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Old 09 June 2008, 15:48   #1
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Which size LJ?

Well, when I say LJ I mean buoancy aid, I much prefer them. I'm looking to buy a new one, however I'm stuck on which size to get.

I'm 6ft4 and quite slender yet broad shouldered. I was thinking maybe a medium which should sit snug. However, to be on the safe side I could go for a large which then may be too big around the chest.

Med - 96-106cm (38-42ins) chest.
Large - 106-116cm (42-46ins) chest.

I'm and 18 yr old male, so no, I do not know how to measure my chest size and the missus is out

Anyone of a similar sounding build that could help?

All welcome, Laurence.

(Maybe it's best I get myself down to aladins cave and try a couple on, save all this internet shopping lark)
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Don't mess around with bouyancy aids, buy a gas inflation lifejacket. If you get chucked out of the boat at speed you'll need it.
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I'm with Nos on this one,

I use both buoyancy, or lifejacket, depending on what i'm doing, when its sailing tuition/ beginners sailing safety cover, in a nice little sheltered area, then its the BA,

when i'm powerboating, then its a auto inflate gas LJ, and I know folk take up strong sides each side of the fence on auto or manual, all I'd ask, is when you hit the water unconscious, who's going to pull the manual toggle for you - so for me its auto every time - no doubt there will be 10 different opinions here in a short while!
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Go to a kayak shop such as Kayaksandpaddles.com you will get a really good choice of top quality bouyancy aids and advice on the fit and amount of bouyancy and features you need . Be prepared to spend 70 -100 though .
For some reason the average chandler doesn't seem to have much choice and the offerings are nasty bulky bouyancy aids .
May have something to do with what Nos4 said , auto lifejackets are more popular , but i think there is good argument for both
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have a look at what the inshore lifeboat crews are wearing now, - and what their needs are, and where they have been to reach this stage,

and also think about what it is you want from any 'flotation device', - kind of back to the roots, what is it that you are getting it for in the first place, is it offshore cruising, or something else, are you planning on being in and out of the water etc etc.
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Don't mess around with bouyancy aids, buy a gas inflation lifejacket. If you get chucked out of the boat at speed you'll need it.
I was going to buy one a while ago. However, they inflate on contact with water, no? What would happen if I hit a wave?

I think there are a type of gas inflating jackets that inflate under certain water pressure levels. Any info on these?


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I was going to buy one a while ago. However, they inflate on contact with water, no? What would happen if I hit a wave?
They aren't usually that sensitive unless you stuff really badly.
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Look for 'Hammar' in the name-they have to be submerged to (Ithink) 10cm before they trigger.
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They aren't usually that sensitive unless you stuff really badly.

Look for 'Hammar' in the name-they have to be submerged to (Ithink) 10cm before they trigger.
Will do, thanks alot!


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There is loads of info on this website about different types of firing and inflation mechanisms:

http://www.lifejackets.co.uk/Lifejac...on_Devices.htm

I bought my lifejacket from them and have had no problems. For the sake of the discussion, I do wear a bouyancy aid when I'm staying inshore, in and out of the water or doing safety boat work.

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Laurence,
There is loads of info on this website about different types of firing and inflation mechanisms:

http://www.lifejackets.co.uk/Lifejac...on_Devices.htm

I bought my lifejacket from them and have had no problems. For the sake of the discussion, I do wear a bouyancy aid when I'm staying inshore, in and out of the water or doing safety boat work.

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Yeah, I think i've always used buoancy aids because i've never had the need to wear anything else! If I have they've always been supplied (courses, friends boats etc). Maybe I should just try something different, if anything it'll just be handy to have my own!

I'll check that link out though, thanks alot!


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