Originally Posted by hellosailor
I happened to notice that Sailnet is selling the SOSPenders autoinflate PFD with integral harness for $160, but asking a full $100 more ($260) for the similar vest from Mustang.
Why the big price difference? Anyone have any idea?
Have you ever tested an auto-inflate pfd? Suppose you're knocked-out as you fall overboard and your pfd inflates. Will it keep you from drowning? I doubt it. Still, it will help them find your body.
In the 1980s I was on a boat that capsized with 7 people aboard. We had just completed a dive and were still wearing our BCs when we got hit broadside by a massive wave.
I was the only one wearing a classic, vest style BC, made by Scubapro. The flotation and balance was so superior to every other BC it was amazing. It held my head up about a foot out of the water and I didn't have to move my arms or legs a bit to maintain a perfect, comfortable, balance position. No matter what the wave action or how hard I got smacked, it quickly re-positioned me straight upright, while the others struggled to stay alive. The Scubapro Classic BC is a superbly designed product and makes a better lifejacket than anything on the market because its massive flotation is low - under the arms. One poor slob had a BC that floated him face down! He had to put it on backwards.
Since then I have worn an old Scubapro vest BC on all crossings. Of course, I removed the backpack and replaced the big inflation hose with a small one. The material is soft and quite comfortable, especially after being broken-in through a couple hundred dives. It has a big, manually operated Co2 bottle - no auto-inflate, but hey nothing's perfect.
Used & New Scuba Dive Gear - ScubaPro Classic
No, that's not me in the photo, thankfully.