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 Post subject: Life vest
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:02 pm 
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Hi,

yesterday my kite bailed out on my (QR accidentally released and safety chord broke) while I was out in some heavy surf (water is about 6 C / 42 F right now) and I had to fight my way back to the shore. Wasn't that bad and I'm a pretty good swimmer, but still it made me realize that I should have had a life vest, especially in such cold waters, also because the current can get quite bad.

So, essentially, I'm looking for a life vest, with decent flotation. I've seen a lot of discussions about impact vests also having some flotation, but I'm really looking at a lifevest that give me a decent amount of flotation, especially in the surf and colder waters.

What decently wearable vest/jacket are you wearing, what would you recommend. I frequently wear some of the sailing jackets (that inflate if you pull the little tab/tap), which are quite okay and ideally would like to have something lean.

thanks,
Alef


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 Post subject: Re: Life vest
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:51 pm 
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Maybe look at a paddling pfd. I use a Lotus (patagonia) Lowrider (pretty sure it's not available anymore) that works fine with my waist harness as long as the shoulder straps are tight. Unrestricted movement and not too bulky...


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 Post subject: Re: Life vest
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:03 am 
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Neil Pryde has the "High Hook" flotation/swim vest and it will also protect from impact due to the foam. The vest is 50N CE approwed. I have it my self in an Black/Grey color combination without the red.

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http://www.neilprydewaterwear.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=127&Itemid=8&node=1

Camaro also has a combined impact/flotation thing that will make you look like something "on steroides". Never seen it live and it could be okay, but probably not officially approved.

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Especially the second picture made me laugh (look at the harness orientation): :thumb:

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http://www.camaro.at/en/swimwear/start.htm

/Jens


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 Post subject: Re: Life vest
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:40 am 
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jens_buhl wrote:
Especially the second picture made me laugh (look at the harness orientation)

:D

Thanks Jens for the info. That's precisely what I need... It seems like both are not too bulky.

I have to go my local shop on Saturday to have my bar repaired and then I'll also ask what they available...

Cheers from the other side of the bridge (Malmo)


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 Post subject: Re: Life vest
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:35 am 
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Looks like a good vest, but do you have to be gay and wear your harness upside down to use it?

Don


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