How about this PFD / Buoyancy Vest

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:42 am

Is this a good one to get started? Seems OK for $90.

Front zip pocket for bits and bobs, plenty of buoyancy but enough space for good arm movement?

http://www.burnsco.co.nz/ProductDetail? ... 0000000864" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:42 am

I think a specialist kayaking PFD would be better (though anything is better than nothing). On the Burnsco site, the 'Freedom' is probably a better bet.

I wear a Blade Pro Kayak PFD from Rob Fort (http://kayakadventures.co.nz/shopping/p ... id=12&=SID" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;). A bit more pricey, but very comfortable, lots of pockets and D-rings, and a pocket at the back for my water bladder. I see Rob has other cheaper models.

Like anything, spending a bit more on a better quality model will probably be better in the long run in terms of comfort and durability.

No doubt someone else with more experience will jump on here and give better advice than me... I'm still pretty new to this kayaking lark!
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Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:57 am

Give some thought what you will carry on you, IE, PLB VHF rescue knife/knives, clippers, snacks etc.
Its something I wouldn't skimp on, my current one has been in service for 5years and fraying around the zips faded to hell and just not sure of the materials integrity TBH...
Here is my next one, I think :^) just wonder how the back the PFD will be with high back seats >>> http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/product/kaikoura

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:47 pm

The standard that Gill PFD conforms to: -
"ISO 12402-5:2006 buoyancy aids with a buoyancy of not less than 50 N used in sheltered waters with help and rescue close at hand under such circumstances where more bulky or buoyant devices can impair the user's activity. It applies to buoyancy aids used by adults or children. ISO 12402-5:2006 is not applicable to one-piece suits"
It's lacking in bouyancy - 50N. Kayak PFDs tend to have 70N in adult male sizes (e.g. NRS Chinook 73N). By way of comparison a true life jacket has ~100N. Unless you are small and naturally positively bouyant (rare combination) I would say you need more floatation.
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Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:22 pm

Thank you guys for helpful comments.

Mike, really appreciate that insightful reply.

I think I'm going to stump up the money for a NRS model, I plan to get seats in the Stealth so something with a mesh lower back seems the best in the long run.

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Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:35 pm

I have this one from burnsco, its pretty good. Not too bulky at the back and 70N bouyancy if I remember right. Plenty of storage and fixing bits. NRS im sure would be better. Whatever you do make sure you try it on and check you can get it really snug around the waist/lower chest

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Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:35 am

Hi, l have a Freedom from burnsco, and used it at papa aroha last weekend. I found it very comfortable, I weigh in at a light 99 kg. I am happy with it. :y:

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Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:30 am

Whoops! Just realized I didn't post the link... This one http://www.burnsco.co.nz/ProductDetail? ... 0000001590" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:38 pm

Thanks Chris :y:

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Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:56 pm

vundu wrote:Hi, l have a Freedom from burnsco, and used it at papa aroha last weekend. I found it very comfortable, I weigh in at a light 99 kg. I am happy with it. :y:
Did you fall in and have to rely on it to float to be happy with it though.

Mike a high end white water Jacket is only 75N, to get 100n from a water sports PFD they become cumbersome, even a 75n is no thing of comfort to wear

Normal life jackets have more floatation in lots of other areas including 25+ in the collar section
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Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:23 pm

Thanks again everyone for the advice.

I bought two NRS Chinooks today - Fergs did them both for $300. :)

Sure look the part but now I'm wanting to buy a load of stuff to fill the pockets with!

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Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:06 pm

dave-g wrote:Thanks again everyone for the advice.

I bought two NRS Chinooks today - Fergs did them both for $300. :)

Sure look the part but now I'm wanting to buy a load of stuff to fill the pockets with!
Mate, that's a good price.

It's hilarious reading your posts now, 'cause you're on the slippery slope like the rest of us! Keep it up :)

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Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:17 pm

I keep trying to sneak 10 minutes away from the missus to try and find what rustproof knife, fish bag, fish finder to buy.

She must think something suspect is going on when I keep disappearing with my phone. Am I cheating on my partner with a kayak?! :D

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Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:57 am

HAHA welcome Dave :P

The knife I may be able to help with, we do the Remora safety knife for $69.99 normally $139.99. Free freight :)
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Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:34 am

MadMike wrote:HAHA welcome Dave :P

The knife I may be able to help with, we do the Remora safety knife for $69.99 normally $139.99. Free freight :)
sounds a mean as deal :y:

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