As a daily Stand Up Paddle Boarder, I just wanted to say I love my new, light, low profile, M16 inflatable belt pack PFD. It provides 25.6 lbs of buoyancy. It’s USCG approved. And on hot days when I paddle board, I no longer have to suffer while I am drenched in sweat. I guess that’s a sign I am a fairly good paddle board enthusiast, since 99.9% of my time is spent above water. Well, except when my 90 pound dog decides to jump off and take me with him.
I love to Stand Up Paddleboard around the lake where I live when I’m at my California home. On hot days like today, when the temperature gets above 90, it’s way too hot to wear a regular bulky life jacket like I’ve always done while water skiing on our boat. I am not the best water skier so unlike SUP, I do spend a great deal of the time, cooled off in the water, with that sport.
If you’re a competent swimmer and not engaging in water sports that involve routine water impact like water skiing, then a low-profile fanny pack style PFD might be the perfect solution for kayaking or SUP.
It’s very comfortable as long I make sure the Velcro is completely covered on the back where my skin touches the flap.
I have been using my new Onyx M-16 manual inflatable belt pack for a few weeks now and love it.
It’s surprisingly lightweight and has a convenient D ring where I keep my whistle (that’s a law; did you know that?) and my key to my car or home. The waist strap is adjustable and the low profile design doesn’t impede my paddling.
I have not had to rearm it yet but I have included a short video to demonstrate how easy it is, should you have to: