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#11473289 - 03/12/16 01:07 PM PFD's
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 207
Loc: Humble,Tx
I am looking at getting an inflatable. I see automatic and I see manual. I have heard that the automatics can be set off from getting wet, like rain or just sitting in the storage box and getting damp. Is that true? I figure a lot of you guys have them and can answer the question.
Don't know whether t get the auto or the manual. Info on your experiences would be helpful.
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#11473308 - 03/12/16 01:26 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
Shaun Lowe Offline
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Registered: 04/20/13
Posts: 209
I have been wearing a Mustang auto for two years. It has never been set off by rain or getting damp.

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#11473335 - 03/12/16 02:06 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
wagonwheel Offline
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Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 399
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I have the Onyx A/M 24. I have been using it for a couple of years. It is very comfortable and has never inflated in the rain.
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#11473427 - 03/12/16 03:34 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
Marooned Offline
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Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 1386
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
You can use the search function on this subject and see a lot of info. A short summary of the 3 main types of inflatables is as follows:
1. Manual inflation - the gas in the cylinder is released by manually pulling a release handle on the vest. So you must be able to pull it to inflate it (not impaired, knocked out, etc.)Least expensive.
2. Auto/manual inflation - these types are inflated by sufficient contact with water. Contact with water opens the seal on the cylinder. If you fall in the water, it will inflate the vest automatically. There is also a manual pull handle. These vests are less expensive than the HIT vests (see no. 3) but they can inflate in heavy rain, high humidity, from waves, etc. Posts on this forum have confirmed that.
3. Hydrostatic inflation technology (HIT) - these vests are inflated by hydrostatic pressure (submersion) in water. If the cylinder goes under water 4 inches or more, the water pressure ruptures the seal on the gas cylinder. There is also a manual inflation pull handle. These vests will not inflate from rain, humidity, waves, etc., and are the most expensive.

For me, I use a HIT vest because it is worth it to me to have the auto inflation protection, plus not have the hassles of unexpected inflation. But this is an individual decision based on level of protection desired, price, etc..
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#11473452 - 03/12/16 04:07 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 207
Loc: Humble,Tx
Thanks guys. Big help.

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#11473627 - 03/12/16 06:39 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
Mulholland Offline
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Registered: 10/28/13
Posts: 1887
Loc: Plano, TX
Onyx mamual $60 on sale academy, camo pattern even. If you're that worried about auto inflate and only wear it when the big motor is on, I reckon one could fasten the killswitch lanyard to the inflate handle amd kill 2 birds with one stone, in the even of being thrown clear of the boat.

Added benefit, if you just fall in like a dummy you don't deploy for no reason and make the climb back into boat even more embarrassing lol

Most guys never wear them anyways other than when required in tourneys with big motor running... Which is probably less than 5% of time we spend onnthe water? I'll save my money for stuff I use more (ironically I leave my onyx manual on entire time I'm on the water, it's100% comfy and completely out of the way, less noticeable than my bib suspenders)

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#11473699 - 03/12/16 07:22 PM Re: PFD's [Re: wagonwheel]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3048
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Originally Posted By: wagonwheel
I have the Onyx A/M 24. I have been using it for a couple of years. It is very comfortable and has never inflated in the rain.
+1.

I always disengage the cylinder after the days over. That way I don't have to worry about humidity causing the water degradable disc from deteriorating. Mine works great. Slipped and fell under my boat at the ramp during a Bassmaster tourney. I looked really cool that day. Also got to drive 45 miles to an Att store to replace my cell that I was walking into the water to get off my boat...so it wouldn't fall in a get ruined. Lol had to make a detour from the cell store to a BassPro for a recharge for the PFD too.
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#11473706 - 03/12/16 07:27 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
JIM SR. Offline
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Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 6135
Loc: NRH/Fork again ! GET THE NET
never take mine off,..don't realize you have it on,..
I think it makes me look like a fisherman,..fish dig'em..its a HIT,

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#11474531 - 03/13/16 10:49 AM Re: PFD's [Re: JIM SR.]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 207
Loc: Humble,Tx
Originally Posted By: JIM SR.
never take mine off,..don't realize you have it on,..
I think it makes me look like a fisherman,..fish dig'em..its a HIT,

Well you are right, it makes you look like a pro....except for the head band under the hat....lol

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#11474632 - 03/13/16 12:09 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
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Registered: 07/31/12
Posts: 4776
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
What's price on the good one? I need a pair.
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#11474675 - 03/13/16 12:33 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 59907
Loc: Computer
Get a HIT. They're not cheap and mine was around $200. I have one and wear it all the time on the water.
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#11474697 - 03/13/16 12:51 PM Re: PFD's [Re: TxRanger1]
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
I usually get the good stuff. Thanks
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