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Developed for the Volvo Ocean Race, Spinlock’s Deckvest Vito inflatable lifejacket includes a host of features designed for sailing to the far ends of the earth. Not the least of these is the company’s proprietary Harness Quick Release System (HRS) for when you absolutely need to free your tether, NOW! Other features include a SOLAS-approved Pylon lifejacket light, multiple chest pack attachment points, an optional integrated AIS MOB unit, an extra-wide crotch strap, added protection in high-impact areas and a rock-solid Hammar hydrostatic inflator. If you have to get crushed by an icy-cold Southern Ocean graybeard, this is the life jacket you want to be wearing when it happens. Finally, the Deckvest Vito offers 170N of buoyancy and includes a robust spray hood to keep your face and mouth free of waves and spray, both of which can be deadly in extreme conditions. Note, the vest is not yet USCG approved. $399. Spinlock, spinlock.co.uk

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