So I have this 10 year old set of SOSpenders, auto/manual inflation, with built-in harness. It's in excellent apparent condition, because I hardly used it, and not at all for the last 5 years or so. It's been in its carry bag while stored in a clean dry place.
I'll need a harness and auto/manul life vest when we bring our boat home this Spring. I'd like to avoid buying a new one, but will of course if necessary.
Sooooo, I knew I would have to rearm (replace the pill, CO2, etc.), and I knew I had to leak test this one to be sure it's OK. So I put it on, and pulled the ripcord--worked perfectly (it was also amusing).
The manual said to leave it overnight to see if it's "still firm in the morning".
Well, in the morning, after about 12 hours sitting, I could tell it wasn't quite as firm as it was to start, but it still had good shape. By 12 hours after that (24 hours total), it was getting softer, and was noticably loosing its shape. I would be skeptical that in the +24 state it would be safe.
This SEEMS to me to have failed the test. But then I was wondering--how long is this thing supposed to hold air? I'd really like it to hold air for a LONG TIME. But I don't want to buy a new one if this is the way they all are.
Does anyone know--did this vest fail the leak test? Or are they all like this--really only meant to last for 12 hours?
I appreciate your help!