First off iam 5'8" 165 ;bs. I would like to get as cool a PFD as possable. Right now I have a Astral V-Eight which I really like. But want to get a PFD that has more pockets and a dedicated VHF radio pocket.
Reason iam asking is local kayak shops dont carry a large selection plus I want as cool/breathable like the Astral V-Eight but more pockets and VHF pocket. The cooler it is the better. Or should I try an ad something to currect PFD I have. I overheat easily. Not sure there is some kind of pocket adder I could put on current PFD.I also like to roll so nothing that would impead me from laying back onto rear deck during roll.
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Dozens of manufacturers exist|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-14-13 12:58 AM (EST)
Mount the radio on a shoulder strap|
Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-14-13 6:54 AM (EST)
Add on to Brian's Suggestion|
Posted by: lalleluia on Feb-14-13 1:59 PM (EST)
I use Brian's method with one addition. I use the NRS accesory carabiner as a leash. I clip the carabiner side to my shoulder strap and loop the keyring through the lanyard tether opening on the radio. You may need to buy a smaller keyring to fit your radio.
What radio model? NM|
Posted by: Marshall on Feb-14-13 10:24 AM (EST)
Posted by: shiraz627 on Feb-14-13 11:47 AM (EST)
My Astral v-8 has a nice pocket which I use for a GPS but should also work for a VHF. My problem is where to place the VHF when I buy one in the spring, I guess the shoulder strap is probably the best option.
Posted by: dc9mm on Feb-14-13 11:58 PM (EST)
I havent yet bought a radio but will soon. I think I have decided on the Uniden MHS135DSC as it has GPS with the DSC capability. I found it online for $156. I found other radios non DSC in the $80 range but I think I will go with the DSC radio. I guess after reading replies here and other places I will just try and attach it to the upper jacket strap and see how that works. Allthough I did want a PDF with more pockets anyway.
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-14-13 11:58 AM (EST)
On the Astral vests that have a single front panel (Willis, SeaWolf, Green Jacket) I like to tuck the VHF sideways into the belly-pouch that hangs between the waist panel and the chest panel. Tie the VHF strap to your shoulder strap, or a short tether, then just shove the VHF into the belly pouch.
Astral Sea Wolf|
Posted by: Marshall on Feb-15-13 6:27 AM (EST)
As Nate has been writing of, the front chest pouch on the Astral Sea Wolf is spacious enough to hold an Icom M88 and the antenna barely protrudes out if the pouch. The unit your looking at has a longer body so the antenna would extend further. Wouldn't be a problem as the front pouch on the Sea Wolf has two zippers which would allow you to close it with the radio sitting inside at an angle so as to keep the antenna out of the way. The other route Nate mentioned is just as workable, carrying in the hand warmer sling below the chest pouch on the Sea Wolf.
Sea Wolf + M88 good, but with M72|
Posted by: tvcrider on Feb-16-13 9:47 AM (EST)
Posted by: manitou14 on Feb-15-13 11:30 PM (EST)
Check the Internet|
Posted by: magooch on Feb-16-13 11:42 AM (EST)
When I was looking for a new PFD, I went to several Internet sites to check on sales. I found one company that was selling off some of their left over vests that were either odd sized, or in the case of the one I bought, it is a rescue PFD and the regular price puts it beyond what most people would pay. I got it for $54--a fraction of the regular price. This jacket is simply fantastic and is far beyond anything I've ever tried before. You really do get what you pay for and it's even better when you get it at a huge reduction.
Posted by: carldelo on Feb-16-13 5:26 PM (EST)
The NRS cVest is a nice-looking product - I like my MsFit, but it is getting pretty old, and it would be nice to have a mesh back panel like that. Otherwise the features seem equivalent - of course, you can't know about the fit without trying it on.