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 Post subject: Life Jacket?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:36 am 
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I currently use a Mustang inflatable. Very comfortable! For inshore I am sure this is perfect. I am starting to wonder if when going offshore maybe I should consider something else not inflatable. What is everyone's thoughts? Do you use inflatables offshore? If not what do you use that is comfortable? I have a 2015 REVO 13.


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jacket?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:45 pm 
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Hobie sells paddler style pfds which is designed for active comfort with I think an elevated rear waistline, large arm holes, and generous pockets. I LOVE all the pockets in my paddler clone, although stain"less" steel tools can rust like crazy in damp zip pockets. Technically offshore requires a type 1 pfd which includes no inflatables according to USCG, but they are really too confining for much activity:

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So I wear the type 3 when I go semi-offshore. Nearshore I may use the type 2 placed on the kayak floor, which makes a luxurious pad to lie down on. For a tiny inflatable kayak that I plan to carry on a pubic bus, I have obtained an ultra compact type 5 belt, but I am suspicious of inflatable pfds working right when needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jacket?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:44 am 
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I use a Mustang as well and didn't know about needing a Type 1 off shore, need to check into it. I do keep a Type 1 for a spare in my front hatch, because I KNOW the inflatables work. I've discovered that a few times by accident. :o


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jacket?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:47 am 
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We have two hobie kayak life jackets that we wear, we like them because they have a high back so we can sit in the seats comfortably.

When we have passengers on our TI we bring along a 4 pack of class 2 lifejackets strapped to a tramp, I require all kids to wear life jackets, most adults don't. I personally prefer to always wear mine, especially offshore. We at times have as many as 6 on board, (adults and kids,,,,it's our only family boat). However don't expect to go anywhere fast with that many on board. We only typically go no more than a mile or two offshore and only in very calm conditions, (hardly any wind or waves). We mostly snorkel and dive off the boat, (that's what we do, and mostly use the boat for).
Make sure you can get back onto the kayak with your selected life jacket on, (kinda important, and is harder than you would think), something that should be practiced IMO.
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