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Old 04-26-2010, 06:29 AM
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Default Suspender PFD recommendation

I am looking to pick up a Suspender PFD. Any recommednations? I was looking at the Cabelas brand.
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Tracker, can't say I'm an expert on these. I do wear a manual inflate co2.
It's camo and I wear it all the time on the water. I'd suggest auto inflate for friends/passengers.
SOS is the brand I have, they might even make it for Cabela's.
Going to run $120.00, or so.
I realized, after a local guy died, I didn't want somebody risking it for a day or two, to find me. You may pass from hypothermia, but at least, they won't have to drag the lake. Most states require these to be worn, to count as a life vest, not just in the boat.
Since we only get one shot at life, $120. doesn't seem too bad an investment.

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I use the manual inflate (pull ripcord) model from Stearns. There is not a lot of bulk to it, so it is very comfortable. I have not had to use the ripcord (knock on wood), but I know someone who had to pull his ripcord after being bucked off his pontoon boat on the Deschutes.

SOSpenders is a reputable brand. I know several people who own them. One tested his autoinflate out just for fun.

Like Bigfly, I would recommend the autoinflate model.

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As i've learned over time, an emergency, is no time for practice.
I also tested it out, a recharge kit is cheap compared to drowning.
I could see wearing one when wading big water too. That is why I went with a manual inflate. I swim a bit, but don't always need it.
If you might get bonked on the head falling out of a boat, etc.... an auto-inflate would be best.
You also need to check it every year before using.

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Hi Tracker12,

There are some different types of automatic inflatables. The early ones and maybe the cheaper ones auto inflated in a rain. There are those that need to be submerged before they inflate. I have a manual one and it is the best for wadding. If you fall it won't inflate unless you pull the tab. If you are fishing from a power boat the auto inflatable is a good choice. I fish from a pontoon boat and the manual suspenders work just fine. The S.O.S. is a good brand and I recommend it.

You might also want to take a look at the belt inflatable. It is a lot cooler than the suspender style. It operates from a pull tab and you have to place the collar over your head. These may be the best for wadding.

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Default Re: Suspender PFD recommendation

Thanks for all the recommendations. I may actually pick up one manual and an auto inflate for when I have someone in the boat. This way I can choose if I am wading.
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Tracker, good call.
My guests get the auto inflate.
An inflatible is really good too if you boat by yourself.
Watching the boat sail away without me, would be very sobering.
No one there to throw you a floaty, and nobody to bring the boat back.

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Question Re: Suspender PFD recommendation

Frank,
Are the belt types bulky? I was interested in the suspender types but you note them as hot? I wear a William Joseph wading belt/casting basket which I really like so I'm wondering if the suspenders would be less bulky with my vest or whether the belt though redundant would be easier?
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Hi Racine,

Here is a picture of the belt type of PFD. It would be like wearing a fanny pack in the front.

When I say the suspenders are hot you need to know that I fish in Florida and it is hot fishing in the Summer. The Suspenders hold bladders that do not breath. So in my case I sweat a lot under the suspenders. I have wore them fishing the Green in Wyoming and I don't remember them being as hot as they are in Florida. But if you are rowing hard they can still be a little warm.

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Default Re: Suspender PFD recommendation

Terrific Frank. I appreciate your input and the context of your descriptions. I wanted a PFD primarily when wading. I think I'll go with the suspenders. I'm thinking of this for the rivers in Arkansas where the water rises sometimes without notice due to the dam releases miles upstream. I may get the belt as well when I'm fishing out of a canoe on the bays and inlets.
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