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PFD's - Looking for comments on what people use and how they like them


Hi again,

I'm a sinker when I get in the water so I want to get a PDF for when I do not have a buoyant wet suit on. Any comments on what to or what NOT to get in terms of comfort and safety. I was thinking of getting a kayaking PDF but I tried one on with with my harness but it feels a little bloated.

Any comments on your experiences with PDF's would be appreciated.

Thnk's

Michael
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Re: PFD's - Looking for comments on what people use and how they like them


We teach in and sell Stohlquist Pfds as they are high cut and better accomodate a waist harness.

That being said, we have found them (and any pfd) more comfortable with a seat harness.

When wearing a pfd both Brian and I use a nitrous harness from Dakine. Basically a seat harness built into a pair of board shorts. Works great.

I'll no doubt be wearing it for the next little while my ribs heal up.

Later,

B
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I use a crappy tire special. It's not comfortable to tighten it up while I'm kiting because it's too low down my back and conflicts with my harness so I usually wear it loose. Not great, but better than nothing I suppose. If I dump my kite way out there and need to do a long swim I could always tighten it up.
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Re: PFD's - Looking for comments on what people use and how they like them


Thanks for the help.

So far my best bet is to just use the long wet suit as I am buoyant enough with that on.

For when I'm not wearing the wet suit I will probably end up getting a body glove life jacket. They are quite thin and the small size and seemed to have fit well without too much interfering with my harness. My sister has one so I will steel it off her for a week to try it out on the water.

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I use a LOTUS which
I love

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again,,, paddling pfd.

high cut so much better with a waist harness.

for a wake style jacket your better off with a lower hook,,, nitrous shorts or the diaper look with a seat
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Re: PFD's - Looking for comments on what people use and how they like them


one thing to keep in mind when getting a wakeboarding jacket is the "competition" vests that are thin do no offer a whole lot of buoyancy. they're mostly for looks. i'm a sinker so i dont like to wear them, even though they look sooo cool.
not to be a safety nut or anything, but if it isnt coast guard approved (as most competition vests arent) then it wont keep your torso afloat while your feet are being held above the water by your board.
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My Jet Pilot wake vest is Canadian coast guard approved.

Pretty thick but great fit. Nice bit of extra warmth and serious impact protection.

http://catalog.jetpilot.com/product.html?catID=47&prodID=139
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