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Using the Stohlquist Wedge-e for laser sailing

I picked up a new Stohlquist Wedge-e for competitive laser racing. Its a life jacket and I haven't needed it to save me from drowning, so I can't speculate on how it performs in its primary function. Here's what I can tell you (warning: nautical lingo ahead).

Lots of room for arm motion. I never catch the back of the PFD on my boom blocks when tacking and gybing. Rides a little bit high on my torso, and allows for good flexibility as I reach in to adjust control lines while straight legging in big breeze. Torso straps allow for fine tuning fit and feel. Mesh pocket is good for storing a rigging knife and some electrical tape to use in minor repairs on the water.