We take car seats seriously, as should you: a good car seat, correctly installed, is essential for safe travel for kids. And Clek, the makers of the Olli and Oobr boosters, are absolutely obsessed with safety, as demonstrated by the engineering, research, and top-of-the-line materials used in their previous creations.
But all car seats are designed for safety – so what really makes Clek stand out? Clek’s answer to this dilemma: create seats with a look that really pops, and names that are impossible to forget. The Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat has the same sleek, modern look as its sister seats, and that unusual name, which is derived from the German word for “five.” Safety and style: Foonf has it all.
The Foonf is Clek’s first convertible car seat, but it shares many features with the other Clek seats. The light but strong magnesium frame and the easy-to-install rigid LATCH system (forward-facing) are classic Clek. For rear-facing installation, the Foonf will use flexible LATCH connectors and a snap-in anti-rebound bar. Both rear- and forward-facing installation have built-in lockoffs, and a patented energy absorption system is designed to slow down the seat in a crash.
And then there’s the surprisingly narrow profile of the Foonf. We don’t know how they did it, but Clek managed to create a seat that’s one inch narrower on the outside than the Diono Radian, one of our narrowest seats, but one inch wider on the inside than the Britax Advocate. All we know is: a convertible car-seat that can fit three in a row in your backseat is a rare and beautiful thing.
The Foonf is designed to be the next step after your infant car seat, with the recommendations for use starting at six months: install it rear-facing for kids weighing 15-50 pounds, 25-43 inches in height; forward-facing for kids weighing 20-65 pounds, 25-49 inches in height.
width: 17" at widest point, 13" at base. Seat depth: 12.5". Seat height: 22.5" - 26.5".
The crotch strap on the seat is much too short. My son outgrew this seat within a year and was screaming this morning as I tried to get him into the seat because the buckle was pinching his inner legs and crotch. Clek fixed this on the next model but to repair this for my seat I need to pay an extra $5 plus $5 shipping for the $500 car seat. The customer service is awful and I was only given this opportunity to spend more money to fix my defective seat after repeated unanswered phone calls. I will never buy another Clek product and deeply regret purchasing the two Foonfs I have. I wish I had bought a Radian. Learn from my mistake.
safe, comfortable, easy to clean, easy to install, fun colors
I bought two of these chairs in December for my twins. I am so pleased with the size, colors, safety, etc. When we had our new baby..., well I just couldn't wait for her to be big enough to get her one too. We have three across the back seat now. One of the reasons we also like these chairs....even though they weigh a lot...is they are only 17 inches wide...that means they fit in an airplane seat too. We couldn't be happier with them, and it gives me peace of mind to know that my child is in one of the safest seats available.
Comfortable, Easy to clean, Cool looking, Safe, less toxic
I bought this seat for my daughter as she was growing out of her maxi cosi prezi. She had a big smile on her face as soon as we put her in. She is just six months but has very good muscle control for her age so 6 months might be too early for other babies. The safety features and low toxicity are what sold me on this seat. I do drive a suburban and it fits just fine so not the best judge of compact cars. I love this seat so much that I am switching my 29 month old son to one as well from his Britax Marathon. This is obviously an expensive seat but they say you can keep a child rear facing to 4 years old in this seat so it will pay for itself.
Solid, stain proof, long life
Might be a little tall for some cars
We hadn't initially been looking at the Clek Foonf when we drove down to Magic Beans from Maine, but there it was. My wife did a ton of research on car seats and found that this one was at the top of the list. It's the longest lasting rear facing seat on the market (at the time of this writing), which is very important to us. We want our baby girl to be as safe as possible for as long as possible, even if that means we don't get to see her face in the rearview mirror for a few years.
While she would scream and writhe when we tried to put her in her infant seat, she doesn't complain nearly as much when we click her into the Clek Foonf. She's got lots of room and she's very secure. The Latch system works beautifully in my Honda Element.
I could honestly go on for hours about this car seat and I never thought of myself as the type of dad who would be so interested in such things. The quality of the build, the fact that it's manufactured in North America and the quality of the materials make this the safest and best seat on the market (in my opinion based on the research we have done).
While this seat does fit in my wife's 2001 Honda Civic, it is a little tall and will likely block the rearview mirror as our DD grows up. On the plus side, if you put this seat in the center of her Civic, you still have room on either side for adults to sit in the back with her.