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Old 08-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #1
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What Life vest are you guys using?

This past weekend, I paddled for the first time this year. I found that I had "outgrown" my current vest. So I guess it's time to look for another. LOL

My current vest is an Xtrasport Osprey. I've been fairly happy with it. When I bought it, about 10 years ago, it was the only fishing oriented vest that I could find. Now I see that there are many. My only real requirements are that it be cut high in the back. I have a pretty tall seat in my yak. And that it be cool as possible.

Any thoughts on manually deployed inflatables? I've been considering one for both yak and boat use.
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:41 PM   #2
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I have had a chinook, an astral v eight and currently I am using a kokatat bahia.

I liked the v eight the best. The kokatat is a close second if not a tie. Kokatat has more storage.

I have however been looking at inflatables because it is so hot in the summer and the full vests make me sweat a lot.

I would like to see what people think about the inflatables. I did buy and return the onyx inflatable from academy. I just didn't like the way it fit around my neck.

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Old 08-07-2018, 08:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Stoner. I'll look into those.

Also, I see that you are right up the road in P'ville. We'll have to meet up and fish some day.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:32 PM   #4
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I've had Mustang inflatables for many years. They were originally auto inflate vests. We bought them for our regular-not a kayak-boat. Wife always wanted me in one when I went out alone. Hence the auto inflate option.

They work great as auto inflatables. They are pretty comfortable. The neck area could irritate when wearing a t-shirt. The biggest problem i find with them is the auto inflation. Sometimes they go off at the wrong time. Extended exposure to high humidity can cause them to eventually auto inflate. Slip out of the yak to wade and misjudge the depth and they auto inflate.

We currently use them on our kayaks as manual inflators.

The only concern that I have with manual inflators is the requirement to be manually operated. In rivers, fighting current and snags, etc while having to yank the actuator cord seems a bit busy in a bad situation. In the gulf, there would be fewer obstacles but still require presence of mind in a bad situation.

We are wanting to replace with conventional yak vests, but can't decide which to choose.

Good luck with the search.

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Old 08-08-2018, 06:40 AM   #5
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I wear the Fanny-pack style of manual inflate pfd, and absolutely love it. I'll forget it's on by the end of the day. I switched from an auto-inflate for the reasons another has stated.
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:10 AM   #6
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This is what I use. 5 minuets on the water and i forget i have it on.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Yeah, those are the exact reasons that I am not looking at auto-inflate vests.
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I used a Stohlquist PFD when I was kayaking.
http://www.stohlquist.com/life-jacke...fisherman.html
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I use an old old kayak vest, once was red and now is mostly pink. It floats me fine, but when I replace it I will get an inflatable. My thinking is this: I often dont wear my vest, but I always have it with me. If I had an inflatable I would probably wear it more, making me much safer.
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Is it feasible to just add an extension to you buckles?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Three-Snap-...LH_TitleDesc=0
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