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David Beechey
(imp) - F

Locale: UK
New Inflatable PFD on 02/19/2014 01:44:38 MST Print View

Recently got one of these... just got to get my new Denali Llama out there to try it now !

Inflatable PFD

It packs down very small and is pretty light weight at 310g for the smaller size (blue) AND 365g for the larger (red) one. The optional crotch strap adding 30g. It has 2 inflation chambers each with a dedicated spring loaded mouth valve.

It does not conform to any designated Standards and is not an accredited or certified PFD.

No afiliation etc just a customer passing on knowledge of new gear out there :)

Edited by imp on 02/19/2014 01:45:55 MST.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

PFDs on 02/19/2014 16:50:08 MST Print View

I've got an inflatable PDF that uses the same type of valve as the Alpacka seats. It's a single chamber design that's used in the aircraft industry. Once I removed the CO2 canister it's 125g (4.4oz).

Obviously this isn't an accredited PFD. Model is EAM GA-12:

Edited by dandydan on 02/19/2014 16:50:43 MST.

Jean-Francois Jobin
(jfjobin) - MLife
4.4 oz pfd on 02/20/2014 18:05:45 MST Print View

Good find Dave.

inflated ,comfort is good when paddling?or just tolerable?

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

4.4oz PFD on 02/20/2014 20:05:38 MST Print View

I haven't actually taken it out paddling yet, so I can't really comment. Greg used one on the BMWO last year where we did nearly 50 miles of paddling and he spoke favourably of it. It's got a decent amount of float (17 lbs) but obviously your eggs are all in one basket with a single chamber. It basically looks like you're wearing an Alpacka seat.

Tim Gadd
(WickdWarm_n_Dry) - F

Locale: Central Ohio
Re: PFDs on 07/25/2015 12:42:41 MDT Print View

There are a few of the airline "PFDs" (the EAM GA-12s) on eBay for under $15. For anyone who has seen them, do you think that they'd be sufficient under most circumstances on class 2 streams and lakes?

Edited by WickdWarm_n_Dry on 07/25/2015 12:43:35 MDT.