What is the best Life Jacket for Laser Sailing? and why?including all those Euro ones. Cost? Availability?
Peter, I think you are seeing your answer - there is no clear cut "best"! It's all a matter of personal prefrence. There is a wide range of jackets available today, I found what worked for me by trying on 3 or 4 different models. Besides the sailing shops, you might want to check out local kayak dealers.Sail4SC said:What is the best Life Jacket for Laser Sailing? and why?including all those Euro ones. Cost? Availability?
I have the same setup (one-size smaller Extrasport), and I mostly like it alot. It give me good range of motion in the boat, and I've been in the water quite a bit with it, and it almost never gets in the way there.obrient said:So far, I have used my old extrasport challenger. This is the original extrasport life jacket. I have mine one size too small so it never rides up in the water. Despite the jacket being at least one size too small, I never have problems with freedom of movement. ANother plus, these jackets can be found for $50 at APS
420shelterisland said:About your lifejacket question....
.. I found a great company called Lotus Design Life Jackets... (called the Sea Sherman) Here is the web site for the life jacket I have:
HERE IS THE LOTUS DESIGN WEBPAGE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT:
yes, there are "buckles" on the top of the shoulder straps on the life jacket.pirouette said:In looking at the picture on the patagonia/lotus websites, it seems that the Sea Sherman has buckles on the top of the shoulders.. other replies on this thread indicate that is potential problem, what has been your experience?
Hi, I was wondering if you would be interested in selling this lifejacket. Please reply back if you are! Thanks!I have an Extrasport Pull-over Life-jacket. IT is amazing. I'm not sure of the model name, or if they make it anymore, but it goives a great amount of flotation. I'm about 190, and it is great. It stays pretty high above the waistline for great mobility and the shoulder straps are neoprene. It is the most comfortable lifejacket I've ever worn. It also keeps you very warm when you tighten it. I would recommend this life-jacket to anyone in the market for one. It also gives good protection from things like the boom and skippers fists in multihanded boats such as Narrasketucks.
Here is a very similar PFD
Extrasport Stiletto PFDs user reviews : 4.3 out of 5 - 0 reviews - outdoorreview.com
I used on of the zhik CG pfds this weekend. Nice fit low profile but tends to ride up when in the water. I’ll wear a bib over it next time.Zhik CE approved PFD. Low profile makes it easier for us larger people to get under the boom and get back in the boat after capsize. It floats you very well also. However, if you are sailing in the US and the GC stops you and checks the PFD it is not GC approved and you'll get a fine. Some NOR's SI's at events specify "government approved" pdf's must be worn. Every regatta I go to many wear the low profile PFD's. No one wants to be the person to file a protest over a PFD. Although they would be in their rights to do so.
Zhik did just release a CG approved PFD. I have not tried one on yet, but it looks a little thicker than the CE approved one.
Haha, that is hilarious!!! Also works against brass knuckles!!!It also gives good protection from things like the boom and skippers fists in multihanded boats such as Narrasketucks.