We’re no strangers to Britax’s well-loved line of car seats and booster seats. Many of our team members’ children have grown up riding in Britax seats, which boast a great number of ease of use and comfort features that historically have removed many key challenges when it comes to installation.
Their latest offering in the world of booster seats is the Highpoint high back booster seat. This booster replaces the Parkway SGL and includes lower anchors and a SecureGuard clip to help keep passengers in place.
In late 2019, they’ve made an update to this well liked booster, and made it a 2 Stage booster. The seat will now become a backless booster. This is a rolling change, based on cover, so look for it in the description online or on the box you’re buying. All boosters should be finished becoming 2 Stage by springtime 2020. There are no plans for Britax to sell the backless version separately at this time.
CSFTL Quick Stats
- Expiration: 10 years
- Vehicle head rest not required
- Height range: 38 – 63 inches tall
- Weight range: 40 – 120 pounds
Highpoint 2-Stage Height and Weight Ranges
The current version of this seat is the Highpoint 2-Stage, which converts to a backless booster. It has slightly different height and weight limits than its 1 piece predecessor.
- Weight range, high back mode: 40 – 120 pounds (same as the earlier version of this seat)
- Height range, high back mode: 44 – 63 inches tall
- Weight range, backless booster mode: 48 – 120 pounds
- Height range, backless booster mode: 46 – 63 inches tall
- Lowest shoulder belt guide position: 15 inches
- Highest shoulder belt guide position: 22.5 inches
- Width at armrests: 16.4 inches
- Width at cupholders: 20.75 inches
- Width at the back of the base: 14.5 inches
- Width of headwings: 16 inches
- Width at side wings: 20 inches
- Width at SIP pods: 23 inches
- Seat pan depth: 14 inches
- Seat weight: 12 pounds
- Premium lower anchors
The Highpoint arrives in one piece. Just remove it from the box, take off the point of purchase advertising, registration card, and manual, read the manual, and you’re ready to go! So that’s pretty nice.
Highpoint vs. Midpoint vs. Skyline
This line of booster seats includes 3 models: the Highpoint, Midpoint, and Skyline. Here’s a quick list of the differences between them:
Highpoint: has the SecureGuard clip and 3 layers of Side Impact Protection
Midpoint: has the SecureGuard clip and 2 layers of Side Impact Protection. The Midpoint has been discontinued as of 2019, but there may be some in stock and yet available.
Skyline: does not include the SecureGuard Clip, has 2 layers of Side Impact Protection
Spacesaver — Optional Cupholders
The cupholders can be removed from the Highpoint, creating additional room in tight spaces and allowing them a run through the dishwasher. There’s a tab underneath each cupholder, just push it to one side and lift the cupholder out.
Removing these cupholders has helped us achieve three kiddos across when 2 backless booster seats were in the mix. The Highpoint’s wide shoulder area limits the Highpoint’s usefulness in tight spaces but the cupholders can help.
We’re big fans of the clear labels on Britax’s Essentials line of convertible car seats and on many of their other car seats and booster seats. So we were thrilled to see the same level of awesomeness on the Highpoint’s labels. Here we see the belt path label, which is easy to read and located right near the belt path so caregivers who are looking for that information will find it with ease!
The shoulder belt guide also has a clear label. Like the belt path label, this one is placed right where you’d think to look for it!
The Highpoint includes premium lower anchors that secure the booster seat when it’s unoccupied. These anchors can be quite useful if your booster rider doesn’t remember to buckle their booster back in when they exit the vehicle.
The Highpoint also includes a SecureGuard clip, which Britax describes as “an easy-to-use Britax exclusive feature that ensures the vehicle seat belt is properly positioned on your child’s hips, minimizing the risk of abdominal injury during a crash.” We found that it helped with lap belt placement, and it’s also nice for younger riders who are learning to sit properly in booster seats after transitioning from a harnessed car seat.
The SecureGuard has an adjustable length to fit a variety of passengers. The manual states that:
The lower edge of the SecureGuard clip should be level with the child’s upper thighs once the child has been secured in the booster seat.
The SecureGuard’s length adjusts from the bottom of the seat via a somewhat complicated webbing system. The good news is that most families will only need to tackle this particular task once or twice.
The cover looks like it’s hard to take off, but it’s not. It just tucks right in. The fabric is very soft and the elastics are very sturdy, so we’d think they should hold up well.
Shoulder Belt Guide
The shoulder belt guide is a small part of any high back booster seat that can make a huge difference in how easy or hard the seat is to use. The Highpoint’s shoulder belt guide is fairly open but kept our vehicle seat belt in place without any issues retracting back into the vehicle as our models used the seat.
Fit to Child
6 Years Old
This model is 6 years old, with his 7th birthday coming up soon! He weighs 49 pounds and is 47 inches tall. The highpoint fits him well and he’s still got some room to grow in the seat.
6 Years Old
This 6 year old model is 44 inches tall and weighs 41 pounds. She’s riding in the newest version of this seat, the Highpoint 2-Stage, which does convert to a backless booster seat.
9 Years Old
Our 9 year old model is 56 inches tall and weighs 80 pounds. She technically has some room to grow until she reaches the Highpoint’s maximum height of 63 inches tall, but in reality she’s just not comfortable in this seat.
Installing three car seats and booster seats in the same row of a vehicle is always a challenge. Because the Highpoint is fairly wide, we’re hard-pressed to consider it a great option for tight spaces.
Important Information: Where to Find
FAA label: Like all belt positioning booster seats, the Highpoint is NOT approved for use on aircraft. That’s because aircraft only have lap belts and booster seats require both the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle seat belt.
Manual storage: The manual stores in the bottom of the seat.
Date of Manufacture label: The Highpoint expires 10 years after the date of manufacture. This date and the date of expiration are on the label! The label is on the bottom of the seat.
The Highpoint is a very nice booster that’s easy to use. We’re particularly fond of the plush cover, the lower anchors, and the consistent vehicle seat belt fit that it offered to our young passengers.