Everyone - thank you very much for the clear, concise & forward thinking answers!!
With confidence from my local resource and chatting with Steve & Gary at Comet, I am pursuing the Beasely High Back + Ribtect4 vest to get started. I’m a firm believer in ‘Buy Right - Buy Once’, and while I don’t have all the ‘data’ for this decision, the aggregate wisdom of this community is reassuring that Plan A will most likely work.
Regarding body type and weight, my former swim- / volley-body peaked @ 231# in August and dropped to low 220’s by Thanksgiving. After the holidays thru this past week, I’m ranging 214-217. The modest changes have been near elimination of sugary, diet and carbonated drinks replaced with more water, sticking to 1 dessert, 1 fruit per day + no snacking unless hungry. Those relaxed 36 jeans ain’t quite as snug =)
With more to go, I might actually be able to match the power-weight-ratio of the 150# kid with 75# of lead.
I’ll follow up in a few weeks with the seat & weight results.
Much appreciation for this forum, moderators, and the community willingness to contribute! -Steve