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Old 23 February 2014, 14:11   #1
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Which Lifejacket?

Its coming up for my birthday, and i'm fancying a new lifejacket as my present from the mrs. just using cheapies at the moment, but thought it would be nice to have a decent one. around the 130 mark is fine. Any recommendations?

Also, auto or manual inflation? I am bad for jumping in to the water and forgetting I have it on, so for that reason alone i fancy a manual inflation one!

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Best to try some on with whatever gear you usually wear. It's surprising how one jacket can seem more comfortable than another.

Manual / auto is a personal preference and down to usage (eg out solo). I'd say unless you really expect to be in the water, go for auto. But learn how to deflate it in case you get trapped anywhere.
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http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/photo...ket%20test.pdf

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Also, auto or manual inflation? I am bad for jumping in to the water and forgetting I have it on, so for that reason alone i fancy a manual inflation one!
Auto - unless are you immune to cold shock or never going to be incapacitated

http://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollection...ypothermia.pdf
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+1 for auto, just don't jump in while you're wearing it. If you're planning to be in the water then a buoyancy aid is more appropriate.
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+ 1 auto

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+1 for auto as well.

I have a lifejacket with 3 duffel-type toggles on it. These attach to loops I have on my sea jacket-hence when I put on the jacket the lifejacket is on too...................or maybe I am just lazy?

Anyway I looked and looked at SBS and could not find a new one, also searched the web-no joy. Anybody have any luck finding this type?
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Def Auto for general use. But also ensure you know how to inflate manually should auto fail to fire.

Have used the Kru Sport myself the last few seasons. Very comfortable to wear. Quite a lot of buoyancy too. I think good value.

Thinking of going for a spinlock next time, tried one on and found very comfortable.
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+1 for auto as well.

I have a lifejacket with 3 duffel-type toggles on it. These attach to loops I have on my sea jacket-hence when I put on the jacket the lifejacket is on too...................or maybe I am just lazy?
Interestingly I heard that the marine industry is going away from this type of jacket now. It seems that lots of boaters (mainly yachties) hang their jacket up inside and then "just nip up on deck for a few seconds" (neglecting to put on their life-jacket as they are fastened to their coat, and the few seconds they are on deck don't warrant putting their coat on).
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Thinking of going for a spinlock next time, tried one on and found very comfortable.
I switched to a spinlock deckvest in 2012 and would not go back to a standard lifejacket. The deckvest is just so comfy to wear.
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Yep, Spinlock for me. Very comfortable to ware but I'm not a fan of the legstraps. Very good customer support from their base in Cowes.
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