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Deckvest 6D vs Deckvest VITO

The Deckvest 6D and Deckvest Vito both offer the ultimate performance lifejacket with a few key differences to suit your requirements.  

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The Deckvest 6D uses a Pro Sensor Elite operating system and the Deckvest VITO uses a Hammar pressure activated operating system.

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Here is a comparison table showing the similarities and differences between the 6D and VITO.

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You can find larger, printable exploded diagrams as a PDF  in our Trade Catalogue here.

6d exploded for web

Vito exploded for web

Harness Release System (HRS)

Spinlock's Deckvest VITO and Deckvest 6D both have the option of a Harness Release System (HRS), a soft loop attachment point for a safety line which can be released in an emergency to free a person from their safety line.

• Activation handle located behind soft loop, easy to locate, grab and pull
• Soft loop attachment released and open
• User separated from safety line and boat
• Easily reset to use again
• ISO12402-1 Deck Safety Harness

The Spinlock Harness Release System (HRS) is a new innovation which enables the wearer to disconnect from the safety line by releasing a lever behind the soft loop safety line attachment point of the lifejacket harness.

What is HRS?

Spinlock still considers a knife to be an essential piece of carried equipment. However, we have yet to develop a reliable consistent safety line clip release system. Instead, we are focused on developing a release system of the actual lifejacket harness. Testing showed that the harness release system needed to be simple to understand, simple to use and simple to maintain as well as reliable over the lifetime of the lifejacket. At the same time, the harness release system must meet the requirements of the ISO12402 approval.

Staying connected to the boat is undoubtedly safer than being in the water and use of a safety line is actively encouraged. However, in the event of a fall overboard, a casualty can find themselves being dragged/trapped alongside or behind the vessel. A situation which can be hard to be released from.

Read more about the HRS development here.

If required – at an additional cost, Spinlock can upgrade any Deckvest 6D to include the new Harness Release System.