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PFD Recommendations pls

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Created by delmar71 5 months ago, 10 Jan 2019
delmar71
16 posts
10 Jan 2019 6:35AM
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Hi folks, have done a search but am none the wiser. Am after a PFD, will be using doing some coastal cruising on windsurfer (LT) and for racing. Want something with pockets for phone/bars/etc. Light and unobtrusive high on list as well.

Oh and stylish and cheap and makes me go faster... :)

Dezza
NSW, 643 posts
10 Jan 2019 10:28AM
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Neil pryde high hook vest, has a small front pocket, light and not overly bulky but good flotation

clarence
TAS, 859 posts
10 Jan 2019 10:37AM
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There was a similar thread about a compliant PFD for the Lancelin Ocean Classic a few months back from memory.

NP high hook is the best (only?) dedicated windsurf one.

The Ronstan dinghy PFD comes a very close second IMO.

NP meets the European Standard for level 50, Ronstan meets the Australian Standard for level 50.

Storage in either of these is not huge.

Clarence

BSN101
WA, 1599 posts
10 Jan 2019 11:05AM
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Beause we sail in off shore conditions we have had external pockets sewn into our vests (NP & Dakine) to hold our flares. Velcro flap closure. NP vest pocket is good for a Rescue Me PLB too. NP in stock at WSP as i got a new one last week, black red or fluro yellow. I went red this time (faster than Steve i hope)

I also have a 3l CamelBak Unbottle attached to the back. Vest has tabs for attachung but they dont line up perfectly so worth checking out if you are going that way

cammd
QLD, 2313 posts
10 Jan 2019 1:10PM
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Ion do a good windsurfing one now with high hook loop, pocket for a water bladder in the rear and bars or spare rope etc in the front. Looks good and is comfy, about $50 cheaper than the NP as well

regal1
NSW, 98 posts
10 Jan 2019 1:18PM
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+1 for the Ion. Need to supply your own water bladder so stuck a camelback in and all good. Love the zip pocket on the front.

peterowensbabs
NSW, 141 posts
10 Jan 2019 11:38PM
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Go the NP. It works.

delmar71
16 posts
11 Jan 2019 6:20AM
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peterowensbabs said..
Go the NP. It works.


Thanks everyone, appreciate the input. Am thinking the NP.

Nelle
VIC, 44 posts
27 May 2019 5:57PM
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Ive got a NP high hook vest, which I don't wear because it still rides up around my ears, I think its the best PFD style and probably sneaks over the line for approval when racing. I wear a N/P impact vest, but you can't even pretend that's a PFD and no camelback attachment either

Orange Whip
QLD, 582 posts
27 May 2019 6:28PM
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Nelle said..
Ive got a NP high hook vest, which I don't wear because it still rides up around my ears, I think its the best PFD style and probably sneaks over the line for approval when racing. I wear a N/P impact vest, but you can't even pretend that's a PFD and no camelback attachment either



I was the same, had one in the garage, but wouldn't wear it due to it riding up badly. Solved the problem by getting two straps sewn on it that go between the legs. Straps are not tight unless you fall in, works a treat.

BSN101
WA, 1599 posts
27 May 2019 6:48PM
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Orange Whip said..

Nelle said..
Ive got a NP high hook vest, which I don't wear because it still rides up around my ears, I think its the best PFD style and probably sneaks over the line for approval when racing. I wear a N/P impact vest, but you can't even pretend that's a PFD and no camelback attachment either




I was the same, had one in the garage, but wouldn't wear it due to it riding up badly. Solved the problem by getting two straps sewn on it that go between the legs. Straps are not tight unless you fall in, works a treat.


what about the loop in the middle front to hook over you harness hook? Wedgie heaven! LOL

Or dont fall in and its great.... I wish!

tbwonder
NSW, 184 posts
28 May 2019 8:11AM
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This is what I use www.bcf.com.au/p/marlin-australia-adult-kayak-paddler-pfd-50/225137.html?cgid=BCF08468#
It has a front pocket for food/spare rope, a rear pocket to take camelback, a waist strap to stop it riding up and its cheap.

RAL INN
VIC, 2727 posts
28 May 2019 10:13AM
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tbwonder said..
This is what I use www.bcf.com.au/p/marlin-australia-adult-kayak-paddler-pfd-50/225137.html?cgid=BCF08468#
It has a front pocket for food/spare rope, a rear pocket to take camelback, a waist strap to stop it riding up and its cheap.


