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Old 01 January 2015, 14:29   #1
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Hi I am looking for my first floatation suit.

Does anyone have any buying advice or recommendations ?
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Pay a bit more and get a drysuit
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Yep!....they are Fine as ordinary Boat wear and ok at keeping you warm (while you're IN the Boat!..A one piece version is better for this...But a decent Lifejacket Coupled with a Dry suit will keep you Alive ALOT longer! And with the right layered under garments will be just as warm. ...If you end up in the drink It's the water temperature that will Kill you!...which Floatation suits do NOTHING to combat
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Not fully true, there is a layer of neoprene inside a flotation suit which will make some difference if the cuffs and ankles are tight and water doesn't constantly flush through. However the point of floatation suits is that they mitigate the effects of falling in and drowning/freezing over a very short period.
If you think you may end up in for any extended period you need full kit and even this only extends rather than stops the onset of hypothermia.
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Have you actually used one in anger? My experience of a good flotation suit is it is better for thermal protection in the water than a dry suit with poorly thought out clothes under it.

If you plan to go in the water a dry suit is the obvious choice, but if you are not expecting it then a flotation suit can be more comfortable, and potentially more versatile.

As to the original question I use a cosalt, but the biggest issue is with them being too hot in mild weather. Fladen offer good value for money, but there are numerous brands depending on style and degree of conspicuousness. Bear in mind you may need a 275n life jacket to right someone in either a dry suit or flotation suit.
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Hi I am looking for my first floatation suit.

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While there is a discussion about floation vs. dry suit ... to answer your question; I bought an Abu Garcia suit, and it is very dry even in heavy spray, and very warm as it contains a thick floatation/thermal layer.

Downside is that it is quite bulky and stiff, so, fine if you are stood helming, but restrictive as you leap around the boat and ashore.

Seems well made and lots of pockets, zips, etc. Remember if you buy a two-part don't take off the jacket and only wear the floating trousers!
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Have you actually used one in anger? My experience of a good flotation suit is it is better for thermal protection in the water than a dry suit with poorly thought out clothes under it.

If you plan to go in the water a dry suit is the obvious choice, but if you are not expecting it then a flotation suit can be more comfortable, and potentially more versatile.

As to the original question I use a cosalt, but the biggest issue is with them being too hot in mild weather. Fladen offer good value for money, but there are numerous brands depending on style and degree of conspicuousness. Bear in mind you may need a 275n life jacket to right someone in either a dry suit or flotation suit.
I've had and used both one and two piece Floatation suits mainly when I used to go winter Charter Boat fishing....thinking being,if you need a warm waterproof coat and leggings why not have some built in Bouyancey as well...and they worked ok.
Although I never tried one in the water,with no seals and big gaps (especially in the two piece) youd certainly have instant water ingress and feel the cold!
Considering the forum ie Ribbing,I'd agree with Kerny a decent dry suit may be a better buy,and ultimately more useful,and potentially life saving....even if a bit more expensive.
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A one piece flotation suit carries a thermal rating, a two piece doesn't. They are designed to protect meaningfully in our waters for one hour. The wearer has to decide what "suits" them best.

Personally, I find them a bit "in-betweeny" but they do check a lot of boxes for the average ribber. I certainly see enough of them on the water!
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Buy a one piece and buy the best you can afford. Mullion have a good name. Fladen are cheap but leak on a rainy day and in driven spray. I know - I have one. Wear layers under it and avoid cotton (jeans, etc.) If you get wet, hiking fabrics are the best underclothes.
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