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Old 06-29-2013   #1
 
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PFDs?

Any suggestions on a good one? Is there a particular type that is best for whitewater? The one I have now I got a long time ago and that was for lake use and is uncomfortable and scrapes my armpit when paddling. I was at REI today and tried on one of these Astral Camino 200 PFD - Men's - Free Shipping at REI.com. This was much more comfortable than the one I have, but wanted to ask you guys before purchasing. I was also looking at a couple at the hiking shack that look to be top of the line type V. Is it worth the extra $ to go type V?

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Astral is a good brand name and I'm sure this is a nice PFD but I'm chicken and I like more floatation. BTW I'm a rafter not a kayaker.
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Type V isn't better, it's just specialty. Check out nrs for good all around whitewater pfd's, or the many businesses listed as sponsor's of Mountainbuzz. Fit is critical so try it on.
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Good point about the type V. Those are the ones with the head rest on the back. The commercial outfitters have to use these for some bureaucratic reason.
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Good point about the type V. Those are the ones with the head rest on the back. The commercial outfitters have to use these for some bureaucratic reason.
No, from what I read today a type V is a mix between a type 3 and an inflatable PFD.
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No, from what I read today a type V is a mix between a type 3 and an inflatable PFD.
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Thanks, that was very helpful. A lot of good info in that vid.
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I have a Kokatat and its super comfortable.
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I would get a type V rescue pfd. I have an astral greenjacket and I love it.
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Type III is the type that can have the head pillow, Type V is for the ones that don't fit neatly into the rest of the Coast Guard's flotation scheme. A fair portion of the non-rescue PFDs are IIIs, and I don't think I've seen a rescue jacket that isn't a V.

A word on the rescue jackets: If you don't know what you are doing with it and haven't been trained on their use, don't get one. They contain a number of dangerous features that offer expanded capability in exchange for higher risk. They do not have any more float than a non-rescue PFD.
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