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comfortable inflatable pfd

I did a search and didnt find what i was looking for but this thread was close.

Inflatable PFDs in the south: Manual or Automatic?

Heres the question. I have tried on all the inflatable pfds that my local west marine stocks and don't like the way they hug the back of your neck and to make it worse they add more material(neoprene) as a cushion. This may be ok in the cooler times but when its hot thats a deal breaker for me. West had a previous model that called the comfort series that seemed to address this but they no longer carry it. I'm going with a manual so its more versatile (kayak & windsurf) so does anyone have a recommendation. Looks like the sterns sospenders are pretty close ,anyone have them?
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The Spinlock Dek vests look awesome, but I don't think they are manual, are they?

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Your still going to have your chest covered and Unless its insanely hot we do fine with a lightweight vest

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Spinlock deck vest are GREAT I love mine. Very comfortable.
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Re: comfortable inflatable pfd

When it's insanely hot, harness-only is coolest.

When it's cold, harness is safest (hypothermia).

When single-handing, on-deck alone, it's night, have the chute up or are otherwise less than confident the crew could get the boat back, harness is safest.

Kept in the dingy, non-inflatable is most dependable when you need it (can't leak after being stepped-on).

Of course, the suitability of jacklines varies with the boat.

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If I found an inflatable that was comfortable enough I would buy it, but I have not.

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