Constant Wear Vests
X-Back Adjustment System
The aptly named X-Back has a unique, proprietary cross back strap configuration, as opposed to the original T-Back vest. The X-back 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 this vest one size fits all.
U-Zip-It™ - U Shaped Zipper
It’s all about the zipper: The unique U-Zip-It™ low slung entry zipper design provides ease of donning, unassisted zipper closure, enhanced comfort, and freedom of movement. In dry-suits, the zipper placement dictates comfort. The design of the U-ZIP-IT™ dry-suit was based around allowing the user to make any necessary movement with zero interference with the zipper, creating the most comfortable dry-suit.
Underarm Flotation System
SWITLIK’s underarm flotation system provides unmatched in-water performance with superior benefits. When inflated the SWITLIK underarm flotation improves mobility in the water, higher freeboard, and ease of swimming forward. SWITLIK’s underarm flotation provides auto-righting for an unconscious user, bringing them into a face-up position for ease of breathing. Designed by our engineers to deliver dramatic improvements in performance and functionality, SWITLIK’s underarm flotation is unmatched.
Life Raft Features
5-year Service Interval
Unlike any other raft on the market, all SWITLIK life rafts offer a first-of-its- kind 5- year Service Interval. This extended service interval is designed to limit the down-time and expense traditionally associated with the ownership of a life raft. SWITLIK accomplished this in a responsible manner through the combined use of our patented and military proven hermetically sealed packaging system and compressed air inflation system. This better protects the raft’s materials and provides excellent inflation performance versus traditional CO2 inflation systems. SWITLIK’s 5-Year Service Interval is also an outward sign of our commitment to quality and consistency in our American-made products.
Time sensitive survival equipment is packed in an external pocket on the raft valise allowing for replacement without the cost of servicing the actual life raft.
Air Charge Inflation
With SWITLIK’s Air Charge Inflation System, there is now a visible “go/no go” pressure gauge that lets you know your raft is ready to deploy. Charged to an impressive pressure of 3,000 psi, this system gives you the most rapid and stable inflation across an array of varying temperatures. Whether your travels take you to the warmth of the tropics or all the way to the frigid poles, with SWITLIK’s Air Charge Inflation System you can be confident that your raft is charged and ready to go.
Convertible Canopy System
SWITLIK’s Signature Convertible Canopy System is a major improvement over rafts with limited points of entry. The Convertible Canopy System, with multiple boarding points, allows for rapid and unobstructed boarding during an emergency, without having to enter the water. This increases the safety factor for everyone on board, especially when those who are young, old or injured need to get into the raft quickly.
Toroidal Stability Device (TSD)
SWITLIK believes that the best-in-class life rafts should also offer the best-in-class ballast system. The Signature Toroidal Stability was developed for extensive testing and used by both the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the Royal Australian Air Force. Comparative testing concluded that the TSD is the best design in the industry for stabilizing a life raft. This testing included limiting occupants, overloading and extraction which brings heavy down wash from the helicopter.
As the key component to our best-in-class stability, the TSD features complete wrap around ballasting covering the entire perimeter of the underside of the raft with multiple, weight, water-holding chambers.
Heat Sealed Construction
Each buoyancy chamber on a SWITLIK life raft is constructed of double-coated nylon material that is heat sealed at all junctions to create the strongest possible bond in our materials. We credit this essential feature for the reason why countless SWITLIK life rafts are still giving their owners peace of mind after decades of ownership. SWITLIK has taken a firm stance against using cements to construct our buoyancy chambers as cements degrade more rapidly over time and also release a sharp odor which is known to add to the likelihood of seasickness. Heat sealed construction means that your raft will last season after season and continue to provide you with the peace of mind that your family and crew are safe.
For mariners and aviators who push the boundaries and face the harshest conditions in the quest for adventure, SWITLIK offers the most durable material available in our signature Nylon-HD on select rafts. At 840 Denier Weave, this rugged material is designed to be the most puncture-resistant material available on any professional life rafts on the market today. Rafts featuring our Nylon-HD fabric are designed and constructed to be the strongest rafts ever made.