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Lifejackets

Postby mm5aho » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:52 pm

I want to buy a new lifejacket, to supplement a suite of existing jackets that on occasion are to few. (at least the inflating type are too few, there are older ones that are not inflatables).

What do you recommend as a brand, model?

My desires:
Self inflating, automatic.
Comfortable for long wearing days.
Built in harness.
Crotch strap style.

Thoughts?
Geoff.
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Re: Lifejackets

Postby sam » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:35 pm

I recently bought a Kru Sport Pro, does everything on your wish list. What I particularly like is the ease of putting it on, similar in style to a waist coat with a zip up the front and it's so comfortable you forget you have one on. Cost about £120 with the harness and about £100 without.

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Re: Lifejackets

Postby ubergeekian » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:01 am

mm5aho wrote:What do you recommend as a brand, model?

I went for the Crewsaver Pro. I like the way the hammar mechanism is inside the bladder, so you don't get the cylinder and other important parts rusting away.
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Re: Lifejackets

Postby Greyfisherman » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:48 am

Another vote for Kru Pro with harness and crutch strap - had one for three years - had several different makes previously including Crewsaver and it's the only one I've found myself wearing most of the time as it's so easy to put on and comfy to wear.

Never had a problem with rusting even with the others - the Kru is also easy to service it zips back up very easily.

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Re: Lifejackets

Postby Fingal » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:09 pm

I just acquired a new Crewsaver190N lifejacket/harness with lights whistles and hood. I wore it for the first time for an evening sail last night and I can honestly say it's the most comtortable LJ I have ever worn. Crewsaver stuff is not cheap but when you see what you are getting for your money, it terms of the quality of material, careful design and excellent finish I think it's good value.
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Re: Lifejackets

Postby mm5aho » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:03 pm

thanks for opinions. Good to have some advice, and I was sure there'd be something better than current XL style.
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