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Old 10 June 2004, 05:21   #1
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RIB specific technical Jacket - help please

Hi all,
I'm looking into the possibility of developing a technical jacket aimed specifically at RIB users. I'm currently trying to find out how much interest there would be in such a product. Also, what specific features/functions would you like to see on such a garment. Any help,feedback or information that you can provide me with would be much appreciated.
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Old 10 June 2004, 05:29   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet Chris.

Sounds like a great idea. It would need to have loads of pockets (perhaps some like the elasticated netting type ones you get on rucksacks) for holding all the important stuff like h/h VHF, flares, etc and also the absolute essentials such as sandwiches, chocolate and soft drink.

Looking forward to seeing it in the chandler's!!


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Old 10 June 2004, 05:32   #3
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maybe one geared around safety boat work would be handie.
pocket for hand held radio (of course based on an Icom )
place for a crew knife and other handie gadgets.
with built in bouancy and crotch straps.
Built in "D" ring

oh yeah and a big needs to be cheep!!

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Old 10 June 2004, 06:02   #4
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Been thinkin the same thing

Got roasted at Plymouth in a divers drysuit so am interested in a better solution myself. Neck seals and wrist seals would be a big plus, I'd make it short so it doesnt get in the way seated.
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Old 10 June 2004, 06:42   #5
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No IMHO it has to be a jacket that can be zipped on and off easy.

My requirements would be as follows:

Deep shaped pockets for VHF, hand or mini flares,food etc preferably out of the way on the hip, which also need to be dry, these also need to be zipped up so not to lose keys etc.
Hand warmer pockets.
Internal pocket large enough to hold a chart and small internal pocket for sundry items like keys, mobile phone etc
Good quality hood (not the crappy things that slip over your eyes)
Good wrist and neck sealing (not dry cuffs though)
Jacket has to be breathable and have a fleece inside, prefer it if the fleece zipped out for warmer wearing conditions etc.

At the moment my biggest problem is my handheld VHF, i dont like having it hung around my kneck and i dont trust the clips they supply with them to keep it attached to me, if its clipped to the life jacket strap it gets in the way when i try and move around, yet if i'm thrown out of the boat and alone its going to be the first thing i wished i'd had with me !!
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Old 10 June 2004, 06:55   #6
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You would need to arrange the pockets so that you can still get to them with a lifejacket on over the top.

How about some way of attaching the lifejacket to the coat for ease of use?

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Old 10 June 2004, 06:57   #7
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Hi folks

Agree with Simon on nexk & wrist seals,but they need to be neoprean and not rubber/latex as they are more comfortable for extend wearing.

Also a few other points,

Dont like built in bouyancy, too warm in summer & bulky, a shell would be better so you can vary what you wear under it depending on conditions.
Drain holes in all pockets.
Pouch type pocket on front.
Maybe use dryzips as I have not found another zip yet that didnt let water in when its gets really bad. Either that for normal zips and baffled, but this would mean a over the head approch.
reflective tape on cuffs & top of jacket, say neck & shoulders, being round the bottom when your in the water us useless.
Neoprean waist seal to limit water ingress if you go in.

The closest I have seen to date are the good dinghy tops but they do lack pockets etc.

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Old 10 June 2004, 07:04   #8
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Garygee.... So what your really after then is either a dry cag or a dry suit with extra pockets, i'm sure there's lots of manufacturers about who would willingly add additional pockets where ever you wanted them.....!!

Dry suits and foul weather wear have there uses and your choice will depend on what sort of boating you do and what size boat your in, and of course time of year etc.

What i could do with right now is a pocket specifically made to take a handheld vhf longways thats niether in the way of my life jacket or anything else on board the boat !!
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Old 10 June 2004, 07:16   #9
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i used to wear a jacket with fleece inside ,like a normal jaccket but inside and you had acces to it by the sleeves there was a lifejacket;if you were to fall in the water you would pull the front pocket and it was inflated ;great that idea to wear a normal jacket like any days and being safe
the life jacket could be pull out so you could wash your jacket in the machine
these garment was develloped by a fisherman in alaska who once neazrly died after having falled in the water
to that great idea i would had pocket for vhf and a little flare as well as fluorescin
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Old 10 June 2004, 07:21   #10
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Good idea to develop such and for sure there can be a large input from the forum. There are however a lot of lifejackets around and this particular one from International Safety Products / Typhoon International has a lot of pockets mind you for uses not necessary by a ribster
The inflatable 275N stole is well positioned and does not get in the way when wanting to grab a Mars bar or a soft drink .

Jon and a pocket for a radio how about that

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