Help Me Pick Out an Inflatable Vest
I also have a Onyx traditional vest that I wear when the water is still cold. They run around $100.
This is one area that I refuse to skimp on price. My life is worth $250 to me, plus I wear either of these all of the time that I am in a boat.
I see people with their life jackets strapped to the seats in a boat. If they fall in do they think that they are going to get back into the boat and put them on?
You have 5-6 minutes to get back into your boat in 40 degree water. After that if you are wearing a life jacket they can recover your body faster.
Also, always hook up your kill switch to your body somehow. If you fall in, your boat will start to circle you and possibly come back and hit you.
My fishing partner bought the same unit and we bought one rearming kit between us. This will it's 3rd spring coming up and I plan to recharge it. It has never been inflated or repacked so I'll be interested to see how that works.
I equip my boat with regular PFD's for all passengers, along with a throwable and a safety line. My inflatable is "extra". My partner almost got thrown out one day and that was day I bought it. I never wore that regular PFD but the inflatable has become part of my uniform.
I found it helped to go to a big store… I looked at Bass Pro where they had a few different models to play around with. Comfort was huge to me… knowing it wouldn't get worn if it wasn't.