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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-06-2012 08:22 AM
engineer_sailor
Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Great jacket. A little bulky when they are on the small end of the size range but they get used to it quickly. For swimming at anchor our toddler loves his "puddle jumper". It essentially foam swimmies attached to a foam chest strap. It allows them to change their orientation in the water and practice swimming. It also counts a Type III when worn but I wouldn't use it as a primary floatation device.
07-17-2012 08:32 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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Originally Posted by Brigala View Post
I agree, for swimming I think a child is better off, well, learning to swim.

We went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.

I saw one other child on another boat wearing the same vest while we were at the docks. All the other kids I saw that day were wearing Type IIIs. I really felt secure with my choice. Thank you everyone for the buying advice.
Glad you like it. THey make great stuff. WHen it comes to the kiddos, we don't skimp either!!

Brian
07-17-2012 06:34 PM
chall03
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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Originally Posted by Brigala View Post
IWe went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.
The handle is also handy for lifting them in and out of the dinghy on boats without swim platforms( ours). The first time we did that at the back of a friends boat we got some strange looks

We have had her in the water in the jacket(with me) and wife trialled lifting her up out of the water, works a charm as well.
07-17-2012 06:04 PM
Brigala
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

I agree, for swimming I think a child is better off, well, learning to swim.

We went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.

I saw one other child on another boat wearing the same vest while we were at the docks. All the other kids I saw that day were wearing Type IIIs. I really felt secure with my choice. Thank you everyone for the buying advice.
07-17-2012 05:15 PM
groggy
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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Originally Posted by groggy View Post
just ordered one, hope it works well.
received the life vest and it fits my 30 lbs kid securely with a lot of adjustment available in either direction. he too didnt want to take it off after it was fitted, which is a good sign. i especially like the way the collar looks like it will provide some buoyancy for the his head and face, and the well placed grab handle.

I was, and still am a little torn over this type II, and the available type III which might be more useful for just swimming around, but the type II is prob safer in an COB situation, or a common fall near the dock, so im happy with it. In lieu of the type III he will just have to learn to be a great swimmer
07-05-2012 07:32 PM
groggy
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

just ordered one, hope it works well.
07-03-2012 08:24 PM
Brigala
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Well, so far so good with the wearing it part. I tried it on to make sure it fit and then she threw a tantrum when I tried to take it off. She wore it around the house for hours.
07-03-2012 06:23 PM
lyre Highly recommended. We are on our second lil legend. (life jacket -that is..)
At first my wife and I were concerned that our son would be uncomfortable and resist the life jacket. So, We made it putting it on a game that came with a simple rhyme.
"first we zip, then we clip!"
06-09-2012 12:54 PM
Brigala
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll go ahead and order it, then.
06-09-2012 09:54 AM
chall03
Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

+1.

CD has done a few write ups on them here before. Despite them not being available here in Oz, I got the Mustang distributor to order one in from Canada after doing some comparisons with what was available. We have been very happy with ours.
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