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Exclusive test: 10 of the best lifejackets tested to the max

We tested 10 of the best lifejackets on the market in a full-open water test to see how quickly they fire and how comfortable they are to wear

Marine Pool 180N Racer Plus

Marinepool beforeFeatures

  • Crotch-strap: Yes (single)
  • Light: No (but available to buy for an extra £19.95)
  • Sprayhood: No (but available to buy for an extra £19.95)
  • Harness: Yes
  • Firing mechanism: United Moulders UML Pro Sensor
  • Fastening mechanism: Metal buckle
  • Price: €159.90
  • Rating: 3/5

Performance

The Marinepool jacket had the traditional single-sided adjustment, making it easy to tweak by the wearer once on, and the jacket was comfy on board because it felt compact.

It took just five seconds for the jacket to fully inflate and turn Greg over, and it kept his head nicely clear of the water.

However, he reported that the jacket inflicted some compression on his chest, meaning the Marinepool wasn’t that comfortable once inflated.

Marinepool after

The reflective material seemed a bit limited and with a vast area of yellow bladder on either side going begging, it wouldn’t take much to beef this up a bit.

The bottle and firing mechanism could be found inside their own zipped panel, which makes checking very straightforward, and a firing mechanism status panel with simple key can be found on the front.

Rearming

Just unscrew the existing bottle, throw it away and screw in the new one and firing mechanism – simple. Rearming kit: £18.95

Repacking

This was the easiest of the jackets to repack because it was constructed with a single component, which formed the cover and bladder. The downside of this is that any damage to the cover means it won’t hold air.

Contact: Marinepool

Tel: +49 89 8996190

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