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Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Is this widely regarded as the "best" life vest for the kids in the 30-50 lb size range? My daughter is nearly two years old and weighs pretty much exactly 30 lbs.

The best price I've found for one is $43 including shipping. Is that a good price or can I do better?

Are there any other life vests I should be looking at too?
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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Is this widely regarded as the "best" life vest for the kids in the 30-50 lb size range? My daughter is nearly two years old and weighs pretty much exactly 30 lbs.

The best price I've found for one is $43 including shipping. Is that a good price or can I do better?

Are there any other life vests I should be looking at too?
Nope, that's the one. It works and is tested too. $43 sounds like a great deal. I would not use anything else. THey will right the child and get their head out of the water. Have a crotch strap and a strap to pull them up with (important because of freeboard and if on dock will be hard to get ahold of).

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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

+1.

CD has done a few write ups on them here before. Despite them not being available here in Oz, I got the Mustang distributor to order one in from Canada after doing some comparisons with what was available. We have been very happy with ours.
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll go ahead and order it, then.
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Highly recommended. We are on our second lil legend. (life jacket -that is..)
At first my wife and I were concerned that our son would be uncomfortable and resist the life jacket. So, We made it putting it on a game that came with a simple rhyme.
"first we zip, then we clip!"
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Well, so far so good with the wearing it part. I tried it on to make sure it fit and then she threw a tantrum when I tried to take it off. She wore it around the house for hours.
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

just ordered one, hope it works well.
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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just ordered one, hope it works well.
received the life vest and it fits my 30 lbs kid securely with a lot of adjustment available in either direction. he too didnt want to take it off after it was fitted, which is a good sign. i especially like the way the collar looks like it will provide some buoyancy for the his head and face, and the well placed grab handle.

I was, and still am a little torn over this type II, and the available type III which might be more useful for just swimming around, but the type II is prob safer in an COB situation, or a common fall near the dock, so im happy with it. In lieu of the type III he will just have to learn to be a great swimmer
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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

I agree, for swimming I think a child is better off, well, learning to swim.

We went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.

I saw one other child on another boat wearing the same vest while we were at the docks. All the other kids I saw that day were wearing Type IIIs. I really felt secure with my choice. Thank you everyone for the buying advice.
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