Clek Liing vs. UPPAbaby MESA Infant Seats

Clek Liing and UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat comparison
Today we’re putting 2 of the most elite infant car seats on the market side by side so that you can confidently make the decision that is best for your family! Let’s deep dive on the UPPAbaby MESA and the Clek Liing!

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KEY CAR SEAT FEATURES

No Re-Thread Harness:


Anti-Rebound Bar, or Load Leg:

  • Clek Liing – Yes! The Clek Liing base is equipped with a load leg which reduces rotation and crash forces in case of a collision
  • UPPAbaby MESA  – Handle must be moved forward when in vehicle and acts as an anti-rebound device

Latch Type:

  • Clek Liing – Rigid latches that retract for contact with vehicle seat back [note: some rigid latches do not tighten]
  • UPPAbaby MESA – Self-retracting UAS

Canopy: 

  •  Clek Liing – 100+ UPF extendable canopy 
  • UPPAbaby MESA – UPF 25+ canopy

Load Leg Video Demo

The Specs

Weight + Height Limits:

  • Clek Liing & UPPAbaby MESA  – Both 4-35 lbs or up to 32” or when the head is within 1" of the top of the car seat. 
  • If Clek Liing is being used with the load leg in the vehicle, you can use the seat until baby’s head is right to the top of the shell. 
    • Your child has outgrown their seat when they have hit any one of these limits!

Car Seat Weight:

  • Clek Liing – 9 lbs
  • UPPAbaby MESA – 9.9 lbs 

Expiration Date:

  • Clek Liing – 9 years from the date of manufacture
  • UPPAbaby MESA – 7 years from the date of manufacture

All about that Base

Can Be Installed Without The Base:


Width of Car Seat on Base:

  • Clek Liing – 16.5”
  • UPPAbaby MESA – 17” 

The Fabrics

Included Infant Inserts:

  • Clek Liing – Yes, use from 4-11+ lbs to achieve a proper fit with newborns
  • UPPAbaby MESA – Yes, use from 4-8 lbs to achieve a proper fit with small infants

Fabric Options:

  • Clek Liing – Merino Wool options on Mammoth & Twilight fashions 100% Ethically Sourced 
    • Free of ALL Added Flame Retardants 
    • Made with Natural Materials  
    • Hypoallergenic 
    • Best for Breathability & Temperature Regulation 
  • UPPAbaby MESA – Merino Wool options on Henry and Jordan fashions 
    • “These fashions pass federal safety standards without the use of fire retardant chemicals. The wicking properties of Merino wool keep babies cool on hot days and warm on cool days" - UPPAbaby

Removable & Washable Fabrics:

  • Clek Liing – Yes 
  • UPPAbaby MESA - Yes


If any of these terms have your head spinning, make sure you review this car seat terms glossary that we created to help you out with that!

CLEK LIING

THE PROS:

  • Rigid latches tighten firmly to vehicle seat back for a secure installation  
  • Red/Green indicators confirm a proper install, recline and connection of bucket to base
  • UPF 100+ canopy extends to provide full coverage of baby for resting on the go  
  • Compatible with multiple stroller brands to create a convenient travel system
  • 7 position adjustable angle can be adjusted once base is already installed in your vehicle, which removes the need to install/uninstall multiple times to achieve correct recline
  • Metal load leg included on base reduces rotation in case of a collision  
  • Added layer of Side Impact Protection surrounds baby’s head
  • 9 year car seat expiration date
  • Made in Canada
     

THE CONS:

  • Not a no re-thread harness
  • Adapters must always be purchased separately to use with a stroller as a travel system  

UPPAbaby MESA

The PROS:

  • Uses a self-retracting latch system to get a tight install against the vehicle seat back   
  • Red/green indicators in multiple spots on base to confirm proper install and angle
  • No re-thread harness is easy to make adjustments on the fly   
  • Added layer of Side Impact Protection surrounds baby’s head
  • Base has height adjustments built in to fit on vehicle seats with a seat with a deeper slope & the use of pool noodles or rolled up towels is allowed when need be [*refer to manual for more details]

The CONS:

  • Must put the handle forward to act as anti-rebound device every time you get in the vehicle which can be inconvenient  
  • Canopy is on the smaller side
  • Not compatible with strollers that aren’t UPPAbaby strollers   

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