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    I can't believe anyone continues to fall for this...

    "100 mph tested" means they test the bare jacket by crashing a test sled into it at 100 mph "government style." In other words, they throw the jacket against a wall at 100 mph to make sure none of the embroidery, lace ruffles or sequins come undone.

    It does NOT mean that the jacket will protect the person wearing it at 40 mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyro View Post
    I can't believe anyone continues to fall for this...

    "100 mph tested" means they test the bare jacket by crashing a test sled into it at 100 mph "government style." In other words, they throw the jacket against a wall at 100 mph to make sure none of the embroidery, lace ruffles or sequins come undone.

    It does NOT mean that the jacket will protect the person wearing it at 40 mph.
    To further support what pyro is saying, read page 6 from this USCG bulletin, concerning 100mph PFD.

    http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/pd...C80.pdf#100mph

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    I can't understand how someone would spend the money to make their boat lethally fast, but wouldn't be willing to spend 300 bucks to protect their own life.

    A good prop costs 300 hundred bucks plus, but your life is worth, what... A $70 bass-fishing life jacket from Overtons? Really?
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    Pyro, forget it. It's like bashing your head against a wall...or trying to convince someone that a vote for Ron Paul is...oh wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWTjr. View Post
    Pyro, forget it. It's like bashing your head against a wall...or trying to convince someone that a vote for Ron Paul is...oh wait...



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    To start with, after a few incidents I was around or heard about, I got religion and I wear a lifeline. And back in the day when every OPC driver wore a Gentex because they were more comfortable, I wore a bulky Lifeline because it was way more likely to turn me over to breathe if I was unconscious.

    That said, the Coast Guard article referred to above was interesting. Absent the 'flak' panels in some racing jackets, no jacket protects you from impact. The big rag on most non-racing jackets is that they won't stay on your body when you hit the wter at 70, 80 or whatever. The article above seems to suggest that a vest rated at 100 mph will stay on. Can't figure out how it can do that w/o leg straps, but if the rating is true it makes up what I understand is the big complaint about ski or jetski vests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by transomstand View Post
    I couldn't help it! It was right there!!!

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    Question

    Isn't there a good chance if you don't have leg straps that the jacket could come over your head and break your shoulders,if you fly out of the boat at speed??Chuck
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    SRP Security Race Products make a good Jacket APBA Certified for around $450.00
    When you hook or are thrown from a boat at High Speed it MAY SAVE your life if your
    wearing it?? I wear mine always THE SRP WORKS!!

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    I have been wearing the Mustang 100 mph vest for lake boating since 1996. Back then they were $175. I have been pitched from a boat at 60mph (with vest and helmet on) and I am still wearing the vest with succes today. I would still recommend the SRP or Lifeline for lake or other racing as the collar on these vests will float your head... I have also added leg straps to the Mustang.
    Last edited by AnthonySS; 10-14-2012 at 07:16 PM.

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    Why is the lifeline not USCG approved?

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    I would have to think it boils down to cost. I am in the market for a nice high speed jacket, I think I will go with the lifeline 160. Kurt


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    All of that lifejacket crap is not really going to help if you break your neck when you hit the water or if I'm paralyzed I would rather be dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scawd the dog View Post
    Lifeline saved my life ! Worth every penny!!
    Yep...The first contact with the water did'nt hurt that much, it was the next 14 or 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrostream1 View Post
    All of that lifejacket crap is not really going to help if you break your neck when you hit the water or if I'm paralyzed I would rather be dead.
    Much easier for the family to find the body, and they won't need to hire divers.



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