I wore my Spinlock vest 24/7/15 on the solo sail to Hawaii
last summer. Took it off only to change cloths/foul wx gear
on the 15 day passage
, even slept with it on. It was very comfortable after I got it adjusted to my body. Took me maybe an hour or so to do the adjusting. They are adjustable in about every way and doubt that they couldn't be made to fit anyone with a little work with the many adjustments provided. Fought using the leg straps at first but they are so easy to strap on just hooked them up all the time.
Some people don't like the fixed attachment of the tether to the vest. Personally I like it as I carry a knife all the time and could cut it if necessary. Don't like the Snap Shackle release as I've had shap shackles release on their own and/or not release when under tension.
My complaints are finding a place to attach a strobe light and a Personal Locator Beacon. Someone needs to make a pouch that can be laced to the straps on a vest to hold these necessary items. The hooks on the tether tended to grab any line less than 1/4" diameter and the edge of the dodger
. Would be happier with a simple Gibb hook rather than the double step release hook supplied. The hooks supplied with their tether may be a requirement for certification
but feel they unnecessarily complex. Took a little getting used to one hand unclipping with the supplied hooks but got it down with a little practice.
When I bought mine at the Oakland Strictly Sail Boat Show
last year, the pill actuator was the only choice available. As I said before, the actuator is very well protected from accidental actuation by rain/spray. I had a pretty benign passage
so little spray but did wear it through a rain squall that thouroughly soaked me without a problem.
You can send the vest with the CO2 actuator as checked luggage on an airplane. Don't know whether you have to pull the cartridge out of the actuator or not. Interesting that you can send a vest/safety equipment
with a CO2 cartridge but you can't ship a bike with a CO2 tire inflator. Especially since every seat on an airplane on an overwater flight has a CO2 cartridge under the seat where anyone can play around with it if they are dumb or malicious.