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 Post subject: Lifejackets
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:12 pm 
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I'm thinking about getting a lifejacket to use in combo with my dry suit for those just in case situations.

I was thinking that an inflatable one (Co2 cartridge style) would be the least cumbersome. Also any pfd isn’t going to help too much if your knocked unconscious. A lifejacket is too uncomfortable & awkward.

Anyone out there using one?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:33 pm 
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I use a lifejacket and no problems, When i wipe out it provides a little impact protcetion and helps me float when i take a break out in the water. And if i ever have to swim in, i know ill freeze before i drown.


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i use one made for kayaking. it's short so it doesn't interfere with my waist harness, and it's designed for maximum arm mobility. works great, excellent impact protection, has a small mesh pocket to hold a whistle, or whatever, and i have my hook knife mounted right on the front where i can reach it easily with either hand. don't even notice i have it on.


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try a dakine impact i think jackets are huge and awkarawd


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I just got a cabrina impact vest with built in harness. I think it'll offer some float and protection. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it feels good .

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the Whitewater kayaking vests are the best bet. They are cut pretty high so they clear the harnass hook. The offer serious flotation with minimal interference (paddlers do some crazy upper body pretzling to do their thing). If you're unconscionus or getting tumbled hard by a big wave you're not gonna be pullin no CO2 inflation.

It's not like accidents come in out-cold or totally-alert flavors only. You could be semi-out-of-it, in which case passive flotation versus activated flotation could be life or death.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:31 am 
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I agree that you not gonna be pulling the inflate chord if your unconsious.

But a pft isnt gonna keep you head above the water anyways. Maybe a white water lifevest would because it sits so high.

Also in a wave i dont know if you would want buoyancy(while being tumbled). But I've only kited in waves a few times.


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I use a whitewater PFD for my way offshore sessions, when I launch from my dad's sailboat. The chest mounted mesh pocket is handy too - I keep a waterproof marine radio in there for when the wind dies:

"Effervescence, come in Effervescence, this is Drowned Rat. I could use a ride, over."

Works like a charm. Beats drifiting aimlessly in Desolation Sound till the next tourist boat shows up...


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I use a Cabrinha impact vest, comfy good crash protection(well tested) & it prob provides a little float without the bulk


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 4:51 pm 
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get a womans neoprem life jacket it is cut higher so you have more room for your spreader bar and has bigger arm holes . you can take the belts off for comfert too.

just dom't get a pink one .


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