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Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Onthewater860 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:46 pm

I’ve been looking at the kite specific impact/float vests, now that I’m a new dad, I feel I should be a little more safe especially when it’s blowing or the waters cold.

What is everyone using? Pros/ cons of what your using?

I think I like the ride engine vest, especially since I’ve got my eyes on one of their harnesses.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby roninXpl » Tue May 15, 2018 5:36 pm

I’ve been using this one for a couplke of years now http://liquidforcekites.com/product/bindings/profile/ I think they were discountinued; I bough a spare one in time so I still can use it. It has a bit of floatability so it was great for me when learning tricks esp. In waves as I was floating quicker. It has a nife and I put a marine whistle in that pocket to be on a safe side. It has a handle on a back (initialy for rescue) which helps to take it off of my Ocean Rodea Ignite drysuit with hood ;)
Vests provide additional layer of wind chill protection too.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby or6 » Tue May 15, 2018 5:43 pm

I've got an older O'Neill impact vest. Works fine with any harness, I'd say. I'm currently using a ride engine, perfect match.

Drawbacks? None. Doesn't have a lot of flotation, but that's expected...it's an impact vest.Image
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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby TomW » Tue May 15, 2018 7:07 pm

You should find a mystic with the D30 shock foam panels. This foam has special property of getting hard instantaneously on impact. But remains soft and pliable during normal movement. I've talked directly with the company that makes the foam, have samples sent to me and I can tell you it's not BS.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Slappysan » Tue May 15, 2018 7:44 pm

I would go with http://liquidforcekites.com/product/har ... reme-vest/ if you are wearing a RE harness. Most vests don't give much flotation but this one does.

I honestly don't understand why people kite without flotation.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Onthewater860 » Wed May 16, 2018 12:50 pm

Thanks for everyone’s input.
Still looking for someone who’s tried the RE vest though.

To iriejohn: a post to search doesn’t help the topic especially since it’s about safety. That and the search eng on here isn’t that great and your then stuck digging through a pile to find the needle.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby iriejohn » Wed May 16, 2018 1:38 pm

Onthewater860 wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:50 pm
Thanks for everyone’s input.
Still looking for someone who’s tried the RE vest though.

To iriejohn: a post to search doesn’t help the topic especially since it’s about safety. That and the search eng on here isn’t that great and your then stuck digging through a pile to find the needle.
Digging through dross to find a specific needle is one of life's hardships. :wink:

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Topaz » Wed May 16, 2018 6:27 pm

Liquid Force Suprime. Great fit. Nice floation and protection.It also comes with a safety knife.

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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Adventure Logs » Wed May 16, 2018 8:19 pm

I’m looking to get the new Mystic Majestic X this summer and since my goal is to learn kiteloops I’d figure a good impact/flotation device might Be a good idea. I’m usually the only rider out there so it wouldn’t hurt. Any suggestions? Thanks. =Jason-


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