Having presented our concept, it was time to polish things up.
We had already test and proven that the concept of integrating a PFD with a sailing harness could work in all aspects. We then moved on to fine-tuning the final details.
Integra had to pass its first hurdle: where to produce the actual product. We had already selected materials that were approved by international standards. That seemed easy enough. However, the first factory we approached was not best equipped to produce our item despite being able to create our initial prototypes. We had no choice but to move production outside of the country. Having secured the correct factory, we proceeded with rest of the development.
The second was sizing. Since we had multiple adjustment points which provide a comfortable and easy adjustment system for the wearer, we were confident having 3 size ranges could work for all – XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL.
Hurdle #3 and the crucial one at that was securing the international safety rating license. Sailing harnesses have no acknowledged international standard for compliance. However, buoyancy vests are under PFD safety regulations. Since it has an articulated foam, we need to make sure that the buoyant force is enough that Integra passes the 50N requirement for buoyancy.
Lastly, cost. producing a small batch of Integra might be easy, but with expensive materials, it sucks a hefty amount for a small company. But with perseverance, patience, and budget planning we are able to produce this project.
After 3 years of development, we are proud to present the EN ISO 50N certified INTEGRA buoyancy trapeze harness.
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