It’s Stylish, but Will It Float?

Dana Rambler and Kathleen Westerhout have created a more fashionable life vest solution, called the Bandaeu Belt[1]:

It looks good but there’s one thing I can’t wrap my head around: what do you do when you fall over board in rough see? Or when you trip, loose your orientation and can’t make out which way is up underwater?

Those are situations when you have big help from a life vest that already sits in place and I’m afraied the Bandeau Belt might offer a false sense of security. I would put my bet on something more standard, whether inflatable[2] or rigid[3]. 


1. It was their graduation project from Emily Carr University of Art + Design back in 2010. Back △
2. Best in test at www.testfakta.se of 10 self-inflating life vests (only 2 made the grade), July 2013 (in Swedish). Back △
3. Best in test at www.testfakta.se of 7 rigid life vest for kids, July 2012 (in Swedish). Back △

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