Feedback VOR creates Deckvest VITO

Spinlock's VITO lifejacket was developed after feedback from VOR sailors Spinlock's VITO lifejacket was developed after feedback from VOR sailors
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In 2017 Spinlock was asked to develop a new lifejacket for the Volvo Ocean Race teams, a departure from previous editions of the 45,000-mile race.

Volvo wanted a partner to use the latest technology to develop a custom lifejacket designed to meet the specific requirements of the sailors, explained Oliver Cook from Spinlock’s UK distributor, Marathon.

“The outcome of the project - the Custom VOR 170N lifejacket was used by all the teams in what became one of the most challenging and extreme events of recent years,” he explained.

Feedback from the crew and analysis of the jackets at the race stop overs, have now led to Spinlock creating the Deckvest VITO.

Key features

“It offers all the features, technology and development from the Volvo Ocean Race Deckvest,” said Oliver. Comfort, fit and adjustment immediately stand out as key features.”

The lifejacket is fitted with Spinlock’s latest buckle system and a coarse and fine size adjustment for a secure and comfortable fit.

It also includes a Harness Quick Release System (HRS).

“The option to quickly release a safety line can be lifesaving in certain situations and is recognised in the Offshore Special Regulations by the requirement to carry a knife,” explained Oliver. “However knives can often be inaccessible and hard to use in an emergency.”

“The Spinlock HRS is concealed, yet easy to find and simple to operate, an industry first in design, that gives a consistent release.”

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