Onyx M-24 Manual Inflatable Belt Pack Life Jacket, Black
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Onyx Universal manual inflatable life vest, Black, in Belt Pack, Part Number 130000-700-004-12, stand-up paddleboard type V, manually inflates when the wearer pulls the "jerk to inflate" handle. Provides comfort, safety and piece of mind without knowing you have it on. Not recommended for non-swimmers or weak swimmers.
The U.S. Coast Guard-approved Full Throttle Onyx CO2 automatic flotation belt pack provides total range of motion and movement with minimal bulk. The slim device inflates manually by pulling a simple T-cord attachment, and an oral inflation tube ensures sufficient emergency inflation power. Lightweight and comfortable, its universal size is designed to provide optimal safety when a vest is too bulky. A zipper pocket offers convenient storage of small personal items, and reflective piping offers greater visibility. Durable nylon material resists tears and punctures while holding up to the rigors of outdoor use.
About Full Throttle
Full Throttle is a premium brand of water recreation products designed for today's active water sports enthusiast and featuring flotation jackets, towable tubes, wakeboards, kneeboards, wetsuits, gloves, and rope. Whether boating, waterskiing, tubing, swimming, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding, these cutting edge, adventurous products provide plenty of action on the water, and are designed for beginning to avid enthusiast levels of all ages.
The Full Throttle brand is marketed under the Absolute Outdoor corporate company located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and is affiliated with Kent Sporting Goods of New London, Ohio. Other branded companies under the Kent corporation are Connelly, HO Sports, O'Brien, and Liquid Force all offering high-end recreational water sports products.
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I wouldn't recommend this type of pfd for situations where you might likely get knocked out (such as water skiing, or whitewater kayaking/rafting). I use it on flatwater lakes. This type of pfd is especially useful for dragonboat paddling, where you need freedom of movement around your arms, and where you're not likely to fall in the water (and if you do, there are always other people around to help give assistance).
I do recommend watching some videos showing how to use these pfd's once they are deployed/inflated. Some people who have them really don't have a clue what happens when they inflate, and what the person is expected to to. Note that if you wear it in the front then it inflates right where you need it to be (to easily pull up over your neck) - but if you wear it in the back like many paddlers do, then you will have to rotate it around your waist to the front before (or after) it is inflated.
The photo shows that there is a loop to attach my whistle (that I then put in the pocket). The 2nd photo shows that the buckle is nice and big/sturdy.
So I ordered two of these. I manually inflated them and they seemed to hold air for the 16 hours it recommended to test for, but hopefully I won't be in the water for 16 hours bobbing around. I have a bit of a large head, but there is no way I'm accidentally slipping out of it while it's inflated and over my head.
I managed to gracefully dismount my paddle board while out and about, and the belt was not too much of a hindrance in getting back on the board. It is a good idea to let it dry out after such an event. My mother managed to stay reasonably dry, even sitting on the board with it it was dry.
I am able to comfortably ride in a car while wearing it so it should be comfortable on your boat.
Here are my thoughts on the jacket, and what it will and will not do.
It's great for cruising around on a paddle board. No weird tan lines, it's just unfortunate that fanny packs aren't in style at the moment. But hey, you can clip things to it like extra water or your walkman!
It would be great for cruising around in your boat doing boat things in coastal or protected waters. I imagine fishing or hunting would be easy, lots of mobility while wearing it. Even if your boat catches on fire and you have to bail out, it will keep you afloat until help arrives.
It will not help you if you go into the water unconscious- so not for Jet Skis, tubing, or any other sport where you think "Well, I could be knocked out" You still need to pull the tab manually, and put the life jacket over your head. Your buddy could do this for you in a pinch, but this literally isn't allowed to be used in such applications by the Coast Guard.
It would be incredibly uncomfortable to try to swim while wearing it. It's doable, but I take mine off to swim. not recommended. The packae actualy says not to be used in white water (like the surf zone).
If you're offshore on like a sailboat or a real boat or ship you probably already know you're going to want something more than this, don't let me confuse anyone. No bells or whistles, just a life jacket.
It will also do you no good if you are not wearing it. This goes for all types of life jackets. Your paddle board or our boat (hopefully) floats just fine, it does not need a life jacket. You, however, do not float as easily. Especially if you're freaking out because a jet ski just ran over your board, or a shark took a bite out of you. I direct you to this add campaign by from New Zealand, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvRnAZQcbCY
Be safe out there, great life jacket!