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#12642885 - 02/23/18 08:50 AM PFD
StuckIt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Possum Kingdom
I am looking for a new life jacket. I have tried a bunch on and have never used an inflatable. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any that people have found works better for a kayaker?
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#12643077 - 02/23/18 10:20 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
kobeer Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/30/08
Posts: 371
Loc: Burleson
A/M 24 is what i use and it is very comfortable. dont really even notice its on.

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#12643172 - 02/23/18 10:58 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
hurricanecraig Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/17/17
Posts: 90
Loc: Dallas, TX
I prefer the ones with the high back. I started off with a Magellan. I'm now using the NRS Chinook. I like it a lot.

https://www.nrs.com/product/40009.03/nrs-chinook-fishing-pfd

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#12643810 - 02/23/18 05:34 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
yak dog Offline
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Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 28
Loc: Rosenberg Texas


This is the 2018 model , tons of space for stuff. I have one and love it they also come in red.
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#12645305 - 02/24/18 03:26 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
IslandJim Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 366
Loc: Rockport, TX
Like h.craig, I started out with a cheap, POS pfd. I shopped online a long time, and finally, Austin Kayak ran a sale on the NRS Chinook, for $83 and I jumped on it. Couldn't be happier. I use all 7 front pockets every outing.

The Kokotat looks nice, too, but is way out of my budget.

I was at Roy's Boutique today in Corpus, and the only high-back flotation paddle-friendly pfd's I saw there were Astral brand, also nice but pricey.

Usually, you get what you pay for and not much more. Shop smart. IslandJim
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#12645412 - 02/24/18 05:05 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
LDGary Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/02/16
Posts: 52
Loc: Gladewater
NRS Chinook

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#12645830 - 02/24/18 11:21 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
Carver Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 1640
Loc: Garland, Tx
I prefer inflatables but they suffer from premature inflation on a regular basis ( I have had 3 inflate while in storage or transit ) unless you drop the coins for a hydrostatic inflation model. My current weapon of choice is a Mustang with MOLI webbing.
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#12645885 - 02/25/18 06:26 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
Shaun Russell Offline
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Registered: 03/15/08
Posts: 6356
Loc: Ray Roberts
I like to have the use of the pockets on my chest. But in the summer time I use a Inflatable because of the heat . I’ve found the nicer Mustang inflatables on sale at Academy in the winter for $100.
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#12646020 - 02/25/18 08:46 AM Re: PFD [Re: Shaun Russell]
Carver Offline
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Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 1640
Loc: Garland, Tx
Originally Posted By: Shaun Russell
I like to have the use of the pockets on my chest. But in the summer time I use a Inflatable because of the heat . I’ve found the nicer Mustang inflatables on sale at Academy in the winter for $100.


The MOLI strpas are for attaching pockets for anything in the world. That is the strapping system that SWAT teams,military etc. use for attaching all the things they carry. I found out that magazine pouch fits a iPhone perfectly and all the MOLI accessories are in the gun dept. everywhere. My cordura phone pockets were $4.99 full price. I gto one for my Spot transmitter also.

I scored my Mustang on sale at Academy in December. along with a few gift cards it cost me personally less than a new cartrige for my older vests. I am going to have to clean my fishing shed out soon.


Edited by Carver (02/25/18 08:47 AM)
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#12648974 - 02/27/18 07:02 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
Jimbo Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 16119
Loc: South Texas
I've been thinking for a long time about going with an inflatable myself.
I see a lot of kayakers using them, and I'm about to jump on the bandwagon.


Edited by Jimbo (02/27/18 07:08 AM)
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#12649081 - 02/27/18 08:25 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
collincountytx Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 16346
Loc: Dallas, TX
Just got this one from NRS
Extremely comfortable
I did make some modifications (reflector tape and iron on patches)
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#12649133 - 02/27/18 09:00 AM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
StuckIt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Possum Kingdom
Thank y'all for all the recommendations and help. I do like the NRS Chinook. Now I just have to wait for those high dollar suckers to go on sale.
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#12650683 - 02/27/18 09:59 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
Warhawk Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 254
Loc: Hot Springs, AR
I use a manual inflatable. They are harder to find, but they do make them. Academy had them on sale last year for $49, I went to three academy’s before I found one. Only way to go, easpecially in the summer when it gets hot.

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#12652715 - 02/28/18 10:03 PM Re: PFD [Re: StuckIt]
IslandJim Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 366
Loc: Rockport, TX
Stucklt: If you sign up with ACK for their newsletter, they send you an offer almost every month for a 15 or 20 per cent discount on one item, plus free shipping on orders over $39 bucks. You should sign up. TexasJim
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#12653133 - 03/01/18 09:11 AM Re: PFD [Re: IslandJim]
StuckIt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Possum Kingdom
That's good to know. Thanks for that info.
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