Safe Holiday Travels with the Britax Frontier 85 SICT // Review & Giveaway

If you’re going to be doing any travelling this holiday season, you’re going to want to make sure your children are buckled up safe and sound for the trip (and every day)! The roads will be busy, hectic, and depending on where you live, possibly snow covered.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “all children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer. It is best for children to ride in a seat with a harness as long as possible, at least to 4 years of age. If your child outgrows his seat before reaching 4 years of age, consider using a seat with a harness approved for higher weights and heights.

Micah, my 33-pound 3 year old was on the verge of outgrowing his 35 pound limit convertible car seat, and I knew he would soon need an upgrade. With the AAP’s recommendation of children being harnessed for as long as possible, I wanted to make sure that the seat I got for him would do just that.

I knew that the Britax line was highly touted as being one of the best out there, so they were my first stop when I was looking for Micah’s new seat. The second I saw the Britax Frontier 85 SICT, I knew that this was the one!

Meet the Britax Frontier 85 SICT!

Isn’t she a beauty? Micah picked the Cardinal color “‘Cause red means it’s fast!” Sure, kid.  I can roll with that!

The Britax Frontier 85 SICT (which stands for Side Impact Cushion Technology, by the way — it reduces side impact crash energy by 45%!) is an incredibly versatile seat that lets your child transition out of a convertible seat, into a harnessed booster, and eventually into a belted booster. This gives the seat a lot more bang for your buck since you can use it for such a long period of time! Here are the height and weight stats for the Frontier 85 SICT:

That means that your child can be secured by a 5-point harness for up to 85 pounds! That’s amazing! Like I said before, Micah weighs in at 33 pounds, but my 5 year old, Emma, is 44 pounds. She would still be able to be in a 5-point harness, and with lots of room to grow! And once they outgrow the 85 pound limit, the seat allows for use as a belted booster right up to 120 pounds. Simply outstanding.

Easy adjusting makes mom a happy camper.

So how does the Frontier 85 SICT allow for such a wide range of weight? A few things:

First, the incredibly simple Quick-Adjust Harness means you’ll never have to re-thread straps into the proper slots. Take a look:

So with an easy lift of the Quick-Adjust Harness, the Frontier 85 SICT can be changed for your growing child! I’m all about easy, and this is IT, folks. There are 10 harness height positions (up to 20″) and three buckle positions to adapt to your growing child. Getting the best fit has never been more simple.

Using the Frontier 85 SICT as a Belt-Positioning Booster

The beauty of this seat is its longevity — you will be able to use the Frontier for such a long time, throughout the booster seat years. Here’s how it transforms with the Harness-2-Booster system.

With a few easy changes, you’ve got a booster!

Easy Installation

My husband groaned when I told him that he’d have to go install Micah’s new car seat, but I told him to wait just one cotton pickin’ minute — this one is different, I promise! Gone are the days where you would press and press on those LATCH hooks, blindly hoping to hook on to your car’s LATCH bar. Britax has fixed that issue. I present to you Premium Lower LATCH Connectors.

All you have to do to install the lower LATCH system for your seat is to push the silver portion on to the LATCH anchor of your car, and tighten. Need to release it? Just push that red button. Super easy!

Here’s a view of the LATCH from behind.

Ta daa! The Frontier 85 SICT is seriously a pretty car seat. It looks great in my car, and I feel good about my son riding in it.

Insert kid! Not only are they safe — they’re comfortable! With integrated cup holders designed to fit common beverages such as 20 oz reusable water bottles, and high density comfort foam providing an extra layer of padding, they’ll be happy as a clam to ride in their Frontier 85 SICT! Oh, and you will love that the easy remove cover allows for you to take the cover off without disassembling the harness!

Planning on flying and you want to take your Frontier 85 SICT along for the ride? It’s FAA approved!

I truly cannot say enough about the Frontier 85 SICT. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to transition from a convertible to a booster! The Frontier 85 SICT retails for $339.99.

Holiday Travel Promotion from Britax

To help save your vehicle seats from wear and tear during the upcoming holiday travel season, BRITAX is offering a FREE Vehicle Seat Protector when you purchase a FRONTIER 85 or FRONTIER 85 SICT. This offer begins November 1, 2012 and ends November 30, 2012, while supplies last. Visit our Where to Buy page to find a BRITAX dealer near you.

Note: For Babies R Us, this promotion is not available in-store, but on their website only.

Win a Britax Frontier 85 SICT!

One lucky winner will win a Britax Frontier 85 SICT worth $339.99! Open to the US AND CANADA. Ends 11/30.
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  1. nicole hunka says

    Honestly the colour wouldn’t matter. All of the colours are great. My van is Charcol, so they all would look great as well.

  2. Jennifer Thompson says

    I love Cardinal. I just gave my Britax Roundabout away to a friend and would love to be able to put my little one in this. My 3 year old has a marathon and I think this would be perfect for my 5 year old!

  3. Alison T. says

    I really like Onyx- it would go great in my car- we have a little one on the way and my toddler needs an upgrade, this would be fantastic!

  4. Carina says

    Definitely Cardinal!!! Will match my SUV perfectly & my litte guys fiery personality ;) Cupholder BONUS!!! We only ride with Britax! Xo

  5. SANDY HOLLY says


  6. jean says

    I can’t say enough about Britax. My 2.5 year old twins have the Britax Marathon and we are currently looking to invest in another for my 10 month old. This would be perfect. One of the twins could use the Frontier and the baby can have one of the Marathons. We ONLY buy Britax car seats. Love the cup holders and the ease of belt adjustment on the Frontier. May have some fights over who gets to sit in it. Thanks Britax for making this mommy feel her children are safe while driving!!

  7. Karen says

    I would pick the cardinal and give the car seat to my daughter-in-law for my youngest granddaughter, PK who will be 2 in Janauary. Red is Lindsey’s favorite color

  8. Jodi J says

    I’d choose either the Portobello or the Cardinal (whichever fabric is the softest – my son is extremely sensitive to anything he considers “scratchy” fabics).

  9. says

    Carseats are sooo cool now! You don’t even want to see the seats my girls were in in the 80’s. I’d love this Britax for my granddaughter – she’s still rfing in my van and she’s almost 5 – she’s getting very very close to needing to be turned tho’. I’d get this for her in … Probably Cardinal. They really need a pink or purple option. :) Thx for the giveaway!


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