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Old 07-22-2016   #1
 
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What is a good PFD for rowers with high seat back on the raft

For the rear seat rower what is a good choice of PFD with a high seat back?

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Old 07-22-2016   #2
 
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I picked up an Astral Ronny last year because of the low profile back, works well on my highback rower's seat. My old NRS Ninja kept hooking on the seat and got annoying.
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Not sure how wild you go in whitewater, but I have an NRS Chinook that would be great with a high back seat. I use it on my fishing cataraft.

NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD at nrs.com
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Hi,

I have never felt any interference from my HiFloat with the back of my high back NRS seat.

The seat back leans to the rear, and the back of the PFD is relatively flat, so when rowing normally I don't notice any contact. And when I do lean back with a hard pull, the PFD is really just an extra cushioning layer across my whole back.

FWIW.

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I run a high back seat and wear a NRS Big Water Guide PFD with a full back, no problems. I think that I lean forward most of the time anyway so I dont even notice.
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I run a high back seat and wear a NRS Big Water Guide PFD with a full back, no problems. I think that I lean forward most of the time anyway so I dont even notice.
Same. I bought this one for that same reason.Some of the shorty kayak pfds were short enough to catch on my seat back. It's a bit bulky but wears well.
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Lots of good info above, however the question you should be asking is, "What is a good PFD for a rafter who plans to boat ___ type of water?" Then questions about adjustments to the frame, rowing position, what kind of seat, etc., come after that.

Pick your PFD based on what will bring you back to the surface of the water and work best for the use you'll have, not based on what kind of seat you'll have.

Stay safe,

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I have a low back profile with mesh for use with our raft that has a high back seat. My husband just bought a new "summer pfd" (non hifloat) and there are quite a few ones out there with lower profile backs.
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+ 1 for the Ronny, It is a very comfortable PFD with a thin, vented back.

Also +1 for having the right tool for the job. I only wear the Ronny where comfort is the primary concern. Anytime I am on bigger water I wear a Big Water Guide for the additional flotation and tighter fit it provides.
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Thanks to all.
I picked up a Astal yesterday. Like the thin, slotted, mesh back. Should be good for rowing and hot summer days. I stick to III or less for I fly fishing. Opted for the Linda in glacier blue for it matches the horizon the best. If the fish can see you, you won't see the fish. You wearing a WOMENS PFD but standing tall in my Simms waders and a Stogie. Until a stray ash melts a hole and sinks me.
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