The sale of lifejackets are one of those "known price products" so everyone looks for the best price on a 150N lifejacket. Although in this business, I have always wondered what the 275N standard is for?
I have one catalogue which says 275N is for offshore, but in reality it doesn't take long to drown and the more damaging breaking waves are likely to be close to shore anyway.
Personally my next lifejacket will be a Secumar 275N Window Duo Protect with the mask because it looks impressive, although at the moment I don't sell lifejackets.
It seems to me that if you compare prices of the same Secumar or Crewsaver product in different stores, that's more valid than just seeing which is cheapest. Any of "the knowledge" care to offer comment on why 150 instead of 275?
I think you've both made the point rather well. I'd rather not be thinking if I was properly attired for the briney before casting myself overboard. I think perhaps I have a reputation for being a bit cavalier in some departments, I go out single handed, an out of date flare doesn't worry me too much, but having fallen overboard on one occasion I think I'm becoming a bit picky about floating!