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Re: wrong color foulies?
"Don't worry honey, it comes with life insurance".
If you've ever tried to spot anything in a choppy sea with whitecaps or spray, I would suggest color matters. There's an old argument that yellow and red can be mistaken for sunset reflections late in the day, but dark colors just won't get seen.
OTOH if you are wearing a nice bright PFD at the time you go overboard, the jacket won't be seen under the PF so the jacket color won't matter. The idea of a bright jacket is to stack the odds in your favor. Fall off an end dock and bang you head on the way into the water, and I suppose the odds of someone seeing you go up a little if you are in a bright color. Obviously bright colors don't help a lot. You never notice the guys wearing DayGlo camo jackets, do you? See? The bright colors just don't get seen much better than the dark ones.
Yes, i have a red jacket and a yellow one. The winter pants are from a camping supplier, and they're plain woodlands camo GoreTex that were too cheap to ignore. I figure if THAT'S the end of me that's out of the water, I've got bigger problems.