The Evenflo Triumph is not a newcomer to the convertible car seat world; it’s gone through several upgrades over the years and is loved by many for its ease of use features.
CSFTL Quick Stats:
- Rear facing weight range: 5-40 lbs.
- Rear facing height range: 19-37″
- Forward facing weight range: 22-65 lbs.
- Forward facing height range: 28-50″
- Shell height: 23″
- Lowest harness position: 8″
- Highest harness position: 17″
- Expiration: 6 years
- Lower anchor weight limit: 44 lbs.
- 2 crotch buckle positions
- Recline in forward facing mode
- Infinite Slide harness height adjustment
- TensionRight knobs to adjust harness tension
- Integrated cupholders
Installing the Triumph rear facing is quite simple; use the recline lever on the front of the seat to adjust it to the rear facing recline position and then the belt path is easy to access and route the seat belt or lower anchor strap through. The lower anchor connectors are standard, clip style connectors.
When it comes time to buckle the child, the Triumph has a few unique features: the Infinite Slide Harness and Tension Right Adjusters.
The Infinite Slide harness allows the caregiver to adjust the height of the harness straps without rethreading. Simply grasp the red tabs and pull the straps up or down to raise and lower them. Straps should be positioned at or just below the shoulders for rear facing; at or just above the shoulders for forward facing.
The Tension Right Adjusters are knobs on the side of the seat to loosen and tighten the harness straps, rather than a traditional pull strap. To tighten, just turn the knob, and to loosen, press the red tab and pull slack from the hip area.
The Triumph can be used rear facing from 5-40 lbs, 19-37″ and the child’s head must be at least 1″ below the top of the shell, which measures 23″ tall.
Overall the child fit is good for most children. The biggest issue is the length and placement of the crotch buckle. Due to the geometry of it, it tends to sit high on skinny and small kids, as well as digging into their belly a bit. Using a rolled washcloth behind the buckle can help with the excess room a bit. As for it pushing into their belly, make sure to tighten at the shoulders first, then tighten the hip straps. Other than that, the harness height is good and the head support and infant pad helps with side movement.
Fiona – Newborn Huggable Images Doll, 7 lbs, 17″
The Triumph is a great fit for our newborn model. She does have the issue mentioned earlier about the large space behind the crotch buckle, but that can be solved by a rolled washcloth behind the buckle.
Anders – 7 weeks, 11 lbs 10 oz, 23″
The Triumph also fits little Anders well. As before, he has the crotch buckle strap issue, but it sits much better on his chubby little tummy. He does have quite a bit of slouching, so in his case, I would add rolled receiving blankets to either side of his body to help keep him more upright.
Lucas – 16 month Huggable Images Doll, 20 lbs, 31″
The Triumph was a good fit for our toddler. The bottom insert was removed for more comfort. He had plenty of growing room for both his legs and above his head.
Installing the Triumph forward facing is equally easy: the seat can be in the most upright position, or the upright reclined position, which allows for some additional comfort for the child that prefers to sit slightly reclined. There are slits in the sides of the cover that allow for easy access to the belt path for tightening the lower anchor strap or seat belt.
Forward facing, the Triumph can be used from 22-65 lbs, 28-50″, and the child’s ears must be below the top of the shell and shoulders cannot exceed the top harness position.
Sophie – 3 yr old Huggable Images Doll, 30 lbs, 38″
Due to Sophie’s height, she could not ride rear facing. As stated earlier, we would prefer to see kids rear face to age 4, but this shows the Triumph’s biggest drawback. As you can see, she would still have quite a bit of space above her head, but has met that pesky 37″ height limit. We also removed the head support to give her a bit more room.
Chloe – 6 yr old Huggable Images Doll, 46 lbs, 48″
Chloe is right at the limits of the Triumph. Her shoulders are right at the top harness position, Her ears are just below the top of the shell, and she’s 2″ below the Height limit. Overall she had a good fit though with adequate leg support and plenty of harness length.
The Triumph is easy to install and the Infinite Slide harness is a real plus for quickly growing children or for a caregiver that may be using the seat with different sized children. The straps do not have any type of harness cover, however, and the straps can irritate the child’s neck. Evenflo does not have any type of approved cover that can be used with the straps.
The Tension Right Adjuster is an innovative alternative to a pull strap to tighten the harness, and may be easier for caregivers who have trouble grasping a small strap. In certain vehicles with deep bolsters on the vehicle seats, particularly captain’s chairs, the Tension Right knob can be pushed right up against the vehicle seat and difficult to turn, however. The knobs also add some width to the Triumph, so it may not be an ideal choice for a 3-across scenario.
The biggest con to the Triumph is the 37″ rear facing height limit. That’s about 50th percentile for a 3-year-old, and the ideal is for kids to ride rear facing until 3-4 years old. Many children, especially tall ones, will outgrow this seat before reaching best practice age recommendations for forward facing. For smaller children, that will not be a problem.
Like any seat, the Triumph has its advantages and disadvantages – if you have a smaller child, have a difficult time pulling a traditional tension strap, or like the ease of switching harness heights, it might be the right seat for your Little! You can find the Triumph on Amazon.com.
Neither Evenflo nor Amazon sponsored this review. Opinions, as always, are all our own!
Originally written by Emma Douglas. Edits maintained by CSFTL.