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Re: stand alone harness or Inflatable with Harness
Where does the chest strap go?
1. High under the arms for taking impact. Down on the ribs is asking for a broken rib or back.
2. On the waist, like a kayaking vest, to hold it down in the water. Any higher and you'll need a leg or crotch strap as a patch, though it still won't ride right since it is simply too high. It'll puff up under the chin, making swimming or self rescue impossible.
I'm even more amused by testing that shows that some of the inflatables block the quick-release on the tether when inflated. Others block the handy knife pouch when inflated. Apparently no actual in-house testing is required of our impoverished industry. Personally, I feel like a year in prison would work for the team that cannot bother to pool test the PFD with a tether before marketing it.
And all of these are prone to be worn loose over the foul weather gear--for comfort--which explains why they are prone to coming off. Remember to wear them properly.
I prefer them separate, as it seem none successfully serve both masters. And I can't nap in an inflatable, which I can with a harness.
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