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Old 12 January 2013, 09:30   #21
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+ 1 Kerny I've just ordered two new lifejackets which when they arrived I was dissapointed in, they are supposed to comfortable to wear all day but I found them heavy after only a few minutes. When I opened the jacket up to check the gas cannister etc it was like a nightmare re-packing it, which does not bode well for future use. Also, I ordered 2 replacement gas kits to keep on the rib, just in case, both of which have expiry dates for dec 2014. I'm ringing up to day to organise sending them back, shame really as they are not cheap LJ's, I was hoping for better to be honest
Hi Chris, what make are they if you don't mind me asking ?
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Hi Chris, what make are they if you don't mind me asking ?
Hi Steve, I'll PM you
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Me too mr smooth, debating a couple new ones.


Are the 190 heavier than the 150? Are 150 not enough?

I was looking at the ones 250kts uses.
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PBO test

The following Mailspeed Marine link will bring you to a PBO test of 9 "Lifejacket alternatives" which relates well with the OP - happy reading

http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/photo...ket%20test.pdf

From a personal viewpoint I was impressed with the quality of a Secumar LJ that I recently tested.
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The following Mailspeed Marine link will bring you to a PBO test of 9 "Lifejacket alternatives" which relates well with the OP - happy reading

http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/photo...ket%20test.pdf

From a personal viewpoint I was impressed with the quality of a Secumar LJ that I recently tested.
Good reading many thanks for that Ribochet I was impressed with the positive remarks on the PFD's they tested.
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good article - seasafe got good right up- 2009 the new models are out now!

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Completely independently of this, I bought a Secumar Ultra AX at the boatshow yesterday. I had not heard of them until yesterday but I spent ages with the 'sales person' (actually friend of a Secumar employee who is an RNLI safely officer) and whilst he could not endorse any products, he said that he personally owned a Secumar. I only just spotted in the review above that it had a 10 year warranty (far longer than any of the other tested LJ's) but what was mentioned yesterday although that it was entirely made in Germany from German components. It certainly looks well made even when inflated and built to last.

After trying it on, setting it off whilst wearing, donning spray hood etc etc etc I decided to go with the one with spray hood. The only downside that I can see is lack of pockets for radio/PLB but there are alternatives to that. What really swung it for me was the ability to easily and officially swap between manual and automatic, although that choice needs to be made before setting out. The other thing about this lifejacket that was mentioned was the bayonet fit of the cylinder - apparently a large number of lifejackets fail RNLI safety checks due to the cylinder slightly unscrewing over time. This cannot happen with this lifejacket.
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