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Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness

Model # 8503674 | Mfg # MD3183.WM Y/BLK

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Hydrostatic technology offers reliable inflation even in severe conditions! This lightweight, comfortable PFD uses hydrostatic pressure for reliable inflation, even in severe conditions, making it a perfect solution for serious offshore boaters. The Hammar 1F auto inflator is maintenance-free for five years and automatically inflates only when submerged in 4" of water. This means it won't prematurely inflate due to rain, spray or humidity. Designed for comfort with a low profile for maximum mobility. Soft neoprene Comfort Collar™ won't chafe your neck. Patented SecureZip™ closure system breaks open easily when inflated, is easy to repack and stays closed during rigorous activities. Inflation cylinder is inside the bladder to protect against corrosion. Includes small item pocket, strobe light holder, safety whistle and SOLAS reflective tape. Rearm with Mustang Survival's Rearming Kit for Ocean Series Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vests.

  • Buoyancy: 35lb.
  • Activation Method: Auto hydrostatic
  • Inflator Type: Hammar 1F
  • USCG Type: Type II
  • Shroud/Pouch Material and Color(s): 420-Denier ripstop nylon cover, yellow polyurethane-coated nylon bladder
  • Range of Adjustment: 30"-52" chest size
  • Service Interval: Five years

Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness

Best Use Offshore
Buoyancy 35 Pounds
Closure Type Buckles
Color Yellow
Features Safety Whistle Included
Reflective Material
Pockets
Material Nylon
Size Adult
Type Automatically Inflatable
USCG Approved Type II: Near-Shore Buoyant
Warranty Details Five Years
With Harness Without Harness

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West Marine Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (3)
  • Comfortable (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      100% 

      (4 reviews)

      Feels too big

       

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5.0

Would recommend to a friend.

By Downeast Lady

from Coastal North Carolina

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about West Marine Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness:

    My wife and I feel safer knowing that these hydrostatic inflatable life vests are on board. We hope we never need to use them, but if an emergency ever presents itself and we're going into choppy deep water...I know these vests will save our lives keeping us afloat until rescue comes. Also, with the hydrostatic feature, we don't need to worry that they will inflate at the wrong time.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt delivery time, properly packaged for shipment.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hydrostatic life vest

    By G.R.

    from SD

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about West Marine Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness:

    E-Zvto ware

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Choice

    By Carina - Cape Dory 40

    from Wrightsville Beach, NC

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Safe

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating

      Comments about West Marine Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness:

      Used for offshore sailing. non hydrostatic version has popped off in rain and heavy wave spray - Hydrostatic version has not gone off even while crawling along the foredeck in heavy weather. it's really worth the piece of mind to think that you can concentrate on the job at hand rather than having a surprise inflation.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't Even Notice It

      By Brent

      from Puget Sound

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating

        Comments about West Marine Hydrostatic Inflatable Life Vest without Harness:

        I have a medical condition that makes sudden loss of consciousness a real possibility. So wearing a PFD, even just alone at the dock, is an absolute must. So, I need something that I will not only wear all the time, but something that will also keep me face up. There are no Type I inflatable PFDs, and there aren't many Type II. And, if I had to wear a non-inflatable PFD, I wouldn't always have it on when I should.

        This PFD is very easy to put on. Once it's adjusted, it's easier to put on than a lightweight knapsack. Just slip it on and snap the buckle.

        Once it's on, I don't even notice it. It has almost no bulk, does not restrict movement in the least, and never gets caught on things. To me, the only drawback is that, since it's so unnoticeable, I don't notice when I'm not wearing it.

        I bought the model with the integrated harness, which seems to be identical to the other model except for the addition of two D-rings. One nice feature (whether intended or not) is that there are little pockets next to these D-rings so they securely and neatly tuck away when not in use.

        If I had to nitpick, there is a little observation window that you use to check the readiness of the activator. The activator is free to shift around so that it is not always visible through the window. Not a huge problem, as you can easily work it around to be visible, but it would be possible to not notice if the device was not ready for some reason.

        The other drawback, and this one is kind of a big deal for me, is that the activators are expensive. So, you definitely don't want to use this in a situation where you will probably go into the water or when going in the water is not a problem. But, it also means that it is very expensive to just test your PFD to see how it works. I've wanted to try it out to see how effectively it turns me face-up, but that's a $75 test.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size

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