There are two main types of PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) more commonly called "Lifejackets":
Inflatables which are activated by a CO2 cartridge.
Foam vests which contain foam enclosed by a waterproof fabric such as nylon.
If you are engaged in an activity such as Kayaking, Canoeing, Dragon Boat racing or Dinghy Sailing where you can expect to get quite wet, you may prefer a foam vest to avoid unnecessary activation from an inflatable vest. You will want a soft pliable foam PFD that is comfortable to wear and allows mobility of arm and shoulder movement. The Salus Eddy vest is one of the most popular vests for these boating activities because it does not restrict the torso and allows full arm and shoulder movement. It is also very comfortable to wear for long periods of time on the water.
Another common boating activity that requires a foam PFD because the boater gets quite wet is dinghy sailing such as Optimist, Laser or 420. The Salus Abacus PFD and the Baltic Dinghy Pro vest are popular choices for these boaters. The Baltic Dinghy Pro is worn by Olympians and World champion sailors.
It is always advisable to carefully read the product descriptions on our website to make sure the PFD is appropriate for your Boating activity and as always if you have a question please feel free send us an email from the contact page.