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FUNCTIONAL FOAM

Foam PFDs have been around longer than Angus, but not ones like these. New vests remain trim while being able to float you gear and all. In our 30-day test, commercial fishermen were pleasantly surprised by the comfort, not to mention the reliability and low cost. Foam’s inherent flotation also means less yearly maintenance than inflatable PFDs require. Pros preferred longer styles as they were less bulky and generally stayed out of the way during work.

PFDs That Work: Overview

Find a variety of styles and brands at these commercial fishing supply companies and manufacturers:

Functional Foam
Supply Companies
LFS Marine Supply
Seattle Marine Supply
Kodiak Marine Supply (operated by Seattle Marine Supply)
Alaska Ship Supply
Englund Marine and Industrial Supply

Manufacturers
Mustang Survival
Stearns
Kent
Stormy Seas
Regatta
Stormline
Guy Cotten

If you have any questions, please contact Ted Teske at nioshfishing@cdc.gov.