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West Marine "Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Vest"

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PFD Make & Model

West Marine
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Designed to automatically inflate when immersed in water, these versatile vests easily convert to manual-only inflation with oral inflation backup. With a wide neckline, this lightweight, low-profile design maximizes mobility and range of motion the West Marine "Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Vest" is perfect for kayak fishermen.


  • Manual and Automatic activation
  • Wide neckline
  • Lightweight
  • Low-profile


  • Buoyancy: 25.5lb.
  • Inflator Type: Halkey-Roberts V90000
  • USCG Type: Type V
  • Closure: 1" webbing with Delrin buckle
  • Chest Size: 30"-52" (Over 80lb.)

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Pros & Cons

Cool, Comfortable, Safety

Why I Like It
I have used standard non-inflatable vests and found them to be hot and cumbersome to fish and kayak in, especially in the Florida summer heat. Other issues I have with non-inflatable vests is that they, cover my back and interfere with my seat back, some tend to float me face down and they are so cumbersome I tend not to wear them. This PFD's lightweight and comfort encourages me to actually use it — especially since I often fish alone in my Kayak.

The PFD is well made and is a quality product. West Marine checks all their gear and really test PFDs. The straps are one inch wide and have durable buckles and fittings. They are double stitched where needed. The vest itself is made of very durable material that is not showing any wear after over a year of hard use.

How Is The Fit?
This vest has great fit, easy to adjust and use. Because of this I find that I wear it all the time I am on the water. I even wear it when wading sometimes. I attach a small fly pack to the belt and it works perfectly.

How Does It Work?
I haven't had occasion to use it and, frankly, hope I never do. That said, I have tested it and it worked flawlessly. The inflation occurred almost immediately when I hit the water. It has more than enough buoyancy when inflated to shoot me to the surface and keep me there. I am 6'1" and weigh in at 240 pounds. I left the vest inflated for 124 hours and there was no sign of any leakage or loss of buoyancy.

This cost of this PFD is substantially more than non-inflatable vest. That said, I feel that it is a quality investment in my safety that I am more than willing to pay for. I trust it to keep me on top of the water. This combined with the quality, comfort and ease of use only adds to the value. The only other downside is the cost of the rearm kit.

I highly recommend this PFD would advise anyone considering an inflatable PFD to check it out.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Light weight, Cool in the Florida heat, Fits well, DOesnt ride up like some vests, Open back and sides, Floats me face up when inflated
initial cost and Rearm kit is about $20.00
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