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Old 07 February 2014, 14:47   #1
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Flotation Suits

Any of you guys have any experience of flotation suits.
I know they aren't as good as dry suits hence they are 1/3 the price!
Was thinking of getting one around the one hundred quid mark to use for doing a bit of springtime sea fishing.
Just looking for something to keep me warm, deal with the odd splash, deal with rain and stop my backside getting soaked.
I have been using a set of goretex trousers and jacket but as I also use them for hillwalking I keep having to wash the salt off them and re waterproof them.
If a flotation suit is up to the job I'd be looking for something comfy that does not restrict movement.
There is loads of flotation suits on the internet just looking for any recommendations on what to get and what to avoid.
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Old 07 February 2014, 14:49   #2
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Have had two fladen one piece jobs, for the money- brilliant.
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Old 07 February 2014, 14:54   #3
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They will do the job well - possibly too well (mine can be far too hot in even a Scottish Summer). They will restrict movement to some extent, but shouldn't be too bad. Beware that they work to buoyancy aid standards so won't turn you the right way up on their own, and even if you combine with a standard 150N jacket they may not work properly (to be sure you need 275N).

Also beware that if you buy a two piece and just have the trousers on and go for a swim you will effectively be being supported by the legs (i.e. head down )
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I have a 150nm and a 275nm life jacket. The 275nm is self righting as I'm in the 18 stone plus category I think I'll wear the 275nm.
Dont like the sounds of bobbing upside down suspended bt the trousers so I think a one piece is the way forward.
Might be more resilient to leaks.
I have a Fladen waist coat I use for fly fishing, it is years old and has been excellent so might just stay brand loyal and get a Fladen one piece flotation suit.
As it sounds like just what I need I'll have a trawl through the net to see what I can find.
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I use motorcycle jacket and trousers from Aldi cost me 70 quid I think.

If they are good enough for going down a motorway at 70 mph in the persisting rain then they are good enough for a rib

They work great for me.
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Lidl and Aldi seem to sell some decent gear!
Need to be quick as it goes quick.

Had a look on the net at some flotation suits, Fladen ones about 30 pounds more than I wanted to spend but I would stretch the budget.
There's a Fisheagle 2 piece at around 80 quid.
Anyone got any experience of these?
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Lidl and Aldi seem to sell some decent gear!
Need to be quick as it goes quick.
Just waiting for them to start selling Gecko helmets
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Just waiting for them to start selling Gecko helmets
They will probably have a knock off name ...like "Flecko" or "Salamander" be a third of the price and just as good, and they will be sold out in 20 seconds like most stuff thats any good there.
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They will probably have a knock off name ...like "Flecko" or "Salamander" be a third of the price and just as good, and they will be sold out in 20 seconds like most stuff thats any good there.
Nicely put and very true
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Go for a Mullion Flotation suit, they are used widely in the Offshore Industry, and come in a single suit or trousers and jacket. Hard to beat, but will be too warm in seasons other than winter. Check out:

North sea - 1MHA | Mullion
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