Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: west of civilization
The Nautilus is heavy, but of the forward facing higher weight harness seats on the market it is absolutely the most install friendly if you're moving it frequently.
The Britax Frontier is an evil royal PITA from hell, depending on the car you're putting it in. If you have one car that it goes great it, wonderful, but I'd never pick it for frequent moves.
The Cosco Apex has a strap height a full inch shorter than the Nautilus, requires vehicle support at the head rest, and you are guaranteed to leave knuckle skin in the belt path trying to thread the seat belt through.
The new Evenflo Generations 65 is a nice, economical little seat but has the shortest top harness height of all, will be outgrown as a harness quickly, and really doesn't make a good booster.
The Regent is a beast.
The only quirk I would keep in mind for the Nautilus is that it stupidly requires 100% of the base to rest on the vehicle seat. This isn't an issue in most vehicles, unless you're going to be using extended-cab trucks, and then the Nautilus is generally a no-go on those asinine short-depthed back seats.
So, yeah, the Nautilus, unless your kid is super petite and you don't mind buying a dedicated booster down the road, then the Generations 65 (available in some Babies R Us right now) is an option.
Also, if you're planning on installing with LATCH, keep in mind that Graco puts a 48 lb limit on LATCH use and some vehicles have a 40 pound limit on LATCH.
Last edited by Outnumbered; 09-29-2009 at 06:09 AM.