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Inflatable PFD and personal locator

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1 hour ago, kross57 said:

I have to ask, what's the advantage? I understand that traditional inflatable vests offer less vest when uninflated, which is nice in hot weather. But this one seems to have as much coverage as a typical PFD.  

I agree.  No floatation around the head either.  For paying 200 bucks I would rather have that extra flotation that comes on type 5 with type 2 performance. 

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From the new kayak rich Cabelas boating and marine catalog. Could be nice in july and august.

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Just ordered this very hard to find Core manual pfd. Onyx recently discontinued or changed its design and added $50 to the price.

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Just bought one from bass pro.  On sale for $89 from $114 last week.   Looks great.  Manual or auto inflate.  Which is nice. I will test it every year to and Spend the $20-$30 I think it was for replacement cartridge.  Good idea for a backup if you’re out there in open ocean but for the salt ponds and estuaries etc that I am typically in this should be fine. If not I’ll snorkel my way to shore! Rather have this one that I’ll actually wear instead of a hot one that will sit in storage.

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Keep it on auto. 

 

You could get run over by a boater, knocked unconscious and unable to pull the handle.

 

These will not auto-deploy from a splash or a momentary submersion - such a slip/recovery on slick ramp etc

 

I once flipped hard, in nasty conditions, with kayak barely floating ... as mind raced over things to do, it was nice when it auto inflated.

 

Had mine for 5 years. The regular PFDs (w foam inserts) dont come anywhere close in comfort.

 

The only thing to be aware of - when inflated, these feel like they are trying to strangle/choke you, so tight around the neck area.

 

Do rotate the cartridges every 2 seasons, jump in the water with the old one and have it inflate, nice training excersize

 

 

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