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Old 05-23-2009   #1
 
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PFDs III or V

Type III vs type V
Buying some lifejackets to keep with me in case I meet some people in camp that want to go rafting that day or if I bring people who don't have their own PFDs. Any recommendations on type III or type V for these people. Extrasport has a nice type III universal for 45.00 on their website compared to their universal type V for 115.00. Any thoughts on this...

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Old 05-23-2009   #2
 
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I picked up a few of the MTI Cruisers from REI outlet (MTI Cruiser PFD - '08 Overstock at REI-OUTLET.com) for $35 each. The seem to be OK PFDs for the occasional user and you can't beat the price
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The difference is a type V pfd is considered a special use jacket, like the UT 5 that you are looking at has a pillow on it for commercial rafting. You will be fine with either the universal livery or the UT5, another one to consider is the UT3 as it is the same as the UT5 with out the pillow.
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PRKC on the Poudre has Stohlquist WEDGE-E pfd's on sale for $80 right now. They're type III and are pretty nice.
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Type 3 is my first choice. Typically they run 15-18 lbs of floatation. Type 5s' have the collar to keep a head above the water. I guess it depends if they are good swimmers or not..
Speaking of..you are willing to take perfect strangers down a river in your boat and assume you can manage the bunch? Sounds sketchy from a saftey point of view.. my .02
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Not that I care one way or the other, but how is that any different from a commercial raft trip? (other than being covered by insurance)
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If you are worried enough about the strangers or friends that you will provide PFD's for them, you should probably buy type 5 if you can afford it.
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What is the dif? class 3 wake board vest? or class 3 ww vest? Or class 3 surf vest? They are ALL CLASS 3!!!!
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What do you think commercial guides do everyday? Save your .02
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Type 3 is my first choice. Typically they run 15-18 lbs of floatation. Type 5s' have the collar to keep a head above the water. I guess it depends if they are good swimmers or not..
Speaking of..you are willing to take perfect strangers down a river in your boat and assume you can manage the bunch? Sounds sketchy from a saftey point of view.. my .02
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Sorry Nicho, I was not aware you were a commercial guide. I guess I was puzzled why an experienced guide would pose this question..
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