life jackets

running bear

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I would get one with a hammar unit, less likely to falsely trigger in really wet conditions when in use or stuffed wet into a bag due to the mechanism design. the cylinder is held within the bladder, so a little more difficult to change as you’ve to leak test after placement.
loads of new designs around that are much more comfortable and less restrictive than before, so if you can try them on somewhere you’re more likely to get something that you’ll wear.
 
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DancingwithWaves

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Spinlock lifejacket's I'd recommend having purchased one a while back. They are also light and neat.
Hope this helps.
 

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I would get one with a hammar unit, less likely to falsely trigger in really wet conditions when in use or stuffed wet into a bag due to the mechanism design. the cylinder is held within the bladder, so a little more difficult to change as you’ve to leak test after placement.
loads of new designs around that are much more comfortable and less restrictive than before, so if you can try them on somewhere you’re more likely to get something that you’ll wear.

Agree with this. There are some that have a sodium bicarbonate plug that holds the firing pin back until it is submerged, but the plug gradually erodes in the damp and the thing can suddenly go off while you are sitting fishing... which will make you kak yourself when it happens! o_O

I got rid of mine and got one with a pressure-operated firing mechanism - goes off when it is 10 cm below the surface of the water..

Also, get one with crotch straps and use them, as these are essential to it functioning correctly.

Also, never wear anything over the top of it.

Col
 

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Some interesting footage in that video. Note that none of the anglers were dragged down because their waders filled with water. In fact, had they been wearing wading belts the air in those waders would have acted like a life jacket. Personal experience here.

Something to bear in mind for those boat fishing and wearing l/j's which is pretty well mandatory on water supply reservoirs. There is no way on earth that you will be able to get back into the boat while wearing an inflated l/j, and if you are with someone and he panics and tries to pull you back over the side there is a better than even chance of his ending up in the drink with you.

Go to your local swimming pool and ask if you can try a simple test. L/j on and jump in the deep end. L/j inflates and you paddle gently to the side on your back. You will not be able to swim on your front. At the side and in water that is out of your depth try to hoist yourself out with the l/j inflated. You will not be able to do it. The normal process for this when not wearing a l/j is to push yourself down in the water first and then use your momentum to get high enough that half of your body or more is out and on the poolside. The inflated l/j will prevent that first downward push. I've tried it on one of the several water safety courses the EA sent me on - this particular one was with Northampton Fire & Rescue.
 
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