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Life Jackets & PFD’s

How to Convert the Spinlock Deckvest Lite from Automatic to Manual | Expert Advice

    When choosing an inflatable life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual firing to prevent accidental inflation in wet conditions. If you are an avid inshore sailor or power boater, stand up paddler (SUP) or kayaker, the Spinlock USCG Deckvest Lite is the perfect candidate for these applications. The conversion from auto to manual inflation is very simple.  The first thing you will need is your Deckvest LITE, as well as the Manual Conversion Kit specifically made […]

How to Choose the Right Type of Sailing PFD | Expert Advice

What sailing PFD is the right PFD for you? Well, that’s a great question and we’re here to help. We have put together a simple guide to understanding the different kinds PFD’s we offer and how to choose the right one for your type of sailing. Here are the sailing PFD and buoyancy aids that covered: Buoyancy Aid: Lightweight, low-profile, less bulk. These are a good option for small and sporty keel boats, like a Melges 20 or J-70. I love mine! […]

Women’s Gear Review: Life Jackets

How to Choose a Women’s PFD Life Jackets | Expert Advice

Something just for the ladies! Here at APS we know it’s hard to find gear that actually fits us women. So I’ve set out to look through our women’s gear and take a good look at it. We have three women specific life jackets, Bella by Astral, Abba by Astral and BetSEA by Stohlquist. All three have there good and bad features and here’s an in depth look. Abba: Available in two new colors for the 2010 season, the Abba […]

Hands On: Gill Compressor Vest

Gill Compressor Buoyancy Aid | Expert Review

NOTE: This product is no longer available.  Check out all of our other PFD choices here. The Gill Compressor Vest is a new buoyancy aid geared towards the high performance dinghy and sport boat market. The vest has minimal padding and is very thin throughout to maximize mobility in the boat. Unlike most life jackets the Compressor Vest is made primarily of neoprene and cut for a tight fit around the torso. The neoprene stretches to compress (hence the name) […]