Understatement: I was not impressed by the Evenflo Triumph DLX. Yet there it remains, strapped into the Xterra in all of its unadjustable harnessed glory. As it’s now June, we find that it’s somewhat easier to secure the kid – now that he’s no longer wearing sweaters and jackets. As long as he doesn’t gain any more weight, we’re good.

We have a new car, though, and a new carseat was needed. The Britax – meh. Yes, it’s touted as the “safest” seat on the market, and it had better bem considering the cost ($250). I think it’s reasonable to assume that most carseats are going to protect your child; the issue then becomes one of ease of use, and aesthetics. Now, I’m a guy who needs to ask for his wife’s blessing before heading out the door to work (“That’s what you’re wearing?Green polo, khaki pants, and black Jack Purcells? No.”), but even I see the value of a carseat that somewhat matches the interior of the vehicle. In our case, the black leather of the Audi could not be tainted by a green and yellow plaid Cosco, or a nice crimson and blue Eddie Bauer. Which left one seat – a black and gray Evenflo Generations.

The seat claims to be able to accommodate kids up to 100 pounds, and the straps (which, in the Unedited Director’s Cut of that previous review, available now on PPV, I referred to as a “goatfuck”) have been improved for easier use. Still, I’d had such a bad experience with the Triumph DLX that there’s no way in Hell that I’d buy…how much? $99? SOLD. In fact, I’ll take two. One for the Xterra.

As it turns out, I’m giving a cautious thumbs-up to the Generations. The straps do seem to have a lot more play than the Triumph, and the functions that allow the seat itself to expand for larger sized kids seem easy to use. Plus it has armrests and an optional cupholder. Add to that a decent writeup from the NHTSA and the price, and well, Evenflo got us good, don’t it.

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