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#12316099 - 06/28/17 10:37 PM Which inflatable life jacket?
crankn101 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/07
Posts: 4265
Loc: Longmont co.

The "fishing alone" thread got me thinking about buying a inflatable life jacket but I dont know a lot about them.

Im looking for one thats light and comfy so ill actually wear it. What do you guys suggest?


What about the waist belt ones?
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#12316164 - 06/28/17 11:32 PM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
Texasdeepv Offline
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Registered: 11/18/13
Posts: 298
Loc: Central TX
I use these.... very light and i wear them all day. You do forget they are on. I don't trust my balance and hated wearing a full vest type. This gives me piece of mind when i fish alone.

https://www.amazon.com/ABSOLUTE-OUTDOOR-...2QS5MGD9XAWC1QN

I think Academy has them for 90 bucks?? I only gave the amazon link so you could read a bunch of reviews.

hope this helps.

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#12316186 - 06/29/17 12:28 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
crankn101 Offline
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Thanks man.

I love ordering off amazon.
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#12316203 - 06/29/17 01:37 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
scruboak Offline
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Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 1099
Loc: Cisco,tx
I see more and more wearing them on Youtube.

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#12316232 - 06/29/17 05:30 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
John175 ® Offline
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I also picked up an Onyx. Liking it.

Absolute Outdoor Onyx A/M-24 Deluxe Auto/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NOZ48WE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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#12316296 - 06/29/17 07:30 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
B.Hollingshead Offline
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Registered: 03/11/09
Posts: 1909
Loc: ft.worth
I would go with any that have hydrostatic
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#12316309 - 06/29/17 07:38 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
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I have an Onix. It works. I'd prefer the Mustang since the straps seem thicker and the mustang appears to be more comfortable. But, I only have experience with the Onix, so that's only a guess on my part.

All of them are only as good as they are maintained...and then only work if ya wear it.
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#12316338 - 06/29/17 07:50 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
bo tbo Offline
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Registered: 03/29/17
Posts: 86
Loc: mineral wells, tx
Which ever brand you go with, make sure it has auto inflate. When I bought mine from Cabelas, I almost got one that was not auto inflate.

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#12316345 - 06/29/17 07:56 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
Chris G Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 1941
Loc: Frisco, TX
I know you are planning to wear it the whole time so this may be irrelevant but make sure you check the Coast Guard rating for the inflatable before you buy it. If they are Type V they only count as a life jacket in your boat if they are being worn. There are plenty of Type II or III inflatables available now.
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#12317213 - 06/29/17 04:39 PM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: Chris G]
hogbus Online   content
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Chris G
I know you are planning to wear it the whole time so this may be irrelevant but make sure you check the Coast Guard rating for the inflatable before you buy it. If they are Type V they only count as a life jacket in your boat if they are being worn. There are plenty of Type II or III inflatables available now.


So if you have a type II it qualifies as a pfd when you get checked by GW. I have the Cabela's 3500 that were $99 on sale. I also carry the normal pfd which I prefer on long runs in the winter.
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#12317658 - 06/29/17 09:33 PM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
David Bailey Offline
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Registered: 06/28/17
Posts: 19
I'm also looking for it and I'll get back here if I find any worth recommending.

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#12317829 - 06/29/17 11:15 PM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
Pumadon Offline
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Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 1154
Loc: Royse City, Texas
Mustang hydrostatic. The best out there.
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#12317934 - 06/30/17 05:19 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
John175 ® Offline
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Registered: 10/21/05
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Loc: Realville
I always carry a traditional life jacket for everyone in the boat even though I wear the inflatable. I have a Mustang HIT Type II but the printing has worn off the label and I'm not taking a ticket for that.
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#12317969 - 06/30/17 06:27 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: crankn101]
COWBOYSFAN008 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/13
Posts: 234
Loc: Killeen, TX
Anyone use the Gander Mountain brand. Gander is going out of biz, and they are on sale regular 139 with 30% off.
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#12318021 - 06/30/17 07:22 AM Re: Which inflatable life jacket? [Re: hogbus]
Chris G Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/08
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Loc: Frisco, TX
Originally Posted By: hogbus
Originally Posted By: Chris G
I know you are planning to wear it the whole time so this may be irrelevant but make sure you check the Coast Guard rating for the inflatable before you buy it. If they are Type V they only count as a life jacket in your boat if they are being worn. There are plenty of Type II or III inflatables available now.


So if you have a type II it qualifies as a pfd when you get checked by GW. I have the Cabela's 3500 that were $99 on sale. I also carry the normal pfd which I prefer on long runs in the winter.


Yes. I confirmed this with a game warden friend of mine. In the beginning nearly every inflatable was rated Type V. That's not the case now.
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