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Posted by fischnrod
1/4/2021 2:29 PM
What's the best life vest out there ? I'm to old, out of shape, and disabled to swim if I fall or get thrown from a boat.

Edited by fischnrod 1/4/2021 2:31 PM
Posted by FishingwithRusty
1/4/2021 2:38 PM
class V, ive got one that i wear when i think things may get sketchy, the rest of the time i wear an inflatable. id have to go look to find the name of the Class V, was about $170.
Posted by Fshn Cpa
1/4/2021 3:51 PM
Amazon has a Stearns competitor collared life jacket for about $50. Got one last year. very nice as long as it is not too hot. Use an inflatable in the summer.
Posted by 31airborne
1/4/2021 4:34 PM
I'm w/ Rusty and CPA. In heavy water or in the winter I use a Class 5. In warmer water I use an inflatable (Mustang).
Posted by jman60
1/4/2021 4:58 PM
I fish by myself most of the time. I always wear a Class 5. It gets hot in the summer but I usually fish in the mornings then. As I get older my balance is not what it used to be. I can swim well but if I hit my head that means nothing.
Posted by Rob Lee
1/4/2021 5:34 PM
I also fish alone (senior) and have caught myself stumbling just bending over to pick up rod. I know they probably work, however; I'm just not ready to trust my life to an inflatable. Good info, thanks.
Posted by WaterChap
1/4/2021 9:24 PM
I wear a type V (inflatable) when I’m fishing alone as long as the water isn’t cold enough for thermal shock. I also wear it when fishing with my partner if it is cold enough for thermal shock. I don’t want to slide under before he can help me. I wear a type III when on plane with a partner or if fishing alone in seriously cold water.

If you really want to be safe if you knock yourself out, you should wear a type I.
Posted by Oldman
1/5/2021 1:45 AM
Posted by churly
1/5/2021 7:50 AM
I get tickled at how many of the infalatables are on the shelves being sold and the CO2 cartridge is already on RED. No thanks, Ill wear a jacket that was floating before I hit the water.
Posted by rippinlips2win
1/5/2021 10:40 AM
I wear a full jacket most of the time unless it is brutally hot, but I have been looking at the new mustangs and they seem to be very well made and have front facing floatation.
Posted by Aries 181
1/6/2021 7:04 AM
Mustang Survival typeIII in the winter sized XXL to fit over heavy winter clothing. Front flotation is three times thicker than the rear panel for face up floating. Bought from a fellow forum member. I won't wear anything else in the winter.



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1/7/2021 1:03 AM
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