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Created by shannon19 Two weeks ago, 18 Nov 2019
shannon19
6 posts
18 Nov 2019 5:11AM
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G'day guys. I was wondering if anyone has used the forward wip impact vest with a waist harness? Does it sit on top of the harness ok or is there not enough room for the hook?

thanks for that Shannon.

Subsonic
WA, 1814 posts
18 Nov 2019 5:54AM
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I've not used the specific vest, but i can tell you from experience that if it sits over the harness then it never goes well.

the movement, and slight expansion of the hook away from the body from the sail load pushes the vest up, turns you into tommy turtle. its not a pleasant way to sail around.

unless youre ok with a using a low seat harness instead (im not) i think your best bet might be one of those hard impact vests where you could go harness over the bottom of the vest.

snides8
WA, 1609 posts
18 Nov 2019 6:01AM
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shannon19 said..
G'day guys. I was wondering if anyone has used the forward wip impact vest with a waist harness? Does it sit on top of the harness ok or is there not enough room for the hook?

thanks for that Shannon.


Yes I use one with a Severne waste harness
no issues.

DarrylG
WA, 226 posts
18 Nov 2019 7:02AM
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Yes the WIP vest works great with a waist harness. The lower back section of the WIP is very thin so your waist harness goes over the top. advantage over most impact vests is it is rated 50N

shannon19
6 posts
18 Nov 2019 2:03PM
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Thanks guys. Sounds like it might be ok with a waist harness. I'll have to track one down and have a go. I'm sick of the basic life jacket I'm wearing now.

shannon.

Grantmac
80 posts
19 Nov 2019 1:10AM
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Which version of the Forward WIP are you guys using with a waist harness? I see one with lots of straps and another that looks more like neoprene.

snides8
WA, 1609 posts
19 Nov 2019 6:23AM
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I'm using this, so is Darryl.




Subsonic
WA, 1814 posts
19 Nov 2019 7:17AM
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snides8 said..
I'm using this, so is Darryl.





Where'd you guys get them from? Over the counter or online? Much better option than what im currently having to use if it can sit under the harness and its 50N rated

snides8
WA, 1609 posts
19 Nov 2019 11:53AM
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Subsonic said..

snides8 said..
I'm using this, so is Darryl.





Where'd you guys get them from? Over the counter or online? Much better option than what im currently having to use if it can sit under the harness and its 50N rated


On line but can't remember maybe monkey fist..

Subsonic
WA, 1814 posts
19 Nov 2019 12:52PM
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snides8 said..

Subsonic said..


snides8 said..
I'm using this, so is Darryl.






Where'd you guys get them from? Over the counter or online? Much better option than what im currently having to use if it can sit under the harness and its 50N rated



On line but can't remember maybe monkey fist..


Sweet, i'll see if i can find em

DarrylG
WA, 226 posts
19 Nov 2019 3:37PM
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I got mine from Boating Hardware on Carrington St Palymra. Good to be be to try on.

shannon19
6 posts
20 Nov 2019 4:33AM
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Their web site had a store locator on it so that might help find a place that stock them.

From what I've read if the size is medium or bigger it's 50N rated.

Grantmac
80 posts
21 Nov 2019 1:45AM
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snides8 said..
I'm using this, so is Darryl.





Thats the one I was thinking. The straps don't flop all over the place? Unfortunately there is no way I can get my hands on one without ordering and it's one of the most expensive. I've had other vests which rode up so I've been not using one but now I've gotten a lot leaner and not having the natural flotation has made rig positioning etc more work.

aussieboats
NSW, 275 posts
21 Nov 2019 8:17AM
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boatcrewgear.com/

great product been using them for 1 year now and really happy with the vest , we only use seat harness but waist should be fine

AUS 814
NSW, 339 posts
21 Nov 2019 9:33AM
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aussieboats said..
boatcrewgear.com/

great product been using them for 1 year now and really happy with the vest , we only use seat harness but waist should be fine


Does it have a pocket on the back for hydration pack?.Not clear in the pics

snides8
WA, 1609 posts
21 Nov 2019 6:55AM
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Yes pouch Velcro on the back
not sure if it will fit a water bag.
i have fixed one external.
front has a handy zip pocket.








gh
NSW, 131 posts
21 Nov 2019 5:38PM
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Has anyone tried the Neo Vest? Interested in comparison to the Impact PFD.

yoyo
WA, 1632 posts
22 Nov 2019 4:10PM
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No, but it looks like something I could have, should have used a couple of years ago.

Stretchy
WA, 486 posts
24 Nov 2019 7:37PM
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Can anyone confirm padding protection for the side of the rib cage? Photos I've looked at appear to be no better on the side than the NP, but the Neo photo posted by GH above maybe does?

aussieboats
NSW, 275 posts
25 Nov 2019 7:04AM
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full padding on the sides of the impact vest , no broken ribs since using the vest

morts
WA, 139 posts
25 Nov 2019 8:04AM
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Can anyone confirm padding protection for the side of the rib cage? Photos I've looked at appear to be no better on the side than the NP, but the Neo photo posted by GH above maybe does?



Stretchy on the Forward WIP website if you scroll through the pictures it shows the pads (which look to be removable) that are there for rib protection.

forward-wip.com.au/en/4-50n-impact-vest.html

yoyo
WA, 1632 posts
26 Nov 2019 10:02AM
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> 50N buoyancy en iso 12402-5 certified - certified for your safety
> High density thermoformed foam - to improve comfort when falling
> Protect side pads - to cover ribs (not on size s)
> Low profile & wide openings - design to ensure an excellent freedom of movement and fit with all harnesses
> Ykk side zip & double adjustement strap - easy to put and remove + allow close fitting and precise adjustement
> Non slip strips - 2 neoprene strips inside to grip your wetsuit and prevent the ride-up commonly seen on some pfd
> 5 pockets different sizes easy access - 1 large zipper, 1 black panel, 2 shoulder, 1 knife pocket, 1 dedicated line cutting area
> Restube ready patch - for easy connection of flotation device restube

aussieboats
NSW, 275 posts
26 Nov 2019 1:21PM
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Just go to the local sailmarker and get 4 pieces of webbing sewn on , Anaconda sell the water packs for $79 makes a real nice job

Stretchy
WA, 486 posts
26 Nov 2019 5:23PM
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Thanks guys, they look good. Nothing like learning from experience...



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