Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest: Big Protection, Small Package
The perfect accessory for the savvy, style-conscious, ineffective swimmer--that's what this Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest, designed by Steffan Reiter, evocates with its minimalistic approach to water safety. Argue as you must as to whether a flourescent orange bib is indeed more stylish than a typical PFD, but it is likely to turn some heads at the beach. Just be sure to tan and tone a bit so that those heads don't whip equally fast in the opposite direction. Then again, if you're wearing a life vest at the beach, you're probably not the buffest guy anyway, so do what you do.
Besides its implications for fashionistas, the Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest offers serious water protection and rescue features. If you find yourself fruitlessly slapping at the water like a chimp in a bathtub, simply pull the gas-pressurized inflation mechanism and you'll be floating comfortably. At the same time that your vest is inflating, a GPS signal is sent out to rescue centers so that more athletic folks can come drag your behind out of the water.
No mention if there's a way NOT to send out a GPS to rescue centers, in the case that you need a simple life jacket but don't need to initiate a full-scale special ops rescue mission. That could be rather expensive when all you actually need is to wait for your buddy to bring the boat around and throw out a life ring. A separate button might certainly be in order.
The decision between sporting a bulky traditional life vest or strapping a can of explosive gas around your neck seems like a wrenching dilemma. It could really go either way, depending on your priorities. Since the Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest is just a concept, it's not a dilemma that you need spend much time thinking about.