Formed from the lessons learned by the Volvo Ocean Race teams, Spinlock released its Vito personal flotation device for the cruising community.
The Vito is the first lifejacket harness to include a harness release system: HRS. The option to quickly release a safety line can be lifesaving in certain situations, this is recognised in the Offshore Special Regulations by the requirement to carry a knife; however, knives can often be inaccessible and hard to use in an emergency. The Spinlock HRS is safely concealed, yet easy to find and simple to operate, an industry first in design, that gives a consistent release opening the harness connection point and releasing the user.
The Vito also includes improved design offering sailors comfort, fit and adjustment; easy to put on, easy to adjust to size and with a fully tailored fit, the Vito feels lightweight and compact. The structured shape also means the Vito does not get tangled and can be put on quickly and easily, even in the dark, even with cold, wet and tired hands.
In 2017 Spinlock developed its custom VOR 170N lifejacket for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. The feedback is utilised in the Vito for any sailor wishing to be safe offshore.
The spray hood is structured and fitted with a large window for improved visibility and reduced claustrophobia.
The lifting strop is highly visible, easy to locate and simple to use and MOB AIS devices easily fitted and managed.
Activation of the 170N bladder uses the Hammar hydrostatic pressure system with Spinlock’s own small CO2 cylinder to further reduce bulk.
Spinlock is imported by Harken.