best PFD for rec - flat water
Posted by: old_user on May-12-10 3:00 PM (EST) Category: Other Gear
I am looking to buy ny first PFD's, one for myself and one for a guest since I bought two rec boats. On one hand I want great ventilation but it also seems important to be able to snug the pfd firmly around the waist so if you do capsize the pfd is more effective and does not ride up. The pfd's I have seen seem to be one or the other. Any advice from an experienced kayaker on pfd's? Thankyou
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What is your seat ack like?|
Posted by: leob1 on May-12-10 3:17 PM (EST)
is it a high back seat? if so then you want a PFD the is designed for a high back seat. the lower portion of the back will be mesh. a PFD that is not built that way can be quite uncomfortable in a high back seat.
Check some of these out|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on May-13-10 6:59 AM (EST)
Go to an outfitter and try them on.|
Posted by: string on May-13-10 7:34 AM (EST)
Sit in a boat with it on.A PFD you do not like is easy to get.
Posted by: old_user on May-13-10 8:28 AM (EST)
cinches to the torso and has great ventilation. Its worth looking at and they can be had for less than $100
Posted by: old_user on May-13-10 10:12 AM (EST)
Buy one you can try on...wear your paddling clothing (top) - bring or use a paddle and do a paddling motion right there in the shop.
Posted by: jimyaker on May-13-10 10:52 AM (EST)
try the Atral, Stohquist, Extrasport, and NRS jackets. My favorite (most comfy) for light touring is the Astral LDB. You might hate it.