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Compact ultralight Life Jacket

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:43 pm
by ottodarlanen
Hello everyone! I am a packrafter, and I am looking for ultralight, compact folding Life Jacket.
I found this one on Aliexpress,what do you think? Your opinion?

Re: Compact ultralight Life Jacket

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:26 am
by theresa
Maybe on class 2 water, but that thing isn't going to help much during a real swim in rapids. Safety first.

Re: Compact ultralight Life Jacket

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:56 am
by tn ridge rover
I learned that lesson the hard way! A little rain that turns into a lotta rain or there's a rapid not on any map or chart but shows up outta nowhere.

That looks bulky. Any rapid can go up a class unexpectedly. been there, done that, almost died! Again..........

An idea I came up after my last capsize disaster, was to use my ripcord waist PFD. They come in 2 sizes. You may be a few feet underwater before you pull the ripcord, then it takes conscious thinking to put it behind your neck. If your PFD is lacking flotation, this may be the way to go, even if ya can't get it behind your neck. I have a waist PFD for slack water, but may give someone an edge in survival if they have flotation behind their neck or simply just need more flotation

Re: Compact ultralight Life Jacket

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:45 am
by androidmids
just an fyi, anywhere in europe your going to need a rated life jacket, in canada there are three certifications and it would need to have one or more of them to be legal, and in the USA it is required to have a coast guard approval class III or V.

Most of the inflatable ones on aliexpress are really snorkelling jackets.

heres what my wife wears
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075J ... UTF8&psc=1

heres what I wear
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RP ... UTF8&psc=1

I personally dont wear anything that requires manual activation as that defeats the purpose of emergency pfd. But there are some inflatable folding pfd's from mustang, nrs, onyx that are all certified and low eight.