Britax Car Seat: Britax Pinnacle G1.1 ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat, Broadway Review

Britax Car Seat: Britax Pinnacle G1.1 ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat, Broadway

  • Clicktight installation system ensures that everyone can install the car seat securely and confidently by just buckling the seat belt
  • SafeCell impact protection is an integrated system of safety components, an including impact absorbing base, tether and harness, an impact stabilizing steel frame, and complete side impact protection plus
  • SafeCell complete side impact protection max provides Britax’s highest level of protection: a deep protective shell that absorbs crash forces, an energy-absorbing headrest, and external cushions that compress to divert energy away from your child

Britax Car Seat: Britax Pinnacle G1.1 ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat, Broadway Reviews

Thank you Britax for a great product (By S. Alexander)

I can’t say enough great things about britax. These seats have kept my kids safe in 2 bad accidents now. My 4 year old was in the pinnacle and my 7 year old in the frontier when we rolled our suv and camper at approx 65mph . Neither one of them have any scratches. Aside from comfort and extremely simple installation I love the side impact protection and steel frame. These seats are indestructable. I also had a great experience with their customer service when my 7 year olds frontier harness broke. After sending them pictures of the seat they replaced it with a brand new model. Thank you thank you thank you Britax for continuing to improve safety and quality of your seats! I added a picture of the accident. It is unbelievable that the kids were completely unharmed and safe.

Pinnacle vs Frontier vs Pioneer (By Profile)

Pinnacle Pros:
Very easy to install. Nicely padded and very comfortable. The no rethread harness makes adjusting the harness extremely easy.

Pinnacle Cons:
The seat is very heavy. The seat is very wide especially with the side impact cushions which make it difficult for someone to sit next to the seat or to fit another car seat next to the seat. It can be difficult to adjust the harness BUT this means it’s also difficult for kids to adjust the harness themselves so this is actually a nice safety feature if you have a kid who tries to loosen the straps while you are driving. The Pinnacle is the most expensive combination seat made by Britax.

Comparison of Britax Combination Seats:
The Pinnacle is one of three combination seats made by Britax: The Pioneer, the Frontier and The Pinnacle. The G1.1 is the newest version (as of March 2015). On the older version some people had problems getting a good fit in booster mode. This version has updated booster belt guides which are intended to help with the fit issues. There are also some minor cosmetic changes. All three seats are good seats. The Frontier and Pinnacle have higher height and weight limits and are easier to install than the Pioneer but also have higher price tags. The Pinnacle has added side impact cushions.

Best car seat I’ve owned in the 16 years I’ve had to use them. (By Blue Lotus)

This is going to be a long and thorough review, so please bare with me. I purchased two of these car seats about 8 weeks ago. I fretted over whether or not they would fit in my vehicle and how they would fit my children after reading so many reviews that these were huge, and complaints on the comfort.

My children are about to turn 9 & 6. Our family travels a lot, in fact in the 8 weeks we have owned them we have taken one minor road trip (5 hours), moved 12 hours away, and made a round trip back and forth 24 hours, for a total of 41 hours strapped down. You really learn what they like and dislike about a new car seat spending that much time in the car!

My 9 year old is about 4.5 feet tall and weighs 68lbs. My 6 year old is 3’10” and 44lbs. They both fit these car seats rather well. The 9 year old has a few minor complaints on long trips. She complains that the car seat becomes uncomfortable on her back and bottom, but after any major length of time that is understandable. She used the 5point harness up until the return trip home when she asked if she could convert it to a booster because she felt the buckle bothered her legs after so long. She does not have any complaints with general errands. I have asked her often If she likes or dislikes her seat overall and her consensus is that it is the best one she recalls having. She especially likes the pillowy parts near her head and how the seat keeps the seat belt from cutting at her neck. To be fair she had been in a cheap booster seat without a back prior and was use to having a little more movement. It has been an adjustment for her to get use to such a secure set again. My 6 year old transitioned from a Britax Boulevard 70. (Which I loved and thought was amazing until I was introduced to the click tight, WOW).
He has zero complaints as there isn’t much change other than he has cup holders now and more cushin around his head.

Now for fit. I have a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse and my husband has a 2014 Honda Accord. Both car seats fit really well in both cars. In the Honda there is no room for a third passenger in the back, so we just lay the console down for extra cup holders. They fit the traverse like they were made for the seat. My older children have no problems getting past them to the third row, the arm rest attached to the vehicles seat still moves freely as well. (Pictures of both vehicles attached).

Installing these car seats was very easy and by far the best install experience I’ve had, and I’ve been dealing with car seats for 16 years. They do not budge one bit once the click tight clicks down. The only down side is weight. They are heavy! We typically do not move them from car to car and for that I’m thankful! They do need to be put in the vehicle head first at an angle because they raise so high. Once positioned to be locked down everything is a breeze.

Finally, I bought these on sale. However they’re even cheaper today when writing this review. I suppose that is a bummer for me. The price tag is steep, but they are well worth it. These will be the last car seats I buy, and I feel so much better with the extra side impact protection as much time as we spend traveling. My only regret is that I spent so much time talking about buying these instead of just doing it! I hope this review helps. I tried to answer all the questions I had reading reviews before my purchase.

Exceeds my expectations! (By Rachel King)

Best booster with five point harness by far! The click tight system allows the lap/shoulder belt to stay secure even if the lap belt locking mechanism loosens which happens often. So even if it does, that belt isn’t moving because it’s locked in the center of the seat. Once I finally and fully made it through the installation instructions and my truck manual, installation was not difficult and that bad boy doesn’t move even 1/2 an inch. The recline position isn’t much of a recline so actually, unlike my car seat before (not a booster with a 5 point harness, just a car seat) my daughters head hangs when she falls asleep. But it has so many safety features I wouldn’t want to accept anything less. Regardless, my little one says its comfortable. I have since, just today, installed the graco nautilus and it was not as easy to set up and install and lacks the click tight system. It doesn’t have as much cushion as the Pinnacle either. But I still recommend that one too with proper installation. The britax pinnacle and the graco nautilus were both recommended by a car seat research foundation based on my installing it in a truck and my child weighing 40 lbs. along with Her height.

Update: 7/17/15 – love love love this car seat still. Someone asked if their child’s head wwould fall forward when sleeping. Sometimes yes sometimes no but the head is the only thing that should move/fall/slump forward. I have attached a picture of my daughter today after about 10 minutes asleep….