Gary, I was riding in the Crescent Bar area, Columbia River. Where do you ride over there? We used to live in Silverdale and hit Panther, Cushman and a couple other ponds over there that I can't remember the names of.
Mine floats me very well. It fits nice and snug and feels very thin. I know the main reason that most vests arn't USCG approved is because they don't gurantee that the victum's face will be out of the water if unconcious. I guess the other approved vests will put the victum's face out of the water under any circumstance. Other than that, the outlaw feels and floats like a regular vest. I can tell maybe a little bit that I'm floating a bit lower in the water that a regular vest, but the difference is minimal. -Chris