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Posted: 6/12/2009 5:59:32 PM EST
I've paddled around a little but am just now getting a general purpose canoe.
I haven't been happy with the loaned life jackets that I've used before between them being hot and/or restricting movement.
Anyone have a suggestion for the best compromise for use in a canoe?
I searched canoe and turned up nothing.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:02:09 PM EST
I use the type that fishermen have, the close fitting jacket type rather then the mae west. You need freedom of movement to paddle.

RS
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:02:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 6:04:16 PM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:08:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 6:09:08 PM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:29:07 PM EST
I use a Extrasport RetroGlide Avenger when I kayak.

I keep my P3AT in the clamshell pocket on the front.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:59:43 PM EST
Really you should head to a shop that sells certain PFD's along w/ the watercraft that is similar to yours, set down in the craft on the showroom floor and see whats comfy for you

Ultimately it's about time in the saddle and the PFD that's on you at all times/comfort level.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:29:12 PM EST
they have special paddler/kayak vests.

They generally have a few smaller foam float blocks or a bunch of tubes. The arm holes are generous and often there is a lot of flat mesh or material in the action areas. They're generally shorter too for allowance for sitting inside a kayak.

They do give floatation but often I think their weak point is failing to float an unconscious person face up. They're more directional neutral rather than face up positve. IIRC the generic fishing style ones I have are neutral.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 6:48:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/17/2009 6:50:54 PM EST by wayniac]
I use this when I am in the kayak. It has good freedom of movement. I have no problems wearing it while fishing for several hours.
I like yellow for better visibilty in the yak.
http://www.stearnsflotation.com/dyn_prod.php?p=STR6601&k=78029
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 11:57:49 PM EST
Great information, a friend has been trying to get me to go kayaking. I told him I need floatation before getting into it.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 3:52:24 AM EST
Mustang survival gear. Zip up front with pockets.
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