What the Foonf?

After a slight delay, the Clek Foonf was released early this year and all ready it has been a hit with users and reviewers. Expensive as it is at almost $500, the Foonf is the “mother of all car seats.” Clek’s first foray into convertible car seats, the Foonf is green, black or white and full of color!

Features:

  • Use from 14 lbs to 65 lbs
  • Extended rear facing until a child’s turns 4 or 43 inches or 50 lbs (whatever comes first)
  • Structural headrest with deep side wings – energy-absorbing foam-lined headrest connected to frame using steel rods provides maximum head protection in a side-impact collision
  • Foam layers on both the inside and outside of the frame protect your child by absorbing energy in a side-impact collision
  • Car seat is reinforced by a steel and magnesium sub-structure
  • In rear-facing mode, the Anti-Rebound bar improves stability by limiting rotation of the child seat, helping protect your child’s head from impact in the case of a collision
  • The REACT™ Safety System integrated into the seat protects your child much like the crumple zones in the cars we drive — one of the most effective innovations in automotive safety
  • Rigid-LATCH – makes for the easiest forward facing installation
  • Easy access belt path for easy rear facing installation
  • Integrated magnets keeps harnesses open to make taking your child in and out easier
  • Narrow width – 17 inches and 13 inches at base – allows for 3 car seats next to each other
  • Crypton® Super Fabrics are GREENGUARD Select Certified and provide permanent protection against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria
  • Easy-to-engage, smooth recline function
  • Heavy – 36 lbs with additional base piece for rear facing and 32 lbs forward facing – weighs more than most convertible car seats

Many of you will never even consider the Foonf because of its price tag but if you can afford it, the safety features cannot be beat (ex…crumple zones as in cars, extended rear facing etc…). The weight of the Foonf  (due to the steel and magnesium reinforced seat) is a huge drawback but if you do not plan on travelling with it or moving it around too much then the weight should not affect you except for the first time installation. The rear-facing additional base piece (for reclining) adds weight to the car seat. The narrow width is great but the Radian convertible car seats also boasts a small foot print and is way more affordable. The Rigid-LATCH is helpful, but it does take a little practice to get it right, no pressure and weight needed to install correctly (as in other convertible car seats). Although if you do not have the LATCH system in your car, you can still use the Foonf forward and rear facing with a seat belt. One more point about the Foonf is that it sits up high. This can be a nuisance in terms of blocking the drivers vision or even make it difficult for your child to climb into their own seat (makes my life easier when my kids climb in them self an then I just have to buckle them in).

Overall, the Clek Foonf is a fantastic safety features that other car seat makers have not quite matched (close but not quite). It has its downsides with price and weight so if those do not bother you then it is a great looking car seat. Not that aesthetics should matter when talking safety but let’s face it, many of us consider style!