I was sent a RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster car seat at no cost to facilitate this review.
When RECARO offered to send their Performance SPORT combination harness to booster seat for me to review (at no cost) I was stoked! But not as much as my husband was – “RECARO… do you mean the same RECARO that makes those really nice race car seats?!” Go ahead dads, drool – my husband sure did.
When it came in the mail, I opened the box and lugged out this 25lb seat and was instantly won over by it’s quality and sturdiness. Just like the race car seats my husband was drooling over, this car seat is fancy, sleek, stylish, sturdy and totally drool worthy.
This is how the RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster came in the box, (minus the protective plastic bag) no assembly required! I have their “Sapphire” color, which is a rich and happy blue. This seat is for my 3yo who has been totally obsessed with anything blue since he turned 2, so naturally he was a fan. It comes in a total of 11 colors, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.
Note in the picture above, the EasyAdjust no re-thread harness. That makes me so happy!! I’ve had to re-thread plenty of car seats again and again in only a few short months because, as any mother knows, a child at that age can grow like a weed. The tedious re-threading gets old fast! You simply pull the black, horizontal bar out and up to whatever height best fits your child. *The integrated harness straps must always be at or above your child’s shoulders when forward facing.* The first few times you do this, it will be stiff and you might need a little bit of counter weight on the seat to give you good leverage. After you’ve done that a few times it will become easier to move up and down with less effort.
RECARO has over 100 years of precise automotive, airline and race car seat engineering that is built into every one of their products. At RECARO they design seats to keep up with high-performance families and make kids happy.
Notice above, some of the details that are sure to make both parents and kids happy – a little storage pocket for both the instruction manual and the LATCH system, for when they are not in use. Also, the shoulder straps are so plush and soft with the Cloud Comfort Memory Foam, they’re designed to stay in place, no slipping down or getting twisted around!
The RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster was designed to be user friendly, no worries about cursing up a storm while you’re trying to figure out what goes where and how. It was so fast and easy to switch the car seat from harness to booster mode and just as easy to securely install the car seat into my van with the LATCH system.
The RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster Car Seat has all-new features such as HERO harness system technology and cloud comfort memory foam.
HERO is a new, exclusive and innovative safety feature by RECARO. HERO ensures the highest level of protection and comfort by positioning the shoulder pads to appropriately fit the child’s neck, head and shoulders while resisting harness twisting and ensuring proper chest clip positioning.
The Performance Series includes the RECARO Safety Stripe System, which is a racing-inspired white stripe that is clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness. This stripe is designed as an easy alert to parents that a twist could occur, or has begun, thus preventing a safety hazard.
Additionally, all-new features include added mesh for breath-ability, improved comfort pad with memory foam, enhanced cup holders and stylish trim details.The Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster Car Seat has twist- resistant straps and a 5-Point harness system that accommodates children 20 to 65 pounds in harness mode and 30 to 120 pounds in booster mode.
The Performance SPORT incorporates RECARO Side Impact Protection technology inspired by four decades of racing seat safety.
- Cloud Comfort Memory Foam
- Luxurious, temperature balancing fabrics & CoolMesh air ventilation keep your child cool, comfortable and happy
- Racing-Inspired Full-Body Side Impact Protection with metal reinforced side wings designed to protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact crash: head, neck, face, torso and pelvis
- Twist-resistant HERO harness technology ensures the highest level of protection and comfort
- (Forward-facing only) Harness Mode: 20-65 pounds and 27-49 inches; High Back Booster Mode: 30-120 pounds and 37-59 inches
- Seat weighs a sturdy 25lbs
- EasyAdjust no re-thread harness
- Cup holders on either side of seat
Generally with baby gear items you’ll find that while you might love that particular product, there are just a few things here and there that you have to learn to live with or adjust to. For me, with this seat, that was not the case. My husband and I thoroughly loved it, the safety, stability and ease of the RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster should win you over just as much as it has my family. It’s definitely one of the best car seats I’ve tried!
*Update January 2018 – RECARO is no longer selling this or any other new car seats in the US.*