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Your Immersion Suit: Don’t Depend On Label Size For a Good Fit!

Editor's Note: This article originally was published in the Spring 2012 edition of Marine Safety Update. It is a myth that a "universal size" immersion suit will fit all persons weighing between 110 and 330 pounds. Above left, a "universal" immersion suit is much too large for this wearer who is 5'6" and weighs 133 pounds. At right, this person who is 5'5" and weighs 245 pounds cannot even close the zipper of the same "universal" suit. The loss of life resulting from the 2008 sinking of the Alaska Ranger and other vessels demonstrated the possible consequences of loose fitting or too tight immersion suits, especially in hazardous ocean conditions. Designing an immersion suit that fits a wid

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