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

Baltic GP 150SL

Baltic GP 150SL - beforeFeatures

  • Crotch-strap: Yes (single)
  • Light: Yes
  • Sprayhood: Yes
  • Harness: No (available on the Baltic Race 150 Jacket, £229.46)
  • Firing mechanism: United Moulders UML Pro Sensor
  • Fastening mechanism: Plastic buckle
  • Price: £209
  • Rating: 3/5


The GP150 is another compact jacket which is simple to adjust and comfortable to wear on board. It uses the same firing mechanism as the Marinepool and has the same useful window and a clear key to check the status.

The jacket also has a fleece collar and mesh-lined back panel for additional comfort. In the water the Baltic took eight seconds to fully inflate and turn over our tester and, despite the sprayhood being very obvious to us onlookers, it took Greg a while to get hold of it due to its being tucked so neatly right behind his head.

Baltic GP 150SL - after

Once found though, the hood was easily fixed in place and we liked the straighforward way it attached to the bladders with large, easy-to-use elasticated hoops. The jacket was comfy once inflated and came with a good array of reflective panels.


Just unscrew the gas and firing mechanism and screw new ones in place. Rearming kit: £30.97


Another jacket with a separate bladder and cover. This one came with some printed instructions as to where to fold the bladder, which should have made it easier.

In fact, this was one of the hardest jackets to repack due to the tightness of the cover and the fact that the zip kept bursting open during packing.

When the jacket was finally squeezed in, the firing mechanism was not lined up as it should have been within the clear window. If this was my jacket I don’t think I would be doing a test-inflate very often.

Contact: Baltic Safety Products
Tel: 023 8045 7272

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