any opinions on these 2 vests? i picked up a LF impact and it is the most comfortable ever but it flat out doesnt float me. i am considering switching to the glide hinge but am looking for some input before i buy another vest. i tired the cell block also and dont really like it.
non cg approved vests dont float you......especially if you weigh over 180. They are comfotable, and padding, but if you get knocked out you wont float, much anyways. If you want a vest that floats go cg approved....otherwise find a vest that is comfotable and ride it. Myself I love my oneil outlaw
Both my wife and I have the Law and we really like them. Extremely comfortable and USCG approved. I have not tried any other vests, so I can't comment on any others. We are both very happy with the Law.
mike, stop posting fallacies on pfds. ncga might be able to float the manufacturer either didnt go through the trouble of getting it certified or failed the certification, so you may luck out and get a vest that floats you great or you may not. Also weight does not determine floatation. an extremely fat person will float better that a well-built boarder.
back to the topic. i really liked the oneill law. it will probably be my next vest but i never tried the hinge on.
the Hinge is CG approved, thats why i was considering it. just wondering if it is as close to a non approved vest as they claim. tim, is the law fairly short on the torso? i dont like long vests and for some reason it looks long in the pictures.
I have a hinge and like it quite a bit. I tried both the Hinge and the Law on at the shop. The hinge felt a little bit lighter and IMO had better freedom of movement. It was less cumbersome thanthe Law.
My only knock on the hinge is that when I take a fall on the water the back of the vest flips up. It doesn't ride up or have any threat of coming off, the bottom part of the vest on the back side just flips up. It's really no big deal.
I haven't worn the Law in the water, so I really can't give an honest comparison of the two other than how they both felt on dry land.