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Women's Inflatable PFD/Harness

Hello HerSailNetters,

I would like to solicit your recommendations for combination PFD/harness inflatables that are specifically designed for women. My wife and I wear standard closed-cell foam PFDs whenever conditions warrant, but for next season we'd like to upgrade to inflatables that we'd wear routinely.

I already know which model I'd like to get, so I'm not seeking recommendations for myself. But what works well for a guy may not be best for a woman, so we are looking for your recommendations re comfort, design, durability, etc. We would like the PFD to double as a harness, but if you have a standard inflatable PFD you'd highly recommend, we'd be interested to hear that as well.

Apologies if this topic has been covered before, but the offerings change frequently enough that I hope you won't mind revisiting it. Many thanks.
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You might want to try the Spinlock Deckvest. A friend of mine got one for her birthday, back in November, based on my using a Spinlock. Has most of the same features as the one I have, but is a bit easier to get into from what she says.

Some features the Spinlocks have that others don't...

Completely integrated harness by Petzl, a climbing gear manufacturer
Spray hood
Water activated strobe

I don't remember if the thigh straps she has on hers were optional or came with it, but I highly recommend getting them if they're optional.




A woman in the Barcelona World Race is using one. From Spinlock's website:
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Twenty Six year old French sailor Servane Escoffier is undertaking her first round the world race onboard Educación sin Fronteras with fellow crewman Albert Bargues.

No stranger to offshore sailing having completed two Transat Jacques Vabre, Servane is working towards her dream of competing in the single handed Vendee Globe.

Currently charging through the Southern Ocean, both crew are wearing Deckvest Lifejacket harnesses.

www.barcelonaworldrace.com
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From my wife's experience, any PFD, inflatable or otherwise needs thigh straps. Facing facts, her um build is such that any PFD that fits low (waist and hips) will be too loose and will float up on her if not held down via straps.
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I can hear the ice cracking under your feet... be very careful... I'm guessing that discussing a woman's shape online can be very, very unhealthy if she finds out and disagrees at all.
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From my wife's experience, any PFD, inflatable or otherwise needs thigh straps. Facing facts, her um build is such that any PFD that fits low (waist and hips) will be too loose and will float up on her if not held down via straps.
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She's the one who sewed the straps on to her PFD after testing it, won't be a problem.
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Dunlookn has a little shameless behaviour in the past
My girfriend has the classic (yet, never out of date) figure.

We looked at a number of PFD's. She liked the Mustang. I (always dollar aware) purchased her an SOSuspender (offshore version)

I do not like the fit on her, at all. Based on the design, the rear portion of the "waist" (?) straps are in mid-back and do not allow her to "cinch" a belt around her waist.

She sews so a thigh strap is not an issue on any PFD that does not have one.

I should have purchased the Mustang.

I will be looking at the Spinlock as I do not have a "warm-fuzzy" feeling about the fit of the SOSuspender. I purchased a rearm kit and will have her test it in the pool.
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Always the best bet - put it on and jump in; then wear it for a half hour or so and see how it feels while doing the things you'll need to do if you went overboard.
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Good question as all the guys start asking questions. Does someone have a picture of said sewed on thigh straps? i have a wife and daughter that to say this nicely, are upside down pear shaped, another daughter that is more bottom pear shaped. What works on one, does not work on the other two! So i can see how this can be a discussion that need to be worked out based on figure. This hits me in snow ski instruction also. The shape of the persons body can change the center of gravity, so one needs to allow for this in many different ways.

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Thanks ladies!

Guys, I appreciate your suggestions, but we're trying to get input from WOMEN about which models (specifically) they prefer and why. Sorry I did not make that clear in my original post.

But if no women respond we'll be grateful for the above responses nonetheless. So far Mustang and Spinlock are indicated...
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Her sewing it on is a bit different from you discussing her reasons for doing so online...
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