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Old 25 September 2008, 16:18   #1
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Fladen/Imax??

It's that time of year again when I'm thinking of something to wear on the Chillier days out.


I've decided I'm buying a 2pc floatation suit but can't decide on which one to go for.

Fladen or Imax.....Both look good!

So I'm asking tried and tested Imax and Fladen owners of 2pc suits to post their veiws please.
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Hot hot hot!!!

Seriously though it needs to be bloody cold to keep them on.

I have an Imax suit and it's been great but I must admit I haven't tested it's immersion qualities..............
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Hot hot hot!!!
That's why I wanted a 2pc set. How much warmer is the Jacket over say, an Off Shore Jacket?
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Try the Offshore two-piece suit from XM. Can't recommend highly enough.
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That's why I wanted a 2pc set. How much warmer is the Jacket over say, an Off Shore Jacket?
mine is not either of those brands but it is definitely much warmer than oilies. It is a one piece though and I can see the benefits of two piece. Have also worn a one piece fladen suit and it was hot too.
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I have been struggling for years with getting in and out of one piecer's. I have a one piece floatation suit and a dry suit, but winters seem to be drier that our summers, so a two piece suit would be Ideal.
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A few in our circle use Fladen one piece suits - they're great, if too warm for a summer day (although at 30kts, you'd be surprised). I have two concerns about two pieces - although I have no facts or figures to back them up!

1. What is the "natural" float position in the bottom half of a two piece?
2. What is the comparitive survival time in a two piece as compared to a one piece? It has to be less!

At the heel of the hunt, you buy an immersion suit in case you end up in the water - a fleece/oilskin/lifejacket would do the job fine otherwise.
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Don't forget to put your lifejacket back on over the top! Flotation suits may float but then so do turds - neither qualify as life saving devices
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Don't forget to put your lifejacket back on over the top! Flotation suits may float but then so do turds - neither qualify as life saving devices
Wouldn't you need a 275N jacket over that?
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I tried an Imax on at the weekend. I was shocked by how heavy it was to lift off the peg. Once on it was easy to move about in, and warmed up pretty fast in the shop. Not quite sure how the weight would feel after a couple of hours of standing up helming the boat. It did look like a quality product with lots of handy pockets etc.

I'll see if I can track down a Fladen, locally and see if I can have a touchy feely with that.
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