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Old 05-05-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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PFD recommendations wanted please.

I just started paddling last year and I am thinking of upgrading to a PFD that I will want to wear. I am looking at this one.
http://www.amazon.com/NRS-Chinook-Me.../dp/B00C9GTIM4
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:08 PM   #2
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I have an NRS PFD and I have been pretty happy with it. It has held up well (although I don't use it super often).
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:34 PM   #3
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I have had this NRS PFD for a few years:

http://www.amazon.com/NRS-Vista-PFD-...rs+life+jacket



I'm plenty pleased with it on the water, in the water, and in my tent (as a pillow)
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:40 AM   #4
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NRS Chinook

I have the NRS Chinook and like it very much. If you have a seat back then it's really good because the flotation is high on the back and does not interfere with the back of the seat. The Pockets are also handy as well as the loops and attachment points. Found one on Ebay for a little less $.
https://youtu.be/vF9MrJTkY4k
Check the NRS site they have some vidio's
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:47 AM   #5
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Many people use discomfort as a rational to not wear their PFD. I recommend comfort. The Astral V8 has well designed vents to keep you cool and comfortable. http://www.nrs.com/product/40082.02/astral-v-eight-pfd

If you are just going to toss it on the floor of the boat. Get the cheapest.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:00 PM   #6
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I'm with MadMike , the Astral is going to be an exceptionally comfortable PFD especially in the hot summer months. That said , if your a fisherman the Chinook is good to, lots of pockets, retractor for your nippers etc.

The more comfortable it is the more apt you are to wear it.

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Old 05-06-2016, 12:45 PM   #7
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Does anyone use an inflatable PFD?
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:53 PM   #8
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Many people use discomfort as a rational to not wear their PFD. I recommend comfort. The Astral V8 has well designed vents to keep you cool and comfortable. http://www.nrs.com/product/40082.02/astral-v-eight-pfd

If you are just going to toss it on the floor of the boat. Get the cheapest.
Thanks for the tip. I just found a new one on eBay for $85.
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:34 PM   #9
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Does anyone use an inflatable PFD?
I do. Something like this but mine is a Sterns

Makes it very easy to wear. I often leave it on for carries.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:57 PM   #10
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:48 PM   #11
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:40 PM   #12
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Does anyone use an inflatable PFD?
Both my wife and I use inflatable PFDs. Ours were made by Onyx. We bought them a few years ago from Bass Pro. Very comfortable in warm/hot weather, unlike the previous PFDs we used. I keep rearming kits handy, just in case. I've only once had to rearm one of them, due to an unintended inflation.

My understanding is that inflatable PFDs are more popular in Europe than here in the States.
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Both my wife and I use inflatable PFDs. Ours were made by Onyx. We bought them a few years ago from Bass Pro. Very comfortable in warm/hot weather, unlike the previous PFDs we used. I keep rearming kits handy, just in case. I've only once had to rearm one of them, due to an unintended inflation.

My understanding is that inflatable PFDs are more popular in Europe than here in the States.
Those inflate when they hit the water, right? That was kind of a deal breaker for me if you couldn't turn that option off somehow.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:38 AM   #14
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Those inflate when they hit the water, right? That was kind of a deal breaker for me if you couldn't turn that option off somehow.
Depends on the model/maker. Some are manual only; some auto with manual backup. I have an inflatable from Cabelas I use for wading and fishing in unfamiliar waters.
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Those inflate when they hit the water, right? That was kind of a deal breaker for me if you couldn't turn that option off somehow.
Yes, ours are the auto/manuel type and have a back up mouth tube. There is a "button" inside that dissolves in water, which triggers the CO2 firing system. So if you're looking for something to wear while swimming, they're not a good option.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:37 PM   #16
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I have been wearing an inflatable too whenever I boat solo. Started using it after and acquaintance of mine lost his life after falling out of a boat on a sunny august day. He fell out of the boat and it drove away with out him.

You don't have to get an auto type you can get a manual one with a pull cord to inflate and a blow tube. I am going to get one of those for canoeing so if it ends up in the bottom of the canoe it wouldn't inflate by accident.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:08 PM   #17
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I hadn't thought much about it until this thread started. How can you tell when a pfd has reached the end of its useful life?
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