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Old 08-03-2005   #1
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pfd for grand

been invited on a grand trip this fall. i'll be rowing my cat with supplies.

since the shoulder straps on my p-vest won't stay tight at all anymore i don't trust it for a potential big water swim. so, should i spring for one of those high float b-22 or swiftwater ranger vests with leg straps? i also own a stohlquist wedge and thought about using that with an nrs anti-gravity shirt on high risk days. anyone ever use one of those?

what have others used in the canyon? any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Old 08-03-2005   #2
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Re: pfd for grand

Originally Posted by dkrakel

what have others used in the canyon? any thoughts would be appreciated.

i used a b-22 but any good PFD will work. its so pool drop i would not worry too much.

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A customer just dropped off a couple of cheap big water vests. Might be worth adding to the quiver. $25 a piece.

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I was thinking same thing, if I ever get to do it, I might buy a swifwater ranger for the trip.
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I used my P vest. Same problem with the shoulder straps. Just cinched them before each rapid. I only took one big swim. The water is big there but most likely you will fall out as you hit the rapid and the swimming will be in the relative calm after it. When you are moving with the water it is not really wrenching on your vest.

When I told Lotus about their strap problem they just told me to thread the strap backwards through the buckle. That helped, but then adjustment was a hassle.

If it were me I would use my old vest and spend the money on beer.
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One thing you might want to try,, buy 2 tri-glide buckles,, the little two slot plastic deals that basically just keep the end of the strap from flopping around. you can slide them on the main shoulder strap before the buckle,, and then feed the tail of your shoulder strap through them, that should fix the problem for about 2 or 3 bucks. I cant say for sure if it will work on your vest, but its worth a shot,, and much cheaper than a new vest. just my 2 cents
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Water is cold.... crystal is a very LONG swim had more board shorts taking from me is a random eddy line in there

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