Limits: 35 lbs., up to 32″.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Five out of five stars.
Pros: No rethread harness, load leg for additional crash protection. Premium LATCh connectors. Carrier weighs 9.2 lbs, less than other premium seats.
Cons: Harness that adjusts height and headrest in one pull can be harder to fit on some babies (GB is fixing this feature). Narrow seat means bigger babies might outgrow. Only works with GB’s own strollers.
Comments: GB stands for Good Baby, the little-known Chinese baby gear behemoth that also owns Evenflo and Cybex. Good Baby markets its car seats and strollers as GB on Amazon and as Urbini in Walmart
The GB Asana35 DLX features several upgrades over the previous Asanas, touting this new version as the “Fit-Loc” system. The Fit-Loc load leg is essentially anti-rebound protection that keeps the seat from moving forward in a crash. Load legs are more common in other countries than the U.S., so this will be the first widely available here (the Cybex Aton and Nuna Pipa both have load legs).
The second upgrade for the Asana35 AP is the Fit-Loc Arm—this feature is a lever inside the base that gives the Asana a tighter fit to the car back seat. Finally, the Asana35 DLX features a no re-rethread harness.
So is this all worth the $200 to $250 price tag for the Asana35 AP, considering the Urbini Sonti is under $100 and no slouch in terms of features? Well, both seats have side impact protection, adjustable bases and side impact protection. Of all the upgrades, the no rethread harness is probably the best addition—you have to manually rethread the harness on the Urbini Sonti. And of course, the Asana’s load leg for additional crash protection.
Feedback on the Asana has been generally positive. Consumer Reports’ crash testing of the Asana 35 DLX was deemed “best” in a three-tier rating (basic, better best). CR rated the Asana third best overall out of 30+ infant car seats tested.
There is one major caveat to the Asana that Consumer Reports missed: this seat only works with GB’s limited (and lackluster) stroller line . . . three models as of this writing. That’s right—no other brands make adapters for the GB Asana, so your stroller options are limited. (We only gave the GB stroller line a C rating in our latest round-up.)
Also: reader feedback on this seat indicates the bigger babies may quickly outgrow the Asana, given the seat’s rather narrow width. That means the stated 35 lb. weight limit is a mirage for these folks.
On the plus side, we like the premium LATCH connectors and a carrier weight that clocks in at 9.2 lbs—not the lightest on the market, but less other premium seats. The base is easy to install with either LATCH or a seat belt.
Bottom line: we’ll give this seat an A-. Not as high as our top picks in this category, but a respectable runner-up if you can live with the lack of stroller compatibility . Rating: A-