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Old 18 May 2014, 06:14   #11
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Good point but Just make sure the armpit holes aren't too long i have known some ride/ float up way above the head ( wont come off but not much use if your mouths underwater ) not a bad idea to have someone pull or try lifting the wearer up by the shoulder part just to see how far it will ride or float up .
Fair point, I will get the wife to do that next time we are in Decathlon.
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Old 18 May 2014, 06:55   #12
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Have a look at this video if you think crotch straps are unnecessary:

Lifejackets - useless unless worn - YouTube
Yes they are necessary, but why did they have to increase the wave height for the second man?
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Old 18 May 2014, 08:08   #13
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I have not said that crotch straps are unnecessary just that certain lj or pfd are designed to be used without them for various reasons.
IMHO comparing to a kayak PFDis not quite the same. The bouancy distribution is totally different to "get it" you need to try a gas lifejacket inflated in the water.There is also a whole load more bouyancy on a LJ. to rise up around your face. Also from my quick "try on" yesterday the Decathlon life jacket wasn't such that it only had small arm holes althoughit was probably better than some!
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But.. Bouancy aids are intended to be used where assistance is immediately available so to some extent if you have to keep pulling it down a bit it's not the end of the world. If u go for a swim and get hypothermic you need the LJ to lie you with your face out the water or all it will do for you is to make it easier for the lifeboat to find your body...

I'd say if you need / want something that makes it hard to swim but provides better floatation it'd be a darn sight more useful if it wasn't suspending you below the water...
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Don't forget if you're wearing a dry suit you should go up to 275N to ensure you're rolled into the correct position.


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Don't forget if you're wearing a dry suit you should go up to 275N to ensure you're rolled into the correct position.


Scent from my iBone sow iguana any typos whore bed spillings
definitely not PD just my shorts for the July heatwave camping
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Good point but Just make sure the armpit holes aren't too long i have known some ride/ float up way above the head ( wont come off but not much use if your mouths underwater ) not a bad idea to have someone pull or try lifting the wearer up by the shoulder part just to see how far it will ride or float up .
This illustrates the point I think - check out the first person out of the water.

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Tiny lifejacket

If your looking for a 150N and extremely small, check these out (not extremely cheap!)
May not suit the Decathlon, but I have seen them up close and personal
and its on the shopping list at some stage.
Its the lifejacket you don't realise your wearing, its so light.

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