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    For my birthday my girlfriend got my parents, best friend and sister to all pitch in and buy me a racing jacket. I'm looking at the Compvest #170, i'm wondering you guys who have already gone though this process. Did you take all your own measurments or is it better to go to lifeline and have them do it? Any recommendations/advice too? Whats the standard color most go with, my buddy sent lifeline a picture of my boat but i may not have this boat forever so i'm kind of leaning away from getting a jacket to match it. I tend to like black but i know it would be easier for sombody to find me if the jacket was brighter... Just wondering what some of you have, and wanted to get your advice before purchasing the jacket.

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    You'll have to have someone else measure you. If you want to double check the numbers they get, have two different people measure you at different times following the directions lifeline posts. As for color, I'd buy something that meets the reacing requirements just in case you ever get that itch and have the oppertunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    For my birthday my girlfriend got my parents, best friend and sister to all pitch in and buy me a racing jacket. I'm looking at the Compvest #170, i'm wondering you guys who have already gone though this process. Did you take all your own measurments or is it better to go to lifeline and have them do it? Any recommendations/advice too? Whats the standard color most go with, my buddy sent lifeline a picture of my boat but i may not have this boat forever so i'm kind of leaning away from getting a jacket to match it. I tend to like black but i know it would be easier for sombody to find me if the jacket was brighter... Just wondering what some of you have, and wanted to get your advice before purchasing the jacket.

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    i'd either go see them in person the next time your at the river or stop by their trailer at one of the NJBA or IHBA races. That way the measurements are perfect and there's no problems later on.

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    Go with black!!! As much abuse as they take, they look the baest in the long run. I'm as carful with mine as you can be, but they still seem to get dirty.


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    go to lifeline, worth the time not sending things back.

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    Get an Orange one, it is A.P.B.A legal and much easier to see in the water. Most drag race associations don't cre about the color, but all others specify orange or yellow.

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    I just walked in the door & walked out with a Med. orange. Perfect fit.
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    I have the itch, been reading the rules for NJBA and trying to figure out what class i would be in. My guess is i'm one of the slowest guys (if not the slowest) but figured it would be fun and i've always loved racing, and now that i got this boat together and have ran a few river races i'm fiending for more. I want to try to make it out to the next njba event but not sure if i will be able to.

    I didnt see anything in the NJBA rules about color, what color do most of you guys on here have that race?

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    At the track the lifeline trailer might actually be there for the next race. I would call them and ask first. The guys at lifeline are first class, very easy to deal with. My advice would be if you can spend the coin go with the upgraded jacket that can later be adapted to a chute jacket. I know it is a lot of money, but I ended up buying two jackets, first a comp jacket to get my foot in the door and later a chute jacket. the comp jack cannot be upgraded. Just my two cents from having been there already. Oh yeah one more thing, you're going to working on the boat at the track and you will get dirty. An orange jacket shows all the dirt..... Darker colors are hot but, don't show the dirt as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    I have the itch, been reading the rules for NJBA and trying to figure out what class i would be in. My guess is i'm one of the slowest guys (if not the slowest) but figured it would be fun and i've always loved racing, and now that i got this boat together and have ran a few river races i'm fiending for more. I want to try to make it out to the next njba event but not sure if i will be able to.

    I didnt see anything in the NJBA rules about color, what color do most of you guys on here have that race?
    Bring it out! You will be amazed on progress you make in a weekend of driving your boat at the track. Not only will you become a better driver but if you work at the setup the boat will get quicker aswell.
    The NJBA offers a discounted membership fee for the last two races and they also have a river racer class if you just want to come out and make laps w/ out competing.

    As for the jackets most people just match the colors in their boat.

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    When is a chute required or a good idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    When is a chute required or a good idea?
    It's a good idea running in anny class. I don't know NJBA's requirement, but CDBA is a chute at 10.99 and quicker. Also, balistic shorts are a MUST!!!! Don't want any 100mph clean-out's


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    Quote Originally Posted by VoodooCanoe View Post
    It's a good idea running in anny class. I don't know NJBA's requirement, but CDBA is a chute at 10.99 and quicker. Also, balistic shorts are a MUST!!!! Don't want any 100mph clean-out's
    cdba's rules do not say a chute is required for 10.99 and quicker. the cdba rule states "chute-type jacket" is required. it does not say a chute must be included. a chute-type jacket refers to a specific type that attaches to the thighs and incorporates staps to hold your legs up, rather than crotch straps, and can be fitted with a chute.
    a chute-type jacket is recommended because the jacket itself won't injure your groin area if you come out of the boat at speed, like a jacket with crotch straps will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by widowmaker View Post
    At the track the lifeline trailer might actually be there for the next race. I would call them and ask first. The guys at lifeline are first class, very easy to deal with. My advice would be if you can spend the coin go with the upgraded jacket that can later be adapted to a chute jacket. I know it is a lot of money, but I ended up buying two jackets, first a comp jacket to get my foot in the door and later a chute jacket. the comp jack cannot be upgraded. Just my two cents from having been there already. Oh yeah one more thing, you're going to working on the boat at the track and you will get dirty. An orange jacket shows all the dirt..... Darker colors are hot but, don't show the dirt as much.
    This seems accurate.Spend the money right the first time.I would buy a chute jacket with no chute.They can add a chute at a later date.You will also need a helmet and helmet restraints.You also need to get ballistic shorts.Its cost alot of money but is worth it.At the NJBA and IHBA you can have any color you want.I would stay on the dark side.I am not aware of any MPH rule for a chute.I got mine after I was going over a 100 mph.

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