Well, if you are in a PFD, you will have no use for it. A PFD is far superior in every way. Even if you are knocked unconcious, a PFD could save you. As far as something that attaches to your harness not getting in the way, it's a matter of degrees. Anything that protrudes from your harness is a tangle hazard, or could snag your leash. This is an absolute fact. Of course, it's not AS obtrusive as say, a chainsaw, but it could get in the way nonetheless.
This could truly help you in a very select few occasions.
If you happen to find yourself in deep water in a freak squall, and you lose your kite, and you are not a good swimmer or are so tired you are in danger of drowning, it might help you. Would a PFD be a better choice? Yes.
If you kite in monster waves, and you wipe out, and your kite gets ripped off you, and you are being held down by a wave, and you have the presence of mind to reach back and pull a trigger while you are in danger of drowning, it might help you. Would a PFD be a better choice? Yes.
Is there any situation this $100 toy can help you better than a PFD? No, absolutely not.
If you are a kiter, and you are really really safety concious, and you are really really concerned about all the things that could happen to you, invest the money you are about to waste on this product in a PFD. And while you are at it, you need a helmet, a line knife, a GoJoe, some signal flares, a GPS emergency beacon, and a chase boat to follow you around.
Me? I have a line knife. And a bathing suit or a wetsuit, depending on the temperature. Oh, and sun glasses. Do I jump over piers and go out kitesurfing in 30 foot waves? Nah.
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