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High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:03 pm
by talbert99
Not a lot of responses in the safety section so trying the water specific community.

I'm currently using an NPX Immortal (don't know what it's rating is) but I sit lower than I'd like to in the water. Can anyone recommend me another brand/model high hook harness friendly vest with a high buoyancy rating?

Thanks

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:50 pm
by talbert99
Anyone?

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:27 pm
by Bille
I use a jet ski life jacket with a zipper front . They may be too much
bouncy for you because i have 10Lb more weight on the lower
end of my body than you do. It does have a good amount of padding
though , and has saved me a broken rib on more than a few occasions.

Won't cost Ya anything to go try one on ; i think you could even rent one ?

Bille

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:16 pm
by Lives2fly
Crewsaver 50n Kite.

Sits high and out of the way. very adjustable fit. Takes a fairly major crash for it to ride up at all and its easily pulled back into place.

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:27 pm
by Dr Makani
Law-Enforcement Low Profile Vest, USCG approved type III vest, Stearns 6141

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Adjustable neoprene shoulders for maximum maneuverability
Spacious side entry front pocket constructed with durable Cordura® fabric
Low profile vest works well with a utility belt
Minimum 15-1/2 lb. buoyancy

peace

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:43 pm
by sflinux
Your NPX immortal is not coast guard approved. I experienced the same immproved float desire when wearing a non coast guard approved Dakine Impact Vest. Any coast guard approved vest is what you are looking for. I've since used ski and kayaking vest and prefer the latter.

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:28 pm
by Slappysan
If you wear a seat harness then you can use any of the sail racing jackets:

http://www.apsltd.com/c-3529-buoyancy-aids.aspx

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:18 pm
by gbleck
Don't use something with side adjusting buckles. They point load into the ribs when you fall sideways. Quite painfull.

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:28 pm
by sarc
Look for kayak life jacket, comfy cheap and wont get in the way of your harness

Re: High buoyancy rating vest suggestions?

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:29 pm
by saildawg
I agree with the suggestion of a PFD for kayaking. CG approved, excellent arm movement and no interference with harness. Canada requires the use of a CG approved PFD for kiteboarding though I have yet to see or hear of enforcement.