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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

The Salus is about as far from a Type 1 as it's possible to get. It isn't even USCG aproved as a lifejacket because it lacks enough boyancy.

Don't get me wrong, wearing a type 1 is a bit silly for day to day wear, but that wasn't the question.

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

The Salus Coastal is a harness, not a PFD. They do offer other variations that are PFD listed, but that said, if you read their FAQ section, it says "The PFD has 15 lbs of buoyancy and will come in a wide range of styles, sizes and colors." Their size chart also lists that it meets Canadian General Standards Board Standard CAN/CGSB-65.11-M88 - which, taken from Canadian code is as follows :

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Personal flotation devices meeting CGSB Standard CAN/CGSB-65.11-M88, Personal Flotation Devices, are the most common and generally the most comfortable personal flotation device, offering up to 69 newtons (15.5 pounds-force) of buoyancy. A device meeting this Standard is not required to turn an unconscious person from a facedown position in the water to a position where the wearer’s face is out of the water. The shell colour is bright yellow, orange or red. These devices can be either the vest or “key hole” style.

Short version, Salus doesn't make a Type 1.

(And, they really could do better to put more specifications on their products for those facts)

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

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The vest looks OK, but I probably would not buy one simply based on one of their promo pics. Ugh.

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

You think this would not be that hard of a question.

It seems like this is the only candidate.
Deluxe Merchant Mate? II Life Vest | Stearns

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

West Marine lists a couple of house brand 'wearable looking' Type 1s besides the Stearns ; Defender only seems to offer Stearns

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

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The vest looks OK, but I probably would not buy one simply based on one of their promo pics. Ugh.

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Re: Offshore Lifejacket (Type 1).

Yeah, I laughed at that too. "Hey, it's called a lifeline! Isn't that what it's for?"

Without getting into questioning the OP's motives, it seems that there are several Type I's that aren't just an orange, foam brick.
The only thing that I don't like, is that none of them seem to offer crotch or thigh straps. The Type I kapok PFDs I used in the Navy had thigh straps.
In heavy seas, I feel that these are essential to keeping a PFD in the proper position on the body.
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