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Tech Tip: Question Personal flotation device

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Craigcrow, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Craigcrow

    Craigcrow

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    I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a small and effective floatation device for pothole use and swimming/rafting?


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  2. YoungBuck

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    Empty water bottles, dry bags, I used to slip a boogie board into my pack just for that extra little umpf.
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  3. Bill

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    I don't think you're going to find a solution for all of the above.

    Canyons, I line my pack with a large thin dry bag or two and that's plenty of floatation.
    Rafting trips, I use a kokatat maximus (18lbs floatation).
    When weight matters I use a MTI Adventurewear Journey (1lb w/ 15.5lbs of floatation).
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  4. ratagonia

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    A wetsuit provides a significant bump of flotation, such that I seem to be unable to swim without one. The pack adds an additional bump (ie, pack with a drybag in it), which tends to be sufficient for keeping my head, neck and shoulders out of the water.

    Good enough for Class B canyons.

    Tom

    Let me add: For being really useful for pothole escapes, a BIG pack, as in an overnight pack, has a big advantage as it has much more flotation than a medium sized daypack, which is often almost empty when in the canyon.

    Tom
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