View Poll Results: Does your life jacket have a impact rating that exceeds your boats top speed?

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    Are you safe on your SHO/FZR/FZS? Probably not...

    If you reading this post you probably have a boat that pushes 70 mph. And probably more. Let's play a game. Go outside. Get you life jacket. Read the inside and look to see what the impact rating of your life jacket is. It will be listed in MPH (if your in the U.S.) I am going to go out on a limb here and say that 19 out of 20 Yamaha SHO/FZR/FZS owners don't have a life jacket that has a impact rating that meets or exceeds your boats top speed.


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    My obrien is rated for 50 mph....I personally tested it at 72..hope to not test anymore anytime soon.

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    mine is 50mph and its an obrein also. I fell off of 40-50 this year, it worked fine.

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    Vest rating is the ability of the vest surviving not the person wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    Vest rating is the ability of the vest surviving not the person wearing it.
    Well if the vest doesn't survive a crash chances are you won't either.

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    If the vest rips apart or off during impact, it won't keep you afloat until/if you regain consciousness and/or mobility.

    Without an intact PFD, the risk of your drowning shortly after you come to a stop is increased.

    You have to assume that after you hit the water, you are not going to be 100% functional. At that moment, the capabilities of your PFD become paramount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    If the vest rips apart or off during impact, it won't keep you afloat until/if you regain consciousness and/or mobility.

    Without an intact PFD, the risk of your drowning shortly after you come to a stop is increased.

    You have to assume that after you hit the water, you are not going to be 100% functional. At that moment, the capabilities of your PFD become paramount.
    Exactly.

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    All mine are rated to 50mph...including my Stearns which I was wearing when I hit the water @ 80.

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    so what does this mean ? ? 50 mph is an eronuous claim? ? and we r safe ? not that i want to take the chance. . but now we have a couple 50 mph rated vest crash at well over that speed and held up just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02gpR View Post
    so what does this mean ? ? 50 mph is an eronuous claim? ? and we r safe ? not that i want to take the chance. . but now we have a couple 50 mph rated vest crash at well over that speed and held up just fine
    All safety items should be underrated. Nothing should break or falter at it's rating. Should be able to go a little higher. Now is it worth taking the chance with a 50mph vest at 80mph? That's your call.

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