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Personal flotation devices, commonly referred to as PFDs, are also known as life jackets and life vests, are life-saving devices. They are used for work and recreation.

There are different ratings for different types of PFDs. This rating depends on the buoyancy needed and the application of the device. The devices are rated as Type I, II, III, IV and V. These PFDs are required and/or recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard and state law enforcement agencies for different applications. The minimum amount of buoyancy for each device type is listed below:

Type I = Designed for extended survival in rough, open or remote water. It has the highest float rating and usually will turn an unconscious person face up. Minimum buoyancy rating 22 lbs. adults, 11 lbs child, 7 lbs infant.

Type II (Near-Shore Buoyant Vest) - Best use for adults and children in calm inland water where a fast rescue will probably occur. Slightly less bulky than Type I vests, and can turn some unconscious people face-up. Minimum buoyancy 15.5 lbs. adults, 11 lbs child, 7 lbs infant.

Type III (Flotation Aid) - For use in calm water by conscious users, where there is high probability of a fast rescue. Type III is generally the “paddler’s choice” because they are designed for general boating/water activities as marked on the vest, and are more comfortable. Minimum buoyancy 15.5 lbs. adults, 11 lbs child, 7 lbs infant.

Type IV (Throwable Devices) - Boat cushions, rings, and horseshoe buoys. These are for use in calm water where there is a high probability of fast rescue. They are not designed to be worn and should be supplemented with a wearable PFD. Varying minimum buoyancy 16.5 to 18 lbs dependent on device.

Type V (Special Use Devices) - “Special-Use” PFDs include commercial whitewater rafting vests, work vests, deck suits, and hybrid inflatables with restricted use for specific activities as outlined on the vest – be sure to READ the USCG instructions sewn or printed on the device. Varying minimum buoyancy 15 to 22 lbs dependent on device.

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Our best selling PFD, redesigned for 2017 with a better variety of pockets. Wear it for all forms of paddling, even class 3 whitewater and multi-day kayak touring. Deep V-neck won't get in your face and large armholes don't restrict movement. Soft foam pa

MTI Under Dog PFD

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Hobie Edge PFD Part# S6120XXL
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400 denier nylon fabric construction ensures durability through seasons of we
Performance High-Back Fishing Life Jacket. Designed with the performance kayak angler in mind, the Lure Angler jacket comes equipped with many features and adjustments that are designed to keep you fishing in comfort longer. Featuring a high-back construc
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Mustang Survival Calcutta PFD

$99.95 $79.95
MSRP: $89.95 CODE: 411E-5490
COLORS:Orange/Gray, Midnight Green/Gray
SIZE: Adult Universal (30"-56")
• New for 2018: Redesigned in collaboration with MTI Kayak Fishing Ambassadors
• Full F-SPEC
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400 denier ripstop nylon fabric construction is guaranteed to protect your jacket from snags and tears t
• A new and improved version of the Hobie inflatable PFD
• This newer version includes two wider side pockets and rides up less when you are pedaling
• Manual inflation, just pull the yellow T-handle to inflate
• Includes (1) CO2 Cylinder/instructions
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Performance Life Jacket for Kids. The Inlet Junior offers many features and unmatched comfort making it the ideal choice for kids who can’t get enough of the water.
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Hobie Pet PFD

Does your dog go everywhere with you? Now you can be sure that your best friend goes along with you safely. Why leave family at home while you enjoy a day on the water? Added flotation as a swim assist and grab handles, so you can help them back aboard mo
Hobie’s Infant vests gives your little ones the comfort and safety found in adult PFDs.

Accommodates kids less than 30lbs. The grab loop makes plucking the little buggers out of the water while the crotch strap helps keep the jacket from riding up ov
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Purpose-built for female anglers, the Shenook fishing PFD has all of the features of our best-selling Chinook with women's cut and styling. Designed to make you more effective on the water, the Shenook offers endless organization and atta

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