When purchasing a life vest for aircraft, a few factors should be considered when selecting the style of vest. First, for the pilot and co-pilot, the life vest should either be worn at all times or be able to be quickly donned, without interfering with flying the aircraft during an emergency. As for the passengers, the style of life vest depends on the situation, in a light plane, donning a life vest might be a tight squeeze and a constant-wear vest might be a better fit. Constant wear means just that. From the moment you enter your plane or helicopter to when you leave, your constant wear life vest is on.
When selecting your vest, you need to consider comfort as well as unimpaired ability to maneuver the plane during an emergency. Your life vest also needs to allow for full range of motion and fit well with harnesses, helmets and other required gear, with no interference. You’ll want to carry the weight of the vest on your shoulders, rather than the back of the neck, to reduce fatigue.
The SWITLIK difference
The X-Back design is ergonomically shaped to your shoulder contour for a perfectly comfortable fit. The design allows the vest to contour to your shoulders, lowering the profile, increasing comfort, and improving range of motion. The weight of the vest and its contents is moved away from the back of your neck and evenly distributed across your shoulders, reducing fatigue. The adjustable X-Back straps provide enough range to make the vest one size fits all.
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