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I am looking to buy a survival suit and dont know much about them. Does anyone have any input on what is the best type to buy, where to buy it and roughly how much I should expect to spend.
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Just a suggested option to a survival suit....

How about 5/4/3/ surfer's wetsuit with attached hood....?

If going with an actual survival suit it seems Mustang is the overall favorite with both the commercial guys and the Coast Guard.

Sea Gear in Cape May used to sell them, I can only assume they still do.....
 

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Just a suggested option to a survival suit....

How about 5/4/3/ surfer's wetsuit with attached hood....?

If going with an actual survival suit it seems Mustang is the overall favorite with both the commercial guys and the Coast Guard.

Sea Gear in Cape May used to sell them, I can only assume they still do.....
The problem with a surfing wetsuit is that you'd have to strip down to your skivvies to get the thing on in an emergency situation. You can imagine the potential for disaster there!

But.. in lieu of not having anything at all onboard, it's a good thing to have!
 

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I suppose first we have to figure out what you are talking about.. something to fish in, or something to float in :)

I have a Mustang jacket and bib that I got from Sea Gear and wore it for a couple years until I retired it for a set of lined grundens. The Mustang suit although warm and safe is incredibly bulky to wear more than once in a while. It will make you float but has nowhere near the protection of a survival suit.

My gumby was $285 and it is a Starnes... added a strobe/mirror/whistle.
 

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In 50 degree water...mustangs only add a few hours of survival...barely that if even choppy water due to flushing action that is inevitable. Survival suits may keep you alive for days...big difference.

The mustangs are really for man overboard situations rather than sinking where no one else is around to get you relatively quickly.

Till we got dry suits for flying in USCG helos...we would wear shorty wet suits under a mustang and that would double to triple your survival time...but you are still looking at 5-10 hours tops in colder temps. Not a very comfortable arangement...but better than a full, thick wet suit.

A decent dry suit would be a solution...but they damage a bit easily on a small vessel when fishing.
 

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Hey guys,
I was thinking about a suit to use in an emergency situation, not something to wear to fish. I usually just dress in layers when fishing. I fish alot in the winter for blackfish, codfish when I was younger I never even consider that a boat could sink but as I got older or I guess you can say matured reality sets in and now I want to be prepared for the worst and hope it never happens. I have a PLB that I carry with me but I know that in 40 degree water I dont have a chance with out some kind of survival suit.
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If you talking about an emergency situation like the boats sinking or so rough you think your gonna sink? the "gumby" suit is the best way. I have brought a wet suit alopng before but we have the 7mm two piece suits, but the average person would drown before they got into a wet suit I hope to never have to us either:)



Hey guys,
I was thinking about a suit to use in an emergency situation, not something to wear to fish. I usually just dress in layers when fishing. I fish alot in the winter for blackfish, codfish when I was younger I never even consider that a boat could sink but as I got older or I guess you can say matured reality sets in and now I want to be prepared for the worst and hope it never happens. I have a PLB that I carry with me but I know that in 40 degree water I dont have a chance with out some kind of survival suit.
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if your the only guy with a suit you may have a fight to keep it if you go down people do strange things when it's survival time and not many are that honorable. I'm just sayin...
i do a few offshore pb trips a year and was thinking of buying a suit. Then i started to think if there was an emergency how many people would be trying to climb in with me.
 

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Check out Defender Industries (defender.com) they have mustang gumby suits for $320.
 

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Mustang Model # mls230

This is the minimum of the gumby suits. There are better and more expensive ones. Here are the specs on the #mls230:

Mustang Cold Water Immersion Suit

For flotation and Hypothermia protection when every second counts

Designed for use in commercial operations, the new Immersion Suit from Mustang Survival is the ideal ship abandonment suit for workboats, transport vessels, drilling rigs, supply ships, steamships and commercial fishermen.

Not Your Regular Neoprene Immersion Suit

The One Has The Extras you Expect From Mustang Survival:

  • Easy to don in storym conditions
  • Five-fingered insulated gloves from warmth and dexterity
  • Inflatable head pillow supports the neck and provides an optimal flotation angle
  • Water-tight face seal
  • Wrist and ankle adjustments for a better fit
  • 5mm fire retardant neoprene provides flotation and hypothermia protection
  • Triple-sealed seam construction
  • SOLAS grade reflective tape for nighttime or foul-weather detection
  • SOLAS grade hailing whistle
  • Light Pocket made to accomodate a varity of SOLAS approved lights
  • Non Slip, durable soles on foot bottom
  • USCG approval PENDING; SOLAS compliant
 
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