Inflatable Life Jackets?

Discussion in 'Fishing Gear & Tackle' started by Clucker, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Looking to get one witch one to buy? auto or manual? Brand?
    Thanks for your replies.
  2. Buck

    Buck Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    I have a mustang elite. Super comfortable and it doesn’t make me hot on hot days. If you get an auto, make sure it requires that the PDF is submerged to inflate. I would be concerned with PFDs that use dissolvable tabs prematurely inflating.

  3. h_callahan

    h_callahan Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    warren county
    I got one of the bass pro models that self inflates and has the pull cord to inflate. I think it was around 115 dollars. its a tested and proven technology so i feel confident with it. but i always have my standard style close by (sit on it for more cushion) if weather or a long run is necessary. The higher end mustang are nice and comfortable but cost and talking with other anglers that run on lakes it is sufficient. if i was on the river exclusively or duck hunting I probably would have spent the additional coin.
  4. vipershooter

    vipershooter Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    carrollton mo
    This is my opinion.

    Pros: cheap, moisture does not effect it.
    Cons: you need to be conscious to deploy it and be familiar with how it's activated.

    Pros: cheap, if you are knocked unconscious it deploys automatically.
    Cons: needs to be rearmed yearly at $25 a piece, humidity and rain storms can activate it.

    Pros: works if you are unconscious, humidity and moisture does not deploy it, it needs to be rearmed every 5 years. Only deploys with 4in of water pressure.
    Cons: cost 2.5 X more than the others, cost $80 to rearm it.

    With that being said I went with the H.I.T. because it is not moisture sensitive.

    And keep in mind they are not considered a flotation device until it is worn meaning that it can't be laying in the boat and be counted toward your occupants.
  5. vipershooter

    vipershooter Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    carrollton mo
    Mustang has the patent on the hydrostatic inflation technology. Screenshot_20180311-200455.png
  6. Rack_Hunter

    Rack_Hunter Sensitivity Aficionado

    Once inflated can they be reused?

    Or are they a one use device?
  7. vipershooter

    vipershooter Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    carrollton mo
    You need to buy a rearming kit. They run from $25 to $80 depending on the model of vest you have.