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Old 09-01-2021, 19:31   #1
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Mustang inflatable PFD test - with and without leg straps

Hey all,

I had a couple of Mustang PFD's with expired inflators that I was about to replace, so I decided to test them out in the pool. One is fitted with the optional leg strap accessory and the other is not. In the video, the leg straps are overly loose, as they're adjusted to fit me properly when wearing my weather gear">foul weather gear, so IMO the difference would be even more significant when in foulies.

Based on this admittedly unscientific experiment, it seems to me that an unconscious person that falls in the water wearing an inflatable PFD without leg straps would be at pretty high risk of drowning, as my mouth and nose were barely above water, even in a perfectly calm swimming pool.

I'm curious to hear others' thoughts.

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Re: Mustang inflatable PFD test - with and without leg straps

you're not wrong. Most inflatable PFDs without leg straps don't hold one up comfortably. I haven't yet, but I've been thinking about adding the optional leg straps to our PFDs.
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Old 09-01-2021, 23:06   #3
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Re: Mustang inflatable PFD test - with and without leg straps

For that reason, crotch straps are required safety equipment for PFDís on all offshore/ocean races. Itís definitely worth adding if you donít have. Once you get it adjusted right, youíll hardly notice it.
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