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Old     (jwr)      Join Date: Jan 2006       01-23-2006, 4:30 PM Reply   
I think i'm gonna buy a nevin swat, what does everyone think about this jacket, compared to any other CGA jacket?

My chest is 38" w/ 31" waist, and the med size is 36-38 inches, Should i go w/ a small, so it fits tight (i have heard they stretch in the water), or should i order a medium?

Old     (sylv2080)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-24-2006, 8:38 AM Reply   
I have the blue one from last year and it is very heavy!!!! I am not using it this year as I am buying a NON-CGA Jetpilot A-10 or Falcon. It was just a very heavy jacket BUT it provided great impact resistance!!! My cousin has the non-cga SWAT and he blows off of him all the time!
Old     (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       01-24-2006, 9:28 AM Reply   
The SWAT will come unzipped when you fall. It also tends to ride up on my torso. I just bought a Liquid Force Impact vest. Great mobility with the arm holes. Fits great and doesn't come un done when I eat it.
Old     (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       01-24-2006, 9:44 AM Reply   
Agreed, the non -CGA SWAT sucks. It rides up bad and will unzip a little on most falls , on hard falls there's a good chance it will come right off, kind of a scary feeling when it happens. I saw mine blow out of my boat on the way home from a trip....didn't even bother to turn around and get it.
Old     (bendow)      Join Date: Sep 2005       01-24-2006, 10:03 AM Reply   
adam, hows that impact vest working out for you?

My friend had the swat he said it sucks...
Old     (tonis)      Join Date: Mar 2005       01-24-2006, 10:34 AM Reply   
Buy a small, it will stretch. It absorbs a lot of water too.
Old     (gb_rider)      Join Date: Feb 2004       01-28-2006, 12:16 PM Reply   
Well I think the non CGA is a great vest, I've tried a lot of different brands and I like the feel of the swat. Its all your personal choice. Just make sure you buy one ther fits properly an you won't have problems.

The Flak jacket is even better with the LRS system.


(Message edited by gb_rider on January 28, 2006)
Old     (chris_c)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-28-2006, 12:26 PM Reply   
i have the cw swat and i like it. i bought it small too and it works fine and doenst ride up on me or limit mobility.
Old    ldp            01-29-2006, 8:27 PM Reply   
I bought the 06 Flak at the boat show yesterday. It has a back brace built into it. Does anyone have this vest? How do you like it? My wife got the Josh Sanders Swat. It's all silver so she liked the looks. It doesn't have the back brace. After reading this post, it sounds like it might ride up on her. We'll just have to try them out.
Old     (proho)      Join Date: Aug 2005       01-29-2006, 9:10 PM Reply   
nevin is now helium btw. as far as cga vest goes you cant beat the law by oneill. if you want a side zip get a cell block.
Old     (jrad)      Join Date: Mar 2004       01-30-2006, 12:00 AM Reply   
the nevin NCGA swat is the most comfortable vest I have ever had, yet it completely rips off on easy falls. A complete lack of R & D on Nevin's part. In buying the non CGA swat, you may risk your safety on the water for comfort
Old    rangi_chip            02-02-2006, 7:03 PM Reply   
Personally, I love my Helium 'Josh Sanders' Edition non-CGA jacket. I have never had these problems you'a are talking about: coming right out of the jacket on a fall (even average fall). I haven't even had the zip unzip itself partially, never mind all the way down. And I can't see how it can unzip itself if the valcro strap is done up. I love it.
Old    ldp            02-03-2006, 12:52 AM Reply   
Shwew. Thanks for the post Chip. I was beginning to think I bought a couple of lemons. If the weather is decent, we'll be trying out the new vests this weekend.
Old    rangi_chip            02-04-2006, 9:28 PM Reply   
Sweet as Ryan. If I had read about the SWAT vest here before I made a decision I don't think I would have bought one. My little sister bought the standard SWAT vest and the difference in attention to detail in the 'Josh Sanders' edition is just amazing. The stitching around each "floaty bit" (excuse my english), I couldn't even find a piece of string that was fraying, whereas the normal SWAT vest wasn't as tidy. Just little things like that made me realize how good it was. Apparently they've only got 5% less buoyancy than a normal CGA life vest, but it's the flexibility that makes it feel not so buoyant as a normal life vest, so don't get scared of this because they are supposed to be worn with a wet suit.
Well that's my verdict...
Old     (dr_inc)      Join Date: Mar 2005       02-05-2006, 10:04 AM Reply   
i have last years josh sanders and i love it... had an oneil before and the inside would always shift around, but in teh nevin ones the "floaty bits"are all stiched

had to steal it chip
Old    rangi_chip            02-05-2006, 5:22 PM Reply   
All good Ryan. Glad you like it just as much as me!


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