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Since 1981

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Switlik Aviation Safety Products from Avalon Rafts

Switlik Marine - Life Rafts and Man Overboard Survival Solutions

Avalon Rafts is an authorized seller of Switlik aviation safety products. We offer sales and service on all Switlik products and specialize in their Man Overboard Modules, Life Vests and Coastal and Offshore Life Rafts.

Switlik Products Featured on this page: X-Back | ISPLR | U-Zip-It | Aviator Vest

Switlik X-Back VestX-Back

X-Back air crew vest

The Switlik X-Back™ Air Crew Vest is a newly configured, lightweight crew vest that is a quantum leap in comfort and durability over its predecessors. The aptly named X-Back™ has a unique, proprietary cross back strap configuration, with breathable mesh Molle style vest that is ergonomically fitted to one's shoulder contours for an amazing fit. Accessories are located to the sides rather than midsection allowing more room for shoulder and lap belts, for added comfort when seated. As accessories are added, their weight is distributed on the shoulders and off the neck, greatly increasing comfort for the wearer. A variety of accessories are offered in Molle configuration, including a stylish new multi-compartment zippered pocket.

Switlik Constant-Wear Life Vests in Orange

- Switlik Constant-Wear Life Vests now Available in Orange

SWITLIK is pleased to announce that we are expanding our constant-wear life vest line to include a new color option. You can now purchase the X-Back and Aviator Constant-wear life vests in Burnt Orange as well as the original Navy option.

Switlik integrated grab handle and reflective materialOptional integrated grab handle and reflective material available for SWITLIK’s Constant-wear vests. The integrated grab handle allows wearers to be pulled to safety in a search and rescue scenario. The reflective material sewn into the handle will make sure that the wearer is seen, whether the vest is activated or not. The reflective grab handle fits perfectly on both the Aviator and the X-back and is designed to be sleek and low-profile.

The most comfortable crew vest.
Lighter | Distributed load | Ergonomic Design.

Switlik X-back molle vest
The new Switlik X-Back Air Crew Vest is a quantum leap in comfort and durability over its predecessors. Specifically designed for constant wear in the seated position in your helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. It's the vest you'll forget you're wearing.
Distributed load.
x-back vest distributed load
The aptly named X-Back is ergonomically fitted to your shoulder contour for a perfect fit. As accessories are added the weight is distributed over your shoulders and off your neck for vastly improved comfort. The adjustable X-Back straps provide enough range making it one size fits all.
A low-profile design
x-back low profile Switlik
A unique proprietary interior cell folding technique combined with our open V-Neck design removes the bulk from your neck and chest to avoid interference with helmet and safety restraints.
The MOLLE System - space to attach everything.
x-back molle system
The MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) system lets you customize your vest with the accessories you need. The contoured cut of the MOLLE side panels locates the accessories away from your midsection providing more room for shoulder and lap belts. The new Switlik MOLLE System is the most comfortable way to carry your gear. 
A breakthrough
zipper enclosure

x-back zipper
The Switlik Zipper closure keeps your inflatable vest secure at all times. The simple reliable dual breakaway design provides immediate inflation when activated. Backup oral inflation tubes are conveniently located on either side of the vest and easily reached through the side access flaps.
comfortable and safe.

x-back nomex kevlar
The exterior cover is constructed from a blended Nomex®/Kevlar® Rip-stop weave fabric. The material is extremely soft and comfortable to wear. The Kevlar component provides excellent durability, while the Nomex gives you the in-cockpit fire protection you want.
A simple deployment
our new beaded handle.

x-back beaded handle
High visibility red beaded handles are found on both sides of the vest making for simple activation. They incorporate a breakaway safety feature to prevent snagging.

Add on some of these great accessories so you too can be a well equipped pilot. Switlik X-back accessories
All of these accessories work great when attached to your
Switlik X-Back Air Crew Life Vest.

Switlik accessories for x-back



Inflatable Single Place Life Raft

Safe quick survival

The Switlik ISPLR brings advanced military design and mission-proven durability to a single place life raft available for mariners and pilots who are serious about their personal lifesaving equipment.

