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SOSpenders autoinflate in rain?
We''ve sold the SOSpenders line for about five years now and in all the customers I''ve spoken with I can only remember one instance of the jacket inflating pre-maturely due to being in a very moist environment. So while I guess it can happen, I wouldn''t lose any sleep over it. Carry a backup re-arm kit and replace the bobbins each year as recommended if you want to be on the safe side. Presently Sailnet carries the Mustang Survival vests and they are releasing, in the next week or so, a new model for 2006 called Mustang Survival Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable PFD model MD3183 which is designed for extreme conditions and no longer uses a bobbin to trigger inflation.
PS - BWT someone above mentions $30 rearm kits for Sospenders. Sailnet still carries these and they''re a LOT less than $30. See:
(do a search for "sospenders rearm")