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    Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 12:49pm
This is interesting, I'll have a look at the Spinliock stuff. something with a lack of bulk will help me get under the boom of my Europe.
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Thanks guys.  I do like the look of the Spinlock Wing and Mozzy and E.J's case for them looks very reasoned...Contender ergonomics will be similar to the 700 too.  My LJ on the big boat is a Spinlock Deckvest and it's always been very good.  I think the price looks pretty good compared to the Rooster version which does seem pretty steep.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote zeon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 11:52am
+ 2 for the spinlock foil . It a low profile design and fits really well. 

My only problem is I have put on two stone and I am too fat for mine lol. Am having to wear my old magic marine one while I decide to either lose weight or buy another spinlock foil in a larger size .  LOL

PS I think if you like your old front Magic marine pfd you would get on well with the foil .


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+1 for the Spinlock wing. Due to the ergonomics of a Contender the fleet compares the thickness of Pfds quite carefully. Anything with a front zip is slight thicker and by less ‘bendy’. The wing is very flexible and the slimmest (at time of measurement) that we could find, it also does not rise up into your face when trapezing.

I love the look of the Spinlock Aero pro, but it’s a tad thicker and quite pricy for something that will get battered by the boom. As said above better to use a cheap rash vest as a sacrificial layer.
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I have the spinlock wing (from lennon https://lennonsails.co.uk/pfd-buoyancy-aid/)

I think the side entry is better, as it allows the buoyancy to slightly thinner across the chest as you don't lose an inch of foam to where the zip sits on the foil. 

Spinlock also do one integrated with a rash vest. I prefer the flexibility of just chucking a race bib on over the top. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Smight at BBSC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 9:56am
My crew sails with the spinlock foil and she really likes it. Fits well and is low profile with nothing to catch or snag.
 
My gul BA is bulky and irritating as the velcro straps don't stay stuck. but I can't bring myself to buy another one as they're bloody expensive! Had a musto BA previously and that was really comfy but fell apart after a few years. 
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Rooster do a new slimline one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote H2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 9:39am
I have a Forward WIP Neo (https://forward-wip.co.uk/en/85-flow-neo-vest-50n.html) which I really like. Had a similar wish list to yours and I have not been disappointed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 9:32am
Hi,

I recently changed to a Spinlock Foil. It' a low profile 50N PFD, the neckline at the back is cut a little lower than normal, this means that there isn't a ridge as I duck under the boom.
I've managed a crash gybe in my Solo (with full kicker) - it doesn't catch the boom, just a thump on the back!
My old Gill would stand proud of my neck and trap the boom it the same situation, so it's worth considering.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 20 at 9:11am
I like the look of the Neil Pryde Elite Hook BA but I haven't tried one yet. I do have the basic version which is not bad.



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