ISPLR fully reversibleFully reversible

The unique U-shaped design allows the raft to be fully reversible, allowing quick, easy entry from the water - whichever side is up when it automatically inflates. The ISPLR's low slung floor design allows seating at a slight recline lowering the center of gravity well below the waterline, increasing stability in rough waters.
ISPLR zipped upZip to the elements

Twin zippers, located on either side, allow you to partially close the canopy, keeping the elements out while providing great ventilation.
Sea Anchor
Sea anchor ISPLR
With the sea anchor deployed, the ISPLR is designed to float facing downwind - allowing the canopy to remain unzipped except during extreme weather conditions. 
Rapid inflation
ISPLR inflators
As soon as the pull handle is triggered, two 75g cylinders provide rapid inflation. The cylinders are also able to be easily removed, by the end user, while inside the soft valise, allowing you to travel without hazmat items. 
Oral tubes
ISPLR oral tubes
Well placed oral tubes provide easy an easy inflation method for the canopy as well as the inner sleeve that provides redundancy in case the tube is damaged. 

Switlik U zip it suitU-ZIP-IT™

The Anti-exposure dry suit you can wear all day long

"The U-Zip-It™ is a breathable, fire resistant dry suit which provides ultimate comfort and mobility for aviators, along with the highest level of cold water immersion protection. The low slung zipper makes donning easier than standard designs and the articulating elbow and knee patches significantly improves movement – in and out of the aircraft." - Vertical Mag.

Simple Donning - The dry suit you can easily put on yourself
U zip it dry suit

internal suspenders system

Internal suspender system allows you to remove the torso section of the suit whether standing by in the ready room or inside the (cockpit) flight deck. 

 U zip it suspenders When fully zipped the X_Back suspenders allow the suit to move with your body without sagging or binding. The innovative side bridle system allows the suspenders to remain on while lowering the bottom half far enough to use the head. 
The most comfortable dry suit, ever.
It's all about the zipper

U zip it zipper
The unique U-Zip-It™ low slung entry zipper design provides ease of donning, unassisted zipper closure, enhanced comfort, and freedom of movement. In dry-suits, the zipper placement dictates comfort. The design of the U-ZIP-IT™ dry-suit was based around allowing the user to make any necessary movement with zero interference with the zipper, creating the most comfortable dry-suit. 
Provides you with full mobility, because you need it.
u zip it mobility 
The U-Zip-It's articulated knee, seat and elbows are constructed of highly abrasion resistant, heavy duty Nomex®/Kevlar® ripstop fabric providing endless mobility and durability during the most challenging of tasks.
A perfect fit keeps you comfortable all day
Comfort fit dry suit
Each suit is custom tailored to fit you perfectly. This includes measurements of chest size, hip, sitting inseam, sleeve length, and neck size. Following our simple measuring instructions we are able to reproduce a fully customized suit. In addition each suit comes with installed CWU-75P stretch PTFE breathable laminate socks that keep your feet dry and are easy to slip into any footwear. 

Switlik YouTube U-Zip-It
Click image to see U-Zip-It Suit in action


Switlik aviator life vestThe Aviator

Thin. Light. Simple.

The new Switlik Aviator Life Vest is supremely more comfortable to wear, and specifically designed for the seated position in your aircraft. It's the vest you'll forget you're wearing.

A low-profile design

The new interior cell folding technique combined with our open V-Neck design allows the Aviator to lay over your shoulders relieving the pressure on your neck during those long flights.

Simple single activation

FAA approvedWe have located our new beaded handle in the center of the vest allowing for an easier approach for deployment. The breakaway safety feature eliminates the risk of snagging. The red handle also offers the best visibility in low light conditions.

Aviator zipper closureA breakthrough for inflationSwitlik zipper enclosed life vest
the new zipper closure

The Switlik Zipper closure keeps your inflatable vest secure at all times. The simple reliable dual breakaway design provides immediate inflation when activated. Backup oral inflation tubes are conveniently located on either side of the vest and easily reached through the side access flaps.

(877) 63-RAFTS · 877.637.2387 or (310) 549-9665


Avalon Rafts Sales & Service Inc.
218 Marine Ave.
Wilmington, California 90744
Los Angeles / Long Beach Ports
(310) 549-9665 24 hr
(310) 549-4824 fax
Open M-F 8AM-5PM

Avalon Rafts South
Avalon Rafts South LLC
1725 Harding Ave
National City CA 91950
619 587-1953
Open M-F 8AM-5PM