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Old 04-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #41
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I agree except for the eventuality of hitting your head should you fall overboard. Which is most likely to happen? Finding your boat upside down with you in it, or knocking yourself out in a rough sea?

As I implied, it's an individual decision. I think I'm more likely to get hurt if my PFD autoinflates from spray while I'm racing, than have the autoinflate save me if I go over. But that's me, and thats why both kinds are for sale.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #42
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As I implied, it's an individual decision. I think I'm more likely to get hurt if my PFD autoinflates from spray while I'm racing, than have the autoinflate save me if I go over.

That's the great thing about the Mustang auto/manual inflate vests. They are activated by pressure, not moisture. So you can wear them in the rain and they won't auto-inflate. The sensor has to go a foot or two below the water to trigger the autoinflate.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #43
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I have a pair of Mustang/West Marine auto inflators, the ones with the 5 year charge are a bargain after you add in one and a half recharge kits over the two year model. I don't let novice kayakers use them, it cost too much to recharge and freight to Alaska is HazMat rate. They are often forgotten until the middle of a hike when you realize you still have it on. I think you have to have several types, for the activity you are involved in. Kayaking there is little chance you will be knocked out, so manual makes sense, and prevents replacing the charge when you slip up. Auto inflate makes the most sense for being underway and not planning on being in close contact with the water, more chance of being injured as well. Novice passengers and the young should have fixed flotation, small ones should have a correct sized jacket with a crotch strap so they don't slip out the bottom if they go over. I carry three different types, wish I had four :-) Grandkid size too...
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Do they have a website?
here ya go. I looked and they are not on sale any more

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:56 PM   #45
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here ya go. I looked and they are not on sale any more

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:13 PM   #46
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here ya go. I looked and they are not on sale any more

Bob's Sporting Goods

Longview is where I grew up and Bob's sporting good was one of my favorite stores. It use to be called Bob's Surplus.

So what where you doing in Longview?

Most of the cheaper prettier pleasure vest are automatic, and only a few in the offshore which are expensive and ugly.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:38 AM   #47
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Last year we tested out manual inflators in the water. It was well worth the effort to what to expect. We used the blow-up tube.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #48
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Longview is where I grew up and Bob's sporting good was one of my favorite stores. It use to be called Bob's Surplus.

So what where you doing in Longview?

Most of the cheaper prettier pleasure vest are automatic, and only a few in the offshore which are expensive and ugly.

We are liking the lower Columbia River and the chance to see the inside passage.
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Does anyone know the self inflators that trigger by water pressure rather than water?

I guess they make them, right?
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Defender is having a sale on the Mustang hydrostatic self inflators for $216. a piece.

Just ordered 2!!
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