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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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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 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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I've got a Kru Sport auto which I like, but I really like the look of the Spinlock Deckvest - however......... this report isn't too good for them. I'm not sure if the latest variant addresses the issues that this report highlights?

Report Cites Problems with Spinlock Deckvests >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
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I've got a Kru Sport auto which I like,
+1 for the Kru Sport Pro. The zip front keeps it from moving about and is very comfortable.
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+3 for the Kru. Bought one last year after taking time to decide and taking inboard some advice from professionals. Have not regretted it best fitting jacket ever!!

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I also have the Spinlock and am very happy with it. I haven't had to test it in the water (thankfully!) but by orally inflating it, i didn't have the feeling that anything was insecure as described in that report. It is fairly new, though....

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Interesting. I'm in the process of looking for somewhere that I can try on a Spinlock Deckvest and a Crewsaver 290 in order to make an informed choice.

It's times like this that I really miss Mailspeed Marine who used to be in Warrington. Anyone know somewhere in the Merseyside/North West area where I'll be able to try both these on?

Anyone got a Crewsaver 290 who can offer an opinion on the comfort/fit/likely durability?
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Interesting. I'm in the process of looking for somewhere that I can try on a Spinlock Deckvest and a Crewsaver 290 in order to make an informed choice.

It's times like this that I really miss Mailspeed Marine who used to be in Warrington. Anyone know somewhere in the Merseyside/North West area where I'll be able to try both these on?

Anyone got a Crewsaver 290 who can offer an opinion on the comfort/fit/likely durability?
I've got a deckvest lite you can try, very comfy
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Anyone got a Crewsaver 290 who can offer an opinion on the comfort/fit/likely durability?
Happy with mine for a year but then recalled and replaced with an Ergofit due to several months delay and generally poor customer service when returned:

Boating Business - Crewsaver 290N Lifejackets recalled

Would probably not buy Crewsaver again - I thought I was paying for a top quality product, but don't feel that now. From reading this thread would give the Kru a try next time.

Also be aware that the Crewsaver Ergofit 190N failed to inflate in the Motor Boats Monthly test - July 2013... and where the Kru Sport Pro got the Best Buy award.
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I think it's important to try on a few premium brand life jackets and find the one that YOU find most comfy to wear.

We all think our own make of rib / lifejacket / sailing boot it the best and everyone else's are inferior
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I was looking at the Kru, too, and only went for the Spinlock on the basis of recommendations from my instructor.
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I also have the Spinlock and am very happy with it. I haven't had to test it in the water (thankfully!) but by orally inflating it, i didn't have the feeling that anything was insecure as described in that report. It is fairly new, though.... -John.
I'm not sure which year lifejackets were subject to the report but I believe Spinlock had updates in 2012 & 2014 so hopefully they've addressed that issue?

I do like my Kru Sport, but the Spinlock looks the business so may have a look at that next time around.
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