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Old 14th August 2012, 03:41 PM   #6
Jean-Marc
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... a quick market product research about PFD/buoyancy aids that are compatible with a seat or waist harness:

a) PFD with a high harness hook hole:

http://www.npsurf.com/products/prote...ion-vests.html
http://www.neilpryde.com/accessories/vests/vest.html
http://www.npxwetsuits.com/index.php...182&Itemid=111
http://www.prolimit.com/impact-float...tandard-waist/
http://www.prolimit.com/impact-float...t-short-waist/

b) PFD/buoyancy aids that are compatible with a waist harness:

O'Neill Superlite USCG wake/waterski vest (4 buckles, no front zipper, bottom buckle may be left unclosed to ease access to high harness hook) http://www.oneill.com/#/men/europe/c...t/black_white/

http://www.prolimit.com/impact-float...m-half-padded/

Caution about so called "kite vest" or "impact vest for kitesurfing" : they have very low buoyancy/flotation capacity, much less than 50 N:

http://eu.dakine.com/p/windsurf/harnesses/surface-vest
http://stores.wetsuit.com/-strse-Acc...Categories.bok
http://www.ion-essentials.com/conten...eoprene/vests/

c) kayak-designed PFDs :

http://www.kokatat.com/products/pfd.html

These kinds of PFDs are fine with a low hook racing seat harness type. Problems I see is that they are too bulky to be worn over a waist harness and the presence of a front zipper might severely hinder/reduce the free access to the high harness hook when windsurfing.


Cheers !

JM

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