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Old 07-09-2015   #1
 
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Will a PFD w/purpose labeled 'Recreational Rescue' pass inspection at NPS check in?

I recently bought a Kokatat Maximus Prime rescue PFD. I like it a lot, and understand the risks + how to use the rescue features. That being said, the intended purpose of the PFD is labeled 'Recreational Rescue.' There is no mention of paddling, rafting, kayaking, etc.

While I know it's suitable for whitewater rafting, is it going to pass one of the stricter NPS check-in inspections?

I'd hate to get screwed at check in over something like that...

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Old 07-09-2015   #2
 
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This issue should just come down to what "type" flotation device you own. I think rescue pfd's are considered "type V". Any permit should state "type III" or "type V" pfd's are required. Does your vest have any information on the type?
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Yeah it's a type V
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Type matters but generally it also has to be labeled for the intended use. If you show up with a type III vest that says for water skiing you're hosed. Even if it says type 3 and obviously a river vest but the lettering about intended for paddling is worn off they might reject it.

I've never heard of recreational rescue so I'd keep asking to be safe.
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Yeah that's why I ask. It's really odd to me that Kokatat didn't label it better. My girlfriend has the non-rescue version which is nearly identical, less the rescue belt and it's a type III, labeled for paddling.
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just call the NPS and ask
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I just looked at mine and didn't realize it does say "rescuers harness pfd". It's been down the Grand, Lodore, etc so I think you are set.
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The PFD will pass the requirements at the LoDore check-in.

"The Prime is a Type 5 rescue version of the Maximus PFD platform, which was designed with input from whitewater paddling champions Dane and Eric Jackson."
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The PFD will pass the requirements at the LoDore check-in.

"The Prime is a Type 5 rescue version of the Maximus PFD platform, which was designed with input from whitewater paddling champions Dane and Eric Jackson."

I'm having a hard time understanding this new 'regulation' with PFDs.

So a PFD that had a label that states : "was designed with input from my super expert buddy and his lifelong bro partner that shred the whitewater gnar all the time" would suffice because it mentions whitewater use ?


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There is no reasoning with a Lawhore river ranger. Drive out to above Brown's Park where there is cell service and text a photo of the vest to park headquarters. This strategy has worked in the past.
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