manual
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Britax Marathon Clicktight vs. Britax Boulevard
With such awesome products manufactured by Britax, it can be hard to pick one which is better than the other when two car seats are compared.
Below is a summary of the differences and similarities between the Britax Marathon vs Britax Boulevard. You can analyze them yourself to decide which works best for you:
The biggest upside the Britax Boulevard has over the Britax Marathon is the double layered protective material in the seat. Other than that the seats have equal carrying capacity and similar features as seen from the above comparison.
The Marathon Clicktight has a design that puts your child's safety first. It comes with state-of-the-art safety features that range from full body protection of your child in case of a crash, to cozy design of the sitting area.
The adjustable height of the Marathon Clicktight child seat grows with your child to see them through their infant, toddler, and young child stages of early life.
Finally, an easy to install and uninstall mechanism ensures you no longer have to ask for help to mount or un-mount the seat!
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