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Spinlock to showcase innovations at the Miami International Boat Show

Spinlock will showcase new ALTO Flotation Belt and award-winning new Deckvest VITO lifejacket at the Miami International Boat Show (14 – 18 February) 

Spinlock to showcase innovations at the Miami International Boat Show
Spinlock to showcase innovations at the Miami International Boat Show

Designed to dramatically improve comfort, reliability and ease of use in all watersports, the ALTO feels invisible when worn yet still offers a certified 50N Buoyancy Aid. This is the perfect flotation solution for everyone who enjoys water-based leisure pursuits, from stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers, to fishermen and small motor-boating users.

Available in two stylish colours, the lightweight and compact inflatable flotation device has been designed for repeated use. The ALTO’s accessible, adjustable waist belt creates a simple and close fit that can be worn around the waist either at the front or back, offering the ultimate in comfort and reassurance in floating support.

Spinlock's James Hall says “We have taken our knowledge from supplying flotation to a wide range of traditional leisure, industrial and custom users such as the Volvo Ocean Race, to develop an innovative category of flotation for a new group of customers. With the increasing appeal of watersports, we identified the need for the ideal flotation aid to suit these users who do not want traditional lifejackets and buoyancy aids which are often too big, bulky, expensive or over-specified. The ALTO offers the perfect flotation solution for all watersports users.”

Spinlock’s pioneering Deckvest VITO lifejacket grabbed the headlines recently when it won the DAME Design Award, the world’s most significant marine equipment competition. Now visitors to the Miami International Boat Show will be able to see for themselves why this ground-breaking piece of kit is causing so much excitement among watersports enthusiasts.

Created for the world’s most extreme ocean race. After 45,000 miles of testing in the world’s toughest ocean race, Spinlock have launched a new lifejacket with remarkable features.

Developed from the custom lifejacket harness created for all the elite teams in the Volvo Ocean Race, the VITO includes a Harness Quick Release System:HRS™, an industry first. For quick safety line release, this revolutionary and potentially lifesaving Harness Release System provides the safe alternative to using a knife. The Spinlock HRS™ is concealed, but easy to find and operate.

The VITO also offers all the other innovative features, cutting edge technology and advanced materials created especially for the Volvo Ocean Race sailors and further developed following their feedback. 

Lightweight and compact, the VITO boasts the ultimate in comfort and tailored fit. Easy to adjust to size, its structured shape allows it to be put on quickly and easily, without tangling, even in the dark with cold, wet and tired hands.

Spinlock's James Hall comments, “With no significant technical or aesthetic change in lifejackets for over 30 years, we developed a completely new lifejacket that is stylish and comfortable to wear. The challenge of creating the Deckvest VITO for the world’s premier ocean sailors and a test bed of over 3 million cumulative miles of extreme ocean racing was exhilarating. We punched through new design boundaries to create this stunning product which can now enhance everyone’s enjoyment and safety on the water.”

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