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Old 09-09-2012   #11
Colorado Springs Paddling Since: 1983
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If the label is good and the material and buckles aren't worn, then personally I don't worry too much about fading unless it's severe. Fading does tend to catch the ranger's eye though so it may get you closer evaluation. Otherwise get it good and wet, hang 15 lbs (or whatever it's rated for) from it and if it still floats I'd say it's probably fine.

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Old 09-09-2012   #12
Bozeman, Montana
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I bought mine in 2007 and have used it about 75 days per year. I use it about 3 days a year paddling my tomcat duckie, 28 days per year while going to the go kart track, 13 days a year climbing, 20 day a year as a seat for my horse, 5 days a year for target practice, and 10 days a year while mopping up spills. It doesn't have the new gaia foam so i can't tell you anything about that. It is a Stohlquist also. Also does anyone know what boat I should take down the Grand Canyon. Also should I drain my cooler?

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Old 09-09-2012   #13
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Only drain your cooler if you use your pfd for 13 consecutive days at the cart track following a self support duckie trip down the grand.

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