J.L. Childress Ultimate Backpack Padded Car Seat Travel Bag, Black
- To ensure that this item fits your car seat, check the compatibility chart in Technical Specification section below (Click on User Manual)
- Protects – Comfortable – Hands-Free – Durable – Water Resistant – Easy to clean
- Fully padded with padded interior wings to protect car seat headrest
- Ergonomic, harness-style backpack straps are padded and adjustable
- Dual, lockable zipper opening
Carrying convenience, comfort, and choices! The Ultimate Car Seat Travel Bag allows families to protect their child’s car seat when traveling. The Ultimate is the only car seat travel bag available that offers thick padding on all sides, padded interior wings and a custom fit to ensure protection of your car seats’ safety features. The ergonomic, harness-style backpack straps are fully padded, providing a comfortable, hands-free carrying option for luggage-burdened parents. Convenient webbing ha
List Price: $ 49.99
I have an Evenflo Symphony 65 e3 All-In-One Convertible Car Seat and it ALMOST didn’t fit. Let me say this, if you do have two car seats I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you Pre-pack the one you’re traveling with at Home. I did a test run of my seat in our house and thankfully I did because it put up a fight! I had to squeeze and tweek the seat adjustments of my chair by raising the head rest and pullinh the zippered pieces together so that it could fit the contours of the stitching of the bag (insert “…Fat man in a Little Coat..”). I would have hated to attempt to bag my car seat at a busy airport traveling solo with a mobile infant. At home he could walk around, etc. in the confines and I didn’t have to worry about him being kidnapped (seriously, it could happen), wandering off, hit by a car at passenger drop off/parking lot.
Once your car seat is packed (depending on the size) and on your back you are a walking barge, keep that in mind so you don’t bump yourself into something/one. I’m a 5’4″/140lbs female and I could carry my seat on my back, you’ll look like a pack mule but it can be done (remember you’re only carrying it to baggage check!).
*HIGHLY SUGGESTED* *Smart/Space-saving Packing Tip* If you’re traveling with bulky diaper, wipes, extra blankets, etc. all the Extras kids come with use the plastic zipper bag the seat is packaged, place those bulky items in there, and put them in the car seat before you zip it up! This saved so much space in my personal luggage. Additionally, God forbid, if your zipper breaks (mine has not, but we have only used it for One round-trip flight so far) your items are secured in the bag! They won’t fly all over the place and get randomly lost! Also, as seen above, the bag is CLEAR, if TSA needs to check your seat for security measures, it’s easy for them to see what you have and again, your stuff won’t fall out and get lost!
I had to bump this review up to five stars. I have now traveled with this protective bag on many flights over the past year. There is one area on the bottom that’s starting to show wear but that’s what’s to be expected after 5-6 round trip flights. I’m no longer stuffing the inside seat area due to our boy getting older and requiring less excess stuff (diapers, a million bath toys, wipes, etc) and that has tremendously assisted in this bag zipping much easier. The airline counter employees compliment the bag due to it making handling much easier. It makes solo travel easier also.
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Worth the money, lessons learned,
The back-pack straps made carrying it much easier when we had to, though we opted to check at the counter and use our harness to carry the baby instead.
The first set of flights out (United), the bag survived with no damage and we picked it up at the oversize baggage area. Keep that in mind as it was in a separate area than the regular baggage and we had to look for it. We changed planes and it was international, so that says good things about the durability.
On the return trip, we changed planes (Virgin America), but there was some damage to the bottom of the bag. From the looks of it, the damage is scuffing, as if it was dragged by the handle. I took pictures of the scuffing and posted them on here. The other tear looks like it got caught on something, either coming out of a vehicle or the plane. We didn’t notice it until it got home, don’t know if we can blame it on the airline or night.
I’d buy this bag again. It was much less than the form-fitting one from Britax and had extra room for more things. I’m debating whether I want to reinforce the bottom with some other material so that it won’t scuff and tear so easily, or if I want to upgrade to the one with a plastic base and wheels.
There were a lot of folks who had issues with the zippers. I could see very easily how if the zippers had a lot of stress on them they would pop out and become useless very quickly. It isn’t so much that the zippers are cheap as there is a lot of material they are holding onto and a lot of surface area to pull back. A better design may have been to have fold-over snaps to give the zipper some more support so that it doesn’t pull out. I also fully believe that stuffing extra stuff into the bag to fill it out made a huge difference on it staying together.
All in all, it saved the carseat from damage, gave me more room to pack things in a bag that is considered “free” by the airlines, and wasn’t quite as hard to carry around as I had anticipated. The bag is ginormous, so expect to get some looks from folks, but it is much better than a destroyed car seat when you get where you are going.
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