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Old 08-04-2009   #1
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Heavy girl stuck in holes...

Hey all...

So I've been guiding and rafting in a 16 lbs flotation vest. I've been stuck in some big holes in the Ark at high water...I'd like a rescue vest...and I'm looking at more flotation. Lots of people have told me that higher float keeps you in holes for longer....even the other day, I had a condescending lecture about the hydrology of holes with another boater (I'm a guide and earth science teacher...I think I've got my hydrology down).

My question is...I know many experienced boatmen who wear 22+lbs of flotation...what do you guys think? I've only found Extrasport jackets that have this much float and have heard complaints about the shoulder straps from most people...any other companies out there making jackets with more float?

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Old 08-04-2009   #2
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Ok, good title, but I'm not sure where to go with it.

Technically it's probably true that more float = harder to get out of holes because the best way out is usually to sink to the bottom of the hole to hit the flushing green water. Practically speaking, the difference is probably minimal because you'll be able to swim to the green water if the hole doesn't do it for you first. Holes flush entire boats underwater, so I don't think it cares about an extra few pounds of flotation on your vest. If you're stuck in the aerated water, extra flotation won't make as much difference anyway.

And of course another important consideration is you want a vest to keep you high floating through a rapid so you can get air and swim to shore. In that case, the extra flotation can make a huge difference.

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Old 08-04-2009   #3
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Hey all...

Lots of people have told me that higher float keeps you in holes for longer...
Widow maker on Boulder creek can be a sticky little ba$t@rd at about 350. It always amazes me to see drunk tubers flush right out of that thing and vested kayakers struggle to get loose. I myself had to make a deliberate effort to submerge after my second trip through that thing.
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Old 08-04-2009   #4
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NRS makes something called the Bigwater V that you might want to take a look at.

Not a rescue vest though...
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