Shopping for Inflatable PFD's

Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 2,393 Captain
edited July 26 in Boating #1
Almost finished restoring our vintage Scanoe, and plan to be using it soon.

( fresh water lakes and inshore salt are the primary destinations )

My wife wants to replace our old-style, foam based, vests with inflatable PFD's.

Her primary concern is comfort, but mine are quality and performance.

The listings we've seen are somewhat confusing ... and many are out of stock.

Are any of the major brands made in the USA?

( I'd rather not bet our butts on a Chinese product, but there might not be a choice. )

Bass Pro, Cabela's, REI, and Academy, are all reasonably close.

( Of course, Wally-World and the Amazon monster always loom on the horizon. )

Auto / manual operation are probably the only "must have" features. 

( A choice of color would make my wife happy, but it's certainly not a priority. )

Any suggestions, observations, or warnings, would be appreciated.


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  • cortrcortr Posts: 108 Deckhand
    Cabelas Guidewear.  More comfortable than competitors and well priced
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 2,393 Captain
    edited July 26 #3
    Thanks for the tip. 

    They might be well priced for what's included, and less expensive than some of the high-end models, but $180 each is a chunk of change. We'll have to think on it. They have another model, the "Tournament ZX-4000" on sale now, marked down from $149. 

    Don't know how much longer the local Cabela's will be around.

    It's one of the few remaining tenants at an otherwise deserted mall.

    Bass Pro, now the parent company, has a large store not far away.

    ( Right off the Interstate, but in another county. )
  • finbullyfinbully Posts: 664 Officer
    Mustang - I believe they are made in Canada.
  • Tony RomaTony Roma Posts: 633 Officer
    West marine just had a sale half price , bought 2 for 100$, 50$ a piece. Maybe they will bring it back around.
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 2,393 Captain
    Thanks for the tip.

    There's a West Marine store directly across the parking lot from Bass Pro, just off I-70.

    I know they had a big sale there recently ... went for some 303, and they were sold out.


  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 2,393 Captain
    finbully said:
    Mustang - I believe they are made in Canada.

    Checked out their site ... very impressive ... made in British Columbia.

    Narrowed our choices considerably ... they have Type V covered.
  • cortrcortr Posts: 108 Deckhand
    Cabelas guide wear are much more comfortable than mustang and less expensive
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,365 Officer
    I'm on my second Onyx A/M sold by Academy and Basspro.  I wear mine several times a week and it's comfortable.  Sometimes they're on sale for less than $70.
  • livebaitlivebait Posts: 792 Officer
    Keep in mind that the inflatables are only considered meeting the requirements for PFDs if you are wearing them. In the boat and not on is a violation if you don’t have the others.
  • shiftershifter Volusia CountyPosts: 18 Greenhorn
    livebait said:
    Keep in mind that the inflatables are only considered meeting the requirements for PFDs if you are wearing them. In the boat and not on is a violation if you don’t have the others.
    I’m glad you said this because I did not know that!
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