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RideSafer Travel Vest

The Ride Safer Travel Vest is a wearable booster seat alternative for children. It works by bringing the seatbelt down to your child’s level rather than boosting them up. While we suggest its use for children aged 5 and above, the manufacturer approves it for those as young as 2. Offered in four sizes, the vest accommodates a variety of age groups/child sizes. It’s a great option for tight 3 across configurations since it only takes up as much space as the child does. But it’s not as easy to use as a traditional car seat.

Seat is good for you if
  • You frequently use Lyft/Uber/Taxis.
  • You travel often.
  • You need to fit 3 across
Use caution if you
  • Your child is below 5 years of age.
  • You want something easy to use.
Stand-out features
  • Top tether
  • 4 different sizes
  • Lightweight and comes with a backpack
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Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Small
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179.00
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XS
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132.26
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Large
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189.00
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RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XL
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219.00

Our Review of the 

RideSafer Travel Vest

The Ride Safer Travel Vest is a wearable booster seat alternative for children. It works by bringing the seatbelt down to your child’s level rather than boosting them up. While we suggest its use for children aged 5 and above, the manufacturer approves it for those as young as 2. Offered in four sizes, the vest accommodates a variety of age groups/child sizes. It’s a great option for tight 3 across configurations since it only takes up as much space as the child does. But it’s not as easy to use as a traditional car seat.

Age

Manufacturer’s minimum age is 2, our minimum age recommendation is 5+, can be used until child fits the seat belt properly (10-12)

Type

A wearable booster alternative

When

Ideally from 5+, but can be used with younger children when needed

Buy Now: 
SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Small
Buy Now
179.00
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XS
Buy Now
132.26
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Large
Buy Now
189.00
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XL
Buy Now
219.00
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Stand Out Features of this Car Seat

Top tether

The RideSafer Travel Vest comes with an optional top tether. There are a few circumstances in which you may wish to utilize it. If you have a tight 3 across situation, having the top tether attached means you can leave the vest hanging in the vehicle and the child can get in and out of the vehicle a little more easily. If you are using the vest because your child is above 65 pounds, but too young/too immature for a booster, the top tether will help keep them sitting up. If you have a vehicle with a lap-only seat belt, the top tether must be used.

4 different sizes

The vest comes in 4 different sizes. There is some overlap between the heights and weights of the size options. You can find a detailed size chart here. The Extra Large Size can even work for teenagers/small adults if they are unable to sit properly in the seat belt alone due to medical conditions/disabilities.

Lightweight and comes with a backpack

As we’ve mentioned in this post already, this vest is only 1.5 pounds! It comes with a cute mesh backpack to carry it around in. It can be a great option for carpooling as it’s easier for your child to carry to school than a backless booster would be.

Seat is good for you if 

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You frequently use Lyft/Uber/Taxis.

This seat only weighs 1.5 lbs and comes with a backpack to carry it in. This makes it the lightest option available for booster age kids. It works well in most vehicles and is easy to use after some practice.

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You travel often.

This seat is much smaller than a traditional car seat or booster. You can easily pack it into your carry-on luggage so that you can have it ready upon arrival in your destination. It’s also easy to carry around if you’ll be mostly using public transportation instead of renting a vehicle.

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You need to fit 3 across

You can’t get anything smaller than this vest. If you have a tight 3 across situation, it may work well to have your oldest child in the center seat with this vest. In most vehicles, this would allow you to have 2 narrow car seats in the outboard seating positions. For other 3 across car seat options, check out our post here.

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You have a higher percentile child who has reached 65 pounds before they are mature enough for a booster.

Occasionally we see kids reaching 65 pounds before they are old enough or mature enough for a high back booster. In these circumstances, we find that the Ride Safer Travel Vest is a good option since there are no longer any conventional car seats that harness a child above 65 pounds. The vest has an optional top tether that can be used to keep the child sitting upright. You are also allowed to lock the seat belt if needed.

Use caution if

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Your child is below 5 years of age.

We don’t recommend using it below 5 years of age in most circumstances, but there are some exceptions. If your child has reached 65 pounds and they are below 5 years of age, this vest is a better choice than a booster since it does have the top tether anchor to help keep them in place. If you are using Ubers/Lyfts and will sit by the child at all times, the Ride Safer Travel Vest may work for a child younger than 5 as well. It would depend on the child and if they are able to sit properly with constant reminders or not. Wayb Pico may be a better option for younger children; you can see our review of that seat here.

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You want something easy to use.

The Ride Safer Travel Vest is not as easy to use as a traditional harness car seat or booster. With some practice, an older child should be able to get themselves in and out of the vest. BuHowever,randparents and other caregivers may find this vest challenging to use in comparison to other options.

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Quirks to be aware of

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Not as easy to use as a conventional car seat

This seat has many advantages over conventional seats like its ability to work in most 3 across situations, its lightweight design and its higher weight limit. However, placing a child in it can be a bit challenging initially than a harness seat is. Though with practice, it becomes more manageable over time.

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Airplane Use

The RideSafer Travel Vest cannot be used on an airplane. It does not have FAA-approval. It is still a great option for traveling though, because you can easily fit it into your carry-on luggage or backpack so that it’s ready for the child to use on arrival at your destination.

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SITS Bottom Line

The RideSafer Travel Vest is optimal for those who frequently use ridesharing services or taxis, as it is lightweight at 1.5 pounds and comes with a carrying backpack. It’s also an ideal choice for travelers because of its compact size, which fits easily into carry-on luggage, and its adaptability for public transportation use. For tight vehicle seating arrangements, this vest is perfect due to its compact nature, allowing for a snug 3-across seating configuration. Additionally, it’s a beneficial option for heavier children who surpass the 65 pound weight limit of conventional car seats before they’re mature enough for a booster. The vest is equipped with a top tether, making it a suitable option for older vehicles with lap-only seat belts. Overall, it’s an option that will work well in situations when a conventional car seat will not be a good choice. However, the vest may not be recommended for children under 5 years of age unless specific circumstances apply.

Buy Now: 
SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Small
Buy Now
179.00
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XS
Buy Now
132.26
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size Large
Buy Now
189.00
Safe Traffic System
RideSafer Travel Vest
Size XL
Buy Now
219.00

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Specifications

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Product Information

Weight: 1.5lbs

Width: as wide as the child who is using it

Rear Facing Limits

Forward-Facing Limits

Height: 35-48"

Weight: 30-60lbs

Head Height Rules: child must have vehicle head support to at least the top of their ears

No Back Booster Limits

Highest Belt Guide Settings

High Back Booster Limits

Other Important Details

Expiration Limits

10 years

Crash Replacement Policy

replace after a moderate or severe crash