Personally, I would go with the Spinlock Deckware Pro Harness w/ integrated PFD or the Mustang MD3184 instead.
The Spinlock has a few features most of the others don't and is SOLAS approved, rather than USCG approved. It comes with a water-activated strobe as well as a splash hood and thigh straps. It is also one of the easiest to adjust and most comfortable to wear.
The Mustang 3184 I pointed out is one with a Hydrostatic release, rather than a salt-pill based automatic trigger....so it is far less prone to accidental inflation.
IMHO, thigh straps or a crotch strap are key to keeping you in the vest in really bad conditions.
Another good Mustang is the MD0450, which is one with the hydrostatic release, but features their LIFT design, which gives you a bit more flotation. Spinlock also has a new PFD called the Deckvest, which is pretty nice, but I haven't used it.
BTW, the one I use on my boat is the Spinlock, and my crew is normally in the salt-pill version of the Mustang LIFT PFD.
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