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Old 09-29-2016   #11
 
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PDX Duck, not sure what Green Jacket you have, but all of mine have had the bottom waist strap. The overhead design doesn't really allow for a fastex clip buckle on that strap, however if that freaks you out, buy the Euro version which used to me set up as side entry.

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Old 09-29-2016   #12
 
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I'm pretty sure squibs are mandatory for front rangers on western rivers.

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Old 09-29-2016   #13
 
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Type 5 will do well for most whitewater (depending on the jacket). I have an Astral Green Jacket and though it doesn't have a distinct waist strap, the bottom strap synches nicely below my ribs


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Old 09-29-2016   #14
 
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I have only worn my green jacket once --- is it the buckle that is missing not the strap? All I remember for sure is that I was searching for something that wasn't there.

It is my first new jacket in more than a decade so lots of technology / improvements on pfd certainly passed me by. My Lola is literally the only piece of gear I have ever had a serious emotional attachment to.


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Again, CG type doesn't tell you much. Yes a rescue vest like the GJ is a type 5, but so is an inflatable fishing PFD. Type 5 just means it is a special purpose PFD, and type 3 is everything from a cheap ski vest at Walmart to high end paddling PFDs. Needs to be intended for paddling, and needs to cinch down at the bottom, below all padding/floatation.


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Old 09-29-2016   #16
 
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I have only worn my green jacket once --- is it the buckle that is missing not the strap? All I remember for sure is that I was searching for something that wasn't there.

It is my first new jacket in more than a decade so lots of technology / improvements on pfd certainly passed me by. My Lola is literally the only piece of gear I have ever had a serious emotional attachment to.


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Its still there...it just doesn't have a clip buckle since its a slip over the head type PFD and not a zipper front one.
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Old 09-30-2016   #17
 
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I too was in love with my Lotus Lola but Astral just started to make the Layla which is just like the Lola and I love it!
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I am no expert but my view is that over the last several years many of the white water PFD's have gone away from the bottom strap that ensures the jacket catches on your lower rib cage. They have replace this feature with other designs that essentially do the same thing
What other design features can keep your PFD from moving up while floaing? This topic is especially interesting to me since I'm kinda pear shaped and have a very real problem with this. I even made my own homemade crotch strap for my PFD.
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