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Old 12-09-2010, 07:01 PM
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Default Waist belt inflatable PFD's?

Anyone ever use one? I don't plan on using it for kayaking... I do alot of deep river wading, swimming out to sand bars while surf fishing, and climbing on jetties. I wear my old army web belt & suspenders to hold my lure bag and all my tools/safety gear for this kind of stuff but with the weight of that, my boots, korkers, and clothes I'm not exactly "boyant". Its not possible to wear a real PFD under or over my gear. (Trust me I've tried to make it work) There is just to much stuff to carry to make a standard PFD comfortable no matter how I rig it.

So I thought about attaching one of those inflatable waist packs to my gear belt. Think this would make a safe alternative in a disaster or should I keep searching for a different answer?
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I beleive the coast guard doesn't consider them type 3, so in most states they are not accepted by law.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:25 PM
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"coast gaurd approved" doesn't matter to me since theres no law about having a PFD in any of the situations I'd be using it for. I just wanna be a little safter in the somewhat dangerous methods I fish while wearing this 25 pound POS.

Hey I'm even open to ideas about replacing my super awesomely stylish Veitnam war era tackle system. But there is WAY to much gear on this thing to put in any standard PFD pocket. And I have to be able to wear everything completely attached to me since I'm usually walking for miles, and then swimming, climbing, bushwacking, and all matter of chaos to get to my fishing spot.

Somehow I want all of this + floatation... Go...

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Great use of 782 gear, how do you keep it from rusting?
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:28 PM
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As long as its real military issue and not knock off gear, all the metal is good quality brass. I've been wearing this same setup for 10 years in the surf and theres still no corrosion on any of the clips or buckles. All the other stuff like my knife, carabiners, and pliers are stainless.
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I use them in th kayaks it's great if ur goin light,looking @ UR commando army set up not sure if it's goin to work because th pfd goes around th waist and u have to pull th cord to employ th inflatable that set up u have might b in th way no?
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One thing to keep in mind if you use the inflatable PFD, try and get back in the kayak first or as many times as you can without inflating it. If you inflate the PFD it is like having an inner tube attatched to your chest, and will be VERY difficult to re-enter the kayak.Use it as a last resort to avoid from drowning. At all costs do not panic,keep a clear head; and go over in your head what you're going to do before re-entry.
I've been using the sterns inflatable since 06', it saved my ass back then and swear by it. Next time however, I will not inflate it when I hit the water.Lesson well learned, and shared to save somebodys life.
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