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Blue Soup Intros New Inflation Vest

Blue Soup, the British water sport safety products manufacturer, has launched its latest inflation vest. Ideal for paddle boarders, surfers and wind surfers alike, the UN Vest features a lifesaving inflation system within a comfortable, lightweight outer layer, to a design influenced by some of the world’s biggest names in water sports.
At just under 1kg, the hand-assembled UN Vest is designed to be worn under a wetsuit without adding unnecessary weight or unwelcome bulk.

The lightweight four-way stretch material feels comfortable next to the skin or can be worn over an impact vest, and inflates within seconds when activated in an emergency, propelling the wearer to the surface and into the all-important ‘head back’ position.

The UN Vest is the latest in a series of safety products set to be launched by Blue Soup and is an alternative to the innovative UP Vest, which is worn over a wetsuit and was launched in 2017.

The UN Vest utilises the same lifesaving inflation technology but the vest has been designed to fit snug to the body under a wetsuit, providing wearers with the option of either style depending on their preference.
The UP Vest is credited with saving the lives of numerous watermen including tow-in surfer Eric Akiskalian, international windsurfer Dany Bruch and British surf legend Andrew Cotton.

Established in 2017, Blue Soup is a homegrown 100% British success story competing on a global stage alongside established brands in the water sports sector. Over the last four years, the Blue Soup Equipment team has built the business from its base in West Berkshire, bringing together design and manufacturing expertise from across the UK to develop a market-leading product which has taken the water sports world by storm.

The safety vests comprise two elements, the inflation mechanism and the customisable outer garment. World-leading life jacket manufacturer SeaSafe Systems, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, makes the inflation system designed and tested to the firm’s exacting standards. While the fully-customisable outer vest is made by premium sportswear maker Edward Taylor Textiles in Blackburn, Lancashire.

The British heritage of the product is an important part of the brand’s identity, ensuring the provenance of materials and standards of manufacture are maintained says Mark, a former Royal Marine who developed the product.