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Old 26 December 2012, 11:13   #1
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Kru Sport?

I've been thinking of one of these but unsure if I should go auto or not?

Also is there any others that compare?

Thinking of going to Cowes later this week to see what's there
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Old 26 December 2012, 13:15   #2
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If these are the waitcoat type ones with side webbing I use both manual and auto versions. Both very comfortable and easy to clip a radio to side strap areas which adjust easily. If not pplanning on going into water then get Auto versions. If you do safety work or recover and get into water then manual. Good bits of kit and very comfortable for all day wearing
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Old 26 December 2012, 13:47   #3
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Thanks, it is the waistcoat one, I can get a manual one for 69.99
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we wear crewsaver 190n jackets which are similar to the kru sport & they are very comfortable so id imagine the Kru will be a good jacket too we also carry the cheaper kru xs jackets for guests or emergencies & they seem fine too

I wouldnt touch a manual jacket for normal use I work in the oil industry & we do helicopter ditch training & the last excersize is to swim out of the upturned aircraft & set off your lifejacket (cant wear auto in an aircraft)

I swam out poped up to the surface & couldnt find the toggle, rescue swimmer puts the toggle in my hand & I try to set it off & it slips out of my cold wet hands, rescue swimmer gets p-----d off & pulls the toggle
the point is I'm a good swimmer knew I was going in the water so no panic or cold water shock & was wearing a dry suit in a swimming pool with no wind or waves & I couldnt set off the jacket easily
What chance do you stand in a real incident probably when you least expect it! for an extra fiver or so is it worth the risk?
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I have a couple of kru sports, both auto in black.

Look smart and are so comfortable would highly recommend.
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Hummmmm, I've come up with the following lifejackets:

Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro Lifejacket Manual 69.99

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Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro Lifejacket Auto 119.99
Spinlock Deckvest Lite Lifejacket 119.99
Crewsaver Crewfit 190N Zipped Plus (without harness) 129.99

All of the above are from Mailspeed Marine
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we wear crewsaver 190n jackets which are similar to the kru sport & they are very comfortable so id imagine the Kru will be a good jacket too we also carry the cheaper kru xs jackets for guests or emergencies & they seem fine too

I wouldnt touch a manual jacket for normal use I work in the oil industry & we do helicopter ditch training & the last excersize is to swim out of the upturned aircraft & set off your lifejacket (cant wear auto in an aircraft)

I swam out poped up to the surface & couldnt find the toggle, rescue swimmer puts the toggle in my hand & I try to set it off & it slips out of my cold wet hands, rescue swimmer gets p-----d off & pulls the toggle
the point is I'm a good swimmer knew I was going in the water so no panic or cold water shock & was wearing a dry suit in a swimming pool with no wind or waves & I couldnt set off the jacket easily
What chance do you stand in a real incident probably when you least expect it! for an extra fiver or so is it worth the risk?
+1 for automatic
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Hummmmm, I've come up with the following lifejackets:

Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro Lifejacket Manual 69.99

Or

Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro Lifejacket Auto 119.99
Spinlock Deckvest Lite Lifejacket 119.99
Crewsaver Crewfit 190N Zipped Plus (without harness) 129.99

All of the above are from Mailspeed Marine
Go with one of the auto options. If they are too expensive then I would suggest a cheaper auto rather than downgrading to a manual.
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Spinlock Deckvest gets my vote,Santa left me an auto 270. Seems to tick all the boxes for me.
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Old 27 December 2012, 04:03   #10
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I only have experiance of the crewsaver ones - but the ones Steves use are worn for 8 or 9 hours a day seven days a week and are still in great condition, have taken some serious soakings and are very comfy ..

Why are you thinking manual ....? Auto every time ...
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