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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Fishing Tactics, Tackle, and reviews » Float Tubes, Pontoons, and Equipment Reviews » Belt PFDs - Onyx or Stearns? Something else?

Belt PFDs - Onyx or Stearns? Something else?

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1Belt PFDs - Onyx or Stearns? Something else? Empty Belt PFDs - Onyx or Stearns? Something else? on Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:49 am

jplee3

jplee3
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Hey guys,

Just got my float tube (Outcast Fat Cat) and have never done this before. I've been wanting to try it out ever since hearing about it... primarily for the harbors/bays (saltwater). I was researching PFDs and belt PFDs were recommended to me by a buddy who float tubes a lot.

What would you guys recommended between these?
- Stearns SOSPenders (16g)
- Onyx M16 (16g)


Something else?

Alakai

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I got this one, the ONYX M-24. You can find them for about $75 I don't even know about the price I just saw when I found the link for you.

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jplee3

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Thanks! Is the 24g preferred/recommended over the 16g inflatables?

Alakai

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I'm new to all of this also. I like it because it is lightweight and I don't even know it's there until I have to take it off to pack up and go home.

I'm not sure how a belt would be on a float tube since you are sitting the way you are.

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jplee3

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I'm new to all of this also. I like it because it is lightweight and I don't even know it's there until I have to take it off to pack up and go home.

I'm not sure how a belt would be on a float tube since you are sitting the way you are.

I guess it depends on the float tube right? I think with some you're sitting higher and out of the water whereas others you might be partly submerged up to your waist? My buddy who float tubes has an Outcast Fish Cat and prefers to wear the Stearns SOSPenders. It doesn't seem like it would get in the way really. But I do see how this is more popular with SUP.

Alakai

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Well, I was talking about comfort really like if that bunch of stuff is on your waist and it is up against your lower back or is under your belly, just seems cumbersome and uncomfortable. If it is submerged I think it would be worse since you would then likely need to wash it off each time you go to prevent corrosion and mold. I don't know. I sit pretty much out of the water on my Cumberland

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jeffcpr

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I am with Alakai the belt style might be kind of uncomfortable the Onyx is a better choice. I use something similar, either way, it is a best practice to always wear your PFD.


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Ornery Bob

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My 2 cents...

I don't wear a pfd because I'm afraid I will end up going for a swim. Us fat guys float good. I wear a pfd because I'm afraid a boat will hit me and I'll end up in the water unconscious or unable to swim. I've had more than one scare from boats and jet skis.

My pfd is there to protect me from worse case scenarios, not as a just a required accessory.

The belt type pfd isn't meant to keep your head out of the water. Whatever you decide, you really are betting with your life, so be sure whatever benefit you get is worth the risk.

I also agree that the Onyx chest style is very comfortable and I too forget I'm even wearing it.

Float tube fishing is a safe and fun sport and you're going to have a blast! But life is what it is and bad stuff happens, and in this case I think it really makes sense to be as safe as possible.

Happy fishing!

SP Dan

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I've been wearing the ONYX 24/7 auto/manual inflatable PFD now for about 2 1/2 years and I luv it.
I agree with everything mentioned above. Thumbs Up

SP Dan     <"))><



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jplee3

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Do you guys recommend getting the auto inflatable vest that will inflate when submerged? Or the manual pull cord only activated version? Seems the auto one that activates upon being submerged would be safest in the event that you go unconscious before potentially going under (e.g. if a boat hits you or whatever)

Ornery Bob

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I wear the auto-inflate. It also has a manual pull. The most likely outcome by a mile is that you will never need your pfd, but it's cheap insurance in case you do.

SP Dan

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I've been wearing the ONYX 24/7 auto/manual inflatable PFD now for about 2 1/2 years.

I truly believe that it's more about if you were to have a heart attack while out on the water, have a stroke or you were struck by a passing boat or by a drunk skipper of a fast moving boat and it knocked-you-out ... having and wearing a PDF that will automatically inflate could possibly save your life one day if you were to become unconscious or unable to rescue yourself.

I also carry an emergency whistle, I have mine on a pig-tail that's attached to my PDF and it's always super easy for me to reach. I have used mine a few times in order to alert fast approaching boats that were headed right towards me.
And besides .... they are cheap insurance!

Another thing is that I wear on my PDF is a marine strobe light that will begin to strobe once both of the electrodes become wet together, at the same time.
Example: I end up in the water wearing my PDF vest, it inflats and the flashing marine light becomes submerged while I was doing a night session and I ended up in the water. The light would indicate my location and help in my possible rescue if I couldn't blow the whistle.
A back-up plan is a good idea when it comes to my safety. Thumbs Up

It's silly and careless not to wear your PDF.   clown

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mthaubs

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I fish fresh water and only use a manual inflatable PFD. I would hate to trip while getting in the tube and now the auto inflation goes off and ruins the day.

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