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tkachuk
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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby tkachuk » Thu May 17, 2018 2:17 am

Not sure but flotation and impact protection may be mutually exclusive. Just back from a kiting trip where a buddy bust a bunch of ribs, apparently due to the rigid panels in his flotation vest. Maybe somebody on this forum knows whether flotation has to be stiff and a compromise for taking impact?

or6
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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby or6 » Thu May 17, 2018 5:14 am

My o'neill vest (see picture above) might not give me a lot of flotation, but it still helps. It's impact protection is fine. So no, they don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Just think of impact vests as impact vests...who give you some flotation: it's a bonus.

Onthewater860
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Re: Crash vests, what do people use?

Postby Onthewater860 » Sat May 19, 2018 5:27 pm

Decided to buy the ride engine kite specific crash vest. I like the center zip and the placement of the padding to help lock harness in.
They are sold out except for Small’s till the first week of June.


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