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Postby yellowcod » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:45 am

hi just after any comments if these are suitable to wear while kayaking/fishing. :grin:
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Re: pfd

Postby Seeker » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:41 am

yes they are suitable.
be aware that that style of pfd is useless as a floatation device until activated. Having been activated it will need to be deflated, new gas charge cylinder installed before it will function again.
Being an inflatable vest you would not be wanting to try and carry pliers/braid sissors and other gear on it that may wear/puncture the vest. When the vest is activated its rapid, almost explosion like, so another reason not to attach items that may themselves become dangerous when vest is activated.

That being said they are easy to wear, not constraining and not hot.

if your vest is going to be part of your fishing kit ie: carry tools,snacks,water bladder then a dedicated vest would be better.
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Re: pfd

Postby yellowcod » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:48 pm

Thanks for ur input.Im thinking of getting these ones now.
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Re: pfd

Postby Troopy67 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:09 pm

Quite a few of us on here use the Calcutta as in your pic and find them ok. I have water tested mine and it floats me fine. Only issue I've had was the stitching coming away from one of the pockets which I had sewn up for a few dollars.
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Re: pfd

Postby laswatcher » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:29 pm

My two cents worth.......

Fully agree with Seeker. The traditional foam filled PFD style definitely has advantages over the inflatable ones - always ready to go being the most relevant for kayaking- sooner or later you will turtle.

Some PFDs are made for kayaking so not to get in the way of your arms. Many models also have plenty of storage for personal stuff which I find useful. I have the Ultra Pinnacle Paddling Jacket and quite like it.

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Re: pfd

Postby Troopy67 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:49 pm

Just to clarify, my post refers to your second photo.
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Re: pfd

Postby Plakkyboat » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:46 pm

I just updated my PFD and got a Life Jacket instead.

Didn't even need to go to the shops.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=45316

On a more serious note...I use an Ultra Pinnacle Series II
http://www.ultrapfd.com.au/default.asp?PageID=62
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Re: pfd

Postby Smylea » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:14 pm

The best PFD is one you are comfortable in, if its not on its not going to do its job. Try as many as you can and make sure you move your arms around as you would on a typical trip (make sure it doesn't ride up or rub you.

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