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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:53 am 
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I am renewing my Hobie Cat life (Hobie 16) after having raced significantly from 1976 thru 1986. I am fortunate enough to have found a mint condition 16 with barely a scratch or bump mark on it as it was a well cared for race tuned machine.

In any event, back then, we wore what was known as a trapvest which doubled as an approved PFD and trapeze harness. This eliminated the need to wear both a PFD and a butt bucket. I have not been able to find any trapvests either brand new or used anywhere on the market. Does anyone have any information on them? Did they stop making them etc.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Never heard of a "trapvest" but I can pretty much guarantee you that a modern life jacket and harness will blow away anything from 30+ years ago with regard to comfort and performance. This equipment has really been refined over the years, making it hard to believe we actually tolerated the harnesses from the past (can you say wedgie, or reverse wedgie??).

When buying a life jacket, look for one that is either sailing specific or kayaking specific. These types of vests tend to have the most clearance around the trapeze hook as well as large, comfortable openings for your arms.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:56 pm 
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Thanks for reply. I hear you...but it sure was nice to only have to deal with ONE item that took care of both the PFD and trapeze harness...and they were very comfortable.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:44 pm 
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I've been looking at using this one.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:00 pm 
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I have a Cabela's Comfort Mesh PFD that looks very similar but has two zippered pockets. It's very comfortable and I can get everything I want in the pockets. I probably would not want to use it if I had a trapeze because it seems bulky at the front, with lots of stuff to get caught.


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