Originally Posted by kerny
At 20kt or more a BA would offer more cushioned protection than a LJ eg jet skiers always seem to use BA for this reason as some of them can hit speeds over 70mph. I must say that when I am wearing my LJ it's always at the back of my mind that if I did end up in the drink would it inflate... I guess the only other option for peace of mind is to get one of those expensive duel ones what the rescue services use.
I'd be less worried about cushioned protection than can i / will my LJ inflate. That's the old debate about manual or automatic. I consider -rightly or wrongly there's low risk of me going over & being unconsocious from a rib thus unable to pullth toggle, against jumping in to help someone, so manual wins for me. Mrs T who is less confident inthe water is now inclining toward as a hydrostatic automatic LJ next timre.
Horses for courses - spec the kit to your operation/ skills / risk assessment