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Old 16 January 2007, 15:39   #1
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Floatation Suits

I'm intersted in getting a couple of floation suits for use on the RIB as a warm alternative to waterproofs. I've seen these mentioned in a few posts and I think there were some concerns on how waterproof these were. So...

- How many people actually use these on a RIB?
- Do they restrict ability to move around much?
- Are they waterproof?

I would go for the full surface suit option but have discounted this due to the effort required to get in and out of it. For longer trips it would be fine (and I may still get one) but for short hops a 2-piece suit is much easier to get in and out of!

Something like:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fladen-flotati...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 16 January 2007, 15:53   #2
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- How many people actually use these on a RIB?
I do. Although not on warm days or you may cook yourself alive.
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- Do they restrict ability to move around much?
not in my opinion; its a bit like wearing a ski suit - so perhaps not ideal for gymnastics but at least as easy to move in as a dry suit.
- Are they waterproof? [/quote]
Mine certainly seems to be.

Where abouts are you in Scotland - if you wanted to see one (or try one out) before spending money you are welcome to try my Cosalt one (fits 6ft male, 34 inch waste (Large?)). mine is single piece (boiler suit style). I have also worn the fladden one piece and think they are pretty good too.
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Old 16 January 2007, 16:10   #3
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'Course, if you're short I can always sell you a drysuit
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Old 16 January 2007, 16:36   #4
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I have one like you show from e-bay very warm doesnt restrict movement as you can just wear normal layers of cloths under,its one piece i find suits me.we also use dry suits best of both worlds
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Old 16 January 2007, 16:44   #5
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we have various makes for clients use on winter courses and I use one for fishing if I dont wanna sit in a drysuit all day. Best one I had was a Mullion 20 years ago or so that was provided to me for a magazine test-went for a swim for the photoshoot in the irish sea in it and the floatation worked really well. And it was dry in the rain. That got nicked outa my garage later and I replaced it with a couple of "Mainstream" suits which were, shall we say-not so good. If they saw drizzle or spray and I got wet thru. Current ones are Fladdens and Mustads and they are all warm and dry. For a mail order deal this fishing tackle shop in Morecambe takes some beating-esp if he happens to have some really special deals in at the time.
http://www.gerrysfishing.com/shop_su...ID=150&tabID=1
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I bought a Mustad suit and an Imax suit (preferred not too look too much like twins when we go out) today.

I want to use the RIB in all weathers, warmly.

Got them in gerrysfishing.com

Will have to wait until they arrive to see comfort, functionality etc.

Hold off a week and I'll tell you.

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Old 16 January 2007, 18:20   #7
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Thanks for all your replies (and offer of trying your suit Polwart). I think I'll go for a copule of the fladen suits - seem to be good for the money. Could have done with one of those today when I was working on the boat - extremely cold!
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Mustang flotation suits are pretty much the standard here in Canada, although there are other brands.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/
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I found this on Ebay.
its quite amusing............
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d..._promot_widget
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Old 17 January 2007, 07:37   #10
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- How many people actually use these on a RIB? ME!
- Do they restrict ability to move around much? NO!
- Are they waterproof? YES!
I use the Imax, excellent, but the Fladen 2 piece is just as warm. Just make sure you get the most flotation, and perhaps breathable, or as Polwart says, you can really cook yourself!
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