Had a look. Strangely it states that the performance of this floatation device could be adversely effected if worn with a wetsuit.
So doesn't a wetsuit add floatation?

aussieboats
NSW, 261 posts
28 May 2019 10:55AM
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I have used the neilpryde vest for a few years but the new forward impact vest it the best so far , used by the super foiling Catamaran crew

boatcrewgear.com/forward-sailing-wip-impact-pfd-vest-2018/?sku=FS-GI1000001-XL&gclid=Cj0KCQjwla7nBRDxARIsADll0kCyhlsOUm7E7AeDiI9itMVZD3vnG_rhBc-JJ73W4qjPFbnzeh287F0aAq9bEALw_wcB



Save your body when the big crashes come along

BSN101
WA, 1599 posts
28 May 2019 8:59AM
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aussieboats said..
I have used the neilpryde vest for a few years but the new forward impact vest it the best so far , used by the super foiling Catamaran crew

boatcrewgear.com/forward-sailing-wip-impact-pfd-vest-2018/?sku=FS-GI1000001-XL&gclid=Cj0KCQjwla7nBRDxARIsADll0kCyhlsOUm7E7AeDiI9itMVZD3vnG_rhBc-JJ73W4qjPFbnzeh287F0aAq9bEALw_wcB



Save your body when the big crashes come along







And the knife is for peeling your apple...

Forward make some cool kit, im really liking that vest. Its just a shame that i bought a NP one just recently.

Orange Whip
QLD, 582 posts
28 May 2019 12:21PM
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BSN101 said..

Orange Whip said..


Nelle said..
Ive got a NP high hook vest, which I don't wear because it still rides up around my ears, I think its the best PFD style and probably sneaks over the line for approval when racing. I wear a N/P impact vest, but you can't even pretend that's a PFD and no camelback attachment either





I was the same, had one in the garage, but wouldn't wear it due to it riding up badly. Solved the problem by getting two straps sewn on it that go between the legs. Straps are not tight unless you fall in, works a treat.



what about the loop in the middle front to hook over you harness hook? Wedgie heaven! LOL

Or dont fall in and its great.... I wish!


Yeah a local sailor hooks that loop over the harness hook but I want the harness to be completely independent from my vest. Been stuck under the sail a couple of times and on one of those occasions I had to ditch my harness to get out. Detaching that loop in that situation would be another second or so to get a breath.

gofaster
94 posts
28 May 2019 11:55AM
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+1 Forward wip. Pockets front and back. High flotation and impact protection, even for the side ribs. Well clear of the harness hook and has rubber strips inside that really do stop it riding up. Don't know that you could put a hydration pack on it though.

aussieboats
NSW, 261 posts
28 May 2019 2:57PM
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i have a camel pack attached to the back of the forward jacket works a treat

tbwonder
NSW, 184 posts
28 May 2019 11:21PM
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RAL INN said..

tbwonder said..
This is what I use www.bcf.com.au/p/marlin-australia-adult-kayak-paddler-pfd-50/225137.html?cgid=BCF08468#
It has a front pocket for food/spare rope, a rear pocket to take camelback, a waist strap to stop it riding up and its cheap.



Had a look. Strangely it states that the performance of this floatation device could be adversely effected if worn with a wetsuit.
So doesn't a wetsuit add floatation?


I sent an email to Marlin Australia regarding this. They promptly replied stating that yes a wet suit does provide more buoyancy. In certain cases this may effect the ability of the PFD to self roll the wearer to a safe position. This is part of the Australian Standard and applies to all PFDs.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6561 posts
1 Jun 2019 11:07AM
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www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/General/Neil-Pryde-buoyancy-vests-2?page=1#23
I went for an older model as it has the tabs for a camelback and also has a bigger and mesh pocket.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6561 posts
1 Jun 2019 11:12AM
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aussieboats said..
I have used the neilpryde vest for a few years but the new forward impact vest it the best so far , used by the super foiling Catamaran crew

boatcrewgear.com/forward-sailing-wip-impact-pfd-vest-2018/?sku=FS-GI1000001-XL&gclid=Cj0KCQjwla7nBRDxARIsADll0kCyhlsOUm7E7AeDiI9itMVZD3vnG_rhBc-JJ73W4qjPFbnzeh287F0aAq9bEALw_wcB



Save your body when the big crashes come along


Looks great.. I just bought a neil pryde as i knew it would fit me. I would have considered this one especially if i'd tried one on. I'd love to try on your's at Budgy next time....



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