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Old 10-05-2016   #11
 
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That's correct 3 or 5. We had a spare 3 that worked.

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They require type III or type V at westwater, right?
Yes from everything I have read
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Okay, good, scared me for a minute.
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Ranger check outs on rivers such as Westwater and the Grand Canyon are another story with the unpredictable variable of the hot shot ranger.

Best practice in this situation, have two new (tags still on) type III and type V PFDs as well as two new float cushions. You could add more if you want to be more conservative.

Show these new devices at checkout to help avoid conflict during the gear check process. Then revert back to your good judgment and functional gear after you have made your way onto the river.
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Old 10-06-2016   #15
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Just know that you can be cited for not wearing the PFD the Ranger approved.
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I've always wondered about this as well. I've heard people say just test it by swimming in the water, but that seems rather unscientific.

I'm conservative when it comes to safety gear so tend to replace if I'm not sure. I replaced a PFD a few years ago and noticed that the new (exact same kind) was noticeably fatter, i.e. less compressed, than my old one, so seemed like a good call.

Then I just recently replaced another one (exact same kind) because it was a few years old and showed significant fading, but when I put them side by side, the foam actually looked pretty similar so maybe it was premature.

I always figure I should use my old one for playboating and such and newer one for more important applications to spread the wear, but rarely succeed in actually doing that.
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I go with, "if you think it should be replaced, replace it." 1. It will keep you safe. 2. It will keep your confidence when heading into the next swim.
This is of course if you have used it for more than booze cruises.
As far as rangers, they want to read the label. If worn, replace.
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I buy a new pfd if I get some other new equipment. Color scheme has to match. This year: blue helmet, blue pfd.


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Blue boat, red PFD, yellow helmet. Colorado!
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Blue boat, red PFD, yellow helmet. Colorado!

I like it!


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