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Old 03 October 2013, 14:16   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury/Poole
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Make: XS 600
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For us it THIS every time

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Old 03 October 2013, 14:21   #12
Country: UK - England
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Make: Zodiac 3.6 FR
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The first one looks really uncomfortable.

This highlights the problem with buying sight unseen.

The most important thing with a life jacket (assuming it meets CE, usage and weight criteria) is to try it on. This will indicate safe fit and good comfort. You can ask for as many 'would you go for' and you will get as many different answers as there are body shapes and fit preferences. Once a life jacket has been chosen to meet CE marking and usage requirements, the rest is simply personal preference and is it comfortable enough for you not to avoid wearing. IMHO.

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Old 03 October 2013, 14:32   #13
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Good advice Ian thanks! That's why I'm looking on Fox's marina site as it's not far from me and I can go and try them on.... It's nice to walk into the store already knowing what the pros and cons of what you're trying on are....

The sport one is nice Ashby but its £160 with the autoinf and hood :O
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Old 03 October 2013, 15:10   #14
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If you're after a more "budget" LJ have a look at Seago - we've had both manual & auto models from them & have found them fine.

In the end you cam spend a lot of money on an LJ, I suppose much depends on how much you're going to wear it. If I had to wear one fot 8 hours every day I'd get a more expensive jacket like a Spinlok: for weekend inshore cruising I think something like a £70 Seago's fine.

Go an try on a few on & see what feels comfortable for fit and pocket. Don't buy blind from the interweb.

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