I did not see a street price
. Do you know the price?
It appears the Spinlock has lots of bells and whistles.
It appears to bundle lots of things, which others add as options.
It appears they are including a "bum bag" or waist pack (fanny pack) to hold the AIS
and other stuff. In the illustrations it appears as a separate item, with a belt, and appears below the PFD
as a separate unit. It is not clear if this waist bag is meant to connect to the PFD
in some way, when worn. Are there straps to hold it onto the PFD harness?
I do like the integral spray hood
, but other brands have that too (sometimes as an option).
I think the most important feature of the offshore PFD is high buoyancy.
The 170N range is important, in my opinion. I currently use a 178N (or 40 pound) buoyancy auto inflating PFD with integral safety
harness, soft harness connecting loop, leg straps, (strobe, whistle,etc), and would consider 40 pounds as the minimum buoyancy for serious offshore PFD gear
, assuming you are wearing multiple layers, full weather
gear">foul weather gear, deck
boots, and you are in rough sea conditions.
Crewsaver also makes a nice line of PFDs, with some models ( "Ergofit") that are similar in concept
. Here is one I would seriously consider if you are going offshore in extreme conditions or remote
"The Crewsaver ErgoFit 190N ISO PRO provides best-in-class 190N buoyancy, exceeding ISO 12402-3 standards. "
It also has a very comfortable design and an integral hood
, hydrostatic inflation, but...
Notice this is 190N. More buoyancy than the Spinlock model you linked above. FYI: 190N = 42.7 pounds of buoyancy. So, it may not seem to be a big difference (what is 2.7 pounds of buoyancy going to matter), but if I were in the water
in the high seas, every little bit of extra buoyancy is a positive thing.
It is available from various online sites, and I have seen it priced as low as $295 from a reputable dealer.
NOTE! I have NO financial connection to any retailer or manufacturer of these products. I am simply sharing what I have researched for myself.
Crewsaver Ergofit ISO Pro 190N Life Jacket