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Old 15 January 2012, 06:05   #1
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Pilot 275n life jackets.

Anybody got one of these, is it worth the money.

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Old 15 January 2012, 13:53   #2
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Old 16 January 2012, 06:15   #3
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Anybody got one of these, is it worth the money.

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Plastimo stuff is usually fairly OK, but I would want to ask the following;

- why would you want 275N? Depends what you're wearing, but 150N will often be enough. An inflated 275N jacket is a big thing

- I'd want to add crotch straps and a light to the standard spec, so would be adding the cost of those to my budget
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You can't have a big enough lifejacket if you fall in the water, I would be asking then "is it big enough?"

Seriously though, we use them because it is receommended if you are wearing a flotation suit, 150N isn't enough
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You can't have a big enough lifejacket if you fall in the water, I would be asking then "is it big enough?"

Seriously though, we use them because it is receommended if you are wearing a flotation suit, 150N isn't enough
Bruce, apparently much harder to board a liferaft wearing 275n if not wearing heavy clothes, and presumably therefore to get back in a rib. Army cadet incident also highlighted risk of too much buoyancy, although very unlikely to be entrapped.
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yes - I can confirm near impossible getting into liferaft with 275n, but only issue if you have a liferaft to get into!

if your wearing a dry suit or anything with bounancy a 275n is the only jacket that will right you , 150 n might but then might again not.

The cadet incident was a 480 N lifejacket eek!

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if your wearing a dry suit or anything with bounancy a 275n is the only jacket that will right you ,

So your saying a 190n won't then
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yes - I can confirm near impossible getting into liferaft with 275n, but only issue if you have a liferaft to get into!

if your wearing a dry suit or anything with bounancy a 275n is the only jacket that will right you , 150 n might but then might again not.

The cadet incident was a 480 N lifejacket eek!

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so if wearing a surface dry suit, is a 275n the best to get then SPR ??
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yes - I can confirm near impossible getting into liferaft with 275n, but only issue if you have a liferaft to get into!
Except that if it is hard to get into a liferaft it is presumably hard to get into a RIB. Given that the only people I have ever personally seen fall in the water accidentally from a RIB have been in harbours / moorings / getting onto jetties / etc - then their is a real risk you are in the water and unable to get back out. If you are single handed that could be a real issue. Now deflating a lifejacket is an option to help, but by the time you get to that point you are probably cold and tired which is precisely when deflating it is a bad idea.
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if your wearing a dry suit or anything with bounancy a 275n is the only jacket that will right you , 150 n might but then might again not.
Its the only thing that promises to do it (tests are all based on dummies in calm pools anyway so nothing is guaranteed in the real world). Personal experience (after I, em, tested mine!) is that a 150N standard jacket worn on top of a flotation suit is basically impossible to get the wrong way up (in pretty calm conditions). I'm not suggesting others copy this but it deprioritised looking at getting a 275N jacket for me.

However Iain's point about crotch straps is particularly valid (even a "trivial" swim in the marina with help on hand could be really unpleasant with the jacket rising up). I find my light doesn't pack away neatly in the jacket so I tend to only fit it if I am expecting to be out in dark / dusk - there is probably a poor assumption there.
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