|Flamingo Pink - Little L *loves* this colour|
I have spent the last 30 minutes doing some set up of the chair and getting acquainted with it.
I'm glad to report that the seat part doesn't seem to be all that different from the FOONF seat, which has been lauded for being a solid, hefty "Cadillac" of carseats. The metal substructure of the FLLO is reminiscent of the FOONF's, complete with the metal bars that run up and down the back of the seat. This is great news, because part of the reason why these seats are so safe for extended rear-facing is that the metal frame of the seat absorbs the force of impact in the event of a collision. I was also initially worried that the side wings might be less deep than the FOONF's, since I was thinking that maybe Clek was trying to target the demographic that might normally purchase Diono Radian RXTs. To my relief, the sides are still deep.
|Same stylish silhouette; looks almost exactly like FOONF|
Since I've done setup before with the FOONF, and it's nearly identical in the FLLO, the process was relatively painless. The crotch strap comes with both the short and long settings, which is an improvement on the very first FOONF (sold only with the short strap); it admittedly did take me a little bit of jiggling to get the longer extension into place properly, and that's one part of the seat that I would love to see some improvement on. The headrest also took a bit of wiggling to fit into the holes, but I found it quite easy to adjust or install the shoulder straps, the crotch strap, the universal latches, and even the anti-rebound bar, which was a "first" (since Hubbs did it for our other seats).
|Base in FF mode|
|Base in RF mode|
(In the above video, you see me pulling out the RF base and then snapping it into place. It's a silent video because, well, I didn't narrate it).
So far, I'm pretty pleased with the FLLO. It doesn't look like Clek made any compromises to quality or safety, although the removal of the rigid latch will probably make FF installs a bit less user-friendly. The price is right, however, and I am looking forward to getting the FLLO into the car and seeing how Little L likes its lower profile.
Stay tuned for my toddler's and Hubbs' honest appraisals. Little L loves the FOONF and has fallen asleep in her car seat on many occasions. The proof will be in how well she can get into the FLLO on her own (it's a bit tricky with the higher-profile FOONF), and how much visibility she can get from being 2" lower. For Hubbs, the verdict will depend on how easy it is to install, how much better (if at all) his visibility is when driving, and how easy it is for him to plop a tired, 30+ pound toddler into the FLLO when she refuses to climb in herself ;)
Update: Little L just came in from the park and has been climbing in and out of the seat, which is still on the rug in her bedroom. She *loves* the colour and is having a lot of fun sitting in it, climbing out of it, and talking about going to Hawaii with it. So far, so good, folks!
Full Disclosure: I love Clek and I already own two FOONFs (Paul Frank Red and Dragonfly green), so when I heard about their newest convertible car seat, FLLO, I got in touch with Clek to do a series on it. As part of our arrangement, I was provided with a modest discount on its purchase. These are my very first honest impressions. Any bias in this review is due only to my crazy love for Clek, and not due to having scored a discount on the FLLO.