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striblue 08-02-2001 09:04 PM

Wading SOS jacket
After some close calls at the Chatham Inlet and with the strong current in certain wading spots I went to West Marine and purchased a CO2 inflatable life jacket.It's called SOSPENDERS and cost $70.Very light and compact and this is the first time I have considered this for salt water wading... I could even have it on in a boat without the usual discomfort of the run of the mill bulky life preservers... Just wondering if anyone has experience with the reliability of this type of jacket.

juro 08-02-2001 09:19 PM

Glad to hear it, we can't have the CAC pres with da' fez going into Davey Jones' locker!

RayStachelek 08-02-2001 09:55 PM


The Coast Guard has finally approved the use of some inflatable PFD's. Me think that Sospenders products are ones on their approval list. We have both kinds, the manual and the hydrostatic release. One of the reasons they were dragging their feet on approval was the reliability of the mechanism to inflate the vest and how over time it would work. Plan on blowing it up each year to check for leaks and cracks.

We wear them when we make crossing to the islands under any conditions, especially in the dark. Always clip the motor kill switch too if I'm by myself.

Your right John! They are very comfortable to wear will no restrictions. We also use them when trout season opens when we paddle the canoe in colder water.

Been thinking of wearing one to school in September. The kids might think it's a flac jacket and leave me alone. They are costly but it's a small price to pay in an emergency.

Domenic 08-03-2001 04:20 AM

I have one that I use in my canoe while trout fishing.It is much more comfortable than a
regular life jacket,and does not restrict
your casting stroke at all.

DFix 08-03-2001 11:42 AM

SOSpenders - good choice. Glad you finally did it after watching you just 'stroll' out to the dropoff. Now you'll also have a second "hand" to help you in those nasty situations.

MarkDoogue 08-03-2001 06:11 PM

I have been thinking about just such a purchase after doing the last two Rip Trips. With the lack of any flotation at a remote site, it doesn't seem like a bad idea to have a few around in the event someone went in the water.(actually anywhere we fish be it remote or "public")Maybe we could give your vest a "try" at the boneclave. If it involves co2 cylinders I could bring them to the clave. Also, if others are interested, we might consider a group purchase with a possible discount.Any thoughts???

juro 08-03-2001 06:34 PM

OK - who's the lucky guy we get to throw in? }>

saltRon 08-03-2001 07:44 PM

Hi From The PNW. The Sospenders was the first in the market place with the inflatable foldaway vest. I have used vest produced by MUSTANG called AIR FORCE [/html] for the last year. Very comfortable, easy on, off.
One sugestion Do not purchase any of thes units with the fully automatic inflation system as fishing in surf or deep in a river will allow water to the automatic inflation device and suddenly you are wearing an inflated vest. The manual ripcoard should be more than adequate These vests carry full approvals by Canadian and US Coast guards.

striblue 08-05-2001 12:56 PM

Thanks ron, that's the one I bought.. rip cord pull... Jim... I don't know about the discount thing... but I was glad to have the comfort of that jacket while fishing out at the light house in that current... have not triped yet.. but one trip near a drop off and off I go down with that low tide current.. Should have got it a long time ago... but will consider myself lucky AND careful.

marvin 08-06-2001 01:33 PM

John, I've been using mine for several years now- I test it out at the beginning and end of each season (generally manual inflate, but I've tried the ripcord also), and have been totaly satisfied. It's on when I'm in the yak, and for wading when I'm fishing either fast water or when solo. Can barely tell it's there, but it's nice to have it just in case.

jborkowski 08-06-2001 06:07 PM

Haven't had a saltwater scare...yet. Been swepted away in rivers a couple times, however. Not fun.

I've been thinking about buying one for awhile. It's about time I picked one up.

Thanks for the reminder John.

Now, do they make a kevlar anti-shark version?

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