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   understanding PFD flotation guide
  Posted by: thirstyturtle on Aug-07-13 3:29 PM (EST)
   Category: Other Gear 

measurement wise i fit into a xs-s PFD. weight wise i was told i should be in a larger PFD. I still have to cinch in the straps on the size i have. If i get to big it will lift up over my head. a bit confusing. Not safe if it it rides up. The size i have still floats me. So am i ok then?


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  Posted by: mintjulep on Aug-07-13 4:27 PM (EST)
Essentially ALL Type III PFDs have the same amount of flotation - the minimum required by CG regs. 15.5 pounds.

Most paddling oriented PFDs are Type III.

Type V are "Rescue" vests.

There are the occasional "high flotation" Type III PFDs.
  if it floats you
  Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-07-13 4:52 PM (EST)
and stays on during rescues, and doesn't float off during roll sessions, then you have achieved pfd nirvana.

Straps which are too long can be cut and the free ends singed w a lighter (if that was a concern, and it can be, if they get in the way).

Now if the straps are cinched all the way and it's still too loose,that's a diff prob entirely.

There are few true "XS" sized pfds out there. Kokatat brought the Aries out last season for example.

Most of them get lumped into XS/SM. Imo getting the chest sizes (min to max) is far more useful than size.

  Thanks ....But another question
  Posted by: thirstyturtle on Aug-07-13 6:20 PM (EST)
does anyone know what UK flotation standards are?
  Posted by: mrmannerz on Aug-07-13 7:24 PM (EST)
50 Newtons
  ask them (link)
  Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-07-13 7:27 PM (EST)

They'll have technical specs.

As you know the UK (as well as Canada, Australia, etc) will have different standards of required floatation. In the U.S. the USCG tests life vests to ensure that the ones sold here meet the standards for type.



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