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Old 11-30-2011   #1
 
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Life vest recommendation

Ok, so I'm thinking about buying a new life vest for myself (Christmas gift). I've been using the standard 4 buckle whitewater vests for quite some time... I see lots of new designs.

So I'm short and fat... just under 6 feet and 260lbs. I am a rafter and row my own raft.

So what do you all recommend? (other than dropping 60lbs)

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Old 11-30-2011   #2
 
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Consider the MTI Patriot or Big Buoy

I have the Patriot and I like it so far. It is the rescue version of the Big Buoy. I have been running it for about 5 years so far with pretty good durability. I have been through two swifwater rescue classes with it and it performed well. I am 6'1'' 220lbs. I use it for rowing, and I have run it in my kayak but it really is a bit bulky for that. It has about 26.5 pounds of float and the pockets are useful. I also run a Green Jacket from Astral, It is much less float but also much lower profile. I really like the MTI over the Astral if there is a realistic chance of swimming. I have swam many rapids with the MTI and like the extra float.

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Old 12-01-2011   #3
 
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kokatat ronin pro. lots of float xxl and optional rescue vest.
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I second the Patriot. It is the most comfortable of any high-float rescue vest I've ever worn. I like that the back is more narrow than most others in its class, allowing for a broader range of motion.

If you've had swiftwater training, or plan to soon, it's a great vest to consider. If not, you might like the MTI Big Buoy or NRS Big Water Guide. Or, you can always use the Patriot without the quick release harness...
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A friend of mine loves his MTI Big Bouy so much that he's even featured in the MTI catalogue wearing it!
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Start by calling it a PFD
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Start by calling it a PFD
Call it what ya want....JUST WEAR IT!!!!
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Thanks DB

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Start by calling it a PFD

Way to post a complete waste of bandwidth, while being totally useless. If you dont have something useful to add, just keep it to yourself. The internet sure has provided a great place for cowards to be rude to others anonymously....
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Way to post a complete waste of bandwidth, while being totally useless. If you dont have something useful to add, just keep it to yourself. The internet sure has provided a great place for cowards to be rude to others anonymously....
I hope after that big rant you have something to add to the main topic....


On topic: Just know how and when to use any rescue gear if you get a rescue vest. Green Jackets are sweet, that's what I want to upgrade to...
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[QUOTE=freexbiker;256245]I hope after that big rant you have something to add to the main topic....QUOTE]

Freexbiker,

If you will kindly look at the top of the thread you will notice that I posted the first response to the original poster. I feel that it was a thoughtful, hopefully useful, contribution.

Good day
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