June 2007 Issue
Making the Best Toddler Life Jacket with Harness
Practical Sailor takes the best ideas from its recent infant and toddler life jacket test and incorporates them into its own infant life vest design. Several details get improved: including clips, harness attachment points and head flotation.
Last summer, Practical Sailor rounded up 13 life jackets for an infant or toddler under 50 pounds. We put them through a series of tests with children ages 1 to 4 who weighed 20 to 35 pounds (“Childs Play,” October 2006, http://www.practical-sailor.com/issues/32_10/features/5325-1.html). We found four Type II personal flotation device (PFD) we liked, but none of them met our expectations. Practical Sailor testers decided to give our ideas to artist and industrial designer Sasha Cole. After several drafts, Sasha came up with an improved version of a life jacket for infants and toddlers weighing 20-30 pounds.
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