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mmccoy 08-29-2004 03:49 AM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
I''m wanting an inflatable PFD to wear on deck.

Which one would you feel is the most comfortable, least ''intrusive'' inflatable life jacket with an integrated harness?

joub 08-29-2004 07:41 AM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
I''ve used my SOS automatic vest/harness for at least 10 years. It''s so easy to wear that I often forget I still have it on when I''m on the dock hosing off the boat after an afternoon sail.

I''d say that''s pretty "least intrusive".


PaulBl 08-29-2004 04:20 PM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
Same as Ford vs Chevy. They both make a good product. I have a Mustang with harness. It fits well. Fit matter.

wmiii 08-30-2004 03:16 AM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
I''m thinking of the same.
Next choice: Manual or Automatic?

PaulBl 09-01-2004 03:41 AM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
I use a manual. They don''t go off in your trunk if you carry them about a lot. Automatic means you can be knocked out and it will pull the cord for you. Both advantages are good.

I would suggest you go with one that has the harness built in. You do want the harness to fit well or you can get hurt in a fall.

Having a second harness tangle up in your inflatable vest could be a bad deal from both directions. when built together it won''t happen.

Both brands make versions for various parts of the military. They both are tough. I also have a Mustang float coat that is nice when it''s cold out. They cost about the same as a vest.

In the end the one that fits well and you wear all the time is the best.

dnr 09-01-2004 05:04 AM

SOSpenders, Mustang or ???
I have 5 pair of the SOS, automatic, with built in harness. I require them for all crew at night or in rough conditions, and for certain crew if they are novice or unstable on their feet. My family wears them all the time. I have only had one instance where one auto inflated without submersion. I had been working the bow in a race in very wet conditions. I was getting soaked by rain and waves all day. After the race, I drove 2 hours home and threw the vest on the kitchen table. Next morning it was fully inflated!? My biggest gripe is with the airlines who won''t let you transport them either in carry on or checked luggage. I live in Ohio and fly to charter destinations. Sometimes I can get the vests with CO2 cartidge through the airport and sometimes I can''t. When I can''t they confiscate the cartidges and I have to replace them when I get to my destination. Earlier this year the airport confiscated 4 of them on the way to Florida. I bought replacements and before I returned I went to a ''package delivery store'' and tried to mail them home to myself, and they refused to handle them also. I ended up sticking them in my carry-on and they weren''t detected.

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