The Asana’s base is very easy to install. Unlike other bases with tensioning devices, the FirmFit arm is easy to push down and lock into position. Like other seats with similar lockoffs, it’s easier to unbuckle the seat belt before you try to open the FirmFit. To install with the lower anchors, first remove the lower anchors from their storage places visible in the top of the base. While getting them out isn’t always a smooth and easy pull, their location is convenient because they’re not hidden somewhere where a parent may not see them. They don’t remove from the base, which means they’re permanently fixed at the belt path. The great thing about seats like this is that if a caregiver sees a twist, there’s an error. It’s not like other seats that can appear to have a twist or a bend even when perfectly straight. In the Asana, if there’s a twist, you need to redo it.
The base is just as easy to install with the seat belt as with the lower anchors. Route the seat belt through the open FirmFit arm, then remove the slack, and close the FirmFit. There is no need to lock the belt as the FirmFit arm acts as a lockoff. I’ve found that the FirmFit is easier to install and uninstall than many other tension based closures.
The base has an easy recline adjustment with a red button quite visible under where the child’s feet would be. The recline foot pops out, and even in my 2011 Mercedes E350 wagon’s steep backseat, the newborn recline is easy to achieve.
Using the FirmFit load leg takes a little getting used to, since it has three telescoping parts. Once I got used to the load leg, I found that I like it a little more than load legs on some other car seats. The Asana’s load leg can adjust to a locked position that’s just the right length, including spaces that are very short or tall. When it’s folded under when not being used, it folds flat and stays in its place. It’s not even noticeable.
The FirmFit arm has an easy to grip and open handle, opens wide, and indicates by changing from red to green when it’s fully closed and engaged.